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Ross joined Watsi on April 12th, 2015. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ross' most recent donation traveled 8,400 miles to support Ayoub, a boy from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot correction.
Ayoub is a student from Tanzania. He loves going to school and wishes to join the school's football team one day. Ayoub is the fourth born in a family of four children. Ayoub’s mother was born with clubfeet and still has the condition. She did not get treatment and was cast away by her family at a very young age. Ayoub was also born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ayoub traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ayoub's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and without pain. Ayoub says, “I will like to be able to walk normally and be able to play football, run, and go to school without people staring at me as I walk. Please help me get treatment.”
Sialu is a four-year-old girl from Sierra Leone. She lives with her parents and large extended family. Sialu is always smiling and making new friends in her neighborhood. Sialu was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, where there exists a hole between two chambers of her heart and a muscular blockage in one of her valves. On August 10, Sialu will be traveling from her home in Sierra Leone to our medical partner's care center, Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, in Bangalore, India. Although Sialu is not from Haiti, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with other partners to make her surgery possible, and so is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Sialu's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $12,000 towards her treatment. We are also fundraising for her [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/b11f126fa2d5-sialu). "We feel like our prayers are being answered now that we know our daughter is able to have surgery soon!" says Sialu's mother.
Sum is a woman from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and 20 grandchildren. She likes to go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray in her free time. Five years ago, Sum developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, photophobia, and cloudy lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sum learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On July 13, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now,she needs help to fund this $398 procedure.
Miguel is a seven-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the fifth child in his family. His mother works at home to take care of their family, and his father is a day laborer. Miguel’s mother experiences lactation failure, which means that she cannot produce breast milk. This causes Miguel and his twin brother Eduardo to be underweight and small for their age. Because of this, Miguel often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Miguel’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and Miguel is at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize his condition, Miguel was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. Although lactation failure is dangerous, it is thankfully easy to treat. On February 14, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will begin supplying Miguel's mother with formula and health education so that Miguel will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,107 for the treatment. One-on-one education with Miguel’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Miguel’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Miguel’s mother says, “I am very worried for my son because he is not growing. I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher.”
Nine-year-old Confidence lives in Uganda. The oldest of three children, she enjoys studying, learning new things, and skipping rope with the other children in her school. After school she likes to help her mother around the house and with cooking. Her mother and father are small farmers, growing food for their family, including potatoes, beans, and millet. They also pick tea on the local plantation for extra income to pay for school fees. Confidence has severe malaria complicated by anemia. She has fever, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Her parents first took Confidence to the local health center, which referred Confidence to the hospital because her case was too complicated for the health center to treat. Her father carried Confidence to the hospital on the back of his motorcycle. On February 25, she will begin her treatment of anti-malarials and possibly receive a blood transfusion. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $120 to cover the costs of Confidence's treatment. Your donation will help pay for her laboratory tests, medication, and supplies for her blood transfusion. Her mother is looking forward to taking Confidence back to school when she is better. “We appreciate the donors helping our daughter," says her father. "We moved here from another part of the country and don’t have much land to farm, yet. We were struggling hard to get the fees for the hospital."
Maudah is a 53-year-old woman from Uganda who works as a small farmer growing local crops, such as bananas, potatoes, and beans. In her free time, Maudah likes to listen to the radio and watch her grandchildren play. Maudah has been feeling pain, abdominal fullness, and discomfort for approximately twelve years. After arriving at our medical partner's care center, she learned that she has a uterine mass that needs to be removed. As a result, she is now scheduled to undergo a laparotomy to remove the mass on February 24. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $307 to cover the expenses of the procedure. Maudah says, "I thank the donors very much for their support. My husband and I could not afford such a major surgery without their help. May God bless them."
Man is a 68-year-old rice farmer who is married with one son, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. He likes to watch boxing on TV and also enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. About two years ago, Man developed cataracts in each eye, causing him blurred vision, pain, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. Because of his eye condition, he has difficulty seeing clearly, which impacts his independence and ability to work. Man learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled for two hours with his son to reach CSC for treatment. On January 23, Man will undergo a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, Man will be able to see clearly again and return to work. CSC is requesting $292 to fund this procedure. "I hope to see more clearly so that I can continue my work on the farm and plant vegetables around my home," says Man.
