Lauren joined Watsi on November 26th, 2013. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lauren's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Zedagim, from Ethiopia, .
Lauren has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 9 countries.
Lauren has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 9 countries.
Meet Zedagim. He is a five-year-old boy living with his family in a remote part of Ethiopia where they work as farmers. Zedagim thoroughly enjoys football! He loves playing the game, but with his condition, which makes it impossible for him to pass urine normally, he becomes embarrassed and has decided to stop playing. Zedagim has hypospadias. Even though Zedagim has had this condition for a while, his parent's have not had the means to help Zedagim with his condition. Zedagim's father hopes that he can get back to football, the game he loves so much. For $1,200, we can help Zedagim receive a hypospadias repair, which will allow him to pass urine normally. Let's help Zedagime overcome his condition and get back to the field!
Naangayok has a bone tumor on the left proximal part of his leg. It is a benign tumor, but if it goes untreated, he could potentially have to have his leg amputated. If the tumor were to become malignant, it could be fatal. Naangayok lives in Tanzania. He is the third of five children and lives with his parents. His father works as a herder and his mother is a housewife. His father supports their entire immediate family and other relatives as well, so there is not much disposable income to cover the cost of the treatment Naangayok needs. “I am worried that eventually I’ll lose my leg. I enjoy herding my father’s cattle and one day I wish to herd my own,” said Naangayok. For $1,000, we can help Naangayok receive a wide excision of the tumor and fibula, which will allow him to live a normal, healthy life!
Esther is a 27-year-old mother of two from Kenya. She takes care of her children and grows kale in her garden to supplement her husband's small income. Her daily routine is becoming impossible, though, because of large uterine fibroids that put her in a lot of pain. For only $885, we can ease that pain. Esther says she "longs to see her children grow up to be successful." With a total abdominal hysterectomy, Esther can return to focusing on her children and this dream.
Meet Leyvi, a young woman from Guatemala who came our our medical partner for a consultation on a rapidly growing mass in one of her breasts. "Leyvi is from a Kaqchikel Maya town where we have been working for a very long time," her doctor says. "She came to us through word of mouth. She had been to see several doctors but was unable to afford any of the diagnostic procedures or treatments that they recommended." After being turned away by multiple doctors for her inability to pay, Leyvi is way overdue for the medical care she deserves. For $525, we can help her out by funding diagnostics (hopefully to rule out cancer) and the removal of her mass (which, even if benign, is causing her a lot of pain and discomfort). Let's make it happen for Leyvi!
Noemi is a 33-year-old Kaqchikel speaking woman from Guatemala who has a large and painful breast mass that she's worried might be cancer. She is the main provider for her family, so in addition to the hinderance of the pain, she's concerned about the risk of breast cancer and eager to have the mass removed. Removing the mass will cost $525. Our medical partner in Guatemala writes, "Noemi works hard, but she is worried for her health and also worried what the impact of her illness would be on her family. She makes just enough money to scrape by, and this medical procedure is financially out of her reach." Let's fund Noemi’s surgery so she can continue supporting her family!
Mary is a 66-year-old strong, self-sufficient woman in Kenya who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Mary makes her living selling kale from her own garden. To fight breast cancer and prevent it from spreading to other parts of her body, Mary needs to undergo a mastectomy. Mary’s doctors expect that she will make a full recovery after her mastectomy and be able to live independently and return to kale gardening. Mary refuses to let cancer get the best of her and is determined to keep living self-sufficiently. Her mastectomy will cost $830, and although Mary has been a diligent, successful gardener throughout her life, she cannot afford this procedure. If Mary is able to have her mastectomy funded, she can continue to live as the tenacious, incredible woman she is. Let's help her out!
This little guy is Gustavo. He's a two-month-old baby from Guatemala who needs immediate nutritional rehabilitation to make it past his first few months of life and grow up healthy. Gustavo's mother is unable to produce breast milk, and despite his hard-working family’s efforts to put all their available income towards infant formula, they cannot afford all the formula Gustavo needs to start his life healthy. As a result, Gustavo is extremely underweight and malnourished. Gustavo’s family needs $525 to pay for the nutritional treatment, which will provide critical nutrients and allow him to gain and maintain a healthy weight.
