Allison joined Watsi on November 6th, 2014. 58 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Allison's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Saw, a man from Burma, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Allison has funded healthcare for 49 patients in 11 countries.
Allison has funded healthcare for 49 patients in 11 countries.
Saw is a 28-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, daughter, and two nephews. He used to work as a chef in Thailand, but three months ago, he moved back to his village in Burma. His wife works around the home, caring for their daughter and their nephews. Two months ago, Saw climbed a palm tree to collect coconuts. When he reached the top, he suddenly fainted and fell down, breaking his left femur and arm. Since the accident, he has not been able to work. In April 2018, he underwent internal fixation for his broken femur at Mae Sot Hospital. He felt a lot better after surgery, but in late June 2018, he accidentally fell from his bed and broke his left femur again. A few days after the accident, Saw started to experience pain in his left leg. Now, he cannot walk anymore. Saw says, "I am afraid to move because of the pain and I also have pain in my left arm when I try to walk and use crutches." He needs to undergo further treatment, including a removal of the hardware installed during his first surgery and then another internal fixation surgery to heal the fracture. Fortunately, after visiting our medical partner's care center, he was scheduled for surgery on July 17. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund surgery.
Chivensky is a toddler from Haiti. He lives in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, where his mother and father share custody of him during the week. He attends preschool and likes drawing and watching cartoons. Chivensky has a cardiac condition called venticular septal defect. A hole exist between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sickly and weak. Because the defect has gone unrepaired, he also suffers from a condition called pulmonary hypertension that may or may not prevent him from being able to have heart surgery—the only way to know is to perform a diagnostic catheterization. To determine if Chivensky's condition is operable, he must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into his heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On May 23, he will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Chivensky's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. His father says, "Our family will be praying that the test brings good news, and that our son can go on to have heart surgery soon!"
Thomas is a toddler from Tanzania. He has two siblings. Thomas was diagnosed with genu varus, which means his legs bow outward at the knee. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. This has affected his mobility. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Thomas. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Thomas's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Thomas’s mother says, "I will be so happy to see him walk well please help us."
That is a seventh grader from Cambodia. He has three older brothers and three older sisters. He enjoys studying mathematics and eating fruits. In February 2018, That was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his femur. It is difficult for him to walk, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 24, That will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. The procedure will help him walk easily again. He says, "I am looking forward to getting better and spending time with my friends and siblings."
Mon is a palm sugar farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. She likes watching thai dramas on TV and listening to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Mon developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 12, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see everything clearly so I can learn more about Buddha and I can easily look after my grandchild or go anywhere independently."
Sideth is an electrician from Cambodia. He has four siblings. He enjoys watching boxing matches and Korean TV shows. In 2017, he was burned by an electric shock. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the burns on his face, hand, and mouth. It is difficult to open his mouth. When Sideth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On February 6, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to move his hand and mouth. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. He says, "I hope I feel better after the operation and I can move my hand, mouth and have more beautiful skin."
Martin is a young student from Kenya. He wants to become a pastor. He is in sixth grade and has four siblings. Martin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Martin has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Martin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 29. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a pastor when I grow up,” shares Martin.
Esther is a young woman from Haiti. She lives with her younger sister in Port-au-Prince. She was previously a teacher but has had to stop working due to her heart condition. Esther has a cardiac condition called severe mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart has become severely damaged from rheumatic fever, and can no longer adequately circulate blood to the rest of her body. Esther will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On December 12, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will replace her damaged valve with an artificial implant. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $65,000 to pay for surgery. Esther'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 Esther's family overseas. She says, "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping me to travel for this surgery!"
Fagson is a 68-year-old Malawian farmer who lives with his wife and extended family. His sons and daughters handle the more physically demanding farm work, while Fagson does other necessary chores, like fetching firewood and tending to the animals. Lately, Fagson has been dealing with the pain and discomfort associated with an enlarged prostate. This issue has left him unable to work and enjoy his time off with his family. Fagson will undergo prostate surgery on August 10. His family needs help raising $733 to pay for surgery. Fagson is looking forward to his procedure and going home happy and healthy.
Richard is an outgoing 60-year-old man from Kenya. He has two children, whom he is supporting through his casual work as a mechanic. Richard was recently hit by a bus and sustained a closed femur fracture in his left leg. He was brought to a local hospital for treatment. On October 30, Richard will undergo open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery to repair his left leg. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $998 to help fund the treatment on top of the $104 contribution from Richard's family. ORIF treatment will enable Richard to walk again, resume his job as a mechanic, and support his family. If not treated, he may develop complications with delayed healing and malunion. Richard says, “I am hopeful that Watsi will support me so that I can go back and take care of my children since I am their only hope."
“I need your help to support my child's medical needs,” says Mekliet's mother, a woman from Ethiopia. She lost her husband in a car accident when she was six months pregnant with Mekliet. The two now live with Mekliet’s grandmother, and have no income source of their own. Mekliet, who is now five months old, was born with anorectal malformation. As a result, she experiences bowel dysfunction. For $1,500, we can sponsor a procedure on September 21 to repair her condition. This will cover the costs of her lab tests, medications, and one-day hospital stay.
Htay is a 30-year-old woman who lives in Thailand with her husband and four children. While she and her second oldest daughter work as day laborers on corn and chili plantations, Htay's husband recently had to quit his job in order to look after their two youngest children at home. After giving birth to her youngest child, Htay received an intrauterine device (IUD) as part of her family planning. Recently she experienced severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Her neighbor, concerned for her health, sent Htay to Mae Tao Clinic. There she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), as an emergency case. BCMF is requesting $1500 to fund an abdominal hysterectomy for Htay. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 24 and, once completed, will hopefully relieve Htay from her recent pain and discomfort.