Gary joined Watsi on September 15th, 2014. 20 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Gary's most recent donation traveled 4,500 miles to support Moses, a man from Kenya, to fund treatment for a broken leg.
Gary has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 10 countries.
Gary has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 10 countries.
Moses is a 42-year-old man who lives in Kenya with his wife and two children. He roasts green maize at the roadside. He was crossing the road this October when he was hit by a car. The accident fractured his left tibia and fibula (the two lower bones in the leg). He was brought to the hospital, where an ORIF treatment was ordered. This is a surgical method of realigning the bones and fixing them together with rods or plates so that they rejoin. If not treated, Moses may have malunion, nonunion, or infection. His treatment is scheduled for October 23. Moses hopes that he can "be well and go back to caring for my family." Watsi is requesting $998 to fund Moses's treatment.
Htet is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a village in Burma. Htet’s father peels coconuts for a living, while his mother works in a betel leaf garden. Their combined income is just enough for daily expenses. When Htet was nine months old, his mother noticed that his lips often turned blue when he cried. His symptoms were still there on his first birthday. His parents took him to a clinic in Yangon, where they were informed that Htet has a congenital heart disease. His father tried to treat him with traditional medicine, but Htet’s symptoms did not improve. When Htet is active, he feels very tired and has heart palpitations. He also eats very little and is often sick. Unfortunately, Htet has had to stop attending classes. He really enjoys school and hopes to become a teacher when he grows up. Htet and his parents visited our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, where they learned about Watsi and the possibility of having surgery. Htet's surgery is now scheduled for November 17. Htet's surgery will cost $1,500, which is too much for Htet's family to afford. Htet’s father says, “As a parent, both my wife and I feel very sad and guilty to see our son in this condition. I don’t care how long the treatment will take but if my son recovers, I can give my full time to him. My wife is worried and told me that she will work and that I must look after my son. If there is any way for my son to recover, I would sacrifice my life for him."
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.
Moe is a 21-year old man from Burma. He has eight siblings, but his parents passed away when he was 15. Moe worked in a restaurant kitchen until a medical condition prevented him from continuing with his work. Moe was born with a dark birthmark on his face. When he was 17, the birthmark began to grow, eventually creating pressure on his forehead and eyelid. Moe also experienced a growth on his thigh. When he was 15, he was playing soccer with his friends, and was kicked in the leg by another player. He felt a shooting pain in his leg, and has experienced ongoing pain since. He visited a local hospital, where he received an x-ray, and was informed that he would need surgery to address the cyst on his leg. Moe decided to use traditional medicine to treat the pain, which did not work. Having heard of Watsi’s program with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), he decided to seek help. Doctors suggested the cyst be surgically removed On October 4, Moe will undergo a cyst excision procedure. He needs help to fund this $1,500 surgery. Moe said, "I love cooking, and am eager to return to work to the restaurant industry. With time, I dream of becoming a chef".
Mercy is a seven-year-old girl living in Kenya with her mother and sibling. She is very social and has a beautiful smile. Mercy's mother is a vendor who sells vegetables in the village. She is a single mother and thus the sole provider in the family. Mercy is in the second class in her primary school. Mercy is a very bright girl and would like to be a doctor in the future. Mercy has left-sided hemiplegia, a type of cerebral palsy, and also left-sided clubfoot. Clubfoot is an umbrella term for congenital foot abnormalities, which includes when the foot is twisted out of shape or position. As a result, the tendons in the limbs are shorter than usual, and further complications of limited movement and stability may occur. With the combination of the hemiplegia and clubfoot, Mercy has difficulties walking. She needs surgery for clubfoot correction. Her mother is unable to afford the corrective surgery and needs financial assistance. The total cost of her procedure is $1,224, and covers medications, supplies, and six days of inpatient care. Her procedure is scheduled for July 10. "My desire is to see a bright future for my daughter," shares Mercy's mother. "I will be happy to see my daughter going for surgery and coming out of the operation room."
Mugisa is a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher from Uganda. He is married and a father of three children. About four years ago, Mugisa developed a swelling in his right inguinal region near his stomach. He was first given herbs to try to reduce the size of the swelling, but they did not work. In March of 2017, the pain from the swelling became severe. He went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. This means that part of his intestine had protruded through the muscles surrounding the abdomen. Due to the pain, Mugisa feels weak. He is unable to lift heavy items or climb the hills to reach his gardens and water well. If left untreated, Mugisa is at risk of experiencing hernia strangulation. He is currently scheduled to undergo surgery on April 19 to repair the hernia. Our medical partner is requesting $249 to cover the expenses of the procedure. Mugisa says, “I am sick, but I cannot afford to pay for my treatment.”
