Will Jennings
Will's Story

Will joined Watsi on April 24th, 2013. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Will's most recent donation traveled 6,800 miles to support Charlin, a toddler from Philippines, to fund malnutrition treatment.

Impact

Will has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 12 countries.

All patients funded by Will

Aye Than is a 45-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her mother and siblings in a village close to the Thai-Burma border. At the age of 40, Aye Than started experiencing frequent headaches and a stiff neck. For five years, she treated her symptoms with medication from a local pharmacy. Recently, Aye Than was picking up a bucket of rainwater when she started to feel dizzy and could no longer stand. She sat down to rest, but she found she could no longer open her left eye. After several visits to different hospitals, she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Through BCMF, Aye Than was transferred to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. She underwent several diagnostic tests, including two CT scans––[one](https://watsi.org/profile/17128140c65d-aye-than) of which was funded by Watsi donors. The results of her tests showed an arteriovenous malformation with a proximal flow-related aneurysm and a fistula. In simpler terms, there was an aneurysm in Aye Than's brain. With this finding, her doctor performed an embolisation procedure on December 14. During this procedure, blood vessels were selectively blocked to treat her condition. Now, BCMF is requesting $1,500 in funding. “I am looking forward to getting better, so I can continue to work with my mother and resume my Buddhist practices: meditation, going to the monastery on full moon days, and maintaining the alter in my home," says Aye Than. She continues, "Without the donors, there was no chance for me to be treated properly. Thank you very much for your help."

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Less than one month old, Sabbath is the youngest of five children in his family in Kenya. He was born with spina bifida, a birth defect in which several vertebrae in the lower back do not close properly, leaving his spinal canal exposed. Sabbath has a swollen mass on his lower back. The mass—which contains a portion of his spinal cord that protrudes through the opening in his backbone—is open and leaking cerebrospinal fluid. If untreated, Sabbath is at risk of infection. In addition, he may develop a tethered cord if the exposed spinal cord attaches to other tissues in the lower back. A tethered cord can cause curvature of his spine as he grows. Sabbath’s parents were advised to seek specialized treatment for Sabbath when he was born, but they cannot afford Sabbath’s surgical care. His mother stays at home, and his father is a fisherman who earns just enough to sustain the basic needs of the family. Treatment for Sabbath is spina bifida closure surgery. Doctors will place the spinal cord and nerves back inside the backbone and cover them with membranes before closing the opening on Sabbath's back. $805 pays for Sabbath's surgery. Funding also covers the costs of a five-day hospital stay, three days of physical therapy, imaging, lab work, and medicine. A well-wisher offered to pay for the family's transportation to BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital for the surgery. Sabbath's mother looks forward to a successful surgery for her son. “I had to hide [him] from people in my village as they all wanted to see the swelling," she shares. "I am glad to have [come] to a place [where] he can be treated, and I am longing to see him well.”

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“Ivan was born on April 14, 2016 and he is the first child to his parents,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “Ivan was born with multiple deformities: clubfoot, a lesion on his lower back, as well as water in his head. He is at risk of easily contracting infections through the lesion, and too much intracranial pressure will cause him to lose his ability to see if not treated." “Other than the anomalies he has, Ivan is doing well. His parents were expecting a healthy baby, but now that their baby is born with multiple deformities they want him to get the right treatment. Ivan’s mother is a homemaker and his father is a small scale farmer. Ivan’s father is the first born to his parents and the one whom his parents and siblings are looking up to for support. Apart from supporting his parents, he is also paying for two of his siblings to go to school. With so many responsibilities, the little that he earns is not enough to cover the cost of surgery which his son badly needs." Ivan needs surgery to close the defect in his spinal canal, and drain the excess fluid in his head. This procedure will cost $1,200. "Successful treatment will save Ivan’s eyesight and with long term physical exercises, Ivan will be able to walk." “Education is all that I can give to my son for him to live a better and independent life when he grows up. All I hope is for him to get well and everything else will follow,” shares Ivan’s father.

$1,200raised
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