Curt joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three months ago, Curt joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Curt's most recent donation supported John, a 12-year-old boy from Haiti, to fund pre and post operative care for his heart surgery.
Curt has funded healthcare for 125 patients in 14 countries.
Curt has funded healthcare for 125 patients in 14 countries.
John is a 12-year-old student living in a small village in northern Haiti. John lives with his parents, three brothers, and one sister, and before he fell ill, he loved to play soccer and to go to school. John has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation, which means that one of his heart valves can no longer pump blood through his body. This condition is due to an infection John suffered earlier in childhood, and it has rendered him weak and left him in late-stage heart failure. The care John needs is not available in Haiti, so John will need to fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 9th, he'll finally undergo the cardiac surgery he needs, during which surgeons will remove the severely damaged valve and implant a mechanical valve in its place. Our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $15,000 to pay for the surgery. However, John's family also needs help to fund all the pre and postoperative costs. The $1,500 they are seeking will cover laboratory tests, medicines, checkups and follow-up appointments. It will also help John to obtain a passport, and cover the costs of the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany John's family overseas for his treatment. John shared: "I am looking forward to being strong and healthy again once my heart is fixed."
Aye Myat is a 34-year-old man from Burma who lives with his wife and father in-law in a village in Karen State. He is a subsistence farmer and part-time day laborer. Aye Myat's father in-law is too ill to work and his wife is a homemaker, so Aye works very hard to support his family. In early November 2021, Aye Myat felt like something was stuck in his throat. When Aye Myat checked in the mirror, he could see a lump bulging from the left side of his upper throat. The following month, Aye Myat received a CT scan at a local hospital in Hpa-An. The lump was found to be noncancerous and surgery at a hospital in Yangon would be required to remove the lump. Due to the civil war in Burma, Aye Myat was worried about traveling to Yangon so he instead asked his relatives to arrange safe passage for him to Mae Sot, Thailand. A doctor at Mae Sot Hospital scheduled Aye Myat to undergo another CT scan to confirm the previous diagnosis before scheduling surgery. This additional scan will help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. The mass does not cause Aye Myat pain, but he feels like there is something constantly stuck in his throat, making it hard to breathe and eat at times. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is helping Aye Myat raise $414 to cover the cost of the CT scan scheduled for February 9th. Aye Myat’s wife said, “I told him not to worry so much about his condition being cancer, but he cannot stop worrying. I can understand how he feels and I also worry about him. I hope that he will hear good news when he receives his CT scan result.”
Xyrie is an adorable 18-month-old girl from the Philippines. She loves to watch educational videos and is learning the alphabet. Her mother, who works as a public school teacher, is the sole breadwinner of their family. With her mother's income, Xyrie's family has tried hard to access care for her medical needs. Xyrie was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Xyrie is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on April 6th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,279 to cover the total cost of Xyrie's procedure and care. After her recovery, Xyrie will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. “It will be so much more convenient for Xyrie to move without the colostomy bag, and we don’t have to buy her colostomy supplies anymore. I also won’t have to worry that she’ll be bullied when she grows up,” Neriza, her mother shared. “The help provided by WSFP and Watsi are really of big help to our family,” added Neriza.
Titus is a 22-year-old motorcyclist and is the sixth born in a family of nine: six boys and three girls. His father earns wages from farming and working in other people’s farms, while his mother takes care of their house and family. They live in a two-roomed iron-built house in their village. Two months ago, Titus was involved in a road accident. He was riding a motorcycle that lost brake power and fell into a ditch. Titus sustained lacerations on his knee and fractured his right patella, and was rushed to a nearby district hospital where he was sutured and discharged home. Three weeks later, when he tried to stretch his leg, his wound opened and an X-Ray imaging of his leg revealed an open patella fracture. The doctor has recommended open reduction and internal fixation surgery and skin grafting to avoid further complications and further wound infection. Currently, Titus is in pain and has to use a walking frame to get around. His parents have desperately searched for a solution, but their socioeconomic status with the family of many children in school with fees has limited the options of helping Titus. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 13th, Titus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will relieve him of his pain and he'll be able to use his leg once he recovers. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Titus shared, "My biggest hope is to get an opportunity to be treated so that I can go home to better my life.”
Debora is an eight-year-old student in the second grade. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Deborah is the youngest of six children in her family, and has a twin sister. The children live with their grandmother and their uncle, while their mother lives in the city. Since she was two years old, Debora has had a swollen area on her neck. Because of this, she has difficulty talking and moving her neck easily. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Debora receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons at AMH will remove the mass. Now, Debora's family needs help raising $724 to fund her procedure and care. Debora shared, "I wish the swelling would disappear. I don’t like it."
Roth is a 39-year-old construction worker with two children. His son is 14 years old, and studies in grade 5; his daughter is 17 years old, and she is a farmer. In his free time, Roth likes to go fishing with his friends. In December 2020, Roth was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right tibia. After the accident, he went to a local hospital for help. The fracture has not healed and his leg is now infected. He needs surgery so that his fracture will heal properly and he will have no more pain. It is difficult for him to walk, he feels poorly and has chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 6th, Roth will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This surgery will repair the fracture, reduce the risk of reinfection, and help him to walk easily again. Roth shared, "I hope that I can walk as soon as possible. I need to work so I can send my children to school and feed them."
