Stephen joined Watsi on August 19th, 2014. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stephen's most recent donation traveled 4,500 miles to support Dennis, a high school student from Kenya, to fund clubfoot correction.
Stephen has funded healthcare for 138 patients in 16 countries.
Stephen has funded healthcare for 138 patients in 16 countries.
Dennis is a student from Kenya. He is the 1st born in a family of 3 and a Form 1 student at Darajani High School in Makueni County. His mother is a single parent and a peasant farmer and his family lives in a one-roomed house. Dennis 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. Fortunately, Dennis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 17th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Dennis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk to and from school without pain and he will also be able to wear shoes. “I would like to be supported to undergo surgery so that I can walk and wear shoes like other students,” Dennis says.
Meet Daniel, an eight-year-old boy from Ethiopia. Daniel lives with his mother and his younger brother. Daniel has a condition called Hirschprung’s disease, which makes it hard for him to pass stool normally. Several years ago “Daniel developed an obstruction and a colostomy (stool diversion) was done," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Although Daniel’s previous surgery relieved the symptoms from the obstruction, it is not a long-term solution for his condition. However, as a single parent of two children, Daniel’s mother’s income is not enough to cover the cost of Daniel’s second operation. For $1,500, Daniel will receive surgery to correct his condition. AMHF states that after treatment, Daniel will be able to pass stool normally. “Despite everything, Daniel is a very happy boy and he has a very positive outlook on life,” AMHF shares. “He is dreaming that if he gets well from this condition, he can go to school and become a big government officer.”
Meet Djouvensley, a 4-year-old boy from Haiti. “He is an only child and is very close to his mother, and shy around people he doesn’t know,” explains our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “He hasn’t started preschool yet, in part because of his cardiac condition, but his mother plans to enroll him as soon as he has healed from surgery.” “Djouvensley was born with a cardiac condition called double outlet right ventricle, a birth defect in which both major arteries flow out of the same chamber of the heart, creating circulatory problem,” reports HCA. “This leaves him weak and at risk of death if not corrected.” It is important that Djouvensley’s condition is treated as soon as possible. The treatment for double outlet right ventricle is surgery. Upon looking at the heart to decide the best course of treatment, surgeons will proceed to connect the aorta to the left ventricle and the pulmonary artery to the right ventricle. This will fix the circulatory problem and ensure blood flows through Djouvensley’s heart correctly. An organization called International Children’s Heart Foundation is helping with the costs of the surgery. With their generous subsidy, Djouvensley only needs our help in raising $1,500 for the surgery. After the surgery, doctors anticipate that Djouvensley will no longer experience any cardiac symptoms. He will be able to live a normal life and do the things he enjoys without complication. “We are so thankful to everyone who is helping my son,” shares Djouvensley’s mother. “I can never thank you enough but God will reward you.”
“Srey Mom a 33-year-old who lives in Cambodia with her husband and three children," says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Srey Mom spends her free time taking care of her family and cleaning her home. For the past eight years, however, CSC explains, “she has had chronic ear infections, which have resulted in what is known as chronic otitis media.” This long-standing ear infection causes Srey Mom quite a bit of pain. She has a perforated left eardrum, experiences discharge, and has trouble hearing -- issues that have made it very difficult for Srey Mom to perform her day-to-day tasks. With $399 in funding, Srey Mom will receive a myringoplasty—a surgery to close the perforation of her eardrum. Following surgery, CSC reports, “Srey Mom’s ear will no longer release discharge and her hearing will improve," allowing Srey Mom to take care of her home and family.
Meet Pov, a 53-year-old woman from Cambodia. “She is married with two children and two grandchildren,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Pov has mature cataracts in both of her eyes. A cataract is a condition in which there is progressive clouding of the internal lens in the eye. “She has difficulty seeing faces and can’t go anywhere on her own, “ CSC explains. “Her husband can’t do his work well because he constantly has to attend to her.” $225 will fund the treatment Pov needs to correct her vision. With this funding, Pov will receive cataract surgery—a procedure in which the cloudy lens is removed from her eye and replaced it with a clear lens implant. Without this procedure, Pov is at risk for permanent blindness. After her recovery, Pov’s vision will be clear and her independence restored. CSC shares, “Pov is excited to see clearly again, help her husband in the farm, and take care of her grandchildren.
Khamso, a four-month-old boy from Kenya, is “the last-born in a family of two children,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Khamso’s father works as a casual laborer and Khamso's mother sells fried potatoes by the roadside to supplement her husband’s income.” When Khamso was born, doctors initially suspected that he might have hydrocephalus, as his head appeared enlarged. "They ordered a CT scan to verify the diagnosis, and that is when they realized that Khamso has a brain tumor,” says AMHF. “The tumor has affected the drainage of excess CSF fluid from the brain causing hydrocephalus.” As a result, AMHF shares that “Khamso has high fevers, poor feeding and vomits frequently.” “If the surgery is not done soon, the increased intra-cranial pressure could result in brain damage and/or death,” AMHF explains. “Khamso is also at risk of becoming visually impaired and suffering dehydration due to the recurrent vomiting.” $1260 will fund a craniotomy -- a procedure that will open the skull to remove the tumor. The treatment cost also covers Khamso's ten day hospital stay. This treatment will minimize Khamso's risk of visual impairment and increased intra-cranial pressure, allowing him to grow up pain-free. “I wish my son quick recovery, I know God has everything aligned out for him,” shares Khamso’s mother.
