Shoko joined Watsi on September 25th, 2017. 19 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Shoko's most recent donation supported Reaksmey, a newborn baby from Cambodia, to fund clubfoot treatment.
Shoko has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 4 countries.
Reaksmey is one-month-old baby girl from Cambodia. Reaksmey was born with congenital clubfoot on her right foot. Her mother tried to correct this at home but attempts were unsuccessful. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Reaksmey traveled two and a half hours to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). There, surgeons will perform tendon achilles lengthening procedure followed by casting on May 28th. CSC is requesting $385 to fund Reaksmey's clubfoot repair. After treatment, her right foot will be aligned with her left foot and she will develop normally. Her mom says, "my daughter's foot problem makes me very worried about her future. I hope she will not be in pain and everything will be ok."
Bondit is a nine-year-old student from Cambodia. His mother is a farmer and his father sells bread he bakes himself. Bondit enjoys school and works hard in mathematics. His sister helps him with his work and they watch TV together after school. About ten months ago, Bondit was in a motor accident in which he suffered a fracture to his right femur. His family took him to a provincial hospital where he received two operations, one implanting hardware. His surgical wound became infected, however, and over time he has lost mobility in his knee. Now he can no longer attend school and his family has had to spend above their income in order to pay medicine for his leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Bondit will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will clean his wound and the problematic hardware, and fix the fracture so that it can heal normally. He will be able to walk normally after recovery. Bondit said, "I can't wait to get better and go back to playing soccer with my friends at school."
Dalin is a 14-year-old student from Takeo Province of Cambodia. She is the oldest of three sisters in her family. She loves to study Khmer literature in school and works hard taking care of her younger siblings. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Dalin was born with a dysplastic hip condition that causes her pain and limits her ability to walk. Previous forms of treatment have been unsuccessful. Her family has become worried that this will be a life-long disability for Dalin, one that will require crutches and will keep her away from school. She is not confident playing with her classmates, and day-by-day her pain increases. Surgeons at Watsi's Medical Partner, CSC, will perform an osteotomy to adjust the position of bone in her hip socket. After recovery, Dalin will no longer experience pain while walking and running, and will have a normal range of movement. Her mother shared, "I have been so worried ... nothing has made it better. I want to be able to see her walk normally and play with her friends without having pain."
Maxwell is a two-year-old boy from Kenya. Maxwell’s mother works casually in construction sites. His father left them when he learned of his son’s condition. Maxwell is an only child and lives with his mother in a single-rental house in Kiharo Village in Central Kenya. Maxwell was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Maxwell is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 25th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Life is very tough. I earn very little from helping out on construction sites and it cannot cater for the surgery my son needs. Please help me,” says Maxwell’s mother.
Lameck is a child from Tanzania. Lameck is a fifth born child in a family of five children, he is a shy little boy and likes to keep to himself. His parents are subsistence farmers who earn very little and can barely support their family. Lameck has clubfoot of both his feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lameck traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Lameck's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily with no pain and difficulty. Lameck’s father says, “Please help my son get the treatment he needs so he may be able to walk without difficulty.”
Nesy is a baby from Tanzania. Nesy is a first born child to her newly wed parents who were very excited for her arrival. She was born in a local dispensary near their village. Nesy’s parents are subsistence farmers who earn very little and had to sell some of their cows and goats to be able to get trnsport to the hospital. Nesy was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Nesy is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Nesy's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 09. This procedure will hopefully spare Nesy from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Nesy’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get this surgery, I am so worried about her, she is very little and she has such a big problem. Please help us.”
Samwel is a child from Tanzania. He is the last born in a family of four children. He quite boy and shy in public. His father works a posho-mill shop (a local maize-mill) as the operator. He earns barely enough to support his family. Samwel’s mother is a stay home mother. Samwel was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is unable to walk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Samwel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Samwel's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Samwel’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he may walk without difficulty or pain. “
Brandon is a two-year-old boy from Kenya. He has lived alone with his mother, who works as a spice vendor, ever since his initial diagnosis. Late last year, Brandon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a medical condition in which the testes remain undescended. Without surgical intervention, Brandon is at risk of the development of an inguinal hernia, infertility, and testicular cancer. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $542 to fund a double orchidopexy for Brandon, which intends to move and fix Brandon's undescended testes into his scrotum. His treatment is scheduled to take place on June 26 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Brandon to live free from the medical complications that his condition currently puts him at risk of developing.
Karin is a three-month-old boy from Kenya. His mother stays at home with him, and his father is a subsistence farmer. About one week ago, Karin suddenly lost the ability to hold his head up and began to cry incessantly. Within a few days he was also vomiting and developed a fever. Karin was then taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus—a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium that can increase pressure on the brain, causing severe mental and physical health problems. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund Karin's operation, which is scheduled to take place on June 19 at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. The surgery entails insertion of a shunt in Karin's brain that will drain the excess fluid. Without treatment, Karin will be at risk of permanent brain damage, loss of vision, and even death. “We are determined to overcome this illness and not let it ruin his life, with your help," says Karin's father.
Nery is a 16-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He enjoys eating rice and beans, and playing with his sister. Nery's parents work hard to support their family. His father works as a day laborer, and his mother takes care of their household and weaves traditional Mayan textiles. Nery was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Nery has little energy to grow, and that his immune system is weak, leaving him vulnerable to diseases that further compromise his growth. He may also face long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for his well-being, his mother took Nery to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 22, Nery will receive micronutrients and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach his mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $492 requested will cover all expenses of his continued treatment, allowing him to gain weight, strengthen his immune system, and catch up with other children his age. Nery’s mother says, “I am grateful to the program because I am very concerned about my child not gaining weight."