Andrew joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Andrew's most recent donation supported Dumervil, a farmer from Haiti, to treat her breast cancer.
Andrew has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 10 countries.
Andrew has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 10 countries.
Meet Dorzeide! Dorzeide is 59-years-old and lives in Haiti with her husband and her six children. Dorzeide and her family run a small farm in the countryside, but she has not been able to work in the field since her diagnosis of breast cancer. Due to her cancer, she often experiences severe pains in her abdomen and joints, as well as pain near the site of her tumor. Dorzeide and her family do not make enough money from their farm to pay for her treatment. By raising just $1500, doctors will be able to perform surgery to remove her mass and Dorzeide will receive the chemotherapy that she needs. Watsi’s medical partners are confident that this treatment will help stop the spread of Dorzeide’s cancer and will have an extremely positive impact on her quality of life. Lets all come together for Dorzeide and her family!
This little fellow is three-day-old Juma. He is his parents’ first-born child. Juma was born with an exposed mass on the lower part of his back, part of a condition called spina bifida. The mass reduces blood supply to his spinal nerves and causes damage to his spinal cord. Doctors say that if it continues to grow, Juma may develop a curved spine (scoliosis) and incontinence. He is also at increased risk of infection because of the exposed mass. Juma’s mother, Miriam, is a housewife, and his father, Nickson, supports the family by working in a clinic in Nairobi. Their income is very meager, and they have had trouble raising the funds required for Juma’s surgery. Juma’s mother says, “The last three days have been so difficult since Juma was delivered. My prayer and hope is that he will get treatment, and I hope we’ll get support for his treatment.” For $980, Juma will receive surgery to close the mass on his back. He will be at a reduced risk of infection and nerve damage. Let’s support baby Juma and his parents, Miriam and Nickson, as they start their life together as a healthy family!
Meet Jeronima, a 64-year-old woman from Guatemala who is living with cataracts that cloud her vision. Eye health is the final frontier for many diabetic patients (Jeronima has had diabetes for several years), and she now has a new health challenge to overcome. Jeronima's doctor says she is very motivated when it comes to her health and meticulously follows any directions he gives her. For $1500, Jeronima will receive bilateral cataract surgery that will dramatically improve her vision. She comes from a poor family who speak only the indigenous language, Kaqchikel Maya (not Spanish, which can make navigating Guatemala's health system a challenge). She is unable to afford the treatment on her own, but we can help Jeronima regain her eyesight, independence, and quality of life!
Meet Frantzia! She's a one-year-old girl from Haiti who, at just three months old, was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by buildup of fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus causes life-threatening swelling of the skull, facial distortion, and is usually fatal when left untreated. Frantzia’s mother has spent years struggling to rebuild her small business in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. Frantzia’s health problems have forced her mother to stop working entirely to care for her only child, limiting her financial resources in the face of increasing medical costs. For $1,260, Frantzia will receive life-altering surgery that will point her in the direction of healthy development. Her mother’s greatest wish is to see her child develop without deformities. This surgery will also allow Frantzia's mother to return to work and afford to send Frantzia to school. Let's help to make this a reality for them!
When Neema was just ten years old, she developed a swelling mass on her neck which continued to grow in size until she had to seek medical attention. Although doctors identified the mass as a benign tumor, she underwent surgery to remove the tumor because it was causing her pain and difficulty swallowing. Since then, Neema has had several small surgeries to slow the growth of the mass, but it has continued to grow in size. Neema still lives with her family and her health issues have put a great strain on their wellbeing. Her father earns money as a day laborer while her mother cares for Neema's siblings. Neema can no longer attend school, or speak and eat easily because of the painful tumor but she cannot afford any more treatments. For $1500, Neema will receive an operation to remove the entire tumor. This surgery will allow Neema to eat and speak without pain and finally return to school. She says that once she is better, she wants to become a teacher and give back to her family for supporting her so much.
