Keller joined Watsi on December 23rd, 2014. 108 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Keller's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Nahimia, a toddler from Ethiopia, for bladder repair surgery.
Keller has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.
“Fifteen-month-old Nahimia was born with a congenital anomaly, where his bladder is outside his body and leaks urine directly to his abdomen,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Nahimia’s bladder is exposed to dirt, which will cause infections and direct injury. He suffers pain from the irritation, infection and bad smell from the continued urinary leakage.” Nahimia lives in Ethiopia with his two siblings and parents. His father began working as a farmer when he was in grade seven, shortly after the death of both his parents. Due to a lack of funds, Nahimia’s parents have been unable to get their son medical treatment. $1,500 funds a bladder extrophy repair for Nahimia, which will surgically reconstruct his bladder, allowing him to pass urine normally. “The risk of infections and irritation will be eliminated and his urine will be contained,” says AMHF. “I wouldn’t have sought medical care if not for an NGO that has brought us this far,” shares Nahimia’s father. “This is because I have no money for transportation, let alone medical bills." Nahimia’s father has a strong desire to see all of his children attend school. Let’s help make it happen!
“I am really looking forward to being a normal boy again,” shares Saw Kyar. “I have been to the hospital many times and I want to be released from having to go to the hospital again and again.” Saw Kyar is a delightful five-year-old boy living with his aunt in Burma! Although he had a difficult upbringing and has faced many challenges, Saw Kyar is growing up well and becoming more active and playful, thanks to the help of family and friends. “Saw Kyar likes playing with his friends and is quite adventurous. He is always looking for different things to do,” says Saw Kyar’s aunt. Saw Kyar has severe burns, causing him serious physical deformities and impaired movement. “He has already received surgery to release a skin contracture on his face, neck, and arm [but] the top of his right foot has also sustained some quite serious burn contractures that make walking long distances difficult,” explain our medical partners at Burma Border Projects (BBP). “If he walks too much and the burn contractures on his foot stretch too far, they begin to split open, causing considerable pain.” “[After surgery] he will be able to walk and play with his friends,” continues BBP, “He will also feel more confident going out in public.” For $1,500, Saw Kyar can finally have the surgery necessary to release the skin contractures. When asked what he wanted to do after surgery Saw Kyar said, “I want to play in my village and go to school.” Let’s get this active boy back running around and playing freely without pain!
"I would like to be like other children." says Grace, a nine-year-old Kenyan student who lives with her mother and two siblings in the outskirts of Nairobi. Grace has a brain tumor that has been causing persistent seizures, severe headaches, and affecting her walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, reports, "Grace suffers from increased intracranial pressure, which may lead to brain damage and loss of sight if surgery is not done. The surgery will save Grace's life and she will be able to continue with her education." Grace adds, "I hope I'll get well soon, so that I can study without interruption." Watsi community, let's work together to raise the $1260 needed for a craniotomy to remove the seizure and headache-inducing tumor, and help Grace get back to school!
Meet Maudeline, a 13-year-old girl from Haiti. She lives with her parents, three younger sisters, and her grandfather. Maudeline is in the sixth grade, a good student, and hopes to be a doctor or nurse when she grows up. "She also likes going to church, singing, and helping her mother around the house," Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) tells us. "Maudeline was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole between the aorta and the pulmonary artery which normally closes naturally when a child is born, instead remains open," HCA writes. "Blood flows through this hole, preventing normal circulation through the body. As a result, Maudeline is frequently short of breath and out of energy." Health City Cayman Islands has stepped up to help Maudeline cover the cost of the surgery she'll need to close up the hole in her heart. $5000 will fund the surgery but Maudeline still needs $1500 for things like prep and overseas transport. "Following closure of the hole, Maudeline should be able to lead a normal life with no cardiac symptoms," HCA continues. "I'm not scared at all about having surgery," Maudeline says. "I'm looking forward to it!" Let's fund the remaining $1500 of Maudeline's treatment.