Gavin joined Watsi on February 28th, 2016. 22 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Gavin's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Chamrong, a motorcycle mechanic from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Gavin has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 8 countries.
Gavin has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 8 countries.
Chamrong is a 19-year-old motorcycle mechanic from Cambodia. He has three siblings and enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with his friends. Ten years ago, Chamrong 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, Chamrong experiences discharge, tinnitus, hearing loss, and headaches. He is often unable to hear or communicate with others effectively. Chamrong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 21st, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right 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. Chamrong said, "I hope that after my surgery, my ear infection will heal and my hearing will improve."
Derrick is a boy from Kenya. He has a right hydrocele. Fortunately, on May 27, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Derrick's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I am praying and hoping we get help towards my son’s surgical care,” says Derrick’s mother.
Guertha is a mother of one from Haiti. She lives with her parents and young son on a small farm in the mountains of northern Haiti. Guertha has a cardiac condition called severe rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart cannot open and close properly due to an infection she suffered several years ago. As a result, her heart cannot adequately circulate blood through her body and she is weak and short of breath. Guertha will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 1, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove her damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Fundacion Heart Care Dominicana, is contributing $10,000 to pay for surgery. Guertha'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 Guertha's family overseas. She says, "I am hopeful that after this surgery I will have my health and energy back!"
Mediony is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents, grandparents, and brothers and sisters in the mountains of southern Haiti. He has not yet been attending school because of his illness, and instead helps his mother around the house. Mediony has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Mediony will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 3, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in his heart, and will remove the muscular blockage in his valve. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $18,000 to pay for surgery. Mediony'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 Mediony's family overseas. His mother says, "I am praying that my son will become normal and healthy after his surgery!"
Ephantus is a father of two children from Kenya. In September 2016, he was in a bad road accident. He has already undergone three surgeries to treat his injuries. However, he still has an unhealed fracture on his left tibia. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 15, Ephantus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Ephantus says, “My prayer is to be able to walk with ease and help my wife raise our family."
Imaculata is a girl from Tanzania. She is the youngest child in a family of three children. She is a friendly and playful girl. When she was one year old, her left foot was burned in a fire. Since then, contractures have developed, limiting her movement. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Imaculata receive treatment. On November 2, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her regain her mobility. Now, her family needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Imaculata’s father says, “Ever since I became sick I have not been able to work in our farm thus making it hard to support my family. Please help my daughter.”
Alvin is a young student from Kenya. He is in fifth grade. Alvin is the youngest in a family of two. Alvin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Alvin has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Alvin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 11. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "We were very concerned and worried when he told us about this problem. We pray that he gets help and hope the treatment will be successful so that he can continue with his studies,” Alvin’s mother says.
Mujulizi is a baby from Uganda. He is the youngest in a family of seven children. Mujulizi’s parents are farmers. Since birth, Mujulizi has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. If not treated, the hydrocele may continue growing, causing Muiulizi pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on September 19, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund Mujulizi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "After surgery my son will have peace and grow with good health.”
Mafeeta is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married with four children. Three years ago, Mafeeta developed a swelling on his right cheek that has been growing in size. He experiences pain and discomfort. Mafeeta traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 10, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mafeeta needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Mafeeta says, “I hope to be relieved of discomfort, pain, and disfigurement after surgery and I will continue with cultivation.”
Yaseat is a second grade student from Cambodia. He has three sisters and five brothers. He likes to play football with his friends. He enjoys painting and wants to be a teacher when he grows up. Two months ago, Yaseat had an accident and fractured his right elbow. He cannot bend his arm and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 3, Yaseat will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will allow him to use his arm freely again. He says, "I hope I can play football with my friends soon."
Lucky is a baby from Uganda. He is the youngest of four. Lucky and his siblings are all in school. Since birth, Lucky has had an umbilical hernia. This is causing him pain, and this has resulted in him missing a few days of school. Fortunately, on June 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Lucky's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "After surgery my son will continue with school without anything disturbing him.’’
Oliver is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and siblings in a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. He is in the first grade and enjoys going to school. Oliver has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia. He 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 Oliver's condition is operable, he must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into his heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On May 24, he 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 Oliver's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. His father says, "Our family is very happy to have this chance, and we are hopeful that Oliver's heart will be able to be fixed."