Nina joined Watsi on June 12th, 2013. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nina's most recent donation supported Thin, a girl from Burma, to fund hernia surgery.
Nina has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.
Nina has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.
Thin is a nine-year-old second grader from Burma. She lives with her grandparents while her mother is working in Bangkok. Thin has a femoral hernia. She cannot play or run because the hernia causes her pain. Fortunately, on May 10, she 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 Thin's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “As a single mother, it is a difficult balancing act to get my daughter treated while trying not to lose my job. My daughter is still very young. She has a future and I want her to live healthily," says Thin's mother.
PhanNai is a seventh-grade student from Cambodia. She likes painting and reading Khmer literature, and hopes to become a doctor when she grows up. Five months ago, PhanNai developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When PhanNai learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 23, doctors will perform a lensectomy 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. Her mother says, "I hope that my daughter's surgery is successful so she is able to see again and I won't have to worry about her."
Vanly is a boy from Cambodia. Nearly one month ago, Vanly suffered from a severe bicycle accident; one week later, he was unable to walk and was in a lot of pain. He struggles with daily lower back pain, and has lost all control of his legs. He spent two weeks at the Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed with Pott's disease; however, Vanly was unable to receive treatment because the hospital lacked the necessary medical supplies needed for his procedure. Vanly was then referred to the Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner, for spinal treatment. The doctors will perform a decompression surgery on his lower spine, ensuring that he will regain movement in his legs and no longer suffer any pain or loss of movement. Vanly looks forward to returning to school as soon as possible, as he hopes to become a police officer when he grows up. Surgery is scheduled for April 9 and will cost $930. His mother says, "I hope that my son's surgery is a success so that he will no longer suffer from pain and can walk on his own again. He can then return to school and I won't have to worry about him as much."
"Leonardo's mother has been worried, because she has noticed that her son is not growing as well as the other kids and doesn't know what to do. He is suffering from malnutrition, and will not be able to grow until he has access to an adequate diet," reports our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "His lack of calories has not only stunted his physical growth, but slowed his developmental milestones -- he still cannot walk or stand without support, a benchmark most children reach by about age one. Additionally, his immune system has grown weak due to his lack of calories. He gets frequent bouts of diarrhea, putting his life in danger and preventing him from having the energy to grow and play. In the long term, he could face low IQ, chronic diseases, and difficulty finding a good job if he does not receive treatment," continues WK. "Leonardo is the youngest of two children. He lives with his family in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural mountainous community in Guatemala. His mother works at home, taking care of Leonardo and his brother, cooking, and cleaning," shares WK. "His father works as a bricklayer. Although they both make many sacrifices for him, they are unable to buy him even the most basic healthy foods--they cannot afford even one egg, fruit, or vegetable per day." "Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Leonardo recover from malnutrition--saving his life now and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any more life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses," adds WK. "His parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Leonardo a diet to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Leonardo the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place." Leonardo's mother adds, "I want my son to grow and study in the future." Let's help make that a reality.
"Sandy is more than three standard deviations below the normal size for her age. Her mother has noticed that she is not growing as well and is worried. Her lack of calories, protein, and nutrients have also made her mental development slow--she is having a hard time learning how to talk," reports our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "Sandy's immune defenses have been weakened by her poor diet, leaving her with frequent fevers, coughs, and cases of diarrhea, which put her life in danger and take away all her energy. In the long term, she could face issues such as mental deficiencies, behavioral problems, chronic disease, and low earning potential as an adult if she does not receive treatment," explains WK. "Sandy is the first child in her family, and her mother just had another little girl. Sandy loves to play with her dolls and is excited to be an older sister. Her mother works at home taking care of the children, and her father works as an assistant to a bricklayer as well as a day laborer in a plantation. They have a meager and inconsistent income. Although they make sacrifices to give their daughter the best they can, there are many days when all they have to give Sandy is breastmilk," continues WK. "Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Sandy recover--saving her life now and putting her on track to live a better life in the future. She will gain weight and grow taller. Her immune system will grow stronger, which will further increase her appetite and help her use the extra calories to develop mentally. Her mother will receive support to give Sandy the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily," explains WK. Sandy's mother shares, "I dream that my daughter will grow well so that one day she can have good development with her studies."
