James joined Watsi on October 16th, 2016. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! James' most recent donation supported Dismus, a four-year-old from Uganda, to fund surgery to correct a congenital condition.
James has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 10 countries.
James has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 10 countries.
Dismus is a small child from Uganda. He is the second born in a family of two children and his parents are eager to see their son get treated. His father works in a local tea farm and his mother is a casual laborer who mostly washes clothes for neighbors. Dismus was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Dismus is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on July 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Dismus's procedure and care. After his recovery, Dismus will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Dismus’ father shared, “I will be grateful for any financial help offered.”
Nibleti is an 8-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two. Nibleti’s parents are small-scale farmers who depend entirely on what they harvest from their land. Nibleti has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Nibleti has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Nibleti will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $802 to cover the cost of surgery for Nibleti that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 15th and will drain the excess fluid from Nibleti's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Nibleti will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Nibleti's mother says, "Please help us so that our son is able to get this surgery, he is suffering and we are unable to afford the cost."
Elliud is a 12-year-old student from Kenya and the second born child in a family of three. They live in a small village called Koisungur where most of the inhabitants work in farms or other small not very stable jobs. His parents are farmers in the village, they plant maize and beans in their small farm. Like many in this region, money has always been an obstacle for families like Elliud’s to seek proper medical care. Saturday evening, on May 9th, Elliud was playing with friends in their homestead when he experienced a very painful accident on his right leg. He is now in pain and he cannot walk on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 13th, Elliud will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,065 to fund this procedure. Elliud’s father says, “We wanted to return home because of lack of means but he was crying in pain. We were assisted by a well-wisher to the hospital. My hope is to see him walk again and not to be in pain.”
Sa is a retired member of the military. He enjoys taking care of his five grandchildren, listening to the radio, and visiting the pagoda in his free time. He has two sons and two daughters. In 1992, Sa was injured in the thigh from a gun shot and he lost sensation in his left leg. Since then, the wound has never been treated. In the last two years, his injuries have gotten worse after he accidentally stepped on a sharp object while on his family's farm. He is now unable to walk without support and he experiences swelling, pain, and further numbness in his left foot. Surgery will remove his left foot and relieve him of any pain or further worsening of the condition. He looks forward to returning to his family and no longer having to worry about his foot injuries. Sa shared, "I hope that my surgery goes well and my wounds will finally heal and I will no longer be in any pain."
Lemayan is an active little boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born to his mother, who is the eldest wife to her husband and has five children. Lemayan's father has two wives and a total of six children. Both wives live together in the same homestead, but each one has their own mud house. They live in harmony, mainly keeping livestock - cows, goats and sheep. Three of the children are currently going to school. Lemayan was diagnosed with genu varus, meaning his legs are curved outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has a difficult time walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Lemayan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lemayan's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Lemayan’s father says, “I wish my son to get treatment and later on join school."
Adere is a nice thirteen year old boy who loves to go to school and study. He is in grade six and loves music. He spends his free time listening to country music and also loves to dance with his friends. His parents are farmers of teff and maize. But their harvest from their farm is very limited because of the hot and dry landscape. The population in the area is mostly supported by the government and NGOs for food and other basic needs. His parents have 12 children. Three of them are dependently living and the rest of the children are supported by their parents. Adere was born with congenital anomaly called Bladder Exstrophy. The child’s bladder is open to the air and not within the body. He leaks urine directly to his abdomen. As a result, he has bladder exposed to dirt which can cause infections and injury. Adere suffers from pain from irritation of the bladder, infection, and a bad smell from the continuous urinary leakage for the past years. In his classroom, he sits far from other students in the back alone. He mostly prefers to be alone, psychologically affected by the bad smell. His parents are always very worried and concerned because of his condition. They took him to a clinic in their area when he was a child, and the clinic told them this has to be treated in referral hospital. Their village is very rural that they couldn’t get to a hospital and the parents couldn’t bring him to the capital. Adere's brother said, “I believe he will have a normal life, free from any smell and psychological concerns.”
Rodolph is a baby from Haiti. He lives with his mother, father, and older brother and sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. His father is a security guard, and his mother stays home with the children. Rodolph has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. Rodolph will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On December 16, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will sew the hole shut so blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. Rodolph'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 Rodolph's family overseas. His mother says, "I am so thankful that my son's heart can be healed!"
Than is a 49-year-old woman who lives with her father in Burma. She works as a fruit vendor and takes care of her father. Than’s health problems started over ten years ago, when she noticed that she had breathing problems. She tried to use traditional medicine to treat herself. At first, Than felt better, but in 2017 her health worsened. She cannot breathe well, and gets tired in hot weather. She underwent a heart examination and was told that she requires heart surgery, which is scheduled for November 20. Than said that in the future, "I want to work as a fruit vendor again and continue caring for my father." Watsi is requesting $1,500 to help fund Than's treatment.
Joy is a two-year-old girl from Kenya. She is her parents' only child. They live together in a house near her father's shop. About one month ago, Joy's parents began to notice that she was not responding to sound. They took her to the hospital, where they ran auditory tests. Doctors recommended that Joy receives hearing aids. Her parents then brought her to our medical partner in search of assistance. The audiologist believes that Joy's hearing can be restored with the help of hearing aids. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund Joy's hearing aids. She is scheduled to be fitted for this new assistive device on July 5. After treatment, she will be able to hear and her speech development will improve. “My happiness will be to see Joy able to hear and talk,” Joy’s mother says.
Samuel is a 20-month-old baby who lives with his mother and father in Haiti. His father is a vendor, and his mother takes care of Samuel full-time. Samuel was born with a very serious set of cardiac defects known as Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. This involves five heart abnormalities, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and the complete absence of the pulmonary valve. Samuel needs a complicated surgery to repair some of these problems and route blood around his missing valve. Without treatment, Samuel's life expectancy and quality of life will be severely impaired. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to fund Samuel’s air travel to the Cayman Islands for cardiac repair surgery, which is scheduled to take place on July 5. Once there, Samuel will receive the treatment that he needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. "We almost gave up hope that anything could be done for Samuel. We are so glad to know that there are people willing to help him," says Samuel’s mother.
Koeb is a 39-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married with two sons and one daughter. He likes to read magazines, watch TV, and fish in the river in his free time. Koeb fell from a truck in April of 2011. This caused an open fracture on the left side of his skull, and he was unconscious for four days. He went to Vietnam for treatment, and surgeons performed an ORIF procedure, in which they fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Later, he traveled five hours with his older brother to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). The hardware is now exposed, and he experiences headaches. Surgeons will remove the hardware from Koeb's skull, and he will feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $143 to fund the procedure, scheduled for May 26.
Bona is a 33-year-old construction worker living in Cambodia with his wife, one daughter, and one son. He likes to watch TV, play tennis behind his home, and relax in his free time. When he was five years old, Bona sustained an injury to his right elbow after falling. In January 2017, his pain worsened significantly. He went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. He is unable to move his elbow, which makes his work very difficult. He heard from a tuk-tuk driver near his home about the possibility of better healthcare through our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so he and his daughter visited the clinic for further evaluation. The surgeons at CSC have recommended Bona have a nerve and tendon repair of his right elbow. The total cost of the procedure is $450 and covers medication, supplies, and four days of inpatient care. His surgery is scheduled for May 3. Following his recovery Bona is expected to have restored mobility in his right elbow and be able to return to work without pain.