Alp joined Watsi on July 13th, 2015. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Alp's most recent donation traveled 6,300 miles to support Miloury, a baby girl from Haiti, for heart surgery.
Alp has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 5 countries.
Alp has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 5 countries.
15-month-old Miloury was born with a cardiac defect called an aortopulmonary fistula, in which a hole exists between the two major blood vessels that connect to the heart. Blood leaks through this hole, depriving Miloury's body of the oxygen she needs and leaving her sickly and weak. Miloury lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with her mother, father, grandmother, and several other relatives. Her parents are both currently seeking work. She is a happy baby who likes to wear dresses and have her hair braided. For $1,500 (and with an additional $5,000 subsidy from Have a Heart Cayman Islands), Miloury will receive the heart surgery she needs. "I am excited to know that Miloury will be a normal child after she can have her surgery," her mother shared.
Meet Douglas, a 10-year-old boy from Kenya. Douglas was born with hypospadias, a condition that affects his urethral opening. If left untreated, Douglas may suffer urinary tract infections, urine leaks, and even impotence. Douglas is the sixth-born in a family of seven children. Douglas’s parents are concerned because he is not doing well in fifth grade, and believe that the physical and psychological discomfort associated with his condition are to blame for his falling behind. Douglas’s father is a subsistence farmer, while his mother is a housemaid. It is already a strain on their combined incomes to pay for the basic needs of seven children, and paying for Douglas’s surgery is out of the question for them. For $655, surgeons will perform hypospadias repair surgery. The funding will also cover the lab tests and ten-day hospital stay involved in Douglas’s operation. “I hope that I will be treated soon and get back to normal,” Douglas shared.
Angel has a beautiful smile, when she decides to show it! She just celebrated her first birthday, as she was born on August 11th, 2015. Angel is able to sit on her own and likes playing with soft toys and being around other children. She is the second-born child in her family, and they live together in Tanzania. Angel was born without any problems and was developing normally. However, she contracted a severe fever when she turned five months old. She was admitted at a local hospital and subsequently treated. After her daughter's recovery, Angel's mother continued to care for her baby as usual. She began to notice that the size of Angel's head was slowly increasing. One day, she became extremely nervous when she realized that Angel's big sister's hat would not fit on Angel's head! She took her daughter back to the hospital. After a thorough examination, Angel was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and exerts pressure. Angel received surgery to install a shunt-- a device that will drain fluid from the brain to another part of the body. This procedure will prevent further intracranial pressure, which could otherwise have affected her eyesight. Angel's mother is a self-employed tailor and her father is a small-scale farmer who primarily grows tomatoes. They have built their own two-bedroom mud house and are trying their best to care for their children. The $775 cost of Angel's surgery is just too high for them to afford. Let's help fund Angel's procedure, which includes a five day hospital stay and a two week stay at the Plaster House, a facility that houses and rehabilitates children who have undergone correctional surgeries. "I hope my baby will get well and continue to grow up like other children," says Angel's mother. "I'll be happy to see her walking."
Jonalyn is a happy, 13-year-old student who loves to study and play a game similar to kick-the-can. She lives with her parents and two siblings in the Philippines, where their one-room house has a cement floor and a thatched roof made of nipa leaves. Jonalyn noticed a mass on the right side of neck when she was 12 years old. She told her mother about it, but they did not seek help since they did not have money to spend on medical consultations or medicine. After a few months, she complained of pain when swallowing and difficulty breathing and also noticed that the mass on her neck was getting bigger. She has been unable to concentrate during her classes because of the on-and-off throbbing pain in her neck. During a church activity in May of 2015, Jonalyn felt a throbbing pain in her neck and was examined by a doctor. She was diagnosed with a goiter—an enlarged thyroid gland usually caused by a deficiency of iodine, an important element in the production of thyroid hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for seven days and iron supplements for 10 days and referred Jonalyn to another care facility to undergo tests to determine the type of goiter. Unfortunately, the family was unable to seek further care for Jonalyn until now. She was screened by a health trainer in one of our sponsored communities, consultation was facilitated, and she was advised to undergo a thyroidectomy to remove the thyroid gland. Jonalyn's mother is a housewife, and her father raises pigs. They cannot pay for surgery for Jonalyn because their income is barely enough to sustain the family's daily needs. $1,500 covers the cost of Jonalyn's surgery, transportation to and from the hospital, 10 days of hospital care—including medicine, imaging, and blood tests—and medicine to take after she goes home. The surgery will lessen Jonalyn's discomfort due to her condition. "I am very thankful to you for helping people like me in my condition, especially those who are not financially capable in terms of health treatment," shares Jonalyn. "I was truly blessed because I was given an opportunity to be treated. After the surgery, I plan to continue my schooling to reach my dreams and help my family someday."
