Charles joined Watsi on December 28th, 2014. 44 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Charles' most recent donation supported Anny Sanic, a girl from Guatemala, to fund eye surgery.
Charles has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 9 countries.
Charles has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 9 countries.
Anny Sanic is a very enthusiastic and fun four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mom and dad and loves to play with her dolls. She also loves to eat lots of bread and sing songs. Anny Sanic needs pterygium correction surgery. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation. Depending on how large the growth is, it can cause vision loss. Anny Sanic needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. She will receive further evaluation from an eye specialist, surgery to remove the pterygium, post-op follow-up treatment, as well as accompaniment and transportation throughout the treatment process. Pterygium surgery is safe, effective, and will positively impact Anny Sanic's life for years to come. The total cost of her procedure, scheduled for October 18, is $1,487.
Marc is a teenager from Haiti. Marc lives in Port-au-Prince with his father, who is a plumber, and his mother, who works in a bakery. He enjoys going to school and listening to soccer games on the radio. Marc has a condition called rheumatic heart disease, in which an infection severely damaged one of the valves of his heart, preventing it from adequately circulating blood to his body. This condition leads to fatigue and weakness and could eventually be fatal. Marc will fly to India to receive treatment. On September 21, he will undergo cardiac surgery. During surgery, his damaged valve will be removed and an artificial valve will be implanted in its place. Marc's family 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 his family overseas. Marc says, "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping to fix my heart problem and make me healthy."
Nareth is a teenager from Cambodia. He has two brothers and two sisters. He likes studying Khmer language and physiology. He wants to be a cook when he grows up. Two years ago, Nareth cut his hand on a piece of glass on accident. His hand is still numb, and he has no feeling in any of his fingers. He needs to undergo a nerve exploration and nerve graft procedure to regain function of his hand. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for August 7 at our medical partner's care center. Now, his family needs help raising $497 to fund the procedure.
Josphat is a man from Kenya. He is a father of three children and is married. His wife is a casual laborer. In 2015, Josphat fell from a ladder. He suffered a spinal injury that has restricted his movement and ability to work. He has been to several hospitals trying to get treatment. After an MRI, he was diagnosed with a spinal injury and needs surgery. Josphat was referred to our medical partner's care center, where he is scheduled to undergo a spinal fusion surgery on July 24. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure.
Aung is a 13-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, his 13-year-old sister, and 8-year-old brother in Myawaddy, Karen State. Since he was born, Aung has had an inguinal hernia. Aung’s hernia is gradually increasing in size. Fortunately, on June 12, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Aung's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “We would like our son to finish school and become an educated man,” says Aung’s father.
Chai is a 14-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family. Chai has poor vision, and he depends on his mother to look after him. He had to drop out of school because his vision is blurry. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Chai. On May 16, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Chai's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. “I would like to go back to school and one day become a primary school teacher,” said Chai.
Ruth is a baby from Tanzania. She is the first-born child to her parents, who got married a year ago. Ruth’s mother is a stay-at-home mother, while her father owns a small business. Ruth 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, Ruth 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 $966 to cover the cost of Ruth's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 11. This procedure will hopefully spare Ruth from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Ruth’s mother says, “Please help our daughter get better, I am worried for her she does not feed well and she cries a lot. Please help her.”
Mary is a milk vendor from Kenya. She is a mother of four. The family lives in their ancestral home in Kitale, Western Kenya. Mary has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Mary. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 26. After treatment, Mary will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Mary says, “I am confident that soon I will be treated and heal. I want to be there for my children."
Jean Marc is a teacher from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince, where he is a high school math teacher. Jean Marc has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of Jean Marc's heart was severely damaged as a result of a rheumatic fever he suffered as a teenager, and it can no longer adequately pump blood through his body, leading to heart failure. Jean Marc will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On February 19, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will remove the damaged valve and insert a mechanical replacement. University of Virginia is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. Jean Marc'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 Jean Marc's family overseas. He says, "I am so thankful to everyone for giving me this chance to recover my health!"
Myint is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her husband, son, and daughter in a village in Burma. Her son is in seventh grade, and her daughter is in third grade. Myint and her husband work as day laborers on a chili farm. Currently, however, Myint's health is preventing her from working. Myint first noticed symptoms when she was 16. She felt very tired and often had difficulty breathing. Myint could not afford to visit a clinic, so she relied on traditional medicines. By the time she was 20, Myint’s health condition had grown much worse. She visited a clinic, where a doctor examined her. She learned that she had a heart condition but did not receive any treatment. In October of 2017, Myint's abdomen swelled, and she felt very tired and had difficulty breathing. She traveled to Mandalay, where she underwent a blood test and an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with atrial septal defect. She learned she would need surgery, which was prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, Myint was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo a corrective heart surgery on January 22. She needs help raising $1,500 to pay for surgery. After treatment, Myint hopes to return to work to support her children.
Meshack is a quiet eight-year-old boy from Kenya. He is in the second grade. Two days ago, Meshack was chasing after goats when he slid and knocked his hand. He fractured his upper arm. He is in pain and unable to use his arm completely. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 11, Meshack will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him regain full function of his arm. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Meshack says, "I hope that God will take care of everything."
Michael is a casual laborer from Kenya. He is the second born in a family of three kids. Michael does odd jobs to earn a living. Three months ago, Michael slipped and fell, sustaining a closed fracture of the radius bone. He was taken to a nearby clinic, and a Plaster of Paris was applied. He visited our medical partner's care center, and an x-ray showed that his bones have not united correctly. Michael is in pain and cannot use his right hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 6, Michael will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This treatment will enable Michael use his hand again and eventually resume his odd jobs. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “My mum is the only one I have and she is not able to help, I hope to get help and have my hand working again,” says Michael.