Nathaniel joined Watsi on December 28th, 2013. Four years ago, Nathaniel became the 1201st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,061 more people have become monthly donors! Nathaniel's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Samuel, a young man from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Nathaniel has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 10 countries.
Samuel is a man from Kenya. He makes a living working on construction sites. In early July, he fell from a two-story building. X-ray imaging showed a femur fracture thatt requires an implant. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in chronic pain Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 10, Samuel will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again and go back to work once he has fully recovered. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Samuel says, “I hope that soon I will be able to walk with ease again."
Mu is a 45-year-old woman from Burma. Mu and her husband are farmers who own land and harvest rice and beans. They use most of their crops to sustain their family, and sell any additional harvest for profit. March 2019, Mu has been experiencing pain and discomfort in her lower abdominal area. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Mu's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Mu is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on June 10. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. “I really hope the mass is not cancerous. I am so grateful that I am able to have this surgery, but I am scared that I’ll need further treatment,” Mu says.
Ibrahim is a baby from Kenya. He is an only child who lives with his parents in the coastal region of Kenya. Ibrahim 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, Ibrahim 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 $1,097 to cover the cost of Ibrahim's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 2. This procedure will hopefully spare Ibrahim from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
Win is a 54-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her father, sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews. Since 2016, Win has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pain. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Win's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Win is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 19. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Win will no longer experience lower abdominal pain. She will be able to walk again without back pain. Win says, "I am afraid to have surgery but I want to get well so that I will go through it. I hope that after surgery, I will no longer experience the pain."
Channy is a girl from Cambodia. She enjoys reading books and listening to music in her free time and her favorite subject in school is Khmer literature. She would like to become a teacher when she grows up. Since 2015, Channy has developed a deformity in her spine, which is progressing with age, making it difficult to sit in school for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Channy is scheduled to undergo spinal surgery on March 11. Our medical partnerr needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery is over, I can go for walks in the village again with my family and also be able to take care of myself."
Godsgift is a baby from Kenya. To earn money, his father works on construction sites and his mother mends clothes. They have six other children as well. When Godsgift was born, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes cerebrospinal fluid to accumulate in the brain. He was referred to our medical partner's care center for treatment. Without treatment, he will experience developmental delays. Fortunately, Godsgift is scheduled to undergo brain surgery on January 29. The procedure will cost $634.
Joseph is a farmer and motorbike taxi operator from Kenya. He is a father of four children. On Christmas, Joseph collided with an oncoming vehicle while riding his motorcycle. He sustained fractures of the tibia and femur, as well as a hip injury. He is not able to walk or move and is also in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 12, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Joseph says, “My prayer is to walk out of the hospital with energy and be able to provide for my family. Kindly help me out."
Naomi is a child from Tanzania. She is in nursery school. Naomi was diagnosed with genu varus. Her lower legs are angled inward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has been having trouble walking and going to school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Naomi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 7. Treatment will hopefully restore Naomi's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Naomi’s mother says, “This problem is making my daughter not walk well. Please help her get treatment."
Godfrey is Godfrey is a father to six and grandfather to 11. from Malawi. He is a retired medical assistant who spends his free time volunteering at a local clinic near his hometown, as well as hanging out with his family and grandchildren. Since October 2016, Godfrey has been experiencing frequent urination and pain. 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 Godfrey's surgery. On October 18, 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. He says, "It is an economic relief to receive this surgery. Having to pay for transport to the hospital is a burden itself so I am happy to not have to worry about the medical bills also. Please continue this service and helping others."
Nathan is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two older sisters in Port-au-Prince. He has just started kindergarten. Nathan has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart. Blood leaks through this hole, leaving him short of breath and causing heart failure. On October 7, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will tie off the hole so that blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Nathan's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. His mother says, "I am looking forward to letting my son play outside without worrying about him!"
Wilson is a laborer from Kenya. He is the third born in a family of three. About three weeks ago, Wilson fell from a house and hit his left leg, causing a small cut. He was taken to a dispensary, where the cut was sutured. Later, he developed severe pain and was diagnosed with a femur fracture. He is not able to walk on his own, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 11, Wilson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will helo him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I have had so much pain and suffering. I hope Watsi will accept to assist me so that I can be well," says Wilson.
Merline is a girl from Haiti. She lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with her parents, two brothers, and one sister. She is in the second grade and likes math and reading. Merline has a condition called pulmonary stenosis, in which one of the valves in her heart is too small, causing blood to back up and not circulate properly. To correct this condition, she will need to undergo a catheterization, in which a catheter with a balloon on its tip will be used to stretch the valve open to a more normal size. This procedure is scheduled for August 22. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $3,500, and they need our help raising an additional $1,500 to fund the procedure. Her mother says, "I am excited for our daughter to have this procedure so that she can run and play without me worrying about her."