Maciej joined Watsi on February 15th, 2015. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Maciej's most recent donation traveled 3,600 miles to support Siatah, a three-year-old girl from Uganda, to fund malnutrition treatment.
Maciej has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 10 countries.
Maciej has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 10 countries.
Siatah is a three-year-old girl from Uganda who enjoys playing with other children, making things out of mud, playing with balls, and jumping ropes made out of vines. She tries to help her mother by clearing the dirty dishes after dinner. For the past month, Siatah has not been playing and running like she usually does, and is lethargic and sick. Her hair is discolored, and she has developed oedema, a condition characterized by the build-up of fluid in the tissues that results in swelling. She has been diagnosed with malnutrition and will need to be treated in the hospital with therapeutic foods and vitamins. On May 6, Siatah will undergo malnutrition treatment at Bwindi Community Hospital. Although her family was able to contribute $1 to the cost of her treatment, she is still in need of $316 to cover the rest of the expenses. "Please tell all the donors thank you from me," says Siatah's mother. "I have been very worried about Siatah. Now I know she will be better. When she is older I want to send her to school."
Ren is a 75-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married and has one son, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. About one year ago, Ren developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused her to experience blurred vision, tearing, sensitivity to light, and cloudy lenses. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any work, and go anywhere outside by herself. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant for each of Ren's eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 3 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Ren's vision to its former state and allow her to live more comfortably.
Meet Marvin, a seven-year-old boy from Uganda, where he lives with his mother and uncle, both of whom are farmers. He is currently in year two of primary school and enjoys mathematics. When he grows up, Marvin thinks he wants to be an engineer or teacher. When he is not in school or helping with household chores, Marvin loves playing soccer and running around the village with his friends. Recently, Marvin broke his wrist after losing his grip and falling while climbing a tree. On March 5, Marvin will be receiving treatment to repair the closed fracture on his wrist. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $133 to fund hospital fees, supplies, labs, and medications for Marvin. His mother is very appreciative of all the help. She says, “I will give thanks when I am in church for the great help the donors have given my son."
Thorn is a 69-year-old man who is married with four sons and two daughters. Thorn likes to read books on Buddhism and plant vegetables around his home in his spare time. On September 7, 2016, Thorn was in a motorcycle vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left femur. He went to a Khmer tradition healer for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. It is difficult for Thorn to walk, and he is in pain. Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his brother. He traveled for four hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment. On February 20, surgeons at CSC will perform an open reduction internal fixation procedure in Thorn's left leg to allow him to walk easily again. He needs help to pay for this $411 surgery.
Angel is a one-year-old infant from the Philippines. She lives in a bamboo house with her parents. They have electricity, and they get their water form a deep well. Her father, Glenn, is a collector in a lending company. She loves to talk and play with other kids. Angel has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Fortunately, on February 22, Angel will begin $184 malnutrition treatment. Angel will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "I hope she recovers from malnutrition," says Angel's mother.
"I am very thankful to Watsi," Zefania shares. A 68-year-old farmer, Zefania lives with his wife in a village in central Malawi. Together they have six children and 17 grandchildren. When he is not working on his farm, Zefania likes to sweep the house and chat with his friends. For the past year, Zefania he been experiencing pain and difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate. His condition requires surgery to remove excess tissue, but he has been unable to afford the treatment. Fortunately, through our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Zefania is scheduled for surgery on February 22. World Altering Medicine has requested $733 for Zefania's surgery and hospital stay. The treatment is expected to relieve Zefania's symptoms quickly. He is very grateful for the assistance, and his family is excited for him to return home.
Ponnareay is a three-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one sister and one brother. Ponnareay stays home with his mother and enjoys playing with his toys. Ponnareay was born with a cyst on his left eyebrow. The cyst makes Ponnareay feel uncomfortable. Ponnareay’s mother traveled for two hours with her son to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Center (CSC). Fortunately, on February 10, Ponnareay will undergo a cyst removal surgery. Our medical partner is requesting $224 to fund the procedure. This will allow him to live a more comfortable life.
Than Than is a 32-year-old woman who lives in Burma with her parents and her two children. Her husband passed away three years ago, so Than Than supports the family. She sells flowers around her village. When she is out, her mother looks after her children. Six weeks ago, Than Than began to feel sick. She had been experiencing lower back pain since age 15, but the pain had grown severe. She sought treatment at the village clinic without success. A doctor at a local hospital administered an ultrasound and diagnosed her with a kidney stone. Than Than knew she needed surgery, but she could not afford healthcare. Fortunately, a friend suggested she visit our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic. She received medication and is scheduled to undergo a nephrolithotomy on January 4, 2017. During this procedure, surgeons will remove her kidney stone. Now, our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund her treatment. "I look forward to having the surgery," says Than Than. "I hope to become healthy again, so I can continue to work for my beloved family."
Meas is 19 years old and in the twelfth grade. He has three brothers and one sister. He likes to play football and badminton and listen to pop songs. In September, Meas sustained a laceration in his left wrist. He injured his flexor digitorum profundus, a muscle in the forearm that flexes the fingers. Meas is unable to use his hand, and he is in pain. When Meas learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for five hours to seek treatment. On December 2, surgeons at CSC performed a tendon repair procedure on his left wrist. After recovery, he should be able to use his hand again. CSC is requesting $450 to fund his healthcare. "I hope to have a normal hand again without any pain," he says.
15-month old Aldrin lives with his parents and six siblings in a small house made of nipa and bamboo. His father is a construction worker without a stable income. Without proper nutrition, Aldrin weighs much less than other children his age. He has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Aldrin began $268 malnutrition treatment on October 19. He is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Aldrin's mother shares, "I hope he can go to school and finish his college education."
Lydia is a 45-year-old widow and mother of three children. She has not been able to work since July 2013. Her eldest child is attending university where her fees are paid by her uncle. The middle child is in high school and works odd jobs on the weekends to meet some of the household needs. The youngest child is in primary school. Their house rent is paid by friends and church contributions. Lydia is suffering from a chronic ulcer. It started as a small swelling on her left leg, which later developed into a chronic wound. She has been to several hospitals for treatment where several drugs have been prescribed. However, with no improvement on her leg, she was referred to another hospital where she was diagnosed with a chronic leg ulcer. Surgery was recommended but was too costly for Lydia. For $940, Lydia will undergo the debridement and skin graft surgery she needs to treat her leg ulcer. Let's help her raise the funds she needs! Lydia says, “I want to be treated so that I am able to fend for my children. It is tiring to be dependent on people every time."
Lon is a 73-year-old woman from Cambodia, married with two sons, two daughters, and 13 grandchildren. She enjoys watching Khmer and Indian dramas on TV and visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. She traveled 2 hours with her son to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. Lon developed a cataract in each eye two years ago. This causes her blurred vision, tearing, and photophobia. She requires surgery to restore her vision, which will cost $292. After a SICS and intra-ocular lens (IOL) implant in each eye, Lon will be able to see clearly again. Let's help make it possible!