Christiane joined Watsi on February 21st, 2020. One year ago, Christiane joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Christiane's most recent donation traveled 3,900 miles to support Boaz, a 5th grade student from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery so he can use his right hand again.
Christiane has funded healthcare for 509 patients in 14 countries.
Christiane has funded healthcare for 509 patients in 14 countries.
Meet Boaz, a 5th-grade student and the middle child in his family of three. His mother is a farmer, growing maize and beans to provide income for their family's needs. Boaz was involved in a car accident that injured his right hand. He was initially treated at a local clinic, where he received a cast. However, his condition worsened, so Boaz visited Kapsowar Hospital, our medical partner's facility, for further review. Doctors performed an X-ray, which revealed a fracture in his right radius and ulna - the bones in his forearm. Boaz's wound was also infected, so he received treatment and antibiotics to help heal. Currently, Boaz cannot use his right hand, and he is in severe pain and unable to sleep well. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On May 10th, Boaz will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. Upon recovery, Boaz will be able to use his hand, allowing him to participate in school and help out at home again AMH is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Boaz's family was also able to gather $100 to contribute to his care. Boaz's mother shared, "I feel like carrying this burden for him. He has so much pain. My hope is to see my son well again and be in good spirits."
John is an adorable 1-month-old infant from Haiti. He lives with his parents and older sister John has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, John has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, John will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $897 to cover the cost of John's surgery at Hospital Bernard Mevs, which will treat his hydrocephalus. This is the only site in the country where this care is currently available. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 11th. This critical treatment will drain the excess fluid from John's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, John will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. His family share that they are happy to have this early intervention to prevent brain damage from the hydrocephalus.
Phors is a bright and ambitious 13-year-old student from Cambodia. He is currently in 7th grade, and his favorite subject in school is Khmer literature. He shares that he aspires to be a lawyer when he grows up. He has a younger sister who is in 2nd grade. To support their two children, his mom works in a garment factory and his dad works in construction. When he was four, Phors was burned on both legs by a low fire. Burn scar contractures eventually developed, tightening the skin around his knees and making it difficult for him to walk. When Phors and his family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery so he can walk easily again. Now, his family needs help funding this $495 procedure. Phors says, "I hope my legs can be healed so I can walk without pain and be comfortable going places."
Sophea is a friendly and active three-year-old from Cambodia who enjoys playing with his friends and riding his bike. He also loves to eat his favorite foods: popcorn, fried rice, fried potatoes, and ice cream! He has one older brother and two older sisters. To support their family, his father works as a construction worker, and his mother works as a farmer. In 2020, Sophea's right foot was burned by fire while he was playing. A scar contracture has since developed, causing the skin around the toes on his foot to tighten. When Sophea's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure, allowing Sophea to regain mobility of his right toes. Now, his family needs help funding this $487 procedure. Sophea shares that he hopes his right foot will be healed and he can walk easily after surgery. He also hopes he will be able to wear shoes and sandals.
Monny is an adorable 15-month-old baby boy from Cambodia who loves to play with his toys. He has an older sister who is ten years old and in 4th grade. Their parents are garment factory workers in the city, so Monny and his sister currently live with their grandparents in the province and see their parents once a month. This past April, Monny's left hand and foot were burned by fire while he was playing. Although his foot has healed well, burn scar contractures have developed on his hand. These contractures occur when the scar matures, thickens, and tightens the skin surrounding it. This hinders mobility, meaning Monny has difficulty using his hand. When his family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for thirty minutes seeking treatment. On August 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help Monny use hand again. Now, his family needs help to fund this $495 procedure. Monny's family hopes his skin will heal and he can use his hand again.
Doreen is a nursing assistant and mother of three. Her oldest child is at the university, and Doreen shared how happy she is that her children can receive an education beyond what was available to her. After leaving school, Doreen started working as a cleaner before developing her knowledge and skills regarding patient care. She now works as a nurse assistant, and her husband works as a boda boda taxi driver. For two years, Doreen has been experiencing an epigastric hernia. As a result, it is painful for her to do any strenuous work. She visited the care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), where the doctors determined she needs to undergo surgery to heal. On April 14th, Doreen will undergo hernia repair surgery to help her live more comfortably and confidently upon recovery. AMH is requesting $230 to help fund Doreen's surgery. Doreen says, "I pray that I successfully undergo my surgery so as to regain my health. I want to continue working to sustain my family."
