Poojitha joined Watsi on February 23rd, 2018. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Poojitha's most recent donation supported Vy, a teenager from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Poojitha has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 8 countries.
Vy is a 14-year-old monk from Cambodia. He is the oldest of three bothers, and in his free time he likes to read scripture and story books. When he was a child, Vy had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Vy experiences discharge, tinnitus, hearing loss, and irritation. He is unable to hear properly, affecting his communication with others. Vy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 30, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $831 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, :I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer worry about my ear infection and I will be able to hear clearly again."
Batson is a farmer with a large family from Malawi. He lives with his wife and eight children. He enjoys chatting with friends in his free time. Since 2016,, Batson has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. The hydrocele causes pain and discomfort, making it difficult to work and to live a normal life. Fortunately, on April 30, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $302 to fund Batson's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. He is very happy to have this surgery so that he can be normal, as he was before. His family is supportive and thankful. He says, "I am thanking God for this project and wanting to assist others who also need this."
Sum is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has twelve grandchildren and likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Three months ago, Sum developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry and cloudy vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sum learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 18, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that after surgery, I am able to see more clearly and go back to the pagoda to join the ceremonies."
Pauline is a baby from Kenya. She has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Pauline is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Pauline. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 7. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Pauline to grow up healthy.
Rayuth is a 32-month-old boy from Cambodia. He likes to play with his toy cars and has two older sisters. Rayuth has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see clearly. Rayuth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 15, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Rayuth needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. His mother says, "I hope that after surgery, my son will be able to see straight and I won't have to worry about his condition anymore."
Yabesera is a baby from Ethiopia. His parents are from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Yabsira has a twin sister named Tseganesh. Yabesera was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Yabesera is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Yabsira’s mother says, "We come here by the support of an organization. We are here with a hope of getting the treatment for our boy.”
Elisha is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the second in a family of three children. Elisha was diagnosed with bilateral acquired genu valgus. His legs are abnormally curved. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences pain when he walks. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Elisha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 10. Treatment will hopefully restore Elisha's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Elisha’s mother says, “We wish to see our son walk and ran around like normal children but we can’t afford his treatment please help our son.”
Dominick is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the first of two children. Dominick was born a healthy baby but he soon developed a left inguinal hernia. His condition is worsening as he is growing up. Fortunately, on April 11, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Dominick's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Dominick’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment, so that he may be well.”
Ibrahim is a baby from Kenya. He is an only child who lives with his parents in the coastal region of Kenya. Ibrahim 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, Ibrahim 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 Ibrahim's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 2. This procedure will hopefully spare Ibrahim from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
Loyford is a young man from Kenya. He is the oldest child in his family. He sells bananas in the coastal town of Mombasa. His younger brother is a student in university. Recently, Loyford was in a road traffic accident. The impact caused fractures on his spine. Loyford was referred to our medical partner's facility for specialized treatment after CT scan imaging. Loyford needs to undergo a spinal fusion and decompression. Surgery is scheduled for January 18 and will cost $1,500. Loyford says, “My prayer is to be treated and resume my work. I want to provide for my brother and mother."
Lastin is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of four children. Lastin has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Lastin will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Lastin that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 4 and will drain the excess fluid from Lastin's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Lastin will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I came all the way with the little transport money I had to BethanyKids in faith that somehow we will get assistance," says Lastin’s mother.
Winda is a student from Haiti. She lives on an island off the west coast of Haiti with her parents and three siblings. Her father is a fisherman. She is in seventh grade and hopes to attend university one day. Winda has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves in her heart were severely damaged due to an infection earlier in childhood. As a result, her heart cannot adequately pump blood through her body. Winda will fly to India to receive treatment. On February 25, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair the damaged valves in her heart, or replace them with artificial implants. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Winda'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 Winda's family overseas. She says, "I am very excited to be able to get my heart fixed so I can start feeling better!"