Nina joined Watsi on November 26th, 2014. 79 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nina's most recent donation traveled 6,100 miles to support Phue, an infant from Thailand, to fund a CT Scan.
Nina has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 7 countries.
Nina has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 7 countries.
Phue is a one-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Her parents are originally from Burma. In 2013, the whole family moved to Thailand because her parents needed better jobs to pay for their children's school fees. Recently, Phue's neck became stiff, and she couldn't turn her head. She had to turn her whole body to look around. When her mother pinched the left side of her torso, she did not react. She was also experiencing fever, coughing, and difficulty sleeping. Phue's mother took her to our medical partner's care center, where Phue received antibiotics. On January 18, Phue will undergo a CT scan. This procedure will allow her doctors to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. Our medical partner is requesting $414 to cover the expenses of the test. “Even though we do not have enough money, our priority now is to take care of her health problem," says Phue's mother. "We don’t want her to become disabled. We are so worried about her, but we cannot do anything by ourselves as we do not have money.”
Jabali is a nine-month-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of two children. When he was six months old, Jabali was diagnosed with an undescended testis, an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. Without treatment, he is at risk of fertility problems, testicular cancer, or a hernia. Fortunately, he will undergo a corrective orchidopexy surgery on January 17. Jabali and his family live in a one-room rental house. His mother works as a caterer, while his father is taxi driver. Jabali's parents have contributed $52 to fund his care, but they need help to raise more. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting an additional $535, which will cover surgical supplies, medications, and Jabali's hospital stay. "We were worried about the condition," says Jabali's mother, "but through intense reassurance, we are hopeful all will be well.”
David is a 39-year-old man from Kenya. He was in a road accident on December 7, and he sustained tibia and mandible fractures. His tibia fracture was treated in an emergency procedure, but he still needed surgery for his mandible. After the accident, David was unable to work for weeks. Without treatment, he risked complications to his injuries. Fortunately, on December 21, David underwent an open reduction internal fixation procedure. David works as a driver, while his wife sells cereals. They have four children, and they live in a rental house. The family needs help to pay for this $640 procedure. “I want to be well to continue providing for my family as before," says David.
Phally is a 49-year-old farmer who is married and has five sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She likes to watch comedies and dramas on TV in her free time. She also enjoys feeding her cows and buffaloes. One year ago, Phally developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere outside. When Phally learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 22, doctors performed a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Phally will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope I can see everything more clearly," says Phally, "so that I can easily plant and feed animals like cows and buffaloes. I will be able to go anywhere outside by myself without needing to disturb others to take care of me anymore."
Shakir is a cute and charming boy who loves people. He enjoys discovering new things and eating sweets and rice. Shakir has been diagnosed with Hirschprung's disease, a condition that affects the large intestine and causes uncomfortable symptoms. He underwent a previous treatment, which only solved the problem temporarily. On December 27, he underwent a corrective surgery at our medical partner's care center. During this surgery, doctors removed the diseased part of Shakir's intestine. Shakir’s mother is a single mother who is unemployed. Her brother supports the family, but he cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 in funding.
Lukas is a three-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the only child of his father, who sells clothes along the streets of Nairobi. Lukas's parents are separated, so he lives with his grandmother. He loves to spend time with his father. Lukas was born with a birth defect called hypospadias, which causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he was at risk of urinary tract infections and continuing discomfort. Lukas's father brought him to a national hospital, but the waitlist for surgery was prohibitively long. Fortunately, a friend of his father advised him to visit our medical partner's facility, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital. On December 16, Lukas underwent a hypospadias repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to fund this procedure.
Shadrack is a five-month-old boy from Kenya. He was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. Shadrack is the youngest in a family of two children. When he was two months old, his mother noticed that his head was rapidly increasing in size. She notified a medic during a pediatric checkup, and a scan revealed the excess fluid in his head. They were referred to our medical partner's hospital, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital, for specialized treatment. On December 8, Shadrack underwent a shunt insertion, during which doctors inserted a device to drain the fluid from his brain. Shadrack lives with his older brother and parents in a one-room rental house. His mother is a housewife, while his father is a fisherman. They cannot afford to pay for healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund this procedure. Shadrack's mother is relieved that her son is receiving care. "We love him so much, and it hurts so much to see him cry in anguish," she says.
