Shashank joined Watsi on April 1st, 2015. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Shashank's most recent donation traveled 3,100 miles to support Roselyn, a shopkeeper from Kenya, to fund spine surgery.
Shashank has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 9 countries.
Shashank has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 9 countries.
Roselyn is a 29-year-old shopkeeper from Kenya. She has nine siblings and currently lives with her twin sister. Roselyn has unfortunately been diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis. Consequently, she experiences great pain in her back and is unable to lift heavy objects. While she used to operate a retail shop, her condition has forced her to close her business. For two years, Roselyn managed her back pain with painkillers. By 2015, her discomfort intensified, prompting her to seek treatment. She was eventually directed to our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital, where surgeons confirmed her diagnosis and advised immediate surgery and medications. On top of the $1,237 subsidized by Roselyn's family, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of Roselyn's spinal fusion, medications, and hospital stay. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 11 and, once completed, will hopefully relieve Roselyn of her pain and allow her to return to her former activities with ease. “Before the sickness, I could have a job and a shop to support my parents, after the surgery I want to continue supporting my family and be able to do even simple things like washing my clothes and the house," says Roselyn.
Angel is a two-year-old toddler who lives in the Philippines with her parents. Angel was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too few calories, proteins, and nutrients. Beginning on July 5, Angel will receive at-home malnutrition treatment through our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM will provide Angel with nutrient enriched food packs to help her gain weight and achieve optimal physical and mental development. The program will also teach her family about proper nutrition, sanitation, and organic gardening to better care for their daughter. ICM is requesting $173 to cover the cost of Angel’s ongoing care. "I hope that Angel will recover from malnutrition and become a healthy child so that she'll be able to finish her studies," her mother says.
Filesi is a 45-year-old farmer and mother of two from Malawi. Filesi lives with her husband and together they cultivate their land. Filesi is very close to her children and likes to spend her free time with her kids and grandkids. For the past five years, Filesi has been struggling with an epigastric hernia (in her upper abdomen) as well as an umbilical hernia. These hernias have become progressively worse over time, since the family hasn't had enough money to pay for the surgeries. On June 6, Filesi will undergo surgery to repair both hernias. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund the total cost of the procedure. After her procedure, Filesi will be able to go back to her normal life and resume daily activities without pain and discomfort.
Enoth is a 40-year-old husband and father of five children from Uganda. He works as a mechanic, and his wife grows crops to feed their family. Enoth uses his small income to support his children's education and other needs. In his free time, he watches soccer and participates in community games. He also enjoys listening to music while he works. For the last six months, Enoth has endured pain from appendicitis. He experienced difficulty bending and squatting, and he had trouble falling asleep. He tried pain relievers that he received from a local clinic, but they were not helpful. Eventually, he visited our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. Now, a surgery is scheduled for March 16, and our medical partner is requesting $307 to fund the appendicitis treatment. Enoth will pay $4. “Thank you so much," says Enoth. "I may not have enough to pay you back for the help, but I pray for blessings upon the donors.”
Kamene is an adorable three-month-old girl from Kenya. The family of three children lives in a one-room rental house. Her parents do casual tasks, such as laundry and farming, to sustain the family's needs. At birth, Kamene was diagnosed with spina bifida, an incomplete formation of the spine. She was at risk of developing tethered cord syndrome—a neurological disorder that limits the movement of the spinal cord—and paralysis of her lower limbs. Unfortunately, there was a doctors' strike at the time of Kamene's diagnosis. Her family traveled to Tanzania to repair the spinal defect. They are still in debt to the hospital in Tanzania. Later, when Kamene was two months old, her head began increasing in size. A scan was conducted, and Kamene was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid accumulates in the skull, causing the brain to swell. If her condition is left untreated, Kamene is at risk of increased intracranial pressure, which may result in brain damage. Kamene was referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, and brain surgery was recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $685 to fund the treatment. The surgery is scheduled for April 13. “Each day has brought pain and struggle in our family as we watch Kamene cry helplessly," says Kamene's mother. "If there is anything I could do, I would not hesitate, so as to eliminate whatever she is undergoing. I hope that someday she will be well.”
66-year-old Inozanne, a native of Haiti, describes herself as a lover of the earth. In fact, she used to earn her living by working with the land—she grew beans and raised cattle on a small patch of land. However, in October of 2016, her house, cattle, and land were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. These losses are made all the more financially and emotionally difficult by the fact that Inozanne is also battling breast cancer. In July 2016, she discovered a small mass in her right breast, and she has been receiving chemotherapy since September. However, Inozanne’s doctors have advised her that in order to completely defeat the cancer, she also needs to undergo a mastectomy, or complete removal of her right breast tissue. Inozanne will receive this surgery on March 18. Unfortunately, she cannot afford to pay for it on her own. For $1,085, we can fully sponsor Inozanne’s mastectomy, as well as her lab tests, two-day hospital stay, and roundtrip travel to the medical center. Receiving this mastectomy will not only decrease the pain that Inozanne feels in her chest, but will also allow her to support her large family once more. Once fully recovered, she would like to begin a new career selling cooking ingredients. Let’s make sure this resilient woman has the chance to pursue all of these goals.
