Brendan joined Watsi on April 12th, 2017. 32 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Brendan's most recent donation supported Trust, a boy from Tanzania, to fund tonsil surgery.
Brendan has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Trust is a student from Tanzania. He is an active, happy, and self-confident fourth grade student. Trust likes studying mathematics and English and playing football. Trust’s father is a pastor, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. The family lives in a rented house. For five years, Trust has been experiencing difficulty swallowing and sleeping. This leads to breathing obstruction and chest pain. Trust was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Trust, which is scheduled to take place on December 28. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Trust of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Trust’s father says, “I believe that Trust will get treatment and he will be able to continue with his studies as required. I promise to lead him through his life till he grows up so that he can be a famous and successful football player in the world.”
Only one month old, Lucas is a gentle baby boy who is his parent's first-born child. His father works as a motorcycle taxi driver, transporting passengers from one place to another, while his mother stays at home, looking after the family and doing other home activities. The family lives in a rental house in eastern Tanzania. Lucas was born with hydrocephalus with a myelomeningocele. A myelomeningocele—a type of spina bifida—is a birth defect in which several vertebrae in the lower back do not close properly, leaving the baby’s spinal canal exposed. The spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through the opening in the backbone, forming a sac on the baby’s lower back. As many as 90 percent of children with meningomyelocele also have hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain that causes the head to increase in size. Without treatment, Lucas will experience increased pressure on his brain, which can cause brain damage and ultimately death. There is also the risk that the sac on his back will become infected, leading to further damage to the spinal cord and possibly preventing him from walking. Lucas could not receive treatment earlier because there were no surgeons available at the hospital where he was born. In addition, his family did not have enough money to pay for the surgery that he needed. He was referred to Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), a care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), for treatment and support. AMHF requests $1,369 to pay for two surgical procedures for Lucas. In one procedure—meningomyelocele closure—surgeons will place the spinal cord and nerves back inside the backbone and cover them with membranes before closing the opening in his spine. In the other operation—endoscopic third ventriculostomy—surgeons will create a bypass through a thin membrane in the bottom (or floor) of a specific region of Lucas's brain. The cerebrospinal fluid will then flow up and over the surface of the brain and into the bloodstream. Lucas's surgery is scheduled for June 21. Funding also covers the costs of ten days of hospital care, imaging, blood work, medicine, and 25 days of accommodation for recovery and rehabilitation. Lucas's family is contributing $45 to cover additional expenses associated with his care. "I will be very happy and very thankful if Lucas gets treatment," shares Lucas's mother.
Allen is a 41-year-old woman from Uganda. She and her husband have five children. Allen enjoys weaving mats and socializing with other women in the village. She also likes to listen to music and news programs on the radio. One of her greatest joys is singing in the church choir. For the last year, Allen has been experiencing uterine pain. Eventually, she decided to visit a doctor. The doctors at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, believe she may have uterine cancer and have advised her to undergo a total hysterectomy. She is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 20. Allen's husband, Goti, works as a social studies teacher at the local school, and Allen helps the family by growing vegetables and grains. She also grows coffee to sell for extra income. They have contributed $7 to her care, but their income is not enough to pay her full medical bill. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting an additional $321 for this surgery. “I would like to express much appreciation to the donors for helping my wife and our family,” says Goti. "It is a great blessing.”
Grace is a 27-year-old woman from Burundi who is currently living in Kenya as a refugee. She works as a French translator, and she and her husband operate a motorcycle transportation business. They have two children together. Grace began having breathing difficulties in December of 2013. She has since been diagnosed with a goiter, a thyroid enlargement. This causes her pain and makes breathing and swallowing difficult. Grace is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 27. This procedure will alleviate her symptoms, allowing her to breathe easily. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to pay for the surgery. Grace says, “I wish to be well and find means through which I can better my life."