Lakshmi joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. Seven years ago, Lakshmi joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Lakshmi's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Kevin, a baby boy from Kenya, to fund surgery to repair his facial burns.
Lakshmi has funded healthcare for 77 patients in 13 countries.
Lakshmi has funded healthcare for 77 patients in 13 countries.
Kevin is a 1-year-old baby and the youngest in a family of four. His siblings are aged between 3-7 years. They live in their ancestral home together with their parents and grandparents. Kevin's father is a hardworking man who tends farms for a living. His mother sells vegetables at a local market. Their combined income is often just enough to feed their family and the elderly grandparents. When Kevin was only seven months, he fell into a fire while crawling. He was in the custody of his grandmother who was preparing a meal in their home kitchen. He is currently not able to close his right eye and his mouth because of the contractures that formed as he was healing. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kevin receive treatment. On October 5th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery for Kevin. After the surgery, he will be able to blink freely and close his eyes. Now, their family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Kelvin mother says, “This kid is only one year and in pain as a result of the burns. He has difficulties in sleeping because he cannot close his eye. This surgery will help him be able to sleep well and close his eyes.”
Vedastus is a two-year-old boy and the only child of his young parents. He's a friendly boy who is currently having a hard time walking because his legs bow outwards. Vedastus' mother works at a local food joint as a cook. Her income is not much, but enables her to support and care for her son. Vedastus' father is still in college studying, which leaves Vedastus' mother as the only parent with an income. Vedastus was diagnosed with fluorosis - genu varus, where his legs bowing outwards so that his knees do not 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, Vedastus cannot walk well and he is in pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Vedastus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 2nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Vedastus's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Vedastus’s mother says "I am the only person working to be able to provide for our son. The father of my son is still studying and my income is not enough to care for Vedastus and afford his treatment cost. Please help us, he needs treatment for his leg because he is struggling to walk.”
Raul is a little soccer fan from Venezuela. He was born in Caracas and his family moved to Medellín last January seeking better opportunities. Raul has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Regardless of his condition, he loves soccer, and even if it’s hard for him, he loves to play. He's also already has a creative mind and loves playing with legos. Raul is very cheerful and social, and loves watching other kids playing around him. Fortunately, Raul's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel where they can offer life-changing treatment. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 5th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,422 to fund Raul's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily, run and chase after balls, and even play soccer. His mother told us: “I just hope that my son can walk easier, and be a normal child. I hope you can operate for him and see if finally some day we can take him to a soccer academy without any limitations.”
David is a small scale farmer from Nazareth, Kenya. He is married, with six children. David does not work as much as he used to but does farming on his small piece of land. However he hasn't been able to do this since his fall. David was referred to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, by his neighbor, who is one of the support staff there. The staff reported that David had fallen and broken his leg, to which the doctor advised an ORIF repair surgery to heal his leg. David says that bad luck is following him. In 2018, he had also fallen and sustained a closed fracture on his femur. On May 21st of this year, he fell again and sustained a closed fracture tibia on the same leg. David is experiencing pain and is unable to use his right leg. If not treated, he may develop malunion or healing with deformity. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 17th, David will undergo a fracture repair procedure (ORIF), so that David can be relieved of the pain, walk with ease, and farm. Now, AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. “If my neighbor did not help me come to Nazareth and access this help, I don’t know what would have happened to my leg. My family still depends on me so I humbly request for help, to see myself walking again. I will appreciate,” said David.
Orineitwe is a 53-year-old farmer and a mother to five children. She and her husband work as small scale farmers to make ends meet, and they own a three-room semi-permanent house. 16 years ago, Orineitwe began experiencing troubling symptoms including neck pain and swelling, mild headaches and weight loss. She was diagnosed with multinodular goiter. Because of her condition, she can no longer carry heavy loads on her head and she is no longer able to bend down comfortably while farming. She sought treatment at our medical partner's care center, and learned that surgery is required to treat her condition. She is concerned that without treatment, her symptoms will worsen and the goiter could become malignant. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Orineitwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at AMH's care center where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, she needs help to raise $293 to fund the procedure. Orineitwe shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I'm hopeful that after surgery I will be able to farm and to take good care of my family.”
