Matthieu joined Watsi on June 18th, 2015. Seven years ago, Matthieu joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Matthieu's most recent donation supported Wislande, a street merchant from Haiti, to fund a mastectomy procedure.
Matthieu has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 11 countries.
Matthieu has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 11 countries.
Wislande is a 48-year-old woman from Haiti. Wislande has five children. Her family lives in Port-au-Prince. Wislande used to work as a street merchant before she became ill. Wislande enjoys attending church and participating in the activities with her church. At our medical partner's care center, Wislande was diagnosed with breast cancer. She will have to undergo a double mastectomy, since the cancer has now spread to her right breast. As a result of her illness, Wislande cannot wash her clothes or clean the house. She also cannot work and support herself. Fortunately, in May 2017, Wislande started chemotherapy. After four sessions of chemotherapy, Wislande will undergo a double mastectomy on August 26. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to cover Wislande's procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including labs, medication, physician and nurse time, radiology, supplies, and travel expenses.
Yo Sue is a 24-year-old man who lives in a village in Burma. He lives with his mother, older brother, and cousin. The family farms and sells pigs and chickens. Yo Sue used to work as a security guard in Bangkok. However, he left his position when he started to experience vision problems. Yo Sue lost vision in his right eye when he was 14 years old. A cataract was diagnosed and surgically treated. The cataract replacement procedure was not successful, and he never recovered vision in his right eye. Recently, he began to experience vision problems with the left eye, causing him great concern. One day, Yo Sue was riding his motorbike and the bright sunlight made it difficult for him to see. When he arrived home and took off his helmet, his vision was blurred. Yo Sue visited his local clinic and was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further evaluation. His symptoms were blurred vision and lack of visual acuity. He was diagnosed with retinal detachment. The retina of his eye has separated from the layer underneath, allowing fluid to leak out of the eye behind the retina. Yo Sue's doctors recommended he have a vitrectomy to salvage his vision. Surgeons will clear the inner jelly, remove scar tissue, inject dense liquids to smooth the retina, and inject a gas or silicone oil to secure the retina in place as it heals. The procedure, supplies, medication, and three days of inpatient care costs $1,500. His procedure has been scheduled for February 27. Yo Sue will use eye drops for several weeks following surgery to help the recovery. Barring any complications in the procedure, he will have his vision restored. "I hope to restore my vision so that I can help my mother, brother, and cousin with the needs of the family," shares Yo Sue.
Tin is a 37-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her family and works as a schoolteacher. Two years ago, Tin started to experience difficulty breathing when walking up the stairs to get to her classroom. She could feel her heart beating fast and often experienced shortness of breath when performing regular daily activities. Tin later visited a local clinic, where doctors explained that she has a large hole in her heart. Over time, the medications that she received stopped working. Tin visited several other clinics and spent a lot of money to treat her condition, however her symptoms failed to improve. Finally, Tin was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further treatment. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of an atrial septal defect closure that will close the hole in Tin's heart. The treatment is scheduled to take place on July 15, and, once completed, will hopefully allow Tin to live much more comfortably. "Currently I am still suffering from the same symptoms, but I cannot take too much time off work, otherwise my salary will be cut," says Tin. "Once I recover, I hope to return to teaching private lessons to my students."
Claudia is a friendly two-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and siblings. Her mother takes care of the household, and her father supports their family as an agricultural day laborer. Claudia has been diagnosed with malnutrition. Her mother is unable to produce breastmilk, a condition known as lactational failure. To stabilize her condition, Claudia was given a preliminary supply of formula, but will need more to grow healthily. Beginning on March 23, Claudia will receive nutritional supplements at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Miller. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,162 to cover the cost of Claudia's nutritional supplements. Funds will also go towards an educational program that will teach Claudia's mother how to create a nutrient-rich diet for her using limited resources. “I want my daughter to grow healthy and be big so that she will be able to study and graduate," says Claudia's mother.
Mary is a woman who lives in Kenya and works at a string bean packaging company in Nairobi. She loves her three children very much. Her eldest daughter is married, while her son is in university. Mary found a lump in her right breast in August of 2016. She underwent a biopsy and x-rays in several hospitals. However, she could not get a clear diagnosis for her condition. Unfortunately, she was finally diagnosed with breast cancer. Surgeons have recommended a mastectomy for Mary. However, she cannot afford this procedure. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to pay for the mastectomy she will undergo on April 3. Mary says, “I want to be well to continue providing for my children."
Ny is a 43-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have three sons and a daughter. In his spare time, Ny likes to fish and plant vegetables around his home. In January, Ny sustained an injury to his left hand, damaging his ulnar nerve. The injury continues to cause Ny pain and interfere with his ability to work. With his symptoms unresolved after an initial treatment, Ny traveled with his wife to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On February 22, surgeons there will perform a nerve and tendon repair procedure to allow him to use his hand again. CSC is requesting $450 to fund this treatment.
