Brian joined Watsi on June 2nd, 2014. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Brian's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Pelensky, a 10-year-old student from Haiti, for surgical reconstruction of his bladder.
Brian has funded healthcare for 2 patients in 2 countries.
Meet 10-year-old Pelensky from Haiti. When Pelensky isn't out playing soccer and basketball with his friends, he’s designing with Legos and drawing detailed floor plans as he pursues his dreams of becoming an architect. Several years ago, on a rainy day, Pelensky was hit by a truck. The truck passed over his abdomen, causing major injuries which affected his ability to urinate. Pelensky has undergone several surgeries to repair the damage to his lower abdomen. Currently Pelensky has a urostomy bag and is excited receive his third and final surgery to finish the repair and reconstruction of his bladder and urinary tract. “Ever since the accident, we have had to spend all of our time and money on Pelensky’s healthcare. We haven’t been able to take care of the rest of our family. We are excited that we will not have to keep worrying about this,” says Pelensky’s father. For $1,500 we can support doctors as they perform a surgical reconstruction of Pelensky’s bladder and urinary tract. This will allow Pelensky to live a normal life with full urinary function and no limitations on or off the court.
Meet Ken, a seven-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the third and youngest child in his family. Ken's legs are not developing normally. He struggles to walk because his left leg does not reach the ground. At school, Ken endures name-calling. His mom, Lydia has to ignore superstitious village opinions on her quest to seek medical help for her son. “He came home from school one day and told me that children in his school had a nickname for him because of the way he walked. In his childlike faith, he told me that God would heal him of the condition when he was older and then the children would stop laughing at him,” Lydia told the staff at CURE international, almost in tears. Ken needs a procedure called a left posterior tibialis tendon transfer. This involves transferring tendon from one part of his foot to another to give it proper support. For $1,000 the procedure will allow him to walk on two flat feet and relieve the pressure on the various joints that have had to compensate for the imbalance. His mother says, "I am eager for his healing, I want those who still hold backward beliefs and those who have laughed at me and my child to believe that there is indeed a God in heaven.” Let's help Ken get walking on two feet!