Pius joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. 56 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Pius' most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Wense, a 16-month-old baby boy from Uganda, to fund malnutrition treatment.
Pius has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 12 countries.
Pius has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 12 countries.
Wense is the youngest of three children. His mother, Christine, works hard as a subsistence farmer on her small plot of land to grow food to support her young family. As a single mother, it is difficult for Christine to earn enough money to send her older children to school. Christine's neighbor provided her with money to take Wense to our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, for treatment. Wense has been diagnosed with severe pediatric malnutrition. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, has scheduled Wense for a treatment program that is to begin on March 13. Wense will be given medication, milk, and micronutrient supplements. During this time, Wense will stay at Bwindi Community Hospital. The treatment program will cost $316. Your donation will help to support Wense's recovery. "I had heard that I could get help for my child at the hospital, so I am very grateful to God for the donors and my neighbor who have helped us get here," says Christine.
Meet Chan Vireak, a 33-year-old seller who lives with his wife and son in Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to drink coffee, watch TV, and listen to music. Back in December, Chan Vireak fractured his left clavicle in a motor vehicle accident. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh for an open reduction internal fixation procedure, during which doctors surgically repositioned his broken clavicle and used a pin to keep the bones in place while they healed. Unfortunately, Chan Vireak still has mild pain and discomfort. He needs to have the pin in his shoulder removed so that he can fully recover. Chan Vireak heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his friend. He traveled for three hours with his mother to reach CSC for treatment. On March 24, surgeons will remove the pin from Chan Vireak's clavicle. This procedure will cost $143 and will allow him to feel comfortable again.
Reaksa is six years old. She has two sisters and two brothers. In her spare time, she likes to stay at home and play cooking games. About a year ago, Reaksa developed fibrosis in the quadriceps muscle of her right leg. The scarring and thickening of the connective tissue surrounding her quadriceps muscle makes it difficult for Reaksa to walk, and she is in pain. With her mother, Reaksa traveled for four hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On February 22, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadriceplasty procedure to release the fibrous adhesions and improve mobility. The $425 surgery will help Reaksa walk easily again.
Eva is fourteen months old and has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that occurs when the body doesn't get enough nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Eva has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak. If Eva does not receive treatment, she will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, including increased risk of chronic diseases, delays in cognitive development, and irreversible stunted growth. Fortunately, malnutrition is very treatable. Eva lives in rural Guatemala with her parents and five older siblings. She is shy with new people, but her family reports that once she knows a person, she is smiley and warm. Eva likes to plays cars with her older sister, and when she hears music on the radio, she tries to dance. Her favorite foods are eggs and watermelon. The family wants the best for baby Eva, but their limited resources are already stretched thin. Her father works in agriculture in the countryside, and her mother takes care of the household. Eva will begin treatment on January 19, and the family needs help to raise $437. With growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation, Eva's treatment will give her a chance to grow healthily. This life-changing treatment will give Eva the opportunity to play and grow, supported by a healthy brain and body.
Olivier is a three-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives with his mother, father, grandparents, and three older siblings. He likes to dress up and to go to church with his mother. Olivier was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which means there is a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage of one of his heart valves. This condition prevents oxygen from fully circulating through his body, leaving him weak and short of breath. Olivier will fly to the Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 27, he will undergo cardiac surgery. This $12,000 surgery is subsidized by Have a Heart Cayman Islands. Olivier's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Olivier's family overseas. His mother says, "We have been praying ever since we learned about Olivier's heart problem that one day he could have surgery. We would like to thank everyone who has helped answer our prayers!"
Naing Soe is a husband and father of two sons from a village in Burma. His older son just began kindergarten. In November, Naing Soe was riding his motorbike home from work when an oncoming truck forced him to swerve off the road. He hit a tree and lost consciousness. An ambulance brought Naing Soe to a nearby hospital, where staff sutured cuts on his jaw and head. Two days later, Naing Soe underwent x-rays on his head and left arm, which was broken. His doctor explained that he would probably experience a long-lasting headache and advised him to rest. Naing Soe left the hospital, knowing that the mounting medical bill was more than he could pay. When Naing Soe returned home, he used traditional medicine to treat his pain. Unfortunately, his symptoms persisted. Finally, he visited our medical partner’s hospital, where he underwent an internal fixation procedure to heal his arm on December 8. Naing Soe works as an agricultural day laborer, and he is the sole income earner in his family. After paying for his emergency treatments, the family is in debt. Naing Soe needs help to pay his $1,500 medical bill. “I hope that my condition will be cured soon,” he says, “so that I can go back to work.”
Efrien is a 13-month-old boy from Guatemala, but he is only the size of a healthy nine-month-old. He is behind in his motor and cognitive development. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Efrien began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Efrien loves to play with his toy car. His favorite food is chicken. He lives with his mother and older sister, Tomasa, in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. His father works as a day laborer on a local plantation, and he has difficulty providing for all of the family's needs. He cannot afford this $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Efrien recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Efrien a chance to grow healthy and strong.
