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.
Ashley has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 10 countries.
Ashley has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 10 countries.
Two-year-old Ou lives in Cambodia and enjoys watching TV, playing in the field, and listening to the radio with her family. When she was eight months old, Ou received a poorly administered injection in each thigh. This caused her thigh muscles to contract and scar, leaving her unable to bend her legs. Ou and her mother traveled three hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for evaluation and treatment. For $425, surgeons will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure on her left leg to release the contracted muscle tissue and allow her to walk easily. Once that side heals, she will have the same surgery on her right leg. Funding for Ou also includes 10 days of hospital care—including X-rays, lab tests, and physical therapy—and four follow-up appointments during the first year after surgery. Let's help fund surgery for Ou!
Sushil fractured his left leg after falling from the porch at his house. After the incident, his leg was swollen and he cried due to the pain. His parents decided to seek medical help after noticing he had difficulty moving and standing. His elder brother carried him for an entire day to visit Bayalpata Hospital, a care center run by Watsi's medical partner, Possible. Sushil was diagnosed with a fracture in his left leg which has rendered him completely dependent on others for everyday activities like eating, bathing, and getting dressed. This additional care has been very difficult for his family. While his father works in India, his mother supports the family by looking after their cattle and working on the family's farm. The yield from the field can support them for five months of the year, so they must buy food from the market for the remainder of the year. $195 in funding will cover the cost to treat Sushil's fracture. After the surgery and rehabilitation, Sushil will be able to run and play like other healthy boys his age. His brother shares with us, "My family is worried about Sushil's injured leg. I hope he gets better soon."
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.
Ratha is a 35-year-old farmer from Cambodia who is married with three sons and two daughters. She enjoys cooking, growing vegetables, and listening to the radio. She traveled three hours with her husband on motorbike to reach Children's Surgical centre (CSC) for treatment. Ratha began having ear discharge from her left ear when she was a child. An ear infection caused her left tympanic membrane to perforate and she has experienced hearing loss, recurrent discharge, and pain on her left ear. Ear, nose and throat doctors at CSC have discovered a cholesteatoma in her left ear. She is unhappy about her ear pain and her poor hearing makes it difficult to communicate with people. For $809, surgeons will perform a mastoidectomy surgery to remove the cholesteatoma, which will cause her ear discharge and pain to stop.
"Fredrick is a playful, four-year-old boy from Nairobi. He lives with his parents. His mother is a tailor while his father works as a shop attendant," reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "The family lives in a single rental house on a larger urban estate. Due to their low income base, Fredrick's father supplements their income by selling fruits within their estate." "Fredrick is a playful boy but due to poor sound perception, he is not able to communicate as efficiently as any other 4 year old child," continues AMHF. "He had fluid-like discharge from his ears in December 2015, prompting his parents to bring him to our facility. The doctor advised Fredrick’s mother to get hearing aids." Fredrick's ear drainage is caused by a perforated left ear drum, a condition known as otorrhea. "If not assisted with the hearing aids, Fredrick may have poor performance academically and even socially as he grows up," explains AMHF. With $208, Fredrick can receive proper hearing aids to prevent further damage and allow progression of his development. Fredrick’s mother shares, “I want my child to have the hearing aids and be able to lead a normal life."
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.”
Meet Eh Tha, an 18-month-old baby from Burma. "She is very sweet and her mother says she never cries and is very well behaved," our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), tells us. “When she was born, her mother noticed a small bump above her nose between her eyes,” explains BBP. "The medics informed her that her baby had an encephalocele and would need to have surgery to have it repaired." This means that Eh Tha’s neural structures did not develop normally, leading to visible protrusions containing excess cerebrospinal fluid. Now, the defect is affecting her ability to see. With only Eh Tha’s father’s income to support the family, the medical costs of her condition are a strain on the family. They cannot afford the surgery that doctors have recommended for her. According to BBP, Eh Tha has already received surgery for a ventriculoperitoneal shunt to relieve the pressure of fluid in her brain and around her eyes. $1,500 will cover her second surgery to close the open wound. Eh Tha’s mother shares: “I want my daughter to be healthy and happy. I just want my daughter to have surgery as soon as possible and recover.”
