Caitlin joined Watsi on September 24th, 2016. Three years ago, Caitlin became the 2483rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,072 more people have become monthly donors! Caitlin's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Regina, a teenager from Kenya, to fund clubfoot correction.
Caitlin has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 11 countries.
Regina comes from central Kenya, where she lives together with her grandmother. She is an orphan, having lost her mother nine years ago. She suffered TB of the spine in 2007 but due to lack of finances, she could not access medical care. She has a congenital club foot and is planned to undergo surgery in our facility. Regina is usually mocked by other children who imitate her limping. She sat her final primary school examinations and hopes to join high school and excel. Regina's grandmother is a peasant, relying on small scale farming to make ends meet. With all the demands of raising Regina and her elder sibling, their grandmother is financially limited. The family appeals for help. Fortunately, Reginah traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Reginah's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Regina will be able to walk easily and with little limping. “My desire is to walk like my friends and continue with my studies” Regina expressed.
Yonase is a young boy from Ethiopia. Yonase is a handsome and playful boy who loves playing football. He comes from a humble family. His mother does menial jobs to sustain the family including laundry for wages. Yonase was born with hypospadias, a birth defect that disrupts the normal flow of urine. His mother did not know of the defect and was told by a neighbour. He is not able to pass urine while standing like any other boy. If not treated, Yonase will be at risk of infertility and social stigma. He was reviewed in our facility where surgery to correct the defect was recommended. With limited income, the mother is afraid he will not be able to receive surgery. She is stressed with her son's conditions. She appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, Yonase is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 17th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Yonase's mother says, "I am now hopeful that he will get the surgery and that he will be ok."
U Kaung is a 52-year-old man from Thailand. He is originally from Mon State, Burma. In his free time, U Kaung likes to forage for vegetables and cut firewood. On the 6th of September 2019, U Kaung went to visit his friend on his bicycle. The road was slippery, and his bike slid, causing him to fall off his bike and break his lower left leg. Currently, U Kaung suffers from a sharp pain in his left leg, which is also swollen. Even though he is taking painkillers, the pain is not alleviated. He cannot walk or place any weight onto his left leg. Presently, he has to use a wheelchair whenever he needs to use the toilet. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, U Kaung will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 17 and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help him walk again and relieve him on the pain. "When I recover fully, I will continue to stay at home and do all the housework," said U Kaung.
Suy is a 37-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music, watch television, and help his family with the housework. Three years ago, Suy started experiencing chronic arthritis in his right knee. It causes him pain and it is difficult for him to rotate his knee. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 5, Suy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will help secure the knee bone and allow Suy to walk without any pain or difficulty. He says, "I hope that I no longer suffer from any pain and I will be able to walk normally again."
Mi is a 57-year-old teacher from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae Sot. Her husband is a day laborer, two sons of her go to school, and her daughter is a seamstress in the factory. Mi has a fracture in her left hip bone. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Mi will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 12 and will cost $1,500. She will be able to walk and teach again. Her husband says, “I feel very sad to see my wife in pain."
Lucito is a boy from Haiti. He was born with a cardiac condition called double outlet right ventricle, in which the aorta connects to the wrong chamber of the heart, causing the heart to pump oxygen-depleted blood to his body. He will require an open-heart surgery to correct this condition. Lucito lives in a small city in western Haiti with his parents and four siblings. He has not yet started school because of his cardiac problems, but is studying at home with his mother. Lucito will fly to India to receive treatment. On August 7, he will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Rotary International, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. His family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany his family overseas.
Dieukenson is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two older brothers in downtown Port-au-Prince; his parents are both market vendors. Dieukenson has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart; blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath. On May 23, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will sew a patch over the hole in his heart so that blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $12,000 to pay for surgery. Dieukenson's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. His mother says, "Our family will be sure to pray for everyone who is helping our son!"
Dirony is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and three siblings in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the fifth grade and especially enjoys math and science. Dirony has a cardiac condition called atrioventricular septal canal defect. A large hole exists in the center of his heart, causing blood to mix between all four chambers; this leaves him sick and short of breath. Dirony will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 2, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use patches to close the hole in his heart. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $18,000 to pay for surgery. Dirony's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Dirony's family overseas. His mother says, "I am hoping that Dirony will not have to miss school so often once his heart is healthy."
Esther is a woman from Kenya. She has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Esther. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 22. After treatment, Esther will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Esther says, “My prayer is to live longer. I want to be a cancer warrior."
Wardat is a student from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of two children. She is currently in third grade and her best subjects are English and mathematics. For two years, Wardat has been experiencing frequent fevers and difficulty breathing. Frequent illness causes her difficult breathing and sleeping. Wardat was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Wardat, which is scheduled to take place on February 8. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Wardat of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Wardat’s mother says, “Please help fund my child’s surgery.”
Emmanuel is a baby from Kenya. His grandparents and mother are subsistence farmers who own two cows. Emmanuel was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Emmanuel is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Emmanuel's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 23. This procedure will hopefully spare Emmanuel from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “I feel at home at BethanyKids where everyone I meet treats me well and this makes me garner hope that my son will recover,” says Emmanuel’s mother.
Godfrey is Godfrey is a father to six and grandfather to 11. from Malawi. He is a retired medical assistant who spends his free time volunteering at a local clinic near his hometown, as well as hanging out with his family and grandchildren. Since October 2016, Godfrey has been experiencing frequent urination and pain. 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 Godfrey's surgery. On October 18, 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. He says, "It is an economic relief to receive this surgery. Having to pay for transport to the hospital is a burden itself so I am happy to not have to worry about the medical bills also. Please continue this service and helping others."