Jessica joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jessica's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Mark Justin, a five-year-old boy from Philippines, to treat his malnutrition.
Jessica has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 12 countries.
Jessica has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 12 countries.
Mark Justin is a five-year-old boy and kindergarten-student who loves to play. He lives in a small house with his parents and three siblings. Mark Justin's father is a tricycle driver who has an small daily income for the whole family. His mother suffers from hypertension and anemia. Mark Justin is suffering from malnutrition. He needs treatment to regain his health and strength, as well as prevent future complications. Watsi medical partner International Care Ministries' (ICM) Home-Based Feeding program will provide Mark Justin with nutrient enriched food packs to ensure he gets additional food to regain normal weight, and achieve optimum physical and mental development. Staff and community volunteers will make weekly visits to monitor Mark Justin's progress. To help sustain his health, ICM's professional staff will educate his parents about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening. $268 will cover the costs of the care Mark Justin needs. Let's help raise the funds! Mark Justin says, "I want to help my parents when I grow up."
Bunthoeun is an 11-year-old boy from Cambodia who's currently in fifth grade. He has three siblings - two sisters and a brother. Bunthoeun is a quiet kid who likes to learn. "He enjoys staying at home, reading books, and working on his writing for school," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). "Bunthoeun developed a mass on his nose that is slowly growing," CSC reports. The cyst causes him mild pain and is uncomfortable. In hopes of getting his cyst treated, Bunthoeun travelled three hours with his mom to reach one of CSC's treatment centers. For $224, we can fund an excision surgery to remove the mass on his nose, making him more comfortable.
AJ Michael is an eight-month-old baby boy from the Philippines, and his parent's first child. His father works as a farmer, while his mother stays home and takes care of him. They live in a house made of wood and have electricity and water access. AJ Michael is suffering from malnutrition. He needs treatment to regain his health and strength, as well as prevent future complications. Watsi medical partner International Care Ministries' (ICM) Home-Based Feeding program will provide AJ Michael with nutrient enriched food packs to ensure he gets additional food to regain normal weight, and achieve optimum physical and mental development. Staff and community volunteers will make weekly visits to monitor AJ Michael's progress. To help sustain his health, ICM's professional staff will educate his parents about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening. $268 will cover the costs of the care AJ Michael needs. Let's help raise the funds!
Reckmar is a two-year old boy from the Philippines. He lives in a small house with his farmer parents. As an infant, Reckmar was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an excessive build-up of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, which puts harmful pressure on the brain. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause permanent brain damage, affecting both physical and mental development. Because of his condition, Reckmar only stays at home with his mother, interacting by tickling and making faces. Reckmar is now suffering from malnutrition and needs treatment to regain his health and strength, as well as prevent future complications. Watsi medical partner International Care Ministries's (ICM) Home-Based Feeding program will provide Reckmar with nutrient enriched food packs to ensure he gets additional food to regain normal weight, and achieve optimum physical and mental development. Staff and community volunteers will make weekly visits to monitor Reckmar's progress. To help sustain his health, ICM's professional staff will educate his parents about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening. $268 will cover the costs of the care Reckmar needs. Let's help raise the funds!
Kim Seng is a 7-year-old second grader from Cambodia with two sisters. He likes to stay at home, watch movies on TV, and draw pictures. Kim Seng's mother heard about CSC from people in their village. He traveled with his mother for three hours to reach CSC for treatment. Kim Seng received a poorly administered injection in his left thigh about four years ago. This caused his thigh muscles to contract and the tissue to scar. Now Kim Seng cannot bend his leg. Surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure on his left leg to release the contracted muscle tissue and allow him to walk easily. Kim Seng says, "After the operation, I hope I can walk properly and without pain."
Try is a 70-year-old moto taxi driver from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, four daughters, and nine grandchildren. He enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV. One year ago, Try developed a cataract in each eye. This causes him blurred vision and cloudy lenses. He can't see clearly or do his work well. For $292, Try will undergo cataract surgery in both eyes. After the surgeries in each eye, Try will be able to see clearly again.
Josue is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and brothers. His father works in a grocery store, and his mother works at home taking care of Josue and his siblings. Josue's mother is pregnant, so he loves to talk to his mother's belly, he says he gets kicks in return. Josue is suffering from severe strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), which requires surgery to repair. Since he cannot control the direction of both of his eyes, he has double vision and a hard time with depth perception. His mother is worried that he will not be able to attend school if he does not have his strabismus repaired, and is fearful that he will never be able to read or play sports with the other kids. Although his parents work hard to give Josue the best they can, they cannot afford an expensive surgery like Josue's. $1,500 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Josue needs to correct his strabismus. This will give Josue improved vision, allowing him to be more independent. His mother will no longer have to worry if he will be able to attend school, read, or play with the other children once his strabismus is corrected. Josue's parents said, "We feel a great satisfaction to be able to get our son into surgery. We are very appreciative for the support, since it will help our little one grow up with good self-esteem."
