Jeremy joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jeremy's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Josophati, a man from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.
Jeremy has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 9 countries.
Jeremy has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 9 countries.
Josophati is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have five grown children. Jospophati spends his days tending his goats, and he likes to spend quiet time chatting with his wife. Since October 2017, Josophati has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Josophati's surgery. On February 8, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Josophati was thrilled to learn his surgery would be funded. He is looking forward to no longer dealing with the pain associated with his condition He says, "Thank you Watsi for this support."
Marie-Litane is a 61-year-old woman from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She has one daughter and three grandchildren, all of whom she adores. Before the development of her condition, Marie-Litane operated a small beauty salon from within her home. She also cooks, loves to bake, and farms a little as well. Upon feeling a potential mass in her breast, Marie-Litane had a mammogram and multiple exams conducted at a nearby health center. Results confirmed a diagnosis of breast cancer. Marie-Litane has since undergone four sessions of chemotherapy. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund a mastectomy for Marie-Litane, which is scheduled to take place on July 29. The procedure will greatly decrease the risk of cancer metastasis and will hopefully allow her to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys. Marie-Litane has not felt like herself in a long time; following surgery, she is looking forward to being healthy and more independent.
Mary is a single mother of three who has been living with cancer for quite some time. She works as a cook. In 2010, Mary developed a lump in her right breast. She has had several procedures since to attempt to alleviate the symptoms. The lump returned in 2017. Mary visited a Watsi care center in August, and doctors recommended mastectomy surgery. Mary is not able to afford the procedure and needs $816 to fund it. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo surgery on September 6. She looks forward to living free of pain and getting back to work in order to continue to provide for her family.
Dah is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She retired from farming, and now her adopted son supports her. For over two months, Dah has been experiencing urinary difficulty and discomfort while walking or sitting. She has been diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Dah's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Dah is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 8. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able sit or walk without discomfort. Dah says, “I would like to stay at home and just rest for a while.”
Angela is a two-year-old little girl from Kenya. She is the youngest child in her family. She lives with her mother and grandparents. Her grandfather works as a barber, and her grandmother works as a farmer to support their family. In early 2017, Angela sustained burn injuries on her hand from a fire accident. She was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries. However, now she is having difficulty using her hand, and so has been recommended for contracture release surgery. On March 7, Angela will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,176 in funds to cover the cost of her procedure and accompanying lab, hospital, and medicine fees. "After treatment, I want my child to be able to utilize her fingers as she grows up," says Angela's mother.
Alfred is a 30-year-old father of one from Kenya who loves discussing politics and watching the news when he is well. While his wife is a farm laborer, Alfred has been unable to work for the past year due to his condition. Since June 2015, Alfred has been suffering symptoms of a brain tumor. While he was first diagnosed with epilepsy, MRI test results received towards the end of 2016 indicated that Alfred has a brain tumor. In April 2017, Alfred became paralyzed on his left side. The wait for surgery at his provincial hospital was too long, so Alfred was referred to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, for a craniotomy. Alfred complains of loss of balance and vision, painful head migraines, and altered speech. If not treated, the brain tumor might increase in size and result in brain damage or death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,495 to fund Alfred’s brain surgery, which is scheduled to take place on June 23. Alfred says, "I wish to be treated and work hard for my family. I want my child to read and excel in future."
Myo is a 46-year-old man who lives in Burma with his wife and their seven-year-old son. From 2001 to 2002, Myo and his wife lived in Thailand while searching for employment. In 2002, at a medical checkup required to extend his stay in Thailand, Myo learned that he has mitral valve regurgitation. Normally, the mitral valve keeps blood flowing from the left atrium to the left ventricle. However, with mitral valve regurgitation, the valve leaks, allowing blood to flow in the opposite direction. This can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, or swelling of the feet and ankles. At the time of the diagnosis, Myo received two weeks' worth of medication, but no follow-up appointments were scheduled. Myo experienced no symptoms of his heart condition until mid-2016, when he began to have difficulty breathing. He sought care at several hospitals. He received a free echocardiogram, which confirmed that he will need to undergo surgery to replace his mitral valve. At his appointment with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Myo spoke of the significant stress his health condition has brought him. He had to sell his motorbike to pay for medical tests and treatment. He says, "I just want to be a strong and healthy man to be able to look after my wife and young son." Fortunately, Myo is scheduled to undergo mitral valve replacement surgery on April 24. He will need financial assistance to pay the $1,500 required for the operation, transportation to and from the hospital, diagnostic procedures, lab tests, and ten nights in the hospital.
