Eric joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. 39 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Eric's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Kim Hak, a student from Cambodia, to fund a tumor removal.
Eric has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 10 countries.
Eric has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 10 countries.
Kim Hak is nine years old and in the third grade. He has three brothers and one sister. He likes to play ball with other children and watch TV. Kim Hak has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. He had a tumor on his left eyelid, which was painful and swollen. When Kim Hak's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for two hours to seek treatment. On December 6, CSC surgeons removed the tumor. After recovery, Kim Hak will feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $224 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my son has a normal eye," says Kim Hak's mother.
Aneti is a 30-year-old woman from Uganda who enjoys chatting with her friends. She is a subsistence farmer, renting land to grow crops for food. During the delivery of her first child, Aneti developed an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area. She has experienced pain and urinary dysfunction for ten years. On October 26, Aneti underwent a repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. Now, she needs help to fund this $547 procedure. After recovery, Aneti hopes to return to her former job as a cook at a local primary school. “Thanks very much to the donors, and may God enrich their helping hands," says Aneti.
Julius is a nineteen-year-old boy from Tanzania who is the second of three children. His father has a nighttime job of being a guard to supplement their family's income. Julius noticed that his legs started to bend inward two years ago in 2014. This was also accompanied by pain. His parents sought out treatment for Julius's knock knees at different health centers but found the cost of surgery and rehabilitation too great to bear. For $940, Julius will receive the surgery and care he needs to realign and stabilize his legs. Julius is looking forward to returning to school when his legs are straightened and he no longer feels pain when walking.
Kendory was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood flows through the hole in his heart without first passing through the lungs to get oxygen, leaving him sickly and short of breath. Kendory also has Down syndrome. To find out if the condition would be operable, Kendory first had to travel to Dominican Republic for a cardiac catheterization; the results of this procedure were positive, so he can now proceed to have surgery. Kendory lives in Port-au-Prince with his mother, father, and older sister and brother. His father sells cell phones, and his mother stays home with the children. He is a happy child and very curious about everything around him. $1,500 in Watsi funding, and an additional $10,000 subsidy from Have a Heart Cayman Islands will fund the life-saving heart surgery that Kendory needs to grow up healthy. "We are very happy that Kendory is able to have surgery," his mother shared, "and we would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping him get better!"
27-year-old Maryam lives with her mother in Nigeria. She loves to knit, and has just started a business as a trader. Recently, Maryam was found to have uterine fibroids, or noncancerous growths of the uterus that typically form during child-bearing years. "Maryam experiences heavy menstrual bleeding, excessive pain, and frequent urination," our medical partner, Hope for West Africa (HWA), reports. Though fibroids are not cancerous, they do cause great discomfort and can lead to other conditions, such as anemia. For Maryam, they have impeded her ability to work and help her mother with the family business. To cure Maryam of the fibroids, she will need to undergo surgery. $1,500 will pay for her surgery and a seven-day stay in the hospital for follow up appointments. After the procedure, "Maryam will be able to work and improve her business," HWA tells us. A vibrant young woman, Maryam is most excited to no longer experience pain or a prolonged menstrual flow. "I am looking forward to when I can assist my mother without complaining of pains and to not feel self-conscious," Maryam shares.
John Kendy is an active, hard-working 18-year-old from Haiti. "John Kendy's favorite activity is soccer, however for the past several years he has been unable to play; instead he watches matches on TV," our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), tells us. John Kendy is a sophomore in high school and is studying hard to one day become a lawyer or doctor. John Kendy has severe rheumatic heart disease as a result of a fever he had when he was 12 years old. HCA shares, "this fever severely damaged his mitral valve, preventing his heart from pumping adequately and leading to heart failure. If untreated, this would eventually be fatal." Medical care in Haiti is underfunded and often difficult for patients to afford. HCA partners with other nearby organizations to ensure that Haitians can access the medical attention that they need. They have arranged for John Kendy to be transported to the University of Vermont Medical Centre, where doctors will perform surgery to repair his mitral valve. $1,500 will fund preparation and transportation costs for John Kendy to receive the surgery he needs. "I am excited to have my surgery so that I can walk to school without getting tired and start playing soccer again," John Kendy adds.
"For quite some time, Landia used to feel a little pain in her eye, most of the time itching until it became larger," our medical partner, Project Medishare, tells us about the 11-year-old girl from Haiti. With the onset of pain, Landia's parents immediately took her to the hospital where a lab test was performed. It was not until a group of doctors from the U.S. arrived, though, that Landia's family was informed that she has a medulloepithelioma tumor of the eye. Medulloepitheliomas of the eye typically occur within the first decade of one's life. For Landia, she was able to receive surgery to remove the tumor and her eye, and went through six cycles of chemotherapy. "Now she needs radiotherapy to eradicate the cancer for a complete cure," Project Medishare tells us. $1,500 will cover the cost of transportation, international travel preparation, and the radiation therapy for Landia. Danita's Children has donated $2,500 to help cover additional treatment costs. As the costs and logistical issues for her family became greater, Landia was sent to live at the local orphanage. After receiving radiation therapy, she will be able to return home to live with her family. Landia is expected to have a complete cure, and will be able to go back to school. "She will have to learn how to read and study with one eye, but this is doable for a young girl," Project Medishare tells us.
