Will joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. Seven years ago, Will joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Will's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Joffrey, a playful 3-year-old from Tanzania, to fund mobilty-restoring knee surgery.
Will has funded healthcare for 97 patients in 13 countries.
Will has funded healthcare for 97 patients in 13 countries.
Joffrey is three years old and the only child of his young parents. He's a playful and curious boy who wants to know and understand everything around him. He is a big lover of football just like his father despite his legs being curved. His mother said she thinks he's too cheeky for his age. Joffrey has not started school yet but he keeps asking his mother to take him to school. Both Joffrey's parents are small-scale farmers who grow maize, groundnuts, rice, and vegetables. They get most of their food from what they grow on their farm. Joffrey was recently diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward so that his 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, he feels pain even after a short walk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Joffrey. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 7th. Treatment will hopefully restore Joffrey's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Joffrey’s father says: “My son’s legs are worsening as days go by and from how I see it he might not be able to walk or enjoy his play, especially football, if he does not have this needed surgery.”
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.”
Channa is an 11-year-old student and an only child. Her parents are farmers who grow rice during the rainy season and vegetables during the dry season. She is in the sixth grade at school and likes to read and do math. Six months ago, she noticed that a mass had appeared on her right arm. The mass was small at first, but has grown quickly. She experiences pain and discomfort in the area where the mass is located and it is difficult for her to write. Channa and her mother traveled to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, to receive treatment. On August 5th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Channa's family needs help raising $231 to fund this procedure. Channa’s mother shared, “I hope that the mass can be removed and not come back, so that my child can be comfortable at school. I am excited to see her smiling with her friends again.”
Erick is a seven-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of two children. His mother does laundry work to help provide for the family, while his father is a veterinarian in the area. His business was doing well before the COVID-19 pandemic, but unfortunately, they had to stop paying for health insurance when they became financially strained due to the pandemic. Erick was born with an anorectal malformation, or a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He is scheduled to have corrective surgery on July 5th and now our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,393 to cover the total cost of Erick's procedure and care. After his recovery, Erick will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing severe health complications in the future. Erick’s father shared, “during this hard time of the pandemic, we are not able to raise any money for Erick’s surgery. Please help us."
Francis is a 48-year-old hawker and a married father of two children, ages 12 and 14. Francis sells a variety of items like pencils and books in Nairobi. His wife is a cook at a nearby school, but unfortunately, due to COVID-19 she has been staying home with no salary. On the evening of Thursday, May 27, Francis was a passenger on a motorbike that was hit by a speeding car as they entered an intersection. He sustained injuries to his head and mouth and fractured his right leg. He was brought to our medical partner's care center where he received stitches in his head and an x-ray showed that he has a fractured tibia and fibula. The surgeon recommended that Francis undergo a fracture repair procedure. If not treated, he will continue to experience pain, and the bones could heal in a suboptimal position. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 3rd, Francis will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Francis will be free from the pain, the fracture will heal and he will be able to resume work. Now, AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Francis shared, “I will appreciate very much any help because I have no way to raise the money needed for the surgery. I hope to get well and assist my wife in taking care of our family."
Beatrice is a three-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of five children. She is an outgoing and friendly girl who loves to play with other children. Beatrice and her siblings are being raised by their mother, who sells vegetables and fruits to make a living. She also practices small scale farming and the family grows most of the food they need at home. Beatrice went to play with a neighbor's child who is around the same age. While at her neighbor’s house, a fire had been started to prepare food. As the children were playing, Beatrice accidentally fell onto the fire. She has open wounds and a contracture behind her knee. She is at risk of infection and is not able to move her leg freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Beatrice receive treatment. On May 4th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk easily again. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Beatrice’s mother shared, "my daughter cannot stand nor walk due to the contracture. She used to walk and go out playing with other children which is something she can’t do any more. Please help my daughter."
