Sofia joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sofia's most recent donation traveled 6,000 miles to support Ma Saung, a girl from Burma, to fund corrective surgery.
Sofia has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 10 countries.
Sofia has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 10 countries.
Ma Saung is a 13-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her grand-parents and nine-year-old brother in Thanbyuzayat, Mon State. Currently, the tightness of her hamstring tendons make her weak and prevent her from walking properly. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of an Achilles tendon lengthening procedure for Ma Saung, which is scheduled to take place on May 2. This procedure will elongate her Achilles tendon, allowing increased motion at the ankle joint. “I feel depressed when I see other children running and playing,” said Ma Saung. “I really want to walk on my feet.”
Ganizani is a 70-year old farmer from Malawi. He is a husband and father to six. He has 11 grandchildren. Ganizani likes to fish in his free time. Since February 2018, Ganizani has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Ganizani's surgery. On February 12, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He says, "Thank you to Watsi for this support."
Loyford is a young man from Kenya. He is the oldest child in his family. He sells bananas in the coastal town of Mombasa. His younger brother is a student in university. Recently, Loyford was in a road traffic accident. The impact caused fractures on his spine. Loyford was referred to our medical partner's facility for specialized treatment after CT scan imaging. Loyford needs to undergo a spinal fusion and decompression. Surgery is scheduled for January 18 and will cost $1,500. Loyford says, “My prayer is to be treated and resume my work. I want to provide for my brother and mother."
Yamin is a 13-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her family, and her parents work in a garden as day laborers. Unfortunately, her family cannot afford to send her to school. One morning, Yamin woke up with headache and neck stiffness. After one week, she had the same symptoms again. Since then, her condition has worsened. Her doctor suspects that she has a brain tumor. Doctors want Yamin to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Yamin's CT scan and care, scheduled for December 20. Yamin says, “I like to do make-up to others and sew clothes for my toys. I sometimes try to put make-up on my youngest sister, who always refuses, but my younger brother likes to wear make-up and some of my stuff, such as skirts and dresses. When I grow up, I want to be a make-up artist and fashion designer.”
Paul is a young boy and the fifth in a family of six children. He is playful and very social. His parents are planning to enroll him in school next year. Paul was born with a malformation of his left leg, which was caused by the amniotic band wrapping around it and preventing blood flow during development. His parents were advised to let him grow for a few years before undergoing surgery. Now, on October 11, Paul is scheduled to undergo an amputation, which is going to enable him to use a prosthetic leg. His family needs help raising $1,035 to fund this procedure. His father says, “We wish to get the needed surgery for our son so that he can be able to use a prosthetic leg and be able to walk to school like other children, but we are unable to afford the cost of the surgery. Please help us.”
Marc is a teenager from Haiti. Marc lives in Port-au-Prince with his father, who is a plumber, and his mother, who works in a bakery. He enjoys going to school and listening to soccer games on the radio. Marc has a condition called rheumatic heart disease, in which an infection severely damaged one of the valves of his heart, preventing it from adequately circulating blood to his body. This condition leads to fatigue and weakness and could eventually be fatal. Marc will fly to India to receive treatment. On September 21, he will undergo cardiac surgery. During surgery, his damaged valve will be removed and an artificial valve will be implanted in its place. Marc's family 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 his family overseas. Marc says, "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping to fix my heart problem and make me healthy."
Loserian is a child from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of six children. Loserian’s parents are both subsistence farmers. Loserian was diagnosed with genu varus. His leg is bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences pain and discomfort when walking. He has been having trouble walking to and from school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Loserian. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 24. Treatment will hopefully restore Loserian's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Loserian says, “Please help me get the surgery needed to enable me to go back to school.”
Horn is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons. She likes to play games and watch TV. One year ago, Horn had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Horn experiences pain and tinnitus. She is in chronic pain. Horn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 11, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her sister says, "I worry about my sister's hearing and ear pain. I hope it is gone after the operation."
Ezekiel is a boy from Kenya. He is the second born in a family family of six children. Ezekiel's mother is a small-scale farmer and a single parent. Ezekiel has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ezekiel traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 6. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Ezekiel's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “My desire is to see my son walking. I am kindly requesting for help," says his mother.
Matteo is a boy from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger brother. He is a fifth grade student, and likes watching soccer games and listening to music. Matteo suffers from a condition called severe pulmonary stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too small. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leading to heart failure. This will eventually be fatal. Fortunately, Matteo will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter tipped with a balloon to stretch Matteo's valve open to a more normal size. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Matteo's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. He says, "I am excited to be able to play soccer after my heart is fixed."
Say is an 18-month-old baby girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, her paternal grandparents, and her uncle. Say likes to play with any toys she can get. When she was seven months old, Say's parents noticed that she was experiencing troubling symptoms. After bringing her to multiple clinics, Say was diagnosed with a vaginal tumor. Due to her condition, Say experiences discharge and difficulty passing urine. She also suffers from intermittent fevers. Say sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on April 20. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. "I wish that my daughter will grow up well," says Say's mother. "I would be very happy if she could become doctor."
Pai is a ten-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his parents, brother, and sister. His father helps around the house, while his mother works as a shopkeeper. His siblings had to stop attending school when they were younger to help support the family. His brother now works as a daily laborer, while his sister works as a seamstress. In his free time, Pai likes to play football with his friends. In February, Pai hit his head against a wooden post at school. When he went home that night, Pai vomited and developed a fever and a headache, and his eye started to swell. Currently, Pai is suffering from a severe eye condition and has to cover his eye with an eye shield. His family is really worried about his health and their financial situation. Doctors want Pai to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Pai's CT scan and care, scheduled for March 12. "I want to become a professional football player when I grow up," said Pai.