Sean joined Watsi on September 12th, 2014. Five years ago, Sean became the 763rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,164 more people have become monthly donors! Sean's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Bernice, a 2-year-old from Kenya, to fund congenital umbilical hernia surgery.
Sean has funded healthcare for 70 patients in 13 countries.
Bernice is a two and a half year old and the firstborn to her mother, who is raising Bernice on her own. Bernice’s mother is the fifth born in a large family of seven siblings. Bernice’s mother completed Form Four schooling two years ago, however, she was not able to continue with her studies due to financial pressures. However, since she had performed well, a well-wisher supported her to join a nursing college in Nakuru. She lives with her mother (Bernice's grandmother) who is chronically sick from a spinal injury. During the school holiday’s Bernice’s mother does clothes washing for people, in order to support her baby. Bernice was born with a congenital umbilical hernia. Her mother assumed that it would to heal, but the condition progressed. She was taken to a general hospital, where she was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center. During our interview, Bernice's mother said that she has been looking for funds to bring her baby for the treatment, however, it has been very difficult. Bernice’s mother shared, "I wish I can get help for my baby."
Mark is a young boy from Kenya. Mark, second born in a family of two boys, is an ambitious second grader who aspires to be a doctor upon school completion. Mark’s father passed on in October 2017 after a short illness. His mother sells groceries in order to support the family. Mark was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Mark has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Mark will be receiving medical assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 13th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “When I grow up, I want to be a doctor,” says Mark.
Rollins is a young boy from Kenya who was diagnosed with bilateral undescended testis at six months. His mother noticed something was wrong while bathing him. Rollins parents sought help from various hospitals, wishing to know what was wrong with their son. They brought the boy to BethanyKids where he was diagnosed with undescended testis and a surgical intervention recommended. If not treated, Rollins is at risk of suffering fertility problems, developing testicular cancer and/or inguinal hernia. Rollins parents are peasants. His father is a driver while the mother is a housewife. They live in Nakuru, Rift Valley. Rollins is the second born of two children. They are able to raise $102 which is not enough to pay for the surgery needed. They want, more than anything in the world, for their son to get better so that he will live a normal happy life, one without the pain and discomfort that undescended testes would bring. Rollins will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 05. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help my son not to suffer infertility in future,” said Rollin’s mother.
Christine is a single, 35-year-old who lives in Kiambu County with her 12-year-old child. She trades in second-hand clothes to make a living for her small family. Since September 2019, Christine started experiencing pain on the right side of her abdomen. She has visited many clinics without much change. She then came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital and had a scan that showed she has gallstones. Treatment was given to try to dissolve them without success. On 1st March, she experienced severe pain. A repeat ultrasound scan showed the stones are still there and surgery is advised. Unfortunately due to her limited income, Christine is not in a position to meet the cost and she requests support. If not treated Christine will continue to have severe pain and may suffer complications like pancreatitis, blockage of the gallbladder, or may even become cancerous. Christine shared, "I have gone through a lot of pain and yet am unable to raise the money for this surgery. I kindly request for help so that I can go on with my normal life and take care of my daughter.”
Irshad was diagnosed with an anorectal malformation a day or two after birth. This followed frequent vomiting, poor feeding and distention of his abdomen. A colostomy (a perforation on his abdomen to aid in passing stool) was put in place at day three and after six weeks a pull-through procedure was done. This was to create an anal opening. In order to keep the newly created anus from closing, Irshad’s parents were advised to do dilation which according to them, they faithfully did. Upon review, the doctor noted that the anal opening was not well dilated and would need a revision. The doctor then referred them to Watsi Medical Partner care center BethanyKids Hospital where surgery has been recommended. If not treated, Irshad will not be able to pass stool normally. The cost of buying colostomy bags has proven to be quite expensive for his parents and thus, they have resulted to using old clothes. This puts little Irshad at risk of infection and scarring at the colostomy site due to occasional leakages. Irshad’s parents hoped that the national health insurance fund would help fund the treatment, but since it is a repeat surgery, their request was turned down. Irshad’s father is employed casually as an office messenger while his mother is a full-time mom. Irshad is the second born of two children. He lives with his parents and elder brother in a two-room rental house in the coastal region of Kenya. His father assures that he can raise Kes15,000, but that is not enough to support the surgery needed and thus appeals for help.
