courtney joined Watsi on June 21st, 2014. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! courtney's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Aylen, a minister from Philippines, to remove painful gallstones.
courtney has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 7 countries.
courtney has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 7 countries.
“Aylen is a very optimistic mother,” says our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). “She always has this strong feeling of positivity even though they are experiencing different kinds of difficulty in life.” Aylen, a 49-year-old mother from the Philippines, "loves to interact with people, especially those that are members of her church.” After a recent visit to the ICM clinic, Aylen was diagnosed with cholelithiasis, also known as gallstone disease. This condition occurs when small masses harden within the biliary tract, most frequently in the gallbladder. At this stage of her disease, “Aylen is experiencing pain that radiates in her back,” explains ICM. Due to the symptoms caused by her condition, Aylen is having trouble doing her daily activities. In particular, ICM says, “She is having difficulty in doing daily household chores and taking care of her family.” However, Aylen’s family does not earn enough income to afford the cost of her treatment at this time. With $1,384, she will receive a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This minimally invasive operation will remove the gallstones from her gallbladder. In addition to her surgery, Aylen will also receive five days of hospital care to ensure that she has access to all of the medical help she needs in the first several days of her recovery. After having the gallstones removed, “Aylen will be able to function better, especially in doing household chores and taking care of her family,” ICM explains. Looking ahead to the future, Aylen "is excited to take care of her family and be very active in the church when treatment is done.”
Meet Donex, a baby boy from Malawi. Donex was born with hydrocephalus—a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. In an infant, too much CSF can increase pressure on the brain and inside the skull, leading to an enlarged head and developmental delays. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM), tells us, “Donex has a very big head, poor sight, and cries all day.” Doctors recommend surgical placement of a shunt in Donex’s brain to drain the excess CSF. The shunt is connected to a tube that runs under the skin and empties into the peritoneal cavity (in the abdomen), where the excess CSF can be resorbed by the body. Donex’s family earns money from a small business but cannot afford to pay for the surgery that he needs. $992 covers the cost of shunt placement as well as food, travel, and lodging for Donex and his mother pre- and post-surgery. WAM explains that, after surgery, Donex, “can regain sight and start talking.” “I have high hopes that my child will get better after the surgery,” shares Donex’s mother.
Anne is a one-year-old girl from Haiti. Our medical partner, Project Medishare (PM), reports that “when Anne was born, her mother noticed that her baby’s head was too soft and she cried a lot,” so she brought Anne in for testing. CT scan results revealed that Anne has hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain, causing the head to enlarge. This can result in brain damage, and can be fatal if left untreated. Anne’s mother is young and still attending school. Anne and her mother live with her grandmother “who is old and unable to help her with the needs to raise Anne," adds PM. Anne's father is also young and is still in school. Anne’s treatment will cost $1,260, and consists of a hydrocephalus shunt placement to drain out the fluids that have accumulated in her head. This treatment will save Anne’s life, and give her the chance to grow and develop normally. Anne’s mother shares, “my wish is that the surgery happens successfully, I am looking forward to good results of the treatment that will prevent my baby’s head from getting much larger. I love Anne very much because she is my first baby, I will always love her.”
"We knew for a long time that Jefferson had a problem, but we didn't know what it was,” Jefferson’s parents share. “We're so glad to know what's wrong, and that there is a way to fix it!" The first-born child to office workers in Haiti, three-year-old Jefferson is an intelligent boy who asks a lot of questions and is learning to read. Jefferson’s parents have not put him in preschool yet due to a congenital heart condition known as tetralogy of Fallot. The condition involves a combination of related defects, including a hole between two chambers in the heart that results in blood passing through without being oxygenated. The lack of oxygen in the blood can cause Jefferson to faint, feel weak and be prone to sickness. Without treatment, tetralogy of Fallot can be fatal. Health City Cayman Islands is subsidizing Jefferson's heart surgery, and Watsi donors can support Jefferson with $1,500 to cover the overseas travel expenses and medical preparation he needs before surgery. “Following surgery, Jefferson should be able to lead a normal life with near-normal blood flow through his heart, and no ongoing risk of death from this condition,” explains our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance. “He will probably never need another surgery in his life.”
Meet Fidelis, an 18-year-old student who lives with his single mother and two younger siblings in Kenya. “I play football in my free time, and also work hard in class to achieve my dream career of becoming an electrical engineer," Fidelis tells us. Fidelis is very bright, but experiences low self esteem because he has hypospadius, a medical condition in which his urethral opening is along the shaft of his penis. This causes him difficulty when passing urine. Fidelis needs a hypospadius repair -- a relatively simple, 90 minute procedure to fix the opening. The surgery will cost $655. His mother works on farms as a casual laborer, and her $3 daily income is barely enough to provide the necessities for her family. She is therefore not able to save for her son’s surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation explains: “If the surgery is not done soon, the condition is likely to affect Fidelis psycho-socially. He will also have difficulty fathering children in future.” Let's help Fidelis and fund his treatment!
