Maureen joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Maureen's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Hassan, a boy from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot correction.
Maureen has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 9 countries.
Maureen has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 9 countries.
Hassan is three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He loves playing with his friends. Hassan’s mother is a subsistence farmer. Hassan 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. He can only crawl, and it hurts to stand. Fortunately, Hassan traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Hassan's clubfoot repair. After treatment, He will be able to walk normally. Hassan’s mother says, “I am so glad that my son will get a second chance at treatment. I had lost all hope. Thank you for helping my son get this treatment.”
Meet Phanna, an active 12-year-old boy who lives in Cambodia. Phanna is in sixth grade and enjoys playing football with his classmates. A few months ago, Phanna fell off his bicycle and dislocated his right elbow. Now, he cannot bend his right arm without pain. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), shares that he needs an operation to repair his right arm. Phanna is eager to get better after trying traditional Khmer treatment for one month with no improvement. He and his mother traveled five hours to CSC. For $405, Phanna will undergo surgery to repair his elbow joint. In this surgery, sutures will be used to hold the bone together while it heals. After treatment, Phanna will be able to bend his right arm with ease and without pain. Phanna is excited to get better. He shares, "I want to be a footballer when I grow up."
Son is a 48-year-old wife, mother, and grandmother from Cambodia who works in a garment factory and enjoys watching Thai dramas. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us, “One year ago, Son developed a pterygium in each eye. This causes her blurred vision, itchiness, and tearing.” "It is hard for me to see anything clearly or go outside by myself,” says Son. “I cannot do any work very well." A pterygium is wing-shaped growth of tissue that appears as a thin or thick, white or pink membrane on the surface of the eye. The growth extends from the inner or outer corner of the eye toward the center and is typically noticed when it begins to cover the iris—the colored portion of the eye surrounding the pupil. $150 will fund surgery to remove the pterygia from Son’s eyes. Funding also covers medication and follow-up care after surgery. CSC reports that after treatment, “Son will have less pain, burning, and irritation.” Son shares, “I hope the [growths] on my eyes are successfully removed, and I won't have to worry about it affecting me anymore. I want to easily see clearly and very well like before.” Let’s help fund eye surgery for Son!
Meet Jeremias, a one-and-a-half year old boy from Guatemala. He is the youngest of seven children and loves to play with his toy car. Jeremias is frequently sick with a cough and diarrhea due to acute malnutrition. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), shares that if he does not receive a nutritional intervention, his immune system will likely weaken. He will continue to miss both physical and cognitive developmental milestones. Without support, Jeremias, "will be at risk of the long term effects of malnutrition and his family will probably be faced with the cost of sending him to a hospital." Jeremias' mother takes care of the household and earns money weaving and selling textiles. Jeremias' father works as a farmer. The combined income of both of Jeremias’ parents is not enough to afford his treatment. For $535, Jeremias will begin a nutritional regimen -- including micronutrients, food supplements, medications, and education for his parents about how to feed their child to improve his health. With this intervention, Jeremias will regain the height and weight he has lost and continue to develop physically and cognitively. His mother shares, "This is a great help. I am very grateful that he is entered in this program and that we will be helped economically. I am excited for what I will learn.”
“My dream for my little boy is just that he goes to school,” Abner’s mother shares. The oldest of three children, Abner lives with his parents and siblings in Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) tells us, “Abner’s favorite toy is a little plastic blue car.” Abner is acutely malnourished. WK says, “While he is one standard deviation below the average weight for his age, he is over three (standard deviations) below the average height for his age.” “Without intervention Abner’s illness will continue to worsen – his immune system will weaken, he will continue to lose weight and stop growing in height, and his mental development will be compromised," WK shares. Rural parts of Guatemala often lack education and access to healthy food. Due to this, indigenous Guatemalan communities, such as Abner’s, have among the highest rates of pediatric malnutrition worldwide. With $535, Abner will receive 90 days of nutritional therapy. Nutrient-rich food supplements will be gradually introduced to his diet, restoring his nutritional levels. His mother will receive an intensive nutrition education--ensuring she has the knowledge to provide for Abner’s needs in the future. WK says, “This treatment will not only help Abner recoup the height and weight he has lost over the past few months, but allow his mother to obtain the information she needs to prevent malnutrition in her two youngest children. Abner’s immune system will strengthen and he will stop getting ill so frequently.”
