Corey joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Seven years ago, Corey joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Corey's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Jairon, a toddler from Guatemala, to fund eye surgery.
Corey has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 12 countries.
Corey has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 12 countries.
Jairon is a young boy from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and siblings in Guatemala's rural western highlands. Jairon loves to spend his time playing with the other children in his village and eating his favorite foods: eggs and beans. Jairon has strabismus, a condition that occurs when the eyes do not align in the same direction and appear crossed. Symptoms of strabismus include double vision, uncoordinated eye movements, fatigue, headache, and loss of vision or depth perception. Jairon was born with an advanced strabismus, and therefore has always had difficulties seeing. He also often feels bad about his condition because other children make fun of him for it. If left untreated, Jairon's vision could be permanently damaged and irreparable. Fortunately, Jairon will receive strabismus correction surgery on February 20. He will receive consultation with a trusted eye specialist before and after surgery, and he will be accompanied by one of our medical partner's staff members throughout the entire process. The surgery itself is fairly simple and requires just a day or two in the hospital. Now, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,500 to fund this treatment. Jairon will be able to see clearly for the first time in his life, and he will feel happier and more confident. Jairon's mother says, "I want my son to receive this operation so that he can be like other children and then they won't make fun of him anymore. I thank you for this help. May God bless you."
Kervens is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents, two older sisters, and two older brothers in Jacmel, a city on the southern coast of Haiti. He is in the ninth grade. Kervens has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole, making it more difficult for the heart to properly circulate blood through his body. Kervens will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 25, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will insert a catheter into his heart and use a device to close the hole. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $12,000 to pay for surgery. Kervens's 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 Kervens's family overseas. He says, "I am looking forward to being able to play soccer after my surgery!"
Kea Hong is an administrative assistant from Cambodia. She has ten siblings and enjoys spending time with her friends. Three years ago, Kea Hong 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, Kea Hong experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, and ear discharge. She's worried about her hearing getting worse and it's difficult to listen at work. Kea Hong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 13, 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 $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her aunt says, "I hope my niece can heal her infection and stop the problem from getting worse."
Moses is a 42-year-old man who lives in Kenya with his wife and two children. He roasts green maize at the roadside. He was crossing the road this October when he was hit by a car. The accident fractured his left tibia and fibula (the two lower bones in the leg). He was brought to the hospital, where an ORIF treatment was ordered. This is a surgical method of realigning the bones and fixing them together with rods or plates so that they rejoin. If not treated, Moses may have malunion, nonunion, or infection. His treatment is scheduled for October 23. Moses hopes that he can "be well and go back to caring for my family." Watsi is requesting $998 to fund Moses's treatment.
Htay is a 43-year-old woman who lives and works with her nieces and nephew on a cabbage farm in Thailand. Since 2016, Htay has had pain in her lower right abdomen. When the pain started, she received medication from a clinic, which helped. However, in 2017 Htay’s symptoms returned. She went back to the clinic, and was diagnosed with a gallstone in the common bile duct. After being diagnosed she was sent to the hospital, where the doctors confirmed her diagnosis and told her that she needed surgery. “I want to recover very soon so that I can return to my work," said Htay. Watsi is requesting $1,500 to help fund Htay's treatment. She will undergo a biliary obstruction repair on August 28.
Myint is a 33-year-old woman from Burma who recently moved to Mae Sot, Thailand with her husband and 10-month-old son for her husband to find work. Myint’s husband works in construction, and she currently stays home to look after their baby. Her seven-year-old son lives with her mother back in their village in Burma. A few weeks ago, noticing that it was starting to rain, Myint rushed outside to bring in laundry. As she was hurrying out, she slipped and fell in front of her house, breaking her forearm. On August 1, surgeons will perform an open reduction internal fixation procedure to realign and stabilize Myint's broken bone, allowing her arm to heal properly. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to fund Myint's treatment. Myint hopes for successful treatment so that she can look after her baby and, when he is old enough, get back to work. She hopes to soon be able to earn enough money to send back home to her mother and son in Burma.
Say is a 14-year-old girl who lives in Burma with with her two parents, three sisters, and brother. All of Say's siblings go to school, and Say herself is in grade six. During the rainy season, her parents grow rice on their farm. In the dry season, Say’s parents work as day laborers and save for their children's school fees. Say was born with a sac of tissue extending through a defect in her skull, a condition known as an encephalocele. She does not experience pain or other symptoms, but she has an abnormal growth on her face between her eyebrows. After being examined by a medic, she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Say will undergo a CT scan on April 8. This scan will give her doctors information about her condition and allow them to form a treatment plan. Her family needs help to pay for this $693 procedure. Say says, “I would love to finish school and become a teacher.”
Yorb is a 37-year-old farmer from Cambodia who is married with two sons and one daughter. In her free time, she likes to bake cakes, cook, and listen to the radio. On April 31, Yorb fell, causing a dislocation of her left elbow. As a result, it is difficult for her to use her elbow, and the dislocation causes pain. She went to a healer for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve. On June 7, surgeons from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal Yorb's dislocation and allow her to use her arm easily again. For the procedure, CSC requests $411.
Maudah is a 53-year-old woman from Uganda who works as a small farmer growing local crops, such as bananas, potatoes, and beans. In her free time, Maudah likes to listen to the radio and watch her grandchildren play. Maudah has been feeling pain, abdominal fullness, and discomfort for approximately twelve years. After arriving at our medical partner's care center, she learned that she has a uterine mass that needs to be removed. As a result, she is now scheduled to undergo a laparotomy to remove the mass on February 24. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $307 to cover the expenses of the procedure. Maudah says, "I thank the donors very much for their support. My husband and I could not afford such a major surgery without their help. May God bless them."
Joseph is a 43-year-old single man from Kenya. The fifth of nine children in his family, he lives with his parents and helps to support them. He works as a construction worker and has skills in masonry as well. On January 29, Joseph fell at a construction site, fracturing his elbow. Unable to receive proper treatment at the time of the accident, Joseph is now at risk of losing function in his elbow due to malunion of his broken bones. On April 18, Joseph will undergo surgery at Nazareth Hospital, our medical partner's care center, to properly realign his elbow. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $998 to cover the cost of his surgery. After treatment, Joseph is expected to make a full recovery!
Patrick is a 42-year-old father and construction worker from Kenya. He lives in Nairobi with his two kids. This father is the sole provider for his household. His income is just barely sufficient to meet the family's needs. All three live together in a small shared rental room. Patrick worked as a construction worker until he was attacked on the night of February 25. He sustained several head fractures and is in need of a craniotomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,495 to provide the much-needed procedure, which is scheduled for February 28. Given his stalled ability to work, Patrick and his family are not able to pay for treatment. "I want to be with my children. I wish to get well and continue providing for them," Patrick shares.
Anderson is eleven months old and has malnutrition. He lives with his family in rural Guatemala. He likes to eat papaya and play cars and is learning to stand up on his own. In the short term, malnutrition means Anderson has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak. If Anderson does not receive treatment, he will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients and food supplementation will help Anderson recover. He will begin treatment on February 16. While Anderson’s mother cares deeply for her son and is eager to keep learning about nutrition, she cannot afford Anderson's care. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $437 to fund his treatment. During treatment, Anderson will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake.