Danielle Robinson
Danielle's Story

Danielle joined Watsi on September 23rd, 2015. 28 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Danielle's most recent donation traveled 8,400 miles to support Nengai, a teenager from Tanzania, to fund tonsil surgery.


Danielle has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 9 countries.

Patients funded by Danielle

“Mourine is wrapped up in warm clothing and she peeps out once in a while to catch a glimpse of who is talking,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), as they speak with Mourine’s mother. “Her innocent bright eyes display hope for tomorrow and urge to see more of this world.” Mourine, an eight-month-old girl from Kenya, has a posterior encephalocele, a rare condition in which the bones of the skull do not close completely. This creates a gap through which cerebral spinal fluid, brain tissue, and the membrane covering the brain can protrude into a sac-like formation. “Her mother, who is a single mom, has to endure all the questioning eyes directed at her daughter and the whispers whenever she moves, and this greatly disheartens her,” continues AMHF. The swelling causes Mourine great pain when touched, and if left untreated Mourine may experience mental and growth retardation, seizures, and uncoordinated movement of voluntary muscles that could affect rudimentary skills such as walking and reaching. “Mourine is the only child to her mother, who was abandoned when she was pregnant,” shares AMHF. They live with Mourine’s grandparents in Central Kenya, and the grandparents’ subsistence farming supports the family. “All they want is the best for their little angel—for her to grow up normally with no deterrents whatsoever.” Mourine’s family needs assistance in raising the $780 that will cover Mourine’s encephalocele repair surgery. During this procedure, doctors will perform surgery to place the protruding tissues and cerebral spinal fluid back into the skull and close the opening. “The encephalocele repair will prevent infection and desiccation of brain tissue,” says AMHF. Let’s help give Mourine the chance to grow up healthy.

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25-year-old Kristine has a happy and outgoing personality. She lives in the Philippines with her mother, and she is loved by her family and fellow church members. She also loves to sing and dance with the other children in their church and community. If the church has an activity, she eagerly offers herself to help with any chores in the activity area. Kristine was born with congenital clubfoot, a condition that impacts her gait. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), explains: "Kristine has difficulty in walking because of her left foot deformity. She also has seizure disorder but it is currently managed with medication. Her mother said that she was frequently teased by her classmates when she was still in elementary school because of the way she walked. Since then, she has not joined school; and everyday, she wishes that she could go back even in her age." Treatment for Kristine will cost $1,211, and consists of a surgery to correct her deformity give her a balanced gait, as well as boost her self esteem. It will also fulfill her wishes to go back to school if time and situation permits. Kristine's family was unable to have Kristine undergo surgery earlier because of lack of finances. At their pre-operative interview with ICM, Kristine's mother shared: "I really hope that my child can get treatment. We want to see her well and live normally, but we could not make it happen. She even stopped schooling to avoid bullies because we don't want to see her have emotional pains. We are praying that there could be someone that could help her."

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“Julio had his first seizure when he was 13,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “At first, he only had them once a month, then once every two weeks, then every week. Lately, he has been having seizures three times per day.” These epileptic seizures can be frightening for Julio, a 15-year-old from Guatemala. “When he has a convulsion, he falls, begins to shake, and his eyes roll in the back of his head,” reports WK. “It normally lasts fifteen minutes, and afterwards he is usually weak and dizzy.” These now-daily interruptions often force Julio’s mother to keep her son home from school so that she can care for him. This has substantially slowed Julio’s education: even though he is in his mid-teens, and seems to have no learning difficulties, he has only reached fifth grade. His mother has also had to quit her job so that she can stay home with Julio, putting the family in financial strain. Despite these setbacks, Julio is an outgoing, academically ambitious boy. “Julio loves to study and talk with his classmates,” says WK. “His favorite things to do are to play soccer, and practice math.” He dreams of becoming a teacher one day. Without intervention, though, that dream will be difficult to achieve. Fortunately, Julio’s doctors believe his epilepsy is not intractable. For $966 we can connect Julio with the combination of medications he’ll need to get his seizures under control. This cost will also pay for diagnostic lab tests and a brain MRI, so doctors can make sure they are treating him correctly. “This treatment will allow Julio to be much more independent, as he will be healthy enough to leave the house on his own,” WK tells us. This means that Julio will be able to aim high in his own education, and someday, to help others do the same by becoming a teacher.

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This is 66-year-old Moeun, a father of six and grandfather of 11 from Cambodia. "He enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray and feeding the cows and chickens at home," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. Moeun was recently screened by one of CSC's outreach teams, and they learned that he had developed a cataract in each eye about one year ago. A cataract occurs when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy from a buildup of proteins. In Moeun's case, this cloudiness has accumulated over time, and has slowly deteriorated his vision. If left untreated, he could completely lose his ability to see. Due to this condition, Moeun has experienced blurred vision, tearing, discharge, and pain. "I can't see everything clearly, do any work well, or go anywhere outside," Moeun says. Moeun traveled four hours with his wife to reach CSC for proper treatment. Since he no longer works and does not have a steady income, it is difficult for his family to pay for any medical expenses. $225 in funding will help cover the costs of a lens replacement, where doctors at CSC will remove the cloudy lenses in Moeun's eyes and replace them with clear implants. The cost of treatment also includes a two-day hospital stay, medication and food. Within one day after his operation, Moeun will be able to see clearly again. "I hope my eye can see everything clear, so I can easily help my family to do some housework like clean grass and feed animals around home," shares Moeun.

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