Ronan joined Watsi on May 16th, 2015. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ronan's most recent donation traveled 9,500 miles to support Daniela, a child from Guatemala, to fund malnutrition treatment.
Ronan has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 10 countries.
Ronan has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 10 countries.
Daniela is a four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mother and four siblings. Born with cerebral palsy, Daniela has a close bond with her sister, who has looked after her since she was born. Daniela loves to curl up and nap next to her. Daniela was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition in which she does not receive sufficient nutrients to grow healthily. Beginning on March 6, Daniela will receive treatment at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Miller. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to fund Daniela's nutritional supplements and physician's fees. Additionally, funds will go towards an educational program that will teach Daniela's mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet for her with limited resources. After treatment, Daniela will be able to grow up healthily!
Paul is an 11-year-old boy from Kenya—the first born son to his parents, who had eagerly awaited his birth. Paul was born a healthy baby, with the exception of a medical condition in a sensitive area. Paul has had three surgeries at Kenyatta National Hospital to address his condition. A followup procedure has repeatedly been postponed, but the family feels the urgency of their son's case. Paul's family wishes to see him healthy and confident, but they are having difficulty finding the financial means to get him the treatment he needs. Paul's mother sells tea, and his father is a hired driver. Their combined income is simply not enough to cover Paul's medical care. On June 5, surgeons will operate on Paul to address his condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $700 to cover Paul's medical expenses. His family is contributing $103.
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.
Bal is a 35-year-old man from Nepal. He lives with his wife and three children. He works as a farmer to support his family, while his wife takes care of the household. Bal has lived with a hydrocele, a condition causing swelling in a sensitive area, for two years now. The swelling has recently increased in size, and it now causes him pain and difficulty walking and working. On March 23, surgeons will perform a hydrocele repair surgery to alleviate the swelling and discomfort. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $380 to fund this procedure.
"I am so excited that I will be able to undergo surgery,” Elsie shares. “I have been praying for this.” Elsie is a 34-year-old mother of two from the Philippines. Sometimes, her husband’s income as a day laborer is not enough to meet their family's daily basic needs. Because she believes education will help her children out of poverty, Elsie has called on her family to help pay for her children’s schooling fees. Now, however, Elsie is seeking financial help for her own urgent needs. For some time, Elsie has been experiencing severe leg cramps and numbness during menstruation. This prevents her from performing her daily household chores and from taking care of her children. Elsie endured the pain until she was able to access a free medical consultation with our medical partner, International Care Ministries. The clinician there diagnosed her with uterine fibroids. Although these growths in Elsie’s uterus are non-cancerous, without treatment they can lead to complications such as anemia, urinary tract infections, and infertility. Fortunately, Elsie will avoid these outcomes by undergoing a hysterectomy on February 17. We can sponsor this operation, as well as its associated lab tests, supplies, and five-day hospital stay, for $187. This treatment will restore Elsie to a physically comfortable day-to-day existence. “I am excited to live a life free of pain," she says.
Muon is a 58-year-old cook from Cambodia. She is married and has five children and seven grandchildren. She enjoys watching TV dramas and going to church to learn and listen to the pastor. About 20 years ago, Muon developed a painful growth called a pterygium in each eye, impairing her vision. Not being able to see things clearly makes doing any type of work difficult, and Muon worries about going blind. "I hope to feel more comfortable because I want to continue my work at the church and I want to be able to go anywhere by myself," says Muon. Muon and her daughter traveled for one hour to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On January 12, eye surgeons from CSC will remove the pterygium from each of Muon's eyes, allowing her to see clearly again! CSC is requesting $148 to fund this procedure.
Mao is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. He likes to listen to the news on the radio. One year ago, Mao developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, and cloudy lenses. It is difficult for him to see things clearly or to go anywhere outside, and he is worried about going blind. Mao knew about our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), because his sister had surgery there before. He traveled for three hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment. On January 10, Mao will receive cataract eye surgery and an artificial lens will be implanted in each eye. CSC are requesting $292 for the treatment, after which Mao will be able to see clearly again. "I hope I can see everything more clearly," says Mao, "so that I can help my family and I can go anywhere easily."
