Sean joined Watsi on November 7th, 2014. Six years ago, Sean became the 629th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,829 more people have become monthly donors! Sean's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Johnson, a baby boy from Tanzania, to fund spina bifida treatment.
Sean has funded healthcare for 73 patients in 11 countries.
Johnson is an 8-month baby boy from Tanzania. Johnson, the last born child in a family of four, and already is a very active and friendly little boy. Johnson's parents are both subsistence farmers. Johnson was born in a local hospital where his parents were informed that his spine was not fully formed, thus resulting in a condition known as spinal bifida. Because Johnson's condition was not severe, they were informed that he wouldn’t need treatment and that it would close on its own. As their family continued to attend clinics they were told to wait till Johnson gets to five months old for him to have any kind of treatment. At five months they took him to hospital for the treatment but the cost was too high for them to afford and they had to return home. As time went by, Johnson's mother saw that his condition could end up complicated if he didn’t get treatment soon and end up greatly affecting Johnson later in life. She decided to seek treatment. She went to Mt Meru and was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center ALMC for more help. Johnson 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, Johnson 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 $1,015 to cover the cost of Johnson's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 7th. This procedure will hopefully spare Johnson from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Johnson’s mother says, “We are concerned if our son does not get his spine corrected, it might affect his ability to walk. Please help my son.”
Meas is a 17-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two older brothers and one young sister. His parents are farmers. In addition to his construction work, he helps his parents with their farming. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer and listening to music. In July 2020, Meas was burned on his head during an electrical accident at a worksite. He has developed an infected wound on his scalp and is in constant pain. When Meas learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin flap procedure to to close the wound in his head and allow his burn to heal properly. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Meas shared, "Since my injury I cannot work or help my family and they are worried about me, so I hope I recover quickly so that I can work again."
Nay Kaw is an 11-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his parents, two older brothers and two younger sisters. He is currently in first grade since he left monkhood last year. His father is a farmer and his mother is a homemaker who looks after his youngest sister at home, the other sister is also a student like Nay Kaw. Nay Kaw, along with his two brothers, help with household chores and in his free time, he likes to play cane ball and hunt. Since birth, Nay Kaw has a had a mass on his right wrist. When he turned three years old, the mass increased in size but was still not painful. But by the time he was ten years old, the mass increased in size again, and became swollen and painful. His mother took him to a traditional healer but the medicine he received did not help. Fortunately our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, can help. He is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on July 9th. This surgery will relieve him of his pain and discomfort. He needs your help to cover the $1,500 cost of his procedure and care. Nay Kaw shared, “I would like to be a teacher because I would like to teach children like my friends who are not able to go to school to study.”
Angel is a 6-year-old student from Kenya. Our medical partner shared that they met Angel’s mother in the hospital corridors crying, she looked depressed and they drew in closer to inquire for more information. She showed our team her invoice and explained that she cannot raise the estimated bill. Angel is 6yrs old, the second and last born in her family. She is a nursery school pupil and likes the company of small kids. Their family hails from Gilgil in Nakuru county. Angel's mother is a single parent and she is a waitress at a small hotel. They live in a one-roomed rental house. Angel 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, Angel traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 8th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,347 to fund Angel's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and hopefully enjoy a full, active life. “Any kind of support to make my daughter walk well is highly appreciated,” Angel’s mother told us.
Doem is a 59-year-old Khmer classical musician from Cambodia. He has one son, one daughter, and three grandchildren. In addition to helping his family plant crops, Doem and his music group play for wedding parties in his province. Two months ago, the retina of Doem's right eye detached, causing him blurry vision and tears. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Doem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On May 6th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Doem said, "I want to return to playing music, but I also need my eyes to help my family with our crops because I am the only one who knows how to drive the harvesting motorbike."
Cyrus is a businessman from Kenya and the father of four children. He sells second-hand clothes to make a living. His wife takes up small jobs to complement his income. He was involved in a road accident as a pillion passenger while rushing home to avoid trouble with the police during the current COVID-19 curfew in the country. While riding a motorcycle, they lost control as they were trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian. He suffered a closed femur fracture and was rushed to the hospital. He is in pain and cannot walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 7th, Cyrus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Cyrus says, “I am in great pain and worried of the financial cost required. Kindly help me. I look forward to continue providing for my children.”
