George joined Watsi on March 2nd, 2015. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! George's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Milien, a young man from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
George has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 11 countries.
George has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 11 countries.
Milien is a young man from Haiti. He lives with his parents, brothers and sisters in Port-au-Prince. He has not yet finished high school because of his heart condition. He enjoys going to church and spending time with his family and neighbors. Milien has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart does not function properly because it was severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered several years ago. As a result, his heart cannot adequately circulate blood through his body, and he is weak and in heart failure. Milien will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 27, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair or replace his damaged mitral valve.. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery. Milien'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 Milien's family overseas. He says, "I pray for God's blessings on everyone who is helping me to have this surgery."
Jose is a baby from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and grandparents in Guatemala's rural coastland. When Jose was just a month old, he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. Jose needs hernia surgery. Hernias occur when part of the intestines bulges through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall. Small hernias are often asymptomatic, though they tend to become larger over time, and then create bulges, discomfort, burning, and weakness. Due to his young age, Jose's hernia does not affect him much. However, without treatment, his hernia will likely grow, the likelihood that he may develop complications will increase, and his pain will increasingly limit his daily activities. Fortunately, surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. With $773 in funding, Jose will receive the case management, medication, surgery, and labs he needs to get his hernia repaired. Surgery is scheduled for January 29. Undergoing this surgery now will help to prevent Jose from suffering from hernia-related side effects later in life. Jose's mother says, "It makes me sad to see my baby boy like this. He is the light of my eyes, he is my reason for existing, and I want nothing more than to see him grow healthily."
Rosa is 45 years old and a mother to eight children. She resides in a small village in Kenya called Tapsagoi. Rosa’s husband is a brick mason. He works hard to educate their children, six of whom are still in school. Six years ago, Rosa noticed a small swelling on her neck. She went to the hospital, and the doctors diagnosed her with a multinodular goiter, or enlarged thyroid gland. She was recommended to undergo surgery. Due to financial limitations, Rosa was not able to raise money for her surgery, so she opted to try herbal treatments. However, they did not have the wanted effect. A friend advised her to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Kapsowar Hospital, for specialized treatment. Doctors there confirmed the multinodular goiter diagnosis. Recently, Rosa has felt weak and restless. She was able to raise some money for her surgery and will subsidize $63 of it. In order to help Rosa fund the rest of her medical bill, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $641. Rosa is scheduled to undergo thyroid surgery on July 20. “I have been in and out of hospitals seeking treatment," Rosa says. "My greatest hope and prayer is to get healed because I am very worried about my health."
Nwe is a mother of a two-year-old daughter from Thailand. Currently, she and her husband both work as day laborers for local farmers, harvesting chilies and other vegetables. At home, Nwe enjoys spending time with and caring for her daughter. She also likes being employed and earning money. Nwe started to experience pain in her abdomen a year ago. The pain makes it difficult for her to move around and causes extreme exhaustion. She has been diagnosed with fibroids, which are benign growths in the uterus. She needs to undergo a myomectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove the fibroids. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $960 to fund Nwe's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo her myomectomy on November 1 at BCMF's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. Nwe says, "I hope for a healthy future where I can work and help provide for my family."
Marie-Ange is a 30-year-old mother of three living in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. To support her family, Marie-Ange worked as a street merchant selling cosmetic products. About two years ago, Marie-Ange felt a small mass in her left breast. She saw a doctor, who told her that the mass was not dangerous and prescribed her some medication. Noticing that the mass did not go away, Marie-Ange sought a second opinion from a doctor at our medical partner's care center, St. Luc Family Hospital. Doctors at St. Luc did a biopsy of the mass and diagnosed Marie-Ange with breast cancer. However, before she could begin chemotherapy Marie-Ange found out that she was pregnant. Doctors therefore decided to forego chemotherapy and conduct a mastectomy. After giving birth, Marie-Ange was still feeling discomfort at the site of the mass. She returned to the hospital to have the mass re-examined and doctors suggested she undergo a second mastectomy and then chemotherapy. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund the surgery. Marie-Ange is hopeful that after treatment she will be able to return to her job and continue to care for her young family. Her surgery is scheduled for August 26.
