Allison joined Watsi on August 21st, 2018. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Allison's most recent donation supported Jean, a boy from Haiti, to fund prep and transport for heart surgery.
Allison has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Allison has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Jean is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the eight grade, and before becoming sick he enjoyed playing soccer regularly. Jean has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves of his heart were severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered in childhood, and can no longer adequately pump blood through his body. Jean will fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On October 28th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair his two damaged valves; if they are unable to do so, they will implant artificial replacements. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $7500 to pay for surgery. Jean'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 Jean's family overseas. Jean said, "I am very excited to have this chance to get my heart fixed!"
Parani is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children. Last year, Parani fell into a fire and got burned around his chest and neck. The burn contractures limit his ability to move because of the tightening of the skin. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Parani receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him move his head easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Parani’s mother says, “Thank you very much for coming in and helping our son we had no means of affording his daily dressing he now needs a surgery which we can’t afford to please help.”
Fridah is a young woman from Kenya. She is the eldest of three children. Fridah has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Fridah traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 28. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Fridah's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be ale to walk easily. Fridah says, “I am praying to God that I can undergo surgery and resume my normal life and studies without pain.”
Saro is a farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter and four sons. She likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV. A year ago, Saro developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saro learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 4, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can recognize the faces of my family after the operation and see clearly."
Laitwell is a father to five and grandfather to 15 from Malawi. He is a farmer and enjoys chatting with his grandchildren in his free time. Since June 2018, Laitwell has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Laitwell's surgery. On October 16, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Laitwell's family is very supportive of this surgery and excited he will be feeling better soon. He says, "I am looking forward to resting and being free of pain after this surgery. Thank you."
Than Aye is a 45-year-old single woman from Burma. She lives with her friend in Kaw Bay Village, Kawkareik Township, Karen State, Burma. Four months ago, Than Aye has been experiencing cramps and pain in her lower abdomen. She has been diagnosed with uterine myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Than Aye's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Than Aye is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on October 2. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experiences cramps and pain, and she will be able to return to her work.
Ly Hour is a young man from Cambodia. He is an only child. He wants to be a doctor. He likes to read and play football. Two months ago, Ly was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left arm. It is difficult for him to move and use his arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 2, Ly Hour will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him use his arm freely again. He says, "I hope my arm doesn't hurt after the surgery and I can work."
Chantha is a food vendor from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and three grandkids. She likes to watch Thai films and listen to monks pray on the radio. A year ago, Chantha developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, photophobia, and headaches. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 9, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see everything clearly so I can continue my work as vendor and I can go to the pagoda to learn about Buddha."
Bor is a street food vendor from Cambodia. She has four sons and three daughters. She enjoys spending time with her girlfriends and neighbors. For the past ten years, Bor has developed osteoarthritis of the right hip and experiences a lot of pain. She cannot walk easily and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, Bor learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Bor of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 5, and Bor needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I hope after the operation, I am better and can walk without pain."