Nathan joined Watsi on October 29th, 2016. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nathan's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Elias, a baby boy from Tanzania, to fund hydrocephalus treatment.
Nathan has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.
Nathan has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.
Elias is a five-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is the first and only child to his parents, who love him dearly. His mother is a tailor, and his father is a construction worker. Three months ago, Elias's mother began noticing that his head was swelling and that he was becoming irritable and sick. She took Elias to a local hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with acquired hydrocephalus, a condition that occurs when a tumor, injury, or disease blocks the absorption of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause severe physical and cognitive defects and become life-threatening. On July 12, Elias will receive a endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) insertion, which will create an opening to allow cerebrospinal fluid to flow in and around the brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to fund the treatment. “I am grateful for the help," said Elias's mother. "I cannot wait for my child to get better.”
Olivier is a three-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives with his mother, father, grandparents, and three older siblings. He likes to dress up and to go to church with his mother. Olivier was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which means there is a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage of one of his heart valves. This condition prevents oxygen from fully circulating through his body, leaving him weak and short of breath. Olivier will fly to the Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 27, he will undergo cardiac surgery. This $12,000 surgery is subsidized by Have a Heart Cayman Islands. Olivier'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 Olivier's family overseas. His mother says, "We have been praying ever since we learned about Olivier's heart problem that one day he could have surgery. We would like to thank everyone who has helped answer our prayers!"
Lester is a 12-year-old student and older brother from the Philippines. He has experienced painful abdominal symptoms since he was a baby. Although he loves to play outdoors, the pain sometimes prevents him from doing so. Persistent symptoms have caused Lester to miss long periods of school. Lester's parents work as laborers on a nearby farm, but their income is limited. They could not afford to bring Lester to a doctor. Fortunately, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, visited their community. Lester's parents took the opportunity to get Lester a medical consultation and laboratory tests. Lester was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, a condition in which intestinal tissue protrudes through the groin. He is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 11. After surgery, Lester will return to school full-time and resume his childhood. The surgery will cost $1,098. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon's fees, one night stay in the hospital, the use of an operating theater, and medication. "We are so blessed that Lester was given a chance to be treated," says Lester's mother. "He is a good child and an industrious one. He is very loving to us, his parents. He really deserves this treatment, but because of our financial status we cannot afford the surgery. Thank you for helping us and my son."
Hilda is a 17-month-old baby girl who loves playing with her toy pig and running around with her older siblings. Her mother takes care of the household, and her father works as a day laborer. Hilda is experiencing symptoms of malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too few calories and nutrients. Hilda has little energy to grow and gets sick frequently. Malnutrition places Hilda at risk of chronic illnesses and low IQ. Fortunately, malnutrition is highly treatable, and Hilda will receive treatment on January 12. Treatment involves growth monitoring, nutrient supplementation, and family nutrition education. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is asking for $437 to help fund treatment. Hilda's mother is very thankful for everyone's help. She says, "We don't have the resources to keep giving treatment to my daughter. It pains me to see her sick, because she does not play anymore, and in the health center they told me she has not grown. I am thankful for the help my daughter will receive from you all. God bless you."
Kosal is currently ten years old and in the fifth grade. At home, he has two older brothers. Like any boy his age, he enjoys watching TV, reading books, and playing games. When he was five years old, Kosal developed an infection in his left ear. He did not receive treatment, and eventually the infection to spread to his right ear. He has now been diagnosed with chronic otitis media, or inflammation in his middle ear, which has caused both of his eardrums to rupture. As a result, he commonly experiences fluid discharge from his ears, hearing loss, and tinnitus, or the perception of a ringing or buzzing sound in the easr. After finding out about the care that our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), could provide, Kosal and his mother traveled over three hours by taxi so that he could have surgery at CSC on August 30, 2016. There, ENT surgeons successfully performed a myringotomy procedure in Kosal's right ear to treat the infection and drain the fluid in the middle ear. On his left side, however, a cholesteatoma, or abnormal skin growth, has formed. Kosal is scheduled to undergo another procedure on January 5. Our medical partner, CSC, is requesting $842 to pay for the required mastoidectomy surgery to remove the chloesteatoma. Kosal hopes to continue school without any hearing problems. He says, "I hope that I can hear clearly because I want to become a teacher."
Rebecca is a four-month-old girl from Uganda. Her mother passed away shortly after her birth. Therefore, Rebecca was never breastfed. She has always had difficulty digesting formula, but her condition has grown worse recently. Rebecca has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. Rebecca lives with her grandmother, Maria, and her four-year-old brother. Maria walked three hours carrying Rebecca to the hospital from their remote village for treatment. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, Rebecca will begin her malnutrition treatment on January 9. Acute malnutrition is very treatable. Therapeutic milk products and micronutrients will help Rebecca recover. Treatment will enable her gain weight and strengthen her immune system. Maria provides for her family by growing food on her own land. She also weaves mats in her spare time for extra income. She is a window and has difficulty supporting her grandchildren. She cannot afford the hospital and treatment fees. She needs $316 to fund this treatment. “I appreciate so much the help for my granddaughter," says Maria. "I want her to grow strong, so she can go to school when she is older."
