Mehul joined Watsi on May 20th, 2014. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mehul's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Godwin, a toddler from Uganda, to treat a painful hernia.
Mehul has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 7 countries.
Mehul has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 7 countries.
Meet Godwin, a three year-old active boy who laughs easily and loves to play. Godwin lives with his family in a small town. His mother, Anita, works as a small farmer cultivating her own land and his father, Godfrey, is an attendant on the local bus. Godwin is in nursery school where his teachers say he is inquisitive and friendly. At home, he likes to help his mother by carrying the dishes from the table to be washed after meals. For his mother, seeing her family well and Godwin happy is most important. The family enjoys going to church on Sundays to give thanks and visit with friends. Godwin has an inguinal hernia, or a bulging of soft tissue through weak muscles in the groin area. This painful condition results in difficulty walking. When he is doing his favorite things, like running and making structures out of stones, his inguinal hernia causes him pain. With $227, Godwin can receive surgical treatment to remove his hernia and allow him to walk comfortably. His mother shares, "I am so excited for the help for my son. My husband doesn’t make much money as a bus porter, so we could not afford the surgery. Webare munonga! (thank you very much)."
Chean is an 81-year-old grandmother living in Cambodia with her four sons, three daughters, and over ten grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Two years ago, Chean developed a cataract in each eye, causing blurred vision, tearing, and a burning sensation. She has been unable to walk safely or independently, which prevents her from leaving the house. She and her daughter visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Her doctors at CSC recommended she have a phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in each eye, which will replace her internal lenses and restore her vision to full clarity. In total, the procedure, supplies, drugs, and three days of inpatient care will cost $225. Following her surgery, Chean will have restored vision and her discomfort will be resolved. She will also have her independence again, and will be able to visit the pagoda on her own.
"Daudi has congenital deformity of both feet (clubfeet)," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. Daudi is a 2-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. "Apart from the deformity of his feet, Daudi is healthy, happy, and feeds well." Clubfoot occurs when the tendons connecting the leg muscle to the foot bones are short and tight, causing the foot to twist inward. If left untreated, it will force Daudi to walk with the lateral aspect of his feet, which will affect his gait and cause him pain. Daudi will undergo a four-month process to gently stretch and manipulate the foot into the correct position, which will be held by casts in between sessions. The initial treatment of clubfoot is non-surgical. $1,160 will cover the full cost of Daudi's treatment. While his parents are concerned for his condition, they are unable to fully support the cost of the treatment as they work as farmers and vendors in their village. After treatment, "Daudi will not use the lateral aspect of his feet for walking," AMHF tells us. "I will be happy to see my son with straight feet, which will allow him to comfortably play with other children when he grows up," Daudi's mother shares.
12-month-old Sanaa was born with a life-threatening heart defect called ventricular septal defect. This condition means she has a hole between the two lower chambers of her heart. "Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sickly and weak," says our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). Sanaa lives in Haiti with her parents and newborn brother. "Her father works at a small store, and her mother cares for the children. Because of her illness, Sanaa is usually very tired and uninterested in playing, and frequently gets colds and fevers," HCA explains. Hundreds of children are born with heart defects every year in Haiti and unfortunately, many don't have access to the life-saving surgery they need. Gift of Life International has raised $5,000 towards Sana's surgery at a local hospital. We can fund the rest of the procedure, including overseas transportation and surgery preparation, for $1,500. "Following surgery, normal blood flow should be restored to Sanaa's heart and she should not have any further cardiac symptoms," HCA says. Sana's mother shares, "I am very hopeful that after surgery Sanaa will be healthy and strong."
Duot is a 45-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. From his earnings working at the farm, he supports his wife, son, and daughter. “One year ago, Duot developed glaucoma in his right eye,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve in the eye, worsening over time. It is caused by a high pressure around the nerve and, if untreated, can result in total blindness. At the moment, Duot’s glaucoma has damaged his vision to the point he can no longer work or go outside alone. Doctors at CSC can treat Duot’s glaucoma. In an operation called a trabeculectomy, doctors will drain the fluid in the eye that causes the increased pressure that is damaging his optic nerve. “After the operation, Duot’s pain and burning will be relieve,” explains CSC. “The pressure in his eye will be released.” Duot and his wife travelled for seven hours to reach CSC, but do not have the funds to afford the treatment. For $300, he will be able to receive the operation and cover all the associated costs, including hospital stay and food, pre-and-post operative care, and medicines. After the surgery, Duot hopes to return to his work at the farm. “I hope my eyes can see better and not hurt any more so I can continue my work at the farm and not worry about becoming blind any more,” he shares.
“We just pray that our son will get well, have the ability to breastfeed and continue with normal growth,” share Christian’s parents. Their baby boy, Christian, was born in last December in Tanzania. When he was just a few days old, his mother became alarmed when "he did not want to breastfeed at all,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). She also noticed that his abdomen was beginning to swell, and his skin was jaundiced. Soon after, “Christian was diagnosed with biliary obstruction secondary to choledochal cyst,” AMHF tells us. This means that Christian’s bile ducts, which carry digestive fluids from the liver to the intestines, are blocked. “This biliary obstruction has to be removed to prevent too much toxic bile [from building up] in the blood,” AMHF tells us. Christian needs a mass excision operation to un-block his bile duct. However, his parents cannot afford to pay for this procedure on their own. Christian’s mother recently had to quit her job to bring her ailing infant on frequent hospital visits, leaving the four-person family reliant on their father’s single income as a van driver. “The little that Christian’s father earns is not enough to cover their basic needs as well as the cost of operation which their son badly needs,” AMHF says. Fortunately, with $920 we can help Christian get the care he urgently needs. This sum will cover the surgery to remove the choledocal cyst blocking Christian’s bile ducts, as well as a six-week stay for the baby afterwards at a recovery center. After this procedure, “Christian’s liver will function well, allowing adequate bile flow to the intestine. Hence, no more toxins and Christian will feed well and continue with normal growth,” says AMHF.
