Kevin joined Watsi on November 6th, 2014. Seven years ago, Kevin joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Kevin's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Dawiskenley, a 4-year-old boy from Haiti, to fund prep and travel for cardiac surgery.
Dawiskenley is a toddler from Haiti who lives with his aunt, uncle and cousins in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Dawiskenley's mother and father live nearby and visit him regularly. Dawiskenley enjoys going to preschool and playing with his cousins. Dawiskenley has a cardiac condition called tricuspid endocarditis, one of the four valves of his heart has been infected and can no longer pump blood properly. The treatment that Dawiskenley needs is not available in Haiti, so he needs to fly to the Cayman Islands to undergo heart surgery. On May 25th, surgeons will attempt to repair the damaged valve so that it can pump blood more normally. Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. Our medical partners, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to help Dawiskenley's family cover labs, medicines, and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social worker who will accompany Dawiskenley's family overseas to support his treatment and care. Dawiskenley's uncle shared, "Our family is very grateful that so many people want to help Dawiskenley become healthy!"
Ruth is a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, which is the capital of the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. She is her parent's first child. Ruth was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus, which causes blood to leak through a hole between two major blood vessels near her heart. The condition makes it difficult for Ruth's small heart to fully function. Fortunately, her condition is highly treatable with surgery. The care she needs is not available in Haiti, so our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance has arranged to take Ruth and her mother to the Dominican Republic, where doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole near her heart. The treatment, scheduled for May 25th, will stop blood from leaking into her blood vessels and should allow her to live a full life ahead. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 toward the surgery cost. Her family is raising $1,500 to help cover the rest of her treatment and related care, including travel for Ruth and her mother. Her mother shared, "Our family is very hopeful that after the surgery, our daughter will have more energy and a better appetite."
Cornelius is four-month-old baby boy. He is the youngest in a family of eight children. Cornelius's older siblings are still school ranging from high school to primary school. Cornelius's parents are laborers on a tea farm making enough to meet the essential needs of the family. Without medical insurance, Cornelius's family cannot afford the cost of necessary medical treatments. Cornelius has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of this condition, Cornelius has experienced swelling in his head. Cornelius's parents took him to a hospital where he was examined and sent for a brain scan. Cornelius's parents could not afford the scan at that time, but soon after, friends of the family referred them to BenthanyKids Hospital. It was there Cornelius was was examined and scheduled to undergo a shunt insertion. This treatment will decompress the excess pressure in Cornelius's head, alleviate the swelling, and give Cornelius a chance at a better life. Without treatment, Cornelius will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Cornelius and his family raise $720 to cover the cost of the surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 31st and is expected to greatly improve Cornelius's quality of life. With proper treatment, Cornelius will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Cornelius’ mother says, “We have faith that Cornelius will be healed.”
Elizabeth is a 10-year-old student. She is a hard-working, oldest sibling of 4 children, who likes to help her mother with daily household chores. She is currently in class two at school and her best subject is Swahili. Elizabeth’s parents are small scale farmers, who grow maize, beans and vegetables. Their income is very modest, which makes it out of reach to cover Elizabeth's $874 medical treatment and care. In November 2021, Elizabeth had a fire accident that left her with burns on her body. She healed but was left with contracting scars, which make walking difficult. She has a hard time carrying out her daily life activities due to this lasting complication from the burn accident. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Elizabeth receive treatment. On March 3rd surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Now, she and her family needs help to fund this procedure. Elizabeth’s mother says, “After the fire accident my daughter now struggles to walk and even carry out her daily life activities.”
Vincent is a jovial and playful five-year-old boy. He is the third of four children in his family. Vincent's parents plough farms and fetch water to earn a living. Work is hard to come by where they live, in turn forcing his father to go to neighboring communities to look for employment. About a year ago, Vincent had a left inguinal hernia with pain in his abdominal area. His father noticed that there was swelling, and applied some ointment on the spot, which made the swelling and pain disappear. Vincent never experienced the pain again until two months ago. His family has been seeking help so that he can feel well again. Fortunately, on February 4th, Vincent will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $585 to fund Vincent's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live a more comfortable life. Vincent's father says, “It has been a stressful time for us as a family. I feel sad for my son that he has to undergo this.”
