Stephan Medcalf
Stephan's Story

Stephan joined Watsi on September 12th, 2014. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stephan's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sokhoeun, a taxi driver from Cambodia, to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.


Stephan has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Stephan

Annita a 10-year-old girl from Uganda, and is the youngest of eleven children. Her parents are small farmers and grow cassava, but most of the time the mother is burning charcoal to sell for a living. Like young girls her age, Annita likes to play netball, fetch water and run around the community with other children. She has just started grade two at the local elementary school. About a month ago, Annita began suffering from edema as a result of malnutrition. Her condition has kept her from going to school because she has become very lethargic. She no longer has the energy to play with other children either. With her parents' subsidy of $1 and our support of $375 in funding, Annita can receive intravenous nutrition, medications, and diagnostic tests to ensure that she can develop normally. Watsi's medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation, will be able to provide both Annita and her family the resources they need. Her mother looks forward to returning home and providing a balanced diet for her children. She shares, "I used to think that a child consuming enough bananas or cassava is enough for them to grow. I always made sure that they have a full plate of food, but I was told by a nurse that my child is missing some nutrients in her diet. I want to make sure that from now on, I can provide a nutritious meal for my child." Annita's mother is thankful for the help from Watsi and the Bwindi Community Hospital. She has asked God to bless all the people who are supporting her daughter.

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This is Hein, a two-year old toddler from Burma. Hein has recently learned to speak, and his favorite word is “mother", though he also knows how to say the names of all his family members. Since birth, Hein has dealt with several medical conditions. Last year he underwent surgery for a congenital heart condition, and he currently has limited vision due to a congenital glaucoma. “Hein can see light, but very little beyond that,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). Hein's condition is the result of an improperly developed optic drainage system, which leads to increased pressure and ultimately nerve damage in the eye. “When he was born, his parents noticed that his eyes were covered by white film,” adds BBP. “During his first six months of life, Hein’s parents tried to heal his eyes with a traditional healer, but this proved unsuccessful. Hein’s parents then took him to an eye specialist, who referred him to a major hospital to undergo surgery. However, when he was being prepared for surgery, doctors discovered he had a heart murmur and refused to operate.” After receiving heart surgery last year, Hein is now healthy enough for eye surgery. For $1,500, Hein will receive a bilateral lens replacement, which will allow him to see for the first time in his life, and allow him to develop properly through childhood. This cost accounts for everything that Hein will need for his full surgery and recovery, including 30 days of hospitalized care, food, transportation and three days of post-operation follow-up care. “Hein is a resilient boy - while waiting for surgery he has overcome a tuberculosis infection and has been in and out of health facilities since the day he was born," BBP says. Hein’s family is optimistic about his future. His mother “hopes for him to be educated and go to school like his sisters,” BBP adds.

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