Brigitte Bradford


United States

Brigitte's Story

Brigitte joined Watsi on July 1st, 2015. Two years ago, Brigitte became the 1415th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,264 more people have become monthly donors! Brigitte's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Luciennie, a young woman from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.


Brigitte has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Brigitte


Mynor is an eight-year-old boy who lives with his parents and brother in Guatemala. Mynor’s father works several days a week, and Mynor’s mother contributes to the family income by preparing snacks and other foods for local schools and organizations. Mynor has strabismus. This means his eyes do not align in the same direction, and appear crossed. Mynor has complained of problems with his vision for years. He often has difficulty seeing the blackboard in his classroom, and reading is a struggle. Mynor’s parents are very worried about their son’s eyesight, knowing how difficult it is for Mynor in school. Other symptoms of strabismus include double vision, uncoordinated eye movements, fatigue, headache, and loss of vision or depth perception. If left untreated, Mynor’s vision could be permanently damaged. Mynor will receive a strabismus surgery on the muscles around his eyes to alter the way they align. As part of his treatment, he will receive a consultation with an eye specialist before and after surgery, and he will be accompanied by a staff member from our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, throughout the entire process. The surgery itself is fairly simple, and requires a day or two in the hospital. With this treatment, Mynor will have healthy eyes for the first time in his life. He will be able to see clearly, which will help him in his studies and impact his life for years to come. Mynor’s mother says, “I feel a great happiness and gratitude for this amazing support that you are giving to my son. Thank you for helping people like us and for worrying about our health.” Watsi is requesting $1,500 to fund Mynor's procedure.

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Wilson is a twelve-year-old boy from rural Guatemala. He likes to play with toy cars and go to church with his family. His favorite foods include chicken, eggs, and bread. When he was just three days old, he became very sick. He spent a month in the hospital because he was experiencing jaundice and seizures. After being released from the hospital, he continued to experience regular fevers and missed several developmental milestones. At one year old, he weighed only eight pounds and was unable to speak or sit up on his own. Doctors have since learned that the seizures caused Wilson irreparable brain damage. Although he no longer experiences seizures, he cannot speak and uses hand signals to communicate with his family. In June of last year, Wilson received Watsi funding for [physical therapy](https://watsi.org/profile/8dfb4cfee510-wilson) to help him grow stronger and communicate more easily. His family reported that the therapy made his arms stronger. Although physical therapy was very helpful in improving Wilson’s life, he is still confined to his home. Any time Wilson needs to leave his house, his family has to carry him, which is becoming increasingly difficult as he grows. Wilson’s father works on a farm growing corn and beans, and his mother takes care of Wilson and the house. Their family cannot afford to buy a wheelchair. For this reason, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,034 to fund a wheelchair for Wilson. The wheelchair will allow him to travel to doctor’s appointments more easily and participate in community life. "I am very happy, and I hope that everything will keep getting better," says Wilson's mother.

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