Brenna joined Watsi on July 11th, 2014. 47 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Brenna's most recent donation supported Daniel, a student and football fan from Tanzania, to fund surgery on his nose following an animal attack.
Brenna has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 7 countries.
Brenna has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 7 countries.
Daniel is a seven-year-old boy from Tanzania and the firstborn in a family of two children. Daniel is a big fan of football. He is currently in second grade and he shared his best subject is mathematics. Daniel and his younger sister, who is two years old, are being raised by their widowed mother after their father passed away last December after being sick for a long time. This left their mother with no one to give her a hand or support to take care of her children. Daniel's mother depends on small-scale farming of maize and vegetables to be able to provide for her two children, something she says it has not been easy by herself. Earlier this year in April, Daniel was attacked by a hyena as he was taking a bath outside their hut in the evening. The hyena grabbed him by the leg and started running with him towards the bushes. His mother was just close by bathing his younger sister and she ran after the hyena while crying for help. The hyena dropped Daniel but left him with claw injuries, broken bones and a badly injured face. He was rushed to the hospital where he had several surgeries to help repair the places he had been cut open and casting for his fractures. He has been able to recover but the incident left Daniel with damage to his nose. All of his earlier treatment costs were paid for by their church through donations, but his mom is now trying to raise funds for his additional surgery. Daniel has been scheduled for a skin flap cover surgery that will help repair his nose. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Daniel receive treatment. On October 14th, surgeons at their care center will perform a surgery to help correct his nose. Now, his family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Daniel’s mother says, “All the treatment my son has had ever since the incident it’s through God’s grace. I wouldn’t have been able to afford any of that. Please help fund his nose correction surgery.”
Sideth is an electrician from Cambodia. He has four siblings. He enjoys watching boxing matches and Korean TV shows. In 2017, he was burned by an electric shock. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the burns on his face, hand, and mouth. It is difficult to open his mouth. When Sideth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On February 6, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to move his hand and mouth. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. He says, "I hope I feel better after the operation and I can move my hand, mouth and have more beautiful skin."
Ahaisibwe is a child from Uganda. He is the first born in a family of two children. Ahaisibwe's parents are small-scale farmers. For a long time, Ahaisibwe has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him lower abdominal pain. If not treated, it may result in hernia twisting and blocking. Fortunately, on February 7, 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 Ahaisibwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Ahaisibwe’s mother says, "My son’s health has been disturbed with this condition. We are unable to pay for his treatment, so we need help.’’
Lae is a five-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her family in Kawkareik Town, Karen State. She enjoys school very much. She likes to interact with the other children and play games with her parents at home. The vision in Lae's left eye is blurry. She can only see out of her right eye and has been experiencing sensitivity to light. She has been diagnosed with a cataract in her left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Lae. On January 24, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Lae's natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant in the left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Lae says, “I want to be a teacher when I grow up."
Meet Brian, a playful boy from Kenya. At four years old, he is his parents’ only child. When he was two years old, Brian was playing at home and badly burned his left hand in hot water. Although he was admitted to the hospital for two weeks, his hand did not heal properly. The wound site now bears contractures, or shortened, rigid muscles and skin. As a result, Brian is not able to fully extend or use his left hand. Without further treatment, Brian will likely live the rest of his life with an impaired hand. The wound could even get worse once he begins playing more with other children, as his risk of re-injuring the vulnerable tissue will be increased. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Brian is scheduled to undergo surgery on his hand to increase mobility on July 3. Although his family is able to contribute $208 towards his medical bills, Brian is still in need of $1,176 to cover the rest of his expenses. “I want my son to have a fully functional hand,” shares Brian’s father. “I will thank God when this happens.”
Meet Margaret, a 55-year-old married grandmother from Kenya. She enjoys staying at home and looking after her grandchildren. About one year ago, Margaret noticed a lump on her left breast. As it was not painful at the time, she was not concerned about it. Margaret recently visited our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, to seek treatment for the pain. A biopsy was subsequently performed and doctors diagnosed Margaret with breast cancer. Margaret has been recommended for a mastectomy to remove the cancerous cells and prevent them from spreading to other parts of her body. This will take place on August 21. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $816 to help pay for Margaret's life-saving surgery. "Even if I worry, I know that I cannot change much. So I choose to rely on God and Watsi's donors," says Margaret.
