Jerry joined Watsi on October 19th, 2013. Seven years ago, Jerry joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jerry's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Brian, a newborn from Kenya, to fund corrective surgery.
Jerry has funded healthcare for 99 patients in 14 countries.
Jerry has funded healthcare for 99 patients in 14 countries.
Brian was born one month ago at our medical partner's care center, Kijabe Hospital. He is the first baby for his young family. Brian's father works in a newly opened bakery while his mother makes and sells pots to earn a living. His father lives in Kariobangi and mother stays with her mother in-law in an area called Bomet. Immediately after his birth, Brian was examined by the doctor and found that he was not able to pass stool. The doctor consulted with the pediatric surgery team and diagnosed him with anorectal malformations. Brian was referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids, immediately and was admitted in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring. Later, Brian had a colostomy to enable him pass stool with funding from the Watsi community. He has healed well and is now scheduled for his next treatment, a PSARP surgery, to allow for stool passage. Brian’s father shares his appreciation for Watsi's support during his son's first surgery, and says: “We are thankful to God for he answered our prayers through the Watsi program. We are still requesting for more financial help for the second surgery.”
Hsue is a 52-year-old man who lives with his four daughters, his son-in-law and two grandchildren in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Hsue and his son-in-law used to work as agricultural day laborers in a nearby Thai village, but stopped working after travel restrictions were put in place due to Covid-19. These restrictions made it difficult for them to leave the camp for work. Since then, only Hsue's oldest daughter works, while one of his daughters goes to school and the others look after household chores. Last month, the ophthalmologist at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed Hsue with a cataract in his left eye. Currently, the vision in Hsue's left eye is blurry, and he can only perceive light. He develops a headache whenever he tries to focus on something. He has to rely on his right eye and he can only see things that are near him. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Hsue. On June 20th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Hsue's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Hsue said,“I feel very sad. I can’t see and I can't make out people's faces when they are not near.” He is hopeful that this surgery will help him to get his vision back.
William is a hardworking motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. He earns $2.50 daily and lives in a one-room house in Naivasha, costing about $24 a month. His parents are elderly and live nearby on a quarter of an acre piece of land. William suffered femur and distal tibia fractures and is unable to walk and cannot work. Currently, the hospital has admitted him to the respiratory ward since he developed difficulties in breathing. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 20th, William will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. These surgeries will enable the bones to heal and he will be able to walk again normally. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. William says, “I don’t have anyone to depend on, I survive on my own through this motorbike taxi business. But with these fractures, I cannot walk or work at all. I need the surgery to normalize my life and be independent again.”
Thomas is a very charming, playful, and friendly 6-year-old. He's the second-born in a family of four children. His parents say he has been requesting for them to send him to school like his older brother, but they have not been able to enroll him in kindergarten due to his health condition. Both of his parents are small-scale farmers of maize and vegetables, which they use mainly for their food and only sell some of their harvest to be able to buy other basics. Thomas was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. This condition started when Thomas was three years old, and over time his legs have worsened. His legs have curved inwards, forming knock knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Thomas now walks with a gait and has pain after a long day of play and walking. Thomas' parents initially wanted to seek treatment for him, but the village health clinic was not able to treat the condition and advised them to go to a referral hospital. This posed some financial challenges. Fortunately, through a community outreach program of Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center called Plaster House, Thomas was able to be sent to ALMC Hospital, traveling over twelve hours from their village. Thomas has been scheduled to have both of his legs corrected through surgery, but his parents cannot afford the cost of his care and are in need of financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Thomas. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Thomas's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Thomas’ father shared, "We wish to see our son walk well like other normal children, but due to financial challenges we have not been able to afford his treatment cost. Please help us."
Sary is a 49-year-old security guard who has proudly been married for 32 years. Together they have three sons and two daughters. Sary lives with his wife, who is a farmer, and their children. He does not have a lot of free time, but when he does he shared that he enjoys being with his children and listening to the radio. In June of 2020, Sary was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his right shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Sary is unable to lift his arm and he can't work. Sary traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 16th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Sary was hopeful about his treatment and shared, "I hope I can be back to work as soon as possible."
Yohannes is a 13-month-old toddler from Ethiopia who loves eating noodles and playing with his mom and with other children. Yohannes’ only family is his mother, who lives in Addis Ababa. She used to work as a domestic worker, but after experiencing labor abuse she is temporarily staying at a charity organization. Yohannes was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Yohannes is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 22nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Yohannes' mother is excited for him to undergo the surgery, saying “I pray for my child to grow healthy and become somebody.”
