Ian joined Watsi on April 9th, 2015. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ian's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Yasin, a child from Tanzania, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Ian has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 11 countries.
Ian has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 11 countries.
Yasin is a baby from Tanzania. He is an only child to his young parents. Yasin was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs are bowed outward. 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 has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Yasin. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 6. Treatment will hopefully restore Yasin's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Yasin’s mother says, “Thank you very much you have brought hope to us."
Nicholaus is an infant from Tanzania. He is the only child to his young parents. Nicholaus’s father works as a welder, while his mother is a housewife. Nicholaus has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Nicholaus has been experiencing regular fevers and vomiting. Without treatment, Nicholaus will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Nicholaus that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 9 and will drain the excess fluid from Nicholaus's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Nicholaus will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Nicholaus’s mother says, “Please help my baby get treated. I don’t want t lose him.”
Ka Buh is a 13-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and older brother. His family members are farmers. On May 28, Ka Buh slipped, and stones fell onto his left leg and chest. The stone on his leg was very heavy, and he sustained a fracture. Currently, he is in a lot of pain and he is unable to walk or sit properly. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ka Buh will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 29 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Ka Buh will be able to walk again.
Kampion is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together with their grown children they operate a small family farm. Kampion spends his days tending his land and raising chickens. In his free time, Kampion and his family like to attend their local church. Since April, Kampion has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Kampion's surgery. On June 7, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Kampion and his family were incredibly happy to learn his surgery would be funded, and he is looking forward to being more active. He says, "Thank you and bless you."
Iloveda is a young woman from Haiti. She lives on an island off the west coast of Haiti with her parents, who are both farmers. Iloveda is in the seventh grade in school, and would like to be a nurse or a teacher when she grows up. Iloveda has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage prevents adequate blood flow through one of the valves. This condition leaves her sick and short of breath, and would eventually be fatal. Iloveda will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $20,000 to pay for surgery. Iloveda'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 Iloveda's family overseas. She says, "I am excited to have a healthy heart and to do everything I want to do without getting tired!"
An is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and five grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. One year ago, An developed a cataract in each eye, causing her photophobia, irritation, and blurred vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When An learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I want to be able to take care my grandchildren, be able to cook, and go outside on my own."
Cho is a 20-year-old young woman from Burma. She lives with her parents and younger brother. Her parents sell flowers in front of a Buddhist temple for a living, and her brother works in a tea shop. Cho likes to read stories and study English in her free time. Cho was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Cho suffers from chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. She cannot walk long distances and tires easily. Additionally, due to her poor health, Cho is no longer able to continue her studies. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Cho. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "I want to get well soon and continue my studies. In the future, I want to become a teacher," says Cho.
Abdillah is a child from Tanzania. He is the last born in a family of four children. He is a playful child who loves spending time with his friends. Abdillah's mother is a stay-at-home mother, while his father sells fruits in the market. For three years, Abdillah has been experiencing breathing problems and sleep apnea. This leads to frequent illness, and it will likely affect his school attendance when he starts school. Abdillah was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Abdillah, which is scheduled to take place on February 8. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Abdillah of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Abdillah’s mother says, “Thank you for helping us get this treatment. I am very grateful for all the help and support given to us.”
Noeun is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four children and likes being active by walking and fishing. For two years, has has been experiencing bilateral hip pain and difficulty walking. He is not working and can't do his regular activities, such as looking after his house. Fortunately, Noeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Noeun of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 8, and Noeun needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I am not able to help my family like I could before."
Simba is rice farmer from Malawi. Simba lives with his wife. and they operate a small rice farm. Simba also fishes to supplement the family income. In his free time, he likes to play with his many grandchildren Since 2012, Simba has been experiencing difficulty urinating. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Simba's surgery. On October 3, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Simba is very happy to finally get his surgery after waiting for five years for treatment. He says, "I am so happy—I will finally get my surgery!"
Rose is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and two sisters in Cap Haitien, a city on the north coast of Haiti. She is in the third grade and likes going to school and participating in church. Rose has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This diagnosis involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Rose will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 13, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in her heart with a patch and remove the muscular blockage in her valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $22,000 to pay for surgery. Rose'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 Rose's family overseas. Rose says, :I am happy about getting my heart fixed so I won't be tired all the time!"
Emeline is an eight-year-old girl who lives in a small town in southwestern Haiti with her parents and brothers. Both of her parents work in agriculture. Emeline is an outgoing child who makes friends easily and likes playing games and listening to music. Emeline was born with a cardiac condition known as ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. This causes oxygen-poor blood to circulate throughout her body, leaving Emeline feeling weak. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Emeline's air transportation to the Cayman Islands, where she is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on July 5. Once there, she will receive the care that she needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. Emeline's mother says, "My family is all very happy to know that there is a chance for Emeline's heart to be healed."