Tess joined Watsi on July 6th, 2017. 39 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tess' most recent donation supported Eunice, a woman from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Tess has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 4 countries.
Tess has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 4 countries.
Eunice is a fruit and vegetable vendor from Kenya. She lost her husband in 2003 due to throat cancer. Since then, she has been the sole breadwinner for her family. On October 3, Eunice was in the market where she sells groceries. She was on a motorcycle when she was hit by a speeding car. Eunice was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with a fractured left femur. It is difficult for Eunice to walk, and she is supported by crutches. She is also in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 4, Eunice will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The treatment will enable her to heal well and to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I am going through a difficult moment in my life. I leave everything to God," she says.
Baguma is 74-year-old farmer who lives and farms with his wife. Together they cultivate food for home consumption and for sale, if yields permit. Unfortunately, Baguma has been unable to work for the past four months due to his medical condition. For about two years, Baguma has been experiencing a swelling in his left inguinal region. The swelling initially did not cause him pain, but it continued to grow with time. Baguma visited a nearby clinic for treatment, however the swelling still continued to increase in size. Eventually, he became unable to bend, lift heavy things, and work in his garden. He was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, which, if left untreated, may cause intestinal tissue damage. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund hernia repair surgery for Baguma. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully improve Baguma's mobility and allow him to live more comfortably. Regarding his post-surgery plans, Baguma says, “After surgery I will resume farming.”
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.”
María is a 52-year-old weaver from Guatemala who suffers from asthma. She has eight children and makes a living by weaving and selling the traditional Mayan textiles of her village. Ten years ago, María began to notice the onset of asthmatic symptoms. She experienced increased difficulty while breathing, had daily coughing fits, and tired easily from walking. Due to the treatment's expenses, María has never been able to see a doctor for her asthma. On June 9, María will receive treatment for acute asthma. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $422 to fund this treatment, which includes consultation and medications. This treatment will relieve María of her fatigue and coughing fits, thereby helping her work comfortably and take care of her family. María says, “I wish to be well and live for many more years so that I can see my grandchildren grow up and graduate from school.”
Rosa is a 30-year-old single woman who lives in Guatemala’s rural highlands. She works as an assistant nurse, and she likes to create traditional embroideries in her free time. Rosa has always struggled with her eyesight, but she had formerly been unable to see a doctor for an eye examination. One month ago, Rosa had the opportunity to attend a free clinic to get her eyesight tested. At the clinic, Rosa was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. In order to fix her blurry vision and inability to see faraway objects, Rosa needs glasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $552 to fund Rosa's new glasses fit with prescription lenses, which she is scheduled to receive on June 9. "I thank the institution and the donors for giving me the opportunity to be the beneficiary of this support. For lack of economic resources I have been unable to go to a doctor about my vision problems. Thank you for this great help. I know I will be able to see better and I will continue to help other needy people with their health problems, " says Rosa.
Meet Draditza, a 34-year-old mother to three young children from Guatemala's rural highlands. Draditza is a homemaker, and she supports her family by selling cosmetic products. Draditza has struggled with her eyesight for many years but could not afford to get her eyes checked. Draditza recently visited a free clinic, where she was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. This means Draditza has difficulty seeing faraway objects. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, has arranged for Draditza to be fitted with prescription glasses on June 8. These glasses will cost $552 and will enable Draditza to see clearly and comfortably again. "I am very grateful to you all. You are angels for helping me," says Draditza.
Marcela is an 11-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. Her favorite foods are pasta, rice, and beans, and she loves playing with her cousin. Marcela was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Marcela has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Marcela to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 22, Marcela will receive micronutrients and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $492 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age. "I am thankful to the program for the support we will get," says Marcela's mother. "I did not know that my child was malnourished, but now that I know, I will do all possible to help her recover a healthy weight.”
Robert is a 55-year-old man from Uganda. He has been working as a tailor for 37 years, making dresses, suits, and school uniforms. Robert and his wife have been married for 34 years and have eight children and 11 grandchildren. When Robert is not working, he enjoys visiting with friends and sings tenor in his church choir. Seven years ago, Robert developed a hernia in his groin, and the pain keeps him from playing with his grandchildren and impedes his work as a tailor. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 to cover the total cost of Robert's surgery. He is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on June 3. "I would like to thank all the donors for this assistance," says Robert. "And hope they continue providing assistance to others.”
Miguel is a seven-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the fifth child in his family. His mother works at home to take care of their family, and his father is a day laborer. Miguel’s mother experiences lactation failure, which means that she cannot produce breast milk. This causes Miguel and his twin brother Eduardo to be underweight and small for their age. Because of this, Miguel often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Miguel’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and Miguel is at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize his condition, Miguel was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. Although lactation failure is dangerous, it is thankfully easy to treat. On February 14, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will begin supplying Miguel's mother with formula and health education so that Miguel will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,107 for the treatment. One-on-one education with Miguel’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Miguel’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Miguel’s mother says, “I am very worried for my son because he is not growing. I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher.”
Htwe is a 35-year-old wife and mother from Burma who works as an agricultural day laborer. She lives with her three-year-old daughter, husband, and extended family. Two years ago, Htwe began to feel a lump developing in her lower abdomen. As the lump progressed in size, she began to experience severe back pain, eventually finding it unbearable to work. After two and a half years of intense pain, Htwe and her husband decided to seek treatment in January 2017. They were referred to our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital (MSH), where an ultrasound and other tests revealed that Htwe has a myoma, a benign, non-cancerous tumor in her uterus. It was recommended that she undergo surgery to remove her entire uterus. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a total abdominal hysterectomy on February 2. Due to Htwe and her husband’s inconsistent sources of income, they are unable to pay for the surgery without support. This family-focused mother hopes to return to her job after her surgery and support her daughter’s future. “I want to work hard to save money for my daughter’s education. I want my daughter to become a teacher or a nurse when she grows up. I don’t want her to do hard work like me,” she shares.
Ma Nyein is a dressmaker who lives with her son and extended family in Burma. In early 2016, Ma Nyein had an accident in her home, which resulted in chronic, severe pain on the left side of her head and numbness in her left eye. She was no longer able to work as a dressmaker. After the use of prescribed painkillers did not help, she consulted an eye surgeon. After numerous diagnostic procedures, Ma Nyein was found to have a large cyst on her optic chiasm. The optic chiasm is the point in the brain where the optic nerves cross. The optic nerves are pathways that carry information from the eyes to the brain. The cyst on Ma Nyein’s optic chiasm needs to be surgically removed. On February 8, Ma Nyein will undergo a cyst excision procedure. She needs help to fund this $1,500 surgery. Ma Nyein says, "I am excited to have surgery and get well soon. I plan to start sewing as soon as I recover from this illness."