Meet Chrech. She is 42 years old, and lives with her husband in Cambodia. She enjoys cooking, listening to the news, and pop music. Chrech was in an automotive accident last November. The accident left her with a fractured femur, and she has been unable to walk ever since. She is currently in pain. Chrech traveled for three hours to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). CSC learned that she initially received traditional Khmer treatment, which are traditional Cambodian herbal remedies. The treatment proved to be ineffective. Chrech requires an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery - a type of surgery that realigns bones to heal fractures. Chrech needs $405 in financial assistance. Upon completion of the surgery, she will be able to walk again.
This hardworking young man is Ibrahim, a 23-year-old who lives with his mother and three siblings in Tanzania. Ibrahim grew up working on his family’s farm. "He never went to school because he was the one helping his parents and siblings," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Ibrahim has hydrocephalus, a condition that causes an abnormal buildup of cranial fluid around the brain and swelling of the skull. “His condition has forced him to slow down with what he can help his mother with. He is experiencing many fainting incidents,” explains AMHF. Ibrahim needs medical attention to prevent his condition from worsening. Ibrahim’s mother most recently brought him to AMHF after Ibrahim lost consciousness for six hours. AMHF tells us that his mother “works very hard, but with three children in school, coming up with enough cash to pay for the operation which Ibrahim needs has been a challenge.” Ibrahim loves singing in the church choir, but without surgery he might not be able to continue this hobby. With $775, Ibrahim will undergo surgery to remove the excess fluid in his skull and alleviate the intracranial pressure on his brain and nerves. This operation will stop his dizzy spells, bouts of unconsciousness, headaches, and blurred vision. Not only will this treatment make Ibrahim feel better, it will relieve his family from the stress of worrying about his health.
Meet James, a five-year-old boy from Kenya who our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), describes as “shy but brilliant.” He lives with his mother and older sister in a two-room rental house and attends nursery school. Currently, James has an inguinal hernia on the right side of his groin area, which is a soft tissue bulge. “He experiences pain and discomfort on his groin especially when bending over, coughing, or lifting anything,” says AMHF. “If James is not treated, it can result to restriction of blood supply to tissues and intense pain.” Two years ago, James’ father left and no longer supports them. James’ mother works in a local mobile retail shop where she earns a monthly income of $60, which is not enough to fund his treatment. For $430, we can help pay for James’ surgery and two days of bedrest. After treatment, James’ hernia will be gone and he will no longer feel discomfort. James’ mother says, “I really have no means to pay for James’ surgery. I will be happy if you help us make his treatment possible.”
Twelve-year-old Boramei lives with her parents, brother, and sister in Cambodia. She likes playing soccer with her friends at school, and her favorite food is pork fried rice. Boramei came to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), with a stiff right knee. “Boramei received injections into her right leg when she was three months old in an attempt to battle Dengue fever,” explains CSC. “It has been difficult for her to walk since she was a year old. She wants to play with her friends normally, but sometimes she can't participate.” Treatment for Boramei is quadriceplasty, a surgical technique in which doctors release adhesions and contractures in the thigh muscles (quadriceps) to make it easier to bend the knee. CSC tells us, after surgery, “Boramei will have more fluidity in her knee and be able to walk better.” $378 in funding pays for surgery for Boramei as well as two weeks of hospital care, five days of post-operative care (including physiotherapy), and four follow-up appointments during the first year after surgery. Boramei looks forward to walking with less difficulty and playing more sports with her friends. Let’s help make that happen for her!
“I wish to get my life back. I hope Watsi will help me so that I can be well again to support my husband in taking care of our family,” said Jane. Jane is a beautiful middle-aged woman from Kenya. "She is married and she and her husband have three children who are all in school,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares. After experiencing headaches, bleeding, and anemia, Jane visited a medical center where she received a CT scan that revealed uterine fibroids -- noncancerous tumor-like growths, that require surgery to remove. Once diagnosed, "surgery was advised but Jane kept on postponing due to lack of money. Jane heard about the Watsi program and came to seek for help." “Jane is a housewife, while her husband has a kiosk which sells daily household goods. The income from the kiosk supports the family's basic needs and supplements the school fees for their children," AMHF adds. "It is impossible for this family to raise the money needed for this important surgery." For $790 Jane will receive a total abdominal hysterectomy and a five-day hospital stay. The removal of her uterus in the hysterectomy will help to prevent the fibroids from recurring. AMHF reports that after her surgery, “Jane will recover fully. She will be free from the bleeding and anaemia. Jane will be able to take care of her children.”