ZoomRx joined Watsi on December 3rd, 2013. 32 other people also joined Watsi on that day! ZoomRx's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Sana, a resilient 23-month-old girl from Kenya, to fund shunt surgery for hydrocephalus.
ZoomRx has funded healthcare for 337 patients in 13 countries.
ZoomRx has funded healthcare for 337 patients in 13 countries.
Sana is a two-year-old baby girl, living with her parents and nine siblings. Her mother is a homemaker, while her father is employed as a delivery truck driver. But steady work is hard to find, and their family doesn't have health insurance to help cover the medical costs for Sana. Sana, who was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at birth, has already had a long journey to good health. Two days after she was born, she had shunts put in her head to help drain the excessive fluids that built up in her brain. When her mother noticed that the shunts weren't working, and Sana's head was still increasing in size, she took Sana back to the doctor, and new shunts were put into place. Sana has had three surgeries in the span of three months, but the shunts are still not adequately draining the fluid from her head. After the third shunt revision surgery, her mother gave up on her treatment, as she was not getting any better. A friend later referred her to BethanyKids Hospital, but when they went there, Sana's mother found that the hospital didn't have a neurosurgeon. A year later, Sana and her mother returned to the hospital and Sana is now finally scheduled for the surgery she needs to heal on May 18th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $666 to pay for this life-changing procedure for Sana. Sana's mother says: "We have hope that Sana will be treated."
Dominick is a young boy who is the first-born in a family of three children. His parents are subsistence farmers. He is yet to be enrolled in school because of difficulty he has in walking. Dominick was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has difficulty walking. His parents first noticed the bending of the legs as he learnt to walk and took him to the hospital where they were given calcium and vitamin to use, but there was no improvement in his condition. Due to financial challenges, his parents were not able to continue treatment for Dominick. Last year, they decided to bring him to Arusha for special prayers. There, they met an employee of African Mission Healthcare, who advised them to try seeking treatment at their care center ALMC Hospital. Through earlier support, Dominick had a successful surgery that helped correct both of his legs. However, he came back for follow up three months later and his legs were already relapsing, which is limiting his mobility again. Dominick was prescribed calcium to use for three months before a reassessment. It has now been determined that he needs another surgery to help correct his legs. In this surgery the doctors will place implants to help prevent his legs from relapsing again. His parents are asking for support to make his care possible. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dominick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. Treatment will hopefully restore Dominick's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Dominick’s mother says, “Please help us once more. His legs are bending again.”
Evangeline is a 31-year-old woman who formerly worked as a spa attendant prior to being laid off during the pandemic. Evangeline shared that now she and her family rely on help from her mother to cover basic needs. For about two months, Evangeline has been experiencing abdominal pain and nausea that went untreated. In April, she was rushed to our partner's care facility, Our Lady of Peace Hospital, when her symptoms worsened. Evangeline received an ultrasound test which revealed she was suffering from Cholelithiasis, a condition in which gallstones form in the gallbladder. This condition requires Evangeline's gallbladder to be removed surgically. It has been difficult for Evangeline's family to sustain their day-to-day needs, so our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Evangeline raise the $1,253 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After her recovery, Evangeline will no longer experience severe abdominal pain and nausea. This life altering surgery will save her from further risk of developing severe health complications. "After this surgery, I’ll be able to apply for a job and help support my family, especially my kids who are still very young," Evangeline shared. “Thank you, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, and Watsi for not only helping me get the needed surgery, but also, for helping ease our worries about finances.”
Saw Moo is a 6-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, his four brothers, and a sister in Bago Division, in southern Burma. Saw Moo is a primary school student. His mother is a homemaker and his father is a subsistence farmer. They also raise chickens and pigs, and sell a pig when they need cash. In his free time, Saw Moo loves to play with his siblings and his friends. Two months ago, Saw Moo's mother noticed that his abdomen was enlarged. Since then, his abdomen has continued to increase in size. When his parents asked if he was in pain, he always replied he was not. Recently, his father noticed that his legs and groin area had become swollen. Doctors want Saw Moo to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $693 to cover the cost of Saw Moo's CT scan and care, scheduled for April 27th. Saw Moo's father said, "I am the only one who supports my family and now I need to travel with my son so that he can receive treatment. I am worried that because of this I will not be able to start planting [rice] in time. I hope that my son will recover well and grow up to become an educated man so that he can serve his community."
