John joined Watsi on May 25th, 2015. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! John's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Ku, a student and refugee from Thailand, to fund a fracture repair.
John has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 7 countries.
John has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 7 countries.
Ku is an 11-year-old student from Thailand. Ku lives with his mother, four brothers and a sister in a refugee camp. All of his siblings also go to school, except for his oldest brother, who used to work with their mother as agricultural day labourers. However, since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, they have not been able to leave the camp easily to find work. Ku's father works as a day labourer outside of the camp, but has also been unable to find consistent work due to the pandemic. Ku's family receives some financial support from an external organisation, but it is not enough to cover their expenses, and they shared that they often borrow rice or money from their neighbors. In March 2021, Ku and his friends were playing tag that led him to have a bad fall. Ku had taken off his sandals and left them at the top of a hill. When he ran up the rocky hill to fetch his sandals, he slipped and stuck out his left hand to break his fall, breaking his wrist. Currently, Ku’s left hand and forearm are very painful. He cannot bend his wrist and can only move his fingers slightly. Before his accident, Ku was able to prepare his own meals and set up his mosquito net at night. But now, he needs someone to help him do these tasks. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ku will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for March 10th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Ku use his left hand again and live pain-free. He will be able to cook his own meals again and set up his mosquito net by himself. Now, he and his family need help raising money for this procedure. Ku's mother shared, "After he receives treatment, I want Ku to continue his studies until he graduates and becomes a medic."
Kevin is a very playful 5-year-old from Kiambu County, Kenya. He is the only child to his mother, and was born when she was 17 years old so they decided to give him his grandmother's surname. His mother has been able to find casual jobs like working in neighbors farms and washing clothes. They also depend on Kevins’ grandmother who is a small scale farmer. Last week, while playing, Kevin slipped and fell. He sustained a closed fracture of his left hand (radius and ulna) and is unable to move his hand. He was brought to the hospital and the doctor advised he needs an ORIF procedure to correct the fractures. Kevin’s mother and grandmother could not raise the fee required and need help. If not treated Kevins’ hand may heal with a deformity or may have delayed healing or malunion. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 17th, Kevin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This surgery will help him move his hand easily, reduce the pain and be free from future complications. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. “My child had just started school and I had high hopes of seeing him grow up like other children. I kindly ask for help so that he can be well again and continue to play as he enjoys. We are desperate and can’t get the money required,” said Kevin’s mother.
Poe is a five-year old boy who lives with his family in Shwe Koke Ko village of Karen State in Burma. In his free time, Poe likes to play with his friends and toys. He also likes to eat sweets. Poe does not go to school because of his condition. Poe's mother and father are divorced, and both are remarried. His father lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand and he contributes to Poe’s financial wellbeing by giving the household 5000 baht (approx. $167 USD) per month. His mother does not provide the family with any extra income. Poe stays with his grandmother and great grandmother from his father's side. His grandmother works as a cleaner. The rest of the family does not currently have work. When Poe was eight months old, he got a severe fever and his family took him to the Wang Pha clinic near Mae Sot, Thailand, which is the same place where he was born. He was admitted at the clinic for three days, but his condition did not improve. Doctors at the clinic told his family to take him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. The family immediately took him to MSH and he was admitted for one week. At MSH, he received a blood test and was diagnosed with Thalassemia, a blood disorder. He received a blood transfusion and after the transfusion, Poe felt better, but only temporarily. His family went back for three follow-up appointments to MSH, where he had blood transfusions each time. When he was one year and five months old, the family could not afford going to MSH any longer, so they took Poe to Myawaddy Hospital. He received another blood transfusion and an IV line. He was admitted for three days at the hospital. Although he felt better after getting discharged in Myawaddy, since his condition is chronic, he needs regular blood transfusions to stay healthy. It became increasingly difficult for the family to pay for Poe’s care, however, they decided to come to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) for further help in 2016. Since then, he has received many blood transfusions at MTC, sometimes monthly and sometimes bi-monthly. With these treatments, he is able to survive. However, his condition also affects his spleen, the organ that filters blood. To prevent further problems, medics at MTC told his family that doctors need to remove Poe's spleen. Since it cannot be done at MTC, he needs to go back to MSH to undergo the operation. Currently, Poe has frequent bloody noses, coughs up blood, and has blood in his stool. He feels better after having a transfusion, but it wears off in the weeks following the procedure. When its nearing time for another transfusion, he feels weak and tired. When asked what he wants to do when he grows up, Poe was adamant that he wanted to be a medic. “I want to help people,” he said. “When he sees people that are sick, he always tells me he feels sorry for them,” added his great grandmother.
