Luke joined Watsi on November 3rd, 2015. Four years ago, Luke became the 1575th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,954 more people have become monthly donors! Luke's most recent donation supported Anifa, a student from Tanzania, to fund burn contracture release surgery.
Luke has funded healthcare for 47 patients in 13 countries.
Anifa is a student from Tanzania. Anifa is a friendly third born child in a family of four. Her mother describes her as hardworking both in school and at home. The class five student suffered severe burns on her left arm when she was three years old. While playing children's cooking games with her friends, Anifa's clothing caught fire as she was placing the cooking tin on the open fire. The severe burns saw her admitted to the hospital for a month. She healed with contractures on her left hand and armpit. At five years, she was funded by a visiting team of surgeons for a contracture release of the arm. However, the contractures on her axilla remain. The contractures limit her hand movement making it challenging to perform daily tasks. When her mother heard about our funding program from our outreach team who had visited their village, she brought her in to ask for help. Anifa is planned for a release and Z-plasty surgery in our ALMC hospital. Anifa's parents are small scale farmers of maize, rice and vegetables. Their income is limited to cater for the surgical cost and appeal for financial assistance Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Anifa receive treatment. On September 27th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to The surgery will restore Anifa's ability to move her hand with ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Anifa’s mother says, “We have always wanted to treat our daughter and correct the remaining part but due to lack of money we have not been able to do that kindly help our daughter if it’s possible.”
Rochel is a school principal from Haiti. He lives with his wife and six children on an island off the coast of Haiti; he is the principal of a local elementary school, and also a church pastor. Rochel has a cardiac condition called degenerative mitral valve disease. One of the four valves of his heart has gradually become weaker and less able to perform his function as he gets older; as a result, his heart cannot adequately pump blood through his body. Rochel will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On September 16th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair the valve so that it functions more normally. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $40000 to pay for surgery. Rochel'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 Rochel's family overseas. Rochel says, "I am thankful to God and to everyone who is helping to make this surgery possible for me!"
Chit is a 30-year-old man who lives with his wife, daughter, son and father-in-law in Noh Poe Village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. Chit’s daughter and son go to school. Chit, together with his wife and father-in-law work as farmers on land they rent. Chit’s family does not have regular income, but they sell durian and betel nut that they grow in their garden. Seven years ago, Chit started to experience pain in his lower left abdomen. He also had difficulty passing urine so he went to Myawaddy Hospital for help. He received an ultrasound and an x-ray before the doctor informed him that he has a urinary tract infection (UTI) and a kidney stone. He was treated for the UTI but he did not received treatment for the kidney stone. He was given a follow-up appointment for every month, to receive medication for the abdominal pain. He continued to return for his appointments until late-2018, but when he did not feel better he followed his neighbour’s suggestion and sought help at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand on 20 February 2019. When Chit arrived at MTC, he received an ultrasound as well as a urine and blood test. After the tests, the medic informed him that he has a kidney stone and he was prescribed some medication. On 29 February, MTC referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, he underwent an intravenous pyelogram (IVP) and was asked to return to MSH for his follow-up appointments and he returned several times. Eventually, he was told that the kidney stone had moved into his urethra and that he would need to undergo laser treatment to break up the stone. Currently, Chit still experiences pain in his lower left abdomen and sometimes he has difficulty passing urine. He worries that his condition will get worse if he does not get treatment. Sometimes his urine has blood in it, especially when he drinks less water and he has difficulty passing urine. Sometimes, he feels like the pain of his abdominal is worse and he is not able to walk or work. He is unable to sleep, and he feels more comfortable when he lies down and rests. In his free time, Chit loves to forage for vegetables in the forest.
Woodmylens is a preschooler from Haiti. He lives with his mother and father on a farm in the mountains of central Haiti; he likes playing with toy cars and listening to music. Woodmylens has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in his heart was severely damaged due to a fever he suffered earlier in childhood, and cannot adequately pump blood through his body. Woodmylens will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On July 29, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will first attempt to repair the damaged valve; if this is not possible, they will implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Mitral Foundation, is contributing $6,000 to pay for surgery. Woodmylens'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 Woodmylens's family overseas. His mother says, "We are looking forward to this surgery so that our son can start school as a healthy boy."
Mu Htoo is a 46-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and one daughter in Bwe Klar Village, Phop Phra District, Tak Province. Mu Htoo has been diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor. Doctors want Mu Htoo to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Mu Htoo's CT scan and care, scheduled for May 22. Mu Htoo says, "It was uncomfortable for me to lie down and I could not sleep or eat because I felt pain around my waist."
Rithy is a 32-year-old cashew farmer from Cambodia. He likes to play football, listen to music, and go for walks with his wife. In January 2019, Rithy suffered from a machinery accident while working on his farm, injuring his right hand. He has since been treated at a referral hospital, but later developed a loss of sensation in his hand. He is unable to make a fist with his hand, and does not have any feeling in the skin around his injury. When Rithy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On April 30, surgeons at CSC will perform a groin flap procedure to help him regain feeling and movement in his hand. Now, he needs help to fund this $606 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery is complete, I will be able to return back to my work and my hand will no longer give me any issues."
Baraka is a baby from Tanzania. His parents are small-scale farmers. Baraka 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, Baraka has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Baraka will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Baraka that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 2 and will drain the excess fluid from Baraka's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Baraka will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Baraka’s mother says, “Please help my son because we have nowhere to get the money needed for his surgery”
Daly is a young woman from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to watch TV, listen to music, and go for walks with her family. At the age of seven, Daly fell off her bike, causing a deformity in her lower back. She now experiences lower back pain and difficulty breathing. Daly will undergo spinal surgery to correct her lumbar spine. The procedure is scheduled for January 22 and will cost $1,500. She says, "I hope that I will not suffer any more pain, have difficulty breathing or sleeping, and that I will look better."
Min is 17-year-old boy from Burma. Min and his 14-year-old sister support their family, working as agricultural day laborers four months out of the year. During the rest of the year they do odd jobs or their family has to borrow money to buy food. Min's vision became blurry when a small piece of metal flew into his left eye, injured the lens in his eye, and caused him to develop cataract. He also has pain in his left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Min. On March 5, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Min's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "After surgery I will go back to the wood mill, and I will work as a wood cutter for them," says Min.
Mu Ku is a one-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two older sisters, and one older brother in Ku Tha Lo Der Village in Karen State. Her two sisters attend school and her parents work as subsistence farmers. When Mu Ku was born, her parents immediately noticed her missing digits and the constriction around her left foot. Her foot has since swelled significantly. Doctors want Mu Ku to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Mu Ku's MRI and care, scheduled for February 25.
Paul is a casual laborer from Kenya. He is a father of four children. In August 2018, Paul sustained a tibia fracture. He is not able to walk on his own without pain and discomfort. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 7, Paul will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Paul says, “I hope that with the treatment, I will be able to walk.”
Salha is a young student from Tanzania. She is the second in a family of three children. For one year, Salha has been experiencing difficulty breathing and sleeping. Frequent illness causes her to miss school Salha was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Salha, which is scheduled to take place on October 19. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Salha of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Salha’s father says, “Please help us. We want to help our daughter but the cost of the surgery is too high for us to afford."