Stefano joined Watsi on May 15th, 2016. 19 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stefano's most recent donation traveled 4,000 miles to support Mathew, a student from Tanzania, to fund surgery to help him breathe.
Stefano has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Stefano has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Mathew is a 13-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the second-born of four children, and his parents are farmers. Mathew has had breathing problems since his was born. His parents have spent a lot of time and money seeking treatment for their son. Finally, they were referred to our medical partner's care center, The Plaster House. Mathew was diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, the glands on the roof of his mouth. On November 29, doctors performed an adenoidectomy to help him breathe. Mathew's parents had difficulty affording the bus fare to visit The Plaster House. They need help to fund this $488 treatment. "I am so grateful to have finally found a place where Mathew can have treatment," says Mathew's mother.
Rathana is a five-year-old boy in the first grade. He has two older brothers. Rathana likes to play games and watch cartoons on TV. Rathana was born with ptosis in his left eye, causing his eyelid to droop. Recently, he traveled for three hours with his mother and grandmother to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment. On November 1, 2016, Rathana underwent an eyelid correction procedure. This operation should improve his vision. Now, his family needs help to fund this $266 treatment.
Yuvraj is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his parents and siblings in Nepal. He studies in grade four. His father works in India to support the family back home, while his mother is responsible for grazing the cattle and looking after the children. Three days ago, Yuvraj fell from the porch of his house and fractured his left hand. He is in a lot of pain and the hand is swollen. After trying some herbal medicines at home, his parents noticed how Yuvraj still had difficulty moving his hand. This caused them to seek medical help. $195 will cover the costs of the x-ray, cast, and physiotherapy Yuvraj needs for his hand to properly heal. Let's help raise the funds! Yuvraj's father says, "I wish my son's treatment happens soon."
Adrianel is a six-year-old boy from the Philippines, currently in the first grade. He and his three older siblings were raised by their grandparents, as their mother suffers from mental illness and their father left to be with another woman. When Adrianel was six months old, his grandmother noticed that his scrotum was enlarged and increasing in size. His grandparents are very worried about him, but they could not afford to bring him to a doctor. He is often in pain, and when the pain flares up he can barely eat or sleep. Adrianel was referred to a community clinic, sponsored by our medical partner, International Care Ministries. Doctors diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia, and he was advised to undergo surgery as soon as possible to avoid further complications. Unfortunately, Adrianel's grandfather is the family's sole earner and cannot afford to pay for the $962 hernia repair surgery. Aside from his condition, Adrianel is attentive, sociable, and very eager to learn in school. He helps his grandparents in small ways, such as sweeping the leaves around the house and folding clothes. Adrianel is very close to his grandparents, and says that when he grows up, he will build a big and beautiful house for them. He also wishes to get his mother treatment so she can rejoin their family. Adrianel's grandparents are concerned about his condition and his future. They want him to finish his studies and enjoy his childhood like other children his age. "Thank you for helping us and our grandson," they say.
Miriam is a 66-year-old woman from a remote region of Kenya. She lives with her husband in a grass-thatched house, and they sell charcoal to support themselves. Four of her five children have families and live in the same village, and her youngest child is in high school. In 2011, Miriam injured her eye injury and received eye drops from a local dispensary. However, she noticed a gradual change in her vision as she developed a cataract in one of her eyes. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Most cataracts are due to age-related changes in the eye and account for 50 percent of all cases of blindness worldwide. Early symptoms include blurred vision and tearing. Miriam says she is not able to walk comfortably as she has problems with her vision. She has not been able to access medical care. In June 2016, at an eye camp organized by Kijabe hospital, doctors recommended cataract surgery for Miriam, but she is not able to raise the amount needed. For $230, Miriam will undergo small incision cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens from her eye and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. Funding for her treatment also includes an overnight hospital stay, eye drops, and medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection. “I want to be able to see clearly again and be able to provide for myself," shares Miriam.
Jonalyn is a happy, 13-year-old student who loves to study and play a game similar to kick-the-can. She lives with her parents and two siblings in the Philippines, where their one-room house has a cement floor and a thatched roof made of nipa leaves. Jonalyn noticed a mass on the right side of neck when she was 12 years old. She told her mother about it, but they did not seek help since they did not have money to spend on medical consultations or medicine. After a few months, she complained of pain when swallowing and difficulty breathing and also noticed that the mass on her neck was getting bigger. She has been unable to concentrate during her classes because of the on-and-off throbbing pain in her neck. During a church activity in May of 2015, Jonalyn felt a throbbing pain in her neck and was examined by a doctor. She was diagnosed with a goiter—an enlarged thyroid gland usually caused by a deficiency of iodine, an important element in the production of thyroid hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for seven days and iron supplements for 10 days and referred Jonalyn to another care facility to undergo tests to determine the type of goiter. Unfortunately, the family was unable to seek further care for Jonalyn until now. She was screened by a health trainer in one of our sponsored communities, consultation was facilitated, and she was advised to undergo a thyroidectomy to remove the thyroid gland. Jonalyn's mother is a housewife, and her father raises pigs. They cannot pay for surgery for Jonalyn because their income is barely enough to sustain the family's daily needs. $1,500 covers the cost of Jonalyn's surgery, transportation to and from the hospital, 10 days of hospital care—including medicine, imaging, and blood tests—and medicine to take after she goes home. The surgery will lessen Jonalyn's discomfort due to her condition. "I am very thankful to you for helping people like me in my condition, especially those who are not financially capable in terms of health treatment," shares Jonalyn. "I was truly blessed because I was given an opportunity to be treated. After the surgery, I plan to continue my schooling to reach my dreams and help my family someday."
Saitoti is a four-year-old boy who lives with his parents and siblings in Tanzania. He is the fifth born of seven children to his parents, who are subsistence farmers. Saitoti was born with congenital club feet, a condition in which his feet are twisted out of shape or position. This causes him difficulty walking long distances, and his parents worry that he will not be able to attend school with his siblings as a result. Saitoti's parents did not know that it was possible to seek treatment for their son's condition, and so they never did until a pastor from their village referred them to Watsi's medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). While his parents cannot afford the treatment that Saitoti requires, we can help fund the $1,160 procedure to re-position his feet. This amount includes plaster casting and surgery to straighten the feet, in addition to a four month stay at the Plaster House, a facility in Tanzania that cares for children recovering from corrective surgery. "I would like my son to be able to walk normally," says Saitoti's mother. Let's help them fund their son's surgery so he can attend school with his siblings one day!
Sokly is a 53-year-old man from Cambodia, who works as a caterer for weddings. He is married with two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Sokly enjoys talking with his neighbors and listening to news on the radio. Sokly developed a cataract, or clouding of the lens of the eye, in each eye one year ago. This causes him to have blurred vision. He can no longer see everything clearly, do work well, or go outside on his own. Sokly traveled 3 hours to seek treatment from our medical partner Children's Surgical Center (CSC). For $225, CSC can provide Sokly with small incision cataract surgery (SIC), which includes an intraocular lens (IOL) implant. After this brief and highly effective procedure, Sokly will be able to see clearly again.