Jaben joined Watsi on March 24th, 2015. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jaben's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Phearin, a man from Cambodia, to fund debridement surgery.
Jaben has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.
Phearin is a 42-year-old fisherman from Cambodia. He has four daughters and has been married for ten years. He likes to play with his children and relax at home when not working. Two months ago, he fell on the ground and re-injured his leg that he fractured twenty years ago. He experiences pain and has difficulty walking. When Phearin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 5, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to to removed damaged tissue from the wound. Now, Phearin needs help to fund this $262 procedure. He says, "After the operation, I hope I can walk painlessly and can complete my work normally again."
Nwet (BB) is a 23-day-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. When he was born, the nurses noticed a protrusion on the back of his skull, a neurological condition called encephalocele. The protrusion is very sensitive. Nwet (BB) was born with encephalocele, a type of neural type defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of nervous tissue through openings in the skull. Both incomplete bone fusion in the skull and incomplete closure of the neural tube contribute to this condition. If left untreated, the lump will continue to grow, heightening the risks of developmental delays and permanent neurological impairment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help cover the cost of corrective cranial surgery for Nwet (BB), which is scheduled to take place on January 15. Surgeons will remove the protrusion and correct the skull defect, hopefully eliminating the risk of future neurological complications and allowing Nwet (BB) to develop along a healthy trajectory. Nwet Yee, his mother says, "I am worry for my son but I cannot do anything for him. I hope that the surgery will make him well and become a normal person like other children."
Abibatu is a girl from Sierra Leone. Abibatu lives in Freetown, the capital, with her parents and two older brothers. She likes to dress up and to go to church with her family. She has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart condition involving several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. As a result, not enough oxygen is delivered to her body, leaving her sickly and weak. Without surgery, the condition would be fatal. Abibatu will fly to the Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences in Bangalore, India to receive treatment. On July 27, she will undergo cardiac surgery. Abibatu's family also needs help to fund the costs of travel. The $1,343 bill covers her flight to the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, will also provide support to the family as they travel overseas. Her mother says, "Our family is all very excited that there is hope for Kamara to become healthy!"
Pendo is a five-month-old girl from Tanzania. She is the firstborn child in her family. Pendo and her mother live with her mother's father and brother while Pendo's father is away working. Pendo was born with spina bifida, a dangerous malformation of the spinal cord. She is also now beginning to develop hydrocephalus, a buildup of cranial fluid surrounding the brain. Her head is 30% larger than it should be. “Please help my daughter get better,” says Pendo’s mother. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,369 to fund Pendo's operations. She is scheduled to undergo surgery on May 15 at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. After treatment, Pendo will be able grow and develop normally.
Joy is a two-year-old girl from Kenya. She is her parents' only child. They live together in a house near her father's shop. About one month ago, Joy's parents began to notice that she was not responding to sound. They took her to the hospital, where they ran auditory tests. Doctors recommended that Joy receives hearing aids. Her parents then brought her to our medical partner in search of assistance. The audiologist believes that Joy's hearing can be restored with the help of hearing aids. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund Joy's hearing aids. She is scheduled to be fitted for this new assistive device on July 5. After treatment, she will be able to hear and her speech development will improve. “My happiness will be to see Joy able to hear and talk,” Joy’s mother says.
Chai Lin is a 68-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She is married and has five sons, one daughter, and 14 grandchildren! Chai Lin enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. About two years ago, Chai Lin developed cataracts in each of her eyes, causing her blurred vision and sensitivity to light. Seeking treatment, she visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On April 24, Chai Lin will undergo surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, CSC's care center. She will receive intraocular lens implants in each of her eyes, restoring her vision. CSC is asking for $292 to cover the cost of her hospital and medication fees. Chai Lin is looking forward to being able to see again!
This is John, a newborn baby boy from Kenya and the only child to his young parents. His father runs a small business, while his mother stays at home. John was diagnosed with spina bifida, a developmental congenital disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube. As a result, he has a swelling on his lower back and is at high risk of contracting an infection or experiencing other spinal complications. Currently, John is at Bethany Kids Kijabe for specialized care; however, his parents do not have the money necessary for his treatment. Without our help to fund the proper closure of John's swelling, his condition can prove fatal. For $805, we can end this couple’s worries and ensure the future health of their baby. John's mother says, "I was very scared when I was told that my son would need surgery so soon. I am, however, happy that this condition can be treated, and he will be able to have a normal life."