Marlon is a three-month-old boy from Guatemala. His mother is having trouble producing breastmilk. For this reason, Marlon is not receiving adequate amounts of protein, calories, or nutrients. When he cries from hunger, his mother gives him sugar water or asks neighbors to breastfeed him. Without adequate nutrition, Marlon is at risk of developmental delays. Fortunately, he began nutritional treatment on December 22. Marlon lives with his family in a one-room adobe house. His father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops on a local plantation. His mother takes care of Marlon and his sisters and weaves traditional Mayan textiles. Despite wanting the best for their son, Marlon's parents cannot afford the expensive formula he needs. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,107 to fund his treatment. Marlon's treatment will be simple and effective. He will receive formula, which will give him the protein, calories, and nutrients he needs to grow and develop. His mother will receive in-home nutrition education, so she will learn low-cost ways to prevent future cases of malnutrition. Marlon's immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
Samnang is ten years old and in the fourth grade. He has three sisters and one brother. He likes to play games and watch animated movies on TV. Samnang had a laceration on his left heel, which made it difficult for him to flex his foot downward. Though his tendon was still intact, he felt pain when he walked on his left foot. When Samnang's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), the family traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On December 13, surgeons at CSC performed an achilles tendon repair surgery to help Samnang walk easily again. CSC is requesting $450 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my son can walk better and without pain," says Samnang's mother.
Wendy is an eight-month-old girl from Guatemala. Her family cannot afford to give her a nutritious diet filled with protein, calories, and nutrients. She has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Wendy began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Wendy loves to eat scrambled eggs, smile at everyone, and play with her stuffed animals. She is the first child to two loving parents. They live in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, while her mother works at home. They cannot afford this $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Wendy recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Wendy a chance to grow healthy and strong.
Darvin is an 18-month-old boy from Guatemala. His parents have trouble affording foods rich in calories, protein, and nutrients. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Darvin began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Darvin lives with his family in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. He is always playing soccer, and his mother thinks he will become a famous soccer player. His father works as a day laborer on a bean plantation, and his mother weaves traditional Mayan textiles. They cannot afford this $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Darvin recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Darvin a chance to grow healthy and strong. "I am so content to be able to receive food supplements for my son, so I can feed him better," says Darvin's mother. "That way he can be a little boy that grows and develops well!"
Sokha is a 48-year-old rice farmer. She likes to watch Khmer dramas, the news, and other networks on TV. Seven months ago, Sokha developed blurred vision, cloudy lenses, and sensitivity to light in both eyes. It became difficult for her to see clearly, do her work, or travel independently. She and her sister traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for further evaluation. Sokha's doctors diagnosed her with cataracts, and they recommended surgical intervention. On October 28, she underwent a phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. This procedure should restore her vision to full clarity. The procedure, supplies, drugs, and four days of inpatient care costs $292. "I hope I will see more clearly," says Sokha, "so that I can continue my work and go places without needing to bother others to take care of me." Sokha's sister adds, "I hope my sister can see clearly, so that I won't have to worry about her potential vision loss anymore."
Milvia was born only a week ago--but was premature. Milvia is also a twin--a surprise her parents got when they were born! Unfortunately her and her sister Yolanda are both underweight, and her mother is having trouble producing breastmilk--leaving both babies with dangerous weight loss and failure to grow. Without sufficient breastmilk during this delicate time, Milvia's brain development could be permanently affected, she could be at risk of seizures because of hormonal imbalances due to her mother giving her sugar water, and if she gets sick now, it could be life-threatening. Milvia and her sister are constantly crying because they are hungry--making her whole family distressed and feeling powerless to help their daughters. Milvia lives with her 6 brothers and sisters and her parents in a humble home made of adobe with a tin roof. Millie's mother weaves typical Mayan textiles to make money at home while taking care of her children. Her father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops for long hours. Between the two of them, they bring in only a couple dollars per day for the whole family--nowhere near enough to purchase the life-saving formula she and her sister need. Despite being dangerous, this condition is incredibly easy to treat. Milvia will be enrolled on November 16 to receive formula and her parents will receive nutritional education, giving Milvia the treatment she needs now to grow big and strong, and giving her family the tools to recognize and prevent future cases of malnutrition. Her mother said, "I hope that my daughters grow big and healthy without health problems. I want to see my daughters grow to be healthy, intelligent, and in the long term be able to study."