Joseph joined Watsi on March 26th, 2013. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Joseph's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Damari, a boy from Tanzania, to drain the fluid in his brain.
Joseph has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.
Damari was extremely active and curious before developing hydrocephalus, a condition that causes the circumference of his head to increase so that it is now too heavy for him to carry. His parents say that they want Damari to be able to spend hours running around pretending to race cars or play with his younger sister again. They tend to their livestock to earn money for the family while Damari lives with his grandmother. His grandmother says, "I love my grandson very much, having him around brings so much joy. However, since he fell sick I cannot do much because I have to constantly be close by him, feeding him, changing him, etc. My prayer is for him to get well!" For $905, Damari will undergo a procedure called ventriculoperitoneal shunting. This surgery will place a tube into the fluid-filled chambers inside his brain to drain them and release pressure. After the surgery, Damari will no longer be at risk of blindness and is expected to make a full recovery to continue with normal growth.
When Claudia was three years old, she began to regress developmentally, losing the ability to walk and talk. Claudia lives with her grandmother, but her grandmother has been unable to provide her with proper early nutrition. As a result, Claudia needs intensive nutritional rehabilitation and physical therapy to help her grow up healthy. Her doctor writes that she has been “immobile for so long that some of her joints are starting to contract and lose their flexibility.” Thanks to Wuqu’ Kawoq, we can ensure that Claudia will receive the best treatment Guatemala has to offer. They can help Claudia regain some of the abilities she's lost over the past few years. For $1,350, we can fund Claudia’s treatments so she can live her life to the fullest!
Wai Linn is a 1-year-old boy from Burma who was born with corneal scarring that makes him nearly blind. In very bright light, he can begin to make out objects, but his lack of vision is already stunting his development and worrying his family. A $2000 surgery can restore Wai Linn's sight and give him a shot at a normal life, with education and work prospects like anyone else. Wai Linn’s grandmother is very worried about him. She and his family sought treatment for him immediately after he was born with white cloudy eyes, but after repeatedly borrowing money to pay for his medical bills, they are now running out of options. Watsi's Medical Partner says, "she is very emotional, and says that she worries he won’t be able to live a normal life." Let's help Wai Linn get the medical care he needs to grow up normally.
Alma comes from an extremely remote community in Panama. There are no roads to her village. The only way to and from it is by boat across extremely rough waters. Alma has a growing tumor called a retinoblastoma behind her left eye. The tumor has already destroyed the affected eye, and if it's not removed, it will invade her right eye and attack the surrounding tissue,"ultimately resulting in death," according to her doctors. Alma is cared for by her uncle, who is ready and willing to make the journey with her to Panama City for surgery if we can cover the cost of transportation and treatment. Let's raise the $1450 Alma needs to have this tumor removed and have a chance at a healthy life.