Stan joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stan's most recent donation traveled 2,600 miles to support Israel, a curious baby and animal lover from Colombia, to fund a polydactyly procedure so he can learn to walk.
Stan has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 9 countries.
Stan has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 9 countries.
Israel is a one-year-old baby from Colombia who loves animals. His mother came to Colombia from Venezuela to seek better opportunities, where she fell in love with a Colombian man who became Israel's father. Israel loves to play with cars and his dog. Even though he doesn't speak a lot yet, he is constantly looking for a phone to call his grandmother. Israel was born with polydactyly of both feet. This means that he has an extra toe on each foot, which prevents him from wearing shoes and walking normally. On August 17th, surgeons from our medical partner will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digits. Our medical partner, Clínica Noel, is requesting $799 to fund this procedure. After surgery, Israel will be able to start wearing shoes and learn to walk and run. His mother offered advice for other mothers in a similar situation to stay hopeful: “The only thing that worried me was to know if he was going to be able to walk normally and wear shoes. I would tell a mother whose son was just diagnosed with polydactyly to just calm down and let the doctors help her, fortunately, this is not a complex pathology and the treatment already exists.”
Mafuru is a happy and energetic four-year-old boy from Tanzania and the oldest child in a family of two children. Mafuru was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, which means that his legs bow inward and his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often comes from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he falls when walking or running and experiences pain in his knees that is more severe during cold weather. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Mafuru. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 4th and treatment will hopefully restore Mafuru's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Mafuru’s father shared, "I wish to see my son have the surgery so that he can lead a life free of disability."
Naing is a 46-year-old-man who lives with his mother, wife, sister, son and two daughters in Karen State in the border area of Burma. Naing used to work in a teashop as a baker but stopped four years ago when his health deteriorated. His son is also unemployed, unable to find work ever since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Burma more than a year ago. They all rely on Naing’s wife, who works as a vendor in the market, to get by. She earns about 150,000 kyat (approx. 150 USD) a month, which they shared is not enough to cover their household expenses. In 2014, Naing received surgery for a right inguinal hernia with the help of his employer. Then, four years ago in 2017, he noticed that he had a small lump on his left side. Over time, the small lump increased in size and shifted downwards, causing pain and discomfort that made it impossible for Naing to continue working at the teashop. Although Naing knew that he most likely is having another hernia, since he was experiencing the same symptoms as before, he did not have enough money to pay for surgery. Therefore, he tried to cope with the pain and discomfort without treatment. In June, Naing’s friend advised for him to go to Ananda Myitta Clinic, a charity clinic in his city to ask for help accessing treatment. Naing and his friend went to the clinic, where they talked to the founder. The founder then referred Naing to another organization called Health for All who help put him in touch with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance accessing surgery for his hernia. Naing said, “I would like to receive treatment for my hernia. If I’m cured, I can work again as a baker and our [household] income will increase. Now, only my wife works and we all depend on her.”
Munyantwari is an 18-year-old student from Uganda. He completed his secondary education and is waiting for the examination results so as to continue with the rest of his education. Munantwari lost his mother in 2018 and currently lives with his father and six siblings. His siblings are all in school, making it a major struggle for his father to meet all their expenses. The father trades in second-hand clothes to make ends meet. During Muyantwari's free time, he enjoys spending time with family. Six months ago, Munyantwari began to experience troubling symptoms, including abdominal pains. When he came to Rushoroza Hospital due to severe pain, he was diagnosed with appendicitis and had surgery recommended to prevent the symptoms from getting worse. The condition limits his work output at home, especially when doing domestic chores. However, with the struggles the father is going through, Munyantwari is afraid the cost might be too high for them to afford. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Munyantwari receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy on June 10th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284, and Munyantwari and his family need your support. Munyantwari shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I hope to resume and proceed with education comfortably for a better future.”
Oudam is a 6-year-old student and the only child in his family. Oudam's father works as a driver, while his mother is a corn farmer. His parents live far away for their jobs in order to be able to send money home to Oudam and his grandmother, who takes care of him. Oudam likes watching funny movies with his grandmother and helping her sell fish in the local villages. When Oudam recently lost a tooth, he placed it inside his ear and the tooth accidentally fell inside his ear canal. Within two days, he was experiencing pain, hearing loss, discharge, and tension in his right ear. Oudam needs to have the object removed in order to heal the discomfort he is feeling and regain his hearing. Oudam and his grandmother traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 19th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, will remove the mass from his ear. Now, Oudam's family needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Oudam's grandmother shared, "We hope the tooth can be removed so his pain will stop."
