Ajay joined Watsi on December 4th, 2016. Three years ago, Ajay became the 2640th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,188 more people have become monthly donors! Ajay's most recent donation supported Ali, a newborn baby from Ethiopia, to fund congenital anorectal malformation treatment.
Ajay has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 9 countries.
Ali is a 1-month-old infant from Ethiopia and is a beautiful baby boy. He has six siblings. He loves to play with his mom and siblings and is exclusively fed breast milk. His father is a day laborer and earns limited income which is sufficient for their family's daily needs, but not more than that. His mom is a house wife and she raises her children full-time. Ali was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Ali is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on April 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Ali's procedure and care. After his recovery, Ali will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. His parents shared, “We hope the operation will bring him good health. We were very troubled because of our financial constraint.”
Nay is an eight-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and two older sister in in a village in Tak Province. Nay’s mother and his eldest sister work at a sock factory. They receive food and accommodation in addition to a combined monthly income of around 7,000 baht (approx. $234 USD) per month. Nay and his other older sister are students at one of the migrant learning centers in their area, while his father is homemaker. This morning at around 11:00 am, Nay had finished writing his exam at school and was ready to go home. When he saw the school car that had come to bring the students back to their homes, he and some of the other students became excited about going back home. They rushed into the car before the car had come to a full stop. In the chaos, Nay fell out of the car and cried out that his leg is hurt. His teacher ran to help him up, but Nay told the teacher that he could not stand up and that his right leg was in pain. His teacher then arranged for a car to take him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where upon arrival the medic examined his leg and informed his teacher that Nay had broken his right femur. The medic also told the teacher that he would need to receive surgery at Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) to help his leg heal properly. Currently, Nay is in pain and he cannot move or lift his right leg. He can only lay down and complains that his leg is in pain. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Nay will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for March 3rd and will cost $1,500. He will be able to move his leg and walk again after surgery. He will also no longer be in pain.
Sandra is an 11-year-old student from Haiti. She lives with her parents in a city in northwest Haiti. She is in the fifth grade and especially likes reading and art. Sandra has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect and pulmonary hypertension. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart; she also has blood flowing through her lungs at much higher pressures than normal. Sandra will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On February 24th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will first perform a catheterization to make sure the high pressures in her lungs can be reversed. If the results of this procedure are positive, she will go on to have open-heart surgery in which doctors will close the hole in her heart with a patch. Sandra's family needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and check-up and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Sandra's family overseas. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for her surgery. Sandra shared, "I am looking forward to being able to walk to and from school without stopping to rest!"
Srey Srors is a 19-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one older brother, and in her spare time she enjoys watching television and helping around the house with the cooking and cleaning. In June 2019, Srey Sors was in a severe motorcycle accident that resulted in damaging nerve injuries to her upper left arm. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on her left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. She is unable to move her left arm and cannot return to her work on the rice farm. Srey Srors traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 10th, she will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, she will be able to use her arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. "I hope that after my surgery, can use my arm again and return to my work at the rice fields," shared Srey Srors.
Sharon is a 22 year old from Singore Village in Kenya. She is social, friendly and loves music. Sharon is the 2nd born together with her twin sister in a family of 5 children. She is currently enrolled at Eldoret Technical Training Institute pursuing a medical record course with her sister. Sharon's mother is a farmer and her father a carpenter. Sharon had a normal birth but at a young age she couldn’t walk and her knee was stiff. She previously underwent surgery 16 years ago, but she has never improved and is still walking with a lot of difficulties. Sharon currently limps as she walks and feels pain as she strains to move. Her self esteem has also been affected and sometimes while in college she gets imitated by her colleagues in school. Sharon is scheduled to undergo surgery on her right knee. This treatment will be of great help to her as she will be able to walk without any difficulty. Her self esteem will improve and she will continue with her dream career of becoming a record officer in a hospital. Sharon and her family are not able to raise the estimated bill and thus requested for support saying, "my desire is to walk well like my sister without straining. Any kind of support purposed to make/ improve my walking is highly appreciated.”
Mary walks into my office with the top of her cardigan covering her chin. She sits on the chair opposite me with one hand clasping the top of her black cardigan to veil the swell running from her jawline to her neck. The lower lip protrudes with a peeping swelling attached in so that her upper lip cannot touch the lower one. This has been Mary’s life for over 6 months. Late last year, Mary developed a small swelling on her jaw. It was not painful and therefore she did not think of it as serious. As time passed, the swell grew in size. Mary who could eat just about anything now has restrictions on what she can eat. There is pain when she bends and this has also obstructed her working. Mary is married with two children. She was a subsistence farmer before the condition restricted her activities. Mary and her husband depend on one of their daughter who sells second-hand clothes. Besides helping her parents, she has four children under her care. Mary says, “Please help me because I can barely eat."
Lewis is a student from Kenya. He is the second child in the family. His father is a cobbler, while his mother is a vendor in town. Lewis has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lewis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Lewis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Lewis will be free from pain. “I will be happy to see my son walking," says his father.
Ayisha is a baby from Haiti. She lives with her mother and grandmother in Port-au-Prince. She is a happy, outgoing baby who enjoys playing with her relatives and neighbors. Ayisha has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. Ayisha will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On April 4, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a catheter to insert a device into the hole, blocking it and preventing blood from leaking through it. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $14,000 to pay for surgery. Ayisha'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 Ayisha's family overseas. Her mother says, "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping my daughter to become healthy!"
Sandar is a 35-year-old woman who was born with Down syndrome. She lived in Burma until recently moving to Thailand. She likes to look at pictures in books and would like to learn how to read. In summer 2017, Sandar's mother noticed that she seemed to have difficulty seeing. Over time, her eyesight worsened. She now needs to use a wheelchair because she is unable to see. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Sandar. On March 6, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Sandar's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "If after surgery she can see well, I would like to send her to a school," said Sandar's sister.
Beth is a small-scale farmer from Kenya. She has four children and works with her husband. Beth has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Beth. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 5. After treatment, Beth will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Beth says, “I wish I could be treated and no longer be in pain. Kindly help me."
Esther is a casual laborer from Kenya. She is a mother of eight children. Esther is not employed and unable to tend to her small plot of land due to a leg wound. Esther has a diabetic wound on her left foot. She is not able to walk well or work on her farm. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Esther receive treatment. On January 9, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to eliminate the risk of amputation and enable the wound to heal. This will allow Esther to walk and work freely again. Now, Esther needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Esther says, “I wish I can be able to ambulate with ease so that I can work on my own rather than relying on my son."
Franceska is a 15-year-old young woman who lives with her older brother and mother in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is in eight grade, and her favorite subject is physics because she finds it easy to understand. In the future, Franceska would like to become a pediatrician. She loves kids and would love to work with them and take care of people. In October of 2016, Franceska noticed a small mass in her right breast that was causing her discomfort. A few weeks later, she went to the hospital and had a mammogram. Because Franceska is so young, her aunt did not agree with having the mass removed. In the meantime, the mass continued to increase in size and itch. If left untreated, the mass could develop malignancy and cause extensive harm. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to cover the cost of having the tumor removed from Franceska's breast. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Franceska to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys.