Eric joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. Seven years ago, Eric joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Eric's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Marvens, a boy from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Eric has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 10 countries.
Eric has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 10 countries.
Marvens is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his mother and older sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. His mother is currently seeking employment. Marvens has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect and pulmonary stenosis. Marvens was born with a hole between the two upper chambers of his heart, as well as one of the four valves of his heart that is too small. These conditions combine to make his heart work too hard to pump blood to his body, leaving him sick and short of breath. Marvens also has Down syndrome. Marvens will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On February 2, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a catheter to insert a device into the hole in his heart to close it, and will also use a balloon to stretch his valve open. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $14,000 to pay for surgery. Marvens'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 Marvens's family overseas. His mother says, "I will pray for God to bless everyone who is helping Marvens get better!"
Christ-Love is a student from Haiti. Christ-Love lives in Port-au-Prince with her mother. She is in the ninth grade and enjoys going to church and helping her mother around the house. Christ-Love has a cardiac condition called severe aortic regurgitation. One of the valves in her heart is severely damaged from a rheumatic fever she suffered as a child, and it cannot adequately pump blood through her body. Two years ago, she had open-heart surgery to replace another valve that was also damaged; at the time, she was too weak to try to replace both valves at the same time, and so now that her heart is stronger after the first surgery, the team can go back to replace the second valve. Christ-Love will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On December 27, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will replace her damaged valve with an artificial implant.. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $24,000 to pay for surgery. Christ-Love'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 Christ-Love's family overseas. She says, "I am glad that I can be almost normal once my second valve is fixed!"
Mao is a 49-year-old pig farmer from Cambodia. Last year, she fell at her home, which resulted in an injury to her spine. Mao has been taking painkillers to reduce the pain in her back. Mao reports that she experiences pain when she walks or carries out simple tasks around the house. Mao travelled for two hours to visit our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, where she was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slides forward over the bone below it, causing pain and sometimes weakness in the legs. On September 5, doctors will perform a spinal surgery to restore her ability to walk without pain. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of Mao’s surgery.
Tetu is a 22-year-old man from Tanzania. He is the second child in his family of eight children. Tetu has never been to school and keeps livestock for his father. Tetu’s legs started to bend inward when he was 13 years old, and he began experiencing pain and difficulty walking. Tetu has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, a condition where his legs are bent, making it hard and painful for him to walk. He has been using traditional treatments to relieve pain, but they have not been helping. If not treated properly, Tetu will continue to experience pain and difficulty walking, and he will not be able to carry out his day-to-day duties. Tetu hopes to own his own livestock and get married soon, but he worries about his future if he does not receive the treatment he needs. He says, "I cannot wait to get treatment so that I can start my own family, thank you for accepting to treat me.” On September 8, Tetu will undergo treatment for his leg condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $838 for his medical care.
Alphatina is a 29-year-old woman from Kenya. She is the mother of two young children and loves to spend time with them. Before her accident, Alphatina traded in second hand clothing and potatoes in order to supplement her husband's income from his work as a carpenter. In July of 2016, a stove that Alphatina was using exploded, leaving her torso, hands, and neck badly burned. She was in the hospital for six weeks undergoing treatment. Alphatina's burns did heal, but formed scar tissue—called contractures—that restrict her movement. Doctors have recommended contracture release surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,176 to fund Alphatina's surgery. She is scheduled for treatment on March 14, 2018 at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. She is looking forward to having a full range of motion once again. "After this surgery," Alphatina says, "I would want to be healthy and continue bringing up my children together with my husband."
Meet Thidar, a 23-year-old woman from Burma. Thidar has worked as a housemaid in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Thidar now lives with her parents and younger brother. When Thidar was two years old, she was diagnosed with a cardiac condition that could not be treated at her young age. When she was 13 years old, Thidar left home to become a housemaid for four years. Thidar is fatigued and often dizzy, which makes it difficult for her to work. She is scheduled for heart surgery to repair the condition. The procedure is scheduled for July 24 and will cost $1,500. Thidar hopes to return to work with renewed health following the surgery. "My condition has caused a lot of distress. My parents have had to borrow large sums of money in order to cover the costs of my condition. I want to get better for them, and I want a healthy life, and I want to walk like a strong woman," says Thidar.