Saly is a 53-year-old rice farmer with one daughter, four sons, and five grandchildren. Saly lives with her eldest son since her husband passed away 10 years ago. Her son is also a farmer. In her free time, Saly enjoys listening to traditional music on the radio. Five years ago, Saly developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Saly shared, "I want to be able to plant crops and rice again and take care of my grandchildren better with clear vision."
Mao is an elderly farmer with one daughter, two sons, and many grandchildren. Mao lives with his wife and their youngest daughter who works as a tailor. Nowadays, Mao does not farm so much anymore due to his age and poor vision. He mostly stays home to help look after his grandchildren. Five years ago, Mao developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour with his son seeking treatment. On March 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his Right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Mao said, "I hope my surgery goes well. When I can see better afterwards, then I want to plant some vegetables around my house that I can sell to earn money for my family."
Kao is a 60-year-old Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Kao lives with her daughter, who is a farmer. When Kao is not selling cakes in her village, she enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to monks pray. Five years ago, Kao developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itching, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kao learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her niece seeking treatment. On November 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Kao shared, "My business depends on my vision, if I can see well then my business will also be well."
Rotanak is a 14-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his two sisters and his parents who are farmers. Rotanak is in 7th grade and his favorite subject is math. When he is not in school or helping look after his sisters, Rotanak loves to visit the rice field and play football with his friends. One month ago, Rotanak developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst in the tear gland, in his left eye. This is causing him swelling, itchiness, tearing, and discomfort with his appearance. It is hard for him to see and study properly in school. Rotanak traveled for four hours with his mother to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On February 15th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Rotanak's symptoms should improve. His family needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Rotanak shared, "I hope my eyelid heals and I won't have to worry about it anymore so I can go to school without problems. When I grow up I want to be a teacher!"
Samich is a sixteen-year-old student. He has two brothers and one sister. His father is a construction worker and his mother farms rice. He is in grade nine at school and shared that his favorite courses are mathematics and literature. He told us he would like to become a doctor when he grows up. Samich has recently developed nasal polyps in his sinuses. These obstructions make it difficult to breath, and put him at higher risk of chronic infections that cause high fever. Left untreated, Samich would experience persistent pain and irritation. He would miss school more often and his family would have to spend their limited income for medicine and treatment. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) can perform a nasal polypectomy procedure, and remove the polyps. After the procedure, Samich will able to breath normally and will no longer be at risk of any infection in his nose. Samich's mother shared, "I hope that he can have this nose problem stopped quickly, so that he can breath easily, have no pain, and continue his studying for his dream of being a doctor."
Htun is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his aunt, uncle, three cousins, and a cousin-in-law in a town in Tak Province. Htun is in eighth grade and goes to a Burmese migrant school. Htun has two older brothers who work in a factory in Bangkok. They support Htun occasionally by sending money to Htun's aunt. His aunt, his older pregnant cousin, and his cousin-in-law are homemakers. His two other cousins are students at a Thai school, while his uncle is a farmer who grows rice and corn. Htun's uncle earns a living as a farmer and delivery driver. In his free time, Htun likes to draw cartoons and play cane ball with his friends. On June 8th 2020, Htun was driving back home on his motorbike after visiting his friend. While driving home it began to rain and he fell, landing on his left wrist. Currently, Htun cannot move his wrist and it is swollen and painful. Although he took pain medication, it has not helped him. At night, he feels uncomfortable and cannot sleep well because of the pain. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htun will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 3 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Htun will be able to move his wrist and will no longer be in pain. Htun and his family need your help to fund the cost of this surgery. Htun shared, “I am very sad and worry that my hand will not be normal after surgery. In the future, I want to become a famous can ball player."
Blessed is a 7-year-old boy from Kenya. Blessed’s parents are both casual laborers and his mother stopped working so that she could take care of Blessed. His father is not able to raise enough as his work is not reliable. Blessed underwent an earlier colostomy procedure, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may need closure. In Blessed's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $681 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Blessed. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 12th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Blessed’s mother says, “I just can’t wait to see Blessed treated and playing like other kids.”