Beth joined Watsi on July 10th, 2014. Eight years ago, Beth joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Beth's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Kerry, a boy from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Beth has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 11 countries.
Beth has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 11 countries.
Kerry is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two brothers in Gonaives, a city on the west coast of Haiti. His father is a bus driver, and his mother works in the market. He is in the fourth grade and enjoys math and science. Kerry has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A blood vessel between the pulmonary artery and the aorta that normally closes soon after birth instead remains open. Blood flows through it, bypassing the lungs and depriving the body of the oxygen it needs. On October 6, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will tie off the blood vessel so that blood can no longer enter it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Kerry's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. He says, "I am excited to have this surgery so that I can play soccer without getting tired!"
Elena is a 38-year-old from Guatemala. She lives with her mother, brother, and two children. A year and a half ago, Elena started to feel a mass in her breast. Since her symptoms started, Elena has been losing weight and feeling weak, which makes her both physically and emotionally fatigued. She also experiences pain when sitting up straight. Elena has been diagnosed with breast cancer. On July 22, Elena will begin receiving comprehensive chemotherapy through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. She will receive transportation and accompaniment while receiving her treatment. After finishing her chemotherapy sessions, Elena will receive follow-ups with experienced physicians. To help fund her treatment and its associated costs, Wuqu' Kawoq requests $1,461. Elena says, “Right now I am sad for this sickness because I have had to go far away from my family, but I know that it is necessary. I want to get cured because I have to take care of my children because I’m the only one they have. I thank you for this opportunity you are giving me, for the help. I was scared and alone but with the accompaniment you give me I feel better because you understand the doctors and what I mean to say. Thank you so much.”
Srey Heng is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia who is in the third grade. She has one brother. She likes to play around her home and spend time with her mother. Srey Heng was born with contractures of both of her index fingers, which makes it difficult for her to use her fingers. Srey Heng's parents heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from their neighbor, who had been to CSC before. Srey Heng traveled for four hours with her mother to reach CSC for treatment. On July 14, surgeons at CSC will perform a contracture release procedure of both of Srey Heng's index fingers to help her use her hands comfortably. The $417 requested to fund Srey Heng's treatment will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a five-night hospital stay, labs, radiology, supplies, and surgeon time.
Dhana is a 17-year-old woman who lives with her parents and siblings in Nepal. She studies in the eighth grade. Her entire family is dependent on agriculture. When the going gets tough, her father goes to India to work as a laborer and returns when he saves just enough. Dhana was walking on her way from her house to the field. Suddenly, there was a heavy storm, and the branch of a tree broke and fell on her, fracturing her right thigh. Since then, it has been hurting. She traveled for nine hours to reach our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. On April 28, Dhana will undergo surgery to mend the fracture. Now, she and her family need assistance in paying for her $541 treatment. "I wish my treatment happens soon to get relieved from pain," shares Dhana.
Chhai Yuth is 14 years old and in the seventh grade. He is the oldest of three children. In his spare time, he likes to play football, jump on the trampoline, and listen to pop music. In March of this year, Chhai Yuth had an accident while he was trampolining and fractured his left elbow as a result. He initially sought treatment from a traditional healer, but his symptoms did not improve. He is in constant pain. Chhai Yuth was eventually referred to doctors at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On April 24, surgeons at CSC will perform an open reduction internal fixation procedure to realign the fracture. With just $411, we can help to relieve Chhai Yuth of his pain.
Veronica is an eight-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She is her parents' first child. Her mother takes care of the household, while her father works as a day laborer to support their family. Veronica was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that prevents the body from growing healthily due to a lack of nutrition. Beginning on March 13, Veronica will be monitored for growth and will receive nutritional supplements at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to cover the cost of her treatment. Funds will also go towards an educational program that will teach Veronica's mother how to create a nutrient-rich diet for her with limited resources. "I wish for my daughter to grow well," says Veronica's mother.
