Christopher joined Watsi on November 16th, 2016. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Christopher's most recent donation supported Alex, a 15-year-old student from Kenya, to fund hip surgery so he can go after his dream to become an engineer.
Christopher has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Christopher has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Meet Alex, a 15-year-old student, living in Kenya. Alex's mother is a single parent, working as a vendor. Alex aspires to enroll in a plant engineering course in the future. Last February, Alex was walking home from school along the side of the road, when a car veered off the road and hit him. After hearing a loud bang, the next thing that Alex remembers is waking up in the hospital with a fractured hip. Thanks to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Alex is scheduled to have surgery to repair his hip on October 11th, at AIC Cure International Hospital. The procedure will cost $1,293 and Alex and his family need your help to fund this procedure. His treatment will enable him to walk without support again and he's excited to return to playing his beloved football. “My desire is to walk well without crutches and get back to the field to play football. I am requesting support from AMH to help me undergo surgery and resume my normal life,” Alex told us.
Meshack is a six-year-old boy, living with his mother and one sibling, in a one-roomed grass thatched house in a village in Kenya. Recently, Meshack completed his preschool studies and now he is in grade one. According to his mother, Meshack is very helpful, and always assists her around the farm and in doing household chores. Meshack's mother is a single parent and a farmer, who works hard to provide for her family. Meshack was born with a condition known as hemiplegic CP, which means that one side of his body is weak. His right foot is affected, making walking challenging. Additionally, Meshack was born with clubfoot of his left foot, which adds to his difficulty walking, and limits his ability to wear shoes. Meshack has already undergone some preliminary, preparatory procedures on his left foot during mobile clinic visits near his village and the next step is for him to have clubfoot repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital. Meshack and his mother have now traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 27th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,286 to fund Meshack's surgery, which will enable him to walk, to play with his friends, and to continue his education. “I would love to see my son walking like other children, and I will be relieved of the burden of carrying him to school,” Meshack's mother told us.
Kenia is a 16-year-old student who lives in Haiti with her parents and three brothers. She is in her second year of high school and hopes to study at the university level and ultimately start a business. Kenia was born with a cardiac condition known as ventricular septal defect, and she additionally experiences mitral valve insufficiency. Together, these defects prevent enough oxygen-rich blood from circulating throughout her body, leaving her sickly and short of breath. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Kenia's air transportation to her surgery's location site. Once there, Kenia will receive the treatment that she needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. "I have been having problems with my heart since I was very young, and so I am excited that I can finally have the chance to get it fixed!" exclaims Kenia.
Morgen is a quiet, composed five-year-old boy from Kenya. Morgan lives with his grandparents and younger sister. His grandmother sells groceries, and his grandfather is a farmer. Three months ago, Morgen was diagnosed with a condition in a sensitive area that leaves him at risk of long-term health problems. Thankfully, surgery can fix the condition and, on August 18, surgeons will perform the procedure Morgen needs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $535 to cover his medical treatment. Morgen's grandparents can contribute $73 towards his surgery. “I never want him to feel the absence of his parents and we will always do our best to fill that gap,” says his grandmother.
Kem is a 66-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She is married and has one daughter and two grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys reading. Two years ago, Kem developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. Kem has trouble seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and working on her own. When Kem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour to seek treatment. On March 29, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Kem will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure.
Flevian is a 14-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the third child in her family, and she loves to smile. Her siblings are in high school and college. They family lives in a mud house. Flevian was diagnosed with a hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. The size of her head affected her ability to walk, making her unstable. She also lagged behind her classmates in school. Without treatment, she was at risk of a fatal buildup of pressure in her brain. In July, Flevian began to experience troubling symptoms, and her mother brought her to our medical partner's care center. A CT scan revealed liquid accumulation in her brain. On December 2, she underwent a shunt insertion to drain the fluid from her brain. Flavian’s mother is a farmer, while her father works as a laborer on a flower farm. They cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 in funding. "I want Flevian to be well and lead a much normal life," says her mother.
Kyomuhendo is a 26-year-old man from Uganda who is married with two children. His oldest child is six years old and in school, while the youngest is seven months old. He and his family live in a rental house; they haven't yet built their own. Kyomuhendo works as a casual laborer picking tea leaves at a tea plantation. He uses the money he earns to pay rent, buy food, and fund his child's education. While he enjoys farming, he is unhappy at the moment because he cannot attend to his fields due to illness. About a year ago Kyomuhendo developed a painful swelling in his left inguinal area, or lower abdomen. He visited a hospital where he was diagnosed with a hernia-- a protrusion of intestinal tissue through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. At the time of his diagnosis, Kyomuhendo was advised to have surgery, but he couldn't afford to pay for it. Due to the pain from his hernia, Kyomuhendo is unable to lift heavy items or dig. This prevents him from doing his work in the fields. If he doesn't receive treatment, he faces the potentially serious risk of many complications. For $249, Kyomuhendo can receive the attention he needs through Watsi's medical partner in Uganda, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Doctors will perform a hernia repair surgery, returning the intestinal tissue to the abdominal cavity and mending the weakness in the abdominal wall. The surgery will ease Kyomuhendo's pain, eliminate his intestinal strangulation risk, and allow him to return to providing for his family. "I am hoping to resume digging after I receive treatment," says Kyomuhendo. Let's help him afford this important operation.