This is Sonita, a 27-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She is one of six children, and enjoys cooking and helping her family on their farm. "Sonita was seven when she began experiencing bilateral ear discharge and pain," our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), explains. "Over time this has perforated the tympanic membrane on both sides." Her condition is also known as a ruptured eardrum, and can cause pain, bleeding, and hearing loss. Sonita details the significant discomfort that her ruptured eardrums cause: "I have ear pain and it is difficult to communicate with other people," she shares. "I cannot go to work at the factory some days when my ears are very painful." Sonita travelled two hours with her mother to reach CSC for proper medical treatment. For $598, doctors at CSC will perform a myringoplasty first on her left side and then six weeks later on her right side to close the perforations in her eardrums. "After each myringoplasty, the discharge will stop and her hearing will improve in that ear," CSC shares. With proper treatment Sonita will be able to live her life without the constant pain and discomfort she has had for most of her life. She will be able to return to her home and work happy and healthy. "I hope my ear stops having discharge and I have good hearing," Sonita expresses.
Prakash is an eight-year-old boy living in Nepal with his family. He is a fourth grade student and an avid reader. Our medical partner, Possible, says that he enjoys learning new things, studying Nepali, and playing cricket. Prakash recently fell and broke his hand. Due to the injury, he is unable to move his hand, preventing him from being able to write and participate in school. To support the family, Prakash’s father earns his income as a labor-worker in India. The family operates on a very modest income that is currently not enough to afford the cost of Prakash’s medical care. For $579, Prakash will receive four days of hospital care to repair his broken hand. After undergoing advanced orthopedic surgery, his hand and arm will be set inside a plaster cast. Prakash will also receive several sessions of physiotherapy--offering him specialist support to help facilitate the beginning of his recovery. After surgery, “Prakash will live a normal life, play with friends, go to school, study, and sleep," Possible adds.
“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!
Gloria is a 27-year-old woman from Uganda, and is pregnant with her second child. Our medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation (KF), shares that Gloria and her husband are very excited about her pregnancy and have already picked a name for their new baby. According to KF, “Gloria is a high-risk mother who has had five pregnancies but only one living child, who was delivered by C-section.” KF recommends that Gloria undergo another Cesarean section for her current pregnancy. Since Gloria is a high-risk patient, KF also recommends additional prenatal care. For $303, Gloria will undergo a Cesarean section. This will also fund all of Gloria's hospital care, including a five day stay after she delivers her baby. KF expects that with this treatment, both Gloria and her child will be healthy. Gloria and her husband plan to access family planning services after childbirth. KF shares, “Their hope is for their baby to be healthy and study well in school.”
Meet Jackline, a 41-year-old mother of three from Kenya. “Jackline runs a small business selling second-hand clothes commonly known as ‘mitumba’,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “Her youngest child is still in high school, while the other two children have completed school.” Jackline suffers from uterine fibroids. “She is experiencing severe and irregular bleeding, anemia and abdominal pain,” says AMHF. “If not treated, the anemia could get worse and lead to further complications, and the fibroids will continue to grow, affecting surrounding body organs. The condition has made her daily life as a small business woman and a mother difficult.” With $790 in funding, Jackline will undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy. This is a surgical procedure that will remove her uterus through an incision in the lower abdomen. “The surgery will allow Jackline to recover fully,” reports AMHF. “The bleeding will stop and she will no longer be in pain. Jackline will be able to lead her normal life and work.” AMHF continues, “The income of Jackline's family is not sufficient to pay for her surgery.” “I hope to get well soon and continue doing my business,” says Jackline. “I would also love to be healthy and see my children grow up and settle down with their own families.”