Sandeep joined Watsi on December 30th, 2013. Seven months ago, Sandeep became the 5713th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 745 more people have become monthly donors! Sandeep's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Grayson, a six-month-old from Tanzania, to fund surgery for his hydrocephalus condition.
Sandeep has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 9 countries.
Grayson is a baby from Tanzania. Grayson is a six month old baby boy and the firstborn child to his young parents. Both parents finished their college studies last year. Grayson's mother studied business management while the father was a nursing students and he is currently volunteering at a local hospital in their village. Both parents do not current have jobs and are struggling to make ends meet to be able to support their baby. Grayson has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Grayson has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Grayson will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Grayson that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 24 and will drain the excess fluid from Grayson's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Grayson will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Grayson’s mother says, “With no jobs, we are unable to afford our son’s treatment cost. His condition is worsening, please help us.”
Laleti is a girl from Tanzania. She is beautiful, friendly, and is an only child to her parents. Her parents are small-scale farmers. Laleti’s mother also sells cassavas in the evening to be able to make extra income. Laleti was diagnosed with right genu valgus. Her right leg is bowed at the knee. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, it is difficult for her to walk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Laleti. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 23rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Laleti's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Laleti’s mother says, “We were sad to see our daughter struggling to walk but due to lack of money we have not been able to treat her. Please help our daughter.”
Gilbert is a calm and polite boy. He is the second born in a family of four children and hails from Dagoretti in Nairobi county. He is in 3rd grade at a primary school in Nairobi and aspires to be a pilot. Gilbert was brought to our hospital by his mother because he was experiencing pain and could not walk long distances. He has had this condition since he was three years old and it has significantly impacted his ability to go to school. Gilbert's mother shared that, “I sometimes carry him to school as his knees knock against each other which hinders his movement. But when I have money, I will pay for a motorbike to take him and his brother to school.” His mother works part-time cleaning houses, washing clothes, and performing other household work she may be given. Gibert's father is a street pastor and works as a street vendor. The family lives in a one-bedroom rental house in Nairobi and they shared with us that they feel life is hard because they do not have the resources to buy everything they need. Gilbert was able to already have his right leg treated which is now healed. He now needs support for the surgery on his left knee. With both knees healed, Gilbert will be able to walk comfortably and continue with his studies.
Joshua is a two-month-old baby and the youngest in a family of three children from Tanzania. His parents are small-scale farmers; his father owns a few cattle and they also have a small farm where they plant food for home consumption. Joshua has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Joshua has been experiencing challenges since birth. Without treatment, Joshua will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,362 to cover the cost of surgery for Joshua that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 20th and will drain the excess fluid from Joshua's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Joshua will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Joshua's father shared, "Please help treat our baby, he needs to undergo a surgery which due to financial challenges, we are not able to afford. Please help us."
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.”
Abigael is a student from Kenya. She is the first born in a family of two children, and she is in secondary school. Her mother is a single parent and works as a casual laborer in a small hotel to provide for the family. Abigael has been growing well like other girls and was enthusiastic to do her secondary final examinations towards the end of this year. Unfortunately from around October last year, she started having difficulty swallowing. When her mother checked her neck she noticed there was a swelling. She took her to hospital and an ultrasound was completed showing a benign right thyroid nodule. After tests the surgeon advised a thyroidectomy but her mother is not in a position to pay. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Abigael receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money. “I am worried for my daughter because this is her final year in secondary school. I hope she can get help so that soon she is able to go back to school and continue with her studies for her future,” said Abigael’s mother.
