Wendy joined Watsi on January 20th, 2018. 18 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Wendy's most recent donation supported Emmanuel, a teenager from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Wendy has funded healthcare for 2 patients in 2 countries.
Emmanuel is a student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and younger sister in a small village in the mountains of southwest Haiti. He enjoys going to school and would like to be an engineer. Emmanuel has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart is damaged due to an infection he suffered earlier in childhood; as a result, it cannot circulate blood through his body effectively. Emmanuel will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 28, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. Emmanuel'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 Emmanuel's family overseas. He says, "I am looking forward to this surgery so that I can start school again!"
Abdulwaheb is a cute seven-year-old who loves to play and laugh with his friends. His parents are not currently working because they can't find employment. Abdulwaheb was born with a congenital anomaly called bladder extrophy. This means his bladder is exposed above the skin. This leads to urinary abnormality and exposes him to infections. His parents are very worried about the condition. Fortunately, the family visited our medical partner's care center. There, he will undergo a corrective surgery on February 20. His family needs to raise $1,500 to pay for this surgery. His father says, “Our area is not economically stable. It is very hard for us to get work. We have been in different hospitals but we couldn’t get the necessary treatment anywhere. We are here by the help of another organization with a hope to get the treatment, though we can’t afford the medical bill.”