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."
Vania is a hardworking 14-year-old student from Haiti. She lives in an urban area of the island nation's capital, Port-au-Prince, with her parents and three younger brothers. She enjoys studying, especially science and literature. Unfortunately, Vania has not been able to attend school for two years because of her heart condition. She suffered from rheumatic fever early in her childhood. The illness damaged one of the four valves in her heart, leaving her with a condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. Her heart cannot pump blood adequately through her body, which leaves her weak and short of breath. The good news is that surgery can help. Vania will fly to the Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On May 16th, surgeons will remove her damaged valve and implant an artificial valve in its place. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for the procedure. But Vania's family also needs help to fund other medical and travel costs, which is where our Watsi donors come in. They are raising $1,500 to cover lab work and medicine for Vania, along with checkup and followup appointments. It also will help pay for her to get a passport and support social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Vania and her family overseas. Vania says, "I am looking forward to this surgery so that I can feel more normal and go back to school."
Latifa is a beautiful young girl and the second born of three children. She is charming and bright, and joined the first grade earlier this year. Latifa loves to sing the vowels and to color. Latifa's father is a casual laborer working at construction sites while her mother sells deep fried cakes outside their home every morning. Latifa was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus which causes her legs bow outward at the knees. Latifa's mother says she noticed the problem when Latifa was learning to walk. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she walks with a challenging gait and has exhaustion and pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Latifa. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Latifa's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and decrease her risk of future complications. Latifa’s mother shared, “My daughter is struggling to walk, and her legs get worse every day. Please help her.”
Loucken is a 16-year-old student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and three siblings in a neighborhood outside the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Loucken enjoys making art, listening to music, and going to school and church. Loucken has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect, which means a hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. As a result, blood leaks through this hole, leaving him feeling weak and unable to be active. Fortunately, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), can help Loucken receive treatment. Treatment is not available in Haiti, but on May 11th, he will fly to the Dominican Republic to undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch. HCA is covering the cost of Loucken's surgery, so Loucken's family is requesting assistance to help fund the $1,500 surgery preparation and travel costs. This cost includes all labs, medication, appointments, passports, and the help of a social worker from HCA who will accompany Loucken's family as they travel internationally. Loucken shared, "After the surgery, I hope that I will be able to start playing soccer with my friends."
Chetra is a bright and active 15-year-old from Cambodia with big goals. He has three sisters and is the third child in his family. His father unfortunately passed away several years ago, so his mother single-handedly supports their family by working in a garment factory. Chetra enjoys playing football, playing games, and listening to music. He is currently in grade nine, and he thrives in math and Khmer literature. In the future, he aspires to be a lawyer. When Chetra was only six years old, a finger on his left hand was damaged by an electric burn. After the accident, his mother took him to a hospital to receive care for his wound, but he developed a contracture, which is the shortening and hardening of tendons and other tissue. This leads to the tightening of the skin surrounding the burn. Several years ago, Chetra underwent surgery in hopes of healing his condition, but there was unfortunately no improvement. He is currently unable to hold objects using his left hand and is in pain when he tries to straighten his finger. When Chetra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 25th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his left hand easily again. This procedure will include a skin graft to cover the wound. Now, he and his family need help to fund this $495 procedure. Chetra says, "I hope I can use my finger again soon and can grip things."
Katelyn is an eight-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the middle child, with her older sibling being 11 years old and her younger sibling being two. Her father previously worked as a butcher in their hometown, but he has since stopped and currently does not have a source of income. Her mother is a homemaker and takes full-time care of the children. They all live together in a rental house. Katelyn was born with an ear condition, which has caused her to experience hearing loss. She eventually had to stop attending school due to her condition. She is currently unable to communicate with others despite her having some speech. Last month, Katelyn's parents took her to Kenyatta National hospital to receive medical care. After undergoing an audiogram scan, it was confirmed that Katelyn has moderate to profound hearing loss. Her doctor recommends that she receive hearing aids since this would help with her hearing and likely her speech as well. However, her family is not able to pay for them due to financial constraints. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Katelyn receive treatment on August 5th. Now, Katelyn's family needs help funding these $1,171 life-changing hearing aids. Katelyn's mother shares, “We didn’t know that she could not speak because she is unable to hear! Doctors have said that it’s possible for her to both hear and speak if she gets the aids.”