Alexandra joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,774 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Alexandra's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Chilo, a student from Kenya, so he can walk again.
Alexandra has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.
Chilo wants to pursue a degree in medicine. But in 2003, Chilo was involved in a road accident that left him with a left ankle deformity that's limiting his education. “The damage to his ankle has caused severe pain, limping, and limitations on where he can go and how far he can manage. Since it was the result of an accident, there aren't social stigmas attached to it, but plenty of curious looks and it's limited his schooling significantly,” says our medical partner, CURE international. Chilo’s family has not been able to afford treatment for him and they tell us, “We are happy that we got contacts to come to CURE International through a group that Chilo joined back at home. It was a long journey to get here but we are happy that we are here.” For $1000 we can fund a left ankle infusion that will give Chilo the ability to walk without pain and limitation.
Esther is a seven-month-old from Haiti who lives with hydrocephalus, a life-threatening condition where fluid accumulates in her skull. She needs surgery to drain the fluid, get her out of harm's way, and allow her family to resume its normal routine. Esther's mother loves her, but she is worried about her ability to care for her. "I face a lot of problems with my child because she cries a lot and often," she says. "I cannot leave her, even for a moment, to do my daily tasks - to cook, do the washing or go out to do other activities." For only $1,260, we can fund a surgery to drain the fluid from Esther's brain and potentially save her life. Let's help get her healthy!
Ezra suffers with the most common and completely treatable congenital deformity throughout the developing world – clubfoot. Ezra has a case of relapsed clubfoot affecting his right leg. Without surgery, he will be unable to walk, and running is out of the question. This affects his ability to go to school, play with friends, and live a normal life. Fortunately, the doctors at CURE Malawi can operate on Ezra to change that. Ezra lives in an economically disadvantaged family in the extremely economically disadvantaged country Malawi. His parents have the same hopes for him that each of us would for our own children – to have a bright future with meaningful work and a family of his own– but without the ability to walk those dreams won’t be possible. After surgery, attending school, finding a job, and having a family of his own someday will be possible for Ezra.
Tilahun has suffered from rheumatic heart fever and mitral stenosis (a condition that prevents the heart's mitral valve from fully opening) for the last thirteen years. For as long as he can remember, Tilahun has dealt with fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain on a daily basis. Tilahun lives in a mud hut without electricity or running water. His parents, both farmers, have spent most of their meager incomes on his medical expenses, and their resources are running out. Tilahun is extremely bright. He ranks fourth out of sixty-five students in his class! Seriously, ALL this kid does is study, with occasional breaks to watch his favorite soccer teams play. Tilahun's dream is to continue his education and become a teacher. Recently, Tilahun's condition has become so bad that he's had to make the agonizing decision to leave school. His doctors say that if left untreated, his condition could cause heart failure. We need to raise $1,575 so Tilahun can afford to fly to India and get the treatment that can save his life. Let's do this!