Dean joined Watsi on June 28th, 2014. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Dean's most recent donation traveled 7,200 miles to support Luciano, a three-year-old boy from Guatemala, to control his seizures.
Dean has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 7 countries.
Dean has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 7 countries.
“I want to fight for my little one. I want him to be healthy and strong like his siblings,” says the mother of Luciano, a three-year-old boy from Guatemala who loves looking at picture books and playing make-believe with his sister. Luciano came to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), with developmental delays. “Luciano was born normal and healthy but over time began to have regular seizures and fevers,” explains WK. “Luciano also suffers from malnutrition. He is hospitalized every 15 to 30 days, and his mother is running out of money to afford his medical care.” The financial impact of Luciano’s care has made it difficult for his mother to buy food for the family and school supplies for his five siblings. Her time away from work to accompany Luciano to the hospital also decreases the amount of money available to support the family. $1,385 will fund a thorough diagnostic work-up, treatment, and ongoing therapy for Luciano. “This treatment will allow Luciano to receive medical visits, the correct anti-seizure medication and physical/speech therapy,” says WK. “This will improve his quality of life, ability to communicate, and potential for success. His health will improve, and he will not have to go to the hospital regularly.” Let’s help make that happen for Luciano!
24-year-old Sorng lives in Cambodia and sells wares at a local market. He studies English in his free time and hopes that his language skills will help him get a job that pays higher wages. “Sorng has a perforated ear drum in his left ear after five years of recurrent ear infections,” explains our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “He also has bad hearing. Discharge occurs about three times each month, and it causes him pain.” The recurrent ear infections are known as chronic otitis media. The perforation, or tear, in Sorng’s eardrum, results in hearing loss and discharge, or fluid, that drains from his middle ear. For $399, doctors can perform a myringoplasty, a surgical procedure to repair the tear in Sorng’s eardrum. CSC tells us that after surgery, Sorng “will no longer have discharge, and his hearing will return after a while.” Let’s help make that happen for Sorng!
"Christina is a beautiful, smiling girl and she loves singing," says our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM). "But she cannot sing properly with her condition." Meet Christina, a six-year-old girl from Malawi. Christina has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition consisting of higher intracranial pressure as a result of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. For Christina, this means a she has a “big head, cannot walk, see, or talk properly. She is also incontinent of stool and urine because of the condition," says WAM. "She has severe headaches as her head is just too big, and this cannot hold the neck properly," WAM adds. "[Her parents] are in great need of some financial assistance from well-wishers to help them with surgery.” $992 will fund surgery to insert a shunt and drain the fluid in Christina's head. This will resolve her symptoms and treat the hydrocephalus. “Christina's parents are looking forward to seeing their daughter grow up like any normal child," WAM continues. "They would love to see her talk properly, enroll in school and be educated."
“When my feet are straight, I will join a tailoring class and start a business of my own later on,” says Imakulata. Meet Imakulata, a 14-year-old girl from Tanzania. Imakulata is the second born child in a family of three. Imakulata has never been to school “due to the fact that her peers used to laugh at the way she walks,” explains our medical partner at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Imakulata has unilateral clubfoot. Instead of going to school, she stays at home and helps her parents with everyday chores such as cleaning the house, washing the dishes, and cooking. “Imakulata’s gait has been affected due to the fact that she has to use the lateral aspect of her right foot for walking,” AMHF tells us. “She is at high risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age if remains untreated.” Imakulata’s father spends most of his earned income on alcohol, which makes Imakulata’s mother the sole provider for the family’s financial needs. Imakulata’s mother works at a market selling fresh fruits and vegetables, but the income she earns can barely cover the basic needs of the family, let alone Imakulata’s medical treatment costs. For $1,160 we can help Imakulata access the healthcare she needs. Let’s help Imakulata receive a life-changing surgery and get her into the classroom.
"Fernando is a shy but very intelligent boy," shares our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). "He knows how to read and is starting to do math by himself." Five-year-old Fernando has a congenital heart disease called ventricular septal defect. "Fernando was born with a hole between the two ventricles (lower chambers) of his heart," says HCA. "Because of this hole, blood can flow back to his body without first obtaining oxygen from the lungs, leading to fatigue and heart failure." "He has not yet started kindergarten because of his illness," HCA continues. "But his family is eager to send him to school after his surgery. He would also like to learn how to speak English!" Health City Cayman Islands has contributed $7500 toward surgery that will close the hole in his heart, and $1500 will cover the remaining costs, which includes overseas transportation from Haiti. "We tried many, many hospitals who all told us it wasn't possible for him to have surgery," Fernando's mother shares. "But we kept praying and our prayers were answered!"
Say hi to Teresia, a 40-year-old wife and mother of two living in Kenya. In September of 2014, Teresia started experiencing irregular and severe bleeding and lower abdominal pain, which is now getting worse. After visiting many hospitals without receiving much help, she was diagnosed with uterine fibroids (noncancerous growths in the uterus). "If not treated, Teresia will continue to bleed and may suffer anaemia... the fibroids will continue to grow which will affect surrounding body organs," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Teresia needs a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy which will relieve her from pain, bleeding and the risk of anemia. Unfortunately, her family's financial situation is grim; her husband can no longer work as he is under medical care following a road traffic accident. Teresia sells green groceries, but the income is not enough to meet the family's basic needs and pay for her important surgery. "I have always wanted to expand my small business and hope I will get assistance so that I can be well and achieve that. My family is depending on my strength, so I really need it back,'' says Teresia. For $790, we can help Teresia obtain the treatment she needs for a full recovery. Let's help her regain her health so she can expand her business and support her family!