Ni is a 38-year-old mother of two sons and wife. Her children are currently in school, while she works with her husband grow corn on their land at home. Ni also cares for her mother-in-law, who is paralyzed from the waist down. In August of this year, Ni began experiencing stomach pain. She visited a clinic in her village and was prescribed medication to alleviate her symptoms. Ni's condition did not improve, so she visited a private clinic. Her treatment was once again unsuccessful. Ni's neighbor suggested she seek treatment at another clinic, and there, she was diagnosed with gallstones. She was referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH), a Watsi care center where doctors recommended she have surgery. She will need $1,500 to fund her procedure, a biliary obstruction repair scheduled for September 12. Ni is looks forward to being healthy again so she can provide a bright future for her sons.
Aye is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Burma. She lives with her husband and their four-year-old daughter. Aye and her husband work on her parents' farm, cultivating rice for home consumption. Aye has recently been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and requires a total abdominal hysterectomy in order to treat her condition and prevent future medical complications from arising. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of Aye's surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 19 and, once completed, will hopefully give Aye peace of mind and allow her to live much more comfortably After her surgery, Aye is eager to get back to work so that she can pay for her daughter's education. "I hope my daughter will complete her education and maybe become a nurse or doctor," shares Aye.
Denzel is a young, playful five-year-old boy growing up in Kenya. Living with his parents, he is the youngest in his family. When Denzel was three years old, his parents noticed that he could not hear with clarity and that his speech was yet to develop. As a result, they took him to several hospitals. He was prescribed various drugs, but they did not lead to much improvement. Due to his hearing problems, Denzel has experienced difficulties learning in school, interacting with others, and being able to express himself clearly. Denzel's mother was finally referred to our medical partner's care center, where Denzel was recommended to get hearing aids. Denzel is currently scheduled to receive hearing aids to alleviate his moderate hearing loss on April 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $712 to cover the costs of the hearing aids and their handling. Denzel's mother is hopeful that the hearing aids will help, as she says, “I want my child’s hearing ability improved. I will be happy to talk with him soon."
Ozana is 11 months of age and is the youngest of three siblings. They live together with their grandmother, who is their primary caretaker, as their mother works in another district in Tanzania. In March of this year, Ozana received a Watsi-funded [operation](https://watsi.org/profile/703603cd0fd3-ozana) to treat a scalp wound infected with necrotizing fasciitis. He now requires another skin graft and flap surgery to fully repair his head injury. Our medical partner, Mission Restore, has scheduled this surgery for May 5, and they are asking for $1,376 to cover Ozana's medical bill. This will pay for Ozana's surgery, hospital stay, and follow-up physiotherapy sessions.
Chhorn is a 63-year-old woman from Cambodia. Chhorn is married and has three sons, two daughters, and 10 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the pagoda, watching Thai dramas, and listening to the monks pray. About a year ago, Chhorn started getting blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and itchiness in both eyes. She was diagnosed with having pterygium, a pink, triangular tissue growth that occurs in the cornea. She traveled for three hours with her daughter to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment. On May 25, Chhorn will undergo surgery to remove the tissue growth from each eye, and allow Chhorn to see clearly and enjoy her hobbies once again. The $148 amount needed for the surgery covers medication, hospital supplies, and physician costs.
Saivel is a four-year-old girl from the Philippines. She lives with her parents, and her father works as a rubber tapper. Saivel has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 22. Saivel will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Her mother says, "I hope she finishes her studies."
Alourde is a 45-year-old married woman who lives in the southern province of Haiti. She is the mother of a 22-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. She grew up in a large family with nine siblings. Alourde used to work as a street merchant, selling candy and sweet treats in front of schools. Due to family difficulties, Alourde didn’t have the opportunity to attend school growing up. Now, she is a stay-at-home mother. She likes watching television with her family. A few years ago, Alourde felt a painful lump in her left breast. Once she gathered the funds, she went to the hospital, had a biopsy, and was diagnosed with cancer. In October of 2016, with the help of our medical partner, Innovating Health International, Alourde started chemotherapy. On March 18, as part of her continuing treatment, Alourde will get a mastectomy. This operation will remove her breast tissue and should improve her overall health. Our medical partner is asking for $1,085 to cover the procedure. Your donation will help pay for surgeons, anesthesiologists, laboratory tests, medication, and two nights of hospital stay. After her operation, Alourde hopes to relax and see her kids grow. Speaking about her condition, she shares, "Don’t be discouraged. It’s not your fault, we are all only human."