Pamela joined Watsi on June 27th, 2013. Two months ago, Pamela became the 5610th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 104 more people have become monthly donors! Pamela's most recent donation supported Megan, a baby girl from Tanzania, to fund hydrocephalus treatment.
Pamela has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Megan is a baby from Tanzania. She is a last born child in her family of four children, and was born with her twin brother. Megan's mother is a stay home mom and her father is an office assistant. They have health insurance which covered her first surgery but the insurance company is now refusing to cover more surgeries that Megan needs. Megan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Megan has been experiencing vomiting, irritability and an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Megan will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Megan that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 27th and will drain the excess fluid from Megan's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Megan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Megan's mother says, "Please help my daughter get this treatment so that she may be able to live."
Jane is a middle-aged woman who is undergoing serious pain in her spine and waist area. In August 2019, she complained of hip-area pain and had ointment applied. Over the weeks, the pain has become severe accompanied with numbness in both legs. She hardly sits down and has to be assisted to make every move. Pain medicines have not been helpful to her. She had an MRI and was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) of the spine. She requires surgery to relieve her of the pain and regain her ability to walk. Jane used to be a peasant farmer while her husband is a driver. The mother of four children is not able to raise the full amount required for surgery. They have managed to raise $1,000 and the national insurance has committed to pay $1,300. The family is hoping to raise the remaining amount from Watsi supporters. Jane says, “I am in severe pain and my prayer is that soon I will be able to walk with ease.”
Coldy is a baby from Haiti who lives with his mother and father in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Coldy has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart; blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. Coldy will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On November 14th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart using a patch. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5000 to pay for surgery. Coldy'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 Coldy's family overseas. From Coldy's mother, "I am hopeful that after his surgery my son will start eating better and gaining weight!"
Ashish is a four-year-old boy from Nepal who has an inguinal hernia. Ashish suffers from daily pain and limited mobility. If left untreated, his condition can cause long-term impairment of his intestines. Ashish lives with his family on a plot of land they tend themselves. The family's great dream is for Ashish to go to college one day. A $1,390 surgery can remove Ashish's hernia and allow him to walk around and move like all the other boys his age!
Seven months ago, Tedi was injured while playing soccer. Though he didn't know it at the time, he developed an infection deep in the bone of his leg. The pain and infection have gotten worse over time, and he is no longer able to go to school. Tedi comes from a farming family, and they do not make enough money to cover the cost of a surgery and medical treatment. Bone infections require a long hospitalization and strong antibiotics. Tedi's providers also plan to give him nutritional support to make sure that his body is strong when he leaves the hospital. The total cost of Tedi's care will be $745. Tedi loves going to school, and wants to get back to learning with his classmates. When he is older, he wants to be a teacher. With this treatment, his leg should be able to function again. He'll be able to go back to school when the school year begins, and not lose too much more time from his studies.
Samuel is a six-year-old Ethiopian boy who is suffering from a severe case of osteomyelitis, a condition that causes inflammation in bone marrow. Samuel's osteomyelitis is located in his right leg, and is bringing him intense pain and reduced mobility. A bone transplant that would give Samuel relief costs $1,495 – an amount that Samuel's father, a manual laborer recently forced to quit his job to care for his ailing son, can't field by himself. Once he's healthy, Samuel hopes to start school. Let's set Samuel down the path to recovery and give him a chance to pursue his schooling!