Jonathan joined Watsi on May 8th, 2016. Seven years ago, Jonathan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jonathan's most recent donation supported Hosea, a entrepreneurial 21 year old student from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Jonathan has funded healthcare for 87 patients in 11 countries.
Jonathan has funded healthcare for 87 patients in 11 countries.
Hosea is a shy, 21 year old student, living with his parents and brothers in Kenya. Hosea's father herds cattle, while his brothers are casual laborers. His mother is unwell, and unable to contribute to the support of the family. When Hosea isn't at school, he helps to cultivate the land and to set up fencing in order to earn more income for the family. Hosea was recently sent home from school, due to a lack of the necessary fees to keep him there. He decided to find some work to earn the money for his school fees, and borrowed a bike from a friend, so that he could transport people and luggage, earning a commission for his work. Unfortunately, Hosea lost control of his bike, and was in a traffic accident, sustaining an injury to his leg. As a result, he is in chronic pain and is unable to work. Hosea sought the help of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, and was diagnosed with a fracture of the tibia and fibula. Now he is scheduled to undergo fracture repair surgery on November 1st, at AIC Kapsowar Hospital, after which he should be able to resume his life, free from pain. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Hosea said: "I am in need and appealing for help from all well-wishers reading my story."
Ann is a 34-year-old widow and a mother of two children, ages 13 and 8 years old. She does odd jobs at a nearby small hotel; though she shared that her medical condition makes it hard to work. Ann started having epigastric pains in 2015 and has being treated intermittently for ulcers. She said that sometimes all her income goes to treatment, and yet she doesn’t get well. Recently, the pain became worse, and she was taken to different hospitals over the weekend before being brought to Nazareth Hospital, where she was admitted. A scan showed Cholelithiasis, and since she has severe pain on and off, the Surgeon recommended she should go for Cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gall bladder) immediately. Unfortunately, her medical insurance (NHIF) did not approve her case, so she needs $788 to fund her surgery. If not treated, Ann will continue to experience the pain and may have complications like pancreatitis, blockage of the gall bladder with inflammation of the gall bladder. She is in severe pain already. “I am desperate, the doctor says I have to be operated on tomorrow but have no money to pay, and NHIF did not approve my application. Any support given, I will appreciate, at least to have my life back. I am the hope of my children who are still young,” said Ann quietly.
Abel, who is 11 months old, lives with his parents in La Paz. He is his parents' first child. Abel was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. Because of this, a hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through Abel's lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. Abel's parents sought the help of our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, and now Abel is scheduled for surgery on January 16th, at Hospital del Niño Dr. Ovidio Aliaga Uria. During surgery, doctors will sew the hole shut, so that blood will no longer leak out. This procedure should enable Abel to grow into a healthy young boy. Abel's mother said: "Our family is praying that our son will be strong and healthy after this surgery!"
Narin is a nine-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his mother, who is a factory worker, and his father, who is a construction worker. Narin has two younger siblings, who he enjoys looking after. He also loves to play football with his friends. His favorite meal is fried chicken and orange juice! For the past year, Narin has been experiencing a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and snoring at night. His frequent illness also causes him to miss school. Narin was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time if not treated. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Narin, which is scheduled to take place on August 15th. During this procedure, surgeons will remove Narin’s tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving him of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably. Narin's mother says, "I hope he gets better after surgery so he can go school again."
Abigael is a bright seven-year-old from Kenya. She is the firstborn in a family of two children. Her mother is a single mom who works to support her family by doing a variety of work on other people’s farms. Abigael attends school, and one of her favorite ways to spend time is playing with her friends, both at school and at home. Abigael was born with clubfoot on her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Abigael's mother noticed the condition and took her to the nearest hospital when she was two weeks old. She underwent a series of casting there; however, over time, her clubfoot became progressively worse rather than improving. Fortunately, Abigael and her family traveled to our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital, to seek treatment. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Abigael's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to put on shoes, walk comfortably, play with her friends freely, and continue with her education uninterrupted. Abigael’s mom shares, “I request support for my daughter's clubfoot to be corrected so that she can be able to put on her shoes and walk like other children.”
Non is a long-time rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has four sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his wife and his oldest daughter, who is a vegetable seller. He has recently retired from farming due to his age and poor vision, and now likes to spend his days listening to the news and the monks praying on the radio. Two years ago, Non developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces. He is also worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own. When Non learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Non shared, "I hope after surgery I can see better, and go outside. I hope to take care of myself and not need help from others."
