Md. joined Watsi on December 1st, 2017. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Md.'s most recent donation supported Stephen, a young boy from Kenya, to fund corrective testicular surgery.
Md. has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 4 countries.
Md. has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 4 countries.
Stephen is a five-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his parents, both of whom are subsistence farmers. Ever since he was born, Stephen has had an undescended left testicle. Doctors assured his parents that it would descend by the time he turned five, but this has proven to not be the case. His parents are eager to find treatment so that Stephen can avoid the potential complications of his condition, which include testicular cancer, hernias, and infertility. His parents also fear that Stephen will be teased by his peers at school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $535 to cover the cost of Stephen's operation. His treatment is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Stephen to live a life free from the medical risks associated with his current condition. “I want to be a driver when I grow up," shares Stephen.
Kenyangi is a 36-year-old single mother of one from Uganda. She works very hard to pay for her child to attend high school. Kenyangi complains of a progressively enlarging neck swelling that has been present for about 15 years. What started as a small swelling gradually grew in size to the point where it is now difficult for her to swallow. Kenyangi tried herbal medicines and was even scheduled to have an operation, however the herbal medicines were unsuccessful and she was never surgically attended to due to a huge number of patients waiting for treatment. Kenyangi has been diagnosed with a multinodular goitre and requires a thyroidectomy to help her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $240 to cover the cost of the procedure, which is scheduled to take place on June 27. Once completed, this surgery should greatly improve Kenyangi's quality of life, work, and well-being. “I am grateful for the support being given to me by Watsi because I have spent a long time with this condition without money for the surgery and I hope to regain the normal appearance of the neck and swallow well without pain," shares Kenyangi.
Jackyto is a six-year-old boy from southern Haiti. He is in the first grade and likes going to school and drawing. Jackyto has four siblings and his parents are farmers. Jackyto was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This means he has a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. As a result, not enough oxygen is delivered to his body, leaving him sick and weak. Although Watsi has already funded Jackyto's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/e95b7420cae8-jackyto) to the hospital for his surgery, he is still in need of $1,500 to cover exams, heart surgery prep, and medications. Have a Heart Cayman is also contributing $22,000 to the costs of his heart surgery. "I am so thankful Jackyto will be able to travel for his surgery!" says Jackyto’s mother.
“I thank the donors for helping me pay my hospital bills,” shares Elizabeth. “I have sold almost all of my property for my previous surgeries.” Meet Elizabeth, a 53-year-old woman from rural Uganda. Since her husband’s death twenty years ago, Elizabeth has raised her sons and daughters as a single mother. In addition to caring for the children, she provided them with food and a bit of income from her work as a farmer of bananas, beans, and cassava. Now that the children are grown, it is one of Elizabeth’s greatest joys to talk to them about their futures during her free time. In 2010, Elizabeth was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids, and had an operation to remedy the problem. But since then, Elizabeth has continued to have related symptoms that interfere with her daily life, such as recurrent abdominal pains. Elizabeth needs to undergo a laparotomy (exploratory surgery conducted by making an incision in the abdomen) so that her doctors can better determine what is causing her pain, and decide what course of action to take. She is scheduled for the procedure on June 11. Although Elizabeth he cannot afford to pay for this operation on her own, we can help. $307 will sponsor her surgery, as well as the associated lab tests, medications, and five-day hospital stay. This laparotomy will be a major step towards relieving Elizabeth’s pain and GI discomfort.
Nancy is an 11-year-old girl from Guatemala's rural highlands. She lives with her single mother and ten other siblings, as well as with her grandparents, uncles, and aunts. Nancy is in the fifth grade, and is extremely studious and gets good grades. She also loves to play basketball. When Nancy was just six years old, she began having vision problems. Fortunately, she was able to receive glasses at a free eye clinic at that time. For a while now, however, Nancy’s glasses have not worked well for her, and she continues to struggle seeing. One month ago, Nancy was given the opportunity to attend another free eye clinic to get her vision tested. There she was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness, which means she has blurred vision and difficulty seeing faraway objects. In order to fix her vision, Nancy needs new glasses fit with prescription lenses. She will seek treatment and receive her new glasses from Intituto Panamericano, a care center of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. Wuqu' Kawoq is seeking $552 to fund the tests and medical supplies necessary to make Nancy's glasses, as well as the actual glasses themselves. With this support, Nancy will be able to live, study, and play easier. Nancy’s mother says, “The glasses that my daughter needs will be of much benefit to her, for they will help her to better her vision, which will help her throughout the course of her life and in her studies."