Jane is a small business owner with a family of five children. She's worked hard to raise her children alone since her husband passed on in 2009. To make ends meet and support her family, Jane sells green vegetables in a nearby market. Jane is very hardworking and tries not to depend on her children who are now grown, but this year has been more difficult since she had a fall in January and last month was involved in a road traffic accident. Jane sustained a fracture on her left hand (which was already healing from dislocation), and a right tibia fracture, and hip dislocation. Jane was brought to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, where the surgeon recommended surgery for her radius, ulna, and tibia along with bedrest for her hip dislocation. Jane's family will help cover as much of the cost for these procedures as they can, but have asked for help to cover the medical costs On April 5th, Jane will undergo a fracture repair procedure so the injury will heal without deformity. This surgery will allow Jane to work and depend on herself again. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Jane raise $1,049 to fund this procedure. Jane shared, "I am helpless and don’t know who to turn to. The little I get from selling vegetables is very little to meet the cost of the required operation. I really plead for support so that I can be well soon and be able to concentrate and be independent instead of relying on my children.”
Daissa is a 2-month-old baby from Haiti. She has brothers and sisters and lives with her mom. Daissa has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Daissa has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Daissa will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $957 to cover the cost of surgery for Daissa at Hospital Bernard Mevs that will treat her hydrocephalus. This is the only site in the country where this care is currently available and the procedure is scheduled to take place on March 31st. This critical treatment will place a shunt to drain the excess fluid from Daissa's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Daissa will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Her mom is hopeful that with treatment Daissa can grow up healthy like other children.
Daw San is a 64-year-old woman who lives with her husband and son in northern Thailand. Daw San and her husband moved to Thailand from Burma about 20 years ago in search of better job opportunities. Daw San has developed a cataract in her left eye that has caused her vision to decline in recent months. Daw San is a homemaker, but her challenged vision has made it difficult to complete housework and do all she needs to do each day. Daw San's husband worked as an agricultural day laborer, but recently stopped to help Daw San with daily tasks. Daw San’s son does construction work and his income is just enough to cover their family's daily needs. In February 2022, a doctor at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed Daw San with a cataract in her left eye. Daw San also suffers from complete vision loss in her right eye so the cataract makes it difficult to care for herself. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Daw San raise $1,500 for lens replacement surgery. On March 3rd, surgeons will remove Daw San's natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Daw San will be able to see clearly. Daw San’s husband said, “If my wife regains her vision, I can go back to work. I was so happy to learn that an organisation would help pay for the cost of my wife’s treatment. We are very thankful to the donors and the organisation.”
Vivian is a four-year-old girl. She's the 3rd and last born in her family. Her mother, who is the sole provider, works hard finding jobs to support their family. She often washes clothes and helps in farms at her neighbor’s homes. Vivian was born with a condition known as hemiplegic CP. This impacts her right foot and her right wrist. As a result, Vivian has difficulty walking and often falls. Vivian will undergo surgery on February 28th with our Medical Partner to enable her to walk and attend school. Vivian’s mother shared, “I am requesting support to help my daughter undergo surgery so she can walk like other children."
