Ella joined Watsi on November 11th, 2014. Six years ago, Ella joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Ella's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Ruth, a sweet two-year-old girl from Haiti, to fund surgery that will heal her heart condition.
Ella has funded healthcare for 85 patients in 12 countries.
Ella has funded healthcare for 85 patients in 12 countries.
Ruth is a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, which is the capital of the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. She is her parent's first child. Ruth was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus, which causes blood to leak through a hole between two major blood vessels near her heart. The condition makes it difficult for Ruth's small heart to fully function. Fortunately, her condition is highly treatable with surgery. The care she needs is not available in Haiti, so our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance has arranged to take Ruth and her mother to the Dominican Republic, where doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole near her heart. The treatment, scheduled for May 25th, will stop blood from leaking into her blood vessels and should allow her to live a full life ahead. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 toward the surgery cost. Her family is raising $1,500 to help cover the rest of her treatment and related care, including travel for Ruth and her mother. Her mother shared, "Our family is very hopeful that after the surgery, our daughter will have more energy and a better appetite."
Elibariki is a playful and friends 10-year-old boy. He is the third born child in a family of five children. Elibariki has not started school yet because his parents shared that he cannot walk for a long distance due to his foot. The only school in their village is a long-distance walk for Elibariki and too far for him to manage. Elibariki’s parents are small-scale farmers who depend entirely on their harvest for their food and sell a few of the harvest to get money for other commodities. Elibariki was involved in a fire accident when he was three years old. At home, they have an open fireplace outside their house that serves as a cooking area. His mother had prepared breakfast that morning and there were still a few charcoals burning below the hot ashes. Elibariki and his siblings were playing around the fireplace when Elibariki accidentally stepped into the fire with his left foot. Access to medical care was out of reach for their family, so his parents treated him using herbal medicines. Now he is having difficulty walking. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Elibariki receive treatment. On March 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery and he will be able to walk much better and without pain and discomfort. Now, their family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Elibariki’s father says, “We always hoped one day we would find the money to take him to a hospital.”
Jeffnalda is a four-year-old preschooler from Haiti. She lives with her parents, two older brothers, and baby sister. She enjoys playing with blocks and listening to music with her family. Jeffnalda has Down's syndrome and a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, which means there is a hole between the two lower chambers of her heart. Since the cardiac care she needs is not available anywhere within the country, to receive treatment Jeffnalda is a very brave girl and will fly to Dominican Republic. On March 17th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will sew a patch over the hole in her heart so that blood no longer leaks through it. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is also contributing $8,000 to help pay for Jeffnalda's critical surgery. Jeffnalda's family needs help raising funds to cover 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 Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Jeffnalda's family overseas for her surgery. Jeffnalda's father shared, "our family is very hopeful that our prayers for our daughter might be answered soon!"
Joseph is a sweet two-year-old boy and the second born in a family of two children. Even at his age, Joseph already likes to play a lot and makes his parents very happy. Joseph’s father did an electrical course but has not been able to find formal employment so has started doing casual work in the electrical field. Joseph's mother takes care of their home and the family. From the moment he was born, Joseph's parents noticed that he wasn't passing urine normally. They took him to the hospital, but it was suggested that they wait until he was around two years old to undergo surgery. When he reached this age, his parents brought him to our medical partner's care center Nazareth Hospital, where the surgeon recommends that he undergoes hypospadias repair. Joseph 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 future complications. Fortunately, Joseph is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 1st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $710 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Joseph's parents shared, "We humbly request support in order for our son to be cured and lead a normal life in the future. In the future, we'd like to see him start a family. According to the doctor, if he is not cured, he will never be able to have his own children. This is a condition that we really want to get healed."
Mark is eighteen days old and has been diagnosed with a serious birth condition called anorectal malformation. His mother first had a concern when he was 6 days old, but hoped that it was normal. A few days later she noticed that Mark was experiencing trouble going to the bathroom and took him to hospital. After finding out that he would need surgery, a friend of their family referred them to BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival, he was examined and scheduled for emergency surgery that will help heal his condition and ensure he can grow up healthy. Mark is the only child in their small family. His mother works as a lab technician in a small hospital, but her earnings are limited right now. Mark's father does farming and is able to sell the farm produce. Their family does not have national insurance and can not raise the required amount of money for Marks’ surgery. They have come a long way from Kericho County and are in need of support for his care.
Marian is a seven-year-old student and the youngest child of three children in her family. Her mother is a housewife, while her father is a small-scale farmer. Marian has clubfoot of the right foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Marian tiptoes when she walks, has difficulty walking for long distances, and often falls. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Marian receive treatment. On November 22nd, she will undergo clubfoot repair surgery at AMH's care center. After treatment, she will be able to walk well, run, and play with her peers in school. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Marian's procedure and care. Marian's mother shared, "I would love to see my daughter walking like other girls, and any support to make her surgery possible will be highly appreciated by our family."