Meet Gideon, a three-month-old boy living in Kenya. Gideon was found wrapped in a towel as a newborn alongside a road, and he now resides in a foster home where he has been generally doing well. “Gideon had no major health issues until recently when he became quite irritable,” says our medical partner, American Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Gideon has craniosyntosis, a birth defect in which the plates of his skull fused prematurely. This prevents Gideon’s brain from growing naturally and often results in a misshapen skull. If left untreated, the intracranial pressure may increase, resulting in potential brain damage and/or death. “His condition has been deteriorating,” AMHF shares, “and unfortunately…the home that Gideon lives in is not able to raise the funds for his treatment.” With $1,260, Gideon can undergo a craniotomy to surgically remove a portion of the skull and release the intracranial pressure. “We love Gideon so much,” says Grace, a well-wisher from Gideon's foster home. “It will not be easy for him to grow up knowing that his parents abandoned him. We will give him the best we can to make him feel loved.”
Nine-month-old Myson "has two very devoted parents," shares our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). "But he currently lives in an orphanage in Haiti due to his illness so that they can help keep him as healthy and stable as possible." Myson has three older brothers and sisters who like to visit him and play with him whenever they can. Myson currently suffers from a congenital heart disease called ventricular septal defect. "A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart," HCA tells us. "Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sickly and weak. If not corrected with surgery, the condition would eventually be fatal." $1,500 will fund overseas transportation and preparation for Myson's heart surgery. Health City Cayman Islands has already subsidized $5,000 of the treatment cost. "I am so happy that Myson can have surgery and I am praying that everything will go well," his mother shares.
Lovepatience is only a few weeks old, and is the first born child to her young parents who live in Kenya. Lovepatience was born with spina bifida, and has a leaking mass on her lower back. If untreated, her condition could lead to severe infection or other conditions that would compromise the muscle function and mobility of her lower limbs. Lovepatience’ father tells our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), “we have come from far with the hope that Lovepatience will be treated.” This young girl’s father works as a night guard at a construction site and his wages are not enough to cover the costs of her care. For $805, Lovepatience will undergo surgery to remove and close the leaking mass at the base of her spine. This urgent operation will eliminate her risk of infection and restore her blood supply to her spinal nerves. This treatment will also greatly reduce her risk of developing a curved spine or other conditions that would hinder her mobility.
Meet Devora, a 34-year-old mother of two. Devora and her twin sister are very close, and raise their families together in Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), shares that one month ago, “Devora was in the hospital because she could not walk or talk. An ultrasound and labs revealed Devora has kidney failure. Because kidneys play such a vital role in filtering toxins from the blood, this diagnosis can be fatal. However, there are treatment options that would filter and regulate Devora’s blood artificially." $1265 will fund the dialysis, medication, and education to treat and manage her condition. WK tells us that in order to make this logistically possible they will “construct a room at her home specifically for her dialysis.” Dialysis will remove the salt, waste, and excess water from the blood. This intervention will ensure that Devora has a sterile environment where she can self-administer regular dialysis. The medical team will visit her often and provide intensive education on dialysis and treatment. WK says, “Devora will be able to live for the rest of her life while technically still in kidney failure. Her energy will increase and she will be able to get back to everyday activities.”
“Abigaelle was normal after she was born, but when she turned four months old she became sick and her head started getting large,” our medical partner in Haiti, Project Medishare (PM), reports. Symptoms of the flu, fever, and vomiting, accompanied Abigaelle’s head growth. Her mother brought her to the hospital, and a CT scan revealed excess fluid in her brain. Abigaelle was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which is the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. This can lead to brain damage and death if left untreated. Abigaelle’s mother “used to do commerce in the past, selling second hand clothes in the streets, but when her baby became sick she spent the money she had and did not have time to go sale,” adds PM. Abigaelle’s father “is also sick and cannot respond to the needs of the family." Furthermore, Abigaelle’s family is currently homeless after their home was destroyed during hurricane season. Her condition can be treated for $1,260, and surgery consists of a hydrocephalus shunt placement to drain the excess fluid in her head. This treatment will also help prevent other diseases prompted by hydrocephalus, such as seizures. We can help ease some of the hardship that Abigaelle and her family are facing by funding her treatment.
Meet Joshua! Joshua is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives in Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, describes him as “very shy... but he always has a smile on his face.” Joshua’s father died years ago, and as the second oldest in a family of six children, it’s up to him to look after his mother’s cattle. The cattle are his family’s primary source of income, and he feels that he is contributing the most to his family by herding cattle rather than attending school. Joshua has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgum, a physical condition in which the knees curve inwards. Right now, Joshua is unable to walk without knocking his knees, affecting his gait and ability to walk or run. If left untreated, Joshua risks developing early osteoarthritis. For $940, we can help cover the three surgeries that Joshua needs, along with two weeks of hospital stay and medication. “I feel pain on my knees especially after walking a long distance. I don’t want to fail helping my mom herd cattle; so I hope that my legs can be straightened so that I can walk properly,” Joshua shares.