Jacqueline joined Watsi on January 2nd, 2014. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jacqueline's most recent donation supported Mesiaki, a baby boy from Tanzania, to treat spina bifida.
Jacqueline has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Jacqueline has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Mesiaki was born at home on December 28th, 2015. “He is the first born to his young parents who are still living at Mesiaki’s grandparents’ house (father’s side) while slowly trying to build their own house,” says our medical partner in Tanzania, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Mesiaki was born with a condition called spina bifida — a protrusion on his lower back which is growing with time. Although Mesiaki is active and breastfeeding well there is a risk that the protrusion may burst leaking cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), creating bigger health problems. Mesiaki is also at risk of developing hydrocephalus if not treated. “Mesiaki’s mother is very worried about the condition of her son,” AMHF says. “She was unable to bring him to the hospital sooner because they needed a few days to gather enough cash to travel from their village to a hospital where their baby can receive proper treatment. Mesiaki’s parents are small scale farmers; they rely on selling the little that remains after taking out what they need for food.” $1,200 will cover the cost of surgery to treat Mesiaki’s condition, and prevent future complications. After treatment, “The protrusion on Mesiaki’s back will be removed, allowing him to sleep on his back, continue with normal growth, and he will also be out of the risk of developing hydrocephalus.” “God has given us this beautiful baby and we pray that He will see him through his health problem,” Mesiaki’s mother says. “We would love to see him growing up like other children and later on live an independent life.”
This little man is Manish, a three-month old boy from Nepal. Our medical partner, Possible, tells us, “baby Manish was born with clubfoot.” Clubfoot is a congenital foot deformity is which the tendons in the foot are shorter than usual. This changes the position of the foot making it difficult to walk. “Being only three months old he does not have negative impact, but in the future he is expected to have discomfort and deformities,” says Possible. Manish lives with his mother, his older brother, and his grandparents. His father works in India to provide for his family. Manish’s grandmother says, “the doctor tells us he needs weekly plaster and even a surgery later on.” For $579, Manish will receive this necessary treatment to prevent developing deformities and discomfort later on. Possible tells us, “a cast will be put on Manish's leg every week moving the foot closer to a normal position each time.”
"Neema was born at home on December 14th, 2015," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "She is the fourth born in the family. Neema’s parents moved away from their village three years ago due to severe drought. They managed to move with a few cows and goats and currently they are living with Neema’s grandparents (mother’s side)." "Neema has a lesion on her lower back, which can easily burst – leaking cerebral spinal fluid," AMHF says. "If not treated, Neema can easily contract infections, causing other bigger health problems." Neema's open mass is due to a condition called spina bifida. "Neema’s mother is a homemaker and his father is a livestock keeper," AMHF says. "Their two children are in primary school and they hope to be able to send all of their children to school. Currently they do not have sufficient funds to cover the cost of operation which Neema badly needs. Neema is getting on and off fevers and sometimes she vomits after breastfeeding." For $1,200, we can fund a life-saving spina bifida closure procedure for Neema. "The lesion on Neema’s back will be closed preventing her from losing CSF and easily contracting infection," says AMHF. “I hope my baby will get well, grow up like her siblings and later on go to school,” shares Neema’s mother.
Chit Sandar was born at the Hpa-an General Hospital in Burma. At six months old she became sick with a fever. Her mother took her to the doctor where she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a life-threatening condition in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain. Burma has one of the most under-funded healthcare systems in the world, with little government assistance. The Burmese government spends approximately $37 per person per year on healthcare in contrast to, for example, the US which spends $9,146. Chit Sandar's mother could not afford to pay for her surgery, which meant they had to return home from the doctor without receiving care. After they returned home, Chit Sandar's condition continued to worsen. The circumference of her head expanded as a result of the fluid buildup in her brain and she started experiencing loss of consciousness, sunken eyes, and sometimes she would lose control of her head movements all together. Chit Sandar needs a ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement, which will drain the fluid from the brain and cure her hydrocephalus. $1,485 will cover the cost of Chit Sandar's surgery which will be provided at the Chiang Mai Hospital in Thailand. Chit Sandar's mother wants her daughter to survive surgery, receive a good education, and grow up to support a family of her own.
Kaung is a two-year-old boy who lives with his grandparents in Thailand, and enjoys playing with his toy cars. His grandfather brought him to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), seeking treatment for a bilateral talipes equinovarus, more commonly known as bilateral clubfoot. In children with clubfoot, the foot is twisted out of position due to short tendons in the foot and ankle. Approximately half of children with clubfoot have the condition in both feet, as is the case with Kaung. “Kaung cannot walk because of his clubfeet,” BBP tells us. “When he tries to walk, he cries and screams, ‘Pain! Pain!’” Kaung’s parents, who work as gardeners at a rose plantation, live in the same village as Kaung, but they are unable to provide financial support for their son because of debts they must repay. For $1,500 in funding from Watsi and an additional $750 from Burma Children Medical Fund, Kaung will undergo surgery to release the tendons in his feet and ankles. Doctors will then move his feet into the proper position and place them in casts for up to two months. After the casts are removed, Kaung will wear braces for a year or more to maintain the proper position of his feet. “Kaung will be able to walk and run after successful surgery,” says BBP. Funding also pays for pre-surgical consultations and imaging, an eight-day hospital stay, lab work, and pain medicine for Kaung. "I hope that Kaung will get surgery, so he will be able to walk and play as he so much desires,” shares Kaung’s grandfather. “It is very important that he can walk. I want him to go to school, and if he can't walk, it would make his life so much harder for him.”
Two years ago, 65-year-old Boeun developed a cataract in his left eye. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us that due to his condition, Boeun experiences blurred vision, tearing, and he is afraid of sunshine. Boeun, who is married with two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren, enjoys watching social news on TV and doing exercises in the evening. Though the cataracts have made him unable to work, he looks forward to searching for a job after he received treatment. "I want to work as a Taxi driver to earn some money to support my family," he says. For $150, Boeun will undergo a short, widely practiced eye surgery. The clouded lens in his left eye will be removed and replaced with an artificial substitute. Within a day of the surgery, Boeun will regain his vision.
Meet Rem, a 72-year-old woman from Cambodia. Rem is married and “spends her time visiting the pagoda listening to the monks pray and doing housework,” shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Three months ago Rem developed a cataract, the clouding of the normally clear eye lens, in each eye. This causes her to be partially blind and experience tearing and irritation. “She can't do work well, recognize people's faces, or go anywhere on her own,” explains CSC. Cataracts account for about 50% of all cases of blindness worldwide, and formation typically occurs in both eyes. $225 funds surgery to remove the cloudy lenses from both of her eyes and replace them with artificial lenses. Funding for Rem's surgery includes post-operative care, and after the surgery, Rem will be able to see clearly again. Rem hopes that after surgery: “I hope I can see everything clearly again, so I can easily do work and go anywhere outside by myself.”
Meet 81-year-old Yan -- father of 11 and grandfather of 40! Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us that Yan "enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray and taking care of and playing with his grandchildren at home." "Yan developed a cataract in his left eye 6 months ago," CSC explains. "It causes him blurred vision, tearing, discharge, and he is afraid of sunshine. He cannot see clearly, recognize faces, do any work, or go outside on his own." Cataracts occur as proteins develop in the lens of the eye, causing cloudiness. Without treatment, the cloudiness increases over time and results in slowly deteriorating vision. They can ultimately result in total blindness and are especially common in regions near the equator due to high UV exposure. For $150, we can fund surgery to treat Yan’s cataract. During the surgery a small incision will be made in the eye to surgically remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new, artificial substitute. After treatment, CSC expects Yan to see clearly again. With regained vision, Yan can enjoy a more independent lifestyle. He shares, "I hope my eye can see everything [clearer] than now so I can do some work by myself and go to the pagoda." His granddaughter, who accompanied him to CSC's clinic, adds: "I hope after surgery my grandfather can see everything clearly again."
