ENRIQUE joined Watsi on October 1st, 2017. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! ENRIQUE's most recent donation supported Prince, a young boy from Kenya, to fund an orchidopexy procedure.
ENRIQUE has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 8 countries.
ENRIQUE has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 8 countries.
Prince is a 8-year-old boy and the second born in a family of four children. Prince's father sells maize and his mother plants vegetables, which she is able to sell sometimes to supplement her husband’s earnings. His family feels they are not well off financially, but proud to own a small house that they live in. Prince was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Prince has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Prince will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 27th. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is requesting $569 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Prince’s mother shared, “It is very difficult for us as a family to raise the required funds for Prince’s surgery. We are requesting financial help.”
Zawadi is a one month old infant from Tanzania. Her name means "gift" in Swahili, because to her parents she is a gift from God. Her parents are small scale farmers who mainly grow food crops like maize and vegetable for their own use at home. The father also seeks day jobs at construction sites to be able to supplement their living, and through the money they get from this work, they are able to pay bills and buy other home commodities. Zawadi has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Zawadi has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Zawadi will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Zawadi that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure will drain the excess fluid from Zawadi's brain, to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Zawadi will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Zawadi’s mother says "It’s been a step at a time trying to treat my daughter, but money is what has been our biggest challenge. She needs another surgery. Please help my daughter."
Moses is a quiet two-year-old boy. In early 2018, Moses was an orphan rescued by New Life Home in Kisumu. When a new child is rescued, they have a full health examination for birth defects and any other medical condition that might require medical intervention. During Moses’ examination, the physicians diagnosed him with Hirschsprung’s disease, which affects his large intestine and digestive system as a whole. Since then, he has been under a close eye of the medical practitioners in the facility. After some time, Moses was moved to the organization's Nairobi branch so that they could bring him to Watsi's Medical Partner BethanyKids Hospital for review. After some examinations, he was scheduled for surgery, which was to be supported by a national health insurance system. During admission to the hospital awaiting his surgery, Moses became sick and was diagnosed with pneumonia. His surgery had to be postponed so that he could recover from the illness. Once he felt better, Moses was scheduled for surgery again. This important procedure will help him to pass stool properly without any complications. The orphanage home that rescued Moses has National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) coverage that would have helped pay for Moses' surgery initially. However, due to his pneumonia, the funds were depleted while he was in the hospital during his illness. NHIF will not approve support for the surgery, so we are raising funds to cover his cost of care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Moses receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo an anorectoplasty on January 11th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $743, and he needs help raising money. Moses’ guardian shared, “As a children rescue home, it is our joy when the rescued children are in good health and independent in many ways. For Moses, it will great joy to us for him to be treated.”
Oun is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is a widow with one son, three daughters, and four grandchildren and lives with one of her daughters. In addition to working the fields, she spends most of her time helping raise her grandchildren. One year ago, Oun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision preventing her from working in the field. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Oun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On May 11th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Oun's daughter said, "My children got so worried about my mother when she couldn't see, so I hope that after the surgery they can see that she is better and she can play with them."
Sina is a third grade student from Cambodia. He has two older brothers. He likes to play football and wants to be a policeman when he grows up. His favorite subject in school is Khmer and his favorite foods are milk and all kinds of soup. Three days ago, an insect entered his ear, causing ear pain, discharge, and bleeding. Sina traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 15th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the insect and treat his ear. Now, Sina needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my ear will stop pain and bleed. One day I will go to school and become a policeman," Sina said proudly.
Rollins is a young boy from Kenya who was diagnosed with bilateral undescended testis at six months. His mother noticed something was wrong while bathing him. Rollins parents sought help from various hospitals, wishing to know what was wrong with their son. They brought the boy to BethanyKids where he was diagnosed with undescended testis and a surgical intervention recommended. If not treated, Rollins is at risk of suffering fertility problems, developing testicular cancer and/or inguinal hernia. Rollins parents are peasants. His father is a driver while the mother is a housewife. They live in Nakuru, Rift Valley. Rollins is the second born of two children. They are able to raise $102 which is not enough to pay for the surgery needed. They want, more than anything in the world, for their son to get better so that he will live a normal happy life, one without the pain and discomfort that undescended testes would bring. Rollins will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 05. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help my son not to suffer infertility in future,” said Rollin’s mother.
Tumwijukye is small scale farmer from Uganda. She is a wife and mother to five children; one in school and others married. She was born in the family of nine siblings and no one has money. 20 years ago, Tumwijukye began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing and breathing with shortness of breath especially during sleep. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tumwijukye receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 08 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Tumwijukye says, “I will be glad after the relief of my condition and I will continue with cultivation.”
Srey Nich is a third grade student from Cambodia. She enjoys playing with her two older sisters, watching television, and hopes to become a teacher when she gets older. When she was just one year old, Srey Nich accidentally walked over a burning substance on the ground. She has since had to have one toe amputated, and is unable to walk or move her foot without difficulty. She also has a difficult time wearing shoes that fit her feet properly. When Srey Nich learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On October 09, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to allow her to move her foot and flex her toes normally and walk with ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure. Srey Nich's mother said, "I hope that my daughter will be able to walk normally again and will no longer have to suffer from her accident."
Reaksa is a boy from Cambodia. He is an only child, and he enjoys playing with his toys and watching television. When he was just two years old, Reaksa accidentally cut the inside of his left index finger on the side of a mirror. The skin has since scarred over, and the skin around the scar has tightened. Reaksa experiences difficulty extending his finger and hand properly. Treatment will help Reaksa to release the skin near the scar, and will allow Reaksa to grow up with full use and extension of his fingers. His procedure is scheduled for July 2 and will cost $417.
Nam is a 16-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her family in Mae Sot. She likes reading in her free time. Nam was born with a meningocele, a birth defect in which the spinal cord fails to form properly. Meningocele is characterized by a sac-like protrusion of the membranes surrounding the spinal column. If left untreated, it can result in extreme neurological impairment due to the continued exposure of the spinal tissue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help cover the cost of meningocele repair surgery for Nam. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 25. Nam says, "I want to finish my high school and after that I will join the university in Thailand."
Lucy is a young woman from Kenya. She is married and has one child. One year ago, Lucy began to experience abdominal pains. A CT scan showed that she has abdominal cysts. She needs to undergo abdominal surgery to treat her condition. Without treatment, Lucy will continue to experience pain. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 7. She needs help raising $750 to fund this procedure. “I am not able to take care of my baby and it is becoming difficult for my husband to go to work and also take care of us," she says.
Edward is a student from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of four. Edward is a primary school student who aspires to become a doctor. His parents are farmers. This month, Edward was in a motorcycle accident, and he suffered a femur fracture. He needs intramedullary nailing to correct the fracture. He complains of mild pain. If not treated, Edward risks further complications, such as malunion. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 24, Edward will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This treatment will help him walk on his easily own again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Edward says, “I wish to be treated. I want to become a doctor."