Robert joined Watsi on April 15th, 2014. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Robert's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Reaksa, a three-year-old boy from Cambodia, to remove a traumatic cataract in his left eye.
Robert has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 8 countries.
Robert has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 8 countries.
“Reaksa likes to watch cartoons in the morning and his favorite food is fried fish,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Reaksa is a three-year-old boy from Cambodia. CSC tells us,“Reaksa was playing with scissors when he accidentally cut his eye.” This resulted in a traumatic cataract in his left eye. He can’t see well out of the affected eye, and he is in a great deal of pain. His grandmother is concerned that his functional blindness will affect his aptitude in school. $150 will fund the cataract surgery Reaksa needs to restore his vision. The procedure involves removing the affected lens and replacing it with a clear lens implant. Reaksa is expected to recover quickly after surgery, and he will be able to see again out of his left eye. Let’s help this young boy regain his independence and improve his quality of life.
This is Hein, a two-year old toddler from Burma. Hein has recently learned to speak, and his favorite word is “mother", though he also knows how to say the names of all his family members. Since birth, Hein has dealt with several medical conditions. Last year he underwent surgery for a congenital heart condition, and he currently has limited vision due to a congenital glaucoma. “Hein can see light, but very little beyond that,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). Hein's condition is the result of an improperly developed optic drainage system, which leads to increased pressure and ultimately nerve damage in the eye. “When he was born, his parents noticed that his eyes were covered by white film,” adds BBP. “During his first six months of life, Hein’s parents tried to heal his eyes with a traditional healer, but this proved unsuccessful. Hein’s parents then took him to an eye specialist, who referred him to a major hospital to undergo surgery. However, when he was being prepared for surgery, doctors discovered he had a heart murmur and refused to operate.” After receiving heart surgery last year, Hein is now healthy enough for eye surgery. For $1,500, Hein will receive a bilateral lens replacement, which will allow him to see for the first time in his life, and allow him to develop properly through childhood. This cost accounts for everything that Hein will need for his full surgery and recovery, including 30 days of hospitalized care, food, transportation and three days of post-operation follow-up care. “Hein is a resilient boy - while waiting for surgery he has overcome a tuberculosis infection and has been in and out of health facilities since the day he was born," BBP says. Hein’s family is optimistic about his future. His mother “hopes for him to be educated and go to school like his sisters,” BBP adds.
Meet Pang, a 13-year-old boy from Burma who has a cleft lip. “Pang feels very embarrassed about his face so he doesn’t like to leave the house and avoids crowds, even during festivals which he knows he will enjoy. He also said the other children make fun of him and people constantly stare,” reports our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. Pang resides in rural Burma with his parents. “His parents own their own farm and plant rice in the rainy season. Outside the rainy season, they do not work regularly and instead grow vegetables and raise chickens for the family’s consumption,” continues Burma Border Projects. The family also lives far from the nearest city and the family doesn’t have enough money to pay for transportation costs or school fees, preventing Pang from schooling. For $1320, we can repair Pang’s cleft lip and improve his appearance. The surgery will raise his self-esteem and improve his breathing, speech, and language development.
Meet Farhan, a 29-year-old man from Somaliland. Farhan was born with a club foot, which limits his ability to walk and do labor. When Farhan was younger, he also contracted Polio and has difficulty moving his right arm as a result. Due to his mobility challenges, Farhan has been unable to work and earn a good income. For $790, we can fund surgery to repair Farhan’s foot. Our partner, Edna Adan Hospital, explains that “he has also been linked to a disability outreach program that will assist him with mobilization equipment and rehabilitation” for after his surgery. Let’s help Farhan enjoy improved mobility so that he can realize his hopes of being more employable and earning an income to support himself independently!
Neema is a shy 13-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the third child in a family of five children. “Her parents are small-scale farmers trying their best to raise five children. They need financial support so that their daughter can get corrective surgery which she badly needs,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. Neema has a condition called right genu valgus, which causes her to knock her knees when walking or running. This is very painful for Neema. AMHF informs us that Neema was in primary school, about to finish the fourth grade, when she developed her condition. Her condition made it impossible for Neema to walk to school as fast as she needed to and she would fall down if she tried to run. Neema started being late to school. Her class attendance become poor and eventually her head master discontinued her from attending school until she received proper medical attention. Neema used to enjoy art classes and playing rede (a local ball game) with other students. “One day I hope to become a primary school teacher,” says Neema. For $940, Neema will be provided with the corrective surgery that she needs. AMHF predicts, “Neema will be able to walk without knocking her knees and often falling down. She will be able to walk to school and continue with her education with decreased risk of developing early osteoarthritis.” Let’s work together and give Neema the opportunity to go back to school!
