Joanne joined Watsi on July 22nd, 2017. 4 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Joanne's most recent donation supported Marher, a playful toddler from Ethiopia, to heal his birth condition.
Joanne has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 7 countries.
Joanne has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 7 countries.
Marher is an adorable and smart 22-month-old boy from Ethiopia. He loves to run and play outdoor games. Marher is the only child in his family, and he loves talking with others. His dad is a construction worker but is currently not working since the termination of the project due to Covid-19 and hyperinflation of construction materials. His mom is a cook and the breadwinner of the family as of now. Her income is limited to sustain their family needs. They live in a rented house which makes their living conditions expensive, and so they often depend on support from friends and family. Marher was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Marher is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 14th, 2021. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His dad said, “Marher will be happy if he receives the surgery and recovers to live like any other boy. He will not be psychologically affected by his condition as he grows up. I hope he will be educated and lead a quality life.”
Solita is a 3-year-old from Cambodia. She is the only child in her family. Her mother is a factory worker, while her father repairs motors. Solita likes to play with toys and watch cartoons on TV. Overall, Solita is in good health, but has some problems with her left hand. Two years ago, she was burned by fire on her left fingers. After the accident, her family took her to a provincial hospital, where she was treated with medicine and dressings for 10 days. Unfortunately, burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the finger. It is difficult for her to use her hand, and she cannot carry or hold anything. When Solita's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there hoping for treatment. On February 3rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her fingers easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Her parents shared, "We hope our daughter's fingers will be better and the procedure will improve her ability to do daily activities."
Ampumuza is a tailor from Uganda. She is a widow who lost her husband three years ago. She has four children and all are still studying. Unfortunately as a widow, she doesn’t have any support. Ampumuza earns a living through tailoring sweaters for the survival of her family. Two years ago, Ampumuza began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing, often experiencing palpitations, and more so the disfigurement makes her feel uncomfortable in public. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ampumuza receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 4th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Ampumuza says “I hope for the best out of my surgery and to continue with my work as a tailor for the survival of my family.”
Sieng has two sons and one daughter. He enjoys exercising, listening to the radio, watching boxing on television, and cooking and taking care of his family. Three years ago, Sieng was in a motorcycle accident and fractured his right leg. He received initial treatment from a private hospital, but it was not successful in treating his injuries. He still has a difficult time keeping up with his work, and often has pain and trouble walking. Treatment will help to repair the fractured bone tissue and allow it to heal properly so Sieng can walk and return to work again. Sieng said, "I hope that my surgery will be successful so I can return to my work and can walk again without any pain."
Valary is a girl from Kenya. She was warming herself near an open fire in 2015 when her clothes caught fire. She suffered second degree burns and spent three months receiving care in a local hospital. After discharge, she did not heal fully, and contractures developed. This makes it difficult for her to walk. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Valary receive treatment. On July 12, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,176 procedure. Valary says, “I want to be a teacher when I grow up. Please help me."
Nicholas is a boy from Kenya. He is an only child. Nicholas was born with a perfect hearing. Unfortunately, when he was four, he had meningitis and lost his hearing. This has interrupted his social and academic life. Upon audiogram testing, he had hearing aids recommended. Now, he is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 5. His family needs help raising $929. Nicholas’s father says, “My prayer is to have my son treated and resume his hearing ability. I am hopeful that it will be possible for him to talk with ease again."
Soriya is a student who enjoys studying the Khmer language. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She likes to eat fried eggs and vegetables. She has one sister and one brother. She is the youngest in the family. Six months ago, she got a nasal infection and then an adenoid infection. Now she snores and has difficulty breathing. She needs to undergo a tosillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery to remove the infection and allow her to breathe and sleep easily again. Surgery is scheduled for July 9. Now, her family needs help funding this $221 procedure.
Marvens is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his mother and older sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. His mother is currently seeking employment. Marvens has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect and pulmonary stenosis. Marvens was born with a hole between the two upper chambers of his heart, as well as one of the four valves of his heart that is too small. These conditions combine to make his heart work too hard to pump blood to his body, leaving him sick and short of breath. Marvens also has Down syndrome. Marvens will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On February 2, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a catheter to insert a device into the hole in his heart to close it, and will also use a balloon to stretch his valve open. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $14,000 to pay for surgery. Marvens's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Marvens's family overseas. His mother says, "I will pray for God to bless everyone who is helping Marvens get better!"
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.
Ariel is a 13-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic who lives with his parents and three brothers. He is currently in the seventh grade and aspires to become a farmer, just like both of his parents. Ariel was born with a heart condition called coarctation of the aorta. His aorta is abnormally narrow, making it difficult for blood to pass through it. This causes his heart to pump harder to push the blood through, which leads to heart failure. Although Ariel is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. He will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Ariel will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 15. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Ariel also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and him family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Ariel's surgical care. "I am excited to get my heart fixed so that I can play baseball with the kids in my neighborhood!" says Ariel.