marion joined Watsi on December 1st, 2017. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! marion's most recent donation supported Moun, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
marion has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
marion has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Moun is a mother of seven from Cambodia. She is a food vendor. She has five daughters, two sons, and twenty grandchildren. She enjoys watching Khmer dramas. Five months ago, Moun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurred vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Moun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On March 13, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I want to continue working and selling Khmer cakes."
Billkiss is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of two. Her mother is a single mother. Billkiss 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, Billkiss 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 Billkiss's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 14. This procedure will hopefully spare Billkiss from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Billkiss’s mother says, “My hope is to see my child treated and lead a normal life."
Twesigye is a child from Uganda. He is 22 months old and the youngest in his family. His older brother is in nursery school. His mother is a secretary, and his father has just completed a course in information technology and is looking for a job. Twesigye developed a swelling in his right scrotum when he was two months old. He has been diagnosed with a hydrocele and a hernia. He is experiencing pain. Fortunately, on April 18, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Twesigye's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Twesigye's mother says, "My son’s health has been disturbed a lot with this condition. We need your assistance.’’
Mujuni is a student from Uganda. He is ten years old and has four siblings. He is in second grade. His parents are small-scale farmers. For two years, Mujuni has had a right inguinal scrotal hernia. This causes him pain and prevents him from attending school. If not treated, the hernia may lead to intestinal obstruction. Fortunately, on March 6, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Mujuni's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Mujuni's mother says, “I hope my son will get better and he continues with schooling and I too continue with cultivation.”
Clifaite is a 10-year-old boy from Haiti. He is in the fourth grade and enjoys school and spending time with his friends. Several years ago, Clifaite contracted rheumatic fever, which caused damage to his heart. He developed a condition called mitral and aortic regurgitation, where blood backs up into his heart and does not properly circulate through his body. This condition causes Carlos to experience shortness of breath, painful breathing, fatigue, and swelling of the legs. If left untreated, his condition could be fatal. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, Clifaite is scheduled to undergo heart surgery to correct his condition on August 2. Although Clifaite's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/9c7612e61dc0-clifaite) to our medical partner's care center has already been funded by Watsi, he is still in need of $1,500 to cover the cost of his heart surgery prep. The organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is also subsidizing Clifaite's surgery, donating $22,000 to cover the rest of his medical bills. "Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Clifaite get this surgery!" says Clifaite's father.
Lyse is an eight-year-old girl from Haiti. She lives with her mother, father and two younger sisters in Port-au-Prince. Her mother works as a pediatric nurse, and her father works as an office administrator to support their family. Lyse is in the fourth grade and is an extremely intelligent and focused student. Lyse was born with patent ductus arteriosus, a cardiac condition in which a hole in the heart that normally closes shortly after birth remains open. As a result, blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving Lyse feeling weak and short of breath. Lyse will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On August 24, she will undergo cardiac surgery. This $5,000 surgery is subsidized by International Children's Heart Foundation. Lyse'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 Lyse's family. "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping me to have a normal heart!" says Lyse.
Meet Ronaldo, a two-month-old infant from rural Guatemala. Ronaldo’s mother lives and works as a single mom, taking care of her son and younger brothers. Ronaldo's mother is unable to produce breastmilk to feed her baby, so Ronaldo is malnourished and small for his age. Ronaldo's mother supplements her baby's diet with warm rice water, which could create long-term health problems if Ronaldo is not fed necessary nutrients. Ronaldo's mother visited the local health center where she was referred to the nutrition program of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. Ronaldo was given formula, and a nutritionist is creating a nutrition plan to begin treating Ronaldo. Ronaldo's mother is unable to continue purchasing formula to help her son grow and develop, so she is very thankful for any support. Our medical partner requests $1,162 to supply Ronaldo with necessary treatment and to teach Ronaldo's mother how to provide a nutritious and inexpensive treatment for her son. He will begin treatment on June 15. Ronaldo’s mother says, “I dream for my son to grow well so that in the future he can study and become a teacher.”
To the donors, Grace says, “I would like to thank you all so much. I will ask God to bless you.” Grace, a 48-year-old woman from Uganda, has had ten children, and she is pleased that she and her husband have managed to send all of them to school. However, during the birth of her first child 31 years ago, Grace experienced a perineal tear. This injury has never been repaired and has gotten worse with the birth of each additional child. As a result of this wound, Grace now experiences side effects that have a significant impact on her day-to-day life. So, when Grace heard about the gynecological surgical camp at Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner's care center, she took a long journey by bus from her village to the center. Grace’s doctor told her that she needs to undergo a perineorrhaphy, or surgical repair of the perineum, to improve her symptoms. However, she and her husband, who are rice and sunflower farmers, cannot afford to pay for her treatment. That’s where you come in. For $215, you can sponsor the full set of medical services Grace needs: from her operation on November 2, to her lab tests, to her three-day hospital stay. Grace’s birth injury has been causing her embarrassment and discomfort for too long. She is looking forward to recovering from the operation and getting back to normal life.