Di Par is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his mother and three brothers in Burma. He enjoys playing marbles, snapping rubber bands with his younger brothers, listening to music, and visiting with his friends. Di Par enjoys school, but he is only in grade five since his health condition makes it difficult for him to keep up with his classes. Di Par did not present with symptoms until he was five years old. He was easily tired, especially after playing, but his mother did not think it was out of the ordinary and did not seek medical attention for him. When Di Par was 10 years old, the symptoms worsened as he began having difficulty breathing in addition to the fatigue. His mother took him to the clinic where they listened to his heart and detected abnormal heart sounds. He was prescribed medication that seemed to improve his condition, so his mother did not seek further evaluation. In March of 2016, Di Par appeared to go into shock and lost consciousness, and he was brought to the hospital. Although a definitive diagnosis was not made, the physicians thought Di Par might have meningitis and treated him medically. While he was in the hospital, he received a battery of exams: blood tests, urinalysis, CT scan, and X-rays. He also received an echocardiogram, which provided the diagnosis of congestive heart disease — severe tricuspid regurgitation with severe pulmonary stenosis. Di Par was in the hospital for 12 days, and family members helped his mother and brothers pay the hospital costs. Since his hospitalization, Di Par has been experiencing palpitations, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. He is at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in the children’s inpatient department. He is also cyanotic with a bluish tinge to his lips and fingers. After evaluation by the medics at MTC, he was referred to Burma Children Medical Fund for surgical consideration. Di Par and his family have lived in their current village for three months; they moved there to be closer to his mother’s sister and to improve chances for employment. Di Par's father passed away several years ago, so the family's financial support comes from his mother, who sells vegetables and flowers in the market, and his older brother, who works as a day laborer. Despite their hard work, the money they earn does not cover daily expenses, savings, or health care costs. His mother has to borrow money at 10 percent interest to meet those costs and is currently in debt. Di Par’s mother is very concerned about him, as he is falling further and further behind with his studies and, more importantly, his condition is becoming more severe. His mother and older brother alternate caring for Di Par, and his younger brothers help with family chores. This arrangement has not yet affected their work schedules, but Di Par's condition will only complicate the family's needs as further care is needed. For $1,500, Di Par will undergo surgery to replace the damaged heart valve and restore proper blood flow through his heart and lungs. Funding also covers the cost of 12 pre- and post-operative consultations, transportation to and from the hospital, and nine days of hospital care after surgery. Di Par's mother looks forward to a successful operation for her son. "My son enjoys teaching his brothers," she shares, "so when he grows up, he may become a teacher in the village."
Meet Arebu, a four-year-old boy from Ethiopia. Arebu has Hirschsprung disease -- a condition characterized by missing nerve cells in the large intestine. This essentially paralyzes part of the colon, which makes it very difficult to pass stool. “After suffering for several months at home, Arebu's family went to a hospital and a colostomy (a temporary stool passage hole in his tummy) was done for temporarily relieving the condition," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Arebu has been passing stool per colostomy but Arebu and his family are suffering from issues related to the colostomy. Arebu's family can not even send him to school while he is passing stool via a colostomy.” As a farmer, Arebu’s father does not make enough income to pay for his hospital bills. “The medical care that Arebu has received so far was free treatment at government hospitals and funded by different NGO’s,” notes AMHF. But we can help--for $1,500, we can fund a treatment that will remove the affected part of Arebu’s colon and help restore its functionality. “We expect after surgery, Arebu will be able to pass stool normally," shares AMHF. "Arebu will have a chance of attending school and getting a better life in future."
Meet Mekeya, a two-year-old girl from Ethiopia. "Mekeya was born without an anal opening," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "She could not pass stool normally and had to pass stool through her vagina with great difficulty." Upon her diagnosis, Mekeya received a colostomy, which has worked somewhat as a temporary solution. However, she needs an anorectoplasty to fully correct the problem and allow her to pass stool normally. The surgery will cost $1500, and Mekeya's parents cannot afford the cost. "Mekeya's parents are farmers. They have spent all their money on health care diligently seeking for a cure for their daughter," says AMHF. "However, despite all their efforts Mekeya is not yet well. They are deeply worried that Mekeya is in real danger and they are completely unable to pay for this life saving surgery." After treatment, Mekeya is expected to make a full recovery. "Mekeya will be able to pass stool normally," says AMHF. "She will have a chance of growing up healthy and normally."
"We call Nehissa our princess at home," says Nehissa's mother about her one-year-old daughter from Haiti. "Of course she is a princess; we love her very much and my only wish is to see her able to have a healthy life." "Nehissa is the first baby of the family," Project Medishare (PM) tells us. "Her mother is a raw food products seller in the streets and the father is a taxi driver. The mother says she loves to go to church and spend time with the family." "One month after she was born, Nehissa had seizures, fever and flu," the PM team writes. "After the hospital transferred them to our facilities where a CT scan has been performed on the baby's head, the family knew that it wa] hydrocephalus disease." Hydrocephalus, or "water on the brain," puts potentially fatal pressure on the brain. It's treated with a shunt that helps to drain the excess fluid in the brain. With $1260, clinicians will be able to provide Nehissa a shunt replacement to reduce head swelling associated with hydrocephalus and prevent her from having seizures in the future. Let's help Nehissa's family give their princess the best care they can possibly provide by funding her care.
Mahamad is an outgoing boy in the fifth grade. His favorite subject is English and he dreams of becoming a doctor. Mahamad has osteomyelitis, a bone infection, in his right leg. His parents have taken him to several local clinics for treatment, but his condition keeps getting worse. Mahamad had to quit school because of excruciating pain and inability to walk. A $930 surgery can give Mahamad the use of his leg again. This procedure could be the difference between a stagnated and an incredibly bright future for this young boy. Our coordinator at AMHF writes, "we expect that the surgery shall give Mahamad full function of his leg again, and he will hopefully be able to start school when the next year begins." Let's help Mahamad get the care he needs to live up to his potential!