Ali is a baby from Ethiopia. He 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. Ali is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on August 1. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Ali's procedure and care. After his recovery, Ali will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.
Roth is a four-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has one older sister, and enjoys watching movies and spending time around her family. One year ago, Roth had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Roth experiences ear discharge. It is difficult for her to hear, and her ear is often wet and irritated due to recurrent ear infections. Roth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 16, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her mother says, "I hope that my daughter will recover from surgery and I will no longer have to worry about her getting hearing loss or infections."
Monicah is a baby from Kenya. She is the only child to her young mother. Monicah 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, Monicah has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Monicah will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Monicah that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 17 and will drain the excess fluid from Monicah's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Monicah will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “We had lost hope of getting treatment for our daughter and we pray that our hopes will be revived here,” says Monicah’s mother.
Sarah is a toddler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and older brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She likes playing with her cousins and her neighborhood friends. Sarah has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia. She was born with one of the four valves of the heart missing. Sometimes a surgery can be done to correct this condition, but the only way to know this is by doing a cardiac catheterization. To determine if Sarah's condition is operable, she must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into her heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On May 24, she will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Sarah's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. Her mother says, "Our family is hoping and praying for good news from this test!"
Iloveda is a young woman from Haiti. She lives on an island off the west coast of Haiti with her parents, who are both farmers. Iloveda is in the seventh grade in school, and would like to be a nurse or a teacher when she grows up. Iloveda has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage prevents adequate blood flow through one of the valves. This condition leaves her sick and short of breath, and would eventually be fatal. Iloveda will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $20,000 to pay for surgery. Iloveda'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 Iloveda's family overseas. She says, "I am excited to have a healthy heart and to do everything I want to do without getting tired!"
Sydney is a baby from Kenya. He is the only child to his parents. Sydney’s mother is a hair stylist, while his father is a motorbike taxi operator. Sydney 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, Sydney has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Sydney will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Sydney that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 5 and will drain the excess fluid from Sydney's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Sydney will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I hope my son gets a lasting solution to this condition,” shares Sydney’s mother.
Vannara is a 17-year-old student from Cambodia. She enjoys watching TV and studying. Four years ago, she fell outside her house and fractured two vertebrate. Since the fracture, Vannara has experienced difficulty lifting heavy objects, pain in her lower back, and difficulty sitting for long periods of time. Vannara visited our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, where she was diagnosed with traumatic lumbar scoliosis. On September 6, doctors will perform a spinal fusion surgery to alleviate the pain and correct the position of her vertebrae. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of Vannara’s surgery. Vannara says, "I want to continue school without pain."
Zet is a 13-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the first child in his family, and his parents are thrilled to have him. Zet's mother is a homemaker, while his father is a farmer and fisherman. Zet's soccer ball is his favorite toy, and his parents suspect he may be a great athlete in the future! Zet has been unable to gain weight, and has thus been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. On February 7, Zet will begin treatment at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $782 to cover the cost of his nutrient and food supplementation. This will also pay for an educational program that will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. "We hope that our son grows healthy and that he is able to realize his dreams," say Zet's parents.
Kenedy is a toddler from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and sister. He enjoys playing with his sister and is learning how to walk without any help! Kenedy was recently diagnosed with acute malnutrition, a kind of malnutrition characterized by a weight that is dangerously low for a person's height. Previously, he had been [treated](https://watsi.org/profile/6d03c3d5835e-kenedy) for chronic malnutrition, characterized by stunted growth. On February 13, Kennedy will begin treatment at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Miller. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $782 to cover the cost of Kenedy's nutritional supplements. Funds will also go toward educating his mother on how to create a hearty diet for him. "I want to express my gratitude for the support my son has received from you all. God bless you," says Kenedy's mother. "My desire has always been to see him improve and grow each day."