Debra joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Debra's most recent donation supported Zuriel, a friendly and playful three-year-old boy from Philippines, to fund hernia repair surgery.
Debra has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 5 countries.
Debra has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 5 countries.
Zuriel is a friendly three-year-old boy from the Philippines. He loves to play with his friends in the neighborhood! His mother is a full-time mom, and his father works as a tricycle driver. Two years ago, Zuriel's mother noticed a mass on his groin. She brought him to the nearest hospital to get it checked, and it was diagnosed as an inguinal hernia. This hernia occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Zuriel's parents share that his father earns just enough to support their day-to-day needs, so they are unable to fund their son's needed surgery to heal his condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Zuriel receive treatment. He will undergo hernia repair surgery on July 23rd at WSFP's care center, Our Lady of Peace Hospital. A portion of the cost of Zuriel's treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. WSFP is raising the remaining $845 to cover the cost of his surgery and care. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Zuriel's mother shares, "It's hard to find help for my son's treatment. Fortunately, we were able to reach out to the World Surgical Foundation Philippines. This free surgery will be a big help to our family. Thank you so much to Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines. God bless you."
Meet Juan, a 42-year old man from Guatemala. Juan used to be a bus driver, and has two sons aged 20 and 18. Two years ago, Juan lost his leg due to complications from diabetes. Before he lost his leg, he used to own a minibus to transport tourists to and from the airport. Since losing his leg, he has been unable to drive and has to rely on donations from pedestrians for income. “Juan is doing everything he can to provide for his family, but he knows that getting a prosthetic leg is his family's best hope for the future,” says our medical partner in Guatemala, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). $1,255 will fund a prosthetic leg for Juan. “This treatment will change Juan's life and the life of his family. He will be able to earn more income, help his family at home, afford to keep his youngest in school, and complete daily activities easier," WK shares. "Furthermore, this prosthetic will increase his confidence and give him more independence and mobility." “After all of this, I’m still here, fighting. If I can succeed in getting a prosthetic leg, I will be able to support my family," Juan says.
Meet Davis, a 20-month-old boy who lives in Uganda with his mother. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation (KF) tells us, "Davis likes music and prefers to dance alone. Davis is the first child in the family." Davis has severe acute malnutrition which has negatively affected his development. "Due to malnutrition, Davis has faced development problems early into his childhood growth," KF explains. "Davis has low weight, lethargy, respiratory complications, and diarrhea." Davis' mother works at a tea nursery. She often does not make enough money to afford rent and food for her family. $375 will provide Davis with the treatment he needs. KF explains, "Davis will receive a therapeutic milk treatment to address his malnutrition. Therapeutic milk is a nutrient-rich food supplement that will gradually introduce essential nutrients into Davis's diet. This will be a slow process—allowing his system to slowly adjust to the changes." To ensure that Davis receives nutrients in the future, his mother will also enroll in a health education program with a focus on nutrition. Davis' mother says, "I would like to thank everyone who is raising support towards my son Davis."
Meet Ma Hla, a 40-year-old woman who lives in Thailand. Ma Hla's husband passed away 10 years ago, and she is the primary caregiver of her four-year-old niece. Ma Hla was referred to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), for a medical condition called uterine myoma (fibroids). BBP shares that Ma Hla "first noticed her condition one year ago when she began to feel pain in her abdomen. Since that time she also experiences pain in her back and she cannot eat well or do anything active. Ma Hla has had to stop working for the past few months because of her condition." $1,500 in funding will cover Ma Hla's treatment expenses, outpatient pre- and post-surgery visits, hospitalizations, transportation, food and accommodations. "I want to work and earn money to support my niece’s future," shares Ma Hla. "I want to support my niece so that she will be able to become educated and will become a good person. I would like to go back to work after I receive treatment and am well again. I hope that I will be healthy and will be able to live with my niece for my whole life." Let's help Ma Hla get the surgery she needs!
Katka is a curious and adventurous first grader from Nepal. He enjoys school and loves playing soccer with his friends. When he grows up, he wants to be a professional soccer player. Four days ago, Katka fell and broke his arm. Doctors at Nyaya Health say that if he doesn’t receive treatment immediately, his injury could evolve into something much more debilitating. This is a situation where a relatively simple injury could result in life-altering problems, including muscle damage, nerve damage, and a permanent flexion contracture of the hand at the wrist, resulting in a claw-like deformity of the hand and fingers. Katka comes from a supportive family that wants the best for him. His parents make their living by farming for 2-3 months of the year. The rest of the time, they rely on daily wage jobs to support Katka and his five siblings. Paying for the medical care Katka needs is out of reach for them. We need to raise the $990 Katka needs for pre-op, surgery, supplies, travel, and lodging. With treatment, doctors at Nyaya Health believe Katka will be able to avoid permnanent disability, continue his studies, and lead a normal life.