Hsa is an 18-year-old living with his parents, three brothers and a sister, in Burma. Two of his siblings are still in school, while the remainder of his family work as subsistence farmers. Hsa, however, is currently unemployed, and enjoys playing various sports with his friends. Hsa has cataracts in both of his eyes, making it difficult for him to see clearly. Thanks to assistance from our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hsa is scheduled for cataract surgery on October 11th, at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. During the surgery, doctors will replace Hsa's own lenses with intraocular implants, enabling Hsa to live a more independent life. Now, Hsa needs your help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Hsa said: "I wish to see again so that I can look after myself. Then my family will no longer need to assist me with everything."
Math Sa is a 64-year-old fisherman. He has one daughter, four sons, and six grandchildren. He lives with his wife who sells their fish at a local market, and his youngest daughter who is a student. At home, he likes to listen to the news on the radio and visit his mosque. Two years ago, Math Sa developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. Now he is unable to catch fish because it is hard for him to see the nets in bright sun. When Math Sa learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly again and do more outside in the daytime. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Math Sa says: "I hope after surgery I can see clearly again. I want to be able to catch fish again to support my family."
Samuth is a 71-year-old grandmother. She proudly shared that she has been married to her husband for almost 50 years, and he works as a tuk-tuk driver. Together, the couple has one son, three daughters, and several grandchildren. Samuth spends her days keeping the house, helping to care for her grandchildren, and listening to monks pray on the radio. For the past year, Samuth has had a dark lesion on her face. It has grown quickly over the past month. The lesion feels itchy, and she feels embarrassed to go outside. Her neighbor suggested that she visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for diagnosis and treatment. Samuth traveled to CSC's care center, where doctors diagnosed her with a likely basal cell carcinoma, which will need to be removed. Afterwards, a skin flap will be performed to repair the surgical incision site. On April 21st, surgeons will remove the lesion. Now, Samuth needs help to raise $273 to fund her procedure and care. Samuth shared, "I hope that the lesion will be removed and will not grow back."
Nob is a 31-year-old loving husband and father. He and his wife have two sons, ages seven and three, and one daughter, who is 10 years old in the third grade. Nob's wife works in a garment factory. Last month, Nob was in a traffic accident where fractured his left femur. After the accident, he underwent surgery at a local clinic. Unfortunately, after two days, when doctors ordered an angiogram, they discovered that his femoral artery had ruptured in the accident. His left leg is pale and cold, and doctors have recommended an amputation to save the rest of his leg. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Nob receive treatment. On April 5th, he will undergo an amputation at CSC's care center. Now, he needs help raising $446 to fund his procedure and care. Nob shared, "I am thankful that I can use a prosthesis once I recover and return to work to support my family."
Faith is a bright and ambitious 18-year-old from Kenya. She is the firstborn in a family of three children. Her mother works as a tailor, and her father is a pastor. Her favorite hobby is singing, especially singing gospel songs. She completed her O-level this year and aspires to continue her education and complete a course in beauty and therapy, which are other passions of hers. Faith has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Faith traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Faith's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Faith shares, “I am appealing for support from Watsi to help me undergo surgery so that I can resume a normal life like other people, as well as continue with my studies and achieve my passion.”
Meet Tessy, a beautiful 4-year-old girl, living in Kenya. In March 2022, Tessy and several of her family members were involved in an accident. Her grandparents and an uncle did not survive this event, and Tessy's parents and her sister - and Tessy herself - were all hospitalized with traumatic injuries. Her parents and her sister have all since recovered. Tessy sustained injuries to her head, chest, hand and legs, and she remained in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital for several months. While Tessy has a visible deformity of her left arm and her right thigh, her doctors shared that her overall progress since the accident is impressive. Some of her fractures are healing well, but the fracture of her right femur requires surgical intervention. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is here to help Tessy access the care that she needs. On June 10th, Tessy will undergo an open reduction and internal fixation at AIC Kijabe Hospital. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is seeking $1,500 to fund this procedure, without which Tessy would find it difficult to walk, and would live in chronic pain. Tessy’s father says: “Her condition has greatly improved. She was in the ICU for almost two months and responded well to treatment. She needs the surgery to help with the healing and to be able to walk again.”