murat joined Watsi on January 14th, 2014. Three years ago, murat became the 913th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,302 more people have become monthly donors! murat's most recent donation traveled 2,700 miles to support William, a teenager from Kenya, to fund clubfoot correction.
murat has funded healthcare for 109 patients in 12 countries.
William is a student from Kenya. He is 15 years old and the youngest in his family. William’s mother is a single parent who works as a farmer. William has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. William crawls to move around. Fortunately, William traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund William's clubfoot repair. After treatment, William will be able to walk and move around more easily. “I will appreciate if you help my son undergo surgery,” William’s mother says.
Mary is a nine-year-old student from Kenya. She lives with her parents and has six siblings. Mary’s mother is a subsistence farmer and housewife, and her father is a farmer. Mary has a spinal deformity whereby her spine is curved backward. Two years ago, she visited a hospital for treatment but did not have the funds required to receive treatment. Mary has difficulty with walking and standing. The pain has also impacted her studies. Having heard of Watsi’s programs with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), they decided to seek help. Our medical partner, AMHF, is requesting $1,500 to fund Mary’s surgery. An anterior/posterior spine fusion is scheduled for October 18. “I am appealing to Watsi to help my daughter get treatment as this will brighten her future and improve her self-esteem. I will be happy to see her growth and I wish her the very best in her life," Mary’s mother says.
Aung is a 22-year-old living in Mae Sot, Thailand with his mother and older brother. Sadly, Aung's father passed away many years ago. Aung and his brother have been working together as blacksmiths that build roofs and chairs. A month ago, Aung got a small cut on the big toe of his right foot. Considering it to be only a small cut, Aung did not seek treatment and continued to walk. However after two weeks, his toes started to blacken. Aung tried some traditional Burmese medicine to no avail. His infection spread and his foot is now black up to his ankle, with a hole and maggots in it. The pain is so severe that Aung is unable to walk and work. There is no other choice than to amputate his leg. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund Aung's amputation. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 30 and, if all goes well, Aung will be able to recover smoothly. Aung remains optimistic, saying, "I am hoping to be able to continue working and someday being a manager after I recover."
Mugisha is a 40-year-old man from Uganda who is married and a father of eight children. His wife is a farmer who cultivates food for both home consumption and for sale. Mugisha is a small scale farmer, and he cultivates maize and beans for sale. He uses the money to pay school fees for his children and look after his family. In 2016, Mugisha started feeling pain in his right inguinal region. He started using local herbs, but they didn’t help. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Mugisha is scheduled to receive hernia repair surgery on August 9. Now, he needs help raising $249 to pay for surgery. Mugisha says, “After surgery, I will continue with farming. It is where I get my income for my family.”
"When they told me in the health outpost that my son wasn't growing well, I was filled with sadness and I was worried," shares the mother of 10-month-old Esvin. "It has been difficult because he always gets sick. I can't wait to see my son improve. I appreciate the support that you all will give so he can improve, can grow well, and go to school and one day be a professional. I want him to be a professor and teach classes." Esvin's mother has been saddened ever since the health workers at the government-run health outpost told her that her son was losing weight, and that his health was in danger. Our community health worker was able to get in contact with her and now Esvin has the opportunity to receive life-saving treatment for his malnutrition - giving him the chance he needs to receive a healthy and varied diet and overcome malnutrition. Esvin's parents can't afford toys for him, so he plays with things around the house or with his older sister, who is 12. She often takes care of him and talks with him, which always makes him smile. Esvin comes from a humble family with few resources-- they all live in a small one-room adobe house with a tin roof. His father works as a day laborer, but he does not get sufficient pay, and many days he doesn't get paid at all. His mother does not work because she spends her days taking care of Esvin and his sister, cooking, and cleaning the house. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation will help Esvin recover from malnutrition, which will put him on track to live a better life in the future. This treatment, which costs $512, will help him gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. Additionally, Esvin's parents will receive support to give him the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Esvin the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.
Meet Rim, a 75-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Rim is married with three sons, four daughters, and 15 grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Two years ago, Rim developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. "This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside," CSC explains. After learning about CSC, Rim and her son travelled two hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Rim's sight. With $292, Rim will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.
Chan is a three-year-old boy from Cambodia who has one brother and three sisters. He enjoys watching TV and listening to music. Chan traveled two hours with his mom to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. When he was one year old, Chan received a poorly administered injection in his right quadriceps muscle. This caused quadriceps fibrosis, which prevents him from bending his right leg. Fibrosis occurs due to the thickening and scarring of connective tissue. Chan has quadriceps fibrosis, which causes his right knee to be stiff. Surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty to release the fibrosis. The surgery will greatly improve mobility and the range of motion of Chan's right leg. After the operation, Chan will be able to walk easily and bend his leg again.
