Christiane joined Watsi on February 21st, 2020. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Christiane's most recent donation traveled 4,200 miles to support Tabby, an 8-month-old from Tanzania, to fund surgery to repair her congenital condition.
Christiane has funded healthcare for 123 patients in 8 countries.
Tabby is an 8-month-old girl from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of three children. She was born with a congenital birth defect that required a colostomy, a surgical operation where a piece of the colon is diverted to an artificial opening in the abdominal wall so as to bypass a damaged part of the colon. Now, Tabby needs a follow-up surgery that will remove her colostomy and enable her to pass stool normally. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the ability of Tabby's parents to work and they are unable to pay for her surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are asking for your help to fund this $743 surgery. Tabby’s mother shared, “I will be happy to see my daughter treated.”
Amumpaire is a 4-year-old girl from Uganda. She is the youngest of two children to her parents. She has started school and Amumpaire prefers playing to anything else. Her father is a mechanic and repairs vehicles to earn a living. Her mother practices small-scale farming to provide food to the family. Amumpaire was brought by her mother with anterior and progressive swelling on her neck since birth. This has disfigured her neck and it is protruding which causes discomfort. Amumpaire traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 19th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Amumpaire needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure. Amumpaire's mom says, “I can't wait to see my child without this condition on her neck. I will surely be happy and can continue with farming as I care for our family.”
Mpirirwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of six, most are already married. She is the sole caretaker of her husband who was paralyzed six years ago. They live in a three-room semi-permanent house. For the last 40 years, Mpirirwe has experienced no pain but as her mandibular mass has grown bigger, she experiences discomfort and disfigurement of her appearance. The mass needs to be excised to prevent her symptoms from growing worse. Mpirirwe traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mpirirwe needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Mpirirwe shared, “With this surgery, I will be able to work comfortably again and be more productive. I will also comfortably attend church services and participate in other public activities as others do.”
Veha is a 3-year-old boy from Cambodia and the only child in his family. His mother is a construction worker and his father is a tuk tuk driver. Veha enjoys reading cartoon books, playing games, and watching TV. One month ago, he developed a mass in his left nostril, and over time it has become increasingly painful and produces a foul odor. In addition to the bad smell, he experiences nasal obstruction. His family traveled three hours to bring him to the hospital for care. Veha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 20th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Veha needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. "I hope that doctor will perform the surgery successfully so my son's nose will not cause him pain anymore," Veha's father said.
Elimlim is the oldest in a family of three children. He and his siblings depend on their mother because their father passed away in 2019. They live together in a single traditional Masai house made of mud, sticks, and grass. He is currently a full-time student and his healthcare would normally be covered by his university, but due to COVID-19 he is no longer receiving those benefits. In 2017, Elilim was hit by a stray bullet during a school shooting. Since then, he has undergone a series of surgeries to repair his fractured leg. Now, Elimlim has to undergo another bone transport surgery in order for him to walk again. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are requesting $1,500 to help fund the cost of his surgery and care. We need your help to cover the cost of his treatment. This life-changing surgery will significantly improve Elimlim's quality of life. "I will be happy to get well so that my whole family does not have to take care of me anymore," shared Elimlim.
Malis is a ten-year-old student from Cambodia. She is the youngest of three children. She is in third grade and at school her favorite activity is writing stories. In her free time she likes reading fairy tale books and playing jump rope. A year ago, Malis developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Malis' family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 6th, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Malis shared, "I hope that my eye surgery can get better so I can read my books and go to school. I want to study more so I can have a good job one day."
Phayuok is a 10-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and younger sister. His parents are construction workers. Phayouk is in grade three of elementary school and wants to be a policeman when he grows up. For now, he enjoys reading books to his sister and playing soccer. Eight years ago, Phayouk suffered burns on both of his hands. Since then his fingers have been contracted, and he has always found it difficult to pick things up or use everyday tools such as a spoon or a pencil. When Phayuok's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to release the contracture of his fingers and help him use his hands well again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure. His mother said, "I hope after this surgery he can have a normal life using his hands, pick things up easily, and write well at school."
Sambo is a 4-year-old student from Cambodia. He has recently started elementary school. He lives with both of his parents and his older brother. His parents sell goods at the local market to earn a living for their family. Sambo shared that he likes to play ball with his friends and go for walks with his family. In July 2019, a snake bit Sambo on his right hand. His mother took him to a local hospital where they performed a fasciotomy and skin graft. However, the wound did not heal properly. The fingers on his hand have contracted and he can no longer easily move them. When Sambo's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to help him regain good use of his hand and fingers. Now, Sambo's family needs help to fund this $474 procedure. His mother said, "I am worried he will miss a lot of school because he cannot write with his hand that way. I hope this surgery can make his fingers work well again."
Kunthea is a 49 year-old woman who is married with one son and three daughters. She works in construction. Kunthea has been diabetic for many years. Last month she cut her foot on a sharp stone and ever since her blood sugar was so high that she could not control the bleeding. She experiences pain, swelling, and redness on her left foot. The wound has become infected and she cannot walk. A chopart amputation of her left foot will remove the infected area and allow her to walk again and not be in pain. Kunthea says, “I hope that I will get better and be able to walk after surgery. I want to be able to work and cook in my free time." “I hope that the doctor will help us with a treatment and I hope my wife will get better soon and not be in pain,” Kunthea’s husband said.
Blessed is a 7-year-old boy from Kenya. Blessed’s parents are both casual laborers and his mother stopped working so that she could take care of Blessed. His father is not able to raise enough as his work is not reliable. Blessed underwent an earlier colostomy procedure, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may need closure. In Blessed's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $681 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Blessed. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 12th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Blessed’s mother says, “I just can’t wait to see Blessed treated and playing like other kids.”
Ching is a 22-month-old girl from Cambodia. She is the youngest of two siblings, with one brother and one sister. Her siblings go to school and her parents are farmers. Ching likes playing with her siblings, painting, and looking at picture books. Three months ago, Ching fell down while she was walking. She seemed to be injured, and when her parents took her to a local clinic, they found that her left hip was dislocated, making one leg shorter than the other. Due to this condition, Ching cannot walk easily, and overtime her condition will worsen. When Ching learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On July 1st, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint stabilization procedure to change position of hip and allow it to develop normally. Once the proper position of her hip has been restored, Ching will be able to walk easily. Now, Ching needs help to fund this $518 procedure. Ching's mother said, "I hope that my daughter will be better, have no pain, and walk easily."
Daniel is a one-month-old infant from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. His mother is a stay-at-home mother looking after the children while the father works as a secondhand clothes seller for a living. Since birth, Daniel has had bilateral inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or even death. Fortunately, on April 7th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Daniel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Daniel’s mother says, “Please help my son have this surgery, the doctor says he can’t wait for long or else his condition will continue worsening and we are unable to afford the treatment cost.”