Frank joined Watsi on March 28th, 2013. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Frank's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Dorcas, a newborn from Kenya, to fund spina bifida treatment.
Frank has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 11 countries.
Frank has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 11 countries.
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.
Andy is a 12-year-old boy from Dominican Republic. He lives with his parents. His mother works as an office administrator, and his father works as a chef to support their family. Andy enjoys going to school and watching baseball on TV. Andy was born with a complex congenital heart condition that involves many defects including one heart valve that does not open and close properly, causing blood to back up into his heart, and leaving him feeling weak and short of breath. Throughout his childhood, Andy has undergone many heart surgeries to repair his heart. This surgery is the last one he needs to repair his mitral valve. Andy will fly to the Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On August 31, he will undergo cardiac surgery. This $27,000 surgery is subsidized by Have a Heart Cayman. Andy's family also 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 Andy's family overseas. Although Andy is not from Haiti, Haiti Cardiac Alliance is collaborating with partners to make his surgery possible. "I would like to share my entire family's gratitude to everyone who is helping my son become healthy!" says Andy's mother.
Rosa is a 13-month-old little girl from rural Guatemala. She is her parents' only child, and she likes to eat soup and play with her dolls. Rosa’s mother takes care of the home, and her father works as a toll collector. Rosa has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. Short-term consequences of malnutrition include little energy to grow and a weak immune system. Rosa has already been getting sick frequently with coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea. If Rosa does not receive treatment, she will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and a higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Rosa's mother shares that since Rosa is her first baby, she is not sure how best to feed her. She worries that her own lack of knowledge could be adversely affecting her daughter’s health. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, has recommended malnutrition treatment, which is scheduled to start on April 17. In order to fund the treatment, Wuqu' Kawoq has requested $492. The treatment will include growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation. Rosa will gain weight and grow taller, and the increased caloric intake will help her immune system grow stronger. Community health workers will also teach Rosa's mother how to create a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. "I am willing to change habits so my daughter can gain weight and increase her growth," says Rosa's mother.
Reymi is a three-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic. He lives in Santo Domingo, the capitol city, with his mother, father, and four older sisters. He enjoys playing video games with his sisters. Reymi was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. A set of four related birth defects, this condition has left him with oxygen-poor blood. As a result, Reymi is often weak and prone to illness. If left untreated, the condition will eventually lead to death. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to support Reymi's preparation for surgery. They are joining these funds with the contributions of Gift of Life International, who are supplying $8,500 for the surgery itself. Reymi is scheduled for treatment on May 19 at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Pediatrico Robert Reid Cabral. After surgery, Reymi will be able to grow strong and healthy. "I would like to ask for God's blessing on everyone who is helping Reymi have this surgery," his mother says.
Lout is a 54-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married, with two daughters and four sons. In his free time, Lout enjoys feeding his cows and listening to the news on the radio. In February, Lout was in a motor vehicle accident, fracturing his left thigh bone. He went to a clinic, where surgeons performed a procedure to insert hardware and realign the bone. However, the initial procedure has not proved successful. Lout's fractured femur has failed to heal properly. He is unable to walk without support and experiences pain. Lout and one of his sons traveled for four hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On May 9, surgeons will redo Lout's leg surgery. They will remove the original hardware and insert new hardware to heal his fracture and relieve him of pain. Once he has recovered, Lout will be able to work again.
Am is a 56-year-old farmer who is married with three sons and four daughters. He likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch boxing on TV. In 2016, Am fell from a palm tree, causing severe hip pain on his left side. He went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. Am has been diagnosed with a hip fracture. He is unable to walk without the support of crutches, and he is in pain. A neighbor told Am about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On March 24, surgeons at CSC will perform a hemiarthroplasty procedure, which entails replacing one half of the hip joint with a prosthetic, while leaving the other half intact. He now needs help to raise $450 to pay for treatment. This procedure will allow Am to walk easily again.
Elise is a 55-year-old woman from Masayiti, a village in Malawi. Elise lives with her devoted husband, who is a groundnut and soy farmer. Together, they have four children and eleven grandchildren. Elise has a small business selling freezes made from frozen water and fruit juice. Elise likes to spend time with her kids and chat with friends. Three weeks ago, Elise started experiencing bleeding and discomfort in a private area. She learned that she has cervical cancer and needs a hysterectomy to remove all or part of her uterus. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Elise is scheduled to receive her surgery on February 23. Now, she needs help to pay for this $650 procedure. Elise says, "I will be happy to return to my business and no longer be scared of my cancer."
Bernad is a 69-year-old man from Uganda. He has eleven children. For most of his life, he has worked in his coffee garden. The family also grows and sells bananas, corn, and beans. Bernad enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and telling them stories. For the past three years, Bernad has experienced acute pain in his groin area. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or a swollen prostate gland, which causes urinary discomfort. His doctor has scheduled a prostatectomy on February 6 to remove the gland. Although he is co-paying $8 for the procedure, Bernad cannot afford to pay for the surgery by himself. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting an additional $314 to fund the required treatment. "I want to thank the donors for helping with my treatment," says Bernad.
Nephitali is a 39-year-old farmer from Malawi. When he is not working on his family's small farm or as a driver, he likes to spend time with his wife and two children and chat with his village friends. Two months ago, Nephtali began to experience great pain in his abdomen. He developed a swelling in the region and was unable to dig or do any heavy lifting, making his work on the farm much more difficult. Nephitali came to our medical partner’s care center, Nkhoma Hospital, and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. He will undergo surgery on January 17. “I have no fear of the procedure,” he says. “I am just ready for surgery!” Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to cover the cost of the operation, medication, and six nights of hospital stay. Once his hernia surgery is complete, Nephitali is expected to make a full recovery and live a normal life.
Afeti is a 38-year-old man from a village in Malawi. He, his wife, and their three-year-old daughter live on their farm. They grow maize, groundnut, and soy beans. Afeti also raises goats, cows, and chickens. In June of 2016, Afeti developed a painful hernia. His condition prevented him from working his farm and caring for his livestock. Fortunately, he visited our medical partner's hospital, Nkhoma Hospital. On December 6, he underwent a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to fund this procedure. After recovery, Afeti will return to his family and his farm pain-free. "I am looking forward to being healthy again," he says.
Jacinta is a mother of six from Uganda. She and her husband, Stephen, are subsistence farmers. She also weaves mats and ropes, while Stephen makes bricks. They use their income to send their children to school. In her free time, Jacinta enjoys going to church, sweeping around her homestead, and working in her kitchen garden. Jacinta has had an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area for six months. This condition has prevented her from joining social gatherings or going to the market. On October 25, she underwent a repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. “When I am repaired, this will be a miracle," says Jacinta. "I wish to first thank the donors that will support my care."
Princess Angel, a five-year-old girl, lives with her parents in a small house made with wood in the Philippines. Her father is a laborer therefore income is very unstable. Because her mother is part of ICM's Transform program, Princess Angel was found to be severely malnourished at one of the health screening sessions. She is now part of the Home-Based Feeding program, on her road to recovery. One out of five children under 5 in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get the additional food to regain normal weight, and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child being malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening. "I hope that she will recover from malnutrition," said Princess Angel's mother.