Ted joined Watsi on November 24th, 2017. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ted's most recent donation supported James, a baby from Kenya, to fund corrective surgery.
Ted has funded healthcare for 133 patients in 13 countries.
Ted has funded healthcare for 133 patients in 13 countries.
James is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of five siblings. James was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, James is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 11. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $676 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help me," says James's mother.
Jilungu is a child from Tanzania. His parents are farmers. Jilungu has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jilungu traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 5. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Jilungu's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk. Jilungu’s father says, “Please help my son.”
Ester is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of two children. Her parents are small scale farmers. Last summer, Esther sustained burns across her body. Her arm has become rigid, and she can no longer straighten it. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ester receive treatment. On November 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her regain function of her arm. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Ester’s mother says, “I wish may child could get the needed surgery so that she can be able to use her right hand.”
Srey Touch is a street food vendor from Cambodia. She is married and has a daughter. She likes to play games and watch TV in her free time. Twenty years ago, Srey Touch had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Touch experiences ear discharge, tinnitus and headache. She cannot hear well. Srey Touch traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 16, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left 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. She says, "I hope my hearing improves after the operation."
Tabitha is a farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of four and lives in her ancestral land with her husband. About a year ago, Tabitha developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes opaque, blurring vision. She has difficulty tilling her farm. Fortunately, Tabitha 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. Tabitha says, “I wish that soon my blurry vision will be corrected. I want to be able to see clearly as before.”
Richard is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the seventh child in a family of eight children. Richard’s parents depend on small scale farming for their living. Richard was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs bow outward at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Richard. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Richard's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Richard’s mother says, “Thank you very much for helping my son. We didn’t know what to do since we couldn’t afford the treatment. We are really grateful."
Christina is a young child from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of three children. Unfortunately, Christina's father passed way. This left Christina's mother with three children to support without a job. She started a small business of cooking food in local hotel to support her children. Christina was diagnosed with genu varus. Her legs are bent outwards at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she experiences discomfort after walking for a short distance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Christina. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 10. Treatment will hopefully restore Christina's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Christian’s mother says, “ Please help my daughter. My financial state is not good; I am unable to afford the surgery cost.”
Fabrice is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Fabrice 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, Fabrice has been experiencing irritability and and increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Fabrice will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Fabrice that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 30 and will drain the excess fluid from Fabrice's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Fabrice will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “Our entire family was shocked to learn of this condition but we are all praying for God’s will in Fabrice’s life,” says Fabrice’s mother.
Emmanuel is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. His parents are small-scale farmers who farm maize, bean, potatoes and vegetables. Emmanuel has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Emmanuel traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 15. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Emmanuel's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. His mother says, “We were made to believe there was nothing that could be done to our son. You have brought us hope. Please help us.”
Faith is a baby from Tanzania. She is an only child in her small family. Faith’s father is a motorcycle driver, and her mother is a stay-at-home mother. Recently, Faith has been experiencing regular fevers and sleep apnea. Frequent illness has caused Faith to make repeated visits to the hospital. Faith 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 Faith, which is scheduled to take place on October 19. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Faith of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Faith’s father says, “Please help my daughter get the treatment needed for her to be able to eat and breath well.”
Saika is a student from Haiti. She lives on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with her parents, grandparents, and three siblings. She is in the seventh grade and likes writing and history. Saika has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart. On October 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will use a patch to close the hole so that blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $1,500 to pay for surgery. Saika'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. She says, "I am looking forward to being healthy and strong after my surgery."
Sokhon is a woman from Cambodia. She has a young son, and she enjoys spending time at home. Two months ago, Sokhon slipped and fell down and dislocated her left elbow. Ever since, she has had a recurrent elbow dislocation, and she is in chronic pain. She cannot work and support her family. Sokhon needs to undergo a reduction procedure to regain mobility in her arm and elbow. Surgery is scheduled for August 9 and will cost $390. She says, "After the operation, I hope I have good function in my arm and do anything I want."