Elise is a 55-year-old woman from Masayiti, a village in Malawi. Elise lives with her devoted husband, who is a groundnut and soy farmer. Together, they have four children and eleven grandchildren. Elise has a small business selling freezes made from frozen water and fruit juice. Elise likes to spend time with her kids and chat with friends. Three weeks ago, Elise started experiencing bleeding and discomfort in a private area. She learned that she has cervical cancer and needs a hysterectomy to remove all or part of her uterus. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Elise is scheduled to receive her surgery on February 23. Now, she needs help to pay for this $650 procedure. Elise says, "I will be happy to return to my business and no longer be scared of my cancer."
Cherylle is a one-year-old little girl from Philippines, where she lives with her family in a small house made of bamboo. Her parents are charcoal miners. She loves to play with her friends in her play house. Cherylle has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 21. Cherylle will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Her mother says, "I hope someday my child's health becomes good and she can finish her studies."
Srey Lis is 12 years old and in the fifth grade. She lives in Cambodia with her two sisters and two brothers. She likes to watch the music channel on TV and read her school books. In October 2016, Srey Lis suffered a severe hot water burn on her lower abdomen, both of her legs, and her left arm. She went to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve and her wounds grew infected. She has since developed contractures on both of her legs and hands, tightening the skin around the burns. Srey Lis has not been able to go to school since the accident. Srey Lis's parents heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from people in their village. She traveled for four hours with her mother to reach CSC for treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove the damaged and infected tissue as well as a skin graft on both of her legs. This procedure costs $378 and will take place on January 24. Post-surgery, Srey Lis will feel more comfortable again.
Musisi is a 63-year-old farmer from Uganda. Married and the father of 16 children, he says he is happiest when he is with his family. He earns a living cultivating sugarcane and maize, and he spends most of his income on his children’s education. Four years ago, Musisi developed a swelling on the right side of his abdomen. Three years later, he developed another swelling on the left side. Eating became painful, and he was unable to dig or do any heavy lifting, making his work as a farmer much more difficult. In November, Musisi visited a public hospital and was diagnosed with two hernias. In other words, part of his intestines were protruding through a gap in his abdominal wall. He was admitted as a patient but was unable to pay for surgery. Following the advice of someone at the public hospital, Mususi came to our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. “I have pain,” Musisi says, “but I am unable to pay for my treatment.” Musisi is scheduled to receive repair surgery on December 14. Our medical partner is requesting $249 to cover the cost of surgical supplies, medicine, and three nights of hospital stay. After treatment, Musisi hopes to resume farming.
Jackson is a 30-year-old man from Kenya. He used to work on a construction site, and he used his savings to pay his sister's school fees. Unfortunately, a road accident in 2014 left Jackson with fractures in his right tibia. After the accident, Jackson underwent two surgeries. Unfortunately, he could not afford the additional surgery required to complete his treatment. Since then, he has been walking on crutches. Fortunately, Jackson was referred to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital. On December 7, he underwent a bone transport procedure. This surgery will allow him to use his leg and will prevent severe infection. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $1,500 to fund his healthcare. “I want to be able to walk again and provide for my sister," says Jackson.
Savon is a 50-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married with two sons, four daughters, and four grandchildren. He likes to listen to the social news program on the radio and watch social news and boxing on TV. Savon knew about Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), a Watsi medical partner, because his nephew had surgery there in the past. He traveled for three hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. Savon developed a pterygium (non-cancerous growth) in each eye about three years ago causing blurred vision, burning, irritation, and tearing. It is difficult for him to see things, do work, and go anywhere outside without feeling uncomfortable. Eye surgeons at CSC will remove the pterygium in each eye to relieve Savon of his symptoms. $148 will cover the costs of the surgery and care he needs. Savon says, "I hope my eyes look better and feel more comfortable than now so that I can continue my work in my rice fields and go anywhere more easily than now."