gary joined Watsi on August 18th, 2013. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! gary's most recent donation traveled 4,000 miles to support Faith, a smiling young girl from Kenya, to repair her left hand.
gary has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
gary has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
“We love Faith because she is always happy and warms our house,” Faith’s mother shares with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Faith, a smiling four-year-old girl, lives with her parents and two siblings in Kenya. Faith has a fracture on her left humerus—causing her pain and an “inability to use her left hand,” AMHF explains. Without treatment, Faith risks the chance of the bones growing back improperly and permanently losing use of her left hand. The family depends on their father’s modest income earned as a “casual laborer at Kenya’s main lighting company.” Given that Faith’s father’s earnings “are barely adequate enough to meet his family's basic needs,” there is no extra money to afford the cost of Faith’s treatment. With $1,125 in Watsi funding, Faith will receive an open reduction and internal fixation operation. This is a two-part surgery that will repair Faith’s broken humerus. First, the broken bones will be fitted back into place. Next, metal rods and plates will be inserted—allowing the bones to heal correctly without shifting. Included in the total cost of treatment, Faith will stay at the hospital for two weeks during which she will work closely with a physiotherapist for ten days. With this procedure, AMHF expects, “Faith’s left hand will heal and she will regain its use.” “We hope she will get help and her hand will be well. We just want to see her growing without any disability like other children,” Faith’s father shares.
“I want to get better. I have a young child, and I love my husband. I want us to have a life together,” says Maria. Meet Maria, a 28-year-old mother from Guatemala who has a brain tumor. “Maria came to see us a few weeks ago with severe weakness on the left side of her body, severe headaches, and partial blindness,” reports our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq. Maria has had these symptoms for the past 6 months. “However, Maria can’t afford treatment and without Wuqu’ Kawoq’s help, this will be a fatal illness,” continues Wuqu’ Kawoq. “Maria and her husband heard through word-of-mouth about our clinic, and they decided to pay us a visit. They brought all of their test results, hoping that Wuqu’ Kawoq would be able to help them gain access to the needed treatment,” says Wuqu’ Kawoq. Maria’s symptoms prevent her and her husband from working, forcing her husband to take care of both her and their newborn baby. For $1475, we can provide chemotherapy to Maria. Wuqu Kawoq expects, “Maria will need aggressive treatment to control this illness. Based on what the tumor looks like on the scans, we have a good idea that it is curable. Treatment will relieve symptoms and, in the best case scenario, will completely cure her.”
“I miss reading the most,” 64-year-old Ret shares with our medical partners at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). A rice farmer from Cambodia with seven children and eight grandchildren, Ret has had blurred vision for the past three years due to hypermature cataracts in both of his eyes. After meeting with Ret, the team at CSC reports, “Because of his poor vision, he has a hard time working on the rice farm and being able to care for his family.” While Ret still gets to enjoy listening to the radio and monks recite their prayers, his cataracts could lead to blindness. For $150, we can fund comprehensive treatment for Ret’s cataracts, which will prevent blindness and improve Ret’s eyesight. Let’s help Ret return to work with improved vision, as well as resume his beloved pastime of reading!
Phen enjoys reading in her spare time, but reading has been difficult for her lately. Phen came to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center, in the hopes of receiving help for her deteriorating vision. “Phen started to lose her vision three years ago due to cataracts, and is now partially blind," her doctors write. "She has had to stop selling cakes at the market because of her poor eyesight. She is unhappy that she cannot help support her family and relies on her daughter to guide her and assist her getting around.” In order to prevent total blindness and to improve Phen’s eyesight, physicians recommend a procedure known as an extracapsular cataract extraction (or ECCE) posterior chamber (P/C) intraocular lens (IOL) for her right eye. For $150, we can help fund the surgery that will remove the cataract from Phen’s right eye, and help her regain independence along with her vision!
Ma comes from a small village in Burma. Recently, the pain from a mass in her uterus forced her to quit her job as a maid. Now, even basic housework is a struggle because of the overwhelming pain. Ma has tried everything from traditional medicine to seeing physicians at local clinics to treat her pain, but nothing has worked. After multiple bus trips to and from the hospital, her doctors have determined that she needs a hysterectomy (removal of her uterus) to end her symptoms for good and allow her to return to normal life. For $540, we can fund Ma's surgery and enable her to pursue her dream of opening a dried goods store!
Daniel is a 15-year-old boy from Haiti with throat cancer. Before the tumor emerged on his neck, Daniel loved going to school and playing soccer and marbles with his friends. When his tumor got large enough, Daniel dropped out of school because he was embarrassed. Now, he is too weak to attend school. He is losing weight because he can't eat normally with the painful tumor in his neck. He also coughs constantly and has trouble hearing. "Daniel needs help to get over this illness," his mother says. "I want him to go back to school to learn to read because I didn't have the chance to do that." With our support, Daniel and his mother will leave his six older sisters behind and, with the help of Project Medishare, travel to the Dominican Republic to seek treatment. The cost of treatment includes their passports and visas, transportation, expenses of radiation therapy, and food and a place to stay for the duration of Daniel's treatment.