Boe is a 59-year-old Burmese woman who lives with her husband and granddaughter in a refugee camp in Thailand. She and her husband used to work as day laborers, but unfortunately, they have not been able to leave the camp for work since April 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Their family relies on a monthly cash card they receive from a local organization called The Border Consortium. On February 4th, Boe was buying snacks at a shop in the refugee camp. While she was standing in front of the shop on the road, a motorcycle ran her over, fracturing her left knee. Currently, Boe experiences pain in her leg and cannot put any weight on her left foot. Her left knee is swollen and she has to take pain medication to sleep at night. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Boe will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 8th. Once recovered, Boe will be able to walk again and will no longer experience pain. Now, Boe needs help raising $1,500 to fund her procedure and care. Boe shared, "I am very scared to have surgery but the doctor told me that I will not be able to walk again if I do not receive it. So I agree with the doctor's plan. I am happy to hear that there will be donors to pay for my treatment. Without donors I could never afford to receive surgery."
Moe lives with his two uncles, one aunt, two nephews and a niece in a village in Mont State in Burma. Moe's two uncles are retired, his niece looks after his youngest nephew who is a baby, and he had to stop working two years ago after he had a stroke. His aunt and his older nephew are shop vendors, earning 150,000 kyat (approx. 150 USD) together in a month. In his free time, Moe likes to read magazines. Two months ago, Moe noticed that he had a blister on his right big toe. Three days after he first noticed the blister, it ruptured. Over time, the area around the blister turned red and swollen, before developing pus and becoming itchy. He went to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) after a nurse at the village clinic advised him to go there to get help. At MCLH, the doctor examined his toe and performed surgery to clean and remove necrotic tissue. Moe returned to that hospital several times, however, his toe never healed. He has diabetes and it is especially difficult for his body to heal from an injury like this. His doctor at MCLH has now determined that he needs to have his toe amputated. By this point, Moe has run out of money and can no longer pay for his treatment. Moe cannot walk long distances and he cannot sleep well due to pain that worsens at night. He hopes that with this treatment, he can finally feel well again. "I don't have any money to pay for my surgery and I feel sad about this. I worry about my toe getting worse and I feel sorry that my aunt [and nephew] have to work hard to support our family. But I feel so happy to receive support from you," said Moe.
Seam is a 65-year-old farmer with one daughter, three sons, and seven grandchildren. All his children are also farmers. Seam lives with his wife who is also a farmer. In his free time, Seam likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Four years ago, Seam developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Seam learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 28th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and implant in his right eye so Seam can see clearly after recovery. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Seam wishes to become independent, "I hope I can see clearly after surgery. I want to go to the rice field by myself and plant some vegetables around my house to support my family."
Yasir is a two-year-old baby boy and the only child in his family. His mother is a homemaker and his father works as a taxi driver to earn money for their family. They have been having a hard time financially and haven't been able to take Yasir to any hospital for treatment before now. As a result, they usually use pain-relieving medication from the pharmacy to help him feel better. Yasir has now been diagnosed with a bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward so that they do not 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 has a hard time walking and playing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Yasir. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 7th and will help restore Yasir's mobility. In addition, it will allow him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Yasir’s mother says, “We are struggling financially that’s why we have not been able to seek treatment for our son. Please help us so that he can have his legs corrected because he is having difficulty walking.”
Kundibandiho is a 31-year-old farmer and a married father of three children. He and his wife earn a living through small-scale farming. For three years, Kundibandiho has had a right inguinal hernia. He experiences pain, especially when doing strenuous work or taking a long walk. The hernia has affected his ability to farm, and Kundibandiho is afraid that without treatment, he could be at risk of complications like strangulation. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Kundibandiho to receive treatment. On June 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $230 to fund his surgery. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kundibandiho shared, “I hope my health shall be restored after this surgery. I have had this condition for a long time.”
Evans works hard as a motorcycle taxi driver. He's the second-born in a family of five and had to drop out of school in grade 8 after his parents were unable to pay his secondary school fees. He opted to take a “Boda boda” (motorcycle taxi) job so that he could support his siblings and his children. Evans has two children that he works hard to provide for and he hopes to get married in the future. Now, he worries about not walking again. He is a hardworking and industrious man who makes ends meet for his young children. Two days ago, Evans sustained a traumatic right femur and tibia fracture after he was involved in a road traffic accident. He was rushed to the hospital for x-rays. Because he had an open wound on his femur, Evans was taken to the operating room for emergency washout surgery. A cast was placed and he was admitted to the surgical ward as doctors plan for his care. Evans is unable to walk or lift his right leg due to the fractures. He is worried that he'll continue lying in the hospital bed in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH) can help. On September 7th, Evans will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Evans will heal and be able to work. He'll be able to fend for himself and help out his family and children. AMH is requesting $1247 to fund this procedure. Being single and without a proper job, Evans has very little to help him undergo this surgery. He has come out to ask well-wishers to help him raise money for his surgery so that he can walk again and continue supporting his family. Evans says, “If I could be walking now, I could be out there looking for a job and supporting my family. I have faith that I will walk again."