Saurabh joined Watsi on October 5th, 2014. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Vannda, a man from Cambodia, to fund a myringotomy so he can hear well.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Vannda is a 56-year-old who is married with four children, two sons and two daughters. His wife is a food seller. In his free time, he likes to play sports, assist with work around the house, and listen to news and music on the radio. For several years, Vannda has been suffering from a feeling of fullness in his left ear. He frequently has ear pain, tinnitus, and cannot hear well. Vannda was treated at a clinic but his condition did not improve. He came to our medical partner's care center to seek treatment. Doctors recommend he undergo a myringotomy, in which a tiny incision will be made in his eardrum to relieve pressure that has built up. Vannda will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo a myringotomy on January 15th. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $137 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will be free of pain and will be able to hear news and music on the radio again. Vannda shared, "I am confident that after I have surgery, my ear will be healed. I am looking forward to having normal hearing so I can have better conversations with friends and family."
Kyomugisha is a school nurse from Uganda. She is a widowed mother of two children and lost her husband ten years ago. Both children are still in school at the secondary level. Ever since she lost her husband she feels she has been the mother and father to her children. With her limited salary, she has been able to pay for their school fees, provide them with basic needs and pay rent. Since four years ago, Kyomugisha began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath and persistent headaches. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kyomugisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $264, and she and her family need help raising money. Kyomugisha says: “I pray that my surgery goes well. I hope my condition will improve and I can continue hustling with life because my children still need my support.”
Meet Benedict, a seven year-old boy from Kenya. Benedict is currently in first grade and his favorite subject is science. Benedict was born with a condition called distal hypospadias. His doctor explains, “Benedict was set to undergo circumcision when doctors realized he had a low lying urethral opening. Benedict was born with an abnormally placed urination hole. As a result, he cannot pass urine normally. If not treated, Benedict is at risk of urinary tract infections and infertility in future.” For $665, we can fund a treatment that will repair Benedict’s urinary tract. “We expect after treatment, Benedict will recover fully. He will be able to pass urine normally and he will be no longer at risk of urinary tract infections or infertility in the future,” shares his doctor. Benedict looks forward to growing up healthy after surgery. “I want to build and own houses when I am older," he says.
Meet Cristian, an eight-month-old boy from Guatemala. Cristian is the only child of two loving parents. According to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), Cristian’s father is a day laborer and his mother weaves textiles to sell at a market. To supplement their income, they also tend to a small corn field near their house. Cristian is acutely malnourished. Due to his condition, “Cristian has diarrhea and a fever, and his height and weight are far below the average for his age,” WK shares. “His parents cannot afford to pay for medication or hospital visits and so without intervention his health will continue to decline.” A healthy diet is essential for normal childhood growth--supporting both physical and cognitive development. With this condition, Cristian’s immune system may also diminish, exposing him to risk of infection. For $535, Cristian will be treated for acute malnutrition. He will receive nutritional supplements and medication to treat and prevent gastrointestinal infections causing his diarrhea. Cristian’s mother will also participate in intensive nutrition education courses--teaching her how to better care for her son’s nutritional needs. WK states that with the proposed treatment, “Cristian will begin to recoup the height and weight he has lost, will avoid the long term effects of malnutrition, and develop the ability to concentrate and eventually succeed in school and the work force.” "I want to learn all I can to help my first child," Cristian’s mother shares, "so that I can then help others and prevent malnutrition in the future.”
“Bayron is a curious boy who likes to observe his surroundings,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “He loves to play with a tiny plastic ball given to him by his neighbors and often pushes it around the house while his parents are away at work.” Bayron is a 15-month-old boy from Guatemala. He has acute malnutrition, also known as “stunting.” Stunting is the most common form of growth failure among children in Guatemala. If left untreated, stunting will continue to weaken Bayron’s immunity and put him at risk for diseases well into adulthood. Prior to their assessment, WK reports, “Bayron’s mother did not know her son was malnourished. She always thought his constant sickness, diarrhea, and low weight was due to ‘mal de ojo’, a superstition that is popular in his area where a neighbor or ill-thinking person in the community casts a spell of poor health upon a young child or baby.” After Bayron’s mother learned more about stunting, she is armed with new information and feels empowered that she can do something to improve her son’s health. $535 will fund the intervention that Bayron needs to recoup the weight and height he has lost. As part of his treatment, Bayron and his family will be assigned a personal case manager over the course of one to four months. During that time, Bayron will receive food and supplements as well as blood testing to determine if he has any acute infections or disease. If an infection is detected, antibiotics will be prescribed as needed. To make a lasting impact on this treatment, Bayron’s parents will receive intensive education on how to properly feed and care for their child. Upon completion of this intervention, Baryon’s “long term outlook is improved cognitive potential, school completion, and economic prospects,” WK adds. His mother says, “The work you are doing is so good and is going to help us so much. This is just such a big help."
Kervenson is a sweet and curious boy who loves to play with stickers. He is five-years-old and lives in Haiti, where he's always by his mother's side. Kervenson was born with a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of fallot, which prevents proper blood circulation between the chambers of his heart. Our medical partner says, "As a result of this condition, he is constantly sick and fatigued without the oxygen his body needs to function well. He is also at constant risk of sudden death from the condition." Fortunately, Kervenson has received $15,000 for surgery to fix his heart in the U.S. But he’s counting on Watsi donors to raise another $1500 for surgery prep and transportation to the hospital. "I am scared to get on a plane and go with him for surgery, but I put everything in the hand of God and know all will be well!" his mom says. Let’s help Kervenson out so he can grow up healthy!