John joined Watsi on September 4th, 2014. Three years ago, John joined the Universal Fund and became the 616th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,495 more people have joined! John's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Miria, a student from Uganda, to fund treatment for a high-risk pregnancy.
John has funded healthcare for 37 patients in 11 countries.
Meet Miria, a 17-year-old young lady who is expecting her first child. Miria lives with her parents and younger sister. Her parents work as farm laborers. Miria enjoys cooking and sharing meals with her family and going to church. Miria has been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, a serious complication associated with pregnancy. She needs to be closely monitored by doctors during her prenatal care. Doctors consider Miria to be a high-risk pregnancy case, so she may need to undergo a C-section to deliver her baby safely. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, has arranged for Miria to receive prenatal vitamins and regular checkups, starting on March 25. Miria will deliver her baby at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Both she and her baby will receive postnatal care. For $241, we can help Miria to safely deliver her baby. Miria shares that she is looking forward to nursing her baby.
Meet Damaris, a 20-year-old young woman who lives with her four siblings and parents in Guatemala’s rural highlands. Damaris has myopia, or nearsightedness, which means that she has difficulty seeing faraway objects. She requires a new pair of prescription glasses to help her see clearly. On June 12, Damaris will be fitted with a new pair of prescription glasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $552 in donations to help cover the costs of the glasses. "My family and I are so grateful for your help. I feel so happy," says Damaris.
Ngeim is a 71-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons and two daughters. In his free time, Ngeim likes to stay at home and listen to the news on the radio. In 2007, Ngeim had a traumatic accident that caused an open fracture in his left femur. He went to a traditional healer and the local hospital for treatment. His symptoms have not improved, and Ngeim continues to experience pain and have difficulty walking. Ngeim learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his son. He traveled for six hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. On April 3, Ngeim will undergo an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure and bone graft to repair his left femur. After recovery, Ngeim will be able to walk easily again. CSC is requesting $411 to fund this procedure.
Meet Charles, a 45-year-old farmer from Uganda. He and his wife have four children, all of whom are in school. Charles and his wife grow crops for the family's consumption and to earn an income, though most of the money is used to pay for the kids' school fees. Charles is happiest when he is spending time with his family, talking with his wife, and teaching his children how to behave in the community and help others. Charles is currently living with a painful umbilical hernia, meaning part of his intestine has protruded through the abdominal muscles near his stomach. The pain is preventing him from working in his fields. Doctors have recommended a mesh repair of the hernia. Charles is currently scheduled to undergo surgery on April 1. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 to cover the costs of the procedure. After surgery, Charles is looking forward to being able to work again to support his family. He may start a small business. Charles says, "I pray to God to bless the donors in everything they do. I thank them greatly for supporting me in my treatment.”
Mouykim is a 53-year-old rice and crop farmer who is married with two sons and one daughter. She enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching dramas on TV. Four months ago, Mouykim developed a cataract in both of her eyes. This has caused her blurred vision, pain, and irritation. It is difficult for Mouykim to see things clearly, do work, or go places on her own. She is worried about her deteriorating vision loss. Mouykim traveled with her son to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On March 16, surgeons at CSC will perform a phacoemulsification procedure followed by an intraocular lens implantation. With $292, we can help Mouykim to see clearly again!
Tang is a 69-year-old archbishop who is married and has two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. He likes to read books, join ceremonies, and listen to monks praying in his free time. Three years ago, Tang developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision. He has difficultly seeing things clearly, and he worries about his vision in the future. When Tang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours to seek treatment. On February 20, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Tang will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure.
Leah is a 17-year-old expectant mother. She lives with her husband, Ronald. Leah grows food to support their family, while Ronald works on building sites. During her free time, she enjoys weaving mats, listening to the radio, and visiting friends and relatives. Because she is young, Leah's doctors consider her pregnancy to be high-risk. They recommend that she receive medical attention before, during, and after labor to ensure a safe delivery. On December 3, she will begin to receive supplements and attend antenatal checkups and health education classes. She will deliver her baby in the hospital, and her baby will be examined by a midwife. After birth, Leah and her baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. Leah's family is subsidizing $8 of the treatment cost, but they need help to raise an additional $241. Leah looks forward to nursing her baby and sending him or her to school. She also hopes to continue with her farming. “I thank the donors for supporting the poor who struggle for quality treatment but cannot afford it," shares Leah. "I pray for blessings to the donors for all they do to help the needy.”
