Anthony joined Watsi on June 20th, 2013. Seven years ago, Anthony joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Anthony's most recent donation traveled 1,000 miles to support Raul, a 17-month-old toddler from Venezuela, to fund his club foot repair surgery.
Anthony has funded healthcare for 79 patients in 13 countries.
Anthony has funded healthcare for 79 patients in 13 countries.
Raul is a little soccer fan from Venezuela. He was born in Caracas and his family moved to Medellín last January seeking better opportunities. Raul 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. Regardless of his condition, he loves soccer, and even if it’s hard for him, he loves to play. He's also already has a creative mind and loves playing with legos. Raul is very cheerful and social, and loves watching other kids playing around him. Fortunately, Raul's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel where they can offer life-changing treatment. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 5th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,422 to fund Raul's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily, run and chase after balls, and even play soccer. His mother told us: “I just hope that my son can walk easier, and be a normal child. I hope you can operate for him and see if finally some day we can take him to a soccer academy without any limitations.”
Channa is a 34-year-old construction worker who, together with his wife, has one son and two daughters. His first daughter is now is school, while the other two are still pre-school aged. He likes to take his daughter to school and play with his kids outside, but recently his condition has worsened and he has not been able to work or do these things. Since birth, Channa has had amniotic band syndrome in his foot. This is a condition that occurs during fetal development, when a section of the amniotic sac wraps around parts of the body, causing constriction. For Channa, this condition has caused a malformed foot, similar to clubfoot. He never received any medical attention for this condition and occasionally experiences pain and swelling. Recently, the pain and swelling has increased to the point that he can no longer walk or work. Channa visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where doctors will perform a contracture release procedure to allow his foot to heal. Once he has recovered, he will no longer experience pain or swelling and he will be able to walk more easily than before. The procedure is scheduled for May 14th, and now Channa needs help to fund this $454 procedure. Channa shared, "when I am better, I will return to work and work hard to support my family. I am excited to see my two youngest go to school, and I want to be able to walk them there."
Vutha is a 10-year-old student in the fourth grade. His father is a policeman, while is mother cares for him and his siblings. He has four siblings. At school, Vutha enjoys reading the most, but he also works hard at math. When not in class, he and his friends play soccer as much as they can. Vutha has strabismus in his right eye. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see clearly and study. It is also becoming more difficult for him to play sports with his friends. Vutha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 25th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Vutha needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure. Vutha said, "After surgery I want to see well like my friends. I think I will be even better at reading too when this surgery is done."
Pascalina is a 38-year-old mother of seven. She is a farmer and loves looking after her children, who are all in school. Pascalina was married, but her husband passed away in 2009, so she has been taking care of her family on her own ever since. Now, her brother occasionally provides financial support to her family for school fees and other basic needs. When she was 18 years old, Pascalina sustained a burn and was taken to a hospital nearby. Her wounds healed, but she developed a contracture on her right hand, which makes it hard for her to carry out her day-to-day duties normally. It has been difficult for her to look after her children with this contracture, and she has been relying on her left hand as a result. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Pascalina receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help restore mobility to her right hand. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Pascalina shared, "Please help me have this surgery because it will enable me to work and carry out my daily life activities with ease, especially taking care of my children.”
Paul is a manual laborer from Kenya who works at a sawmill in Nyahururu. In his job, they are given duties depending on the workload so he does not have a stable income. On a good day, Paul takes home $2.50. He is a married father of one and lives in a 2 room house in Subukia, built on his father’s land. His father passed on in 2019, and his mother is elderly and depends on her children for survival. Paul was involved in an accident on the 20th of November 2020, where he works at a sawmill. He was rolled over by a wheel that caused his injury. He sustained a large lateral injury spanning from 1cm proximal to the malleolus to 15cm proximal with a large section of exposed tendon and fibular bone. He also has dislodgement of his lateral fibula. He is in chronic pain and is not able to walk on his own. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Paul receive treatment. On January 19th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help heal his wound. His hope is to be able to walk again and no longer be in pain. Now, Paul needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Paul shared with us, “Looking at the work I do, I don’t have the financial strength to pay for the surgery. I am scared and the wound looks bad. Kindly help."
