farshad joined Watsi on May 11th, 2014. One year ago, farshad became the 2065th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,150 more people have become monthly donors! farshad's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Gilbert, a six-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund orthopedic surgery.
farshad has funded healthcare for 87 patients in 13 countries.
Gilbert is the third-born in a family of five children. The family hails from the Rift Valley of Kenya. Gilbert's mother is a stay-at-home mother, while his father is a subsistence farmer and casual laborer on neighboring farms. In January, Gilbert injured his left elbow while playing with friends at school. Due to lack of money, he was not taken to the hospital. His hand has worsened since the accident. He cannot fold his hand up or lift anything, and thus he needs to undergo surgery. He will receive treatment on August 14. Now, his family needs help raising $1,165 for surgery. “I am appealing to people of good will to help me for I cannot afford to pay the bill," says Gilbert's mother. "My son has been living in pain since he fell in January and I am troubled by his condition as he grows. I kindly appeal for your help."
Shee is a 16-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a meningocele, a mass on the back of his head, when he was born. Due to his condition, he has trouble walking, and crawls to get around. Due to his lack of mobility, Shee has developed pressure sores that require treatment. Seeking assistance through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Shee is scheduled to have his pressure sore treatment on July 11. His family is requesting $851 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.
Ten years ago, Rose was born in Kenya. However, at about two or three years of age, her parents noticed an abnormal growth bulging from Rose’s back. They initially thought the condition would normalize, but as years went by, the condition continued to progress. They sought help from different hospitals but could not get treatment for her due to high costs. Rose has been diagnosed with thoracic scoliosis—a spinal curvature in the upper/middle backbone. The condition has caused Rose hardships in attending school due to pains in her neck, back, knees, and legs. On September 6, Rose will undergo spine fusion surgery to increase movement and eliminate pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), requests $1,500 to help fund Rose's treatment. AMHF expects that after full surgery and recovery, pain and further curvature of the back will cease, and Rose's height will also improve. The surgery will also help raise her self-esteem and will enhance her education. Rose says, "I am eagerly waiting when this condition will leave me so I can concentrate on my studies. I am very determined to study and would like to be a doctor in the future."
Miguel is a seven-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the fifth child in his family. His mother works at home to take care of their family, and his father is a day laborer. Miguel’s mother experiences lactation failure, which means that she cannot produce breast milk. This causes Miguel and his twin brother Eduardo to be underweight and small for their age. Because of this, Miguel often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Miguel’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and Miguel is at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize his condition, Miguel was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. Although lactation failure is dangerous, it is thankfully easy to treat. On February 14, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will begin supplying Miguel's mother with formula and health education so that Miguel will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,107 for the treatment. One-on-one education with Miguel’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Miguel’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Miguel’s mother says, “I am very worried for my son because he is not growing. I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher.”
Rawda is a six-month-old baby living in Ethiopia with her mother. She loves to drink juice and play with her mother. Rawda's mother is a housewife, and her father is a daily laborer. Her father has a small income, which can only support their daily needs. Rawda was born with an abnormal bowel condition. Soon after birth, she developed bowel obstruction and underwent an emergency procedure. She needs to continue treatment to fully correct the condition. “I can’t afford for my child's medical bill because I don’t have my own income and my husband’s income is too little to cover our daily costs in the house," Rawda's mother explains. "I am here though the help of another organization. All I have is hope to see my baby healthy.” Rawda's doctors have scheduled a procedure to correct her sensitive condition. The total cost of the procedure is $1,500, and covers supplies, medications, imaging, and one day of inpatient care. Her procedure is scheduled for July 27.
Ko Day is a 59-year-old farmer from Burma. In January, Ko Day underwent surgery to remove an abnormal growth on his eye. The removed tissue was sent for biopsy, and the result showed malignancy, meaning Ko Day would need further treatment. Ko Day's doctor was unsure if the cancer had spread, so he ordered a [CT scan](https://watsi.org/profile/8bf004fac89c-ko-day) of Ko Day's chest and abdomen, which was funded by Watsi donors. The results were thankfully clear. Ko Day is now able to move forward with radiation therapy. However, the doctor still needs to determine the specific location for the radiation and has requested another CT scan to be done on Ko Day's eye. On March 21, Ko Day will receive this treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is asking for $469 to fund Ko Day's CT scan. After treatment, Ko Day is looking forward to having his eyesight back!
