Casey joined Watsi on June 9th, 2017. 140 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Casey's most recent donation supported Brian, a baby from Kenya, to fund corrective surgery.
Casey has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 3 countries.
Casey has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 3 countries.
Brian is a baby from Kenya. The family lives in Makulani village in the Eastern region of Kenya. Brian has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Brian is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Brian. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 7. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Brian to grow up healthy. “I hope he gets treated,” says Brian’s mother.
Abner is a four-month-old baby boy from Guatemala's rural highlands. While his father works as a day laborer, his mother stays at home to take care of the family and sell hand-woven textiles. Abner is the fifth child in his family. Because Abner's mother cannot produce breastmilk, Abner is already malnourished. Underweight and small for his age, Abner often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Abner’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures and compromise brain development. To help his condition, Abner requires a formal nutrition plan, which he is scheduled to receive on June 9. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund formula, nutrient supplements, and health education for Abner's mother that will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor Abner's health. With this treatment, Abner’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
Sarah is a 15-year-old woman who is expecting her first child. She is currently living with her relatives and enjoys gardening and growing beans, bananas, potatoes, and cassava. Due to Sarah's young age, she is considered to have a high-risk pregnancy and needs to be monitored carefully in case she needs an emergency caesarean section or any other complications develop during her pregnancy. The $241 requested by our medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation, will fund labs, medications, antenatal and postpartum visits, delivery, and a three-night hospital stay. After delivering, Sarah is looking forward to taking care of her baby and making sure that he or she has a good life and can attend school.
Mohamed is a one-week-old baby from Kenya. Mohamed's mother tends to the house while Mohamed's father takes up work on farms whenever he can. Mohamed was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, which is a condition that prevents her spinal cord from developing properly. Because of her condition, Mohamed is currently at risk of infection, malformation of the spinal cord, loss of muscular function in her lower limbs, and trauma. Immediate surgery was recommended in order to give Mohamed the best chance at evading these negative effects. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,097 to fund the spina bifida closure surgery that Mohamed needs. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 19 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Mohamed to continue along a healthy developmental trajectory. Mohamed's mother says, “It was the most unexpected news we ever thought we could receive but we have peace now that there is treatment."
Alice is a five-month-old girl from Kenya who lives with her parents and two older siblings in Kenya's Central Region. Her mother works at home, and her father is a cleaner at a local company. When Alice was three months old, her mother noticed that her head was growing more rapidly than the rest of her body. When taken to the hospital, Alice was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus—a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium that can increase pressure on the brain, causing severe mental and physical health problems. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of Alice's operation, which is scheduled to take place on June 21 at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. The surgery entails installing a shunt in Alice's brain that will drain the excess fluid. If not treated, Alice is at risk of severe developmental delays, loss of sight, and potentially even death. The little my husband gets is not enough for our basic needs, leave alone cater for her surgical care. Please help us," Alice's mother says.
Virginia is a five-month-old baby girl living in rural Guatemala. She was born to a single mother who stays home to care for her. Unfortunately, Virginia's mother cannot produce breast milk, which has made it difficult for Virginia to receive the nourishment that she needs in her early months of life. Because of this, Virginia was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Virginia has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Virginia to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 13, Virginia will receive micronutrients, formula, and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $1,162 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age. Virginia’s mother says, “I am scared because I do not have breast milk to give my daughter, and we are of scarce resources so I cannot afford to buy her much. I dream to see my daughter grow up well so that she can study and in the future become a teacher.”
Erick is a one-month-old from rural Guatemala. His father works at a construction site and his mother cares for the family at home. Due to his mother's inability to produce breastmilk, Erick is already suffering from malnourishment. Underweight and small for his age, Erick often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Erick’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and seizures caused by electrolyte imbalances. Brain development is compromised, and the baby is at risk of long-term damage. In order to help stabilize Erick's condition, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund Erick's formal nutrition treatment. Scheduled to be administered by our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel, on June 9, this treatment entails the distribution of formula, provision of micronutrient supplements, and health education for Erick's mother that will teach her to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor his health. Erick's mother says, “I am worried about my son because I do not have maternal milk." With formula and nutritional supplements, Erick's immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
Nery is a 16-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He enjoys eating rice and beans, and playing with his sister. Nery's parents work hard to support their family. His father works as a day laborer, and his mother takes care of their household and weaves traditional Mayan textiles. Nery was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Nery has little energy to grow, and that his immune system is weak, leaving him vulnerable to diseases that further compromise his growth. He may also face long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for his well-being, his mother took Nery to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 22, Nery will receive micronutrients and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach his mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $492 requested will cover all expenses of his continued treatment, allowing him to gain weight, strengthen his immune system, and catch up with other children his age. Nery’s mother says, “I am grateful to the program because I am very concerned about my child not gaining weight."