Maiquel joined Watsi on September 28th, 2015. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Maiquel's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Jean, a boy from Haiti, to fund prep and transport for heart surgery.
Maiquel has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Jean is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the eight grade, and before becoming sick he enjoyed playing soccer regularly. Jean has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves of his heart were severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered in childhood, and can no longer adequately pump blood through his body. Jean will fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On October 28th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair his two damaged valves; if they are unable to do so, they will implant artificial replacements. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $7500 to pay for surgery. Jean'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 Jean's family overseas. Jean said, "I am very excited to have this chance to get my heart fixed!"
Kevin is a 15-month-old boy from Guatemala. His parents have had trouble affording foods rich in calories, protein, and nutrients. For this reason, he is only the size of a healthy seven-month-old. Kevin has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, he began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Kevin lives with his mother and older siblings in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. His older sister takes care of him, so both of his parents can work as day laborers on a local plantation. While Kevin's parents want the best for their son, their resources are already stretched thin. They cannot afford to pay for his $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Kevin recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Kevin a chance to grow healthy and strong. "We are a family with few resources, so this is going to benefit my son in a big way," says Kevin's mother. "Now I can give my son the best foods, so I can improve the health and growth of my little boy."
Angel is a 6-day-old baby with spina bifida, a rare birth defect where the spinal column does not close all the way. Angel's condition is causing fluid to leak onto her back. Her parents are worried that if she is not treated soon she may face infections, tethered cord, or even paralysis. Angel's mother is a stay at home mom who has hopes for the future: "We all have big dreams for our children. Mine is a big one. I will mentor Angel to be a doctor and that is my prayer." Angel's father does not have a steady job and works on tasks that come up in the community. This has caused Angel's parents to fear they cannot fund the healthcare Angel needs to be better. However, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) can treat Angel along with the help from Watsi donors. For $805, AMHF will treat Angel to reduce the risk of infections as well as the development of the tethered cord. "My only plea for now is that she gets treatment and grows up naturally" says Angel's mother.
Ngu is a 20-year-old woman from Burma. “When Ngu was an infant, she was very thin, and did not gain weight quickly, even though her appetite appeared normal,” says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “She had difficulty breathing and she did not sleep well. Her family did not seek health care for Ngu at this time as her symptoms appeared to diminish over time; however, in 2015, Ngu sought medical care at a clinic in Mandalay as she was experiencing chest pain, difficult breathing and couldn’t walk far or do activities for an extended period.” Ngu has a heart defect known as an abdominal aortic aneurysm. BBP adds that in the previous few years, Ngu experienced a decline in her health and as a result she dropped out of school after completing the 10th grade. She now needs heart surgery to correct the defect and ensure she can live symptom-free for the rest of her life. However, Ngu and her family cannot afford the cost of the treatment she needs. “Her entire family is involved in the family business, which is the production and distribution of food snacks. Business drops off considerably during the rainy season and at that time, they may need to borrow money to tide them over,” BBP says. “Ngu does light housework at home to help out and she enjoys listening to music and playing video games during her free time.” Burma Children’s Medical Fund has contributed $13,525 toward Ngu’s surgery cost. An additional $1,500 will fully fund this life-saving procedure and allow Ngu to grow up healthy. “I would like to become a doctor, a heart surgeon,” Ngu says, “so I could do free surgeries for those that need them.”
Meet Rapha, a 15-month-old girl who lives in Cambodia with her mother. "She is the only child in her family. She enjoys playing with her dolls," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), explains. Rapha has been diagnosed with a squint in both eyes. A squint, also referred to as strabismus, is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. Due to this condition, Rapha experiences blurred vision and crossed eyes. CSC is one of the few hospitals in Cambodia that treats strabismus, and many patients travel from far provinces because they cannot receive or afford this care locally. For $290, Rapha will receive a surgical procedure to improve her sight. CSC explains, "A strabismus procedure on each eye will correct the misalignment of her eyes and her vision will improve." Strabismus surgery consists of identifying and moving muscles on the eye in order to straighten the eye. The surgery usually takes 1-2 hours. Recovery is relatively fast and the incisions heal within 1-2 weeks. Rapha's mother adds, "I hope Rapha can go to school and study very well like other kids, and can have a good job in the future."
Meet 74-year-old Eng, a mother of five and grandmother of fifteen from Cambodia! “Eng enjoys going to the pagoda to watch the monks pray,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “Since developing a cataract in her left eye one month ago, Eng has been unable to see clearly,” continues CSC. “She is partially blind, and she cannot cook, care for her family, or visit the pagoda.” Yen has a hypermature cataract, which is the most advanced stage of a clouded eye lens, resulting in severely diminished vision. With $150 in funding, Yen can undergo surgery to remove her cataract and fully restore her vision. This cost includes the procedure, surgical supplies, medical instruments, patient food, pre and post-op consultation with medical staff, center operating costs, and medication. CSC confirms, “Eng will be able to see clearly out of her left eye again.” Eng is eager to receive treatment and return to her daily life. CSC shares, “She wants her left eye to see everything clearly and not have to worry that it will go blind so she can do work by herself, go to the pagoda, join any ceremony, and easily go anywhere outside.”