Kala joined Watsi on December 1st, 2014. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kala's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Onesiforo, a boy from Tanzania, to fund burn repair surgery.
Kala has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 12 countries.
Kala has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 12 countries.
Onesiforo is a young child from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two. He is an active boy who loves to play with his brother. Onesiforo’s parents are small-scale farmers. Last year, Onesiforo was sitting next to a fire when the cloth in which he was wrapped caught fire. Most parts of his stomach and hands were severely burned. The burns have turned into contractures, limiting his ability to use his right hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Onesiforo receive treatment. On September 6, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his right hand again and go back to school. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Onesiforo’s father says, “Since his arm healed and his skin contracted, he has not been able to use his right arm, making his life difficult. Please help my son get the needed surgery and be able to use his arm again.”
Denis is a student from Kenya. He is the third child in a family of four. His mother is a single mother and works as a farmer. In early August, Denis was traveling home on a motorbike taxi when it was hit by another vehicle. Denis was rushed to hospital with severe injuries on his face and right leg. He is unable to walk and can barely sit. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 23, Denis will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After treatment, Denis will be able to walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. His mother says, “My son is bedridden, all I can do is just watch him lay in bed and feed him. I hope he will undergo the surgery soon to put away my worries."
Mousanto is a baby from Haiti. He lives with his mother and father in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. He is their first child. Mousanto has a cardiac condition called abnormal origin of the right pulmonary artery. One of the two arteries that connects Mousanto's heart to his lungs is malformed and does not properly circulate blood. As a result, his body cannot obtain the oxygen it needs. In order to understand exactly what is wrong with the artery and how best to fix it, a diagnostic catheterization is required. To determine if Mousanto'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 August 21, 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 Mousanto's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. His mother says, "We are very thankful to everyone who is helping our son become healthy."
Kaarie is a 14-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the second born in a family of seven children. Her father is a farmer, while her mother looks after the children. Two years ago, she fell and injured her right hip. This has caused pain and affected her ability to walk. Unfortunately, she was forced to stop attending school. Now, Kaarie is scheduled to undergo an osteotomy to heal her hip and help her walk. Surgery is scheduled for June 5 and will cost $1,231. She says, “I will be grateful if this condition is corrected and I resume my studies."
Ray is a five-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and eleven-year-old brother. Ray will start school this year. He loves to play with toy crane with his older brother. Since he was a month old, Ray has had right inguinal hernia. He experiences pain. Fortunately, on June 4, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Ray's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 4 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Ray’s mother says, “I hope that my son will get better soon and be able to play with his favorite toy crane again.”
Joseph is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. He is a father of two children. In November 2017, Joseph was ferrying a client on his motorcycle when he was involved in a road accident. He fractured his right tibia and had a cast put on the fracture. Since then, he has not managed to get further treatment. He is unable to walk without assistance and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 15, Joseph 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 $1,451 to fund this procedure. Joseph says, “My wish is to be able to go back to work and provide for my young family."
Saning’o is a boy from Tanzania. He is five years old and in nursery school. Saning’o lives with his parents and his relatives in eastern Tanzania. His parents are breeders who keep cattle. A few years ago, Saning’o was playing in the kitchen. He grabbed a piece of charcoal and burned his right palm and fingers. Although he visited a hospital and received treatment for the burns, he sustained contractures on his fingers. These are painful and restrict his ability to use his hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Saning’o receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Now, his family needs help to fund this $608 procedure. “I will be very happy to see Saning’o get treated and continue with school," says his father.
Aye is a 30-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, and they work together in the same electricity factory. With her salary, she supports her parents, who live in Burma. For four months, Aye has been experiencing back pain and lower abdominal pain. She visited Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner's care center, and had an ultrasound. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. She has been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her ovaries. Fortunately, Aye is scheduled to undergo her oophorectomy on January 16. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Aye says, “I feel stressed because of my condition. I worry that I will not be able to work and get my full salary. If I don’t get my full salary, I cannot send money to my parents and they will not be able to survive."
Beth is a small-scale farmer from Kenya. She has four children and works with her husband. Beth has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Beth. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 5. After treatment, Beth will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Beth says, “I wish I could be treated and no longer be in pain. Kindly help me."
“Thank you so much for this help,” says Betterland. Betterland is a 60-year-old man who lives in Malawi with his wife, their children, and their large extended family. A devoted husband, Betterland’s favorite thing to do in his downtime is simply to sit and chat with his wife. Betterland normally supports his family by working as a small-scale farmer. But since June of this year, Betterland has been unable to farm due to pain associated with an enlarged prostate. Because he cannot work, Betterland has been worried about the family's finances—and paying for the treatment he needs is, unfortunately, not a possibility for them. But we can help. By raising $733, we can cover the cost of Betterland’s prostate resection surgery, scheduled for August 17. This fundraising total will also cover the expenses of Betterland’s 17-day hospital stay, medications, and roundtrip transportation to the hospital. When Betterland and his family learned that he would be able to receive the operation he needs, they were very relieved. Betterland is excited that now he will have this painful problem fixed and he will soon be able to return to farming with his sons.
Jessika is a student from Haiti. She lives in Port-au-Prince with her mother, father, and younger sister. She has been studying diplomacy in a local university but has had to take time off because of her illness. Jessika has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart has been severely damaged from rheumatic fever, and can no longer adequately pump blood through her body. Jessika will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On December 7, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair her mitral valve, or replace it with an artificial valve.. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $65,000 to pay for surgery. Jessika'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 Jessika's family overseas. She says, "I am very nervous but am looking forward to surgery so I can continue my studies."
Marcus is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two brothers in the mountains of central Haiti. He is in the sixth grade and would like to be an engineer when he grows up. Marcus has a cardiac condition called severe mitral regurgitation. Marcus suffered an infection several years ago, which severely damaged one of his heart valves, making it difficult for his heart to pump blood to his body. Marcus will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 4, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will first try to repair his damaged valve, and if needed, will replace it with a mechanical valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $22,000 to pay for surgery. Marcus'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 Marcus's family overseas. Marcus says, "I am excited for my surgery so I can have the energy to play with my friends."