Saw Ta is a 60-year-old man who lives with his wife, five daughters, and five sons in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. Originally from Burma, he fled to the refugee camp with his family due to conflict near their village. All of his daughters and two of his sons are students in the refugee camp. One of his sons is a pastor and does not receive a salary, while the other two are day labourers. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions on leaving the camp, they find it difficult to find work. Saw Ta’s wife works for the Karen Women’s Organization in the refugee camp. Their monthly household income is not enough to cover their large household’s basic needs or the medical treatment that Saw Ta now needs. In late 2020, Saw Ta developed back pain, a fever, and pain. He went to the hospital in the refugee camp, where he was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI) and admitted for care. He received treatment and was discharged home after he recovered. However, every month his symptoms would return, and he would be readmitted at the hospital to treat his infection. Last March, staff from the organization Malteser International (MI) brought him to Mae Sariang Hospital due to his frequent infections. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with stones in both of his kidneys as well as hydronephrosis. He received pain medication and the doctor referred him to Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) for further treatment. Due to restrictions, Saw Taw had to wait to receive a letter from Thai authorities to leave the camp and travel to CMH, which he received in July. Then he underwent a kidney, ureter, and bladder (KUB) x-ray. The doctor confirmed his diagnosis, and performed a percutaneous nephrotomy that same day, inserting a catheter into his right kidney to drain it. He received a follow-up appointment for three months later and was brought home. However, he was unable to return for his appointment due to the refugee camp being placed under a lockdown because of COVID-19 cases. Saw Taw was finally able to return to the hospital on November 30th, 2021. While there, the doctor changed the catheter in his kidney and told him he needs surgery to remove the stones from his right kidney. Our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is helping him undergo treatment and is raising $1,500 to fund his care, which is scheduled for January 28th, 2022. Currently, Saw Ta suffers from pain in his back and his lower abdomen. He experiences pain when he passes urine, has no appetite, and feels tired after doing small tasks. In the future, he wants to help his family with household chores. He also wants to find work and help his community. “I worry when I think about my health problems,” Saw Ta said. “I hope that after my surgery my pain will disappear.”
Baby of Mwanaisha is a one-week old baby and the last born in a family of seven children. His mother used to sell vegetables at the local market while his father sells seedlings and garden flowers. Now that his mother has a new baby it leaves the father as the sole provider. Baby of Mwanaisha was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Baby of Mwanaisha is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Baby of Mwanaisha's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 8th. This procedure will hopefully spare Baby of Mwanaisha from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. His mother told us, “Please help my child get this treatment that will save his life.”
Ewe is an elderly man who is married and has four children. All his children are not well off financially. To provide for the family, Ewe does repair work for household stuff and shoes. Since he was injured, he is not able to work. His wife is not able to work as she too has a health problem with her hip joint. For now, they are relying on their grandson who is a student in a bible college. Their family does not have health insurance coverage and can not raise the required funds to cater for their grandfather’s surgery. Ewe’s right leg has had issues for a long time. His knee joint was not moving properly. This made him put his leg straight all the time to avoid experiencing too much pain. Two months ago, he was a moto passenger and they had an accident. He fractured his femur but the driver was not injured. His grandson came to his rescue and brought him to our medical partner Kijabe Hospital for examination. He was admitted, casted and then discharged home. Two weeks later he came for his clinic reviews, an x-ray was done and it was found that his leg was not getting any better. At this time, he was also experiencing pain and was unable to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 5th, Ewe will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He is scheduled for the surgery to correct the fracture but has no money to pay for the surgery and appeals for help. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Ewe says, "I would really like to provide for my family and not to be a burden to my grandson.”
Fred is a jovial 10-year-old student. Our medical partner met Fred at the Cure Hospital Mobile Clinic in Nyeri - a non-stop 4-hour drive from the AIC Cure International Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. Fred was brought to the clinic by two women who are his guardians and shared more about his story: Fred's guardians met him at Karatina market where they work. Fred was in a wheelchair begging for money from the passersbys in the market. They realized Fred had come from Tanzania (a neighboring country) and was begging for money under the care of an unknown person who was using him to make money. The guardians rescued the boy and took him to their home. They reported this to the local authorities including the area chief and the police station. They also enrolled Fred in a nearby school after they realized that despite the physical challenges, Fred is very bright and could perform well in school. Fred has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Fred has now traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,286 to fund Fred's clubfoot repair. This treatment will be of great impact to Fred because he will be able to put on shoes and walk well. His community is hopeful that Fred's self-esteem will improve and he will be able to continue with his education and achieve great things in the future. “We are just but well-wishers looking forward to doing God's work. We would appreciate if you assist this young soul who has a bright future,” Fred's guardians told us.