Pankaj joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Pankaj's most recent donation traveled 4,000 miles to support Bumo, a 10-year-old boy from Ethiopia, to treat a congenital condition.
Pankaj has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 10 countries.
Pankaj has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 10 countries.
Bumo is a 10-year-old boy from Ethiopia who enjoys playing with his friends. Bumo was born with a congenital anomaly called epispadias, or an abnormal placement of the urethral opening. The condition affects both Bumo and his parents psychologically and socially. His parents worry that he is different from other kids and are concerned that, without treatment, Bumo may not be able to have children. Treatment for Bumo is epispadias repair, a procedure that will ultimately enable normal urination and prevent urinary tract infections. Bumo’s parents are farmers whose income is insufficient to feed the family. Unfortunately, this year’s harvest is low due to last year's rainfall shortage, worsening their financial status. As a result, they cannot afford to pay for the surgery that Bumo needs. $1,105 pays for Bumo's surgery as well as his hospital stay, lab tests, medicine, and imaging. “I always worried about his condition but because of my financial problem," shares Bumo's father, "Because I can’t afford the bill for the treatment required, he could not get the treatment until now. I hope now this problem will be gone.”
Five-year-old Wood lives in Haiti with his mother and father. His father is an electrician and his mother stays at home. Wood started preschool this year and likes playing with his friends, singing, and drawing. Wood was born with two abnormalities in his heart: he has a hole between the two lower chambers of his heart called a ventricular septal defect and, in addition, he has a malformation of his aortic valve that allows blood to leak backward through it. Together, these conditions mean that Wood's blood does not obtain the oxygen it needs, and also does not circulate well through his body. This leaves him feeling sickly and weak, and will eventually cause heart failure. Both conditions can be fixed during surgery. $1,500 raised by Watsi donors will help fund Wood's open-heart surgery. Have a Heart Cayman Islands, an organization that partners with local and international organizations to subsidize and provide life-saving heart surgeries to children based on financial need, is subsidizing an additional $10,000. "We are excited for Wood to have this surgery because he cannot keep up with his friends and gets tired very easily," his mother shares. "We hope he will be more normal afterwards!"
Pisey, a 23-year-old truck driver, lives in Cambodia with his three sisters and two brothers. On April 9, 2016, Pisey fell out of a coconut tree that was 10 meters high. He fractured his left humerus and radius and cannot move his left arm or hold anything. The Khmer traditional medicine (KTM) treatment he has received has been ineffective. He also cannot flex his hip or straighten his knee, though these areas are fortunately not fractured. Pisey and his parents traveled for three hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). With $405, surgeons at CSC will perform an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal the fractures of his left arm. During the procedure, an incision will be made at the break of the injury and the fracture will be re-aligned. Pisey will then undergo physiotherapy at CSC to address his inability to walk. He is looking forward to reading books and playing football once healed.
Daniel, a one-month-old boy from Kenya, is the only child to his parents. “He seems healthy and according to his mother, Daniel feeds pretty well,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Unfortunately, Daniel has a lump in his navel area that has been diagnosed as an umbilical hernia, or a protrusion of the intestine through the abdominal wall. “The lump gets bigger when Daniel coughs, cries, or when he goes to the bathroom. It shrinks when he is relaxed or when he is lying down,” explains AMHF. “If not treated early, Daniel is likely to develop intestinal obstruction or strangulation,” continues AMHF. However, Daniel’s parents cannot afford the treatment their son needs. “Daniel’s father is a casual worker in a tea factory near their home,” says AMHF, and he is the sole provider for the family. “My son is still very little and I am worried of the effects that come with this condition,” shares Daniel’s father. “We have tried our best and have raised $52 towards his treatment but unfortunately it cannot cover all the cost of Daniel’s surgical care.” With the help of Watsi donors, the remaining amount of $430 can be raised for his hernia repair surgery. During the procedure, doctors will return the herniated intestinal tissue to Daniel’s abdominal cavity and fix the weakened area in his abdominal wall. “After a hernia repair, Daniel’s risk of intestinal obstruction or strangulation will be lowered,” states AMHF. “He will have a chance to grow up healthy and normally.”
A couple years ago, seven-year-old Lowasa was playing in his home in Tanzania when he fell into an open fire. "The material of his clothes that he was wearing quickly caught fire and he incurred severe burns," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), explains. After being rushed to the hospital, Lowasa's burns on his chest were treated and have since healed. Because of the skin damage he sustained from the burns, he developed a keloid on his chest, which is a build up of extra scar tissue where the skin has healed after injury. "If not treated, the growing keloid will eventually take over his whole chest," AMHF explains. The keloid is very itchy, causing Lowasa to scratch it and create small open wounds. To treat his condition, Lowasa will have the keloid surgically removed and will need injections of steroids and fluorouacil (an ointment for his skin). It will cost, in total, $920. After treatment, Lowasa will no longer feel uncomfortable due to his condition, and will have a much smaller scar. As the third born in a family of four children, Lowasa's parents are worried what will happen to their son. He loves school, and his parents hope that he can return after treatment. "The best thing I can do for my children is to take them to school," Lowasa's father shares with us. "I will be happy for Lowasa to go to school without frequent interruptions of having to go to the hospital."