“I have spent a lot of time thinking about treatment costs and transportation, and am willing to live with cancer rather than the burden it would impose on my family,” explains Daw Myint. “If I recover, I would like to open a shop in front of my house and sell veggies, meat and fish.” Daw Myint is a 56-year-old mother of five children, who lives with her husband and their son in Burma. When she feels well enough to cook, Daw Myint earns a meager income selling snacks. Their son works as a mechanic to pay the family’s rent and bills, and another daughter is occasionally able to send money. Because of their tight finances, Daw Myint has not been able to seek treatment for the heavy flow, dizziness and muscle cramps she has been experiencing for the past two years due to a cervical polyp. “She is extremely concerned that her condition may turn into cancer due to her age,” reports our medical partner Burma Border Projects. “She has lived with her symptoms as a secret because her family doesn’t make enough to live comfortably, and she is also concerned because if she waits longer and her symptoms get worse, she would be more of a burden to her family. If she has cancer, she is willing to live with it untreated because they can’t afford it financially.” For $1,500, we can fund surgery to remove the polyp as well as comprehensive treatment for Daw Myint as she recovers. Let’s help Daw Myint return to her husband, children and grandchildren, and to resume the activities she loves like gardening and cooking to provide for her loved ones!
“I am working hard so that I can buy land and ensure my children’s future home,” shares Martha, a 42-year-old mother of three school-aged children. Martha lives and works at her grocery business in Nairobi with her children, while her husband lives in their rural home. Martha has been experiencing heavy and irregular abdominal bleeding that leaves her feeling weak and unable to work. Her family’s financial status has meant that Martha has had to choose between medical attention for herself or her children’s education, and she has chosen to invest in her children. Recently, Martha was connected with our medical partners at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), who have diagnosed Martha with uterine fibroids. “If surgery is not done, Martha will continue feeling weak and not able to work, “ explains the team at AMHF. “The masses might also become cancerous, which might result in a premature death.” For $800 we can fund a total abdominal hysterectomy for Martha, which will address her fibroid and heavy abdominal bleeding. Let’s help Martha regain her strength so that she can return to work and fulfill her goal of supporting her children.
"Jackson was born with congenital deformity of the feet," his doctors write, "which later on will affect his gait and restrict his mobility if not treated." Jackson is a baby boy from Tanzania who was born with clubfoot, a condition which causes his feet to grow inwards instead of straight, and makes walking painful. "Jackson’s parents badly need financial support so that their son can get the help he needs," Jackson's medical team says. "They rely on farming and that does not bring in enough cash to cover their basic needs as well as Jackson’s treatment. Jackson is very active. He likes to jump on her mother’s laps and enjoys to be carried around." Jackson's mother adds, “Our hope is for our son to be able to walk when the time comes. Being able to walk properly will give him the freedom to walk to school and the ability to do other things with ease." With $1,160, we can fund Jackson's surgery, repair his feet, and enable him to get a healthy start at life -- and one day, school!
Meet Cecilia, a playful one-year-old girl from Tanzania. The third born in her family of five, Cecilia loves to play with toys and is never too far from her mother’s side. Cecilia’s parents work very hard to support their family. “Her mother is a self-employed cook, preparing morning bites and afternoon meals for staff working at a local dispensary in their village,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Cecilia’s farther works as a guard at the same dispensary. Cecilia has started to walk but she is using the lateral aspect of her left foot to support herself, a condition known as unilateral club foot, and is experiencing pain as a result. While her parents are able to provide for their families living expenses, they are unable to afford the medical care Cecilia needs in order to treat this condition. Cecilia’s doctors tell us, “If not treated, Cecilia is at high risk of developing early osteoarthritis of the small bones of the foot.” $1,160 will cover the entire treatment plan for Cecilia, including x-rays, casts, club foot surgery and recovery! With this treatment, she will be able to walk properly for the rest of her life. “We hope that defect can be corrected to allow her to walk properly and later on be able to go school and grow up like other children,” said Cecilia’s mother. Together we can give Cecilia access to the care she needs!
Meet Srey Lin, a 17-year-old from Cambodia! Srey Lin is a student who "really likes to play football with her friends, and is one of the few girls that will play with the boys," according to the staff at our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Recently, while playing football with her friends, she fell and fractured her wrist. CSC adds, "now she can’t go to school because it is impossible for her to write without there being pain. So she can’t go to school and can’t work, and she feels like a horrible burden on her parents." Due to financial status, Srey Lin’s parents cannot afford to pay for the corrective treatment. A friend referred Srey Lin to CSC where they are certain they can help! Srey Lin’s treatment at CSC will include an Open Reduction and Internal Fixation or ORIF surgery to repair the fracture in her wrist. With this surgery, CSC says Srey Lin "will have full range of motion in her wrist and no more pain." For $405, we can fund this surgery and help Srey Lin get back to school and the football field, pain free!
Marvens is a five-month-old baby boy from Haiti. He is the first born in his family, who love him, but his health is off to a rocky start. He was born with hydrocephalus, which means there is excess fluid on his brain. Because of his condition, he’s been very sick with flu symptoms and seizures. Marvens needs to have a shunt placed to remove the excess fluid from his brain, allowing him to have a healthy childhood. His mother works in retail and his father is a mechanic, but they are currently unemployed and don’t have family members who can help pay for treatment. According to our medical partner, Project Medishare, this procedure “will give him access to a healthy life and he will be able to go to school one day and enjoy his childhood.” For just $1260, we can help Marvens pay for life-saving medical care - let’s pitch in and make it happen!