Tyler joined Watsi on December 16th, 2015. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tyler's most recent donation supported Elizabeth, a child from Uganda, to fund malaria treatment.
Tyler has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Elizabeth is a three-year-old girl from rural Uganda. She has severe malaria, along with anemia and severe dehydration. She is very weak and has difficulty supporting herself. Elizabeth lives with her grandmother, Anne, who takes care of eight grandchildren. She took Elizabeth to our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Elizabeth will begin malaria treatment, which includes a hospital stay, antimalarial medication, antibiotics, and an IV, on December 28. This care will help her regain her health and recover. Anne is a farmer who grows tomatoes, rice, and sweet potatoes. She grows food to feed the family and sells the surplus to pay for her grandchildren's tuition. She needs help to fund this $120 treatment. Anne hopes that when Elizabeth recovers, she will go to school. "I want to thank the hospital for the warm welcome and the Watsi program for the support toward the care for my granddaughter," she says. "How I wish my grandchildren can also grow up and support other needy people in my community."
Aron is a 21-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is the oldest child in his family. One day, Aron's parents noticed that he was in pain. He began to vomit after eating. He was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia, a swelling near his navel. Aron's family was advised to visit our medical partner's hospital, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Without treatment, he was at risk of intestinal damage. Fortunately, on January 2, ALMC surgeons performed a hernia repair procedure. Aron's parents operate a small business to earn a living. Their income, however, is not sufficient to pay for Aron's surgery. They need help to raise $610. "My wish is that my son will be able to eat well without feeling sick or vomiting," says Aron's mother.
Phanith is 15 years old and in the ninth grade. She has two brothers and two sisters. She likes to read her school books, cook for her family, and go on Facebook. In November of 2016, Phanith's foot was caught in a motorbike. She sustained a fracture in her right tibia and an open wound on her right heel. She went to a nearby hospital, where surgeons performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure to heal her fracture. However, her open wound soon grew infected. It became difficult for her to walk, and she was in pain. In December of 2016, Phanith visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where surgeons performed a debridement procedure on her right heel to remove the damaged and infected tissue. Surgeons performed a follow-up debridement procedure on the same heel later in the month. Recently, Phanith returned to CSC for further treatment. On December 28, surgeons at CSC performed a skin graft procedure on Phanith's right heel to transplant skin over her wound. After recovery, Phanith should be able to walk easily again. CSC is requesting $450 to fund this treatment.
Birungi is a three-year-old girl from Uganda. She has one sibling. Her parents do not have a stable source of income. In 2014, Birungi developed a painful swelling in her upper abdomen. Over time, the swelling progressively increased in size. She felt pain when she ate or coughed. One year ago, Birungi was taken to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a supraumbilical hernia. Her parents could not afford to pay for treatment. When Birungi's mother learned about Watsi, she brought her daughter to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. On November 23, Birungi underwent a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. Birungi’s mother hopes that she will grow up healthy.