Meet Khin, a 38-year old wife and mother of three children. While initially from Burma, Khin currently resides in Thailand where she sews sports clothing at a local factory to support her family. Recently, Khin has experienced increasing pain in her abdomen due to a uterine myoma. Since last February, Khin has experienced discomfort due to her condition. According to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), "Her abdomen is swollen, and she also has sharp pain in her lower abdomen. Sometimes the pain is so bad she cannot even stand." Her symptoms have ultimately brought Khin to stop working her job at the factory. A uterine myoma is a benign tumor that develops within the uterus. Myomas can multiply and grow if left untreated, leading to increased pressure on the surrounding internal organs. In cases such as Khin’s, the tumors can grow large enough to inflict nerve damage, contributing towards back leg pain. With $1500, Khin will receive a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove her uterus and cervix. This treatment will ensure that the myoma cannot redevelop later on, allowing Khin to resume her everyday activities without pain. After recovery, BBP informs us that Khin is already looking ahead to new opportunities. "Khin wants to have her own shop where she can sell Burmese noodles and curry,” BBP adds.
Joseph is an eight-year-old boy from Ethiopia. His father is a small plot farmer and owns several goats, and tends to a garden to help support their family. Joseph has one brother and one sister at home. About 15 days ago, Joseph was electrocuted when he accidentally stepped on an open, live wire. “He received multiple burns, but the worst were on his feet and left arm,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “The family took him to a local clinic where his wounds were cleaned, but no thorough debridement (of dead tissue) was performed.” Joseph was diagnosed with osteomyelitis -- an infection of his left radius, which is protruding through his skin. If this continues to go untreated, “the bone will continue to be destroyed and the wound will remain infected.” “Eventually, Joseph will be unable to use the arm and it will become deformed if he does not receive treatment soon,” AMHF explains. “Untreated infection could possibly threaten his life.” For $535, we can fund surgery to help clean his wound and his bone, and to treat it with antibiotics to remove any infection. Joseph hopes to return to school again in the fall if he becomes well.
Meet Jhamendha, a very happy and outgoing six-year-old girl from Haiti. Jhamendha lives with her mother, father, aunt, uncle, and two cousins. “She likes to play dress-up and show off, and loves first grade since she started last year,” says our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “Jhamendha was born with cortriatrium, a relatively rare condition in which a membrane divides the aorta in two, impending blood flow and causing heart failure,” explains HCA. “If left untreated, her health would progressively worsen over time.” $1,500 will fund the surgery needed to repair the defect in Jhamendha’s heart. “Following surgical removal of the membrane, blood should flow through Jhamendha’s aorta without restriction and she should be able to lead a normal life,” HCA adds. “I am excited to go play with my friends and tell them about the surgery I had,” shares Jhamendha.
"Molto is currently in school and loves to read. He hopes to be a medical doctor so he can care for the sick and support the poor in his village," shares our medical partner, Ortho FOCOS (OF). Meet Molto, a 19-year-old young man from Ethiopia. Molto has five siblings and lives with his parents, who are both farmers. His family produces only enough income to feed the family, with no money remaining. Molto has kyphoscoliosis, a severe curvature in his spine. “Molto’s condition started three years ago and has worsened with growth. He has difficulty breathing and cannot walk very far,” explains OF. Without proper treatment, Molto will continue having trouble moving and breathing which will affect his schooling and future plans. However, for $1,500, Molto will receive surgery to correct his spine. “I am very grateful for this opportunity and am touched by the hearts of those who wish to support me,” says Molto.
"I am the only hope for my children. I hope Watsi will assist me so that I can see them grow," says Abigail. "My dream is to start a business so that I can get enough money to educate my children." Abigail is a 31-year-old woman from Kenya. She is a widow with four children ranging from two to 11 years old. Abigail has had uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts since the beginning of 2014, causing lower abdominal pain, and back and abdomen swelling. Since her husband passed away, she has started doing laundry and cleaning houses to earn a living. Abigail has been unable to raise enough money for the surgery she needs, but if left untreated, her fibroids and cysts will grow and affect other organs. For $790, our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) will be able to provide Abigail with a total abdominal hysterectomy -- a surgery that will remove her uterus and cervix. With this treatment, it is expected that Abigail will recover fully and be able to go back to work and take care of her children.
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!