Alan joined Watsi on February 3rd, 2017. 21 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Alan's most recent donation supported Anita, a woman from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Alan has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 6 countries.
Alan has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 6 countries.
Anita is a mother from Kenya. She has four children and works as a farmer. One week ago, Anita injured her right leg. She is unable to walk or stand using her right leg because of the broken bone. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 3, Anita will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Anita says, “My prayer is to get healed so that I can provide for my children. I am a hardworking woman. I do everything to save my family from poverty.”
Gerald is a student from Kenya. He just finished eighth grade. Gerald was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Gerald is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $676 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.
Rafael is an infant from Kenya. He is the youngest of four children. The family lives in a one-room rental house in the Nyanza region of Kenya. Rafael was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Rafael is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Rafael's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 29. This procedure will hopefully spare Rafael from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “Our entire family was shocked to learn of this condition but we are all praying for God’s will to happen in Rafael’s life,” shares Rafael’s mother.
Ruth is a jovial young girl. She the fifth in her family of six children. Her parents are casual laborers. They live in their ancestral land, with only a small space to practice subsistence farming. Ruth does not speak and perceives only very loud sounds. At our medical partner's care center, she was diagnosed with hearing loss. Ruth requires hearing aids that will allow her perceive sound with better clarity. Ruth is scheduled to receive the aids on September 6, and her family needs help raising $929. Ruth’s mother says, “My wish is to have my daughter fitted with the hearing aids and lead a normal life."
Emmanuel is a baby from Kenya. He was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Emmanuel is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Emmanuel's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 24. This procedure will hopefully spare Emmanuel from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “I am truly happy that we may get help for Emmanuel’s treatment,” says Emmanuel’s guardian.
San is a mother of four children from Thailand. She is a housewife and looks after her children, while her husband works as an agriculture day laborer. San has been diagnosed with a muskuloskeletal genetic disorder. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, San's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, San is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on August 2. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.
Irene is a 12-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the second in a family of five children. Her mother looks after the children, and her father is a farmer. Irene has a condition known as bilateral cavovarus deformity. This means her muscles are out of balance and her heels slant inward. She has difficulty walking. Fortunately, Irene visited our medical partner's care center. She is scheduled to undergo a surgery called a calcaneal osteotomy to correct the foot deformity. Surgery is scheduled for June 25 and will cost $1,165. Her mother says, “I am appealing to Watsi to help my daughter undergo surgery. My joy would be to see her walk to school and proceed with her studies.”
Nwet (BB) is a five-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. He is a smiling boy. Nwet (BB) was recently diagnosed with hydrocehpalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Nwet (BB), which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 22, and, once completed, will greatly improve Nwet (BB)'s quality of life. His mother says, "I love to see my son's smile and want him to recover and grow up happily."
Lewis is a student from Kenya. He is the second child in the family. His father is a cobbler, while his mother is a vendor in town. Lewis 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. Fortunately, Lewis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Lewis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Lewis will be free from pain. “I will be happy to see my son walking," says his father.
Ayisha is a baby from Haiti. She lives with her mother and grandmother in Port-au-Prince. She is a happy, outgoing baby who enjoys playing with her relatives and neighbors. Ayisha has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. Ayisha will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On April 4, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a catheter to insert a device into the hole, blocking it and preventing blood from leaking through it. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $14,000 to pay for surgery. Ayisha's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Ayisha's family overseas. Her mother says, "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping my daughter to become healthy!"
Wadson is a student from Haiti. He lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger sister. He is taking the year off of university because of his illness, but hopes to continue studying to become an engineer. Wadson has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart does not function properly because it was severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered several years ago. As a result, his heart cannot adequately circulate blood through his body, and he is weak and in heart failure. Wadson will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 27, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair his valve so that it opens and closes more normally. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery. Wadson's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Wadson's family overseas. He says, "I am very excited to regain my health so that I can continue my studies later this year."
Savoeun is a 39-year-old seller of small goods from Cambodia. She is married with three children and likes to watch TV. Savoeun has a ten-year history of hip pain, which is gradually worsening and now severe. She is limited to walking with a zimmer frame just a few steps at a time, making it difficult to look after young children. Fortunately, Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Savoeun of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 9, and Savoeun needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I hope to walk better after my operation."