Dennis joined Watsi on July 10th, 2014. 191 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Dennis' most recent donation supported Peter, an outgoing boy from Kenya, to fund testicular surgery.
Dennis has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 6 countries.
Dennis has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 6 countries.
Peter is an eight-year-old boy from Kenya. He is outgoing and a bit cheeky. The family of six children relies on their mother’s limited income from peasant farming and their father’s goat slaughtering wage work he gets from time to time. Peter was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Peter has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Peter will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 17th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a driver when I grow up,” says Peter.
“Our daughter is only four months old and we only hope she survives this condition and grows up to be healthy,” Imran’s parents say. This is Imran, a four-month-old baby girl from Somalia. She and her family traveled over 2000 km to seek treatment for her condition in Ethiopia. Imran has an abnormal bladder that causes urine to leak from her kidney into her body. Her family cannot afford the treatment that she requires; her doctors write that their trip from Somalia was paid for by “good Samaritans.” If left untreated, Imran will continue to have urinary incontinence and she will experience further damage to her bladder. For $1,500, Imran will receive surgery to repair her bladder. “We expect after treatment Imran will be able to control her urine,” says African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner. Let’s help Imran be able to grow up healthy.
"Hany lives alone and attends IT courses and wants to get a job that allows him to use the newest technology," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, tells us. "In his spare time he likes browsing the internet, finding out about the newest gadgets coming to Cambodia. He wants to apply for jobs in Phnom Penh, but he is shy in public and it's hard for him to be confident in interviews. He wants to look like his friends and get a job so he can have some money." Hany is a hardworking 29-year-old man who has ptosis, a condition that prevents his eyelid from opening fully. This causes difficulty seeing and makes Hany shy. For $290, Hany will receive ptosis-correcting surgery, helping him see more clearly, regain his confidence, and pursue his dream job. Let’s help Hany follow his dreams!
Nine-year-old Soe likes to ride his bike and play with other kids in his town in Burma. Unfortunately, he’s broken his leg three times over the course of his adventures, and the most recent break has caused severe damage to his bone. When Soe had his second leg break, he missed his final exams, and ended up having to repeat first grade. “We are worried that if he works in a laborious job in the future, he might be injured again,” his parents said. They are concerned and want to provide Soe proper treatment, but as rice farmers, Soe's mom and dad are barely able to meet the family's basic needs. Covering Soe's medical care is well out of reach for the family. But with $1,500, we can help pay for the corrective surgery Soe needs to fix his leg. This surgery will help him walk without crutches and return to school with his siblings next semester. Once he’s healed, he won’t need to worry about breaking his leg again, and will be able to play with his friends. Let’s make it happen!
This is sweet Rosanika, an eight-year-old girl from Nepal. Our medical partner, Possible, shares, “Rosanika studies in Standard 1 at a local primary school. She likes Nepali language classes the most because the teacher tells them good stories. She likes skipping during the break at school.” She lives with thirteen family members who work in agriculture. To supplement the family’s income, Rosanika’s father works as a wage laborer in towns of India. When playing near her house, Rosanika fell and sustained an injury to her right elbow. Her doctors say, “She developed pain and swelling in the right elbow region after the incident and it was difficult for her to move the forearm.” For $205, we can help Rosanika access the treatment necessary to heal her elbow. Our medical partner is confident that after treatment, “Rosanika will be able to move her hand. She will be able to play with her friends and go to school.” Let’s help Rosanika get back to skipping with her friends at school!
Say hello to Ma Khin, a 44-year-old woman from Burma! She’s living with rheumatic heart disease, which means she frequently experiences chest pain, heart palpitations and difficulty breathing. It’s hard for her to walk long distances, and she gets tired very quickly. As a result, she’s unable to leave the house without assistance, and had to close her small shop. Ma Khin lives with her mother and 20-year-old son. Her husband left eight months ago without taking responsibility for her health care, and her illness is causing stress for her other family members. Ma Khin’s older brother provided some money towards her medical expenses, but he is unable to pay for any more treatment. For $1500, Ma Khin can have valve replacement surgery which will stop her chest pain, fatigue and other symptoms. She will have the strength to re-open her shop and support her son so he can continue his studies. She said she’s grateful to have this opportunity for treatment, and would like to return to a normal, healthy life. Let’s help her out!
Herood is a 27-year-old primary school teacher from Haiti, who lives with his parents. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, writes, “He loves teaching, and is very popular with his students; he and they were both very sad when his illness forced him out of the classroom earlier this year.” HCA reports, “Herood suffers from a condition called pulmonary stenosis, a condition in which the flow of blood from the heart to the lungs is slower than it should be because of a defect in the pulmonary valve. As a result, Herood's body does not get as much oxygen as it needs. While Herood has lived with this condition since he was young, it has recently deteriorated to a point which is making him very sick.” Herood says, ”Being a teacher makes me very happy. My students are all praying for me to get better!" For $1,500, Herood will receive a catheterization procedure that will restore blood flow to his lungs. HCA write, “He is expected to make a full recovery with no lasting symptoms or need for ongoing treatment.” Let’s give Herood the chance to get back to his students and live a happy, healthy life!
Benjamin is a 58-year-old man from Kenya. He is married, and the father of eight grown children. Benjamin works as a carpenter, and all of his children do whatever work they can find. The family works hard, but struggles to earn a sustainable living. Last month, Benjamin fell from the roof of a home and broke his thigh bone. He is in extreme pain, and is unable to walk or stand, let alone work. Benjamin needs surgery to repair the break in his femur. Without treatment, the pain will continue, and the broken bone could cause damage to the surrounding tissues and cartilage in his thigh. There is also the risk that the bone could become infected, which could lead to amputation. Benjamin says “I want to get well so that I can go back to work because I need to provide for my wife.” $1,200 will pay for Benjamin’s surgery, medication, and hospitalization. Let’s help this man get back on his feet and back to work providing for his family!