Gareth joined Watsi on October 17th, 2018. Seven months ago, Gareth became the 4467th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 754 more people have become monthly donors! Gareth's most recent donation traveled 5,300 miles to support Ka Nyaw, a woman from Burma, to fund a CT scan.
Gareth has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 5 countries.
Ka Nyaw is a 28-year-old woman from Burma. Three days ago, she was involved in a motor bicycle accident and had sustained head trauma. She complained about severe headache and dizziness. Doctors want Ka Nyaw to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ka Nyaw's CT scan and care, scheduled for May 23. Her husband says, "We had already discussed plans to start a family. We want to save up money to start a small business and for our children's education."
Pauline is a baby from Kenya. She has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Pauline is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Pauline. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 7. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Pauline to grow up healthy.
Sweet is a nine-month-old baby girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandparents, uncle, and two aunts. Shortly after birth, Sweet’s mother noticed that she had a mass near her tailbone. The mass is growing at a steady rate. Doctors want Sweet to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Sweet's CT scan and care, scheduled for March 20.
Arold is a student from Tanzania. He is the eighth child in a family of eleven children. Arold was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs are bowed so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences pain, discomfort, and difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Arold. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Arold's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Arold’s mother says, “Please help us.”
Simon is a man from Kenya. He is a father of two children. He operates a small business. In September 2018, Simon was in a road accident. Since then, he has undergone four surgeries to treat injuries to his tibia bone. Now, he needs to undergo a bone transport to treat a bone infection. If not treated, Simon will be at risk of further complications, including a total bone infection that might result into amputation. Fortunately, his surgery is scheduled for March 6. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Simon says, “I hope that soon I will continue providing for my family."
Yan is a grandmother of three from Cambodia. She has one daughter and three grandchildren. She likes to spend time with her family. Eight years ago, Yan developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 17, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her husband says, "I hope my wife's surgery goes well so she can see well and so she feels better."
Mbwana is a child from Tanzania. He has been diagnosed with acquired bilateral genu varus. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Mbwana has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Mbwana. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 6. Treatment will hopefully restore Mbwana's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Mbwana’s mother says, “Please help us.”
Khant is a seven-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Kyel Di Kho Village, Mae Sot District. Khant loves to play with his friends at school. In early November, Khant was playing with his friends during his school’s lunch break on the swing. As his friends jumped off the swing, Khant fell on the ground and broke his arm. His teacher brought him to a nearby clinic. There, the doctor told his teacher that the two bones in Khant’s lower left arm are fractured. Currently, Khant’s left arm is still in pain, and he cannot move it. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Khant will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 7 and will cost $1,500. This treatment will help Khant move his hand again without pain. He will be able to return to his school after this treatment. Khant’s mother says, “I worry that if I do not work, I will not have money and I will have to borrow food or money to meet our monthly expenses. I also worry for my son as I have got only one child and I want him to recover soon.”
Rachana is a six year old girl from Cambodia. She has one older sister. She likes to paint and draw. He likes to eat fish with rice. Rachana has ptosis in her left eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. She cannot see well. Rachana traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 1, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve her vision. Now, Rachana needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Her father says, "I want my daughter's eye to be normal."