Amornsak joined Watsi on March 19th, 2015. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Amornsak's most recent donation traveled 10,000 miles to support Djouvensley, a 4-year-old boy from Haiti, for life-saving heart surgery.
Amornsak has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
Amornsak has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
Meet Djouvensley, a 4-year-old boy from Haiti. “He is an only child and is very close to his mother, and shy around people he doesn’t know,” explains our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “He hasn’t started preschool yet, in part because of his cardiac condition, but his mother plans to enroll him as soon as he has healed from surgery.” “Djouvensley was born with a cardiac condition called double outlet right ventricle, a birth defect in which both major arteries flow out of the same chamber of the heart, creating circulatory problem,” reports HCA. “This leaves him weak and at risk of death if not corrected.” It is important that Djouvensley’s condition is treated as soon as possible. The treatment for double outlet right ventricle is surgery. Upon looking at the heart to decide the best course of treatment, surgeons will proceed to connect the aorta to the left ventricle and the pulmonary artery to the right ventricle. This will fix the circulatory problem and ensure blood flows through Djouvensley’s heart correctly. An organization called International Children’s Heart Foundation is helping with the costs of the surgery. With their generous subsidy, Djouvensley only needs our help in raising $1,500 for the surgery. After the surgery, doctors anticipate that Djouvensley will no longer experience any cardiac symptoms. He will be able to live a normal life and do the things he enjoys without complication. “We are so thankful to everyone who is helping my son,” shares Djouvensley’s mother. “I can never thank you enough but God will reward you.”
Brian, a 35-year-old Kenyan man, came to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), seeking treatment for a leg injury sustained earlier this year in a hit-and-run accident involving a motorcycle. “Since then,” explains AMHF, “he is unable to work and relies solely on his family.” Brian’s condition, chronic osteomyelitis of the right tibia, is an infection of his lower leg bone resulting from his injury. Typical symptoms include recurring pain, redness, swelling, and bone loss. Currently, “Brian is experiencing pain and inability to use his right leg,” AMHF tells us. “If not treated, Brian is at risk of pathological fracture of the tibia.” Treatment of osteomyelitis is a surgical technique to regenerate bone lost as a result of the infection. In this technique—known as bone transport—an orthopedic surgeon breaks the involved bone and attaches the bone fragments to an external fixation device. As the fracture begins to heal, the external fixator is adjusted to pull the healing fracture apart approximately one millimeter per day. Separating the fragments in this manner promotes bone growth and results in the restoration of the lost bone over time. After the accident, Brian was treated surgically, but the procedure was unsuccessful, and he cannot pay for the additional surgery that he needs. $1,500 in funding pays for the bone transport surgery as well as 12 days of hospital care, antibiotic therapy, and physiotherapy. Brian’s family has saved $110 to cover additional costs associated with his care. “We expect after a bone transport, Brian's leg will heal,” shares AMHF. “He will be able to use his leg again. Brian will be able to work.” "I had planned to marry and provide for my family before this accident,” says Brian. “I really hope I will be able to do that after this surgery.”
Meet Moisa, a two-year-old toddler from Haiti. Moisa was born with a congenital heart disease called Tetralogy of Fallot, which causes a hole to form between two chambers of the heart and causes a muscular blockage in one of the heart valves. “As a result, blood cannot circulate normally through her body, and she is at constant risk of sudden death,” says our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). Moisa was born with down syndrome, and she lives with her parents and three older brothers. “Although she has special needs, she is fully involved in the life of her family and has many friends in the neighborhood,” shares HCA. Moisa likes to wear pretty dresses and play, especially blowing bubbles. For $1,500, Moisa will receive the cardiac surgery she needs. Following the surgery, she will no longer have cardiac symptoms or be at risk of sudden death. "Moisa makes everyone smile when they are around her,” expresses her mother. “We are so happy she is getting the surgery she needs!"
Meet Eunice, she is a 33-year-old woman who lives in Kenya with her husband and their two children. "Eunice had been selling vegetables at her home until April 2015, when she was hit by a motorbike as she walked home," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares. She fractured the tibia bone in her left leg. AMHF continues, "Eunice has [an] inability to use the left leg and is in pain. If not treated, the bones may remain separated leading to mal union. The dislodged plate may affect other tissues and Eunice may become disabled." $1,125 in funding will provide Eunice with open-reduction internal fixation surgery. This procedure corrects a severe, misaligned fracture where the two ends of broken bone are far apart. After the surgery, AMHF expects "the bones will unite. After Eunice is fully recovered, she will be able to walk again. Eunice will be able to work and provide for her family." Eunice shares, "I am suffering a lot and I don’t know what to do. I was hoping to get well and expand my small business. Now, my only wish is to be well so that I can be able to walk again.'' Let's help Eunice get the surgery she needs!
Meet Sok, a 36-year-old mother of three from Cambodia! Sok was recently diagnosed with a pterygium—a benign growth of the conjunctiva that appears as a fleshy, white mass on the eye and can lead to impaired vision and discomfort. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), reports, “Sok has burning sensations and itching that make her tear up all the time, and she gets weird looks because of the way her eye looks.” Sok normally sells food in front of the local garment factory, but her pterygium has made it increasingly difficult for Sok to perform her job effectively. Outside of work, Sok enjoys watching Thai dramas. With $150 in funding, Sok will receive surgery to remove the pterygium in her eye, allowing for pain-free vision. $150 will also provide pre-surgery consultations and cover post-operative recovery needs. CSC adds, “After surgery Sok would like to go back to selling food, look normal and have no more discomfort.” Let’s help make this surgery possible for this young, motivated mother!
