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Josine Opstelten


Josine's Story

Josine joined Watsi on April 27th, 2014. 4 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Josine's most recent donation traveled 5,600 miles to support Enelo, a young baby from Haiti, to fund heart surgery.


Josine has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.

All patients funded by Josine


Born in Kenya, 10-month-old Brason began exhibiting rapid head growth when he was only a few months old. Brason has come with his mother to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), to be treated for hydrocephalus. In babies with hydrocephalus, fluid accumulates in the brain as a result of infection, trauma, genetic defect, or abnormal development of the brain or spinal cord. The effects of hydrocephalus are serious. “The increased intracranial pressure inside the skull may cause progressive enlargement of the head and potentially cause mental disability and tunnel vision,” explains AMHF. “If not treated, there will be continued obstruction of the cerebral spinal fluid flow, leading to brain damage.” Treatment for hydrocephalus involves insertion of a shunt to drain the excess fluid from the brain and transport it to the abdomen, where it can be resorbed by the body. “A shunt was inserted [into Brason's head] at a local clinic some miles from his place of residence,” AMHF tells us. “Even then, his head circumference continued increasing, and therefore, a shunt revision is required to help ease the pain the little champ is going through.” Brason’s mother earns money as a casual laborer doing farm work and laundry, but she cannot afford the additional procedure that her son needs. “I worry about how I can raise funds to enhance his treatment,” she shares. For $600, Brason will undergo shunt revision surgery. Funding also covers the costs of five days of hospital care, imaging, blood tests, and medicine. Brason’s mother is contributing $20 to help cover additional costs associated with his care. “Brason’s treatment will reduce the increased intra-cranial pressure on the brain, which could lead to death,” says AMHF. Brason’s mother looks forward to a successful operation for her son. “I am glad to have found a place where Brason can get treated,” she says.

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"11-year-old Veronicah was born at home with a cystic mass on her back. To her mother it never occurred to be anything of concern. When Veronica, the third born in a family of four children, attained the age of four years, she walked with a little limp that caught the attention of many around her," says our medical partner in Kenya, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Friends advised her parents to seek for specialized treatment which they did, and later on advised to get a scan for her back. It took years but Veronica’s parents’ still could not raise the entire amount needed for the scan," AMHF continues. "Lucky enough, they were allowed a scan with the little they had raised from a hospital near their home. The scan was revealed that they would require more finances for Veronicah to have a surgery." The mass is a condition called spina bifida, and Veronicah is at a risk of getting infections on her exposed nerves. She is also at a risk of lower limbs paralysis. For $805, Veronicah will receive a spina bifida closure procedure. "Veronicah’s treatment will keep her from the risk of infections, and further loss of muscle function on her legs," AMHF says. “Lack of knowledge and finances is a terrible thing. I am afraid that my daughter will become disabled- that thought alone scares me but I am hopeful that she will be well,” says Veronicah’s mother. “Some schoolmates mimic my walking, but I know I will walk well one day," Veronicah adds.

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