Here’s Julius! He’s a 53-year-old male widower from Kenya with three children who are in school. “Julius had been doing his normal work as a farmer, to tend for his children, until two weeks ago when he fell and sustained fracture of the right leg,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Since then, he has been experiencing a lot of pain and has been unable to move around.” If left untreated, Julius will continue to be in pain, be unable to use his leg, and may suffer from delayed healing and malunion, where the bone heals in a deformed position. His extended family cannot assist him and his income is not enough to afford this surgery. For $1,125, AMHF will be able to provide Julius with an ORIF, or open reduction and internal fixation surgery, to fix his broken bones. With this surgery, it is expected that the bones will heal correctly and Julius will be able to use his leg again. Julius says, ''I want to appreciate Watsi in advance. I hope Watsi will help me so that I can continue taking care of my children, I am their only hope!” Let’s work together to help Julius!
“I am still young and I hope to be able to work and have my own family,” says James, filled with hope. Meet James, a 33-year-old young man from Kenya. James used to work as a bus conductor, a job that took care of his basic needs. In 2014, James was involved in a hit and run road traffic accident, which resulted in a fractured tibia. He is in pain and is unable to use his right leg. James was taken to a hospital where the surgeon advised he undergo an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery. The surgery has not been done because James cannot afford it as he is no longer working due to his broken leg. If not treated, the bones will fail to unite completely and James will be unable to walk and earn a living. For $1,125, James will receive the ORIF surgery. “We expect after an ORIF, the bones will unite and James will be able to use his legs again,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, begins to explain. “James will be able to work so that he can support himself and also achieve his dream of raising a family.” Let’s give James the treatment he needs to continue living his life!
"We'll provide food, medical treatment, accompaniment, and intensive growth monitoring," Wuqu'' Kawoq (WK) tells us about their plans to treat one-year-old Isais's malnourishment. This little guy from Guatemala is the eighth-born child in his large and loving family. "Isais is extremely small," says the WK team. "He has been chronically ill for the last several months and he is not growing. He is underweight, but he is especially under-height." WK is well-equipped to put Isaias's parents at ease and help their son out in a big way. Let's cover the $535 they need to make sure this happens.
"Julia is a mother of four lovely children, a wife to a fisherman who spends most of his night hours fishing to sustain his family," Lwala tells us. "Being an industrious woman, her husband gets her fish from the lake and she sells them by the roadside near her home." "Julia has been experiencing false labor for the past two weeks, early this week she was admitted and discharged after two days [of] feeling better," Lwala writes. "This prevents her from going to roadside to sell her fish to uphold her family." $290 will ensure that Julia gets the care she needs to welcome her baby safely into this world - including prenatal and postnatal care as well as a safe delivery. "She feels that hospital delivery prevents many babies from contracting diseases from their mothers at delivery," Lwala continues about Julia. "She hopes that her baby becomes a doctor when she/he grows up."
"Soe Win is a 28 year old woman who currently suffers from a myoma," Burma Border Projects (BBP) tells us about this independent woman who previously lived and worked in Thailand prior to seeking care. "She is experiencing a lot of pain in her abdomen, so much so that she can no longer stand it." "She cannot eat and sleep well," BBP continues about Soe Win's condition. "She experiences a lot of pain when she is walking and sitting for too long. She cannot lie down flat on her bed and so she can only sleep on one side. She experiences abdominal tenderness and she is very uncomfortable moving around too much." Soe Win has come to seek care at BBP - and the clinicians are ready to help her. $865 would cover the cost of a surgical procedure to remove this mass and relieve Soe Win of discomfort. “Once I am healthy, I will be able to work well and save more money," says Soe Win. "I will continue to try and donate to the needy. I can see my brighter future, because I believe that when the rain stops a rainbow will appear in the sky.” Let's get Soe Win back on her feet.
“Ally is a responsible 14-year-old boy,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation tells us. Meet Ally, the second born in his family of four from Tanzania! He has already finished his primary education and science is his favorite subject. For fun, he loved to play soccer and volleyball during school hours before his medical condition worsened. When Ally was beginning his secondary education, his knees "gradually started to bend inwards causing the knees to knock each other when walking." His doctors have diagnosed him with bilateral genu valgus. Because of his condition, Ally explains that he “had to quit school because he could no longer walk the long distance to school.” Ally “cannot walk or run fast and sometimes he complains of pain in the knees." If his medical condition is not treated, it is likely that Ally will develop early osteoarthritis. Ally says, "My wish is to one day become a pilot." For $940, we can give Ally access to the care he needs so he can return to secondary school and follow his dreams!
Meet Frantz, a four-month-old who lives in the Haitian countryside with his mother and grandmother. At three months, Frantz began to experience swelling in his head. It became apparent that he has hydrocephalus. Frantz's mother tells our medical partner, Medishare, that Frantz has lately been unable to breathe well, has seizures sometimes, cries often, and is unable to sleep at night. "In children, since the bones of the skull have not completely fused, the size of the head of the child starts getting bigger as the fluid accumulates in the brain," Frantz's doctors explain. "The negative effects of this are many and include – failure of the child to grow and lead an independent life and halting of neurological development because the brain does not function normally. Thus, if the child was learning to craw or walk, they stop." Recommended treatment for Frantz is a shunt replacement. This will reduce swelling and will in turn also address some of the other symptoms. $1260 will cover the cost of the surgery as well as meds and physiotherapy after the procedure. In spite of the discomfort she has seen her son in, Frantz's mother is optimistic: "I am excited to go back home with him and I am looking forward to sending him to school." Let's give her even more reason to be optimistic by funding care for Frantz.