Sivutha is a 61-year-old egg seller with has five children (two sons and three daughters) and five grandchildren. All of his children are married except for his youngest daughter. Sivutha's wife is also a seller at their local market. In November, Sivutha fractured his right tibia in a motor vehicle accident. He received care at the government hospital but could not pay for follow-up treatment or medication. Now, his wound has split at the metal plate and is infected. As a result, Sivutha experiences pain and has difficulty walking. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On December 7th, Sivutha will undergo a fracture repair procedure. Surgeons will perform a debridement and implant antibiotic beads to speed up healing. This procedure will help him walk easily again and heal the infection. CSC is requesting $465 to fund Sivutha's surgery. Sivutha shared that he hopes his wound will heal and he will walk easily again.
Nembris is a charming and curious 16-month-old baby. She's the only child in her family. Nembris’s parents work as subsistence farmers and shared that they need assistance with the cost of Nembris’s treatment. Nembris has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, which causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, her family traveled to the care center at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). On December 7th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery, which will allow Nembris to walk easily upon recovery. AMHF is requesting $935 to fund this procedure. Nembris’s mother shared, “I would be very glad if my daughter can walk without difficulty and if her leg will look normal like other kids. I lost hope...Please help us.”
Margret is a 69-year-old woman - a mother of five children and a grandmother to 13 children. She lives in a thatched house with her family. She and her husband are farmers and rely on seasonal farm products for their income. Due to a recent drought on their land, they do not have any farm products to sell. Margret and her husband are aging and shared that they are limited in how they can care for themselves. They also shared that their children are married but do not have stable jobs yet to help support the family. One week ago, Margret’s poor vision caused her to fall on her walk to the farm. She fell on her left hand and can longer use it or put any weight on it. Her daughter-in-law bought her to the hospital for an X-Ray. After an assessment by the doctor, she was diagnosed with a left distal humerus fracture, and surgery was recommended. Currently, Margret is experiencing pain in her left hand and requires 24-hour care from her daughter-in-law. On October 26th, Margret will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). This surgery will alleviate her pain and bring healing and restoration to the functioning of her left hand. She will be able to carry out her day-to-day activities and take care of herself again. AMH is requesting $941 to help fund this procedure. Margret shared, “I am in pain. I hope I get treated soon and be able to use my hand again. Please help me.”
Dinnah is a hardworking farmer and a middle-aged mother of 8 children: 7 sons and a daughter. Some of her children are still in school while the older ones are now working. Dinnah loves rearing animals and has three cows and 10 goats, however her major source of income is from her sale of bananas and coffee. Recently, Dinnah began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling along with a headache, shortness of breath and general body weakness. She went to Nyakibale hospital and had a scan done, where she was diagnosed with euthyroid goitre. It was recommended that she undergo thyroidectomy surgery. Initially, at a different facility, she was told it would cost $850 for her surgery, but she could not raise that amount. Then Dinnah came to Nyakibale Hospital as she worried her symptoms were getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is now helping Dinnah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 5th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Dinnah says: “I really hope to be well and resume my duties of supporting my husband in raising our children."
Fredrick is a hardworking student and the third born in a family of four siblings. His family comes from a town called Maua in Kenya. Fredrick is deaf and attends a special school named Ntoruba. He comes from a humble background: sadly, his mother passed away in July 2017 due to prolonged illness. His father also suffers from an illness and is currently under treatment. A neighbor expressed, “The family depends on well-wishers for their daily living.” Fredrick has clubfoot on his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Fredrick traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Fredrick's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily again. Fredrick signed that he will be happy if his leg will be corrected and able to walk normally. His brother Dennis told us, "Any help to make him happy and walk normally will be highly appreciated.”
Sopheap is a 38-year-old farmer. Her husband works at a hotel near their home. Together they have two young daughters, a one-year-old and a three-year-old. Four months ago, Sopheap was in a driving accident that led to paralysis of her right hand. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that transmit signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Due to this injury, Sopheap is experiencing pain and paralysis on her right side. Sopheap traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment at their care center. On August 4th, she will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery. Upon recovery, Sopheap will be able to use her arm again. CSC is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Sopheap says, "I hope I can regain use of my arm as soon as possible after this procedure."
Landei is an adventurous, playful and social 10-year-old boy from Tanzania. A while ago, he and his friends were playing in the fields, climbing on electric poles as the cattle were grazing. Sadly, they didn't realize the dangers that the poles posted, and the boys were electrocuted. Landei sustained burns to his hand and thigh. He later developed gengrene and had an emergency below-elbow amputation. However, his condition is not improving and now he needs an above-elbow amputation to save the rest of his arm. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Landei to receive treatment. On June 10th, he will undergo surgery at AMH's care center and now, AMH is requesting $1,088 to cover the cost of Landei's procedure and care. Landei’s father shared, "our son’s accident found us with no money to seek treatment for him that’s why it’s gotten this bad. Please help him have the needed surgery."