Jordan joined Watsi on June 11th, 2015. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jordan's most recent donation supported Gilbert, a six-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Jordan has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 11 countries.
Jordan has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 11 countries.
Gilbert is the third-born in a family of five children. The family hails from the Rift Valley of Kenya. Gilbert's mother is a stay-at-home mother, while his father is a subsistence farmer and casual laborer on neighboring farms. In January, Gilbert injured his left elbow while playing with friends at school. Due to lack of money, he was not taken to the hospital. His hand has worsened since the accident. He cannot fold his hand up or lift anything, and thus he needs to undergo surgery. He will receive treatment on August 14. Now, his family needs help raising $1,165 for surgery. “I am appealing to people of good will to help me for I cannot afford to pay the bill," says Gilbert's mother. "My son has been living in pain since he fell in January and I am troubled by his condition as he grows. I kindly appeal for your help."
Diego is a six-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He is his parents' second child. Diego's mother takes care of the family's household, and his father works as a tailor. Diego was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. On June 9, Diego will begin growth monitoring at Clinic Panajachel, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to cover the cost of Diego's micronutrients and food supplementation. Funds will also go towards an educational program that will teach Diego's mother how to create nutrient-rich diets for him using limited resources. Diego's parents are very grateful for all the donors' support!
Bal is a 35-year-old man from Nepal. He lives with his wife and three children. He works as a farmer to support his family, while his wife takes care of the household. Bal has lived with a hydrocele, a condition causing swelling in a sensitive area, for two years now. The swelling has recently increased in size, and it now causes him pain and difficulty walking and working. On March 23, surgeons will perform a hydrocele repair surgery to alleviate the swelling and discomfort. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $380 to fund this procedure.
Meet Julia, a stay-at-home mother of nine children from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After the birth of her ninth child, Julia noticed that a large mass had developed in her left breast and formed a ball under her armpit. Julia experienced extreme pain, resulting in loss of sleep and limited function of her left arm. After a consultation at a local hospital, Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Julia was referred to our medical partner's care center, St. Luc Family Hospital, where she received four sessions of chemotherapy. On February 15, Julia will undergo a mastectomy to remove all the breast tissue and cancerous cells. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is asking for $1,085 to fund Julia's surgery. Julia says that her husband is her biggest supporter and that their family encourages her to keep fighting.
Katalibabu is a 36-year-old man from Uganda. He is married and has two children. Katalibabu is a trader, and he owns a small retail shop for soap, sugar, salt, rice, and other small items Three years ago, Katalibabu developed a small swelling in his left groin. As the swelling increased in size and grew painful, he started taking painkillers to reduce the pain. Katalibabu reports losing his appetite and experiencing intense pain. At the suggestion of a friend, Katalibabu visited our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Without treatment, Katalibabu may experience intestinal blockage or damage. Fortunately, on March 8, Katalibabu will undergo a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund the procedure. After surgery, Katalibabu hopes to continue working in his shop. He says, ”I have pain. I will be very glad if I am assisted to have surgery.”
Cristina is a 22-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. Her mother takes care of her, while her father works as a shop attendant. Cristina and her mother love to play with her stuffed animals. Cristina has been battling malnutrition from birth. She has very little energy, and she is often sick because her immune system is weak. If left untreated, her malnutrition can have long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Cristina was admitted to a recuperation center for severely malnourished children last year. Since then, she has gained a little weight, but she is once again having difficulty growing. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), will provide growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation to help Cristina recover. WK will begin Cristina's nutritional plan on April 10 and is asking for $837 to fund the plan. Cristina is expected to gain weight and grow taller. In addition, her immune system will become stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Cristina's mother shares, "I want my daughter to gain weight and be a healthy and happy girl."