49-year-old Elda lives in Haiti with her two children -- a 16-year-old son and a 22-year-old daughter. Our medical partner, Project Medishare (PM), explains that in 2005, Elda’s husband died in a car accident. Since then, Elda has been the sole provider for her children, supporting her family by selling motor bikes and auto parts. In 2008, Elda noticed a growing lump in her breast and sought medical advice. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery to remove the tumor. “Six years later Elda had another surgery to remove a growing mass in the same breast and receive chemotherapy,” PM continues. It’s been about one year since Elda’s surgery and PM tells us that Elda is doing well. However, in order to be completely cancer-free, Elda needs one final round of radiotherapy. $1,500 covers the cost of Elda’s radiation therapy as well as her travel arrangements to the Dominican Republic, where her treatment will take place. After years of battling cancer, this treatment will allow her to finally enjoy a healthy life. PM shares, “Elda is excited to finish with the treatment, build a small boutique, and live her life in peace by the sea.”
Phyu is a 37-year-old woman from Burma who is a mother to 15-year-old-son and 13-year-old daughter. Phyu's husband works as a carpenter to support their family. Phyu has a heart condition called mitral stenosis. She "suffers from fatigue and heart palpitations," explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "These symptoms made her stop working as a day laborer. Presently she works as a housewife because her medical condition precludes work outside of the house." Mitral stenosis is a disorder in which a valve of the heart does not open fully, restricting the flow of blood through the heart. This has lead to another condition, called mitral regurgitation, which causes the backward flow of blood in the heart. The complex cardiac surgery to treat Phyu's condition costs $1,500. BBP tells us, "After surgery, she should be able to work and could provide an income for her family." Phyu tells our medical partner, "I want to recover and work with the traditional medicine shop, selling medicine in my village. I want to make money to support my children and my parents."
Bishna is an 18-year-old woman from Nepal. “Bishna has a small family of four, and her husband tends to the farm to make a living while she cares for her baby and her mother-in-law," shares our medical partner, Possible. “Bishna developed a small abscess two months ago, around the same time she gave birth to her baby girl," Possible continues. "Because she was so occupied looking after her newborn, and it was such a small red dot initially, she only recently went to a nearby health center to get it checked.” The breast abscess seemed to heal, but after a week it enlarged and began to block the milk Bishna needed to feed her newborn. Possible says, “Not only has Bishna had trouble feeding her baby and wearing clothes, but recently she has had a fever and sleepless nights.” Bishna needs surgery to remove the abscess on her breast. This procedure costs $220, and Possible says, “With incision and drainage, Bishna’s wound will heal and her fever will come down instantly. And with hygienic dressing everyday, she should be up and about within two weeks.” Bishna’s husband is looking forward to her full recovery. He adds, “Our festival, Dashain, is right around the corner and I would love for my wife to be in good health before the big day."
Meet Gideon, a three-month-old boy living in Kenya. Gideon was found wrapped in a towel as a newborn alongside a road, and he now resides in a foster home where he has been generally doing well. “Gideon had no major health issues until recently when he became quite irritable,” says our medical partner, American Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Gideon has craniosyntosis, a birth defect in which the plates of his skull fused prematurely. This prevents Gideon’s brain from growing naturally and often results in a misshapen skull. If left untreated, the intracranial pressure may increase, resulting in potential brain damage and/or death. “His condition has been deteriorating,” AMHF shares, “and unfortunately…the home that Gideon lives in is not able to raise the funds for his treatment.” With $1,260, Gideon can undergo a craniotomy to surgically remove a portion of the skull and release the intracranial pressure. “We love Gideon so much,” says Grace, a well-wisher from Gideon's foster home. “It will not be easy for him to grow up knowing that his parents abandoned him. We will give him the best we can to make him feel loved.”
Henry, a 52-year-old man from the Philippines, is a father who provides for his family through his job as a construction worker. According to our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), Henry was diagnosed with a perforated typhoid ileitis after suffering from typhoid fever four years ago. This condition is marked by a hole in the patient's intestine that causes intestinal contents to leak into the abdominal cavity. Drainage of Henry's intestinal contents occurs through an external pouch—one which "is making Henry uncomfortable in a way that it needs to be changed from time to time for it may spill at any moment and make him odorous," ICM explains. “He can’t sleep well at night and is unable to perform his duties as a breadwinner of the family,” ICM explains. “Just recently, because life has been really difficult for them without any income, Henry was forced to work in a construction site in spite of his condition to somehow meet some of the family’s basic needs.” $760 covers the cost of an ileostomy closure, a procedure that will close the hole in Henry’s intestine. In addition to support from generous Watsi donors, PhilHealth is subsidizing Henry’s treatment with a $110 donation. “If his ileostomy were closed, Henry would be able to be free from the suffering it brings him and would also be able to do his usual activities as being the father and breadwinner of his family,” continues ICM. “I thank God for everything, especially those who are willing to help,” shares Henry. “My family is very much thankful and hoping that I can be operated sooner.”