Vicky joined Watsi on August 11th, 2013. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Vicky's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Mya, a three-year-old girl from Burma, to remove a tumor on her neck so she can breathe easily.
Vicky has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 9 countries.
Vicky has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 9 countries.
This young girl is Mya, a three-year-old from Burma. Mya is happy and energetic, and adores her sister and four brothers. Mya gets upset when her brothers leave for school, and she even pretends to go with them by carrying her bag to the door each morning. Mya's father farms rice while her mother stays at home and looks after the children. The family also raises a few chickens and ducks for their own consumption. About a year ago, Mya developed a mass on her neck, which has since grown rapidly. The tumor presses on her neck and makes it difficult for her to breathe. Her family has traveled to various clinics to find affordable treatment, but have been unsuccessful. Fortunately, our medical partner Burma Border Projects (BBP) can remove Mya's tumor with a $1,500 procedure. Not only will the mass go away, but Mya will experience better breathing and overall health. Mya's doctor says, "She can continue to be a bubbly three-year-old and begin school in two years time, which she is already looking forward to." Let's make sure Mya is happy and healthy now, and soon enough she'll be happy and healthy and walking to school with her brothers.
Say hello to Minh, a 76-year-old woman from Cambodia! She has four children and five grandchildren and loves to listen to the radio. Minh has mature cataracts in both eyes, which makes it difficult for her to do daily tasks. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center, says, “Minh has had blurred vision for the past year. Minh needs her daughter to help her walk and this makes Minh sad that she is so dependent on her family and that they have to miss work to care for her.” A simple $150 surgery can remove Minh’s cataracts, improving her vision and preventing her from going blind. Let’s help her get treatment so that she can walk on her own!
Baby Emebet is one month old and lives in Ethiopia with his loving family. His father is a teacher, and his mother is a homemaker. He is his parents' first child. Baby Emebet was born with a condition called esophageal atresia, which means his upper esophagus ends abnormally early and does not connect with the lower esophagus and stomach. As a result, he cannot eat or swallow. He receives nutrition through an external tube connecting to his stomach, but this is not a permanent solution. Without treatment, Baby Emebet is at high risk for lung infections and other complications. Emebet needs surgery so he can eat normally. For $1,500, Emebet will receive life-altering surgery so that he can lead a healthy life. Let's make it happen for him!
Dilli is a 53-year-old farmer and father of two sons from Nepal. His family's farm only yields crops six months out of the year so he supplements his income by working as a security guard in India. Dilli's goals in life are to have a good family and live to see his grandchildren get married. About a week ago, Dilli experienced severe abdominal pain and was diagnosed with cholecystitis, an inflammation of the gallbladder, a condition that causes extreme pain. For $965, Dilli can receive surgery to have the gallbladder removed. Let's help Dilli to get back to his work and family!
Tereni is a shy two-year-old boy from Tanzania. The youngest in a family of five children, he is very quiet, just taking in the world around him. He loves to explore, but a burn scar contracture on his ankle (area of tightened skin after severe burns) is restricting his range of motion and stunting his physical development. Tereni's mother and father are pastoralists whose income is volatile due to difficulty finding grazing areas for their cattle. With four daughters, Tereni's parents have high hopes that their only son will be able to help them look after the cattle when he gets older. If left untreated, Tereni will have a lot of trouble learning to walk and will likely never be able to contribute to his family's livelihood. Let's raise the $1,080 needed for a contracture release and skin graft surgery to help this young boy get on his feet!
Diego is a lively eight-year-old living in an area in Guatemala that has recently been deeply affected by mudslides. The entire community is currently living in temporary housing with no regular medical care. Diego was born with microtia, or deformed ears. While this does not impact his hearing, it is extremely cosmetically deforming and a source of great embarrassment at his tender age in development. Wuqu’ Kawoq is not charging Diego's family for the procedure to fix his ears. Therefore, they are only asking for $400 from Watsi to cover transportation, lodging, and lab fees. This simple plastic surgery will greatly improve Diego's self-esteem and enable him to move into adolescence with confidence!
Youssouf is a dynamic young artist who livens evenings beneath the stars with the music of his balafon (a wooden percussion instrument similar to a xylophone). Youssouf lives in the West African nation of Mali. One day, on his way home from a cattle market, Youssouf was in a car accident which broke his thigh and jaw bone, and caused numerous wounds on his back and face. Due to financial constraints, Youssouf’s parents used traditional treatments for his injuries which further complicated his condition with infection. Youssouf now needs more skillful medical care to ensure his bones heal properly and to fight his current infections. For $1,475, we can fund Youssouf’s treatment and put him on the road to recovery. Youssouf is looking forward to making music again when he's better!
Chausiku is an amiable and polite 14-year-old girl who lives with her grandmother in Tanzania. When she grows up, Chausiku wants to become a nurse. Her grandmother sells vegetables at a local market, but with a small income she is dependent on her son for additional support. Chausiku has a bone infection in her right thigh bone and her grandmother can't afford her medical care. If the injury is left untreated, she is at risk of developing a fracture in her bone. The infection makes it difficult for Chausiku to walk, and she no longer attends school as a result. Chausiku needs to undergo surgery to remove the infected bone from her leg. For $700, she will get the treatment she needs to heal her leg and continue her education.
Pedro is a hard-working young man from a remote area of Guatemala. A number of years ago, he lost his right arm below the elbow in an explosive accident at his job, and has since found his life very limited. Most job opportunities in Pedro’s area are physically intensive so his condition has made it very difficult for him to find work. Given his remote location and lack of medical infrastructure in Guatemala, Pedro has never been able to afford access to a prosthetics clinic. For $940, Pedro will get a prosthetic arm placement which will improve functionality and self-esteem. Let’s give this man a fresh start!
Khin Pa loves to learn and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Several months ago, she broke her right thigh bone. Unable to walk, Khin Pa stopped attending school. Her parents paid over a day's worth of their combined wages to take her to a clinic. Despite their efforts, she did not receive proper care and has been immobile ever since. Khin Pa needs immediate care to repair her broken leg and the right medication to treat her enlarged lymph nodes. The income her parents earn as carpenters and day laborers is hardly enough to provide for the daily needs of their family of seven, let alone pay the $2,000 needed for Khin Pa's treatment. With our help, Khin Pa can get the medical care she needs to be healthy and mobile again so she can return to school and fulfill her dreams of becoming a teacher!
Chouma is an intelligent and driven 34-year-old woman from Haiti. She was studying to be an engineer but stopped attending university when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Chouma has difficulty doing daily tasks and no longer participates in activities she enjoys because of the pain in her chest and arm. She feels embarrassed by her illness and hasn't shared her diagnosis with many people. Chouma remains hopeful and looks forward to the future. She plans to get married, begin a family and resume her studies. Additionally, Chouma wants to start a support group for other women with breast cancer. With your help and support Chouma will receive several treatments for her cancer, including surgery, chemotherapy and hormone therapy. These treatments cost $1,500. Let's give Chouma the chance to lead the life she dreams of and help other women with cancer.
Three-year-old Chriswell is a strong boy from Malawi who was born with a condition called genu valgus (knock knees) in both legs. He feels pain when walking, and running is "out of the question." Chriswell won't be able to start school next year if he doesn't receive treatment. Chriswell lives with his parents and three siblings. His father resells items in a small market to support their family with food and other necessities. The cost of this treatment is outside of their reach. For $1,000, we can fund Chriswell’s surgery so he can start school on time with his peers and live a normal life!