X-Team joined Watsi on July 10th, 2017. 18 other people also joined Watsi on that day! X-Team's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Fabrice, a baby boy from Kenya, to fund brain surgery.
X-Team has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
X-Team has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
Fabrice is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Fabrice has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Fabrice has been experiencing irritability and and increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Fabrice will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Fabrice that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 30 and will drain the excess fluid from Fabrice's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Fabrice will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “Our entire family was shocked to learn of this condition but we are all praying for God’s will in Fabrice’s life,” says Fabrice’s mother.
Mbwana is a child from Tanzania. He has been diagnosed with acquired bilateral genu varus. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Mbwana has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Mbwana. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 6. Treatment will hopefully restore Mbwana's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Mbwana’s mother says, “Please help us.”
Dickens is a teenager from Kenya. He is in seventh grade and is a very strong student. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He also enjoys dancing and playing soccer. Dickens was born with genu varus, or bow-leggedness. He cannot walk properly and cannot run. He is scheduled to undergo a surgery that will realign his bones so that he will be able to walk normally. Surgery is scheduled for November 22 and will cost $1,165. He says, “My desire is to walk without any difficulty, that’s why we are seeking for support to undergo for surgery.”
Alex is a child from Kenya. In early November, he fell and sustained a closed fracture on his right upper arm. If not treated, Alex will continue to experience pain, and the fracture may not heal correctly. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 13, Alex will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Alex will be able to use his hand again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “We hope the surgery will be successful,” says Alex’s mother.
Chhun is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. She has two younger sisters. She likes to go for walks and play with her sisters. When she was an infant, she accidentally burned her foot on a fire. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around her burn. It is difficult for her to wear shoes and walk normally. When Chhun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On October 17, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help her walk easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure. Her father says, "I hope my daughter's surgery goes well and she can walk easily."
Christian is a baby from Tanzania. He is the first-born baby in his family. Christian loves to play with other kids and is very active. His father works as a driver, and his mother is a housewife. Christian has been experiencing trouble breathing and eating and frequent sleep apnea. Frequent illness causes the family to make repeated trips to the hospital. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Christian's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Christian, which is scheduled to take place on June 14. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Christian of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Christian’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he is able to eat well, breath without gasping for air, and have a peaceful sleep.”
En is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, four sons, and twenty grandchildren. She likes to go to the local pagoda and listen to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, En developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia and blurred vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When En learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 12, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I want to go to the pagoda, participate in ceremonies and most of all, I want to be able to recognize my relatives well."
Natamba is a student from Uganda. He is the second of six children. Unfortunately, Natamba lost his mother in 2010. Natamba’s father is a businessman. When Natamba grows up, he wants to become a teacher. For five months, Natamba has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. The swelling causes him pain and discomfort, and this is affecting his performance in school. Fortunately, on May 16, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund Natamba's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. He says, "After surgery I will continue with my education."
Two-year-old Precious is the daughter of small farmers in Uganda. When healthy, she enjoys playing with her three siblings and the other children in her village. Precious especially enjoys running and singing and likes to follow her older siblings when they are going to school. She also likes to hold her younger four-month-old baby brother. Precious was recently diagnosed with malaria. She was sick for two days and was brought to the hospital with symptoms including high fevers, vomiting, and convulsions. Through our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, Precious will receive treatment on May 31 including antimalarials, fluids, and fever reducers. To fund her treatment, The Kellermann Foundation requests $120 in addition to the $2 contributed by her family. When she is feeling better, Precious will be able to play with the other children in the family and village again. Her mother hopes to send her to school next year. "May God bless all the donors. I thank them for their support helping my daughter to get treatment. We have not been able to save, and this is a great blessing," says Precious's mother.
Two-year-old Sylvester lives with his parents in their single-room home in Tanzania. Because of the limited space, the room serves multiple purposes for the family. One day, as his mother was preparing food, Sylvester moved closer to the pot and inserted his arm into the boiling water. “I quickly grabbed him and rushed him to the nearby dispensary clinic and then the district hospital," Sylvester's mother shares. "When the wound recovered, he couldn't extend his fingers." As the skin on Sylvester’s hand healed from the burn injury, the scar thickened and tightened, forming a contracture that limits movement of his hand and fingers. The family decided to visit our medical partner, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). "One neighbor who once was treated at CCBRT advised us to come to CCBRT's Disability Hospital," Sylvester's mother continues. "Sylvester was examined, but we couldn't afford for him to be treated. I am a homemaker, and my husband is a laborer.” Sylvester is scheduled to undergo surgery to release the contractures on his hand on March 6. His family needs help raising $1,036 to pay for his operation, one month of hospital care, food, medicine, medical supplies, and dressing changes. With treatment at CCBRT, Sylvester has the opportunity to succeed at school, feed himself, and have a full and productive life. “I will be glad to see Sylvester’s fingers corrected so he can hold a pen properly, among other things he loves to do with his hands," says his mother. "I thank God for everything. He has heard my cry.’’
When ten-year-old Chy isn’t working hard in his fourth grade classes, he likes to play football and read books. A native of Cambodia, he has two sisters and two brothers. Chy has developed a hemangioma, a noncancerous growth, in his upper lip. The growth causes him pain and makes it hard for him to drink and eat. He and his mother traveled for four hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, where his doctors determined that removing the growth will make Chy’s mouth pain-free again. To accomplish this, Chy will undergo surgery on March 13. While his family does not have the means to pay for the procedure, we can help. For $224, we can sponsor his operation, as well as the tests and week-long hospital stay Chy will need to recover safely. Let’s make sure Chy heals quickly so that he can focus on his studies, his siblings, and football.