Ignacio joined Watsi on September 18th, 2016. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ignacio's most recent donation traveled 6,400 miles to support Michael, a baby boy from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot treatment.
Ignacio has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 11 countries.
Ignacio has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 11 countries.
Michael is a baby from Tanzania, and the last born child in a family of five. He is a jovial boy and happy most of the time. Michael’s father has been away to a different city working as night guard while the mother is a stay home wife looking after their five children. His father is able to send some little money every month to help support the family. Michael 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, Michael traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Michael's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk without difficulty. Michael’s mother says, “Please help correct my child's foot so that he can learn how to walk like other children.”
Srey Nin is a vegetable vendor from Cambodia. She has one daughter. She likes to watch TV and listen to classical music. Nine months ago, Srey Nin was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her right tibia. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 10, Srey Nin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help her walk easily again. She says, "After the operation, I hope I can walk well and have no more pain."
Jackson is a farmer supporting a large family from Malawi. He has ten children and 28 grandchildren, and he works to feed his family. He enjoys resting in his free time after working very hard on the farm. For two months, Jackson has been experiencing 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 Jackson's surgery. On October 4, 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, "This is a very good program because I believe I will be helped!"
Sleumas is a soft drinks vendor from Cambodia. She has one brother and two sisters. She likes to watch the news and films on TV. Two years ago, Sleumas developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, sometimes itchiness, pain, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sleumas learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 10, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see everything clearer than now so I can continue my work as a seller again and I can go anywhere outside well on my own."
Barok is a toddler from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with others. Barok has an older sister who just joined kindergarten. Barok was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Barok has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Barok will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 19. AMHF is requesting $1,021 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Barok’s father says, “We can’t afford the necessary treatment cost.”
Felis is a student from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of three kids. He is currently in first grade and loves to play football with the other kids. Felis’s parents are both subsistence farmers. Felis 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, Felis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Felis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and play football without pain. Felis’s father says, “Please help my son get treatment, I would love to see him walk well and play with other kids without pain or discomfort.”
Angel is a young student from Tanzania. She is in fifth grade and loves mathematics, science and English. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Her father works as a shopkeeper while her mother keeps a small garden of vegetables. For seven years, Angel has been experiencing regular infections, difficulty breathing, and sleep apnea. This has affected her school attendance and performance. Angel 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 Angel, which is scheduled to take place on May 17. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Angel of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Angel’s father says,”I would really like to see my daughter get the help she very much needs. It hurts me that I cannot help her get the needed surgery. Thank you for helping me.”
Thue is a 40-year-old famer from Burma. Thue lives her husband, three sons, and one daughter. She and her husband work on their farm along with their eldest son. They also raise chicken and pigs, which they sometimes sell if the crops were not good. Two months ago, Thue started experiencing abdominal pain, and she could not sleep and eat well. She lost consciousness several times because of the pain. She visited to the hospital, and the doctor diagnosed her with a gallstone. Thue has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Thue's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Thue is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on April 18. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Thue's procedure and care. Thue says, “After I recover, I want to look after my children again and take care of my household."
Yohana is a student from Tanzania. He is nine years old and is in second grade. Yohana lives with his parents, who are both maize farmers. Several years ago, Yohana was burned while sitting near the fireplace in their kitchen. His clothes caught fire, burning the left side of his body. His parents took him to the hospital, where he was hospitalized for several months and was finally discharged. However, he has remained with burn contractures. Yohana cannot stretch his left hand or carry things. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Yohana receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. After recovery, Yohana will be able to attend school again, carry things, and play happily. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Yohana says, "I will be happy return to school after getting treated. I miss my friends very much and can't wait to rejoin them."
Ann is a bar attendant from Kenya. She is a mother of four children. In early February, Ann was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle when they were hit from behind by a hit-and-run vehicle. She was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with femur fracture and cervical spine fracture. She is not able to sit, stand, or walk and is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 16, Ann will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Ann says, “I wish to be treated and leave the hospital when am much better. I still need to provide for my children."
Nyunt is a 67-years-old woman from Burma. She lives with her children and used to work as a subsistence farmer. She also raises some chickens and pigs. In her free time, she enjoys going to the temple and listening to the monks’ sermons. Nyunt started to feel unwell in 2015, when she experienced pain in her lower abdomen. She stopped working because of her symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Nyunt's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Nyunt is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on December 14. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Nyunt will no longer experience abdominal pain. She says, "“After I recover, I would like to look after my chickens and pig, and go to the temple to meditate.”
Kyel is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his two younger brothers in an orphanage in Mae Sot. Two days ago, Kyel was playing football with some friends. He slid and his friend tripped and landed on top of his arm, fracturing it. Kyel is in a great deal of pain and is unable to sleep at night. He is sad that he won’t be able to play football in the foreseeable future. He also won't be able to do his laundry or garden. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Kyel will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 18 and will cost $1,500. After recovery, Kyel will be able to return to school. Kyel says, "I my dream of being a professional singer one day."