Stephen joined Watsi on June 21st, 2018. Three years ago, Stephen joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Stephen's most recent donation supported Anna, a girl from Tanzania, to fund tonsil surgery.
Stephen has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
Stephen has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
Anna is a child from Tanzania. Since she was six months old, Anna has been experiencing difficulty breathing. Frequent illness causes her and her parents to have many sleepless nights. Anna was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Anna, which is scheduled to take place on July 5. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Anna of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably.
Careen is a baby from Tanzania. She has been diagnosed with genu varus. Her leg is bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Careen. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 21. Treatment will hopefully restore Careen's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Careen’s mother says, “We tried to use medication to help correct her legs but nothing worked, we could afford the surgery cost we are here asking for help please help our daughter.”
Florence is a recent graduate from Malawi. She lives with her brother and enjoys chatting with friends in her free time. Since September of last year, Florence has been experiencing pain, which made it challenging to finish her education. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs on the ovaries. She needs to undergo an ovarian cystectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will excise the cysts. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to fund Florence's surgery. On May 7, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is so happy to be assisted through this surgery. She says, "Soon I will be able to do what I could not do before due to health problems. May God bless this program for helping me!"
Monicah is a baby from Kenya. She is the only child to her young mother. Monicah has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Monicah has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Monicah will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Monicah that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 17 and will drain the excess fluid from Monicah's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Monicah will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “We had lost hope of getting treatment for our daughter and we pray that our hopes will be revived here,” says Monicah’s mother.
M'bachundu is a farmer with a wife and grown children from Malawi. He does a lot of farming, growing tobacco on his farm. He enjoys sitting and relaxing in his free time. Since February, M'bachundu has been experiencing urinary issues. 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 M'bachundu's surgery. On March 21, 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. He is ready for surgery and confident that it will help him. He says, "This program is helping me very much so that I can return to good health and stay on the frontlines of my work as a farmer."
Alex is a young student from Kenya. Alex’s mother sells groceries to support her family. Alex 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, Alex 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 Alex. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 11. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Alex to grow up healthy. “The swell was really worrying us but we are happy to know so many people have had the same issue and got treated,” says Alex's mother.
An is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and four grandchildren. She likes to read and listen to radio programs. A year ago, An developed a cataract in each eye, causing her clouded lenses and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When An learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On January 3, 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. She says, "I hope my vision improves so I can return to work."
Htun Linn is a one-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and siblings in Mae La Maung Village, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. When Htun Linn was nine months old, his mother noticed that he has an inguinal hernia. Sometimes, Htun Linn feels pain and can't sleep well. Fortunately, on December 20, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Htun Linn's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 20 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, “I feel sad and depressed that we do not have money to treat our son. I sometimes cannot even sleep when I think about Htun Linn and I am worried for him. I hope he will recover with the help of this treatment.”
Nancy is a girl from Kenya. She is an only child. Three months ago, Nancy began complaining of persistent headaches and weakness in her left limbs. At school, her teachers noticed a decline in her performance. Her vision became blurry, and her left ear developed an ache. She could no longer walk without support and even lost her appetite. Her young mother was very worried and took her to a referral hospital, where a CT scan was performed. Nancy was diagnosed with a brain tumor. If not treated, Nancy at risk of paralysis, persistent headaches, or brain damage. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a craniotomy to treat the tumor on November 21. Her family needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. “I really look forward to seeing my daughter functioning well once more,” says Nancy’s mother.
Anny Sanic is a very enthusiastic and fun four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mom and dad and loves to play with her dolls. She also loves to eat lots of bread and sing songs. Anny Sanic needs pterygium correction surgery. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation. Depending on how large the growth is, it can cause vision loss. Anny Sanic needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. She will receive further evaluation from an eye specialist, surgery to remove the pterygium, post-op follow-up treatment, as well as accompaniment and transportation throughout the treatment process. Pterygium surgery is safe, effective, and will positively impact Anny Sanic's life for years to come. The total cost of her procedure, scheduled for October 18, is $1,487.
Meshack is a baby from Kenya. He is a very energetic child who likes playing. Meshack is the youngest in a family of two children. Meshack has clubfoot of both his feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Meshack traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 3. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Meshack's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I will greatly appreciate any help aimed at making my son walk well,” Meshack’s mother says.
Tal Tal is woman from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae La refugee camp. When Tal Tal was 13 years old, she was sick for a long time, and her mother brought her to a hospital. The doctor checked her heart and diagnosed her with congenital heart disease. She left her condition untreated until she was pregnant last year. A medic in Mae La camp took an X-ray and was worried that she might not be able to carry the pregnancy through. The medic referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH), our medical partner's care center. At MSH, Tal Tal received blood and urine tests, an echocardiogram, and oral medications for her heart condition. The doctor diagnosed her with atrial septal defect and told her that she should seek surgical treatment soon after giving birth. Recently, she delivered her baby safely at Mae La camp hospital. Now, she is scheduled for heart surgery on August 2. She needs help raising $1,500. She says, “I feel stressed about this condition. Even though I have brothers and sisters, but they are unable to support my parents. And because of my condition now, I feel sad that I cannot support my parents too.”