Mustafa joined Watsi on March 5th, 2015. 19 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mustafa's most recent donation supported Kesny, a teenager from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Kesny is a student from Haiti. He lives with his mother in Cap Haitien, a city on the northern coast of Haiti. He is in the ninth grade and enjoys school and going to church. Kesny has a cardiac condition called rheumatic heart disease. As a younger child, Kesny suffered a severe rheumatic fever, which damaged all four valves of his heart. As a result, his heart cannot adequately pump blood through his body and he is in late-stage heart failure. Kesny will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 26, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair or replace all four of the damaged valves in his heart. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery. Kesny'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 Kesny's family overseas. He says, "I am looking forward to being able to stop worrying about my heart after my surgery!"
Nwet (BB) is a 23-day-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. When he was born, the nurses noticed a protrusion on the back of his skull, a neurological condition called encephalocele. The protrusion is very sensitive. Nwet (BB) was born with encephalocele, a type of neural type defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of nervous tissue through openings in the skull. Both incomplete bone fusion in the skull and incomplete closure of the neural tube contribute to this condition. If left untreated, the lump will continue to grow, heightening the risks of developmental delays and permanent neurological impairment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help cover the cost of corrective cranial surgery for Nwet (BB), which is scheduled to take place on January 15. Surgeons will remove the protrusion and correct the skull defect, hopefully eliminating the risk of future neurological complications and allowing Nwet (BB) to develop along a healthy trajectory. Nwet Yee, his mother says, "I am worry for my son but I cannot do anything for him. I hope that the surgery will make him well and become a normal person like other children."
William is a farmer from Kenya. He is a father of eight. He lost his wife seven years ago. Two months ago, William was walking when he slid and broke his left hand. He is in pain and not able to use his hand. If not treated, William may suffer non-union or mal-union. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 3, William will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This treatment will enable William use his left hand again once he has recovered. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure.
Dalton is a seven-month-old boy who lives with his mother, a green grocer, and father, a fisherman, in Kenya. Dalton was born a healthy baby. But at five months old, he became irritable and began to have trouble digesting food. Worryingly, his head circumference increased suddenly. His mother took him to the hospital and Dalton was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in the skull, swelling the head and putting pressure on the brain. Dalton's doctor recommended the surgical implantation of a shunt to drain the excess fluid and relieve the pressure. Dalton is scheduled for the operation on August 28. If Dalton does not receive the surgery, he will be at risk of delayed development, brain damage, and death. Watsi is asking for $685 to help Dalton's parents pay for the operation. Your donation will help cover the cost of the operation, surgical supplies, anesthesia, laboratory tests, medication and five nights of hospital stay.
Kenia is a 16-year-old student who lives in Haiti with her parents and three brothers. She is in her second year of high school and hopes to study at the university level and ultimately start a business. Kenia was born with a cardiac condition known as ventricular septal defect, and she additionally experiences mitral valve insufficiency. Together, these defects prevent enough oxygen-rich blood from circulating throughout her body, leaving her sickly and short of breath. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Kenia's air transportation to her surgery's location site. Once there, Kenia will receive the treatment that she needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. "I have been having problems with my heart since I was very young, and so I am excited that I can finally have the chance to get it fixed!" exclaims Kenia.
Paw is a 56-year-old woman from Burma who now lives in Thailand as a missionary. She lives with her husband and daughter doing religious work in their village. About three months ago, Paw's husband sustained an electrical shock that left him paralyzed. He has been in and out of the hospital since then, and Paw has been in charge of his care. During this time, Paw has noticed an issue with her uterus. When she gave birth to her daughter nineteen years ago, she suffered a tear that was never sutured. As she has been straining herself to carry her husband these last three months, the issue has exacerbated. She is now suffering great back pain and has difficulty urinating. Doctors have recommended a vaginal hysterectomy to correct the issue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Paw's surgery. She is scheduled for treatment on September 18 at our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. “I feel bad because I can’t take care of my family well," Paw says. "I want to get well soon so that I can look after my husband. I also hope he will get better. I want to continue to serve God by working as a missionary.”