Daliza is fourteen years old, and enjoys reading, cooking, and going for walks around the village with her family. She has one brother and two sisters. Her favorite subject in school is Khmer Literature, and she hopes to become a teacher when she gets older. Since Daliza was ten years old, she started to develop scoliosis, causing a curvature in her spine. She often feels uncomfortable while sitting in class and sleeping, and cannot walk well. Spinal surgery will help to correct the curvature in her spine, and ensure that, as Daliza gets older, her spine will remain straight. "My daughter's spine gets worse everyday. I hope that I will no longer worry about her condition and she will be comfortable and can return to school again." -Daliza's Mother
Ngasitae and his uncle have travelled over 700km to our facility seeking healthcare. Ngasitae was diagnosed with ARM days after birth, a condition where he was born without an anal opening. A colostomy was in put in place to aid his bowel movement in a hospital in Turkana. Since access to specialized care is limited in his village, the standard treatment of surgery to create an opening was never done. Recently a well-wisher visiting their village came across Ngasitae and advised his parents to seek help from Watsi Partner BethanyKids in Kijabe where they would be assisted financially. It was decided that Ngasitae’s uncle who knows a bit of Swahili would accompany him. Upon diagnosis and considering the proximity of his village and costs involved, the doctors have recommended immediate admission for surgery to create an anal opening. Unfortunately, Ngasitae's family is not able to meet the cost of surgery. They sold a few goats to raise the transport expenses to the hospital. Ngasitae’s mother is a stay-at-home mom while his father has three camels that he fetches luggage and water for the locals for a fee. Ngasitae and his siblings are yet to join the school as it is several miles away from home. “Our place is very arid. Nothing grows as we have no water. The few goats his father had were sold out for us to get here. We wish to get assistance for our young boy,” says Ngasitae’s uncle.
Yabesera is a young boy from Ethiopia. Yabsira has a twin sister named Tseganesh. They both are cute toddlers and Yabsira loves to play with his sister Tseganesh. They have an older brother too. Yabsira’s dad is a shoe-shiner with limited income while his mom is a housewife and takes care of their babies at home. Yabesera was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Unfortunately, he contracted measles last year and could not undergo surgery. His mother brought him to our facility and requested to proceed with the surgery now and the family appeals for financial help. Fortunately, Yabesera is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Yabsira’s mom said, “We can’t afford the medical bill. I used to wash clothes for income but once the children were born, I had to take care of them. We are living by the income of my husband only and it is very limited to maintain the family’s needs. The community helps us by giving food and milk for our babies. But still, they are nutritionally badly affected. They didn’t start walking as a result of it. We came here by the support of an organization. We are here with the hope of getting treatment for our boy.”
Fauzia is a beautiful-20 months old girl, the only child to her parents. She was born normal but as she progressed, her mother noted her legs to be bowing outwardly. She was concerned and decided to seek a doctor. She was put on calcium medication and diet to strengthen the bones. However, she did not improve. They had little income to seek further care for their child. Fortunately, her mother was referred to our facility by a neighbour and encouraged to take the child soonest they could. She was diagnosed with genu varus, a condition where the legs bow outwardly, and surgery recommended to correct the deformity. Fauzia's parents are quite needy. Her father is a truck driver with limited income which he uses to meet the needs of his family. Her mother is a housewife. The family appeals for financial assistance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Fauzia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 18th. Treatment will hopefully restore Fauzia's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Fauzia’s mother says, “We have tried calcium medication but it has not helped correct her legs, please help her get this treatment the cost is too high for us to afford.”
Rin is a 39-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys cooking, doing the housework, and spending time with her 6 children. One year ago, Rin had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Rin experiences discharge, foul odor, hearing loss, itchiness, and headaches. She has a difficult time hearing and communicating with others. Rin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 10, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Rin said, "I hope that after my operation, my hearing will improve and the infection will go away."
Loleku is a friendly boy from Tanzania. Loleku is a four-year-old friendly boy, the firstborn to his mother and forth born to his father. His father has two wives and six children. Loleku suffered severe burns when he was one year old. His Masai clothing caught fire as he, together with his other siblings, were warming themselves in the open fire. His mother, who was out milking the cows, heard the cries and fortunately managed to put out the fire. However, Loleku sustained burns on his chest, stomach and pelvis. He spent 8 months in the hospital, where at one point his parents thought they would lose him. Fortunate for them, Loleku got better and was discharged. Loleku healed with contractures on his pelvis area making it difficult to use the toilet. He was brought to our facility when the father heard of visiting plastic surgeons and upon review, surgery was recommended. Loleku's parents are small scale farmers with little income to meet the total medical cost. The father sold some cows to settle the 8-month hospital bill. Currently, they are not able to pay for the planned surgery. they appeal for financial assistance. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Loleku receive treatment. On September 25th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to The release will allow Loleku use the toilet with ease. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Loleku’s father says, “Please help my son this problem is going to bring stigma to him when he is grown up.”