Grace joined Watsi on June 22nd, 2012. Four years ago, Grace became the 56th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,211 more people have become monthly donors! Grace's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Nelson, a farmer from Malawi, to fund prostate resection surgery.
Nelson is a 76-year-old maize and tobacco farmer from Malawi. He is married with one child and six grandchildren. When Nelson isn't working on his farm, he works as a bicycle mechanic in his village. Since the beginning of 2017, Nelson has experienced urinary difficulty and chronic pain due to an enlarged prostate. Doctors diagnosed him with benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition that can easily be treated through prostate resection surgery. However, Nelson can't afford to pay for the operation. On July 13, Nelson will have prostate resection surgery. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund the treatment. Nelson is looking forward to being pain-free so that he can return to work and continue to provide for this family. He says, "I am giving much thanks to Watsi!"
Srey Touch is a farmer from Cambodia. She has 12 siblings. Most of her time is spent looking after the younger children. Twelve years ago, Srey Touch had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Srey Touch experiences hearing loss, ringing ears, and ear discharge. She cannot communicate well with her family, friends, and coworkers. Srey Touch traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 12, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her sister says, "I hope my sister can feel better after surgery."
Franceska is a 15-year-old young woman who lives with her older brother and mother in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is in eight grade, and her favorite subject is physics because she finds it easy to understand. In the future, Franceska would like to become a pediatrician. She loves kids and would love to work with them and take care of people. In October of 2016, Franceska noticed a small mass in her right breast that was causing her discomfort. A few weeks later, she went to the hospital and had a mammogram. Because Franceska is so young, her aunt did not agree with having the mass removed. In the meantime, the mass continued to increase in size and itch. If left untreated, the mass could develop malignancy and cause extensive harm. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to cover the cost of having the tumor removed from Franceska's breast. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Franceska to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys.
Dorcus is a one-month-old baby girl growing up in Tanzania. She is the third-born child in a family of three kids. Dorcus was born with bilateral clubfoot, which means that both of her legs are turned inwards at her feet. Because of this condition, it will make it hard and painful for her when she starts walking. Furthermore, if she is not treated, Dorcus will experience pain that may even prevent her from attending school in the future. Dorcus is currently scheduled to undergo surgery that will realign the positioning of her feet on September 12. As her parents use all of their income to support the family and to pay for the schooling of their other children, they do not have a means of affording Dorcus's treatment. Therefore, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to cover the expenses of the procedure. Hopeful that her daughter can grow up to live a normal life, Dorcus's mother says, "Please help my daughter. I am scared that she will not be able to walk when she grows up.”
Dorcas is a newborn baby girl from Kenya. Dorcas was born with spina bifida, a condition in which the spine does not completely form. Her spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through an opening in her backbone, in turn exposing her spinal cord and making Dorcas vulnerable to infection, loss of lower-limb muscular function, and early trauma. As subsistence farmers, Dorcas's parents are unable to cover the cost of the surgery that their daughter needs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is therefore requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Dorcas's operation. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Dorcas to live free from the medical complications that could result from her condition. “It’s my prayer that she gets well and lives a healthy life," says Dorcas's mother.
Sein is 21 years old and lives with her family in Burma. About a month ago, Sein started to experience abdominal pain, back pain, loss of appetite, and headaches. Over time, her symptoms have worsened and she is now unable to walk long distances or sleep well. Sein was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst and informed that she needed an oophorectomy, the surgical removal of her ovary. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the cost of her procedure, which is scheduled for July 6. Sein said, "In the future, I hope to work and fulfill my dream of becoming involved in charity work that helps other people get financial support for healthcare."
Samuel is a 20-month-old little boy from Haiti. He is his parents' first child. His father works as a vendor to support their family, and his mother stays at home to look after him. Samuel was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. This means that Samuel has a hole between two chambers of his heart and is missing one of the four valves of his heart. On July 25, Samuel will be traveling from his home in Haiti to our medical partner's care center, Health City Cayman Islands, in the Cayman Islands. There he will undergo heart surgery. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Samuel's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $27,000 towards his treatment. We are also fundraising for his [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/842333e978ee-samuel). "We are so glad to know that there are people who are willing to help Samuel!" says his mother.
