Ashley Wilson
Ashley's Story

Ashley joined Watsi on December 10th, 2014. 60 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ashley's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Ou, a toddler from Cambodia, to help her walk easily.

Impact

Ashley has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Ashley

Carmen was born on July 9, 2016 in Guatemala. Unfortunately, her mother had complications with the placenta, and she lost so much blood that she passed away shortly after giving birth. Since she was giving birth at home in a mountainous and incredibly rural area, no medical help was available to her until she had already passed. After asking around the community to see if there were other mothers that could breast milk and coming up short, Carmen's father contacted our staff to see if there was support he could receive for his daughter. Carmen is the youngest of 10 children. They live in a one-room home made of cinderblocks with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, making a few dollars per day that he uses to buy food for his children. Unfortunately, formula costs more than his salary, making it impossible for him to afford this life-saving treatment for his daughter. Although Carmen's case is serious and life-threatening, treatment is simple. For $1,016, we can provide Carmen with formula that will give her all the protein, calories, and nutrients she needs to be healthy and strong. Carmen's father and her other caregivers will also receive nutritional education to prevent future malnutrition. With our help, Carmen's father will no longer have to live with the stress of not being able to feed his daughter on top of grieving the loss of his wife. "My hope is that my daughter grows healthy and active, I am appreciative for the support that she will get," Carmen's father said.

$1,016raised
Fully funded

Dalton is a four-year-old boy who lives in Kenya. He lives with his parents and an older sibling in a single-room rental house. He is currently in kindergarten, and is doing well. His mother is a supermarket customer attendant, while his father works as a casual laborer at a construction site. Dalton is living with an umbilical hernia, which causes him significant pain. A hernia is when an internal organ protrudes through the abdomen wall. Left untreated, a hernia can cause intestinal blockage or prevent blood from reaching vital parts of his intestines. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us that Dalton has a bulge on his abdomen that swells intermittently, and is aggravated when he cries. His parents hoped that his hernia would reduce as he grew, but it has not yet resolved and his hernia was confirmed upon X-ray. Dalton needs surgical intervention to repair his abdominal wall and reposition his herniated tissue. AMHF tells us that with $430, Dalton can have his surgery, including supplies, medications, and two days of inpatient stay. His parents have already contributed $10 towards the surgery, but need additional assistance to completing payment. Following the surgery, Dalton’s pain will be resolved and his risk to further complications will significantly diminish. “I want the best for Dalton,” shares his mother, “We have only managed to raise Ksh 1,000 ($10 USD) towards his treatment, which I know is very little compared to what is required, but we are hoping for the best.”

$430raised
Fully funded

“Zaw is a playful 19-month-old baby who suffers from a neurological condition called encephalocele,” our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), tells us. Zaw lives with his parents, sister, and grandmother in Burma. An encephalocele is a sac of brain tissue that protrudes through a structural gap in the front or back of the skull. They are very rare, occurring in one in 5,000 births. Protrusions in the front of the skull—as is the case with little Zaw—are more common in Southeast Asia than those at the back and may cause difficulty seeing, breathing, or eating. Infection of the encephalocele due to injury or rupture is a major concern and can be life-threatening. BBP continues, “Since Zaw was born, the mass has now grown. It covers the bridge of his nose, the top of his left cheek, and his left eye. If something accidently touches the mass on his face, then he cries loudly, but otherwise he is a playful, happy little boy.” Zaw’s father works as a day laborer in construction, and his mother stays at home to take care of Zaw and his sister. They have been very worried about their son’s condition. $1,500 will fund surgery to remove Zaw's encephalocele, repair the hole in his skull with a bone graft, and reconstruct his face. Funding also covers eight days of hospital care, transportation to and from the hospital, and three post-operative follow-up appointments. BBP says, “Encephalocele repair will improve Zaw's future. He will no longer have disfiguration and will also be able to see and breathe better.” Let’s help fund surgery for Zaw!

$1,500raised
Fully funded