Nitin joined Watsi on February 25th, 2017. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nitin's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Angel, a funny and jovial eight-year-old from Kenya, to fund surgery that will enable him to walk.
Nitin has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 5 countries.
Angel is a funny and jovial boy. Like his brother, Gilbert, he has a condition known as Bilateral Genu Valgus, or knock knees, that makes it difficult for him to walk. Angel is the second youngest of four siblings and is in the first grade at a local primary school. His mother works part-time cleaning houses, washing clothes, and performing other household work she may find. Gibert’s father is a street pastor and also works as a street vendor. The family lives in a one-bedroom rental house in Nairobi and they shared with us that they feel life is hard because they do not have the resources to buy everything they need. Angel's condition began when he was just two years old. He experienced pain and could not walk long distances. Since then, his condition has worsened and he cannot run or play with his friends at school. In June of 2019, he and his brother underwent a Derotational Femoral Osteotom, a surgery that realigns their bones so that they can resume walking comfortably. The surgery was successful for both brothers and Angel has been walking well with his right leg. He now needs support for the surgery on his left knee. With both knees healed, Angel will be able to walk comfortably. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,282 to fund this procedure. Angel's mother shared, “I am pleading for more support for their second surgery. God bless you."
Justin is a jovial 7-year-old girl from Kenya. She is a class 1 pupil at Kisisi Primary School and her family hails from Igoji village in Meru County. Justin is an only child, her mother stays at home with Justin’s elderly grandmother while their aunt is a peasant farmer. Justin has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Justin traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Justin's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily without the deformity. “My joy is to see Justin walking like other children. I am pleading for support that will make her undergo surgery and continue with her studies uninterrupted.” --Joyce, Justin’s aunt told us.
Rena is a five-month-old baby girl from Kenya who has an inguinal hernia. From her parent’s description, the hernia seems to be quite painful for her and she has been crying a lot since Friday, March 27th. Rena was taken to their local hospital and diagnosed with a hernia. Her family was then referred to Watsi Medical Partner's Care Center Bethany Kids Hospital where hernia repair surgery was recommended by the medical team. Without the appropriate treatment, Rena will be at risk of complications such as strangulation. Rena’s parents are peasant farmers from central Kenya living on their ancestral land. They rely on seasonal farming with limited income. Rena has an elder sibling who is five years old. The family is not able to raise the funds required for her surgery. They would require several weeks of saving which might be too late for the young child. They appeal for financial assistance. Fortunately, on March 31st, Rena will undergo repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Rena's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Rena’s mother says, “We came here hopeful that Rena will be treated. Thank you for your willingness to support our child.”
Mugosi is a baby from Tanzania. Mugosi is a thirteenth born child in a family of fifteen children. His is the seventh and last to his mother and his father is a polygamous man with four wives. Mugosi's parents are subsistence farmers and his father is the head of the village council. Since he was 9 months old, Mugosi has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him discomfort and he often cries Fortunately, on February 19th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Mugosi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Mugosi's father shared, "I am worried that this problem may bring more complications to him in the future, please help him get this treatment."
Meet Sharon, a 5-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the second born in a family of four children. Sharon was brought to Medical Partner's clinic by her grandmother. Her mother has stayed at home and according to Sharon’s grandmother, she is mentally impaired. Both Sharon's mother and grandmother do not work and only depend on farm products and well-wishers. Their family hails from Makengi village in Embu county. Sharon has a burn scar deformity that she sustained at home when paraffin poured on her and unfortunately, she caught fire, severely burning her feet. She healed with contractures on her hands and feet as well. She currently cannot walk or hold things on her hand and she is in great pain at the moment. Surgery will be of great impact to her as she will be able to stand, walk, and hold things. Her family is not able to raise the estimated cost of surgery and thus requested for support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Sharon receive treatment. On May 20th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to better allow her to use her hands easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $799 procedure. “We cannot be able to raise the estimated cost of surgery and if there are any means that you can support us, we will be grateful.” Sharon’s grandmother told us.
Dalin is a third grade student from Cambodia. She enjoys reading books and playing with her two sisters. When she was five years old, Dalin had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Dalin experiences hearing loss, discharge, infection, and headaches. She frequently has difficulty focusing in class and has trouble communicating with others. She has undergone five days of antibiotic injections in her ear to attempt to clear the infection prior to operation, and now requires surgery. Dalin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 13th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my daughter's ear issue will be resolved and that I won't have to worry about her anymore." -Dalin's Mother
Sothea is an eight-year-old first grader from Cambodia. She has two younger sisters and enjoys playing games. Sothea and her mother traveled one hour to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Sothea has been diagnosed with rhinopharyngitis, an inflammation of the areas behind the nose and mouth. She developed hypertrophy of the tonsils, which caused her tonsils to enlarge. Sothea was treated at a hospital in Phnom Penh, but she still experiences throat pain and difficulty swallowing. Surgeons at CSC will remove Sothea's tonsils and adenoids on January 12. This procedure will relieve her of pain and allow her to feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $221 in funding. "I hope that after the operation my daughter can eat well, sleep and be in good health," says Sothea's mother.
Jose is a one-year-old baby who loves to play and babble with others. His mother passed away from tuberculosis, so he lives with his aunts. Jose is experiencing symptoms of malnutrition. He has little energy, and he gets sick more often than other children. He is at an increased risk for stunted growth, low IQ, and chronic disease. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also highly treatable. On January 12, Jose will begin treatment for his condition. He will undergo growth monitoring and nutrient supplementation. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is asking for $437 to fund this treatment. "We want to thank you for the support for my nephew to grow well," says Jose's aunt. "We want to see him grow healthy and, when he is big, be a person who studies and overcomes obstacles in life."
Htoo is a ten-year-old boy who lives with his parents and three siblings in a village in Burma. Htoo’s mother is a shopkeeper, while his father is truck driver who transports crops. In 2014, Htoo’s mother noticed a small growth on Htoo’s left cheek. Over time, the mass grew much larger. He was diagnosed with a benign tumor and underwent two surgeries to treat the mass. Even after treatment, the mass remained itchy and heavy. Htoo was referred to our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. On January 4, he will undergo a CT scan to give his doctors a clearer picture of the mass. Our medical partner is requesting $693 to cover the cost of this procedure. Htoo hopes to recover from his condition and return to school. He loves learning and hopes to become a teacher in the future. "I want to be a schoolteacher," says Htoo. "There are few teachers in my village."