Guillaume joined Watsi on September 12th, 2013. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Guillaume's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Rightwell, a man from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.
Guillaume has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 11 countries.
Guillaume has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 11 countries.
Rightwell is a farmer from Malawi. Rightwell lives with his wife and their extended family. To supplement the family income, Rightwell raises goats and pigs. Rightwell is very devoted to his Christian faith, and in his free time he likes to preach and acts as a religious leader in his small community. Since September 2017, Rightwell has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Rightwell's surgery. On November 14, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Rightwell was thrilled to learn he would have funded surgery, and he is looking forward to resuming his farm work and preaching. He says, "I thank you for this gift."
Joel is a one-month old baby boy from Kenya. He is the youngest of three children and lives with his parents. His mother is a farmer, and his father is a construction worker. When Joel was born, doctors noticed a swelling on his lower back that was leaking fluid. They diagnosed him with spina bifida, a condition in which there is an incomplete formation of the spine and a leaking of cerebrospinal fluid through the gap. If left untreated, this condition can lead to the development of a tethered spinal cord, infections of the exposed tissue, scoliosis, and a rounding of the back. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097, on top of the $52 subsidized by Joel's family, in order to cover the cost of Joel's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Joel to grow and develop in a healthy manner. “This was so unexpected and quite devastating," says Joel's mother. "But I am encouraged to know that there is a solution to his condition."
Htun is a 34-year-old man living with his family in Burma. Htun has experienced several episodes of jaundice since he was young. Then, a few months ago, he noticed a change in the color of his eyes and skin. He visited a nearby clinic, where the doctor diagnosed him with a gastric problem. However, the medication he received had no effect on his symptoms. He then visited another hospital, where he received ultrasound imaging, which revealed stones in his gallbladder. He then visited our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital. On August 16, Htun witll receive a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), which will cost $1,500. He looks forward to recovery, saying, “I've had to stop working because of my symptoms and I worry about not supporting my family. When I get better I will go back to work in order to support them.”
Victor is a 36-year-old man from Kenya who used to work as a fruit trader. Victor lives with his wife in a settlement in Nairobi, and together they have four children who, with the help of their grandparents, are all enrolled in school. Several years ago, Victor suffered a severe road accident. He was admitted to the hospital for three months and underwent two surgeries. Victor was left in crutches, unable to work. Last year, Victor underwent a first stage bone transport, a technique that allows for the regeneration of bony tissue. Surgeons have now recommended that Victor undergo a second stage bone transport in order to enhance his future mobility and prevent further infection. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of Victor's operation. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, should allow Victor to walk with ease and live comfortably with his family again. “I would like to get well to continue providing for my family and educate my children," says Victor.
Marcela is an 11-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. Her favorite foods are pasta, rice, and beans, and she loves playing with her cousin. Marcela was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Marcela has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Marcela to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 22, Marcela will receive micronutrients and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $492 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age. "I am thankful to the program for the support we will get," says Marcela's mother. "I did not know that my child was malnourished, but now that I know, I will do all possible to help her recover a healthy weight.”
Thanak is a 19-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two sisters and four brothers. In his free time, Thanak enjoys watching TV and listening to music. On December 10, 2016, Thanak was in a motorbike accident with a two-wheel tractor, leaving him with a fracture in his left tibia. He visited a local hospital in his province, where surgeons performed an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal his fracture. This was intended to set his bones back in place for a quick and safe recovery, but he still experiences pain and his leg is deformed. After hearing from his neighbors about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Thanak traveled with his father in hopes of receiving a better treatment. He is scheduled for a procedure on February 28 to rectify the previous ORIF. CSC is requesting $411 to help Thanak walk easily and work again.
Ban is a 67-year-old construction worker who is married with two sons and four daughters. In his free time, he tends to his garden and plants vegetables behind the family home. After a motor vehicle accident on July 7, 2015 caused a fracture of his left tibia, Ban underwent surgery in neighboring Vietnam. Unfortunately, the hardware used to fix Ban's fracture has not functioned properly, causing both infection and pain. Ban's wound has not healed, and his bone remains exposed. Friends in his village told Ban about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), which inspired Ban and his wife to travel together to CSC. CSC has requested $143 to cover the costs of a repair surgery. On May 10, surgeons at CSC will remove Ban's hardware and allow him to better care for the two things he loves most: his family and his garden.