“Two years ago, Paw May began to feel pain in her abdomen,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). The pain was initially treated with medicine, but returned two months ago. After traveling to Thailand to find healthcare, 50-year-old Paw May was found to have kidney stones. Kidney stones form when a change occurs in the normal balance of salts and minerals found in the urine. When these stones attempt to pass through the body, they can cause a great deal of pain, fever and chills. BBP explains, “Paw May is no longer able to carry on with her daily household work.” As a mother to three children—two of whom are still in high school—Paw May works hard to take care of her family. According to BBP, “Her son and husband both cultivate rice and grow vegetables to eat. Paw May and her family live hand-to-mouth and are very self-sufficient.” Though this self-sufficient lifestyle supports the family most of the time, Paw May and her husband often have to borrow money and are looking for Watsi support to help out with treatment. $1,500 will fund the treatment Paw May needs to treat her condition. She will undergo a surgical procedure to remove her kidney stones, and receive transportation to and from the hospital. The funding also covers post-operative care and medication. With this treatment, Paw May will no longer run the risk of infection and increased discomfort, as surgical intervention will impede the growth of the kidney stones and prevent future problems. BBP tells us, “After surgery Paw May will be able to return home, where she will be able to return to her domestic chores and help her children.”
Meet Yin, a 34-year-old mother of three from Burma. Yin is married with one son and two daughters. “She works as a market vendor selling fruits and vegetables, and her husband is a rickshaw driver. They have never been able to save money, because it is very expensive to send their three children to school,” reports our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “Despite the financial barrier, Yin insists on making sure her children are educated, because she was only able to attend school until grade 3 and wants more for them.” Yin was born with congenital heart disease, a defect in the heart’s structure that results in loss of normal function, and eventually heart failure. “Yin first learned of her condition when she was 17, but never sought treatment because she knew she could not afford it,” continues BBP. “Yin’s condition causes her to experience weight loss, dizziness, severe heart palpitations, fatigue and chest pains. She finds she needs to rest for longer and longer periods after physical activity, and the financial burden of disease is causing her stress.” “In August 2014, her symptoms became so severe that she took a loan of 500 USD from a money lender and went to see a doctor who told her she would need surgery,” explains BBP. “Yin has been unable to work for the past year and worries about how she will pay back her loans.” For $1500, Yin can receive a complex cardiac surgery that will correct the congenital heart defect and fully resolve her current symptoms. This cost covers the procedure, hospitalization (x-rays, medication, laboratory testing, meals), transport, and pre and post-surgery outpatient visits. Yin remains positive and looks forward to a bright future. “Yin plans to go back into business after treatment and sell goods in many different markets,” says BBP. “Her dream is to one day run her own company. She believes that treatment will allow her to be a better wife and mother.”
“It has been a trying time for me, but now I have hope that my son will be well and grow to be normal like every other child,” Simon’s mother says. This is Simon, a two-year-old boy from Kenya. Simon has no father or siblings. His mother works in a hair salon and lives with her mother, who helps take care of Simon. Simon was diagnosed with hypospadias. “Simon does not pass urine normally because the opening of the urethra is on the underside of his penis instead of the tip,” his doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation explains. “If the surgery is not done, Simon will be at risk of urinary tract infections, and he may not be able to have his own children when he grows up.” “Simon's mother has taken him to different hospitals with hopes of getting him treated despite not having the money needed,” AMHF continues. “Simon's mother is not in a position to raise the amount required for surgical care. She held on to hope that one day someone will hear her plight and support her son's care.” With $655, we can help Simon receive the hypospadias repair surgery he needs. AMHF explains that after treatment, "Simon will be able to pass urine normally and the risk of urinary tract infections will be reduced."
“We are very grateful to the cardiac team and everyone who is helping Marchelie become well,” Marchelie’s parents tell us. Meet Marchelie, a one-year-old baby girl from Haiti. “Marchelie was born with a cardiac condition: patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole between two parts of the heart that normally exist in a fetus but closes naturally at birth remains open,” explains our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “As a result, blood flows through this hole without first obtaining oxygen from the lungs. Marchelie is very sickly and underweight because of this condition.” Marchelie is the first-born to her mother and father and was born prematurely. Due to her condition, Marchelie “has spent most of her life in and out of hospitals and her parents have been extremely devoted to her care,” HCA continues. “They are excited to see her become healthy and happy.” $1,500 will fund the surgery to repair the defect in Marchelie’s heart. “Following closure of the defect, blood should flow normally through Marchelie’s heart and she should be restored to health,” HCA adds.
Meet Anthony, a three-day-old baby boy from Kenya! He is the fifth child in his immediate family, and his parents are farmers. Anthony was born with spina bifida, meaning he has a cystic mass on his lower back. He needs surgery immediately, or risks getting an infection or developing conditions that could pose serious health risks later in life. Anthony’s parents don’t earn very much, and cannot afford the $805 needed for Anthony’s surgery to close the mass on his back. "It's been a struggle over the last three days for my family, and I hope that my son will find treatment. We don’t have resources, but I hope that we’ll get support," Anthony's mother says. Let’s fund Anthony's treatment and give this little baby a chance to grow into a healthy child!
“Teav feels useless because she can't see much and can't go to work at the farm, do housework or go anywhere by herself,” explains the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), our medical partner in Cambodia. The CSC continues, “Teav requires the assistance of her daughter, so she puts a burden on her.” Teav has been diagnosed with mature cataracts in both eyes, a condition which greatly impedes her vision. Teav is a 70-year-old woman in Cambodia with five daughters and five grandchildren. The CSC shares more about Teav, “She likes to have her neighbors over in the afternoons to talk. After surgery, she looks forward to taking care of her grandchildren and being able to go visit her neighbors.” For $150, we can fund a procedure to remove the cataract in Teav’s left eye. The CSC expects that this “will give the patient clear vision in her left eye.” Together, we can help Teav to reclaim both vision and independence.