Meet Khu Nay, an 11-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother and two sisters in Burma. A few years ago, his parents left to work in Thailand, where they now earn minimal wages and send whatever they can home. However, it is not enough and Khu Nay’s grandmother must work as well in order to compensate for basic living expenses. Last July, Khu Nay was playing in the rain when he slipped, fell, and broke his femur (thigh bone). He was initially brought to a traditional healer, whose treatment did not take. He remained at home until September, when two cysts appeared and he began experiencing fevers. Khu Nay then traveled to Thailand to receive further treatment. X-rays revealed his left femur had a displaced fracture and he has been an inpatient ever since, waiting for the treatment he needs to live a normal life. Khu Nay is nervous about his future and only wishes to be a normal kid who can walk without assistance and go to school. For $1,500, he can receive the needed bone graft to heal his femur. Let's work together and raise the funds Khu Nay needs to secure a healthy future and get him walking again.
This is Chit Than, a sweet, six-year-old boy from a small village in Burma. Chit Than has been battling health issues every since he was an infant. Born with thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder that already took his older sister’s life, Chit Than experiences heart palpitations, a decreased appetite, and extreme fatigue, which has forced him to stop attending school and spending time with his friends. Chit Than is being raised by his aunt, who is also raising her four children and taking care of her elderly, disabled mother. She wants nothing more but her nephew to grow up healthy and strong. Chit Than’s mother works in Bangkok so she can send home money and her son can afford blood transfusions. He and his aunt travel regularly to Thailand so he can receive them, but his condition has worsened and now he needs surgery to overcome it. For $1,100, Chit Than can finally receive the help he needs, and will no longer have to trek across the border every few months to receive blood transfusions. Let’s get him this surgery so he can go back to school, play with his friends, and finally enjoy his youth!
Meet Poe. He is a seven-year-old boy from Burma who loves to play with his friends and wants to be a doctor when he grows up. About a year ago, Poe's arm was badly burned in an accident. His parents told our medical partner that Poe was very brave after his accident and tried not to cry, even though he was in immense pain. Now, Poe has a hard time sleeping because of discomfort caused by residual scar tissue. The damaged skin on his arm has hardened and tightened, rendering it mostly immobile. He is shy about going outside, and has a hard time doing active things like playing with his friends and participating in festivals. With our support, Poe can receive the surgery he needs to regain mobility in his arm and reduce his discomfort. $1,500 will enable our partner, Burma Border Projects, to provide Poe with the care he needs to have the future he deserves!
Julian is a 17-year-old girl living in Kenya. Julian's father passed away when she was a child and has been raised by her mother. Her mother is a small-scale farmer who grows maize, beans, potatoes, and cassavas to support her family. Julian is pregnant and though she is young, is excited to be a mother. Julian says: "I am thrilled for the opportunity to know simple things about my pregnancy, such as the position of the baby, warning signs to be on the lookout for, and easy ways to prepare for the baby’s arrival. I pray that my baby is delivered in the hospital safely." Unfortunately, Julian has been having very bad backaches that are making it hard to walk, and needs to deliver under the supervision of a doctor to ensure her and her baby's safety. For $215, we can help Julian have the opportunity to have her baby delivered safely at a health facility and will receive rapid access to advanced care in case of complications. Let's help Julian and her baby have a safe pregnancy and delivery!
Seng Lath is a 36-year old potato farmer from Cambodia. He was in a motorbike accident back in April and fractured his femur (thigh bone). Since then, he hasn’t been able to work or enjoy some of his favorite hobbies, like playing soccer. He has been receiving treatment from a traditional healer in his village, but he is still in a lot of pain and discomfort, and the break has not healed. Seng Lath needs surgery to repair the fracture in his femur. For $300, Seng Lath can finally get the help he needs - and will be able to walk, work, and play soccer again. Let’s get him back on his feet!