Three-year-old Nimrod lives with his older sisters and his parents in Guatemala. Since his parents work, his older sisters take care of him. His father works as a gardener, and his mother works at home, taking care of Nimrod and his family. Nimrod is suffering from strabismus - he has double vision, and a difficult time with depth perception. Although he has tried non-surgical treatment with glasses, this has not been effective. His mother is worried that he will not be able to attend school if he does not have his eyes repaired, and is fearful that he will never be able to read or play sports with the other kids. Although Nimrod's parents both work hard, they barely have enough money to sustain the family, and give everyone food, clothes, and other essentials, making an expensive surgery like Nimrod's impossible for them to pay for on their own. Nimrod's favorite toy is his little toy car, which he loves to play with when he isn't listening to music with his sisters. For $1486, we can fund the strabismus correction surgery that Nimrod needs. This treatment will give Nimrod the opportunity to have improved vision, which will allow him to be more independent. His mother will no longer have to worry if he will be able to attend school, read, and play with the other children once his strabismus is corrected. Surgery will improve Nimrod's quality of life, and give him the chance to be a successful student. "I dream that he can have better vision, and that everything goes well," Nimrod's sister shares. "May God bless the people that are going to pay for this treatment for my brother. We love our little brother so much."
This is Innocent. He is four years old, and lives with his father and two siblings in Uganda. Innocent is malnourished. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, explains, “Innocent was referred to the hospital by a community health nurse because of his malnutrition. He is lethargic, has edema and diarrhea.” Innocent’s father, Joseph, is a widower, and struggles to raise his three children on his own. He works as a farm laborer, and was initially reluctant to bring Innocent to the hospital for fear of the cost of treatment. Luckily, we can help. For $375, Innocent will receive treatment to restore his good health. He will be able to maintain his health in the future if he is able to receive nutritious food. The Kellermann Foundation told us that Joseph was greatly relieved when he found out about Watsi, and it gave him the motivation to bring Innocent in for treatment. Joseph shared, “I would like to thank everyone for supporting health care for my children. It is a great blessing.”
Lemmy is the firstborn son of his parents, who anxiously anticipated his arrival. When they received their newborn son with a leaking mass on his back, they were very concerned. Lemmy was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition his parents had neither heard of nor ever seen. Spina bifida refers to a leaking mass of cerebrospinal fluid on his lower spinal region. Coming from the Nairobi suburbs in Kenya, three-week old Lemmy is the only child to his parents. When he was born, his mother was in such a worried state that the health team had to calm her down and reassure her that there is hope for her son. Eventually, she was able to settle down and she sought treatment for her son. The answers were found in the form of surgery, one they cannot afford. Lemmy’s father works as a casual labourer by harvesting macadamia nuts in other people's farms and struggles to make ends meet, while Lemmy’s mother takes the best care she can of their precious son in their single rental house they call home. If not treated, Lemmy is likely to develop spine complications such as kyphosis or scoliosis. He is also at a risk of developing infection through the open defect on his back. Fortunately, we can help. $805 will fund the spina bifida closure surgery that he needs. “Lemmy being our first and only child, I hope that his surgery will be possible and it will be successful so that he can have a chance of living a normal and happy life," his mother shared.
Nine-month-old Edgar is the first child to two loving parents. His father works in a pharmacy and his mother works taking care of him, cooking, and cleaning. Edgar has a rare genetic disease that makes him unable to convert glycogen into glucose, the form of sugar that his body can use as fuel. This has made him have chronically low blood sugar, leaving his brain and body severely starved of energy, making it likely he will get seizures if he does not receive treatment. Doctors diagnosed him with glycogen storage disease type I, meaning that he needs to consume high levels of simple sugars in order to prevent seizures and give his brain and body the energy it needs to develop. Although he is currently 9 months old, doctors say that he is developmentally only about 3 months old-- he is unable to sit up or eat on his own. Without intense support, Edgar's life is in danger, and he could face permanent developmental delays. Although Edgar's parents work hard, they do not have the resources to provide Edgar with the sugar-rich supplements he needs to maintain high levels of blood sugar. The hospital subsidized his feeding tube, but did not provide his parents with any training about the best way to care for their child, to get genetic counseling, to provide him with therapy to improve his development, or offer them long-term support for this serious disease. They feel lost and are worried about their son's well-being. Fortunately, we can help. $1,385.00 will fund the treatment Edgar needs. The treatment will give Edgar and his parents the medical and support they need to give Edgar the best life possible. Edgar will receive comprehensive genetic diagnostic testing to confirm his diagnosis. He will receive an MRI to see if his condition has caused any permanent brain damage, allowing our medical team to give him personalized care. His parents will receive intense education to ensure they know how to best care for Edgar. Without this treatment, Edgar is at an extremely high risk for seizures, and permanent developmental delays. "I hope my son can come out ahead, live a normal life and be a good man one day," his mother shares.
Three weeks ago, Saviour, a beautiful little girl, was born. She had a leaking cystic mass on her lower spinal region. Due to the risks associated with Saviour’s condition, her mother was advised to seek for specialized treatment immediately. According to her mother, Saviour sleeps a lot and feeds fairly well. Saviour’s mother is a college student while her father neglected the responsibility of taking care of their baby. Saviour and her mother solely depend on Saviour's grandparents who are subsistence farmers. The family lives in a three roomed house in the Western region of Kenya. Saviour's mother is worried that she cannot raise funds for her daughter's treatment. If not treated, Saviour is at a risk of getting infection and developing tethered cord that can lead to either Scoliosis and/or Kyphosis. She is also at a risk of lower limbs paralysis. Fortunately, we can help prevent these complications and fund the treatment Saviour needs - a spina bifida closure, which will cost $805. Saviour’s treatment will reduce the risk of infection as well as development of tethered cord and risk of lower limbs paralysis. “I feel sad that my daughter has this condition," her mother shares. "Any help accorded towards her treatment will be a great blessing to us.”