Ibrahim is in the fourth grade. Growing up in Tanzania, it's no surprise that he loves soccer. Despite the fact that he was born with club foot, a condition which causes his foot to angle inwards and makes it painful for him to walk or run, Ibrahim loves playing soccer with his friends and wants to be able to keep up with them. Ibrahim's condition is easily treatable. His doctors say that simple surgery will rectify his malformation and allow him to play soccer, walk, and run normally. They caution that if left untreated, he could develop a painful condition called osteoarthritis. But Ibrahim's parents are small-scale farmers and cannot afford the $700 procedure. Ibrahim wants to lead an active life. “I would like to work one day as a hunter," he says. With our support, Ibrahim will have access to the medical care he needs to walk, run, and be mobile like everyone else.
Bartolina is a 38-year-old Mayan woman living in Guatemala. She went to the doctor because of severe pain and swelling in her chest and arm, and it turns out she has a large cyst inside her breast. Bartolina is unable to work because of the pain the cyst is causing, and needs medical attention immediately. She cannot afford follow-up care to remove the cyst and determine whether or not it's cancerous. We need to raise $1050 to remove Bartolina's cyst and relieve her pain. The cost of Bartolina's treatment includes transportation to and from the health facility, all necessary medications, and follow-up radiology and pathology tests.
Alex is a fast-growing, bright boy living in Guatemala. He has a speech problem that if left untreated, his doctors say will lead to permanent language problems and difficulty in school. Alex’s problem is common and easily treatable in most developed countries. However, in Guatemala, the absence of pediatric care and speech therapy makes access to treatment nearly impossible. Doctors at Wuqu' Kawoq can ensure Alex receives six months of intensive speech therapy. They have an amazing therapist on staff who is excited to work with Alex. Let’s get Alex talking normally so he has the resources to succeed in the world!
At only three-years-old, Queen is already proving she’s a champ. After suffering from persistent fevers as a baby, Queen was taken to a hospital where she ended up having surgery for hydrocephalus, a medical condition in which the abnormal accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain causes swelling and painful headaches from the increased pressure in the head. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can lead to brain damage, a loss in mental and physical abilities, and even death. With early diagnosis and timely treatment, however, most children recover successfully and go on to lead normal lives. Queen was treated with an internal shunt (a small tube placed in her brain to drain fluid), but it has already needed two replacements. An external shunt will have fewer complications and potentially save Queen's life. With our help, doctors at CURE Zambia can perform a stunt revision and make sure Queen is a hydrocephalus success story!
James is an 18-year-old who never had surgical correction of a knee problem caused by cerebral palsy. This correction is normally done to improve mobility at a young age, but James had never been operated on. James' providers at CURE International were curious why this surgery had never happened, and they discovered that James is an orphan. He needs assistance with the financial side of the surgery, as he does not have family support. James' surgery will cost $1000, and will allow him to walk more easily. Let's help this young man get moving!
Caroline lives in Kenya. She has a positive attitude and is determined to overcome the challenges that have been thrown her way. After having polio when she was three, Caroline has a foot deformity. The deformity restricts the mobility of her foot, making it impossible for her to walk normally. Caroline's condition impacts her ability to keep up in school and make progress toward the bright future she aspires to. For $1,000, Caroline can undergo surgery to correct her foot deformity. Her doctors say that with surgery and physical therapy, Caroline will be able to walk, enabling her to succeed in school and live a healthy life.
Pemphero is a sweet girl whose parents want her to live a normal, healthy life. She is at the age where she is beginning to want to walk and run, but a medical condition threatens to prevent her from being able to live an active life. Pemphero was born with bowed legs, a condition which causes her legs to turn inward and makes it difficult for her to walk. Her parents are worried that without treatment, Pemphero will miss out on opportunities that her peers will have in school, work, and adult life. Pemphero lives in Malawi, where 74% of people live on less than $1.25 a day. CURE International can perform surgery to treat her condition, but her parents cannot afford to pay for her care. We hope to raise the $1000 needed to cover the cost of Pemphero’s treatment and enable her to live a happy, active life.