Seven-year-old Antonia lives in Haiti with her parents and younger brother. "Her parents both work in the marketplace to support the family," shares our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). Antonia is in second grade and loves going to school, but she's had to miss class frequently this year due to symptoms of her heart defect. HCA explains, "Antonia was born with a heart defect called partial atrioventricular canal defect, in which holes exist between the upper and lower chambers of the heart, allowing blood to pass freely through all four chambers. This leads to heart failure and deprives the body of oxygen, leaving her sickly and weak." Heart surgery can correct Antonia's defect, allowing blood to flow normally through her heart. Gift of Life International has raised $5,000 to pay for part of her surgery. For $1,500, we can fund the rest of Antonia's life-changing surgery, which includes preparation and overseas transportation costs. "We are excited she can have this surgery so she can get back to her education," her mother shares.
“Nemrani is a quiet and polite boy,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He is a 16-year-old from Tanzania, where he lives in a large family. “His father married six wives, and Nemrani’s mother is the fifth wife and has six children,” AMHF adds. Nemrani went to school up until grade four, “when his right leg slowly started to bow inwards and walking the long distance to school became a problem," AMHF says. “He used to enjoy playing soccer, and he now herds his father’s cattle, but he cannot go far." Nemrani has what is commonly called “knock knees,” and AMHF reports that "he feels pain after running and he can’t walk or run long distances, and if not treated, Nemrani will be at risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age.” $940 will allow Nemrani to have the surgery he needs to correct his gait, and with it, AMHF says, “Nemrani will be able to walk without knocking knees.” Nemrani’s mother makes and sells beaded jewelry at the market, and his father is a livestock keeper. “With such a big family to look after, it has been difficult to come up with enough cash to cover the cost of operation which Nemrani needs," AMHF adds. “I will be happy to walk without knocking knees and have the ability to walk and run long distances,” shares Nemrani.
“Sometimes I feel depressed about my current situation, and I am worried. I just want to be healthy and happy,” says Su, a 42-year-old woman living in Burma. Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), tells us that two years ago, Su began experiencing severe abdominal pain due to a mass in her uterus, called a uterine myoma. The mass was found after a long history of pregnancy complications and vaginal bleeding. Su has sought out medical attention numerous times to no avail. Because of Su’s abdominal pain, she has been forced to stop working as a private teacher, and instead do part-time teaching. This has caused a reduction in her income, forcing her to borrow money for medical expenses. BBP can treat Su through surgeries to remove her uterus and ovaries, known as a hysterectomy and oophorectomy. For $1,500, Su will undergo these two procedures in addition to prolapse surgery to ensure that her lower abdominal organs remain in place. The cost includes a 7-day hospital stay with food, and post-surgical care. “I would like to work more and go to computer training, so that I can learn how to use a computer,” shares Su. “I want to learn new things and work hard.” “With treatment for her myoma, Su should be able to return to her work and commence paying of the debts she has incurred while she has been unwell,” adds BBP. “She can commence computer classes and following her dreams.”
Seng Lath is a 36-year old potato farmer from Cambodia. He was in a motorbike accident back in April and fractured his femur (thigh bone). Since then, he hasn’t been able to work or enjoy some of his favorite hobbies, like playing soccer. He has been receiving treatment from a traditional healer in his village, but he is still in a lot of pain and discomfort, and the break has not healed. Seng Lath needs surgery to repair the fracture in his femur. For $300, Seng Lath can finally get the help he needs - and will be able to walk, work, and play soccer again. Let’s get him back on his feet!
Mon is a 53-year-old mother of five living in Cambodia. She works on a rice farm and loves nothing more than spending time with her children. Mon was in a motorbike accident earlier this year. She broke her arm and was treated by a healer in her village, but the fractured bone has not joined together fully. She is in a lot of pain and has difficulty keeping up around the house and working on the rice farm. Mon’s oldest son was concerned about her arm and brought her to our medical partner to see if anything could be done. Turns out, it will only cost $300 for Mon to get a Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) surgery which will improve her mobility and allow her to return to her normal life. Let's make it happen for her!
This little guy is Gustavo. He's a two-month-old baby from Guatemala who needs immediate nutritional rehabilitation to make it past his first few months of life and grow up healthy. Gustavo's mother is unable to produce breast milk, and despite his hard-working family’s efforts to put all their available income towards infant formula, they cannot afford all the formula Gustavo needs to start his life healthy. As a result, Gustavo is extremely underweight and malnourished. Gustavo’s family needs $525 to pay for the nutritional treatment, which will provide critical nutrients and allow him to gain and maintain a healthy weight.
Diana is a one-year-old girl who lives with her parents in Guatemala and is severely malnourished. Because she is so young, she is at risk of developing permanent health complications if her condition is not addressed immediately. Diana's parents are eager for their daughter's health to improve, but they can barely afford food for themselves and their large family, let alone enough extra sustenance to get Diana to a healthy weight. For $525, Diana will be enrolled in a comprehensive nutritional rehabilitation program. This nutritional regimen will make it possible for Diana to regain weight and resume normal growth and development.