Kendra joined Watsi on December 20th, 2015. Three years ago, Kendra became the 1893rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,489 more people have become monthly donors! Kendra's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Emmanuel, a teenager from Tanzania, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Kendra has funded healthcare for 45 patients in 9 countries.
Emmanuel is a student from Tanzania. He was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward 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. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Emmanuel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 4. Treatment will hopefully restore Emmanuel's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Emmanuel says, “My legs hurt a lot when I walk please help me have my legs treated.”
Joseph is a young man from Kenya. He was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Joseph has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Joseph will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 4. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.
John is a young man from Kenya. In June, he was hit by a motorbike and sustained injuries on his right leg. He is in chronic pain and cannot walk on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 2, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure.
Thy is a 68-year-old mother of three from Cambodia. She has five grandchildren, and enjoys watching movies, listening to the radio, and looking after her grandchildren in her free time. One year ago, Thy developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 4, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that after surgery, I am able to see clearly and can help take care of my grandchildren."
San is a 37-year-old man from Burma. San was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for San. The treatment is scheduled to take place on July 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. San said, “When I will feel better after surgery, I want to open a small shop to sell rice from my home, and I would like to have a daughter in the future.”
Keziah is a farmer from Kenya. For one year, Keziah has been experiencing irregular bleeding, back pain and continuous fatigue. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Keziah's surgery. On July 9, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Keziah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Keziah says, “My hope and prayer is to have treatment and reduce chances of cancer spread. I wish to age gracefully."
Mario is a boy from Haiti. He was born with a malformation of one of the four valves of his heart, which prevents it from opening and closing properly and circulating blood through his body in the way it needs. He will require open-heart surgery to repair the valve so that it can function more normally. He lives in a city on the southern coast of Haiti with his parents and three sisters; he is in the third grade and likes math. Mario will fly to India to receive treatment. On August 5, he will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Rotary International, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. His family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany his family overseas.
Kyaw is a 11-year-old from Thailand. He lives with his family in Mae Tao Village, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. He is a fourth grade student. Since March 2019, Kyaw has had umbilical hernia. At the moment, Kyaw feels abdomen pain. Fortunately, on May 22, 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 Kyaw's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Kyaw says, "I like to play football when I am free, and it is my favorite sport. When I grow up, I would like to be a paramedic."
Alice is a baby from Kenya. She was born with a slight mass on her forehead and nose. Alice 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, Alice 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 Alice. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 15. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Alice to grow up healthy. “Please help my child,” says Alice’s mother.
Ai is a boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four siblings. In his free time, Ai likes to play with his friends and swim. When Ai was five months old, he burned his right palm and hand. He is no longer able to move the fingers on his right hand. He and his mother visited our medical partner, who agreed to help Ai access treatment for his hand. Now, a contracture release surgery has been scheduled for March 22. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Ai said, “In the future I want to earn money for my family, and I want to support my parents when I grow up.”
Florence is a woman from Kenya. Her husband is a farmer. They have two children. For some time, Florence has been experiencing abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with a large cystic mass suspected of malignancy. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $630 to fund Florence's surgery. On February 22, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Florence will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.
Rida is a girl from Cambodia. She has one brother and one sister. She likes to play with friends, watch TV, and go for walks with her family. She wants to be a banker when she grows up. Rida was born with scoliosis, which is progressing with age, making it difficult to sit in school for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Spinal surgery is scheduled for January 21 and will cost $1,500. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter feels better after the operation and does not have any more difficulty sleeping."