This is Dah Si. She's 16-years-old and lives with her parents in Burma. The family works on a small vegetable farm to support themselves. Being self reliant is really important to them. "Dah Si first became aware she had a heart condition in August this year, when she went to the doctor to get treatment for a bad cold and the attending doctor detected a heart murmur," Burma Border Projects (BBP) tells us. "Dah Si said she currently feels fine and doesn't see herself as a sick person." "This is not uncommon," continues Dah Si. "Most people with mitral valve prolapse have no symptoms. One thing she does notice, however, is that she has heavy heart palpitations. Another thing she has noticed is that she has lost some weight over the last few months. She still has a good appetite but she struggles to keep food down." Clinicians at BBP have recommended a mitral valve replacement for Dah Si. The cost of this procedure is $1500 - not something the family can cover independently - but will benefit Dah Si greatly. "After receiving treatment in Thailand, Dah Shi can return to her family farm in Burma," BBP writes. "She will be able to go about her daily life without having to worry about the impact of certain activities on her heart."
Meet five-year-old Ana from Guatemala. "Her mom works weaving traditional Maya clothing and her father is a farmer," Wuqu' Kawoq' (WK) tells us. "Ana has a large tumor growing near her left knee, consistent with a lipoma or fatty growth," WK writes. "This is causing significant pain and making it difficult for her to to walk and run." "Her parents have brought her to several different doctors looking for help with this condition, and they've run out of money," WK continues. "As a result they've come to us hoping that we can help." With $360 the WK team will be able to remove Ana's tumor so that she can walk without pain. Let's help them do this for Ana.
“It pains me to see my son suffer like this! I pray that he receives his treatment as soon as possible so that he can live a healthy life. I’ll appreciate any support towards his surgical care,” writes Lewis's mother. This little guy is Lewis, a seven-year-old boy living in Kenya as an only child to his single mother. He has a brain tumor, which causes severe headaches, a staggering gait, fatigue, and frequent vomiting. “He was unable to attend school consistently during the last term because of the severe headaches,” writes our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Without treatment, Lewis is likely to suffer brain damage or even premature death. Thankfully, with $1,260, AMHF will be able to provide the necessary surgery to treat Lewis' tumor. He will finally be able to continue his education, and lead a normal life with his loving mother. Let's pitch in and get Lewis the help he needs!
Meet Pum, a 75-year-old man from Cambodia. Pum enjoys listening to the news on the radio and loves taking care of his 17 grandchildren! Pum has a mature cataract in his right eye. “Pum’s vision began to blur three years ago,” shares our medical partner, Children Surgical Centre. “Since then, he has had a hard time conducting daily activities and relies on his daughter to help him.” $150 funds the cataract surgery needed to remove the mature cataract in Pum’s right eye and improve his eyesight and prevent future blindness. Let’s help him out!
Meet Charity! She’s an aspiring entrepreneur in Kenya, who dreams to one day have a business of her own. She is a loving wife and mother of two. Our medical partners at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) say “The youngest son is still in school, the eldest son works at a car wash station, and her husband is a security guard at a local school.” “Charity has been experiencing sharp pains and bleeding on the side of her abdomen,” AMHF explains. “Her medical condition includes an ovarian cyst and fissure of the anus. If not treated the cysts could become cancerous.” For just $620, Charity will have surgery to remove the cysts as well as a lateral anal incision to treat the fissure and head off any risk of future cancer. Her family is not able to afford the treatment, so let’s help her overcome her condition and get back on track to becoming a business owner!
Meet Lucy, a 57-year-old woman from Kenya. Lucy, a loving mother to her four sons, has uterine fibroids which have caused her to feel pain and experience weakness. “Lucy was working as a clothes-wash woman in a small motel before her condition caused her to stop because she was too weak to work,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “Her four sons are all casual workers and they have not been able to raise the money needed for their mum’s treatment.” “I want to get well and go back to work,” Lucy tells us. “My sons have supported me and taken good care of me but I know that they have their own families and responsibilities.” $800 covers the cost for Lucy’s total abdominal hysterectomy. Let’s get Lucy healthy, strong, and back to her family and work!
Meet Poun, a 54-year-old man from Cambodia who works as a construction worker! He loves to listen to the news on the radio and feed the chickens and ducks on his farm. For the past three months, Poun's vision has become blurry due to the mature cataract in his right eye. Because of this, he is unable to continue his work, making it difficult for him to support all six of his children. “Poun is sad that his son has to help him, which means his son has to miss school,” says our medical partner at Children’s Surgical Centre. For $150, we can help improve Poun's eyesight so that he can return to his work and his family!