Saidi is a 23-year-old from Tanzania who was born with spina bifida. He was able to have his spina bifida corrected when he was younger, which saved his life and allowed him to grow up to a strong young man. Saidi was able to go to school until class seven but was not able to continue with his education due to his parents' financial challenges. Saidi’s parents are small-scale farmers and have six children, of which Saidi is the third born child. Saidi used to join his parents in farming, but he had to stop and seek treatment because his legs and feet are bowed, which makes standing and walking very challenging. In 2014, Saidi came to our medical partner's care center to seek treatment because he had limb external rotation, which was causing him difficulty with walking and carrying out daily life activities. Through funding support, he was able to have his feet and legs corrected, and was able to resume normal life once more. Since then, over the last few years Saidi’s left foot has developed a serious infection that has struggled to heal. The infection would repeatedly start to heal but would return within five to six months, which makes it difficult for him to work and make a life for himself. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 19th, Saidi will undergo a left leg amputation below the knee to save him from the pain and suffering he is going through as doctors noted his foot can no longer be saved. Through this surgery, Saidi will eventually be able to use a prosthetic leg which will enable him to walk with ease and return to his daily life activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,088 to fund this procedure. Saidi shared, “Please help me as this foot has taken me through so much suffering and pain. I would like to be able to work and make a living for myself, but due to this infection I haven't been able to do that. Kindly help me.”
Israel is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania and an only child. His parents raise livestock for a living. They are able to buy maize for food if they sell the milk they get from their cattle. They live in a semi-arid area where raising livestock is the main economic activity since the region is not favorable for farming. Early one morning in June of last year, Israel got burned in an accident. His mother woke up and went out to milk the cows while Israel was still sleeping. The fireplace still had a few charcoals burning from the fire that had burned all night. Israel woke and tried to get out of bed. He fell off the bed and his right leg went into the fire. His wounds have healed, but the skin around his knee contracted making Israel unable to straighten his leg. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Israel receive treatment. On March 3rd, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him walk easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Israel’s mother shared, “my son would be running around and playing with his siblings and friends if not for the fire accident that has left him with a deformed leg. Please help correct his leg so that he can stand and walk.”
Kim is a 81-year-old rice farmer. He has two sons, four daughters, and six grandchildren. His wife is also a rice farmer, but now they stay at home mostly while their children farm. Kim enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio. One year ago, Kim developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. On December 23rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Kim said, "I want to be able to go back to the pagoda with my wife after my surgery. I really hope I can see well. I'd like to take care of my grandchildren again."
Phanny is a 38-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He was married for 10 years, until his wife recently divorced him. Phanny is a father to two daughters. His children live with his ex-wife, and he lives with his mother. At home, Phanny listens to the radio, watches TV, and tries to help his mother around the house, although he is not able to do much in his current condition. He describes his health as poor and is hopeful to feel much better after surgery. In January 2020, Phanny was in a motor vehicle crash and his femur was fractured. After the accident, his family took him to a government hospital for surgery, where a nail was applied to stabilize the fracture. Phanny was eventually discharged home because he had no money to pay the hospital. He still has difficulty walking, his knee is stiff, and he is unable to work. When Phanny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a knee fusion procedure will help him to walk easily again without pain. Doctors will secure his left knee so that he can walk again. Now, Phanny needs help to fund this $518 procedure. Phanny shared, "I hope that my leg will be better and I will walk again after my surgery."
Nuon is a 37-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Nuon has been married for 12 years and together they have two sons. His wife works in a local factory. In his free time, Nuon likes to spend time with sons, cook, and feed their chickens. He also likes listening to music and singing. In January 2020, Nuon was in motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right femur and tibia. He first sought treatment at a provincial hospital but the fracture did not heal. His neighbor told him to come to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) where doctors discovered a non union fracture of his femur and tibia. He is in pain and cannot walk without crutches. On October 2nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a dynamization and bone graft procedure to heal the bone, eliminate his pain, and allow him to walk again. Now, Nuon needs help to fund this $518 procedure. Nuon said, "I hope my leg will be better after surgery so I can walk easily and have no pain. I want to return to work so I can support my family."
Iv is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons and seven grandchildren. Her husband passed away three years ago, so she is living with her second son, who is also a farmer. She used to help him with the farm work, but since her vision has deteriorated, her ability to work is limited. In her free time she cooks and listens to the radio. Four years ago, Iv developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Iv learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Iv shared, "I want to see well so I can be more independent and travel by myself."