Srey Pov is an 11-year-old student who lives in Cambodia with two sisters and one brother. She likes to read her school books, watch the song channel on TV, and clean around her home. In September, Srey Pov fell from a tree and injured herself. She developed a bone spur in her left arm. A bone spur is a tiny pointed outgrowth of bone that develops in areas of inflammation or injury. Srey Pov sought treatment from a Khmer traditional healer, but her symptoms did not improve. She was in pain, and she had difficulty moving her arm. When Srey Pov learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled four hours with her mother in hopes of receiving treatment. On October 27, she underwent a repair surgery, during which doctors removed the bone spur from her arm. Her family needs help to fund this $224 procedure. After recovery, Srey Pov will be able to use her arm easily.
Roldan lives with his parents and brothers in the Philippines. Though he was unable to attend school, he is a very industrious worker. He earns money by farming. Roldan received a cleft lip surgery on October 17, 2016. Before the operation, Roldan expressed hope that it would change his life. With new self-confidence, he plans to go to school or look for a good job. He dreams of starting a family of his own. However, Roldan does not have enough to pay for the $1,246 surgery. He needs help to cover the cost of this life-changing treatment. "This will be a great opportunity for me to change my life," says Roldan. "Thank you for giving me another chance."
Meet Jennifer, a wife and mother of two children from Kenya. Her eldest child is in secondary school, while her youngest is three years old. Together with her husband, Jennifer tends to her small piece of land in the semi arid areas of Kenya. Jennifer’s siblings are not employed and have families, thus supporting her treatment is quite a burden to them. In April 2015, Jennifer felt a small swelling on her right breast and sought treatment from different hospitals. However, the swelling did not disappear, and she had to travel over 300km to our facility in July 2016. She had a fine needle aspiration (FNA) done in our facility and was diagnosed with breast cancer. If not treated, the cancer may spread and lead to early death. She requires a mastectomy, or removal of the cancerous tissue, but is not able to meet the $740 treatment cost. Jennifer says, “I want to be well and be there for my children”. Let us help Jennifer access the medical care she needs.
Rusen, a 19-month-old baby boy from Kenya, is the last-born in a family of five children. At the age of three months his head began increasing in size, and at six months his mother noticed that, unlike other children, Rusen could not do things such as sit down or hold his head up. Rusen was diagnosed with hydrocephalus - a condition involving the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain cavities - which was delaying his development. Rusen's head has been progressively increasing in size and he seems very irritable. A shunt insertion is required to treat Rusen's condition, so his parents were advised to seek specialized treatment. Unfortunately, due to a lack of finances, his parents opted not to seek out further treatment. Rusen’s parents are subsistence farmers and supplement their farming income with any casual work that they can get. The family lives in a single-room house and Rusen’s siblings are all in school and doing well. However, the family does not have any extra funds to spend on the medical attention that Rusen needs. Fortunately, the Bethany Kids mobile clinic outreach team spotted the family and urged them to come for treatment, which they did. But Rusen’s parents were only able to raise money for the bus ticket to get them to Bethany Kids, and therefore cannot raise the money required for the actual surgical care. With $615, Rusen's shunt insertion will be possible. During the operation, the shunt will be inserted into Rusen's head in order to divert excess fluid into other areas of his body. In doing so, Rusen's head will return to a normal size and he will no longer be at risk for the serious health complications, such as brain damage, associated with hydrocephalus. “We had given up all hope until we met with a team from Bethany Kids. We are more than happy to know that there are hopes for Rusen’s treatment,” shares Rusen’s mother.
Fidelis is a vibrant three-year old boy from Kenya; he is the youngest in a family of three children. This past year, Fidelis started experiencing symptoms which prompted his parents to take him to the nearest hospital. There, a scan confirmed their worst fears: their son’s right testis had not descended. Specialized treatment is required, but at a cost--a cost that Fidelis’ parents cannot live up to. It was around that time that Fidelis’ parents separated due to domestic issues. His father was not ready to meet the demands of Fidelis’ treatment. This left his mother without help, so she returned to her parent's home with Fidelis and his two siblings. Fidelis’ mother and his grandparents are subsistence farmers with no external source of income. They are therefore not able to raise the funds required for his surgical care. With the help of African Mission Healthcare Foundation and $540, Fidelis will undergo an orchidopexy, during which an incision will be made and his testis will be manually brought down into the scrotum. With this treatment, Fidelis will no longer have trouble urinating or be at heightened risk for infections and infertility. “I am still trying to come with terms to the fact that Fidelis’ father abandoned us," shares Fidelis' mother. "But even so, I have not lost hope and I believe that there will be a way to have Fidelis treated.”