Brooke joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. Three years ago, Brooke became the 2294th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,968 more people have become monthly donors! Brooke's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Jarred, a baby from Kenya, to fund brain surgery.
Brooke has funded healthcare for 58 patients in 12 countries.
Jarred is an infant from Kenya. He has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Jarred is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Jarred. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 12. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Jarred to grow up healthy. Jarred’s mother says, “My prayer is to have my son treated and grow upright with less medical issues."
Yeng is a mother of ten from Cambodia. She also has eighteen grandchildren and she enjoys watching Khmer television in her free time. Four months ago, Yeng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yeng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 9, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that when my surgery is complete, I will be able to return to my work on the rice farm and help take care of my grandchildren."
Lekeleni is a single mother of five from Malawi. She lives alone but enjoys going to church in her free time. She has four small grandchildren. Since June of last year, Lekeleni has been experiencing a swollen abdomen. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs on the ovaries. She needs to undergo an ovarian cystectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will excise the cysts. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to fund Lekeleni's surgery. On May 2, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She says, "I am really looking forward to being fine so that I can live well and continue working again."
Kay is a 63-year-old mother of three from Cambodia. She has six grandchildren, and enjoys watching television and going to the pagoda in her free time. Six months ago, Kay developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, headaches, irritation, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Kay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Kay needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 29. She says, "I hope that my surgery goes well so I am able to see clearly and be able to go wherever I want to on my own."
Patrick is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of two children. He is a playful boy and currently in kindergarten. Patrick was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His legs are bowed inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has difficulty walking and is in pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Patrick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 16. Treatment will hopefully restore Patrick's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Patrick’s mother says, “My son’s legs have been worsening as days go by please help treat my son.”
Charles is a farmer from Tanzania. He is the third born child in a family of seven children. He is a hardworking young man. Charles was involved in a fire accident when he was ten years old. He was treated, but after his wounds healed, the skin started contracting. The contractures were released but the wound is not healing well. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Charles receive treatment. On April 16, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help him use his hand more freely. Now, Charles needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Charles says, “Please help me get this surgery to help close up my wound.”
Nenglanget is a young girl from Tanzania. She is being raised by her mother and grandmother, who work as farmers. Nenglanget's lower leg was accidentally burned by a cooking fire. She was rushed to the hospital and had her wounds treated. Unfortunately, her wounds developed repeated infections. Now, she can no longer walk. Nenglanget needs to undergo an amputation surgery so that she will be able to use a prosthetic leg and have a chance to walk again. Surgery is scheduled for March 5 and will cost $1,035. Nenglanget’s grandmother says, “Please help my granddaughter she can no longer walk due her leg being deformed from the fire.”
George is a young man from Kenya. He works as a mason. A few days ago, George was hit by a speeding vehicle. He sustained fractures on his legs. He is not able to walk and experiences chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 15, George will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to walk and work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. “I have nobody to seek help from. Please help us if you can,” says George.
Sarum is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters and two grandkids. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. A month ago, Sarum developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, clouded lenses, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sarum learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On January 9, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I look forward to spending time with my grandchildren after surgery."
Kesiime is a woman from Uganda. She has one child. She works for the local government. For two years, Kesiime has experienced gynecological swelling and pain. This has affected her work performance. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. Kesiime needs to undergo a cystectomy to treat this condition. The procedure is scheduled for December 19 and will cost $220. Kesiime says, “I will be glad after having this condition removed and have good health so that I can continue serving others.”
Joel is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Joel has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Joel has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Joel will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Joel that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 19 and will drain the excess fluid from Joel's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Joel will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Joel’s mother says, “I’d like to see my son treated and grow as a normal child."
Ebenezer is a five-year old-boy from Tanzania. He is the second in a family of four children. He started nursery school this year. He loves that he has new friends and that he can draw, color, and play games. Ebenezer has been experiencing difficulty sleeping and swallowing. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Ebenezer, which is scheduled to take place on November 2. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Ebenezer of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. His mother says, “Please help me get my son this treatment. That will help him sleep soundly.”