Kathleen joined Watsi on April 21st, 2016. 65 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kathleen's most recent donation supported Yai, a housewife from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Kathleen has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 7 countries.
Kathleen has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 7 countries.
Yai is a 67-year-old housewife with one son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. About five months ago, Yai developed cataracts in both eyes. This has caused her blurred vision, pain, and extreme sensitivity to light. Her symptoms have made it difficult for her to cook, work, and go outside. Yai traveled three hours with her husband to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On January 16, doctors will remove the cloudy cataracts and implant clear new lenses. After surgery, Yai will be able to see clearly again. She says, "I hope to see everything better than now, so that I can help my family work on the farm, cook, and go anywhere by myself." CSC is requesting $292 to fund the excision and lens implants.
Hope is a 37-year-old mother from rural Uganda. She lives with her husband, Paul, and their 12-year-old child. Hope and Paul are subsistence farmers, and they grow rice, corn, and beans. Hope also weaves mats to be sold in the local market. During her free time, she likes to listen to the radio, particularly the sermons that are broadcast on Sundays. Unfortunately, Hope experienced complications when she delivered her child. For many years, she experienced painful symptoms that prevented her from working. Her condition caused her daily difficulty. Hope underwent a repair surgery on October 26. This procedure should allow her to return to her family, her work, and her church. Now, she needs help to fund this $547 treatment. “I thank the people that are supporting my care," says Hope. "I have been assured by the doctors that my condition can be fixed. I am looking forward to going back when am well.”
Daw Than is a 45-year-old woman who needs financial support for a hysterectomy. She lives with her husband and two daughters, aged nine and seven years old. Both daughters are in school. Her family runs a small restaurant that serves tea and Burmese food. They are unable to save and can only afford minor medical care. With her free time, Daw Than enjoys visiting her friends around town Earlier this year, Daw Than began to experience pain in her abdomen. An ultrasound revealed a mass in her uterus, and her doctor explained that she would need surgery to remove the mass. Knowing surgery would expensive, Daw Than returned home without treatment. For four months, she took pain medication and drank homemade herbal tea to treat her condition. At the beginning of October, Daw Than returned to the hospital. She was still experiencing pain and dizziness. On October 28, 2016, doctors performed a total abdominal hysterectomy. Daw Than’s family has been very supportive. They borrowed money to pay her transportation fees, but they were relieved to learn that she could receive free treatment. The family needs $1,500 in support. After surgery, Daw Than hopes to get a new job.“My daughters are growing up and will need more and more support,” she says. “I want a better paying job so I can continue to support their education.”
Floriana is an 11-month-old girl from Guatemala. Her family cannot afford to give her a nutritious diet filled with protein, calories, and nutrients. She has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Floriana began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Floriana is the youngest child in her family. She loves to play dolls with her older sister and to eat bananas and beans. She lives with her family in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, and her mother works at home, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of Floriana. They cannot afford this $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Floriana recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Floriana a chance to grow healthy and strong.
Kenie is a three-year-old boy from the Philippines. He is the only child in his family. His mother is a housewife. Kenie’s father used to work as a miner, but he found the job too dangerous. Now, he takes jobs as a laborer. Kenie is an active and playful child. He loves to run around and smile at people. He was born with cleft lip and palate, which causes him difficulty eating and speaking. He also experiences frequent coughs and colds. Kenie’s mother worries about her son’s condition. She learned from a pastor about our medical partner, International Case Ministries. On November 3, 2016, Kenie underwent cleft lip surgery. His parents need help to pay for this $1,246 procedure. In a few months, he will undergo cleft palate surgery. "I am really happy that my son will be qualified for this surgery,” says Isa, Kenie’s mother. “We even left home very early to travel to the hospital and along the way, I am praying and hoping that he is okay and fit for surgery. I am a bit scared that he will undergo surgery, but I know this is for his good. I am looking forward to seeing my son's sweet smile, and I know that he will be very handsome. I hope that he will finish school and fulfill whatever dreams he has."
Janak is a five-year-old boy in first grade from Nepal. He lives with his parents and siblings. His father works in the factory and his mother works on a farm to make their living. The yield from the field keeps them going for about six months of the year. Janak fell and fractured hi right hand while playing with friends. Janak has been hurting since he fell, and his hand has swollen considerably. Janak needs help with his everyday work like eating and getting dressed. He was taken to the health post near his village but was referred to Bayalpata hospital for treatment. For $195, Janak will receive the fracture treatment he needs to use his hand again. Janak's father says, "I would really thankful to the doctors if Janak's treatment happens soon."
Meet Andy, an 18-month-old infant from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us, “Andy is the only child in his family and lives with his parents in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. He enjoys playing with his cat and eating ramen noodles. His mother works at home, cooks, cleans, and takes care of the children. His father is a day laborer in the fields, who makes only a couple dollars per day.” Andy was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. “Andy is below the average height and the average weight for his age,” WK reports, ”He currently is not consuming enough calories and enough quality foods. As a result his physical growth is stunted, and we worry his mental growth will be stunted as well.” As a result of food insecurity and marginalization, indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world. In addition to growth stunting, malnutrition can lead to lower IQ, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. $512 will fund the treatment Andy needs to address his nutritional deficit and improve his low energy and subsequent limited mental potential. This involves micronutrient and food supplementation, deworming medication to rid Andy of a parasitic infection, and nutrition education for his parents. With these combined efforts, Andy will recoup his weight and height and strengthen his immune system, laying the foundation for a healthier future.