Ashleyn is the third and last-born child in their family. Her parents are maize farmers in Transzoia County in Kenya. Three weeks ago, Ashleyn was playing with her elder brother at their home while her mum was cooking. Her mum left and Ashleyn fell over a pot of boiling oil, causing her to badly burn her hand and chest. Her mother immediately took her to the nearby government hospital where she was admitted for 10 days. She was being dressed daily but her condition kept worsening. She was then referred to our medical partner's care center and they had to travel for several hours to get from her hometown to the hospital where she was seen by the doctors. Ashleyn needed urgent medical attention whereby she was transfused and treated for pneumonia as she continued being dressed. She recovered well and now she has been deemed fit for surgery where she will need skin grafting to heal her chronic non-healing wounds where she was burned. The wounds are very painful and this has caused so much worry for her parents. They are concerned about their daughter’s future. While admitted at the other hospital, Ashleyn’s medical costs rose to $600 forcing her parents to borrow money from a local money lender with very high-interest rates to pay the bills. They are still paying off the debt to date. Now their family has no money available and her mother explained that paying for this surgery would be impossible for them. Ashleyn is urgently in need of care and the skin grafting will help her heal faster. The family is requesting for help so that Ashleyn can undergo the surgery and be well again. Ashleyn's father says, “My daughter was in a bad condition when she was referred to Kapsowar Hospital. We now have new hope after we were told that she is progressing well and that her surgery will make her heal fast. I have found the strength to see the positive in her situation.”
Eh Eh is a 24-year-old woman who lives with husband, daughter, sister and parents in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. She got married three years ago and her husband works at the pharmacy in the refugee camp. He is able to earn 900 baht (approx. $30 USD) per month to support their livelihoods. Her parents are retired, and her sister is in school in grade 11. Eh Eh works for the Camp Information Team and earns 1,000 baht (approx. $30.33 USD) per month. Their household also receives 1,662 baht ($55.40 USD) per month on a cash card from an organisation called The Border Consortium. Eh Eh became pregnant soon after her wedding in 2018. When she went into labour, she was unable to give birth due to her daughter being too big to fit through her pelvis. Malteser International (MI) staff, who run the hospital in the refugee camp, rushed her to Mae Sariang Hospital, where the surgeon performed an emergency C-section to deliver Eh Eh's daughter. On 28 December 2020, Eh Eh found out she was pregnant again. Due to her previous complications during labour, MI staff referred her to Mae Sariang Hospital for further care while she wis in her 39th week. Knowing that she will need to undergo another C-section, and that she cannot afford to pay for it, Eh Eh was referred to our medical partner, the Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing the treatment she needs for a safe delivery for her and her new baby. Currently, although Eh Eh feels fine physically, she has mixed emotions about the surgery. She is worried and scared about undergoing the operation but she is excited to meet her baby. She shared: “I can cope with the worry because I have experienced this before, and because my husband will take care of me,” she said. “I just really hope that my operation will go well, and that baby will be safe."
Fredrick is a hardworking student and the third born in a family of four siblings. His family comes from a town called Maua in Kenya. Fredrick is deaf and attends a special school named Ntoruba. He comes from a humble background: sadly, his mother passed away in July 2017 due to prolonged illness. His father also suffers from an illness and is currently under treatment. A neighbor expressed, “The family depends on well-wishers for their daily living.” Fredrick has clubfoot on his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Fredrick traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Fredrick's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily again. Fredrick signed that he will be happy if his leg will be corrected and able to walk normally. His brother Dennis told us, "Any help to make him happy and walk normally will be highly appreciated.”
Ma Htun is a 60-year-old woman from Thailand who lives with her son. She and her family moved to Thailand from Burma about 17 years ago in search of better job opportunities. Since early 2020, Ma Htun has been retired. She is now a homemaker and takes care of the household chores. In her free time, she forages for vegetables in the forest. She has a daughter who is married and a son who works as a day laborer. On July 27, Ma Htun was walking home in the rain after visiting a shop to buy food. She slipped and fell and experienced a sharp pain in her right leg. Her son and her neighbor took her to the hospital where an x-ray confirmed that Ma Htun had fractured a bone in her thigh. Currently, she is unable to move her right leg or walk due to pain, and she has difficulty sleeping. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Ma Htun will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 30th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Ma Htun to be free from pain and to walk again. Ma Htun's son shared, “I want my mother to receive surgery and get well soon. I feel bad that I cannot afford to pay for her surgery.”
Sylvia is a 14-year-old student and her favorite subjects in school are mathematics and chemistry. She shared that she would like to be a doctor in the future. Sylvia is the oldest child in a family of two. Her mother is a single mom and works hard as a laborer whenever she can get work. Sylvia has clubfoot of the left foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes her difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Sylvia to receive treatment. She visited AMH's care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 6th. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Sylvia's procedure. After treatment, Sylvia will be able to walk with ease and wear shoes. She will continue with her studies and hopefully achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. Sylvia shared, "my desire is to walk well like other girls and continue with school without any interruptions."
Rachael is a 21-year-old mother with two young children, who are 4 years old and 9 months. Rachael is a homemaker and also does farming in their small piece of land. Her husband has not been able to find other work, so her family has limited income. Rachael’s medical condition started in January 2020, when she was pregnant. She started experiencing pain in the right upper chest region, which sometimes became severe. Rachael has visited many health facilities without seeing much improvement. Eventually, after one of her scans, she was diagnosed with cholelithiasis, also known as gallstones. Upon being examined at Nazareth Hospital, the doctor recommended she undergo a laparotomy. If this condition is not treated, Rachael may have complications like obstruction of the gall bladder, inflammation, obstruction of the bile duct or she may have gall bladder cancer. However, Rachael cannot afford to pay for the surgery and appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Rachael receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a laparotomy to remove her gallstones on May 27th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $788, and she and her family need help raising money. Racheal shared, "I have small babies and this condition is making it hard for me to care for them. I kindly ask for assistance so that soon I can be able to give all my time to them.”