Sahil joined Watsi on November 18th, 2017. Four months ago, Sahil became the 3213th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 398 more people have become monthly donors! Sahil's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Saitabau, a teenager from Tanzania, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Sahil has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Saitabau is a boy from Tanzania. He loves school and playing football with his friends. Saitabu is the third born in a family of six children. Saitabau was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His legs bow 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 cannot walk to school and had to drop out. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Saitabau. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 16. Treatment will hopefully restore Saitabau's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Saitabau’s father says, “My son has been through trying times, it is by God’s grace that he has been able to withstand. I am grateful for the treatment that he is going to receive and I pray that God rewards everyone who has made this possible for my son. Thank you a lot.”
Zar is an 18-year-old from Thailand. He lives with his family in Mae La refugee camp. He likes to play football and cane ball in his free time. Four months ago, Zar began to experience blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for him to see clearly. Zar was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely. Zar is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina on January 22. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. After his surgery, Zar's vision will hopefully be restored, and he will resume his daily activities comfortably.
Hassan is three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He loves playing with his friends. Hassan’s mother is a subsistence farmer. Hassan has 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. He can only crawl, and it hurts to stand. Fortunately, Hassan traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Hassan's clubfoot repair. After treatment, He will be able to walk normally. Hassan’s mother says, “I am so glad that my son will get a second chance at treatment. I had lost all hope. Thank you for helping my son get this treatment.”
Shay is a six-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four siblings. His parents are farmers. Shay was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, 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 Shay, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 20, and, once completed, will greatly improve Shay's quality of life. Shay's mother says, “I am unable to sleep because I have to take care of him and carry him day and night. I worry if he will get well.”