Helen joined Watsi on April 8th, 2018. 2 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Helen's most recent donation traveled 8,400 miles to support Lucas, a four-month-old boy from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot repair surgery.
Helen has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Helen has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Lucas is a playful four-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of five children from his mother. His parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their food and they also keep livestock for a living, which allows them to get milk. Given the remoteness of their village, they shared that life is very difficult; meeting basic needs and access to health services are big challenges. Lucas 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, Lucas traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Lucas's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when he grows up. Lucas’s father shared, "we have no means of raising money to afford our son’s treatment cost. We will be very grateful if you can help correct his feet."
Georgeline is a baby from Kenya. She 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, Georgeline 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 $1,097 to cover the cost of Georgeline's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 26. This procedure will hopefully spare Georgeline from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
John is a motorbike driver from Kenya. Recently, he was involved in a road accident, suffering a closed acetabulum fracture. He is in pain and if not treated, he might heal with a malunion or suffer complications such as an infected bone or arthritis. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 14, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After treatment, he will be able to return to work. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,042 to fund this procedure. John says, “My hope is to be treated and resume my duties. I am in pain and would not wish to be confined in bed unable to move”.
Parani is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children. Last year, Parani fell into a fire and got burned around his chest and neck. The burn contractures limit his ability to move because of the tightening of the skin. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Parani receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him move his head easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Parani’s mother says, “Thank you very much for coming in and helping our son we had no means of affording his daily dressing he now needs a surgery which we can’t afford to please help.”
Asaba is a baby from Uganda. He is the youngest of seven children. Since birth, Asaba has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on March 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Asaba's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His mother says, "After surgery my son will have peace and stop crying."
Ant Htoo is a seven-year-old boy from Thailand. He is a first grade student. When he was six, his mother noticed a mass on his thigh. It is not currently painful, but his mother worries that the mass will get bigger as he grows. Ant Htoo's family sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. He is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 8. His family is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ant Htoo says, “I want to be a policeman."
Pisal is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. He loves to study Khmer literature and mathematics, and hopes to be an accountant when he grows up. Since he was five years old, Pisal had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Pisal experiences pain, discharge, itchiness, and hearing loss. He is unable to hear properly during school and cannot communicate well with others due to his lack of hearing. Pisal traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 5, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to attend school and participate in my activities like normal."
Kyarimpa is a shopkeeper from Uganda. He is married with four children. For two years, Kyarimpa has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. Fortunately, on March 12, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $139 to fund Kyarimpa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kyarimpa says, “I wish I can be relieved from this condition.”
Muyambi is a child from Uganda. He is the last born in a family of three children. His mother is a small-scale farmer, while his father is a motorbike taxi operator. For one month, Muyambi has had a bilateral inguinal hernia. Muyambi is in a lot of discomfort and often cries. If not treated, the hernia could lead to intestinal tissue twisting and blocking. Fortunately, on April 5, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Muyambi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, “I hope my son will get better after surgery and I continue with my work of cultivation.”
Caleb is a baby from Kenya. He lives with his parents in a one-room house in the coastal region of Kenya. His mother is a stay-at-home mom, while his father sells khat. Caleb has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Caleb has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Caleb will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Caleb that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 23 and will drain the excess fluid from Caleb's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Caleb will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I hope this can be resolved of course with help from Watsi,” shares Caleb’s mother.
Nyo is a 16-year-old student from Burma. Her parents are farmers. Two of Nyo's older sisters work in Bangkok, and they send money to help pay for Nyo's school fees. Nyo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Nyo experiences chest pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue, and discoloration of her lips. Her symptoms have caused her to miss school, and to frequently be late. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Nyo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on April 2 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "I would like to become a doctor someday, and help low-income patients in need," said Nyo.
Justine is a child from Kenya. He is the third born child in a family of four siblings. They all live together with their mother in their ancestral land in Baringo, a rural location where basic infrastructure is limited. For two years, Justine has had a right inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in tissue twisting and blocking, which is very painful. Fortunately, on March 26, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Justine's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Justine’s mother says, “I hope to see my son get treated and discharged."