“I only want to say thank you, I am so grateful that you will help me again,” says Khin Shwe, a 38-year-old mother from Thailand. Khin Shwe was a previous patient with our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), and Watsi donors funded a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove Khin Shwe’s uterus after doctors diagnosed her with a uterine myoma. Unfortunately, since that operation, she developed an ovarian mass—necessitating removal of her left ovary through an oophorectomy procedure. “In July, after her first operation, Khin Shwe could still feel the mass in the right side of her abdomen. Now, the mass is 19 cm by 23 cm—it is so large it can be seen through her abdomen and is causing her a lot of physical discomfort,” explains BBP. Along with being painful, the mass is causing Khin Shwe to lose weight quickly. “I want to eat a lot, but I cannot, my abdomen becomes even bigger when I do—it is so uncomfortable for me, I feel stuffed all the time and I cannot sleep well at night,” she describes. Since Khin Shwe returned from BBP’s clinic in Burma, she has been staying with her daughter, who works at a factory, and her husband—a security guard at a local factory. BBP continues, “It is painful for her when she sits down and stands up, she only walks a little and slowly. At home, she can cook rice and clean a little, but she cannot carry anything. She just prepares the curry for when her husband and daughter return from work.” For $1,500, Khin Shwe will undergo a second oophorectomy. This time, doctors will remove her right ovary and the painful, growing tumor. Funding will also cover a seven-day hospital stay, transportation to BBP’s hospital clinic and food throughout her recovery. BBP adds, “After surgery, Khin Shwe will be able to go back to see her father in Burma,” who recently suffered a stroke. “She will be able to help her mother take care of him.” “When I arrived at the clinic, the midwife encouraged me and told me that the organization that helped me before will be able to help me again. I am so thankful that I will get a new life,” shares Khin Shwe. “When I am healthy I will go back to see my father—I know that it will be the last time. I pray for my father—I was so confused I had to think about my father’s condition and my condition so I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t get treatment because I had to take care of my father.” Let’s help end to Khin Shwe’s medical issues so she can care for her children and her father.
“I want to be treated and provide for my children until they finish college,” says 40-year-old Marivic, a mother of five from the Philippines who works as a domestic helper to support her family. “Marivic found out that there was an enlargement on her right anterior neck in 2001,” our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), tells us. In 2010, screening tests confirmed that she had an enlarged thyroid, and, ICM reports, “she was advised to continue for another diagnostic procedure and seek medical treatment, but she could not afford another medical procedure.” The thyroid is a gland in the lower neck that produces hormones to regulate the body's metabolism. An enlarged thyroid (goiter) begins as a lump or swelling at the front of the neck and can become large enough to obstruct nearby structures and cause difficulty swallowing or breathing. More than 90 percent of goiters in the Philippines are due to a deficiency of iodine, an important element in the body's production of thyroid hormones. Treatment for Marivic is a thyroidectomy, a surgical procedure in which doctors remove the thyroid gland. $1500 covers the cost of the surgery, as well as transportation to and from the hospital, 10 days of hospital care, and medication. ICM says, “After the operation, Marivic can uphold her family of five children more efficiently.” Marivic shares, “I am hopeful that there will be people who could help me with my treatment.”
Khagendra is a lively 17-year-old who has been diagnosed with a kidney stone. This condition, if left untreated, could cause chronic renal failure and lead to painful and severe issues. Khagendra loves to learn about science and math, and he hopes to become an engineer in the future. In his free time, Khagendra enjoys playing volleyball. Khagendra’s father is a teacher, but his family also depends on farming for food and other supplements. For $765, we can fund Khagendra’s surgery to prevent the life-threatening consequences of this condition, and allow him to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer!
Raj Kumar is 12 and loves playing cricket! But his adventures on the field are made difficult by a painful hernia that he can't afford to have treated. Raj Kumar needs surgery to remove the hernia and prevent strangulation (a situation where the hernia can become life-threatening). In the fifth grade in Nepal, living with his parents, younger brother, and sister, money in Raj Kumar's family can be tight. His family even tried to seek treatment for him in India once because they thought it'd be more affordable, but they didn't have any luck. With our support of $1,390, Raj Kumar will receive surgery to have the hernia removed, which will allow him to continue his education and activities free from painful complications!