Princess is a seven-month-old baby girl and the youngest of five children to her mother, Edisa. Princess is known for her giggly disposition. Her siblings love playing with Princess and making her laugh. Princess has a severe case of pneumonia and has been experiencing a fever and difficulty breathing. If left untreated, pediatric pneumonia can become life-threatening. To feed her family, Edisa rents a small piece of land to grow maize, cassava, potatoes, beans, and other vegetables. Recently, Edisa hasn't had enough money to rent land or plant new crops. As a result, the family is surviving on last year’s harvest. None of the children attend school, since Edisa can't afford school fees. Money for hospital bills is beyond her reach. On May 10, Princess will begin treatment for her pneumonia, which will include a five-night hospital stay, blood tests, and medication. The Kellermann Foundation is requesting $106 to fund her care. Edisa wants the best for Princess. She is grateful for Watsi's support with her daughter's recovery. “I clap in joy for the help I am receiving," she says. "Please give all my thanks to the donors."
Ma Kyi is a 15-year-old girl from Burma. She and her parents have lived in Hpa-an their whole lives. They own their own farm, where they grow rice and beans to sell. When Ma Kyi was born, she had a mass between her eyes. Her parents did not seek treatment for the mass, as it did not cause her any health problems. They also could not afford treatment. This condition has significantly impacted Ma Kyi's life. She stopped attending school five years ago because she feels self-conscious about her appearance. Since then, she has been helping her parents around the house. Recently, a friend of her mother referred the family to our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). She told them that MTC would be able to provide treatment for Ma Kyi. Soon after arriving at the clinic, Ma Kyi began to work with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Ma Kyi's condition is formally known as frontoethmoidal encephalomeningocele, or FEEM. Brain fluid and tissue are protruding through her skull. She will be receiving surgery to correct the FEEM on February 5. Now, her family needs help to raise $1,500 to fund this surgery. After recovery, May Kyi plans to return to school.
Chai Lin is a 68-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She is married and has five sons, one daughter, and 14 grandchildren! Chai Lin enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. About two years ago, Chai Lin developed cataracts in each of her eyes, causing her blurred vision and sensitivity to light. Seeking treatment, she visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On April 24, Chai Lin will undergo surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, CSC's care center. She will receive intraocular lens implants in each of her eyes, restoring her vision. CSC is asking for $292 to cover the cost of her hospital and medication fees. Chai Lin is looking forward to being able to see again!
Saidati is a 16-year-old woman from Uganda. She and her husband, Humarn, are expecting their first child. Saidati lives with her in-laws, who operate a small restaurant. She works as a waitress. During her free time, Saidati enjoys watching netball games, swimming in the river, and weaving mats and baskets. Saidati visited our medical partner’s hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. Because she is young, her doctors consider her pregnancy to be high-risk. They recommend that she receive medical attention before, during, and after labor to ensure a safe delivery. On April 15, she will begin to receive supplements and attend antenatal checkups and health education classes. She will deliver her baby in the hospital, and she will undergo a C-section if necessary. After birth, Saidati and her baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. Though Saidati and her husband are paying $7 for her treatment, they need help to pay her remaining medical bill. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund antenatal visits, lab tests, medication, and three nights of hospital stay. Saidati thanks donors for supporting her treatment and prays to God to bless them in all they do.
Kunthea is a 35-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has two daughters. He likes to play soccer, watch TV, and go fishing in his free time. When he was 10 years old, Kunthea developed an ear infection in his left ear, and the infection spread to his right ear. He developed chronic otitis media when both of his eardrums perforated. Kunthea has tried to use ear drops from a pharmacy, but his symptoms have not improved. He experiences ear discharge and hearing loss. It is difficult for him to work, and his wife is worried about him. Kunthea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Care (CSC), from a relative. He traveled with his wife to reach CSC and get treatment. ENT surgeons at CSC will perform a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear on January 19. CSC is requesting $399 for the procedure that will repair Kunthea's eardrum and improve his hearing.
Sambath is a 27-year-old farmer who is married with two sons. He likes to watch TV, listen to music, and relax at home in his free time. In December of 2016, Sambath was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a broken jaw, malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth when the jaws close), and a hematoma (abnormal collection of blood outside of a blood vessel) in his right eye. It is difficult for Sambath to eat, and he is in pain. Sambath knew about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), because his relative had surgery there before. He traveled for four hours with his sister to reach CSC for treatment. Sambath is scheduled to undergo surgery to realign and fix the bones in his face on January 23. The procedure costs $411. With our help, Sambath will be relieved of pain and able to eat normally once again.