Ethan joined Watsi on April 17th, 2016. 41 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ethan's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Nicholas, a boy from Kenya, to fund hearing aids.
Ethan has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 11 countries.
Ethan has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 11 countries.
Nicholas is a boy from Kenya. He is an only child. Nicholas was born with a perfect hearing. Unfortunately, when he was four, he had meningitis and lost his hearing. This has interrupted his social and academic life. Upon audiogram testing, he had hearing aids recommended. Now, he is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 5. His family needs help raising $929. Nicholas’s father says, “My prayer is to have my son treated and resume his hearing ability. I am hopeful that it will be possible for him to talk with ease again."
Hikma is a child from Ethiopia. She is a cute baby girl who loves to play with other chidlren and dolls. She also loves to eat fruits. Hikma was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Hikma is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on November 22. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Hikma's procedure and care. After her recovery, Hikma will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.
Eden is an Eritrean refugee from Kenya. She has been living in Kenya since 2015. It took her two months to cross into Kenya through Sudan. Eden has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Eden. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 31. After treatment, Eden will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Eden says, “I want to be treated and be cancer-free. I am confident I will manage to fight off the condition."
Nan Myint is a 17-year-old girl who lives in Ei Hel Village, Hpa-an Township, Karen State, Burma. She lives with her parents, four siblings, brother in-law, and one niece. Nan Myint and her youngest sister are students, and Nan Myint just finished ninth grade this year in March. In February 2018, Nan Myint got sick and started coughing. In March, her parents took her to a clinic, and Nan Myint received an echocardiogram. After checking the results, the doctor informed her parents that Nan Myint has a heart problem and requires surgery. Currently, Nan Myint experiences tiredness, heart palpitations, and difficulty breathing. She is not able to walk long distances. This year, she stopped going to school because of her symptoms. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on September 3. Her family needs help raising $1,500 to help fund this procedure. Nan Myint said, “I want to continue my studies to grade 10 after my treatment. I want to be a teacher in my village after my school.”
Yna is a young girl from Cambodia. She has a brother and four sisters. She likes learning the Khmer language and hopes to be a teacher someday. Ten years ago, Yna 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, Yna experiences pain and tinnitus. It is difficult for her to hear and she has ear pain. Yna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 7, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right 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 mother says, "I worry about my daughter's ear problem and hope the surgery will be good."
Damaclin is an infant from Kenya. Her mother sells groceries, while her father is a security guard. Damaclin was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Damaclin is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Damaclin's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11. This procedure will hopefully spare Damaclin from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
Joshua is a three-year-old boy. He is the only child in his family. Three years ago, Joshua was born with a congenital anorectal malformation. His parents borrowed money from friends and family to pay for the first in a series of necessary surgeries to treat his condition. They were left in debt and do not have money to pay for the second required surgery. Fortunately, the family visited our medical partner's care center. There, Joshua will undergo another corrective surgery on June 13. Now, his family needs help funding this $1,500 procedure. Joshua’s mother says, “There is no where we could go to borrow money again for Joshua’s treatment. Please help our son get the treatment for the remaining stages and live a normal life.”
Oliver is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and siblings in a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. He is in the first grade and enjoys going to school. Oliver has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia. He was born with one of the four valves of the heart missing. Sometimes a surgery can be done to correct this condition, but the only way to know this is by doing a cardiac catheterization. To determine if Oliver's condition is operable, he must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into his heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On May 24, he will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Oliver's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. His father says, "Our family is very happy to have this chance, and we are hopeful that Oliver's heart will be able to be fixed."
U All is a 44-year-old monk from Burma. He used to work as a painter, but since becoming a monk, he has only painted for pleasure and occasionally if he needs money. Generally, he survives off of donations of food and money from Buddhists in the area who visit his forest temple. Experiencing severe abdominal pain, U All was diagnosed with bile duct stones in August 2017. Relying first on medication from the hospital, he started to manage the pain with traditional medicine when the medication from the hospital stopped working. U All has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, U All's symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), U All is scheduled to undergo his biliary obstruction repair on April 18. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of U All's procedure and care. “After surgery I want to continue my life as a monk," says U All. "But, there is still a part of me that wants to become human again and work as a painter.”
Saning’o is a boy from Tanzania. He is five years old and in nursery school. Saning’o lives with his parents and his relatives in eastern Tanzania. His parents are breeders who keep cattle. A few years ago, Saning’o was playing in the kitchen. He grabbed a piece of charcoal and burned his right palm and fingers. Although he visited a hospital and received treatment for the burns, he sustained contractures on his fingers. These are painful and restrict his ability to use his hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Saning’o receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Now, his family needs help to fund this $608 procedure. “I will be very happy to see Saning’o get treated and continue with school," says his father.
Collines is a young boy from Kenya. He is the first born in his family and has a younger brother. The family hails from central Kenya, where he lives with his mother, brother, and great-grandfather. Collines has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Collines has been experiencing vomiting and persistent headache. Without treatment, Collines will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Collines that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 17 and will drain the excess fluid from Collines's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Collines will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.
Aye is a nine-year-old primary school student from Thailand. She lives with her parents and five siblings. Last year, a teacher noticed that Aye was unable to read at long distances. Aye's mother and her teacher took her to our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), and she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, Aye was told that she has cataracts and she needs surgery as soon as possible. Currently, Aye's eye is blurry and itchy. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Aye. On October 25, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Aye's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.