A joined Watsi on October 12th, 2015. Four years ago, A became the 1551st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,982 more people have become monthly donors! A's most recent donation supported Sarah, a child from Haiti, to fund prep and transport for heart surgery.
A has funded healthcare for 767 patients in 13 countries.
Sarah has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia, in which one of the four valves of the heart is missing, and blood cannot adequately reach the lungs. Last year, she underwent a procedure called a cardiac catheterization to confirm that her condition can be fixed; now, she is ready to proceed with the surgery. Sarah lives with her parents and older brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince; she likes playing with her cousins and her neighborhood friends. Sarah's mother said, "We know this is a very big surgery for Sarah but are hopeful that when it is done her heart will be normal."
Vouch is a 53-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has two sisters, and enjoys doing the housework, cooking, and watching Khmer dramas on television. Twenty years ago, Vouch had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Vouch experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, discharge, pain, and itchiness. She has a difficult time hearing others and cannot communicate clearly. Vouch traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 21, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Vouch said, "I hope that my surgery will go well so I can hear clearly again and no longer have any infection."
Alex is a young boy from Kenya and has special needs. He was diagnosed with bilateral undescended testes at one year and his parents were advised to wait until he was older as there was a potential for the testes to descend. The wait has been long and the testes have still not descended. Alex’s parents opted to bring him to Kijabe hospital where surgery has been recommended. If not treated, Alex is at risk of suffering fertility problems, testicular cancer and/or inguinal hernia. Alex recently joined a special school and is doing fine. The firstborn of two children, Alex, lives with his parents and younger sister in a two-room rental house in Central Kenya. His father is employed casually as an electrician while his mother is a stay-at-home mom. His father can only raise $10 which can barely pay the surgical care needed. The family appeals for help. Alex will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on September 27th. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I am pleading for financial help for my son. Please help us,” said Alex’s father.
Lucy, an elderly lady from central Kenya, has been diagnosed with a right eye cataract. Two years ago, she had a left eye cataract surgery funded by Watsi. Recently, she had the right eye cataract matured and after review, surgery was recommended. Lucy, a very lively lady used to work in Kijabe Hospital over 3 decades ago until she retired. Currently, she gets support from her children to meet her daily needs. Her children are, however, not in formal employment and so meeting health cost for her is hard for them. They have families to provide for as well. After the treatment, Lucy will be able to see with better clarity and reduced chances of further vision loss. Fortunately, Lucy is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove and replace the blurred lens. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $220 procedure. “I will appreciate financial help accorded towards my surgery,” says Lucy.
Gladness is a baby from Tanzania. Gladness mother used to stay at her parents’ home until her older sister welcomed her to her place to help her around with house chores. It’s from her sister’s place she met Gladness’s father. They had been in a relationship for three months and soon Gladness’s mother realized she was pregnant. She informed him about her pregnancy and that’s when she found out that he was married with a wife and children. Gladness has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Gladness has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Gladness will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $728 to cover the cost of surgery for Gladness that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 23 and will drain the excess fluid from Gladness's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Gladness will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Gladness’s mother says, “My daughter was doing ok but unfortunately her shunt failed and she needs another surgery, please help my daughter.”
Patrick is a young student from Kenya. Patrick is the 2nd born in a family of 3 children. He is a class 1 pupil and he likes reading, drawing and playing with other kids at school and at home. The father is a farmer while the mother is a housewife. Patrick has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Patrick traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Patrick's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “We are kindly appealing for help of the 2nd surgery. Any kind of assistance will be appreciated." said Patrick’s father.
Yoeun is a 73-year-old mother of five from Cambodia. She has ten grandchildren, and in her free time she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the pagoda. One month ago, Yoeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing, irritation, vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 6, 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 $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to join the ceremony at the pagoda and help with the housework."
Srey Pich is an eighth-grade student from Cambodia. She has four siblings, and enjoys, reading, singing, and playing football. When she was one year old, Srey Pich had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Pich experiences discharge, itchiness, headache, and hearing loss. She cannot understand and communicate well with others, and she has difficulty focusing in school. Srey Pich traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 1st, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that after my daughter's surgery, I will no longer have no worry about her and her condition will improve." -Srey Pich's Sister
Joseph is a young boy from Tanzania. Joseph is the fifth born child in a family of 7 children. He comes from a polygamous family and has 10 siblings inclusive of his step-siblings. He is struggling to write in his class one studies due to contractures on his right hand. He has to learn how to write with his left hand. When he was two years old, Joseph was spilt by boiling tea in his mother's hut. He suffered burns on his right hand and right side of his head. He spent several months in the hospital recuperating from the burns. Unfortunately, he healed with contractures on his right hand that has limited his ability to use his right hand. His parents are small scale farmers in Northern Tanzania. His father often traverses into Kenya to sell Masai herbal medicine to supplement income and meet the daily demands of his big family. The family has not been able to consolidate funds for Joseph's further treatment. Joseph was referred to our facility and after review, contracture release was advised. Upon successful surgery, Joseph's ability to use his hand will be regained. The family appeals for help as they do not have sufficient income. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Joseph receive treatment. On October 15, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to allow Joseph utilize his hand with ease. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Joseph’s mother says, “Learning for Joseph is going to be every challenging due to his hand condition. Please help treat my son.”
Mary walks into my office with the top of her cardigan covering her chin. She sits on the chair opposite me with one hand clasping the top of her black cardigan to veil the swell running from her jawline to her neck. The lower lip protrudes with a peeping swelling attached in so that her upper lip cannot touch the lower one. This has been Mary’s life for over 6 months. Late last year, Mary developed a small swelling on her jaw. It was not painful and therefore she did not think of it as serious. As time passed, the swell grew in size. Mary who could eat just about anything now has restrictions on what she can eat. There is pain when she bends and this has also obstructed her working. Mary is married with two children. She was a subsistence farmer before the condition restricted her activities. Mary and her husband depend on one of their daughter who sells second-hand clothes. Besides helping her parents, she has four children under her care. Mary says, “Please help me because I can barely eat."
Phoeun is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children, six grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Five year ago, Phoeun developed a pterygium in left, causing her irritation, itchiness, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Phoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Phoeun needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 09. Phoeun said, "I hope that I will be able to see clearly, go outside on my own, and will be able to plant rice again."
Philemon is a farmer from Kenya. Philemon is a 22 year old father of one and himself is the first born child of a family of four. Being the first born child in a less fortunate family, Philemon’s roles were defined so fast that he dropped out of school so that his younger siblings could get a chance to proceed with their studies. He opted to do farming with his dad so that they can improve their humble background. Philemon is hardworking and energetic man who is depended by the family for its daily needs. Philemon was well until 9th August when he fell from a tree and sustained injury to his left leg and was diagnosed with an open proximal tibia fracture. Philemon was brought to our hospital and was received by our doctors. He underwent his first surgery to clean and close his wounds. He was then admitted to wait for ORIF surgery. He is unable to stand with his left leg. He can only walk with the able of a walker or being wheeled on a wheel chair. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 15th, Philemon underwent a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to walk normally after treatment. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Philemon says, “I need to walk again, I don’t have a sustainable job to feed my parents and siblings. I also want to make sure that they finish school and get proper education."