Four-year-old Ndinabo likes to wrestle and play with the other children in his community. He is the fourth child in his family, and he attends a local school. Ndinabo has malnutrition, accompanied by fever and diarrhea. He was unable to return to school when it began in September. He was referred to our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital, by community health workers. He and his father walked for four hours through the hills of Bwindi to seek care. Without treatment, he risked poor growth and development. Fortunately, Ndinabo began malnutrition treatment on November 5. Ndinabo's father, Gad, picks tea in the community. His mother, Allen, is a farm laborer. They contributed $4 to their son's care, but they need help to fund his $316 treatment. “I wish to thank the people that are donating to his care," says Ndinabo's father. "May God bless you. I want him to go back to school when he has fully recovered.”
Nak is a 41-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia who is married with one son. He likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV and listen to the news on the radio. Nak heard about Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) from a person in his village who had surgery here before. He traveled for four hours with his son to reach CSC for treatment. Nak developed a cataract in each eye about three months ago, causing him blurred vision that is slowly worsening. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, do any work, and go anywhere on his own. For $292, Nak will undergo cataract surgery on both eyes. After surgery, Nak will be able to see clearly again. Nak says, "I hope that I can see everything more clear than now so that I can continue my work as a farmer again, do any work easily, and go anywhere outside." Nak's son says, "I hope my father can see everything more clear than now so that I don't have to worry about his vision loss anymore."
Srey Leak is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia who is in the 3rd grade. She has one brother and two sisters. Srey Leak likes to stay at home, read books, and watch the song channel on TV. A doctor in Siem Reap Province told Srey Leak's family about Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). She traveled for seven hours with her mother to reach CSC for treatment. Four of Srey Leak's fingers on her right hand were burned when she was just one year old. She was treated in Kuntha Bopha Hospital in Siem Reap, but she still experiences pain and it is difficult for her to use her right fingers. For $194, surgeons at CSC will perform contracture release surgery to release the scarred tissue. This will allow Srey Leak to freely move her fingers and she can go back to school to continue her studies.
Meet Thouk, a 64-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. Thouk is married and has one son, three daughters, and 17 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies. Thouk developed a cataract in each eye two years ago, causing her blurred vision and tearing. Her symptoms make it difficult for her to see clearly, do her work well, and go outside on her own. In search of treatment, Thouk traveled three hours with her daughter to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Doctors at CSC determined that Thouk required small incision cataract surgery, during which the clouded lenses were removed and replaced with clear, intraocular lens implants. Unable to afford the procedure, Thouk needs assistance to cover the $292 surgical cost. After her recovery, Thouk will be able to see clearly once again and return to the activities she enjoys.
This is Victor, a 16-year-old boy who comes from a very hardworking Guatemalan family. He currently lives with his four siblings and parents in a humble adobe home. His mother weaves traditional maya blouses, selling them to local community members. His father used to chop wood, but he recently went into kidney failure and has been unable to work, leaving the family without resources to seek medical care for Victor. Victor's family is hoping that Victor will be able to work and help sustain the family when he has recovered. Victor was born with a congenital genital malformation called cryptorchidism. This condition led to an undescended testicle, most likely in his inguinal canal, and higher risk of testicular cancer. Without surgery, Victor will lose his ability to have children in the future. $299 will fund a simple and effective surgery, orchidopexy, to successfully fix his malformation. The appropriate vessels will be mobilized, the testes repositions, and the testicular sac ligated. This surgery provided by Watsi’s medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, will allow Victor to have a family of his own and reduce his risk for testicular cancer as he develops. Victor shares with us, “I know that I need to help my family, and I want to recover soon to continue with school. It is very important to me.” Our support will help Victor and his family tremendously.