Diana is a baby from Tanzania. She is the firstborn to her young parents and her mother delivered her at home by the help of a midwife. Diana's parents are small-scale farmers of basic food crops like maize and vegetables. Diana was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Diana's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 4th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Diana's clubfoot treatment. After treatment, she will be able to walk well, run, and play when she grows up. Diana’s mother says, “Please help my firstborn child get this treatment, I had never seen a child born with clubfoot before, I was scared when I first saw her legs until I was assured that this can be treated.”
Chhoeun is a 44-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son and one daughter. He works in the rice field and enjoys playing on Facebook in his free time. Five months ago, Chhoeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to miss work because of the blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 20th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that my husband will be able to see things better and go back to rice farming with me again," Chhoeun's wife said.
Cheng has two sons, one daughter, and enjoys listening to the radio and watching television in his free time. In 2007, Cheng fell twenty meters from a palm tree, causing injuries to his spine and later resulting in a loss of sensation in his right foot. He was treated for his spinal issues at a local hospital, but now he is unable to walk without support and experiences swelling and discharge in his right foot. Attempts to reconstruct his foot have failed, and he no longer has the resources to seek alternative treatment options. Cheng is ready for surgery that will remove his lower leg. Amputating his lower leg will make sure that Cheng doesn't suffer anymore pain, and will intend to allow him to be fitted with a prosthetic leg in the future. "I hope that I will not have any more pain after my surgery, and that I will be able to walk again even without my foot," Cheng shared.
Yorn is a 42-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Yorn has been married for 17 years and together they have two sons and one daughter. Her husband is also a rice farmer. Yorn enjoys spending time with her children, watching TV, and cooking for the family. In November 2017, Yorn was in an accident and fell to the ground, sustaining a closed fracture of her left forearm. She received Khmer traditional medicine treatments as well as a surgery that were unsuccessful at treating her fracture. She still experiences swelling, pain, and limited range of motion of her left forearm. The radius and ulna forearm bones are still nonunion. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On September 24th, Yorn will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. A plate and a bone graft surgery will help her forearm fracture finally heal and allow her to use her arm easily again. Yorn says, "I hope after surgery I can use my arm with full function again and will not be in pain anymore. I have been unable to work for so long now and I am counting on this surgery to help me finally heal."
Emily is a small business woman from Kajiando County in Kenya. She is a widow with two children; one in primary school and the other in secondary school. Emily sells street food to be able to raise her children well and meet their family's daily needs. In 2012, Emily began to experience troubling symptoms, including loss of weight and she gets exhausted very quickly. She was diagnosed with a goitre, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Emily receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 7th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. “It has been years of waiting and worry. The goitre is now big and I am worried it will extend. I hope for help and successful treatment so that I can live a normal life again taking care of my children. I am their only hope,” said Emily.
Mao is a 43-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years and have five children together. His wife is a seasonal farm worker while Mao raises and sells chickens to supplement his income. He enjoys taking care of his chickens and teaches his sons about it in his free time. He also likes to go fishing and watch boxing matches on TV. In July 2020, Mao was working on his brother's house to fix the roof when he accidentally received a high voltage shock. This caused burns to both of his hands and feet. His burns are still painful and he cannot walk or use his hands. The burns on his right hand were too severe to treat and his hand had to be amputated. His left hand is treatable and shows good movement. When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a nerve graft and abdominal flap procedure to to help heal his left hand and allow him to use it again. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Mao said, "I hope that my left hand can be saved and that I can get back my strength. I can earn money to support my family with one hand, so everything will be ok."
En is an 11th grade student from Cambodia. He has two older sisters. He likes to play football and wants to be a policeman when he grows up. His favorite subjects in school include Khmer and English. He loves to eat all kinds of soup. Ten years ago, he felt itchiness in his left ear. He kept using a cotton bud to clean it but unintentionally pulled water inside in his ear, En had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, En experiences ear pain, discharge, and foul smell. He cannot communicate well with others, and he can no longer attend school. En traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 4th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my ear pain will stop. I want to go to school and become a policeman one day," En said.