Lilian is a one-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the first child to her subsistence farmer parents. When Lilian was born with a club foot, her parents were at a loss with where to find treatment for the condition. They asked around and were referred to the Plaster House, a Watsi partner center, by a relative's neighbor whose child had been previously treated there for a club foot. $1,160 will cover the costs of the surgery and care to correct Lilian's club foot. Let's help raise the funds! Lilian's mother says, "I would like my daughter to be able to walk normally when she grows up and to wear normal shoes."
Lozalia is a 40-year-old farmer from a village in Malawi's Central Region. She is a mother of eight and grandmother of five. When Lozalia is not busy farming or taking care of her family, she enjoys visiting with her friends. Eight months ago, Lozalia was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is very common in Malawi, and can be successfully treated through a radical hysterectomy. Unfortunately, Lozalia is unable to afford the cost of surgery. $643 will fund the operation as well as all post-operative care. After surgery, Lozalia is expected to make a full recovery. Lozalia and her family have accepted the surgery and are grateful that she will be taken care of. "I am ready for the surgery and give thanks for the funds," Lozalia shared.
Meet Blessing, an adorable baby girl born to loving parents in Kenya. Her mother is a housewife while her father works in a hardware store. Ever since she was born, Blessing has had a series of health complications. Born with a mass swell on her lower back, Blessing underwent surgery which repaired her back two weeks after birth. A few weeks later, Blessing developed an infection and was readmitted in hospital for care. Just as she was getting better, the doctor diagnosed her to have hydrocephalus, a condition where one is found to have excess fluid in her skull. This condition is associated with a progressive increase in head circumference, headaches, and irritability. The resulting increased intracranial pressure can lead to brain stem compression. All the while, Blessing’s parents have been looking for financial support from family and friends, so that Blessing can receive the treatment she needs. Her parents are now in a dilemma as they are not in a position to raise the funds required for surgical care, let alone repay the debts. Watsi's medical partner will provide the surgery she needs to divert the excess fluid from her brain to her abdomen. The excess cerebrospinal fluid will then be drained and can relieve the overwhelming pressure on her swelling brain. In tears, Blessing's mother shared: "Blessing has spent most of her life in the hospital. We have incurred so much debt and we are not even close to clearing any of it. Watsi will be life saving."
Fedrick is a polite sixteen-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the sixth born in a family of eleven children, but ever since he was a little boy he has been living with his grandparents. Fedrick’s grandparents are elderly, and can no longer manage the cattle herd that is their livelihood. So, for some time now, Fedrick has missed out on school so that he can help them. Apart from herding cattle, Fedrick also enjoys playing soccer with other children. Fedrick has become very good at herding cattle, but recently he has developed a physical problem that makes it hard for him to do this work. His right limb has begun to bow inwards, and is now bent to a point where it is difficult for him to walk without knocking his knees. This condition has reduced Federick’s efficiency in cattle herding, and he sometimes feel pain in his right knee. Fedrick needs corrective surgery to restore his normal gait and ability to better perform various activities. However, coming up with enough money for Fedrick’s treatment has been a challenge for his family. His parents, who are small-scale farmers, can already barely meet the basic daily needs of their eleven children and of Fedrick’s grandparents, whom they also support. That’s where we come in. $940 will cover the cost of the surgery that Fedrick needs to restore the bones of his right leg back to a normal position. This funding will also pay for Fedrick to receive two weeks of physical therapy and a three-month stay at Plaster House, a recovery center for children who have undergone major surgery. After these treatments, Fedrick will be able to walk again comfortably. Someday, Fedrick says, he would like to be an organic farmer. We can help him pursue this dream by ensuring that he can walk without pain.
Joshua lives in the Philippines with his family. The family lives in a crowded area wherein they have many neighbors. But despite their living condition, they have harmonious relationship with each other and the people in their community. Joshua currently lives with an anorectal malformation. He experiences discrimination among his friends, classmates, and peers because of his condition. His teacher often sends him home whenever he does not bring an extra plastic bag for his colostomy. Whenever he eats fruits like pineapple, he suffers from stomach pain. When he exerts effort like playing vigorously or lifting heavy objects, his colostomy site becomes tender and bleeds. He thus has problems concentrating in school, and his studies and social interactions are very much affected. Joshua's family is also very concerned with Joshua's problem. Joshua sometimes roams around the market with his bike and collects bottles and scrap iron to be sold in junk shops to help his parents in their finances. His father is working at a fruit company and is the only provider of the family. For $965, Joshua can receive the colostomy closure he needs to recover from his condition. "I just want to see my child live normally just like other children," his mother said. "We as a family desires so much that Joshua will be treated but we really can't afford his treatment. As the matter of fact, we are struggling to provide our daily needs. We are hoping and praying that somebody would help us to provide for his surgery."