Tumwesigye is a 57-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has six children. He and his wife are both farmers, cultivating food both for home consumption and for sale. In 2016, Tumwesigye began to notice a swelling on his lower abdomen, however it initially did not cause him much discomfort. In May of this year, Tumwesigye began to experience great pain the area of his swelling and was eventually diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. Local herbs and pain medication were of no avail; surgery was recommended in order to relieve Tumwesigye of his symptoms. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to cover the cost of Tumwesigye's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Tumwesigye to live more comfortably. Following surgery, Tumwesigye hopes to continue working in his field and to be able to produce more yields. “After surgery my health will be free from disturbances," he says.
Laura is a 21-year-old student from rural Uganda. Laura comes from a large family of seven children. During her free time, Laura likes to take nature walks and visit friends. Laura has been living with a painful umbilical hernia for the past eight years that has only become more painful over time. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, she is now scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on June 12. She is requesting $229 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Laura is training to be a midwife but her hernia causes her pain when she is assisting mothers during delivery. After surgery, Laura hopes to continue with her studies. She loves being a midwife and helping mothers bring their babies into this world. “I thank the donors for the support, my mother is not able to pay for the surgery, and we struggle a lot with raising tuition and other home needs,” she says.
Erick is a one-month-old from rural Guatemala. His father works at a construction site and his mother cares for the family at home. Due to his mother's inability to produce breastmilk, Erick is already suffering from malnourishment. Underweight and small for his age, Erick often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Erick’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and seizures caused by electrolyte imbalances. Brain development is compromised, and the baby is at risk of long-term damage. In order to help stabilize Erick's condition, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund Erick's formal nutrition treatment. Scheduled to be administered by our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel, on June 9, this treatment entails the distribution of formula, provision of micronutrient supplements, and health education for Erick's mother that will teach her to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor his health. Erick's mother says, “I am worried about my son because I do not have maternal milk." With formula and nutritional supplements, Erick's immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
Oscar is a 37-year-old man from Guatemala. He lives with his wife and two sons in the country's rural highlands. When not working his job at a pharmacy, Oscar loves hanging out and playing with his children. A year ago, Oscar began having issues with his vision, but has not been able to afford a doctor's visit in order to get her eyes checked. A month ago, Oscar was able to go to a local clinic and receive an eye exam as well as a prescription for new eyeglasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to cover the cost of Oscar's new glasses. He is scheduled to receive his new prescription on June 9 at our medical partner's care center, Intituto Panamericano. “This support is of great help to my family," Oscar says. "Because it is not possible for us to go to doctors appointments with the economic state in which we live right now.”
Dany is a 14-month-old baby boy from the rural highlands of Guatemala. Dany's mother takes care of household chores, and his father supports the family as a day laborer. Dany is experiencing symptoms of malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too few calories and nutrients. In the short term, this means that Dany has little energy to grow, and he also gets sick more often than other children. The long-term consequences of malnutrition include increased risk of chronic diseases and delayed development. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to fund treatment for Dany. On June 22, Dany will begin routine growth monitoring and nutrient supplementation. Local health workers will also teach Dany’s mother about nutrition. These interventions will ensure Dany grows up strong and healthy. Dany’s mother says, “Thank you for entering me into the program, for it will be of great benefit, both with the supplements and with the nutrition classes, which will permit me to gain new knowledge and therefore feed my son better. In the future I hope that he can study and become a professional so that he can have a higher quality of life.”
Sylivia is a 50-year-old widow of 18 years from southwestern Uganda. She has five daughters and currently lives with her seven-year-old grandson. Prior to the development of her medical condition, Sylivia ran a small restaurant in her village and grew a lot of her own food. Despite her troubles, she remains an active member of her church. For the past three years, Sylivia has been suffering from extreme pelvic pain. She had been prescribed pain killers, but they have not helped. Upon examination at the hospital, Sylivia was diagnosed with a large pelvic cyst that requires surgical removal. To fund a laparotomy for Sylivia, our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $307 on top of the $7 that Sylivia has contributed towards her own surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once the cyst is removed, will hopefully allow Sylivia to return to her former lifestyle. "Please send my great thanks to all the donors. Their help will hopefully make it possible for me to work again. I am so grateful," expresses Sylivia.
Carlos is a 14-year old student who lives in an orphanage on the southern coast of Haiti. Carlos is currently in the eighth grade and would like to become a doctor or an engineer when he grows up. Carlos suffers from mitral and aortic regurgitation, both of which resulted from the rheumatic fever that he contracted several years ago. Due to his conditions, blood backs up into his heart and does not properly circulate throughout his body, leaving Carlos weak, short of breath, and at risk of heart failure. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Carlos's air transportation to the Cayman Islands, where he is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on July 5. Once there, he will receive the care that he needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. Carlos says, "I am very happy that I can have this chance to heal my heart, and would like to say thank you to everyone."