Ana is a five-year-old girl from Guatemala. Her mother used to work in a neighbor’s house, doing laundry, washing dishes, and preparing meals. However, she recently had to leave her job to take care of Ana. Ana has both cataracts and strabismus. Cataracts occur when the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Strabismus is a condition that occurs when the eyes do not align in the same direction and appear crossed. In Ana’s case, these vision defects make it difficult to see, and they worsen over time. She has had symptoms since she was born, and often complains that she has trouble seeing. Ana needs surgery to fix these conditions. Without intervention, her vision could be irreparably damaged. Ana’s mother cannot afford to attend a consult with an eye specialist, or the expensive surgery Ana needs. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,500 to fund Ana’s eye surgery. Ana will receive further evaluation from an eye specialist and surgery to remove her cataracts and correct her strabismus. She will also receive post-op follow-up treatment and accompaniment and transportation throughout her treatment process. This surgery is safe, effective, and will positively impact Ana’s life for years to come. Ana’s mother says, “We are so grateful for this support. I hope everything will go well with the operation, and that next year Ana will go to school. She is very excited about this.”
Olga is a six-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mother and grandparents. Olga's mother takes care of the household and weaves textiles to bring in extra income. Olga has been diagnosed with malnutrition. Her mother cannot produce breastmilk, a condition known as lactational failure. As a result, Olga is the size of a healthy three-month-old. To stabilize her condition, Olga was given a preliminary supply of formula. She will need more in order to grow up healthily. Beginning on March 21, Olga will receive nutritional supplements at Clinic Panajachel, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,162 to cover the cost of Olga's treatment. Funds will also go towards an educational program that will teach her mother how to create a nutrient-rich diet for Olga using limited resources. "I wish for Olga to recover her health and get better," says Olga's mother.
Melvin is a two-year-old child from Uganda. He enjoys playing with his older sister and other children in the community, and imitating his father riding a motorcycle. Melvin was born with a painful hernia. His parents initially treated him with medicinal herbs, but when the herbs did not work, they brought him to our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, for treatment. Melvin is now scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on June 8, and his family is requesting $229 to cover the total cost of the procedure. Once Melvin is recovered, he looks forward to being able to play with his friends again.
Hiram is a 29-year-old and the oldest of three siblings. He lives with his siblings and grandparents after the passing of his mother in 2015. Hiram works as a laborer to provide for the family, which allows his two younger siblings to attend school. When Hiram was younger, he consumed excessive amounts of tea, which caused damage to his kidneys. Not only has the damage been painful for Hiram, but he is at risk of developing kidney stones or complete kidney failure. If left untreated, the pain will persist. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has recommended a curative laparatomy. This procedure will involve an abdominal incision to further investigate and cure the issue Hiram is experiencing. Hiram is scheduled for the procedure on April 21. AMHF is requesting $587 to fund the procedure. Hiram says, “I want to go and earn on my own. Life is hard, and I need to build myself."
Aileen, who is fondly called Inday, is a two-year-old girl from Philippines. She lives with her parents and loves to sing and dance. Her grandparents work as spiritual healers to support their family. Aileen has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Her hair and skin have become dry, and she has a bloated belly. Beginning on February 22, Aileen will receive at-home medical care from our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM’s home-based feeding program will provide Aileen with nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure she gains weight and achieves optimum physical and mental development. To help sustain Aileen's health, ICM's professional staff will educate her mother on proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. After treatment, Aileen's grandmother is looking forward to Aileen growing up to fulfill her dreams!
Try is a 68-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. He is married and has two sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. To support his family, he and and his wife sell desserts. When not working, Try likes to watching TV. About two years ago, Try developed a cataract in each of his eyes, causing him blurred vision and discomfort. It is difficult for him to see things clearly and go places on his own. On March 13, Try will undergo intraocular lens implant surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $292 to cover the cost of his surgery. After treatment, Try will be able to see clearly again!