Shee is a 16-year-old boy from Burma who lives with his parents, grandmother, four sisters, and two brothers. From the time he was born, Shee has been dealing with a meningocele, an abnormal spinal development. Because of his meningocele and the nerve damage it has caused, he has never been able to walk on his two feet. He experiences pain around the fist-sized lump that has developed on his back. Since March 2017, Shee has been equipped with a custom-fit wheelchair provided by our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). In order for BCMF to develop a full treatment plan, he must undergo an MRI on March 30. BCMF is requesting $814 to cover the expenses of the MRI. With the results, doctors will decide if it is safe to repair the meningocele. Shee's mother says, "Shee cooks for the family and looks after his younger siblings at home. He is very good at fixing things around the house. Sometimes, people in the village would just give him a broken radio, or cassette player, and he would make it work again." Let's help Shee get healthy!
Allent is a 73-year-old man from Malawi. He has a large family, with 14 children and ten grandchildren. Allent works as a farmer to support his family. In his downtime, he enjoys chatting and playing with his grandchildren. For the past year, Allent has experienced uncomfortable urinary symptoms. It was determined that Allent needs prostate surgery to treat his condition. On March 14, Allent will undergo surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $733 to fund his surgery and accompanying hospital, physician, and medication fees. "I am very thankful to Watsi," says Allent.
Srey Mom is a 29-year-old garment worker who lives with her husband and daughter in Cambodia. When she is not at work, she cares for her young daughter and cooks for her family. On December 19, 2016, Srey Mom was involved in a motorbike accident, resulting in a fractured right tibia (leg bone). She went to a clinic for X-rays. Doctors recommended surgery, but she did not have enough money for treatment. She then went to a Khmer traditional healer, but her symptoms did not improve. Srey Mom cannot walk by herself, and she has been unable to work since the accident. Srey Mom's grandmother learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a tuk-tuk driver. Srey Mom and her grandmother traveled for four hours to reach CSC for evaluation and treatment. On March 31, surgeons at CSC will perform an ORIF—open reduction and internal fixation—to heal Srey Mom's fracture and allow her to walk easily again. Srey Mom needs help raising $411 to pay for the surgery, two weeks of hospital care, X-rays, and physical therapy. Let's help fund surgery for Srey Mom!
Walter is a baby boy who lives in rural Guatemala with his parents and older brother. His father works as an agricultural day laborer. Walter was born via C-section in March after a complicated pregnancy. His mother has since been unable to produce enough breastmilk to feed Walter, causing him to lose weight. Without milk, Walter will not be able to maintain his current weight or to grow. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration and provoke electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time can also be compromised, putting the baby at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize his condition, Walter was given a preliminary supply of formula. Walter's family is often unable to meet their basic expenses, which puts baby formula far outside of their economic reach. His parents have been worried about how to provide milk for Walter. Lactation failure, while dangerous, is easy to treat. By supplying Walter with formula and his family with health education, he will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one motivational education with Walter’s mother will teach her how to create a nutritious, inexpensive diet for Walter. Walter’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow to be a healthy, energetic baby. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to pay for the treatment program, which is scheduled to begin on April 4. Walter's mother shares, "I have been worried, because I don't have enough breastmilk to feed my son. My husband and I have been thinking about what to do, because we don't have the resources to buy him milk, but now I want to thank you for the help my son will receive. May God bless you. My desire is to see my son grow healthy and be able to go to school."
Moeun is a 70-year-old housewife from Cambodia with five sons and two daughters. She likes to stay at home, look after her grandchildren, and cook for her family. In 2011, Moeun fell, resulting in a fracture in her right femur. In 2012, she first came to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal her fracture. She traveled four hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Later that year, she returned to remove the hardware from the procedure. However, a few days later, she fractured her femur once again, and surgeons performed another ORIF procedure and bone graft to heal her injury. Moeun recently returned to CSC because it is difficult for her to walk, and she is in pain. Surgeons at CSC will remove the hardware from her second ORIF procedure to allow Moeun to feel comfortable again. The surgery is scheduled for January 17, and our medical partner is requesting $411 to fund the treatment.