Patrick is a 42-year-old father and construction worker from Kenya. He lives in Nairobi with his two kids. This father is the sole provider for his household. His income is just barely sufficient to meet the family's needs. All three live together in a small shared rental room. Patrick worked as a construction worker until he was attacked on the night of February 25. He sustained several head fractures and is in need of a craniotomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,495 to provide the much-needed procedure, which is scheduled for February 28. Given his stalled ability to work, Patrick and his family are not able to pay for treatment. "I want to be with my children. I wish to get well and continue providing for them," Patrick shares.
Nay Myo is a nine-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and has one older brother. Nay Myo's parents work as day laborers. They cut grasses, plant vegetation, and collect bamboo shoots. When Nay Myo was three months old, he fell very sick. He was subsequently diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder characterized by an abnormal oxygen-carrying protein. Symptoms of this condition include fatigue, anemia, and trouble breathing. In order to treat these symptoms, Nay Myo has to receive oral medications and blood transfusions on a regular basis. Thalassemia has also caused Nay Myo's spleen to enlarge. After examination, his doctors decided to remove the spleen before other medical complications arise. On January 18, Nay Myo will undergo a splenectomy. Our medical partner is asking for $1,500 to fund the surgery. Nay Myo's mother is inspired by the caring hospital staff. She says, "I want Nay Myo to be an educated person and work like the staff."
Lar is a 22-year-old woman. She was born in Burma, but her family moved when she was young, and she has lived in Thailand for almost 20 years. She and her husband farm corn on a neighbor’s land. They also work as agricultural day laborers, planting rice to earn extra money. For two years, Lar worked in Bangkok as a domestic worker. During this time, she began to experience troubling symptoms. She felt tired and dizzy, had difficulty breathing, and could not continue her work. When she did work, she experienced heart palpitations. She visited a doctor in Bangkok and underwent an echocardiogram. She was diagnosed with a cardiac condition, an atrial septal defect (ASD). This means there is a hole between the upper chambers of her heart. Recently, Lar was referred to our medical partner. She is experiencing back pain, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. She cannot work, eat, or sleep well. Fortunately, on January 8, she will undergo an ASD closure surgery. Lar has been unable to work, and her husband has taken time off from work to care for her. They cannot afford this surgery, so our medical partner is requesting $1,500 in funding.
Chong is a nine-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his mother, who works as an agricultural day laborer, planting and harvesting corn and beans for a plantation owner. They live in a hut on the plantation owner’s land. Chong’s mother supports the family as a single parent. She cannot afford to send any of her children to school. Chong helps his mother with household chores, cooking meals or collecting water from a nearby pond. Some days, he accompanies his mother to work, where he helps her carry bags. A year after Chong was born, his mother noticed an abnormal condition in a sensitive area of his body. Chong complained of pain, so his mother brought him to the hospital. There, the family learned about our medical partner. Chong was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia and hydrocele. He is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 4, 2017. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Chong loves to play games of marbles with his friends. He also loves to cook. His mother says that his best dishes are fish paste salad, stir fried dishes, and soup. Even when he is not feeling well, Chong always wants to help his mother. In the future, Chong hopes to stay in Thailand to support his mother. “I would like to find a job here,” he says, “so that I can help my mother.”
Marvious is a six-year-old girl from Uganda who has been diagnosed with malnutrition. Her diet does not provide her with sufficient nutrients and calories. Marvious is the oldest child of three. She was enrolled in school, but her symptoms have recently stopped her from attending. When she is feeling well, Marvious enjoys playing with other children in her community. Left untreated, malnutrition can lead to reduced growth and development. Fortunately, Marvious began malnutrition treatment on November 26. This treatment is provided by our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. Marvious's parents, Ruth and Ben, work as farmers. They own a small piece of land, on which they grow food for the family. However, they cannot afford their daughter's treatment. Though they contributed $4, our medical partner is requesting another $316 in funding. Once Marvious has recovered, Ruth hopes to send her daughter back to school. "I wish to thank everyone that is contributing towards the care of my daughter," she says. "To have support from Watsi is a relief to me. May God bless the donors."