Dina is a 69-year-old mother of seven from Kenya. She plants maize and beans on her farm left by her late husband. She lost her husband in the year 2014 after suffering from stomach cancer. Despite all the challenges she faced, Dina has been a strong woman for her children. She has worked hard to educate her children and provide basic needs for them through farming. The family stays together in a grass-roofed house. Dina came to our hospital recently with a severe fracture on her right femur. X-ray imaging confirmed a closed femur fracture. Dina, who is unable to walk and has severe pain, was admitted for skin traction and requires an ORIF surgery with a plate to heal her broken femur. Dina is unable to attend to her daily duties because of her broken leg. She is worried about being dependent on her children who also need her. She is requesting anybody reading her story to support her raise funds for her surgery of $968.00. On January 22nd, Dina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow Dina walk with ease and reduce chances of further complications. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Dina says, “I want to get back on my feet and resume my normal duties farming so that I can be able to raise school fees for my son who is in college.”
Wine is a 23-year-old man from Burma. Wine’s family are subsistence farmers and they mainly grow rice and sunflowers. Since Wine’s health deteriorated, he can no longer work on the farm and now looks after two cows. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends. In 2016, Wine started to experience a rapid heartbeat and fatigue. As his heart rate continued to be fast, he went to see a medic in his village. The medic told him to go to the hospital instead so he visited a general hospital near his hometown. At the hospital, he received an echocardiogram and the result revealed that Wine's heart valves are not good. The doctor told him that he needs to have surgery and that it would cost six million kyat (approx. 6,000 USD). The doctor then asked his family to come back after they have enough money for the surgery and prescribed him monthly oral medication. Since then, Wine also tried to treat himself with traditional medicine. When that did not work, he relied on oral medication to stabilize his condition. However, his symptoms frequently return. At the moment, Wine cannot do strenuous work such as lift heavy things, and he has back pain. Wine said, “I am very upset that I had to stop working on the farm and that I cannot support my family anymore. I want to be healthy and recover as soon as possible. When I recover fully, I will find a good job to pay back my debt and I will help my community as much as I can.”
Coldy is a baby from Haiti who lives with his mother and father in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Coldy has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart; blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. Coldy will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On November 14th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart using a patch. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5000 to pay for surgery. Coldy'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 Coldy's family overseas. From Coldy's mother, "I am hopeful that after his surgery my son will start eating better and gaining weight!"
Jackson is an only child from Tanzania. Both of his parents depend on small scale farming of maize and vegetables and only sell a few crop harvests and do not make much income. Jackson traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Jackson needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Jackson's father says, “We have tried to seek treatment for our son ever since he was born with no luck. The doctors at your hospital can treat him but we can’t afford the cost, help us. ”
U Kaung is a 52-year-old man from Thailand. He is originally from Mon State, Burma. In his free time, U Kaung likes to forage for vegetables and cut firewood. On the 6th of September 2019, U Kaung went to visit his friend on his bicycle. The road was slippery, and his bike slid, causing him to fall off his bike and break his lower left leg. Currently, U Kaung suffers from a sharp pain in his left leg, which is also swollen. Even though he is taking painkillers, the pain is not alleviated. He cannot walk or place any weight onto his left leg. Presently, he has to use a wheelchair whenever he needs to use the toilet. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, U Kaung will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 17 and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help him walk again and relieve him on the pain. "When I recover fully, I will continue to stay at home and do all the housework," said U Kaung.
Reaksa is a boy from Cambodia. He is an only child, and he enjoys playing with his toys and watching television. When he was just two years old, Reaksa accidentally cut the inside of his left index finger on the side of a mirror. The skin has since scarred over, and the skin around the scar has tightened. Reaksa experiences difficulty extending his finger and hand properly. Treatment will help Reaksa to release the skin near the scar, and will allow Reaksa to grow up with full use and extension of his fingers. His procedure is scheduled for July 2 and will cost $417.
Lucito is a boy from Haiti. He was born with a cardiac condition called double outlet right ventricle, in which the aorta connects to the wrong chamber of the heart, causing the heart to pump oxygen-depleted blood to his body. He will require an open-heart surgery to correct this condition. Lucito lives in a small city in western Haiti with his parents and four siblings. He has not yet started school because of his cardiac problems, but is studying at home with his mother. Lucito will fly to India to receive treatment. On August 7, 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.