Sesilia is a 10-year-old student who lives with her family in Tanzania. Sesilia used to love going to school until her foot began to swell and hurt. The swelling on her foot started as a small blister, but kept growing over time. Her parents didn’t think much of it and just drained the pus, but the swelling kept getting worse. Sesilia's teachers advised her parents to take her to the hospital for treatment, where they were told that the cause of her swelling was a bone infection. Her family brought Sesilia to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, where Sesilia will have her foot amputated on June 9 to prevent the infection from spreading and possibly causing sepsis. Her family is requesting $1,035 to fund the treatment and cover expenses like the hospital stay, surgery, prosthesis, x-rays, and medication. Sesilia says, “I will be happy if my leg gets better that I will no longer have pain walking and if the smell goes away too. I miss going to school and seeing my friends.”
Miguel is a quiet four-year-old boy from the mountainous regions of the Philippines. He lives with his family in a small bamboo house. His home does not have electricity, and his family goes to a local spring to retrieve water. Miguel has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 24. Miguel will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Miguel's mother says, "I want him to recover from malnutrition and finish his studies."
Poe is a 34-year-old man from Burma. He works as a border security guard and protects the Burmese border. While on the way to get a haircut, Poe hit a patch of loose gravel and was thrown off his bike. Poe landed on the side of the road and was knocked unconscious. When Poe woke up after the accident, he knew that his leg was broken. He was unable to stand, and a passerby helped him get to our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot Hospital, for an X-ray. The X-ray showed displaced fractures to the tibia and fibula of his right leg. The X-rays revealed that Poe will need surgery to fix the fractures. On January 27, Poe will undergo an internal fixation procedure to mend his broken bones. He needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "Thank you for helping me. I hope I will recover from this very soon so that I can play cane ball with my friends," he says.
Lim Thong is 63 years old and has one son, three daughters, and three grandchildren. He likes to watch the news and boxing on TV and feed his chickens and ducks. Four years ago, Lim Thong developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and sensitivity to light. Lim Thong has trouble working and going anywhere on his own. When Lim Thong learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours to seek treatment. On March 21, doctors will perform a a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Lim Thong will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure.
Crecious is three years old and the first child to his mother. His mother describes him as a happy child who is always playing. As Crecious started to grow, his mother noticed that he wasn’t able to walk very well and would often fall over. They traveled to Arusha to seek treatment at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Crecious's legs have bowed outwards, so he was diagnosed with genu varus. Crecious's mother has high hopes for her son, but she only makes a small amount of money as a primary school teacher. She needs help to pay for his treatment. On January 19, Crecious will undergo corrective surgery for his legs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $940 to fund his treatment. Crecious’s mother says, "I hope that my son with be able to grow, play, and go to school like other children after his surgery. "
Jasmine is a shy seven-year-old girl from Tanzania who likes reading, drawing, and coloring. Since her father passed away in July 2016, her mother provides for them by selling fish in the local market. Jasmine and her mother live in her grandmother’s house. When Jasmine was six months old, she began experiencing a cough, flu symptoms, and difficulty breathing. Her mother took her to two hospitals before bringing her to Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), our medical partner's care center. At the first hospital, Jasmine received medication, but her condition did not improve. At the second hospital, she was misdiagnosed with pneumonia and received more medication and injections. When she did not start to feel better, her mother brought her to ALMC, where she was diagnosed with enlarged adenoids and tonsils. Tonsils and adenoids are soft tissues similar to lymph nodes that are located in the back of the throat. As part of the immune system, they help to defend the body from harmful bacteria and viruses, but they are susceptible to infections themselves. When they are infected, they can cause a sore throat, tender neck lymph nodes, or fever. They often become enlarged, obstructing airways or pathways for breathing and swallowing. The recommended treatment is a tonsillectomy to remove the enlarged and infected tonsils. Without treatment, Jasmine will continue to experience difficulty breathing, and she will be unable to attend school regularly. Unfortunately, Jasmine's family is unable to afford the $633 treatment cost and has managed to raise only $50. With financial help from Watsi, Jasmine is scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy on April 6. Funding will pay for the operation, as well as four days in the hospital, blood tests, and medicine. Her mother says, "I hope she will be a teacher one day."