Charles joined Watsi on June 22nd, 2020. Two months ago, Charles became the 5935th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 116 more people have become monthly donors! Charles' most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Gathoni, an 18-month-old from Kenya, to fund a debridement and skin graft surgery for her burns.
Charles has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Gathoni is an 18-month-old girl from Kenya. She is the second-born in a family of two. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom while her father is a fruit vendor in a nearby market. The family lives in a two roomed rental house. On July 15th, Gathoni tripped on boiling water while playing with her 7-year-old brother. Doctors have recommended a debridement to reduce chances of further infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gathoni receive treatment. On July 20th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help ensure that her wounds heal without an infection. Now, Gathoni needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Gathoni’s mother shared, “I just wish that I can find help for my little baby so that she a grow into a successful young woman in future."
Teang is a 70-year-old man from Cambodia. He has four daughters, one son, and ten grandchildren. Every day he goes to the market with his wife to sell produce. Teang likes to listen to the news and music on the radio. Two months, Teang developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision making it hard to walk and work. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Teang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 20th, 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. "I hope that I will see everything better so I can continue selling my groceries at the market and I will be able to help my wife do some work at home," Teang said.
Ibrahim is a 15-year-old student from Tanzania and the fourth born in a family of five children. His parents are small-scale farmers. Ibrahim has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Ibrahim has been experiencing headaches, vomiting, and difficulty walking. Without treatment, Ibrahim will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,362 to cover the cost of surgery for Ibrahim that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 22 and will drain the excess fluid from Ibrahim's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Ibrahim will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young man. Ibrahim’s father shared, “Please help us. The cost of treatment is very high and we cannot effort it. We would like to see our son get better and hopefully resume school."
Seun is a 22-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two older brothers, and he enjoys playing soccer with his friends in his free time. Seun has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see clearly and he experiences a loss in confidence. Seun traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 4th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Seun needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure. "I hope that after my surgery, my eyes will look straight and I will not feel shy around my friends," he said.