Merrick joined Watsi on April 8th, 2017. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Merrick's most recent donation supported Jane, a baby from Kenya, to fund brain surgery.
Merrick has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 2 countries.
Jane is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest of three children. Jane has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Jane has been experiencing irritability and she is at risk of brain damage. Without treatment, Jane will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Jane that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 30 and will drain the excess fluid from Jane's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Jane will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I am glad that God has come in through Watsi,” says Jane’s mother.
Sochea is a 37-year-old cleaner from Cambodia. She likes to take care of her two sons and one daughter, do housework, and spend time at the farm. Sochea developed an ear infection in her left ear when she was seven years old. The infection eventually spread to both ears and perforated both her right and left eardrums. As a result, Sochea experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. It is therefore difficult for her to communicate with people at work. Sochea originally went to a hospital in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, for treatment. However, she did not have enough money to pay for the necessary surgery. She later heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, from a relative. She traveled for one hour by motorbike with her mother to receive treatment. On January 23, ENT surgeons at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will perform a special surgery called a bilateral myringoplasty, repairing both of Sochea's perforated eardrums and stopping the discharge and pain. Over time, Sochea's hearing will improve. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $831, which will pay for Sochea's surgery, medications, and eight nights in the hospital.
Lynn is a five-year-old girl from Kenya. She is a very smiley child. She lives with her mother, brother, and grandparents. Lynn is currently in nursery school, and her mother works as a secretary at a high school. In June 2015, Lynn and her brother were sleeping when they were both bitten by a red spitting cobra. Both were taken to the hospital and treated, but Lynn's case was worse. The venom had spread to her hand, leaving her unable to properly use it. Lynn has undergone previous [surgery](https://watsi.org/profile/1a0ddff4f01d-lynn) funded by Watsi, but she needs more treatment. On March 1, Lynn will undergo tendon and nerve repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,064 to cover the cost of Lynn's treatment. Lynn's family has already raised $206 to contribute to her surgery. “I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Lynn. After surgery, Lynn will regain use of her right hand, putting her closer to achieving her dream!
Bengrong is a 55-year-old rice farmer. She has two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Bengrong likes to go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray and join ceremonies. She also likes to read books. One year ago, Bengrong developed a cataract in each eye, which has resulted in blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for Bengrong to work or go anywhere by herself, and she is worried about going blind one day. Bengrong traveled for three hours with her son-in-law to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. After a cataract surgery and lens implant in each eye, Bengrong will be able to see clearly again. Bengrong says, "I hope to see more clearly than now, so that I can work, cook, and read easily." CSC is requesting $292 to fund the cataract procedure.