Sovantha is a 36-year-old mechanic from Cambodia. He's been married for 16 years and together they have one son and two daughters, all in school. Sovantha's wife works in a factory. When he is not fixing motors, Sovantha enjoys playing on his phone, listening to music, watching TV, washing clothes, and cooking. He also likes to spend time with his children at home. In May 2020, Sovantha fell 3 meters causing a severe fracture of his left wrist. After the accident he had a pin surgically placed in his wrist to heal the fracture. The bone has healed and the hardware needs to be removed so that he has full functionality and no more risk of infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 18th, Sovantha will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. The pins will be surgically removed to prevent future complications such as pain and infection. Sovantha said, "I hope after the pin is removed my left wrist will feel great and there will be no infection."
Phal is 53 year old metal seller from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 40 years and have eight children, who are all married. In his free time he visits with his grandchildren, and helps his wife with house work. In March 2013, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his left knee. His wife took him to a local hospital where doctors installed a plate to fix the fracture. The bone was mostly healed, but recently his knee has become painful and swollen, and a small infected wound has appeared, spreading from the plate on his knee. This has made it difficult for Phal to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 5th, Phal will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove his infection and allow his knee to completely heal. Phal shared, "I am happy that I can have this surgery that will stop my swelling and pain, so I can keep working."
Kruy is a 40-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, her husband is a fisherman. She likes to make food for her children and take care of their family's house. Fifteen years ago, Kruy 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, Kruy experiences hearing loss, ringing, and ear discharge. She cannot hear clearly when she communicates with other people, and she cannot work outside the house independently. Kruy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 7th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Kruy said, "I hope that after my operation, the infection will finally be gone, and I can feel what it is like to have clear hearing again."
Ngo is a 36-year-old Karen woman from Burma. She has three children, and two of whom are students. While she stays home to take care of house work and her husband works as a day laborer. He earns 180 baht (approx. $6 USD) per day and he usually works for about 20 days per month. The income he can make is not enough to cover their family's basic expenses. They sometimes have to borrow money from Ngo's sister, especially when Ngo needs to go to a clinic. In October 2019, Ngo experienced a severe pain in her right side. She went to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. She was on medication which made her feel better. On her follow-up appointment, the medic performed ultrasound imaging test to see if her kidney looks fine. The medic then found a stone in her right kidney and she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) to meet with a urologist. The doctor at MSH at first tried to treat Ngo with medication but when that did not work, the doctor explained that Ngo needs more investigative tests to help her. Doctors want Ngo to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ngo's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 21st. Ngo said, “I want to look after my sons without needing to worry. I want all my sons to be well-educated persons.”
Zawadi is an eleven-year-old girl and the firstborn child in a family of three children in Tanzania. She is a friendly and cheerful girl. Zawadi was born healthy but when she was six years old, she was involved in a fire accident that left her with severe burns on her arms, hands, and fingers. On the fateful day, Zawadi and other children were playing cooking games behind their hut. One of the children went and picked a burning piece of wood from the kitchen and was trying to make a fire for them so that they could cook. Zawadi was the one blowing the fire and while doing this her clothes caught fire. She was wearing a sweater and had wrapped herself in Maasai clothing. She was severely burned resulting in five months of hospitalization during her initial treatment. Her wounds healed but have left her unable to straighten her left arm due to the contractures on her axilla. Zawadi has been scheduled for surgery to help release the contracture on her arm so that she is able to wear clothes and make her life a bit easier when trying to use her hands. Her parents are small-scale farmers who have a few cattle that they depend on for milk. Their income is not enough for them to afford Zawadi’s treatment cost and they are asking for help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Zawadi receive treatment. On October 13th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery and skin graft so she will be able to utilize her hand with greater ease. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Zawadi’s father told us, “If my daughter is able to have this surgery she will be able to have more range of motion on her arm making her life easier than now. Please help because we can’t afford the treatment cost.”
Samean is a 47-year-old rubber tree farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, two grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time. Three years ago, Samean developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Samean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five and a half hours seeking treatment. Samean needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $201 to cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. "I hope that surgery will relieve the symptoms in my eye so I can return to my work on the farm," shared Samean.