Alice is a five-month-old girl from Kenya who lives with her parents and two older siblings in Kenya's Central Region. Her mother works at home, and her father is a cleaner at a local company. When Alice was three months old, her mother noticed that her head was growing more rapidly than the rest of her body. When taken to the hospital, Alice was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus—a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the cranium that can increase pressure on the brain, causing severe mental and physical health problems. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of Alice's operation, which is scheduled to take place on June 21 at our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. The surgery entails installing a shunt in Alice's brain that will drain the excess fluid. If not treated, Alice is at risk of severe developmental delays, loss of sight, and potentially even death. The little my husband gets is not enough for our basic needs, leave alone cater for her surgical care. Please help us," Alice's mother says.
David is a 30-year-old man from Guatemala who lives with his family in the country's rural highlands. When David was just a baby, a small branch perforated his eyeball. He has had trouble with his eyesight ever since, having experienced a number of eye infections and still requiring eyeglasses in order to see. Today, his eye bothers him more than ever before, and his prescription has become ineffective in helping his vision. Having formerly never been able to afford a complete checkup, David was able to go to a free eye clinic one month ago and receive a full eye exam. The doctors at the clinic prescribed David a new pair of glasses, however he does not have the resources to purchase them. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to cover the cost of David's new glasses and prescription lenses. He is scheduled to receive these glasses on June 9 at our medical partner's care center, Intituto Panamericano. These new glasses will help David to see better, supporting him in his work and daily life. “I will forever be grateful for this support," says David.
Meet Yasmin, a two-year-old girl from Guatemala. She is the eighth child in her family and lives with her mother and siblings near Lake Atitlán. Yasmin is a very sweet child and loves to play with her dolls for fun. Yasmin's mother is very concerned for her daughter because her immune system is weak and she is not growing due to malnutrition. If left untreated, the lack of nutrients and calories can also lead to chronic disease and a higher chance of dropping out of school. Malnutrition is extremely treatable, and Yasmin will be able to grow and become a healthy toddler with resources for malnutrition treatment. Yasmin's mother provides for her entire family on her own by working tirelessly in the local market, but she is unable to afford this treatment. To help Yasmin, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $837 in funding. Yasmin will gain weight, grow taller, and strengthen her immune system with growth monitoring and increased caloric intake. Community health workers will teach Yasmin's mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Yasmin's mother dreams of a healthy future for her daughter, saying, "I wish for my daughter to get better so that in the future she can study and become a teacher.”
Pisey is a 17-year-old girl from Cambodia. She lives with her parents and three younger sisters. Pisey is currently a student in the tenth grade and enjoys reading books, chatting with friends, and doing her homework in her free time. This young student has developed nasal polyps on the lining of the passages within both nostrils. These soft growths have made it difficult for her to breathe at night. While she has previously received medication, her symptoms have not improved. Pisey and her mother traveled one hour by motorbike to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. There, ENT surgeons determined that a procedure must be done to remove the nasal polyps and help Pisey breathe easily again. CSC is requesting $224 to fund this treatment, scheduled for April 25.
Maria Eluvia is a 56-year-old mother of three who lives in rural Guatemala. In October 2016, Maria Eluvia went to the clinic of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), after experiencing abnormal bleeding. The physicians discovered a small growth known as a polyp. These polyps often go away on their own, but after several months, the polyp was still present. Physicians have recommended a biopsy to remove the polyp and test for cervical cancer. If left untreated, there is a chance that the polyp could be cancerous and spread. WK is requesting $383 to perform the biopsy and to run the necessary tests to determine if the polyp is cancerous. Maria Eluvia is scheduled for a biopsy on March 11. Although cervical cancer is a slow-progressing and treatable disease, it is important that these tests are conducted to prevent any spreading or future complications.
Reth is a 76-year-old homemaker from Cambodia. She is married and has three sons, five daughters, and 20 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys watching TV, listening to monks pray, and looking after her grandchildren. About two years ago, Reth developed cataracts in both eyea that have caused blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for Reth to see things clearly. As a result, she cannot work and worries about how her vision might deteriorate further in the future. Reth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from her neighbor. She traveled two hours with her niece to reach CSC for treatment. Reth is scheduled to undergo a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant on February 22. CSC is requesting $292 to fund the surgery. After the procedure, Reth will be able to see clearly again.