Jasmine joined Watsi on May 17th, 2017. 22 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jasmine's most recent donation supported Bran, a grandmother from Cambodia, to fund a cataract surgery.
Jasmine has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Jasmine has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Bran is an 83-year-old grandmother with two daughters, four sons, and ten grandchildren. Bran is a widow; her husband died in the Khmer Rouge regime. Nowadays, she lives with her daughter, who is a grocery seller, and her grandchildren. Bran used to help her daughter sell things from their home, but since it has become increasingly hard for her to see, she mostly stays inside and listens to monks preaching on the radio. Three years ago, Bran developed a cataract in her left eye eye, causing her dim, blurry vision, poor night vision, and sensitivity to light and glare. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Bran learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled across the country for eight hours with her granddaughter seeking treatment. On February 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye eye. After recovery, Bran will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Bran shared, "I hope after surgery that I can see better and be able to recognize people and my family. I hope I will feel better about myself and be able to help my daughter to sell groceries again."
Srey Leap is a nine-year-old who enjoys studying languages. She likes to play games with her friends and draw. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. For the past two years, she has had a recurrent infection with nasal obstruction and difficulty breathing. She has been snoring at night. She needs a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery to relieve her of her discomfort and allow her to sleepy soundly again. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for April 4. Now, her family needs help to fund this $221 procedure. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter can sleep more easily again and have her infection cured."
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."
Erick is a one-month-old from rural Guatemala. His father works at a construction site and his mother cares for the family at home. Due to his mother's inability to produce breastmilk, Erick is already suffering from malnourishment. Underweight and small for his age, Erick often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Erick’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and seizures caused by electrolyte imbalances. Brain development is compromised, and the baby is at risk of long-term damage. In order to help stabilize Erick's condition, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund Erick's formal nutrition treatment. Scheduled to be administered by our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel, on June 9, this treatment entails the distribution of formula, provision of micronutrient supplements, and health education for Erick's mother that will teach her to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor his health. Erick's mother says, “I am worried about my son because I do not have maternal milk." With formula and nutritional supplements, Erick's immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
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.”
Lesly is a social 11-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She loves to play with her toy doll. Lesly's parents work hard to support their family. Her father works as an agricultural laborer, and her mother weaves and sells traditional Mayan textiles. Lesly was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Lesly has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that further compromise her growth. She may also face long-term consequences of malnutrition if left untreated, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Lesly to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 22, Lesly 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 hope with the nutrition program my daughter will better her growth and development," says Lesly's mother. "I have every intention to put my time and effort into collaborating so that my daughter grows.”
Rafe is a three-year-old boy from the Philippines. His parents are both farmers. They live in a wooden house near the ocean in the south of the country. Rafe has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. He is thin, and his skin is dry. His family is worried about his health. "I hope he finishes his studies," his mother says. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $184 to cover the cost of an in-home feeding program to treat Rafe's malnutrition. This will pay for nutrient-enriched food packs, weekly visits from medical staff, and health education for family members. Rafe is scheduled to begin treatment on February 22.
Samuel is 38 years old and from the Philippines. He is a loving and hardworking husband and father to three children. One of his goals as a father is to see all three of his children finish their schooling and get good jobs. A few years ago, Samuel began to experience pain in his groin and swelling in his lower abdominal area. Since then, he has been unable to lift heavy objects and perform strenuous activities, making his job as a farmer difficult. With his family depending on him, Samuel decided that he would continue to work. Due to their limited income, Samuel did not pursue treatment right away. However, with the help of his wife, Samuel was connected with our medical partner, International Care Ministries. Samuel shares, "I thought I would not be given a chance to have the surgery and would have this condition for life, but amazingly because of prayers this great opportunity comes. You are the answer to our prayers." After a series of consultations and tests, Samuel discovered that he had an inguinal hernia, a condition in which an organ protrudes through weakened muscle, and a hydrocele, which had been causing the swelling. He is scheduled to receive reparative surgery for both conditions on February 2. After receiving treatment, Samuel will be able to work with ease again and provide for his family without having to worry about his condition. "I am so thankful that you came along, and I consider you a great blessing to our family. After the surgery and when I fully recover, I will work well for my family, and spend quality time with my children and wife," says Samuel. "We are looking forward to a successful surgery."