Rosa is a one-month-old girl from Guatemala. Since her birth, her mother has had difficulty producing breastmilk. As a result, Rosa is not growing and is losing weight. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Rosa’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also compromise brain development, putting Rosa at risk of long-term damage. Fortunately, Rosa began treatment for lactation failure on December 20. Rosa lives with her parents and siblings in rural Guatemala. She has one older brother and two twin sisters. Her parents hope that she will study hard in school and become a nurse. Rosa’s father works in agriculture, and her mother manages the household. The family's income is small and inconsistent. They cannot afford this treatment, so our medical partner is requesting $1,107 in funding. Rosa's treatment will be simple and effective. She will receive formula, which will give her the protein, calories, and nutrients she needs to grow and develop. Her mother will receive in-home nutrition education, so she will learn low-cost ways to prevent future cases of malnutrition. Rosa's immune system will strengthen, and she will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. "I've been worried since my daughter's birth because I don't have breast milk to give my daughter, and she is losing weight," says Rosa's mother. "I want to see my daughter grow well so she does not get sick."
Wesley is a two-month-old boy from Kenya. He was growing up healthy and happy for the first month of his life. Then, Wesley's disposition suddenly changed. He become irritable and only slept a few hours each night. Further, his head size was increasing at a much faster rate than his body. His parents knew something was not right, so they sought help from the nearest clinic. Wesley was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. This condition puts a dangerous amount of pressure on the developing brain. Fortunately, on December 9, Wesley underwent a shunt insertion procedure, during which doctors inserted a device to drain the fluid from his brain. Wesley’s father works on construction sites, but his income is not reliable. His family cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund this procedure "I am happy to have landed where he can get treatment,” says Wesley’s father.
Aye Than is a 45-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her mother and siblings in a village close to the Thai-Burma border. At the age of 40, Aye Than started experiencing frequent headaches and a stiff neck. For five years, she treated her symptoms with medication from a local pharmacy. Recently, Aye Than was picking up a bucket of rainwater when she started to feel dizzy and could no longer stand. She sat down to rest, but she found she could no longer open her left eye. After several visits to different hospitals, she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Through BCMF, Aye Than was transferred to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. She underwent several diagnostic tests, including two CT scans––[one](https://watsi.org/profile/17128140c65d-aye-than) of which was funded by Watsi donors. The results of her tests showed an arteriovenous malformation with a proximal flow-related aneurysm and a fistula. In simpler terms, there was an aneurysm in Aye Than's brain. With this finding, her doctor performed an embolisation procedure on December 14. During this procedure, blood vessels were selectively blocked to treat her condition. Now, BCMF is requesting $1,500 in funding. “I am looking forward to getting better, so I can continue to work with my mother and resume my Buddhist practices: meditation, going to the monastery on full moon days, and maintaining the alter in my home," says Aye Than. She continues, "Without the donors, there was no chance for me to be treated properly. Thank you very much for your help."
Recently Lengai was bitten by a snake while exploring in the bush. "...ever since the incident the condition of his hand has been getting worse despite being taken to the local dispensary," AMHF writes. "Lengai’s mother has spent so much money that she can no longer afford to pay for further treatment of her son’s hand." Meet Lengai from Tanzania. He's four-years-old and the youngest of three children. Lengai's mother is a farmer and has been the sole caretaker of her children since her husband passed away two years ago. "Although he is shy and afraid of people he doesn’t know, he very quickly makes friends after sitting with a person for a while," the AMHF team tells us about Lengai. "He likes being close to his mother and when with children of his age, he likes to run around with them playing games that they know." $780 will cover the cost of an amputation of Lengai's little finger and skin grafting so that he will be able to have full function of his hand. Let's help this little guy out.