Jovia is an 80-year-old woman from southwestern Uganda. She is a widow who has seven children and currently lives with four grandchildren. A former church minister, Jovia is now a small farmer who grows food for her family's consumption. She grows plantains, beans, cabbages, maize, cassava, potatoes, and other crops. When she is not farming, Jovia enjoys listening to the Sunday programs on the radio after church. She also enjoys listening to her grandchildren play at home and share their school experiences. She is an elder in her community, so many young women come to her for advice about family life and community issues. Jovia has had a lump in her left breast for approximately four years. It has been growing and causing her increasing pain. Her doctor has advised that it be removed. On March 17, Jovia will have a surgery at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, to excise the mass from her left breast. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $196. This will pay for Jovia's surgery, medications, and three nights in the hospital. Jovia is looking forward to going back home after her mass has been removed and continuing work on her farm. “Thank you to the donors for this help,” says Jovia.
Thirdy is a small two-year old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents in a house made of bamboo. Thirdy has thin arms and legs and a bloated belly. Thirdy has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Thirdy will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. His mother says, "I want him to recover from malnutrition and finish his studies."
Lazaro is a one-month-old boy. He is the second child in his family. The family lives in Tanzania, where his parents raise livestock. When he was born, his mother noticed that his feet were turned inwards. His family took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed him with congenital talipes equinovarus, more commonly known as bilateral clubfoot. Clubfoot is a musculoskeletal malformation present from birth, in which one or both feet bend inward due to shortened tendons. If left untreated, this condition will make walking quite difficult for Lazaro throughout his life. Fortunately, Lazaro will undergo corrective surgery on January 17. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1160 to fund Lazaro's care. "I hope that my child will be treated and then be able to straighten his legs," says Lazaro's mother.
Asiimwe is a 16-year-old young woman from Uganda. In her free time, she enjoys listening to gospel music and visiting her friends. Asiimwe visited our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, when she was pregnant with her first child. Her doctors considered her pregnancy high-risk, so they recommended that she undergo a C-section delivery. On December 5, Asiimwe checked into the hospital to await delivery. $241 covers all of Asiimwe's medical expenses, including four antenatal visits, three nights in the hospital, and one postpartum visit. Asiimwe and Victor are subsistence farmers who grow potatoes, cassava, millet, beans, and maize. They are co-paying $8 to help cover the costs. Asiimwe is looking forward to nursing and caring for her baby. She hopes to continue farming to support her child’s needs and education. “May God bless the donors who are supporting my safe delivery," shares Asiimwe. "I am looking forward to going back home with a healthy baby.”
Torn is a 49-year-old rice farmer with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. He likes to watch the news, music videos, and concerts on TV. One year ago, Torn developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and irritation. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere by himself. When Torn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 7, doctors performed a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Torn will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope that I can see everything more clearly," he says, "so that I can continue my work as a farmer and drive my motorbike easily. I want to be able to go anywhere by myself."
Kaw We is a 19-year-old Buddhist monk from a village in Burma. Kaw We currently lives and studies at the monastery in his village. His parents grow rice, and they pay rent for the land with half of their harvest. Kaw We is the youngest sibling in the family and has three older brothers and three older sisters. Kaw We has experienced uncomfortable urinary symptoms since he was a toddler. For most of his life, he relied on traditional medicine, which helped to alleviate the symptoms temporarily. Kaw We's family did not seek treatment at a hospital, assuming his condition was merely an annoyance and hoping to avoid the cost of modern medicine. With help from traditional medicine, Kaw We began to work on the family paddy field. Recently, however, Kaw We's symptoms worsened. He developed a fever, his face swelled, and he felt sharp pain in his abdomen. Traditional medicine no longer helped. Kaw We’s family learned from fellow villagers about our medical partner's clinic in Thailand. They decided to cross the border, traveling three hours to seek care for Kaw We’s condition. The family arrived on September 12, 2016. After several tests, Kaw We was diagnosed with a bladder stone. On October 31, 2016, doctors at our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital, performed a cystolithotomy surgery to remove the stone. Now, Kaw We's family needs help to pay for this life-changing procedure. “I would like to continue to be a monk," says Kaw We. "I am now more worried about my current condition, and my only hope is that it can be fully cured."