MICHELLE MORALESMONTHLY DONOR
MICHELLE's Story

MICHELLE joined Watsi on January 31st, 2017. Four years ago, MICHELLE joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. MICHELLE's most recent donation supported Naw Lah, a 24-year-old pregnant woman from Thailand, to fund a safe Caesarean section for her new baby.

Impact

MICHELLE has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 11 countries.

All patients funded by MICHELLE

Veronica is a cheerful, married 29-year-old mother of two children. Veronica shared that she left school in primary school, because her parents could not afford her school fees. Her husband earns a living through helping people lift heavy luggage at a local bus station, and he also does a variety of other jobs when he has the opportunity. Veronica enjoys spending time with her two children, ages two and four; they give her joy and fulfillment as a mother. Her family lives in a one-bedroom rented house. In 2009, Veronica developed a swelling on her neck. She ignored it, thinking it would soon go away, but in 2014, the swelling grew. In 2015, she was diagnosed with a goiter, or enlarged thyroid, and surgery was recommended. As the goiter continues to grow, she has experienced coughing, difficulty breathing and difficulty swallowing. She can no longer sing in church or carry heavy things on her head, and she shared that she can no longer eat hard foods like msima, a Malawian staple. Veronica also told us that the condition has changed her appearance and has impacted her self-esteem. Veronica has visited the government hospital more than 15 times since her diagnosis, but her surgery was always rescheduled. Two weeks ago, she went to a different hospital and was referred to our medical partner's care center, where a surgeon recommended a thyroidectomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Veronica receive treatment. On May 25th, Veronica will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $1,015 to fund her procedure. The surgery is expected to improve her life and heal her symptoms. With a hopeful smile, Veronica shared, “I am overwhelmed with this opportunity to be sponsored for this operation. After the operation, I hope to live normally and care for my children properly. I believe I should be able to eat hard msima [the Malawi staple food] or raw cassava and potatoes which I now miss greatly. I look forward to sleeping without struggles after this surgery, much appreciation!”

$1,015raised
Fully funded

Rebecca is a 1-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of two children and has started to grow into a strong and beautiful girl. Both of her parents depend on small scale farming to support their family. Rebecca was initially brought to the hospital by her parents seeking treatment to help correct her spina bifida condition. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord fail to form properly. This puts a child in danger of limb paralyses or death in case of a severe infection. At the time, Rebecca's parents could not afford the proposed surgery. Luckily, one of their friends advised them to seek help at our medical partner's care center, ALMC Plaster House. Through Watsi funding, Rebecca’s life was saved and she has been growing well since then. However, a few weeks ago, Rebecca's mother noticed her daughter's head was increasing in size at a very fast rate and she was complaining of headaches. Her parents had worked hard to save some money and got a health insurance card for their baby, so they decided to take her to the hospital to seek treatment. There, Rebecca was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. She needs to have an ETV surgery that will help relieve her of the pressure build-up, which would otherwise lead to brain damage. Unfortunately, their insurance has not matured enough to cover this kind of major surgery, so Rebecca's parents are appealing for financial support to help her. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Rebecca that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 25th and will drain the excess fluid from Rebecca's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Rebecca will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Rebecca’s mother shared, “My daughter’s head is increasing in size and it is making her sick. She needs surgery but the insurance we got for her cannot cover the cost. Please help once more if it is possible because we don’t know where to run to for help besides all of you.”

$1,300raised
Fully funded

Brian is a 12-year-old boy from Kenya and the last born in a family of three children. Eleven months ago, Brian started experiencing some pain in his lower abdominal area. The pain would come and go after a few minutes. After a few weeks of enduring the pain, he opened up to his elder brother about what he was experiencing. Though Brian was hesitant to tell his father, Brian's brother talked to their father so that Brian could seek treatment for his condition. Upon visiting a nearby facility for examination, the doctor diagnosed Brian with a right inguinal hernia. However, the facility could not offer the surgical intervention required, so the physician referred Brian to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. The hernia repair surgery Brian needs will relieve him of the pain and help him return to his normal life activities. This procedure is too costly for Brian and his family. His father is a bodaboda (motorcycle taxi) driver and his mother operates a small grocery shop. The income generated from both businesses is not enough for the family to pay for his surgery, so their family appeals for financial help. Fortunately, on December 31st, Brian will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $444 to fund Brian's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Brian’s father shared, "Knowing about Brian’s condition, I am afraid that without the surgical intervention, my son will not be well again. From our side, we are not able to raise any amount of money to cater for his surgery, so we have requested financial support."

$444raised
Fully funded