Diogenes is an 11-year-old seventh grade student from Elias Pina, a town on the border between Haiti and western Dominican Republic. He lives with his mother, grandmother, and two younger sisters. Diogenes enjoys playing soccer. Diogenes was born with a cardiac condition called partial atrioventricular canal defect, in which a hole exists between the four chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sickly and weak. On February 7, Diogenes will begin receiving treatment at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Pediatrico Robert Reid Cabral. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to fund a full cardiac assessment, which includes physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital for Diogenes. The funding also covers the cost of medications and social support for Diogenes and his family. Diogenes's surgical care is being subsidized by Gift of Life International for $7,000. "I am excited for my surgery so that I can play soccer with my friends without getting tired!" says Diogenes.
Nawadia is a 79-year-old woman from central Kenya. She is the mother of six children and is a farmer on her one-acre piece of land. However, she is currently unable to farm due to her poor vision. Nawadia’s vision problems started about one year ago, when she was diagnosed with a cataract in her right eye and told to wait for the cataract to mature. Now, she needs cataract surgery that she cannot afford. If untreated, Nawadia may become permanently blind. On March 30, Nawadia will have the cataract in her right eye surgically removed at our medical partner's care center in Kenya, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $220 for Nawadia's treatment. This will pay for her surgery, medications, eye drops, and one night in the hospital. Nawadia looks forward to regaining her independence after the cataract surgery and says, “I want to cook for myself and do things on my own. I don’t want to keep disrupting my children on simple things.”
Wilson is a twelve-year-old boy from rural Guatemala. He likes to play with toy cars and go to church with his family. His favorite foods include chicken, eggs, and bread. When he was just three days old, he became very sick. He spent a month in the hospital because he was experiencing jaundice and seizures. After being released from the hospital, he continued to experience regular fevers and missed several developmental milestones. At one year old, he weighed only eight pounds and was unable to speak or sit up on his own. Doctors have since learned that the seizures caused Wilson irreparable brain damage. Although he no longer experiences seizures, he cannot speak and uses hand signals to communicate with his family. In June of last year, Wilson received Watsi funding for [physical therapy](https://watsi.org/profile/8dfb4cfee510-wilson) to help him grow stronger and communicate more easily. His family reported that the therapy made his arms stronger. Although physical therapy was very helpful in improving Wilson’s life, he is still confined to his home. Any time Wilson needs to leave his house, his family has to carry him, which is becoming increasingly difficult as he grows. Wilson’s father works on a farm growing corn and beans, and his mother takes care of Wilson and the house. Their family cannot afford to buy a wheelchair. For this reason, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,034 to fund a wheelchair for Wilson. The wheelchair will allow him to travel to doctor’s appointments more easily and participate in community life. "I am very happy, and I hope that everything will keep getting better," says Wilson's mother.
Phearom is a 31-year-old garment factory worker from Cambodia. She is married, but does not have children. She enjoys watching TV Khmer dramas and listening to classical music. Phearom was born with congenital strabismus, a condition that causes her blurred vision and an improper alignment of her eyes. She feels shy around other people while working and going places. For $264, Phearom will undergo a squint correction surgery to allow her to see clearly again. Phearom says, "I hope my eyes are good looking and more beautiful than now so that I don't feel shy with my friends or anyone else so that I can continue to do my work and go anywhere outside with confidence and feel better than now."
Phorn is a 78-year-old woman from Cambodia, married with 20 children and 30 grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Phorn traveled 3 hours with her daughter to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. Phorn developed a cataract in each eye one year ago. This causes her blurred vision and burning. After a phacoemulsification procedure to break up the cloudiness of the lens, followed by an intraocular implant in each eye, she will be able to see clearly again. Let's help Phorn get back to enjoying life with her family.