Joshua is a four-year-old boy living in Tanzania. He two siblings, including a twin. He enjoys playing with his siblings and looks forward to attending school with them. As Joshua grew, he experienced pain in his legs. His mother noticed that his legs began to bend. They sought treatment from our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. Joshua was diagnosed with genu varus, or bowleggedness. Without treatment, he would continue to experience difficulty walking. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 19. "I see that my son wants to go to school when his siblings go, and I hope that after he has been treated, he will be able to join them" says Joshua's mother. Joshua's mother needs financial assistance to help treat her son. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $940 in funding.
Kar Aung is a one-year-old boy from Burma. One of six siblings, he lives with his mother, father, and older brother on a relative’s farm. His mother hopes that he will become a medic when he grows up. Hours after Kar Aung was born in September 2015, his mother noticed an abnormal growth on his nose. A few days later, she took him to a private clinic, where the doctors diagnosed Kar Aung with nasofrontal encephalocele. This neural tube defect, resulting from a failure of the neural tube to fully close during fetal development, causes protrusions of the brain through openings in the skull. Kar Aung and his mother returned to the clinic four times, at great financial cost. Each time, they received medication, but his symptoms never improved. Finally, Kar Aung’s father contacted our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). In March of 2016, six-month-old Kar Aung and his parents made the long, expensive journey to MTC. Upon examination, Kar Aung was diagnosed with tuberculosis and nasofrontal encephalocele. “I worried that my son will not be cured, as I have never seen kids like this in my village,” Kar Aung’s mother says. “I will always love him." Fortunately, Kar Aung is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 13. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to cover medications, surgery, transportation, and two weeks of hospital stay. When Kar Aung is fully recovered, he should be pain-free and able to see clearly.
Hy is a 32-year-old farmer who has two older sisters. He enjoys playing soccer. When he was ten years old, Hy had an ear infection in his left ear. He developed a cholesteatoma, a growth in his middle ear. Since then, he experienced ear discharge, hearing loss, pain, and a buzzing in his ear. His symptoms often prevented him from working on his farm. When Hy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for half an hour to seek treatment. On December 15, ENT surgeons at CSC performed a mastoidectomy in Hy's left ear. After recovery, his hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. "I hope that...I can go to work on my farm as normal," says Hy.
Srey Pov is an 11-year-old student who lives in Cambodia with two sisters and one brother. She likes to read her school books, watch the song channel on TV, and clean around her home. In September, Srey Pov fell from a tree and injured herself. She developed a bone spur in her left arm. A bone spur is a tiny pointed outgrowth of bone that develops in areas of inflammation or injury. Srey Pov sought treatment from a Khmer traditional healer, but her symptoms did not improve. She was in pain, and she had difficulty moving her arm. When Srey Pov learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled four hours with her mother in hopes of receiving treatment. On October 27, she underwent a repair surgery, during which doctors removed the bone spur from her arm. Her family needs help to fund this $224 procedure. After recovery, Srey Pov will be able to use her arm easily.
“I hope to get help so I can go back to cultivating my banana plantation," shares 94-year-old Munubi. Munubi lives in Uganda with his grandaughter. He spent two years with his first wife who died and left him with one son, who later died too. He married his second wife; they lived together for 35 years, and she too died but without bearing a child. Munubi has a small banana plantation which is now in bad shape because he is unable to care for it due to pain and old age. Munubi developed swellings in his inguinal region two years ago. He feels pain whenever he walks long distances and when he sits for a long time. At night, he doesn’t sleep well because he feels as if his intestines are turning around. He had never reported his condition to a hospital, because of lack of money. He has been using herbs, thinking he would get relief, but that did not work. Munubi came to Watsi's medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) after learning that there is help for people in need of surgery. He has been diagnosed with acquired bilateral hydrocele & a left inguinal hernia. He has no money to pay for his treatment. $249 will cover Munubi's medical expenses and stay at the hospital. After surgery, Munubi hopes to get well and rehabilitate his banana plantation.
Tollors is a 40-year-old farmer living in Cambodia with his two sons and two daughters. He spends his time fishing, listening to the news, and finding more work to support his children. In June 2016, Tollors dislocated his left elbow in a motor vehicle accident. He has had persistent pain and has been unable to bend his left elbow. He and his family sought traditional Khmer medication to help his symptoms, but it has not been effective. Tollors and his wife traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for further evaluation. His doctors recommended he have a joint stabilization procedure, inserting a pin to stabilize the elbow joint. They tell us that $450 will cover Tollors's cost of the procedure, supplies, medications, and four days of inpatient care. Following his procedure and recovery, Tollors will have better mobility of his left elbow, and his pain will resolve. "I hope my husband can use his elbow normally again and not be in pain after his operation," Tollors's wife shares.