Jaisen joined Watsi on April 17th, 2013. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jaisen's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Mary, a woman from Kenya, to fund thyroid surgery.
Jaisen has funded healthcare for 57 patients in 13 countries.
Jaisen has funded healthcare for 57 patients in 13 countries.
Mary is a farmer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of seven children. In 1998, Mary began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, difficulty swallowing, and breathing. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mary receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 28 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $641, and she and her family need help raising money.
Sweet is a nine-month-old baby girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandparents, uncle, and two aunts. Shortly after birth, Sweet’s mother noticed that she had a mass near her tailbone. The mass is growing at a steady rate. Doctors want Sweet to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Sweet's CT scan and care, scheduled for March 20.
Bettcherly is a student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and two brothers in a small city in southwestern Haiti. He likes attending school and listening to soccer on the radio. Bettcherly has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves in his heart are severely damaged due to an infection suffered earlier in childhood. As a result, his heart cannot adequately pump blood through his body. Bettcherly will fly to India to receive treatment. On February 26, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his two damaged valves and implant artificial replacements. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Bettcherly'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 Bettcherly's family overseas. His mother says, "Our family is very grateful to everyone who is helping our son to be able to have this surgery."
Maria is a student from Tanzania. She is the fourth in a family of six children. Maria 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, Maria traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Maria's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk to school. Maria says, “I wish to be able to walk well like my school friends, please help me get this treatment.”
Mzee is a farmer with a wife and six kids from Malawi. He enjoys fishing and chatting with his friends in his free time. For four months, Mzee has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. 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 Mzee's surgery. On November 1, 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 is looking forward to relief from pain. He is eager to complete the operation and begin recovery. He says, "I am thanking God for this program which will help me get better and be able to work again. Please continue to help others like me in this way. Thank you!"
Ndichaenya is a boy from Tanzania. He is a cheerful and social boy. He is the fourth child in a family of five children. Ndichaenya has been diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. 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 Ndichaenya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 30. Treatment will hopefully restore Ndichaenya's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Ndichaenya’s father says, “We have not been able to take my son to the hospital due to our little income we get from farming and his condition keeps worsening as days go by. Please help my son if it’s possible.”
Glen is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. His 20-year-old mother is a housewife, while his father is a motorcycle taxi rider. They live in their ancestral land. Glen has hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by increased head size and sunken eyes. He received previous treatment, but the procedure was not successful. If not treated again, Glen will be at risk of neurological damage due to the pressure in his brain. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo brain surgery on September 14. Now, his family needs help raising $634 to fund the procedure. Glen’s mother says, “My hope is to see my child treated and lead a normal life. It is my prayer."
Chanthorn is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter and one son. She likes to listen to the radio and spend time with her family. Ten years ago, Chanthorn had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Chanthorn experiences pain and tinnitus. She cannot hear well and is in chronic pain. Chanthorn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 6, 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. Her sister says, "I hope my sister's ear problems are gone after surgery. We look forward to bringing her home with improved hearing."
Filipina is a mother and grandmother from Malawi. She spends her days caring for her grandchildren, who live with her in her village, where she also maintains a small farm. Since last year, Filipina has been experiencing back and abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Filipina's surgery. On August 24, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is relieved to be helped through this surgery. Her family looks forward to her recovery, with her grandchildren waiting for her return home. She says, "I will be able to care for my grandchildren again who depend on me, thank you so much!"
Nam is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae Sot. Nam was born with a lumbar meningocele and bilateral club foot. While she has received treatment for both, the symptoms of the meningocele have returned. Doctors want Nam to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Nam's MRI and care, scheduled for August 3. Nam says, "I want to continue my studies at university after my high school. I hope that I will get treatment and recover from my symptoms."
Justus is a baby from Kenya. He is the only child of his young parents. Justus was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Justus has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Justus will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 18. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “This is our only child and I am worried about his future. I can’t wait to see him grow up like other normal boys," said Justus's mother.
Faith is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of eight children. She lives with her parents and siblings in a one-room house in the Rift valley region of Kenya. Faith 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, Faith 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 Faith's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 6. This procedure will hopefully spare Faith from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “I am still in shock and trying to recover from the fear of this nightmare condition my child suffers,” shares Faith’s mother.