Floyd joined Watsi on March 1st, 2017. Ten months ago, Floyd became the 2749th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 514 more people have become monthly donors! Floyd's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Edward, a man from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.
Floyd has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 8 countries.
Edward is a farmer from Malawi. Edward lives with his wife and they work a small farm. Edward also raises goats, and he likes to spend his free time talking and laughing with his wife. Since May 2017, Edward has been experiencing difficulty urinating. 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 Edward's surgery. On October 10, 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. Edward was thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded He says, "I will be so happy when I am healthy; thank you for this gift."
Mary is a nine-year-old student from Kenya. She lives with her parents and has six siblings. Mary’s mother is a subsistence farmer and housewife, and her father is a farmer. Mary has a spinal deformity whereby her spine is curved backward. Two years ago, she visited a hospital for treatment but did not have the funds required to receive treatment. Mary has difficulty with walking and standing. The pain has also impacted her studies. Having heard of Watsi’s programs with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), they decided to seek help. Our medical partner, AMHF, is requesting $1,500 to fund Mary’s surgery. An anterior/posterior spine fusion is scheduled for October 18. “I am appealing to Watsi to help my daughter get treatment as this will brighten her future and improve her self-esteem. I will be happy to see her growth and I wish her the very best in her life," Mary’s mother says.
Stanley is a young child from Haiti. He lives with his mother and grandmother in a small city southwest of the capital. He enjoys listening to music and playing with his toys. Stanley also has Down syndrome. Stanley has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. On October 4, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons, will sew a patch over the hole to close it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5000 to pay for surgery. Stanley's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. His mother says, "Our family is so happy to know that Stanley's heart can be fixed!"
Htay is a 30-year-old woman who lives in Thailand with her husband and four children. While she and her second oldest daughter work as day laborers on corn and chili plantations, Htay's husband recently had to quit his job in order to look after their two youngest children at home. After giving birth to her youngest child, Htay received an intrauterine device (IUD) as part of her family planning. Recently she experienced severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Her neighbor, concerned for her health, sent Htay to Mae Tao Clinic. There she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), as an emergency case. BCMF is requesting $1500 to fund an abdominal hysterectomy for Htay. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 24 and, once completed, will hopefully relieve Htay from her recent pain and discomfort.
Mafedwe is a 63-year-old woman from a village in Malawi. Mafedwe is a widow and lives with one of her four children. She spends her time washing, cooking, and helping to care for her grandchildren. When she is not working, Mafedwe likes to go to church and worship with her friends. For the past month, Mafedwe has been having bleeding and abdominal pain in a private area. It was discovered she has severe uterine fibroids and needs a hysterectomy. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Mafedwe is scheduled to receive her treatment on March 9. Mafedwe is looking forward to having her operation and going back to her family and grandchildren without pain and discomfort.
Sarom is a 38-year-old farmer from Cambodia who lives with his wife, daughter, and son. In his free time, Sarom enjoys fishing, listening to Khmer music, and relaxing with his family. In May, Sarom suffered an electric burn on his left hand in the space between his middle and ring fingers. He went to a private clinic for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. Given the severity of the burn, Sarom is unable to use his left hand and is in chronic pain. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Center, is requesting $725 to fund surgery on Sarom's hand, which is scheduled to take place on June 16. The operation entails removal of damaged tissue and a flap procedure, in which tissue will be moved from a donor site to the wounded area. Sarom's doctors are confident that the surgery will allow him to return to work and use his hand without pain.
Thwa is a 14-year-old boy from Thailand, diagnosed with spastic quadriplegia and cerebral palsy. He lives at home with parents and siblings. To move around, Thwa mainly crawls or is carried by his family members. As Thwa grows, it is becoming increasingly difficult for his family members to carry him. To help with his mobility, Thwa was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), through Stepping Stones, a physiotherapy support service. He needs Achilles tendon lengthening surgery. This procedure will help to alleviate the tightening in his calves and give him more independent movement. On May 4, Thwa will undergo surgery at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital, BCMF's care center. BCMF is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of his surgery. After treatment, Thwa will be able to move around more easily!
Madalitso is a 45-year-old farmer from Malawi. She helps her husband run their small farm, and she also tends to household chores. She lives with her husband, and they have nine children and three grandchildren. When not working, Madalitso likes to spend time with her little grandchildren. Since January of this year, Madalitso has been experiencing bleeding and abdominal pain. Doctors found that she has a cervical polyp and requires a hysterectomy to treat the condition. Once Madalitso has her surgery, she is expected to go home healthy and symptom-free. On March 28, Madalitso will undergo the hysterectomy she needs to be healthy. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, requests $650 to fund the treatment.
Maria lives with her family in Guatemala. She has two sons and a seven-year-old daughter. Her husband works as an agricultural day laborer, and Maria weaves and manages the household. For four years, Maria has been experiencing seizures. Recently, she began taking medication, which has been largely effective, allowing her to live seizure-free. However, the cause of her seizures is still unknown, and her life remains negatively impacted by her condition. She frequently experiences painful headaches and feels tired. To determine the cause of her seizures, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, needs additional diagnostic information. Maria is scheduled to undergo testing on January 20. She will receive a full diagnostic work-up, including labs, an MRI, and a consultation to determine the cause of her seizures. Then, our medical partner's team will develop a personalized treatment plan to reduce the frequency and length of her seizures. This will improve Maria's quality of life. While Maria and her husband work hard, they are unable to pay for this expensive diagnostic workup. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,044 to fund her procedure. "I want to see my children grow up well, and then to see my grandchildren," says Maria.
Nyunt is a 45-year-old man from a village in Burma. He is married and has six children. He is a subsistence farmer who grows rice and betel nut. His wife and oldest daughter work in Bangkok and send money home. In February 2016, Nyunt began experiencing stabbing pain in his abdomen and in his back. He also developed a distended abdomen. He visited a local hospital, where he was given medication. Unfortunately, this did not relieve his condition. A medic recommended he seek care with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Nyunt is now scheduled for a CT scan on March 18. This procedure will give his doctors more information about the cause of his abdominal pain, allowing them to plan for further care. Nyunt needs $414 to pay for the scan. Let's help him begin getting better!
Meet Eng, a 76-year-old mother to three daughters and grandmother to four grandchildren. She likes to garden and plant flowers in her spare time. Two years ago, Eng developed a cataract in both eyes. It is difficult for Eng to see things clearly, do work, or go anywhere on her own. Eng is worried about going blind in the future. Eng traveled for two hours with her daughter to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment. On March 20, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation to remove Eng's cataracts. With $292, we can help Eng to see clearly again!
Eduardo is a 13-year-old boy from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and nine siblings. He loves playing with his brothers and sisters and enjoys listening to music. Eduardo was born with microcephaly, a condition in which the brain develops unusually small and causes various developmental abnormalities. As a result, Eduardo experiences seizures that prevent him from being able to walk on his own. When he was younger, his family carried him on their backs to go to medical appointments. However, now that he is older and bigger, they are unable to carry him. Through our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), Eduardo will receive a wheelchair on February 28. WK is asking for $1,034 to cover the cost of the wheelchair. This wheelchair will make the world accessible for Eduardo.