Meet Ngov, a 79-year-old man from Cambodia. “Ngov is married with two sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Three years ago, Ngov developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. "This causes him blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for him to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside," CSC explains. After learning about CSC, Ngov and his wife traveled two hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Ngov's sight. With $292, Ngov will undergo cataract surgery, during which his old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing him to see again immediately after his operation.
Augusto is a farmer from Central Malawi. He lives with his wife, near their five children and 10 grandchildren. He supports his family through farming and selling scones that he bakes. Augusto is currently living with an enlarged prostate - a benign condition that is easily treated surgically. This is also called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. He experiences discomfort and pain, but unfortunately has been unable to come up with the funds to pay for the surgery he needs. Augusto and his family are not nervous about the operation, just happy that he can receive treatment. "I am ready to go for the surgery," he shared in his pre-operative appointment.
Ly is a 76-year-old married man from Cambodia who has one son, three daughters, and eight grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Ly traveled three hours with his wife to reach Children's Surgical Centre for treatment of cataracts. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Most cataracts are due to age-related changes in the eye, and they are the most common cause of blindness in Cambodia. Formation typically occurs in both eyes. Ly developed a cataract in each eye 10 years ago. As a result, he experiences burning and blurred vision. He cannot see anything clearly, do work well, or go anywhere outside on his own. For $292, Ly will undergo extracapsular cataract extraction surgery to remove the cloudy lenses from his eyes and replace them with intraocular lens implants. Funding for his treatment also includes two days of hospital care, eye drops and ointments, medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection, and one post-operative consultation. After surgery on each eye, Ly will be able to see clearly again.
Meet Brenda, a two-year-old girl living in Kenya with her parents and three siblings. Brenda has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, "Brenda's sickness began a couple of weeks ago and [her health] has significantly deteriorated. Brenda is unable to walk and suffers from severe headaches." Without craniotomy surgery, "Brenda is likely to suffer brain damage and/or death," her doctors explain. Brenda's father works on a tea plantation and her mother does small scale farming on a piece of land inherited from her parents. Raising funds for Brenda's surgical care has been quite a challenge for her family but they are determined to get her access to the care she needs. Her mother says, "Watching Brenda battle this illness has been very painful, and I pray that she gets treatment immediately, so that she lives a healthy life." For $1,260 we can give Brenda the treatment she needs to grow up healthily and happily. Our medical partners say that with surgery, they expect that Brenda "will be able to attend school and have a normal life when she grows up." Let's help give Brenda a bright future!
Meet Dorzeide! Dorzeide is 59-years-old and lives in Haiti with her husband and her six children. Dorzeide and her family run a small farm in the countryside, but she has not been able to work in the field since her diagnosis of breast cancer. Due to her cancer, she often experiences severe pains in her abdomen and joints, as well as pain near the site of her tumor. Dorzeide and her family do not make enough money from their farm to pay for her treatment. By raising just $1500, doctors will be able to perform surgery to remove her mass and Dorzeide will receive the chemotherapy that she needs. Watsi’s medical partners are confident that this treatment will help stop the spread of Dorzeide’s cancer and will have an extremely positive impact on her quality of life. Lets all come together for Dorzeide and her family!
Ansley is an intelligent 14-year-old boy living in Haiti. Ansley’s mother is a primary school teacher and his father is a small farmer, both working hard to provide for Ansley and his siblings. Ansley loves school but had to put his schooling on hold after he lost the function of his right hand and leg, leaving him unable to walk and lift his hand. His mother took him to the doctors and the result of a CT scan revealed Ansley has a brain tumor. Ansley is now also losing his ability to talk and see well. Let’s raise $1500 for Ansley to travel to the Dominican Republic and receive the four-week radiation therapy. Ansley is excited to get back to school so let’s help him get the treatment he needs to have restored health!