Zack joined Watsi on November 25th, 2013. Six years ago, Zack joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Zack's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Elizabeth, a 4-year-old from Tanzania, to fund mobility-restoring knee surgery.
Zack has funded healthcare for 86 patients in 12 countries.
Zack has funded healthcare for 86 patients in 12 countries.
Elizabeth a charming and very happy 4-year-old girl. She's the only born child to her mother who passed away after giving birth to Elizabeth. She was then taken in by her grandmother who has raised her since she was quite young. Elizabeth has not started school yet but her grandmother hopes to enroll her next year for school. Elizabeth has been diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. Her legs bow outward so that her knees do not 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, she feels pain after walking for a while and it is keeping her from being as active as she'd like to be. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Elizabeth. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 7th. Treatment will hopefully restore Elizabeth's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Elizabeth’s grandmother says: “She plays and does most children's activities despite her legs being curved. But it hurts me to see her fall down every time she tries to run and how she walks with a gait. If I had enough money I would have tried to seek treatment for her.”
Kidus is a cute baby boy who loves to walk. His dad enjoys walking with him and holding his hand, and Kidus loves it when his mom carries him on her back. He also loves to watch cartoons. Kidus's dad and mom love each other so much and have a happy life together. Kidus's father is a tailor. His income is very limited and barely enough to sustain the family through the month, but love fills their home, and their lives, with happiness. When Kidus was born his parents learned that he had bladder exstrophy, a rare condition where children are born with an open bladder. His parents faced a challenge that they did not expect in their life, but they are facing it with courage. Kidus needs surgery to perform a procedure to divert his urination to the anal opening & make a pouch bladder from the bowel. He will undergo this surgery on September 28th with our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH) and his family needs $1,500 for the procedure. Kidus's dad said, “For thirteen days after his birth we worked hard to get him treatment but no one in the health centres could help us. Some health workers gave us hope and some health workers did not give us any hope." He is hopeful for after surgery, “After he gets his surgery and recovers I want to tell him the truth about his condition and what we went through as a result of it when he grows up. Also, I want to tell him how he got the treatment, about the people who helped him, how God helped him and gave him this healthy life. I will tell him this so he grows up grateful and he lives to support and help others. I want him to be good and caring and God-fearing. I want him to be there for others. I believe kindness is contagious.”
Soy is a 67-year-old woman who has three sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. She has lived alone since her husband passed away 15 years ago. All of her children are garment workers in and around the capital city of Phnom Penh. Soy spends most of her time cooking, visiting with friends, and attending religious ceremonies. Five years ago, Soy developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and light sensitivity. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On July 19th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and a lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Soy shares, "I hope after surgery I can be more independent and go anywhere I like by myself."
Godwin is a two-year-old baby boy and the first born child in a family of two children. Godwin's parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables, which is what their family relies on mainly for food. Earlier this year Godwin's father traveled to Kenya to try making a living by selling Maasai sandals, belts and beads. He is able to send back some money once in a while. In the past three weeks, Godwin's mother noticed that Godwin has not been himself. He's having pain and cries a lot. Godwin has been diagnosed with inguinal hernia, a condition in which soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. Fortunately, on July 4th, Godwin is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $566 to fund Godwin's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably. Godwin’s mother shares, "My baby is usually in pain when the area swells up. Please help him get this treatment for we are not able to afford the cost."
Phat is a 55-year-old woman who is a rice farmer along with her husband. Together they have one son. These days Phat cannot go to the rice field because her vision is too poor. Instead, she stays home and enjoys listening to the news and Khmer shows, and hearing the monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Phat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her burning, photophobia, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two hours with her husband seeking treatment. On June 16th, the doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, Phat will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Phat shares, "I hope my eye irritation can finally stop and I can see clearly so I can return to farming and getting around more easily on my own."
Zikereta is a 29-year-old woman and a married mother of three children. Her oldest child is five years old and in school, while her second and third children are three and one years old, respectively. She and her husband are small scale farmers and they own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Eight years ago, Zikereta began experiencing troubling symptoms, including swelling at the front of her neck, and airway blockages. She was diagnosed with a goiter, or enlarged thyroid. She is unable to carry heavy loads on her head and struggles to even carry her child around. She visited our medical partner's care center seeking treatment and surgery was recommended. If not treated, her symptoms will persist and the goiter could become cancerous. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Zikereta receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at AMH's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, Zikereta needs help to fund this $293 procedure. Zikereta shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. I hope to get back to farming afterwards.”