Gift was born in Tanzania on July 17, 2016. He is the fourth born in the family. When Gift was born, his mother was very sad to see an open lesion on his lower back - diagnosed as a Meningomyelocele (MMC). He now also shows some early signs of hydrocephalus, or an increase of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Gift needs multiple operations – MMC closure as well as ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion to drain the fluid in his brain. The surgeries will prevent Gift from easily contracting infections and also reduce the increased intracranial pressure. Gift’s parents are very worried about their son’s condition and are unable to cover the cost of operations. Gift’s mother used to sell some vegetables, fried fish and cassava, but after giving birth to Gift she had to quit her business. Gift’s father is a small scale farmer. He mostly grows vegetables. The little that they earn is what they use to pay for their children’s school fees and all other basic needs. With three children going to school, the cost of surgery which Gift badly needs is too high for them to afford. “I wish my son will get better and later on have the ability to walk,” said Gift’s mother.
Wilmer was referred to Watsi's medical partner in Guatemala, Wuqu' Kawoq, by a government-run health care center where they cannot afford to buy formula for patients. Wilmer has not had any breastmilk for five days now, since his mother has been unable to produce milk. Wilmer has lost a significant amount of weight, and is now a pound smaller than he was when he was born less than three weeks ago. His grandmother has been giving him sugar water with anise to try to calm him down, since he cries almost constantly. Without treatment, Wilmer will not survive, and will face risks of permanent brain damage, seizures, and diarrhea if he does not receive treatment soon. Wilmer is the only child to a single mother that has special needs. Since his mother cannot care for herself, Wilmer's grandmother takes care of him. Wilmer's family has few resources, and they depend on Wilmer's grandfather to provide for the family. Many days they do not even have money to buy tortillas to eat, let alone one tin of formula that costs more than their monthly income. The treatment that Wilmer requires is simple and will save his life. For $1,016, Wilmer will receive milk formula and micronutrient supplementation to nourish his body. This will allow him to grow normally, gain weight, and avoid permanent brain damage. "I dream that my grandson will be able to grow and one day can study and pursue a profession," said Wilmer's grandmother.
Di Par is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his mother and three brothers in Burma. He enjoys playing marbles, snapping rubber bands with his younger brothers, listening to music, and visiting with his friends. Di Par enjoys school, but he is only in grade five since his health condition makes it difficult for him to keep up with his classes. Di Par did not present with symptoms until he was five years old. He was easily tired, especially after playing, but his mother did not think it was out of the ordinary and did not seek medical attention for him. When Di Par was 10 years old, the symptoms worsened as he began having difficulty breathing in addition to the fatigue. His mother took him to the clinic where they listened to his heart and detected abnormal heart sounds. He was prescribed medication that seemed to improve his condition, so his mother did not seek further evaluation. In March of 2016, Di Par appeared to go into shock and lost consciousness, and he was brought to the hospital. Although a definitive diagnosis was not made, the physicians thought Di Par might have meningitis and treated him medically. While he was in the hospital, he received a battery of exams: blood tests, urinalysis, CT scan, and X-rays. He also received an echocardiogram, which provided the diagnosis of congestive heart disease — severe tricuspid regurgitation with severe pulmonary stenosis. Di Par was in the hospital for 12 days, and family members helped his mother and brothers pay the hospital costs. Since his hospitalization, Di Par has been experiencing palpitations, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. He is at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in the children’s inpatient department. He is also cyanotic with a bluish tinge to his lips and fingers. After evaluation by the medics at MTC, he was referred to Burma Children Medical Fund for surgical consideration. Di Par and his family have lived in their current village for three months; they moved there to be closer to his mother’s sister and to improve chances for employment. Di Par's father passed away several years ago, so the family's financial support comes from his mother, who sells vegetables and flowers in the market, and his older brother, who works as a day laborer. Despite their hard work, the money they earn does not cover daily expenses, savings, or health care costs. His mother has to borrow money at 10 percent interest to meet those costs and is currently in debt. Di Par’s mother is very concerned about him, as he is falling further and further behind with his studies and, more importantly, his condition is becoming more severe. His mother and older brother alternate caring for Di Par, and his younger brothers help with family chores. This arrangement has not yet affected their work schedules, but Di Par's condition will only complicate the family's needs as further care is needed. For $1,500, Di Par will undergo surgery to replace the damaged heart valve and restore proper blood flow through his heart and lungs. Funding also covers the cost of 12 pre- and post-operative consultations, transportation to and from the hospital, and nine days of hospital care after surgery. Di Par's mother looks forward to a successful operation for her son. "My son enjoys teaching his brothers," she shares, "so when he grows up, he may become a teacher in the village."
“Ivan was born on April 14, 2016 and he is the first child to his parents,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “Ivan was born with multiple deformities: clubfoot, a lesion on his lower back, as well as water in his head. He is at risk of easily contracting infections through the lesion, and too much intracranial pressure will cause him to lose his ability to see if not treated." “Other than the anomalies he has, Ivan is doing well. His parents were expecting a healthy baby, but now that their baby is born with multiple deformities they want him to get the right treatment. Ivan’s mother is a homemaker and his father is a small scale farmer. Ivan’s father is the first born to his parents and the one whom his parents and siblings are looking up to for support. Apart from supporting his parents, he is also paying for two of his siblings to go to school. With so many responsibilities, the little that he earns is not enough to cover the cost of surgery which his son badly needs." Ivan needs surgery to close the defect in his spinal canal, and drain the excess fluid in his head. This procedure will cost $1,200. "Successful treatment will save Ivan’s eyesight and with long term physical exercises, Ivan will be able to walk." “Education is all that I can give to my son for him to live a better and independent life when he grows up. All I hope is for him to get well and everything else will follow,” shares Ivan’s father.