“Sok Lang is very excited to go back to school after she gets out of the hospital,” our partners in Cambodia at the Children’s Surgical Centre tell us. Meet Sok Lang, a shy 10-year-old sister of nine siblings. She enjoys playing soccer with her friends and family. She has a meningoencephalocele (MEC), which is a sac of fluid, brain tissue, and meninges (membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord) that extends out of the skull. This causes a small bulge in her face, and left untreated puts her at risk of developing serious health complications. For $390, she can receive the necessary surgery and bone graft that will allow her to grow and develop normally. Lets help Sok Lang get the treatment she needs!
Meet Santa, a 34-year-old woman from Guatemala, who lives with her husband and their three children. Santa enjoys taking care of her children and she performs chores around the house. “Santa was recently diagnosed with diabetes after several months of severe fatigue and dizziness,” our medical partner Wuqu’ Kawoq tells us. “She needs emergency intervention to help get her symptoms under control. Once stabilized, she will be out of acute danger and can go on to receive standard diabetes care over the coming years.” $450 covers the cost of treatment to stabilize her blood sugar and blood pressure. Santa wants to “be able to watch my children grow up and work hard so that they can achieve her dreams.” Let’s help get Santa healthy so she can remain an involved, dedicated mom!
“Hugo is a highly motivated man who dreams of getting back to his old life, being able to work, hang out with his friends and family without stigma or shame, and being able to be independent,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, shares. Hugo, a 45-year-old man from Guatemala, has a bilateral arm amputation. In January, he lost both arms in a severe electrocution accident, which has made him unable to continue working and unable to care for himself. For $1255, Hugo can receive two prosthetic arms so he can regain his independence. He tells us, “this injury was the worst thing that has ever happened to me, but I’m happy to be alive, and I’m excited to have prosthetic arms and get back to work.” Let’s help him out!
Maudeline is a twelve-year-old girl who loves school but has been unable to go for the past two years because she has been too ill. "Maudeline was born with a condition called infundibular pulmonary stenosis," our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, shares. "The part of her heart that leads to her pulmonary artery is narrowed, causing blood to back up into her heart and the right side of her heart to fail. This makes her very tired and sick, and has been getting worse with age; if not treated soon, it will be fatal." Maudeline needs to travel outside of Port-Au-Prince to undergo surgery for her heart. Haiti Cardiac Alliance tells us, "Following surgery, Maudeline's heart failure will be reversed and she should have normal blood circulation throughout her body, giving her the energy to go to school and lead an active life." $1,500 will cover the cost of travel and preparation for her surgery. Maudeline says, "I am excited to go on an airplane and visit another country! It is like a dream to me." Let's help Maudeline recover from her heart condition so she can have the opportunity to lead a long and healthy life!
This is Zakia, a two-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the youngest of five siblings and lives with her mother who works hard as a small-scale farmer. Zakia was born with bilateral club foot, a congenital condition in which the feet are turned inwards about 90 degrees. The toes face each other instead of facing outwards. This has been hard for Zakia; it takes her a long time to stand up and she is not able to walk. Additionally, she is at risk to develop painful osteoarthritis in her feet. Despite these challenges, Zakia is resilient. "Zakia is a cheerful little baby girl," our medical partner writes. "Although she cannot walk, she still joins other children when they are playing by sitting close by and cheering." Zakia's mother wants the best for her daughter but is unable to pay for the corrective surgery Zakia needs. “My hope is to see my daughter able to walk like the rest of my children so that she can go to school and later get a job,” she says. Watsi donors, you can make this a reality. For $715, Zakia can receive a casting procedure and a surgery called a tenotomy to correct her clubbed feet. These two procedures will allow her walk and finally keep up with all of her friends!
Say hello to Simon, a six-week-old baby boy from Kenya. Simon is cared for by his loving mother, who is in her fourth year of high school and hoping to finish her studies at the end of the year. As a young, single mother, she depends on her parents for support. Simon was born with spina bifida, an open mass on his back. His mother is distraught because she has no way of paying for his treatment. If not treated, Simon can develop a tethered cord, which will cause kyphosis or scholiosis. “I have nowhere else to seek help. I pray and hope that his surgery will go on well and that we’ll find support for the treatment,” says Simon’s mother. Let’s raise $980 so Simon can receive a spina bifida closure. “The surgery will help reduce the chance of infection as well as prevent any possibility of Simon developing tethered cord,” our medical partners write. Let’s get Simon the help he needs to live a healthy life!
Purity is a seven-month-old girl from Kenya. She was the last born child in a family of five children. Her father is a casual laborer, and her mother is a housewife. Purity's family owns a small piece of land where they do small scale farming for the family's needs. Purity lives with hydrocephalus, a lethal condition which causes her head to become enlarged and increases the pressure within her skull. Purity’s mother says, “I was shocked to see my child’s head size grow day by day. I pray that she will be treated soon, and I request for help.” To relieve the pressure and save her life, Purity needs a shunt incision. If the surgery is not done, Purity is likely to suffer brain damage due to the increased intra-cranial pressure. For $980, we fund this procedure which will relieve the pressure in her head. Let's help Purity live a normal childhood without the pain she's experiencing now!