Paul joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Paul's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Mbaine, a casual laborer from Uganda, to fund a mass removal.
Paul has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 12 countries.
Paul has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 12 countries.
Mbaine is a casual laborer from Uganda. He is single with 11 siblings who are all not employed. Mbaine's parents are small scale farmers and earn very little from their farm. Mbaine reported with a progressive swelling around the left thigh for the last 2 years. He feels irritation and redness when he walks and his thighs rub together. Mbaine traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 17th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mbaine needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Mbaine says, “I am hopeful that since I am I your hands, my health will be restored and I continue to hustle with life through casual labor.”
Kafuti is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He is an old married father to 12 children. Both Kafuti and the wife are small scale farmers and can’t afford the costs of his surgery. Kafuti came in presenting with a swelling at the right elbow around the joint. He is not able to use his right arm and experiences disfigurement Kafuti traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 17, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kafuti needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Zafuti says, “I hope to get better so that I may continue farming with my surgery.”
Agness is a sweet two-year-old girl from Tanzania who was badly burned by an open fire. Because of the burns, her skin has tightened and thickened creating a contracture, making it impossible for Agness to walk and properly use her left arm. Agness’ parents love their daughter very much. They say they pray for a miracle that will enable her to walk and use her hand in the future. Agness’ parents have been struggling to support their family with food and other necessities. Paying for the expensive surgery Agness needs is unimaginable for them. For $505, we can fund Agness’ surgery so she will enjoy near-full mobility as she grows up!
Luis is a seven-year-old boy who was born without a left arm. In Guatemala, where he lives, there are limited resources for children who need prosthetics, so he’s never had the opportunity to experience life with the use of both hands. Fortunately, we can change that. The specialists at our Guatemalan medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, are ready to outfit Luis with an "Open Socket" arm, a new generation of prosthetic device that allows for a custom fit that can be adjusted as the patient grows. Young children like Luis often have an advantage over adults when it comes to getting a new prosthetic because their neurological functions and habits are still forming. Our medical partner expects that Luis will adapt quickly to his new arm, and may even be capable of eating with a fork and writing as using the device becomes second nature. They predict that Luis’s story will be “the heartwarming case of the month.” For $940, we can help give Luis more than a piece of equipment, but a brighter and more productive future!
Jacob is a giggly baby boy from Tanzania who was born with clubfeet. Due to his condition, Jacob has difficulty standing and is missing important development milestones. Without treatment, Jacob will have difficulty walking without pain. Jacob's mother and father are farmers. They work hard, but they are barely able to provide for the basic needs of their seven children, let alone medical care for Jacob. “We wish to see our son able to walk like the rest of our children and grow up to have a good life,” Jacob's parents say. For $500, we can fund Jacob’s surgery and the serial casting he needs to correct his clubfeet, giving him a chance to grow up normally.
Chaka is a 27-year-old student from Mali whose spine was fractured in a tragic mining accident. Chaka lives in Mali with his brother while pursuing a degree in Sociology. He dreams of one day having a job that will allow him to serve others and support his family. In the meantime, Chaka sometimes takes on extra work to help his brother with household expenses. He recently spent a school break mining gold in a small village. A landslide occurred where he was mining, and Chaka was caught in the middle. The incident left him with a fractured spine and paralyzed legs. Doctors at our medical partner in Mali believe Chaka's paralysis is reversible. They say that with surgery, there's a good chance he will walk again. However, the $1,500 treatment is more than Chaka and his family could ever dream of paying. Let's help Chaka receive the surgery he needs to get on the road to recovery!
Hari is a 15-year-old boy from Nepal who has already dealt with circumstances that would daunt people twice his age. Hari used to live with his siblings and parents, but economic constraints led him to drop out of school in the eighth grade, move away from home, and seek work as a construction laborer. Work became difficult for Hari when an ear infection he had lived with for years worsened. The infection is now a constant source of pain - impairing his hearing and causing fevers. He needs surgery to treat the infection, but just traveling to a hospital that could perform this kind of complex procedure requires more money than Hari would make in years. Doctors at Nyaya Health say that if Hari's ear is left untreated, he could lose his hearing altogether. Let's raise $1,015 to cover the cost of Hari's accompanied referral for surgery and help him move forward with his life.
Daniel is a 15-year-old boy from Haiti with throat cancer. Before the tumor emerged on his neck, Daniel loved going to school and playing soccer and marbles with his friends. When his tumor got large enough, Daniel dropped out of school because he was embarrassed. Now, he is too weak to attend school. He is losing weight because he can't eat normally with the painful tumor in his neck. He also coughs constantly and has trouble hearing. "Daniel needs help to get over this illness," his mother says. "I want him to go back to school to learn to read because I didn't have the chance to do that." With our support, Daniel and his mother will leave his six older sisters behind and, with the help of Project Medishare, travel to the Dominican Republic to seek treatment. The cost of treatment includes their passports and visas, transportation, expenses of radiation therapy, and food and a place to stay for the duration of Daniel's treatment.
Mebrat is a playful four-year-old girl from Ethiopia. She has Cushing Syndrome, a condition caused by a tumor that results in abnormally high hormone levels, high blood pressure, and deformed body shape due to lack of proportional fat deposition. Our medical partner in Ethiopia marked this case as urgent. They write that Mebrat's condition could lead to dangerous systemic infection if it's not treated immediately. Her tumor will be removed within 24 hours under the assumption that Watsi donors are funding her care. They expect this will completely resolve her condition. Mebrat comes from a poor family. The most her parents could do was to bring her to a district hospital. They hope their child will recover and return to normal, healthy life. "Mebrat is very smart," her father says. "I hope that she will get well and be able to go back to school." For $1,500, we can fund surgery to remove the tumor and allow Mebrat to return to normal life as a playful kid.
Francisca is a friendly K’ichee’ speaking woman from central Guatemala. She has a large nodule on her thyroid gland that is preventing her from swallowing normally and causing significant pain. Francisca has already consulted with many doctors about her case, but she needs special treatment using a thyroid needle aspiration to remove her nodule. Francisca is unable to afford the necessary treatment without outside help. For $1,000, we can fund Francisca’s surgery so she can get back to living a healthy, pain-free life!
Rahel is the oldest of four children and lives with her family in Tanzania. She helps her mother around the house while her father works as a security guard to support their family. Rahel is like any other 13-year-old girl: she's in the sixth grade, is doing her best at school and loves playing with her friends. What sets Rahel apart from her friends is a deformity in her right knee. She walks with an abnormal gait, and if left untreated, she could develop osteoarthritis - a serious joint disorder. Rahel's family can barely cover their day-to-day expenses, so she needs our help to raise the $400 for corrective surgery. Let's work together to raise the money to give Rahel a chance to stand tall!
At a little over a year old, Malik is adorable in his USA sweater. Unfortunately, Malik's testes are impalpable – a condition that, if not treated, can lead to infertility and undetected cancer. Malik is cared for by his mother, a domestic helper and single parent. As the household's only breadwinner, Malik's mother doesn't make enough money to afford the $500 orchidopexy surgery that Malik needs. Malik's mother dreams of seeing her son grow into a healthy adult. Let's turn that dream into a reality by helping Malik lead a long life, free from the worry of testicular malignancy.