Meet Joshua! Joshua is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives in Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, describes him as “very shy... but he always has a smile on his face.” Joshua’s father died years ago, and as the second oldest in a family of six children, it’s up to him to look after his mother’s cattle. The cattle are his family’s primary source of income, and he feels that he is contributing the most to his family by herding cattle rather than attending school. Joshua has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgum, a physical condition in which the knees curve inwards. Right now, Joshua is unable to walk without knocking his knees, affecting his gait and ability to walk or run. If left untreated, Joshua risks developing early osteoarthritis. For $940, we can help cover the three surgeries that Joshua needs, along with two weeks of hospital stay and medication. “I feel pain on my knees especially after walking a long distance. I don’t want to fail helping my mom herd cattle; so I hope that my legs can be straightened so that I can walk properly,” Joshua shares.
“Keyner is a happy baby. He loves to play with his neighbors and cousins. The other kids enjoy having him around, and often times call him hermanito (‘little brother’) even if they are unrelated to him," says our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). This baby brother to all is Keyner, a six-month-old boy from Guatemala. Shortly after his birth, Keyner’s father left his family. Keyner lives with his mother, who has been unable to breastfeed due to lactation failure. Keyner has been subsiding on “atol, typically consisting of boiled water and pulverized corn," says WK. "However, without the immune resistance from him mother’s breast milk, Keyner’s immune system has become extremely weak. He was admitted to the hospital for 15 days due to a high fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. He is rapidly losing weight and in constant need of medical attention.” Thankfully, lactation failure is easily solved. With $1,220, WK will provide “nutrition education, formula supplementation, and deworming medication" for Keyner and his mother. "His diarrhea due to a parasitic infection will stop, he will recoup previously lost weight, and his immune system will strengthen," WK adds. “I want my child to be able to study and become a professional… not like me. I have never studied, and now I cannot get a job to support us," shares Keyner's mother. "I want to see my baby grown, to see him smiling and walking. Above all I want to be the one to bring up my son.”
"I know my parents have been very worried because they know that our family is not in a position to pay for the treatment I need," shares Joyce. "They are also scared of what the outcome of the surgery will be. I am very grateful to Watsi for making it possible for me to be treated." 16-year-old Joyce lives in Kenya with her parents and four other siblings. For the past three months, Joyce has been experiencing blurred vision, headaches, and a lack of stability when walking. She was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumor. "Joyce is unable to attend classes because of severe headache and general drowsiness caused by the tumor in her brain," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Her performance in school has drastically declined, making her teachers and parents concerned. Joyce loves school and hopes to get well soon so that she can go back to school." For $1260, we can fund a craniotomy to remove Joyce's tumor. AMHF expects that Joyce will make a full recovery, and be able to return to school. She will be able to live without any of her current symptoms. "All Joyce's parents wish for is for their daughter to be heathy again. They are deeply saddened that they have not been able to raise the funds necessary for Joyce's treatment," says AMHF. Joyce has big dreams for when she's able to get back to school. "I want to become a surgeon when I grow up. I love Science and Mathematics," she tells us.
"My wish is for my son to grow equally to the other kids, to become big and to go to school," shares Fredy's mother. One-year-old Fredy is from Guatemala, and is the youngest of seven brothers. "When work is available, Fredy’s dad heads to the mountains to tend to cornfields, or collect firewood to sell," says our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "Fredy’s mom did not realize she was pregnant again, and because of their poverty, she was not taking suffient care of her health. When Fredy was born a couple weeks early, he was so small his mom was very scared that he might die. Now, she is not producing enough milk to feed Fredy and she cannot afford formula as it is too expensive, and she has many mouths to feed in her family." "For a new born baby, access to maternal milk is critical," continues WK. "If milk supply is poor, the baby will begin to lose weight. This almost immediately begins to have impact on potential brain development and, if it is not caught quickly and reversed, it can lead to death." For $1,220, we can treate Fredy for malnutrition and dehydration, and ensure that he develops normally. "This treatment will save Fredy’s brain and his life," WK adds. "It will promote normal growth of the brain, and guarantee he has a chance to lead normal and highly functional life at his full potential."
Meet Maxwell, an eight-day-old boy from Kenya. Maxwell's mother and Maxwell live in a single-roomed rental house, and his mother works as house cleaner. When Maxwell was born, he was diagnosed with spina bifida -- a birth defect in which the membrane and backbone around the spinal cord are not completely closed off. “If the surgery is not done soon, Maxwell is likely to develop an infection,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “He is also likely to develop spinal complications such as scoliosis and/or tethered cord.” "My son means everything to me," Maxwell's mother says. "He gives me a reason to wake up every day and work hard to give him a better future." For $805, we can fund Maxwell's spina bifida closure surgery to reduce any spinal complications and risks of being infected.
Say hello to Joash! He is three years old, and lives in Kenya with his parents. Joash lives with a condition called hypospadias. “He is not able to pass urine normally because his urethral opening is not at the tip of his penis,” explains our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Joash will be at risk of urinary tract infections. He may not be able to have his own children when he grows up and he is likely to have low self-esteem.” For $655, Joash will receive a hypsophadius repair that will allow him to pass urine normally and reduce his risk of urinary tract infections. “I have finally found the right hospital for treatment," Joash's mother shares. "I am thankful and I look forward to a successful surgery.”