John joined Watsi on May 21st, 2015. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! John's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Mursale, a child from Tanzania, to fund surgery on his legs.
John has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Mursale is a child from Tanzania. Mursale is a three year old little boy and a third born child in his family, he is a calm but happy baby. Mursai’s father does small business in his hometown where by he sells construction sand and his mother is a small business woman, she own a small restaurant. Mursale was diagnosed with windswept deformity. His legs bow in a way to seem as though they are blown by the wind. 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. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Mursale. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 19. Treatment will hopefully restore Mursale's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Mursale’s father says, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he is able to walk without difficulty.”
Benard is a small scale farmer from Kenya. He is known to friends and villagers alike as the tall and slim guy. Benard is a hardworking young man. Born and bred in the valleys of Resim village (Kenya), Benard is one of the five children of Mr. Paul, a security guard at a private homestead within their home area. Benard schooled at Kaptura primary school a few meters away from home. He dropped out of school in grade seven due to insufficient funds at home. Benard is employed by a neighbor to operate his motorcycle as a taxi. Benard was well until Friday 20th of September evening when he was involved in a road traffic accident while he was heading home from work. He sustained severe injury to his right leg. Benard was brought to our hospital and after doctors’ assessment and X-ray done, he was diagnosed with proximal tibia fracture. he can not stand nor walk without support and is in chronic pain Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 26th, Benard will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Bernard will be able to walk once he has healed and he will be able to resume working. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Benard says, “I want to be able to walk again. I can’t withstand the pain in my leg."
Baby Meseret is an infant from Ethiopia. He is a cute baby who loves to see and play with his two sisters. The dad is a self-employed mechanic and his mom is a civil servant. The income of the family is too little to cover all the basic needs and education expenses of the family. Baby Meseret’s dad spent thousands of Ethiopian Birr treating Baby Meseret who was diagnosed with Pneumonia soon after birth and stayed in hospital for nine days. Since birth, Baby Meseret has had an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or death. Fortunately, on September 24th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $487 to fund Baby Meseret's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Baby Meseret’s dad said, “I am in a point that I can’t focus and work in my work place. One of my reasons for this stress is the financial insecurity me and my wife face at this moment. We were worried on how to get money for our baby’s necessary treatment. But once I heard of this help from Watsi I saw a glimpse of hope."
Van is a 70-year-old mother of seven from Cambodia. She has thirteen grandchildren, and in her free time she enjoys listening to the news and the monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Van developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry and cloudy vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Van learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On September 16, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. Van's son-in-law says, "I hope that my mother-in-law will be able to see clearly after her surgery and can recognize people's faces and go outside on her own."
Yeat is a 65-year-old grandmother of ten from Cambodia. She has four daughters, one son, and enjoys visiting the pagoda in her spare time. Three months ago, Yeat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yeat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On August 6, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that I will be able to see more clearly than before, and return to the pagoda and attend the ceremonies."
Alex is a farmer from Kenya. He is married and a father of two. For three years, Alex has had a right hydrocele and abscess. This is causing him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on August 6, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $384 to fund Alex's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.
John is a student from Kenya. He is a form two student, aged 16 years from Zambezi in Kiambu County. He is a cheerful young man and the second last born in a family of six. John seems to be of a playful and easy going nature. John’s parents are both small scale farmers He fell from a tree and sustained a closed fracture of the left humerus on 20th August. He visited our facility and was reviewed by the surgeon who recommended ORIF. He is not able to use his left arm and is in chronic pain Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 05, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I am looking forward to the day when I will be able to use my left hand like I was used to.” said John with a glimmer of hope in his eyes.
Meet James, a playful and talkative five-year-old boy. He lives with his family near Nairobi, Kenya. James's mother works at a hair salon, and his father is a carpenter. When James was two years old, his mother noticed swelling in a sensitive area, which caused James considerable pain. He was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a medical condition where the testes remain undescended, and an inguinal hernia. As James was too young to have surgery, he was prescribed pain medication to alleviate his symptoms. Without surgical intervention, James is at risk of developing infertility and testicular cancer. Now that he is of age, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has scheduled James for corrective surgery on April 27. We can help James's family by raising $535 in donations.
Thou is a 60-year-old woman from Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys listening to monks praying on the radio and participating in ceremonies at the pagoda. About three months ago, Thou developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused her to experience blurred vision, pain, and tearing. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, and she worries about the future deterioration of her vision. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $292 to fund a phaco procedure and an intraocular lens implant for each of Thou's eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on April 4 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Thou's vision and allow her to live more comfortably.
"It's difficult for me to see my baby in so much pain. He has never had to go to the hospital before. I hope he is treated soon," Laxman's mother says of her six-year-old son. Recently, Laxman was playing with his neighborhood friends when he fell and fractured his left leg. Our medical partner in Nepal, Possible, tells us, "He has been in a lot of pain since and has been taking medication to control it. The area of injury looks deformed and has swollen slightly. He also has high fever and has been vomiting too." Although Laxman's father works in India to make enough money to support his family, his parents cannot afford the cost of his medical bills. For $579, Laxman will undergo surgery to have the bones in his leg reset and pins installed so that they stay in place and heal properly. This operation will eliminate the pain that is causing the swelling and nausea and ensure that Laxman will once again be able to run around and play with his friends.
Mirlene is three years old, and lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with her mother, aunt, and cousins. She has not yet started preschool but likes to play with the kids in her neighborhood and draw. “Mirlene was born with a cardiac condition called complete atrioventricular septal defect, in which multiple holes exist between the upper and lower chambers of her heart,” says our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “Blood flows through these holes in her heart without first passing through the lungs to get oxygen, leaving her sickly and short of breath. Because of the severity of this condition, there is a chance it may not be repairable, but the only way to determine this is by inserting a catheter into the chambers of her heart. Since this is not possible in Haiti, arrangements are being made to bring her to Dominican Republic to perform this extremely important test in the hopes that she can have heart surgery later in the year.” For $1,500, Mirlene will receive this life-saving procedure to determine the rest of her treatment plan. This cost also covers her travel and transportation costs between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. "I am so happy that there is a way forward for Mirlene,” her mother says. “We are hoping for a good result from this test."
Say hello to Joash! He is three years old, and lives in Kenya with his parents. Joash lives with a condition called hypospadias. “He is not able to pass urine normally because his urethral opening is not at the tip of his penis,” explains our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Joash will be at risk of urinary tract infections. He may not be able to have his own children when he grows up and he is likely to have low self-esteem.” For $655, Joash will receive a hypsophadius repair that will allow him to pass urine normally and reduce his risk of urinary tract infections. “I have finally found the right hospital for treatment," Joash's mother shares. "I am thankful and I look forward to a successful surgery.”