G joined Watsi on May 5th, 2015. Three months ago, G joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. G's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Velonica, a loving mother from Malawi, to fund thyroid surgery.
G has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 12 countries.
G has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 12 countries.
Velonica is a 43-year-old woman and a mother of three living children. She shared that she lost a set of twins just a few days after birth some 15 years ago but still holds fond memories of her lovely tiny twins. Her children are aged between 25 and 8 years old and they are all in school. The oldest daughter is at a teachers' training college and the youngest in 4th grade in primary school. Velonica lives with her children and husband in Dowa about 40 kilometers away from the city of Lilongwe in Malawi. She and her husband are subsistent farmers, although they usually don’t have enough food for the year and they seek support from her husband’s relatives that live in the same village. In 2013, Velonica developed a swelling on her neck. She visited different hospitals and finally was referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) where a diagnosis of goiter was made. A partial thyroidectomy was done at the facility in 2014. However, in 2019 her neck swelling resurfaced again. She started feeling pain, having sleepless nights, difficulties in swallowing, feeling neck tightness, and headaches. She reported again to Kamuzu Central Hospital and a rescan was recommended but unfortunately, it was not done at the time. While seeking alternatives, Velonica came to Partners in Hope Medical Center. She was seen by a surgeon who, after laboratory tests and a scan, concluded that her goiter has recurred. He recommended surgery to remove the enlarged thyroid gland in a procedure called a total thyroidectomy. Velonica is currently unable to help her husband on the farm and has challenges in performing daily duties. She is unable to lift water on her head or to carry other heavy loads. Velonica feels the condition is interfering with her life and is looking forward to living her normal life again soon. Velonica said, “I live at my husband’s village among my in-laws and it has been about 2 years now of failing to do the things that every woman does, this is threatening my marriage and makes me feel bad. I hope this operation will bring an end to all this and I will be able to do my household chores again.”
Richensley is a 4 month old baby boy from Haiti. Richensely is loved and cherished by his family. Richensley has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Richensley has been experiencing a large head that was noticed by his father when he was 2 months old. Without treatment, Richensley will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $897 to cover the cost of surgery for Richensley at Hospital Bernard Mevs that will treat his condition. This is the only site in the country where this care is currently available and the procedure is scheduled to take place on November 30th. This critical treatment will drain the excess fluid from Richensley's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Richensley will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Richensley's father is relieved that his son can have the surgery that will give him hope for the future.
Gift is a baby from Tanzania. He 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, Gift 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 $966 to cover the cost of Gift's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 17. This procedure will hopefully spare Gift from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Gift’s mother says, “Please help my son I have no means of affording his treatment cost.”
Michael is a farmer with six kids from Malawi. He lives with his wife, children, and four grandchildren. He enjoys chatting with friends in his free time. Since September of last year, Michael has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes swelling on the right side, making it uncomfortable to continue working, while his family depends on him for support. Fortunately, on April 30, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Michael's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. He is happy to be helped through surgery so that he can be completely normal as he was before. He says, "I thank this project so much for assisting me. I hope that this project can continue to assist others as well. My wish is for this project to continue assisting the needy."
Guertha is a mother of one from Haiti. She lives with her parents and young son on a small farm in the mountains of northern Haiti. Guertha has a cardiac condition called severe rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart cannot open and close properly due to an infection she suffered several years ago. As a result, her heart cannot adequately circulate blood through her body and she is weak and short of breath. Guertha will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 1, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove her damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Fundacion Heart Care Dominicana, is contributing $10,000 to pay for surgery. Guertha'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 Guertha's family overseas. She says, "I am hopeful that after this surgery I will have my health and energy back!"
Mekaisi is a farmer and father to nine from Malawi. He lives with his wife and has 34 grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys watching football. Since October 2018, Mekaisi has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Mekaisi's surgery. On April 2, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Mekaisi and his family are both feeling great about this surgery so he can live a normal life again. He says, "Thank you to this project, please continue to assist the needy."
John is a child from Kenya. He underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In John's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for John. The surgery is scheduled to take place on March 1 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.
Benjamin is a laborer from Kenya. He used to be a shop attendant in the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa. Benjamin tripped and fractured his right femur in 2012, and a nail was inserted. He used crutches for some time before healing. However, in December 2018, he fell again and the nail was displaced. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 7, Benjamin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to walk with no pain and he will work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Benjamin says, “My prayer is to be treated and resume my work. I am in great pain and walk with a lot of difficulties."
Han is a 24-year-old Karen man from Burma. He is an army medic. Han was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath. Han is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on February 10 to correct his condition and improve his quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Han's procedure and care. He says, “I cannot sleep at night. Before coming to BCMF I was very worried about my health condition. Now I am a bit relieved. I am looking forward to go back to my duty as a medic again when I am fully recovered.”
Ahmad is a baby from Tanzania. He is an only child to his young parents. Ahmad's father works at their local market selling vegetables and fruits. For five months, Ahmad has been experiencing difficulty breathing. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Ahmad's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Ahmad, which is scheduled to take place on October 19. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Ahmad of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Ahmad’s father says, “Please help us. We are unable to afford the surgery cost due to financial challenges.”
Ndichaenya is a boy from Tanzania. He is a cheerful and social boy. He is the fourth child in a family of five children. Ndichaenya has been diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Ndichaenya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 30. Treatment will hopefully restore Ndichaenya's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Ndichaenya’s father says, “We have not been able to take my son to the hospital due to our little income we get from farming and his condition keeps worsening as days go by. Please help my son if it’s possible.”
Linn is an 11-month-old baby boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and two uncles in Mae Sot, Tak Province. His family moved from Karen State, Burma to Thailand just a month ago for better job opportunities. Linn has been diagnosed with a scrotal hernia. Fortunately, on September 26, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Linn's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 26 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His father says, "My plan for him is to keep him in school when he recovers. Then, I want him to either become a doctor, a teacher, or a boxer.”