Jeff joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. Three years ago, Jeff became the 2291st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,336 more people have become monthly donors! Jeff's most recent donation supported Stella, a four-year-old from Tanzania, to fund knee surgery.
Jeff has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 11 countries.
Stella is a four year old girl from Tanzania. Stella's parents are peasant farmers relying on subsistence farming to make ends meet. During dry seasons, they seek casual labour such as cleaning clothes to provide for their three children. Stella limps and complains of pain. She walks very slowly due to genu varus, where her legs are curved outwards. When standing, it is hardly noticeable but upon walking, she limps, making it challenging for her to walk. The firstborn in her family was born healthy, only acquiring the condition when she was two years old. Stella's parents were not able to seek timely treatment for their daughter due to financial need. With successful surgery, she will be able to walk with ease and less pain. They are not able to consolidate the funds needed for the surgery. They appeal for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Stella. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 5th. Treatment will hopefully restore Stella's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Stella’s mother says, “we were directed here to seek help after we couldn’t afford our daughter’s treatment cost. Please help our daughter so that she can get this treatment.”
Morgan is a young boy from Kenya who was diagnosed with nasal blockage a few weeks ago at Kijabe hospital. At two years, Morgan’s mother noticed her son had difficulties in breathing and thought that to be a common flu. But this condition went on for quite a longer time than the normal flu, raising concern. They went to the nearest hospital and were put on medication, which barely helped. A friend advised them to visit Kijabe Hospital where Morgan was diagnosed with adenoids and tonsillitis and surgery recommended. They came back to the hospital and were told that Morgan needed adenotonsillectomy surgery to improve his condition. Morgan's mother is employed as a casual saloon attendant with little income to meet her son's cost of surgery. Morgan was abandoned at birth by his biological father. It would be very fulfilling for his mother to see him breathe normally again and be comfortable after a long and uncomfortable experience. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $779 to fund an adenotonsillectomy for Morgan, which is scheduled to take place on December 9th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Morgan of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. “I look forward to those days my son can sleep peacefully,” says Morgan's mother.
Ngwe is a 46-year-old from Burma. She lives with her husband and 16-year-old son in Winkabar Village, Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State. Her son studies in grade 6 while her husband works as a day labour tapping rubber trees. Ngwe stopped working three years ago because of her health problems. Ngwe was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Ngwe feels tired and sometimes she has heart palpitation when she is active. She cannot walk long distances. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ngwe. The treatment is scheduled to take place on October 31st and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “When I recover fully, I want to meditate [at the temple]. I also want to help out with household chores and make merit through various activities,” said Ngwe.
At the age of seven, Sophea fell three meters from the roof of her house. Sine then, her back has formed a curve in her spine, and she has experienced pain in her back and difficulty sleeping. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Sophea has three sisters and enjoys reading books, listening to music, and cooking. Her favorite subject in school is math, and she hopes to become a tailor when she grows up.
Samwel is a child from Tanzania. He is the last born in a family of four children. He quite boy and shy in public. His father works a posho-mill shop (a local maize-mill) as the operator. He earns barely enough to support his family. Samwel’s mother is a stay home mother. Samwel was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is unable to walk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Samwel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Samwel's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Samwel’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he may walk without difficulty or pain. “
Denis is a baby from Tanzania. He has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Denis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Denis's clubfoot repair. His mother says, "“I wouldn’t want my son to feel different due to his condition please help my son I want him to grow up just like his older brother.”
Mi is a 57-year-old teacher from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae Sot. Her husband is a day laborer, two sons of her go to school, and her daughter is a seamstress in the factory. Mi has a fracture in her left hip bone. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Mi will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 12 and will cost $1,500. She will be able to walk and teach again. Her husband says, “I feel very sad to see my wife in pain."
Jarred is an infant from Kenya. He has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Jarred is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Jarred. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 12. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Jarred to grow up healthy. Jarred’s mother says, “My prayer is to have my son treated and grow upright with less medical issues."
Smaha is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and three siblings in Cap Haitien, a city on the northern coast of Haiti. She attends first grade, and likes coloring and doing art projects. Smaha has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A blood vessel between the pulmonary artery and the aorta that normally closes soon after birth instead remains open. Blood flows through it, bypassing the lungs and depriving the body of the oxygen it needs. Smaha underwent a surgery two years ago to tie off the duct, but unfortunately the defect has re-opened; she will now undergo a different type of procedure called cardiac catheterization to close it in a way that makes it very unlikely to ever reopen again. Smaha will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 3, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a device attached to the tip of a catheter to block the leaking duct. Another organization, Gift of Life Inc., is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. Smaha'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 Smaha's family overseas. Her mother says, "I am praying that after this trip to the hospital my daughter will be fully healthy."
Kyaw Myat is a five-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in Ma Gyi Pin Village, Tigyaing Township, Sagaing Division. Kyaw Myat was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Kyaw Myat, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 19, and, once completed, will greatly improve Kyaw Myat's quality of life. His father says, "After my son underwent MRI, the result shows that he is suffering from hydrocephalus and need surgery. I hope he will feel better after this surgery."
Parani is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children. Last year, Parani fell into a fire and got burned around his chest and neck. The burn contractures limit his ability to move because of the tightening of the skin. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Parani receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him move his head easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Parani’s mother says, “Thank you very much for coming in and helping our son we had no means of affording his daily dressing he now needs a surgery which we can’t afford to please help.”
Hashim is a farmer with a large family from Malawi. He lives with his wife and six kids, and together they have seven grandchildren. He spends his days farming, and enjoys reading the Bible in his free time. Since May 2018, Hashim has been experiencing pain and failure to urinate. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Hashim's surgery. On February 14, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay.