Ayu joined Watsi on May 14th, 2017. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ayu's most recent donation traveled 5,300 miles to support Dorcas, a student from Kenya, to fund clubfoot treatment.
Ayu has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Dorcas is a seven-year-old girl and bright student from Kenya. She dreams of being a politician or doctor when she grows up. Dorcas has clubfoot, a condition in which the bottom of her foot curves inward and upward, making it difficult and painful to walk. She has been using orthotics and doing physical therapy, but her condition is not improving. She sometimes falls as she walks and plays with other kids. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund surgery to correct her clubfoot, which is scheduled for July 10. Dorcas and her mother hope the treatment will allow her to walk comfortably. "I would love to see my daughter walking well and progressing with her studies. She is a very bright girl and an achiever. I ask for support because I really cannot afford the bill," her mother says.
Nimrod is an active four-month-old baby boy from Kenya. He has two older siblings who stay at home with their mother during the day while their father works. Six weeks after Nimrod was born, his mother noticed that her son's head was growing faster than the rest of his body. His parents took him to a local hospital where Nimrod was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain resulting in increased intracranial pressure, delayed brain development, and permanent brain damage. On July 6, Nimrod will undergo brain surgery to drain the excess fluid from his head. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $685 to cover the cost of his surgery and care. “God chose me to be Nimrod’s mother as He knew I would best take care of him. The only limiting factor is finances but I am glad Watsi can help,” says Nimrod’s Mother.
Mbwana is a 65-year-old farmer from Malawi who lives with his wife and extended family. Mbwana spends his days helping with the farm and doing some light chores around his home. When he has quiet time, he just likes to spend it with his wife of many years. About two months ago, Mbwana began experiencing difficulty urinating and great discomfort. He was recently diagnosed with prostatic hyperplasia, the condition of an enlarged prostate. Prostate resection, which will remove part of Mbwana's enlarged prostate gland, is needed in order to relieve him of his pain. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund prostate surgery for Mbwana, which is scheduled to take place on June 29. The procedure, once completed, will hopefully allow Mbwana to return to his family and former lifestyle without his current pain and discomfort. "Thank you," says Mbwana.
Samuel is ten years old and lives with his mother in La Romana, a city in eastern Dominican Republic. He is an excellent student and would like to grow up to be a pediatric cardiologist. Samuel was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which involves several related defects. There is a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage in one of his heart's valves. This condition prevents oxygen from fully circulating through his body, leaving him weak and short of breath. Although Samuel is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. He will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Samuel will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 13. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Samuel also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and him family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Samuel's surgical care. After his treatment, Samuel will be able to grow normally and be free from his condition. He will also be able to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. "I am excited to be a doctor when I grow up so that I can help other kids who have the same problem I have now," says Samuel.