Degenet is an eight-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia and the third child born to his parents. He is curious and loves juice, eggs, and playing with his mom. His father is a day worker and a student, while his mom is a homemaker. Degenet was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Degenet is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on May 4th. After his recovery, he will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Degenet's procedure and care. Degenet's mother shared, “I hope our baby gets as normal as other boys. I hope he will be educated and do good work in the future. And it is my hope he will serve God becoming a good Christian.”
Abdela is a 23-month-old boy from Ethiopia. He is a strong boy who loves to tease, run, and play with others. He is an only child, and his mother lost her husband in a car accident when she was eight months pregnant. Abdela's mother was a housewife and when her husband passed, his friend bought her a Tuk Tuk. She stays at home and she raises Abdela with the income she gets from the Tuk Tuk. The family lives in a rented house. Abdela was born with hypospadias, a condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Abdela is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mom shared, “after the treatment, I hope my boy will heal. I am sure he will be smart and reach a big position. His mind is very quick and he is smart.”
Phanith is a 31-year-old photography assistant from Cambodia. He currently lives with his father and his three siblings, and he is the second child in his family. His mother passed away ten years ago. Phanith has been unable to work since his injury. On November 3rd, 2020, Phanith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused injury and paralysis of his right arm. He was taken to a provincial hospital, then transferred due to the seriousness of his injuries. Phanith was released after a month but is still unable to move his right shoulder or lift his arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. As a result, Phanith is unable to lift his hand or flex his elbow, and has no movement in his fingers. Although his arm has no movement, he has paresthesia (burning or prickly sensations) of the hand and forearm, which are often quite painful. Phanith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use this hand again and be physically able to find work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Phanith shared, "I hope after surgery, my right shoulder will return to full function as soon as possible."
Chhorn is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Chhorn was married 18 years ago and together that have three daughters and one son. Chhorn's husband is also a farmer. Chhorn enjoys taking care of her grandchild, cooking, and watching Thai movies on TV. In October 2018, Chhorn slipped and fell causing her hip pain. She sought treatment at a Khmer traditional healer but it did not help with the pain. Four months after the accident she went to a provincial hospital and had an x-ray that showed a fracture of the left hip. After that Chhorn went home and took pain relievers because she had no money for the surgery to treat her hip. Her neighbor told her to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so she traveled five hours to reach us. Chhorn presented at CSC unable to walk without crutches, with limited range of motion, and in pain. Fortunately, at CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Chhorn of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 1st, and Chhorn needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Chhorn said, "my condition makes me feel very bad because I can not walk well and I'm in pain. I hope this hip replacement operation will help me."
James is a 14-year-old boy and the second-born in a family of five children. James is a hard-working boy who helps to look after his father’s cattle, requiring him to walk a long distance in search of green pasture. James has not had a chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. His parents are small-scale farmers and livestock keepers. They work hard to make ends meet, and are living in a very difficult environment. James was diagnosed with left genu varus, also known as bowleggedness. This condition causes his left leg to bow inwards so that his knees touch when walking. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. James is having difficulty walking because his left leg curves as we walks, affecting his gait. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for James. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 5th. This treatment will hopefully restore James's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. James shared, "Please help correct my leg because I can’t walk well anymore and am even unable to go out and graze my father’s cattle. I appreciate any support you can provide.”
Pov is a 83-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three children and thirteen grandchildren. Her husband passed away fifteen years ago, so she has been living with her son and helping him with his farm work. She listens to the radio and makes crafts in her free time. Five years ago, Pov developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Pov learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Pov said, "I want to visit some of my relatives after my surgery. If my vision is good, I can go myself and do everything independently. That would be so nice."
Derick is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania and an only child to his parents. Derick is a friendly boy who likes playing and listening to stories from his mother. Derick’s parents depend on small scale farming to make ends meet for their small family. Derick was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that her 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, as he continued to grow his leg condition worsened, making it more and more painful for him to walk. He no longer wants to stand or walk on his own so his mother carries him most of the time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Derick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Derick's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Derick’s mother says: “Please help my son get this treatment, I am scared that he may lose his ability to walk.”