Mary is a 78-year-old woman and a married mother of ten children. Since her husband is elderly, she depends on her children for day-to-day support. Mary used to have a small business selling cereals, but now that she is older, she mostly stays home and does some farming. In the mid-2020, Mary began experiencing pain in the upper left part of her abdomen, abdominal fullness and lack of appetite. She was taken to a few different hospitals, but the medicines prescribed did not help her condition. An ultrasound scan showed that Mary has gallstones, and a cholecystectomy was recommended to help her fully heal. If not treated, she could experience complications like gall bladder inflammation or blockage. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mary to receive treatment. On May 6th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a cholecystectomy to remove Mary's gallbladder. Now, AMH is requesting $788 to fund Mary's surgery. Mary shared, "if that is the only way to make me well, I plead for your help so that I can be ok and continue mentoring my children and taking care of my husband."
Abdela is a 23-month-old boy from Ethiopia. He is a strong boy who loves to tease, run, and play with others. He is an only child, and his mother lost her husband in a car accident when she was eight months pregnant. Abdela's mother was a housewife and when her husband passed, his friend bought her a Tuk Tuk. She stays at home and she raises Abdela with the income she gets from the Tuk Tuk. The family lives in a rented house. Abdela was born with hypospadias, a condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Abdela is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mom shared, “after the treatment, I hope my boy will heal. I am sure he will be smart and reach a big position. His mind is very quick and he is smart.”
Socheata is a 2-year-old girl from Cambodia. Her mother works as a guard for a private company and her father works in IT. Socheata is the first child in her family, and lives with her grandmother in their home province while her parents work in the city to earn for their family. Her grandparents are both farmers. Socheata likes to play with toys, watch TV, color cartoon figures, and go to the market along with her grandmother. Socheata was born with a congenital hip dislocation. As a result, when she tries to walk or run, it hurts her and makes a clicking sound. Socheata's parents were referred to our Medical Partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), and traveled 2.5 hours to seek treatment. At CSC, she was diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip. Socheata has difficulty walking and feels sad when she cannot keep up with her family and friends when they play. On March 3rd, surgeons at CSC will perform capsulorrhaphy of Socheata's right hip in order to relocate and secure her hip and restore of range of motion. Now, Socheata needs help to fund this $518 procedure and help her move around more easily. Socheata's parents hope that after this procedure, their daughter will be able to grow and walk normally.
Monny is a five-year-old first grade student from Cambodia. He has one sister who is two years old. His father repairs motors, and his mother is a soft drinks seller. Monny likes playing with toys with his sister, playing games on the phone, watching TV, and painting pictures with his teacher. His favorite foods are fried rice and milk. In September 2020, Monny was involved in an accident where a van ran over his left foot while he was playing with his friend. A scar contracture developed on his foot, which caused tightening and stiffness of the ankle joint. The bones in Monny's toes were also crushed, and he was unable to walk. At the time, Monny was taken to the hospital and had surgery and a skin graft, and spent one month in Kantha Bopha Hospital. Later, his family brought him to Children's Surgical Centre, where he was diagnosed with a contracture on the left foot, an equinus deformity, stiffness of his ankle joint, and toe joint deformity of several of his toes. Surgeons plan to do a scar release, a full-thickness skin graft, and apply a cast for him. When Monny's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there hoping for treatment. On January 21st, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him walk again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Monny's parents shared, "We hope our son will walk again after surgery. Thank you for your support."
Thea is a 39-year-old gendarmerie (military policeman) from Cambodia. He has been proudly married for 7 years and has 3 daughters. Thea's first two children are in school. In his free time, he likes to exercise, play football, listen to music and news, read books, and take care of his children. Five years ago, Thea had a severe fall and subsequently developed right hip pain. He was diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip, a painful condition that occurs when the blood supply to the head of the femur (thighbone) is disrupted. Because bone cells need a steady supply of blood to stay healthy, it can ultimately lead to destruction of the hip joint and severe arthritis. After his accident, he was given pain medication, but the medication only helped for a short time. He continues to have chronic pain and needs to have his condition treated. Fortunately, Thea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Thea of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 6th, and Thea needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Thea shared, "I hope that after my operation, I will be able to walk without pain and can do my job easily again."
Diana is a baby from Tanzania. She is the firstborn to her young parents and her mother delivered her at home by the help of a midwife. Diana's parents are small-scale farmers of basic food crops like maize and vegetables. Diana was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Diana's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 4th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Diana's clubfoot treatment. After treatment, she will be able to walk well, run, and play when she grows up. Diana’s mother says, “Please help my firstborn child get this treatment, I had never seen a child born with clubfoot before, I was scared when I first saw her legs until I was assured that this can be treated.”