“I would love to see Jeff grow up to be a healthy man, capable of starting his own family,” shares the mother of Jeff, an 11-year-old Kenyan boy. Last year, Jeff’s mother noticed that one of his testes seemed to be absent from his scrotum. At the hospital, a scan revealed that his right testicle has not descended from his abdomen. Though this is not an uncommon occurrence among many infant boys, the testicles should drop by the age of nine months. Without further medical attention, Jeff’s condition could lead to dangerous complications, ranging from infection and infertility to testicular cancer. However, Jeff’s family is not able to pay for his treatment. Last year, his parents separated, leaving him and his brother under the sole support of their mother. Her salary from part-time salon work is not enough to meet anything beyond the daily needs of the boys. The family’s financial difficulty was made more intense when Jeff’s brother, Moen, had to undergo surgery this year for the same condition that Jeff has. But we can help. $459 will sponsor the procedure that Jeff will undergo on April 11—a surgical release of his testicle into the scrotal sac. This sum will also cover the necessary lab tests and four-day hospital stay. Let’s make sure that Jeff and his mother can rest easy knowing that he is safe from both short- and long-term complications.
Kar Aung is a one-year-old boy from Burma. One of six siblings, he lives with his mother, father, and older brother on a relative’s farm. His mother hopes that he will become a medic when he grows up. Hours after Kar Aung was born in September 2015, his mother noticed an abnormal growth on his nose. A few days later, she took him to a private clinic, where the doctors diagnosed Kar Aung with nasofrontal encephalocele. This neural tube defect, resulting from a failure of the neural tube to fully close during fetal development, causes protrusions of the brain through openings in the skull. Kar Aung and his mother returned to the clinic four times, at great financial cost. Each time, they received medication, but his symptoms never improved. Finally, Kar Aung’s father contacted our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). In March of 2016, six-month-old Kar Aung and his parents made the long, expensive journey to MTC. Upon examination, Kar Aung was diagnosed with tuberculosis and nasofrontal encephalocele. “I worried that my son will not be cured, as I have never seen kids like this in my village,” Kar Aung’s mother says. “I will always love him." Fortunately, Kar Aung is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 13. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to cover medications, surgery, transportation, and two weeks of hospital stay. When Kar Aung is fully recovered, he should be pain-free and able to see clearly.
Stephen is a playful, active preschooler from central Kenya. He lives with his mother, a hair stylist, in a two-room house. Three years ago, Stephen's father was working at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, and brought his son in for a check-up. Stephen was diagnosed with a right undescended testicle. His parents decided to wait until he was a bit older to take him in for surgery. If left untreated, Stephen is at risk of fertility problems, testicular cancer, and inguinal hernia. “I think life has been very unfair to me," Stephen's mother says. "But meeting someone who displays love and willingness to help has really lifted my spirits. May God bless you.” Stephen is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $535 to cover the cost of the operation.
Samuel is 31 years old and a father of three children. He and his family live in Kenya. To make ends meet, Samuel operates a small butchery, while his wife is a casual laborer. Samuel's skull was injured on January 5. He was rushed to a private hospital for medical intervention. Since the incident, Samuel has not been able to speak, and he experiences headaches and pain. His doctors have recommended a craniotomy, a surgery which will repair the injured side of his skull. Samuel is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 11. Samuel's operation has already been subsidized by $364. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $1,495 more to fund his hospital stay and surgery. “I want my brother to be well for his children and wife," Samuel's brother says. "He is their only source of livelihood.”
Joshuah is a motorcycle taxi driver from Kenya. He is a driven young man who has just completed his secondary education and is trying to save up some money for college. Early last month, Joshuah got into an accident. While driving his motorcycle, he collided with a truck. This resulted in a head and jaw injury. He was immediately rushed to the nearest local hospital for first aid, and he was later referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Joshua is slowly recovering, but his jaw is still swollen. He has difficulty talking and chewing. If not treated, he may experience malnutrition or develop an infection. To repair the fracture on his jaw, he is scheduled for surgery on January 17. Joshua is the first-born in a family of four children. His father is a construction worker, while his mother takes care of the household. His family cannot afford his surgical care. Our medical partner, AMHF, is requesting $640 to fund this surgery. Joshua’s father says, “I would like my son to be independent as he was before. It pains me to see him in pain and not eating well. I will appreciate any help towards his treatment."
Bulemu is a 67-year-old woman and mother of eight. She grows and sells food to provide for her three youngest children, who still live at home. She cares deeply for her children’s education and works hard to pay for their schooling. In July of 2016, Bulemu began to feel discomfort in a sensitive area, which worsened over time. She began to experience abdominal pain and lose her appetite. “I feel strange, and I am not comfortable going in public places,” she says. After visiting a local health center, she was referred to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, for diagnosis and treatment. Upon admittance, Bulemu was diagnosed with an abnormal uterine condition. Bulemu is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on December 15. Our medical partner is requesting $287 to cover the cost of medication, surgical supplies, and five nights of hospital stay. After surgery, Bulemu hopes to continue working hard to support her children’s education.