Andrei joined Watsi on June 24th, 2013. 34 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Andrei's most recent donation supported Gift, a 1-year-old girl from Tanzania, to fund congenital anorectal malformation surgery.
Andrei has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Andrei has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Gift is one-year-old baby girl and the last born child in a family of two children. When Gift was two months old her parents noticed she was struggling to pass stool and urine, and her stomach would be very hard. They thought it was because she was still a small baby and that she would be ok as time goes by, but as time went on her condition kept worsening. Her parents are small-scale farmers of maize and vegetables for a living, and they are struggling financially. They were able to take Gift to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center ALMC Hospital, where she was diagnosed with A.R.M. and doctors advised that she would need surgery to correct the problem. She was able to get funding support for the first stage of treatment so Gift had a colostomy placed. She now needs the follow-up stage of surgery of pull through and later a colostomy closure and are seeking $1,500 to support the treatment. Gift’s mother says, “Our baby has been suffering from this condition for a while now but due to financial challenges we can’t afford the cost, please help us.”
Two-year-old Otto lives with his parents in Uganda. His parents work as subsistence farmers and grow only enough food to meet the needs of the family. Recently, Otto was involved in a domestic accident that left him with severe burns, shares our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. They explain, “Otto fell into a pot of soup his mother was cooking and has been burned severely on his left side from his head to his stomach.” Burns constitute the second most common cause of trauma-related deaths worldwide. For burn victims who do survive, the next question becomes whether they will be able to return to society as normal, productive people given the high chance of decreased mobility from burn scar contractures. In developing countries where there is a lack of access to surgical care, this question is even more prevalent. For $685, Otto will undergo the surgery and receive the post-surgical treatment he needs to make a full recovery. The treatment will result in reduced scarring to the burned area, and will prevent the possibility of an infection. “God bless you for the help,” shares Otto’s parents. “We could not afford to pay for treatment without this help.”
Meet Dinkmekar, a two-year-old girl and only child to her parents. Dinkmekar was born without an anal opening and cannot pass stool normally. As a result, she experiences pain and difficulty since she must pass stool through the vagina. Dinkmekar will continue to experience pain if this condition is left untreated. In order to treat Dinkmekar, our medical partner can perform an anoplasy, in which the anus will be moved to an appropriate place within the muscles. “We expect after surgery, Dinkmekar will be able to pass stool normally. She will grow up healthy and normally,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Dinkemar’s father works as a farmer with very little income, and, to support her daughter’s condition, Dinkmekar’s mother stays at home. They are unable to raise the funds for the surgery. Dinkmekar's mother dreams of “seeing my baby stay happy all day without being in pain.” For $1500, we can provide Dinkmekar with this life-saving surgery and help both her and her parents lead healthy and happy lives!
Meet Lembris, a seven-month-old baby boy. He and his family of eight other children live in Tanzania, where his parents are small-scale farmers. When Lembris was two months old, his head began to increase in size. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus -- an excessive fluid buildup in the ventricles of the brain that leads to intracranial pressure. Because of his condition, Lembris experiences a persistent fever and has difficulty sitting. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), “If not treated, Lembris will be at risk of losing his eyesight, develop other complications and become completely dependent.” As a family that relies heavily on agriculture for their income, a recent drought has left Lembris’ family without the funds to seek treatment for Lembris. However, for $690, AMHF can perform a surgery that will insert a shunt to relieve the fluid pressure in the brain. Lembris’ doctors tell us that with this surgery, it is expected that “there won’t be any more increased intracranial pressure on Lembris’ head causing headache and fever, he will be out of risk of losing his vision and most likely he will resume normal milestones.” “We hope that our son will get better, have the ability to sit on his own and later on walk and continue with normal growth,” says Lembris’ mother.
Bao is a 44-year-old woman from Burma who needs heart surgery. Bao takes care of her 67-year-old mother and her disabled younger sister. She earns a living as a farmer, but recently she has been dependent on her siblings to help support her due to her heart disease. Throughout her life, Bao has experienced fatigue and she is unable to “walk very far without experiencing heart palpitations and shortness of breath.” Because of her heart disease, Bao is unable to work to help support her family and pay for her medical bills. She “hopes to get well soon, be healthy and happy and normal.” For $2,000, we can fund Bao's cardiac surgery and help her regain a healthy and happy life!
Meet Zedagim. He is a five-year-old boy living with his family in a remote part of Ethiopia where they work as farmers. Zedagim thoroughly enjoys football! He loves playing the game, but with his condition, which makes it impossible for him to pass urine normally, he becomes embarrassed and has decided to stop playing. Zedagim has hypospadias. Even though Zedagim has had this condition for a while, his parent's have not had the means to help Zedagim with his condition. Zedagim's father hopes that he can get back to football, the game he loves so much. For $1,200, we can help Zedagim receive a hypospadias repair, which will allow him to pass urine normally. Let's help Zedagime overcome his condition and get back to the field!