Mesiaki was born at home on December 28th, 2015. “He is the first born to his young parents who are still living at Mesiaki’s grandparents’ house (father’s side) while slowly trying to build their own house,” says our medical partner in Tanzania, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Mesiaki was born with a condition called spina bifida — a protrusion on his lower back which is growing with time. Although Mesiaki is active and breastfeeding well there is a risk that the protrusion may burst leaking cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), creating bigger health problems. Mesiaki is also at risk of developing hydrocephalus if not treated. “Mesiaki’s mother is very worried about the condition of her son,” AMHF says. “She was unable to bring him to the hospital sooner because they needed a few days to gather enough cash to travel from their village to a hospital where their baby can receive proper treatment. Mesiaki’s parents are small scale farmers; they rely on selling the little that remains after taking out what they need for food.” $1,200 will cover the cost of surgery to treat Mesiaki’s condition, and prevent future complications. After treatment, “The protrusion on Mesiaki’s back will be removed, allowing him to sleep on his back, continue with normal growth, and he will also be out of the risk of developing hydrocephalus.” “God has given us this beautiful baby and we pray that He will see him through his health problem,” Mesiaki’s mother says. “We would love to see him growing up like other children and later on live an independent life.”
“48-year-old Than Nwet has lived in Burma for the last three years and works with her family as fishermen,” our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP) tells us. She has five daughters and two sons. “After Than Nwet’s third pregnancy, her uterus began to protrude from her vagina, but she did not seek medical help at that time,” BBP tells us. “After working very hard doing some heavy lifting, her uterus came completely out." Than Nwet's village clinic wasn't able to provide proper gynecological care for her. Her condition causes her to have constant pain, bleeding, and discomfort. "She is only able to perform household chores and cannot contribute to the household income." She finally decided to seek proper care once her condition began impeding on her ability to walk. Surgery and treatment for Than Nwet costs $1,500. “After surgery, Than Nwet should not have any more discomfort,” says BBP. “She should be able to go back and work and generate income for her family.” “I am desperately hoping for a successful surgery so that I can return to work and experience relief,” shares Than Nwet.
Meet Hak, a 17-year-old student from Cambodia. Hak has two brothers and one sister. “He enjoys playing games online, watching Chinese movies, and playing football,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “Hak recently fell down from a chair and fractured the radial head and dislocated the elbow of his right arm,” says CSC. A radial dislocation occurs when the elbow bones become displaced from their original position, causing discomfort and a restricted range of motion. This injury can affect the surrounding bones, ligaments, and nerves. “I can't go to study and my parents spend their time and money traveling for me to get treated,” says Hak. For $405, Hak can undergo open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery. This procedure will rebind the fractured bones in his elbow using steel plates and rods. “He will regain use of his right arm and be able to return to school,” says CSC. "I hope my arm can be better soon so I can go to study normally again,” says Hak. “I will go to study properly again once I am healed. I hope I can help do some housework too."
Chit Sandar was born at the Hpa-an General Hospital in Burma. At six months old she became sick with a fever. Her mother took her to the doctor where she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a life-threatening condition in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain. Burma has one of the most under-funded healthcare systems in the world, with little government assistance. The Burmese government spends approximately $37 per person per year on healthcare in contrast to, for example, the US which spends $9,146. Chit Sandar's mother could not afford to pay for her surgery, which meant they had to return home from the doctor without receiving care. After they returned home, Chit Sandar's condition continued to worsen. The circumference of her head expanded as a result of the fluid buildup in her brain and she started experiencing loss of consciousness, sunken eyes, and sometimes she would lose control of her head movements all together. Chit Sandar needs a ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement, which will drain the fluid from the brain and cure her hydrocephalus. $1,485 will cover the cost of Chit Sandar's surgery which will be provided at the Chiang Mai Hospital in Thailand. Chit Sandar's mother wants her daughter to survive surgery, receive a good education, and grow up to support a family of her own.
20-year-old Chin is a factory worker from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings, and her favorite pastimes are reading books and cleaning. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) shares, "When Chin was ten years old, she began having recurrent ear discharge and hearing loss from her right ear." Despite receiving treatment in the past, she still experiences pain, discharge, and hearing loss. "When I have ear discharge it feels painful and there is a bad smell," shares Chin. "This disrupts my life and makes it difficult to communicate with my friends." After hearing about CSC from a fellow villager who received treatment, Chin traveled three hours to seek help from our medical partner. For $399 Chin will receive a myringoplasty to stop the discharge and regain her hearing. "I hope after treatment, the ear discharge stops and I can have good hearing," Chin shares. "I want to study English."