Ruth is a 14-year-old girl living in Haiti with her mother, grandmother, and sister. She enjoys going to school and church, and would like to study to become a nurse when she's older. Several years ago, Ruth contracted rheumatic fever, which caused damage to her heart. She developed a condition called mitral and aortic regurgitation, where blood backs up into her heart and does not properly circulate through her body. This condition causes Ruth to experience shortness of breath, painful breathing, fatigue, and swelling of the legs. If left untreated, her condition could be fatal. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, Ruth is scheduled to undergo heart surgery to correct her condition on July 10. Although Ruth's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/7b224fb3153e-ruth) to our medical partner's care center has already been funded by Watsi, she is still in need of $1,500 to cover the cost of her heart surgery prep. The organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is also subsidizing Ruth's surgery, donating $22,000 to cover the rest of her medical bills. "I am a little scared for my surgery, but I know that God will protect me and make everything go well," Ruth says.
Hope is a 46-year-old farmer from rural Uganda. She grows bananas, maize, sorghum, cassava, and potatoes. For the last 15 years, Hope's thyroid has been enlarged. She visited clinics and a traditional healer, but her pain continued. For the last two months, Hope has had difficulty breathing and singing in church, where she is a member of the choir. Hope is also a chairperson in the local loans group. Pain has caused her to miss meetings with group members. Upon visiting the hospital, Hope was diagnosed with a goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid, a gland located in the neck). A doctor recommended a thyroidectomy (surgical removal of some or all of the thyroid) to restore normal breathing. In her free time, Hope enjoys visiting friends and relatives. Hope also enjoys singing and dancing for God in her church. She hopes to build a house after treatment, which is scheduled for September 11. “I thank donors for supporting my treatment and I pray God to protect and bless donors in whatever they do in life,” says Hope. Watsi is requesting $279 to fund Hope's thyroidectomy.
Seiyanoi is the oldest child in her Masai family. Her parents are traditional Masai herders who abide by certain traditions, including traditions regarding health and medicine. In the Masai culture, herbal medicines are the most widely used form of medical treatment. In addition to attending school, Seiyanoi assists in household duties as well as herding activities. About one year ago, Seiyanoi was burned when she stepped on hot ash. Her father has treated her burns with herbal medicine, but her injuries never healed properly. She is at risk of developing further complications if she doesn't undergo a skin graft operation. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is sponsoring Seiyanoi's procedure, scheduled for June 13. AMHF is seeking $1,129 to cover her procedure, as well as fourteen nights of hospital stay and additional necessary medical supplies. Seiyanoi's family was able to contribute $103 towards her treatment. Seiyanoi has expressed her desire to continue her education and help her parents around their home. She says, “I want to go back to class like other children in my village."
Victor is a 36-year-old man from Kenya who used to work as a fruit trader. Victor lives with his wife in a settlement in Nairobi, and together they have four children who, with the help of their grandparents, are all enrolled in school. Several years ago, Victor suffered a severe road accident. He was admitted to the hospital for three months and underwent two surgeries. Victor was left in crutches, unable to work. Last year, Victor underwent a first stage bone transport, a technique that allows for the regeneration of bony tissue. Surgeons have now recommended that Victor undergo a second stage bone transport in order to enhance his future mobility and prevent further infection. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of Victor's operation. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, should allow Victor to walk with ease and live comfortably with his family again. “I would like to get well to continue providing for my family and educate my children," says Victor.
Steve is a 72-year-old farmer who lives with his wife in Malawi. They have nine grown children and 15 grandchildren. Steve spends his days working his land and raising chickens. In his spare time, Steve likes to go and worship at his church with his family. Starting in 2015, Steve began experiencing urinary dysfunction. This, along with other symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, has reached the point where it is interfering with his ability to work and enjoy his life. Prostate resection, in which part of Steve's enlarged prostate gland will be removed, is needed in order to relieve Steve of his persistent pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund prostate surgery for Steve. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 27 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Steve to live comfortably again. Steve's family was very happy to know that Steve will now get the operation that he desperately needs. "Thank you for the support!" adds Steve.