Sheldon joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Six years ago, Sheldon became the 164th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,635 more people have become monthly donors! Sheldon's most recent donation traveled 5,300 miles to support Anitha, a five-year-old from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot treatment.
Sheldon has funded healthcare for 80 patients in 15 countries.
Anitha is a 5-year-old student from Tanzania. She is the only child to her mother who is a single parent. Anitha's father left her when she was baby. That was after he saw she was born with a congenital disability of her feet (bilateral clubfoot). Anitha has never seen her father, neither does her mother know where he is. Anitha's mother helps her aunt in a small vegetable garden. They grow tomatoes and sell them in an open market. The little that they earn is what they use for their basic needs. Anitha has clubfoot of both her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Anitha traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Anitha's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk well and wear shoes. Her mother says, “All I wish for my daughter is to see her walk normally so that she can pursue her studies and have a better life.’’
Sandar is is a 48-year-old pastor from Burma. She lives with her husband, daughter, and seven children who she is sheltering. In her free time, Sandar likes to prepare for her sermons, read the Bible, and pray for others in need. Since 2017, Sandar has been experiencing high blood pressure and heavy abnormal vaginal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with pelvic mass and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Sandar's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Sandar is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on February 24th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience abnormal bleeding or discomfort. "I worry about the children I shelter," said Sandar. "Currently, I have to buy a lot of sanitary pads and my daughter borrowed 500,000 kyat (approx. 500 USD) from her boss to support me, which she will pay back in installments.”
Meet Brian: a four year old boy, he second and last born in his family. Brian recently graduated from pre-school and is to join middle-class this year which he is extremely happy about. His mother told us that he likes carpentry work. “Whenever Brian sees a hammer and nails, he will utilize them to the maximum," his mother told us. The family hails from Maji Mazuri village, Eldama Ravine town in Nakuru county. His mother is a housewife while the father is a farmer. Brian was born with a condition known as genu valgus on his right side. His mother thought he was suffering from rickets and went to a nearby hospital where they were referred to Watsi partner CURE hospital for specialized care. Brian is unable to walk well; his right foot knocks the left and thus hinders his mobility. Surgery will be of great help to him as it will help him walk and he will be able to continue with his studies without any difficulty. The family has applied to the National Health Insurance Fund for funding several times, but all were rejected. “I am kindly seeking for support to help my child undergo surgery,” Brian’s mother told us.
Htike is 40-year-old father from Thailand. He is a daily laborer who works in construction. In his free time he enjoys playing football and cane ball. He also likes to watch Manchester United play soccer. On December 18th, 2019, while working at a construction site, Htike fell from the roof of a 2nd story building. During the fall, not only did he break both his ankles, unfortunately he also slammed his face against nails, which caused bruising and several deep cuts all over his face. He is in severe pain all the time, he cannot walk or move his ankles, nor can he sleep. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htike will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for December 25th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will stop the pain, allow him to walk again, and provide for his family. "After receiving treatment, I am looking forward to working again in construction," Htike said.
Christian is a one week old boy from Tanzania. He is the last born child in a family of two children. His parents depend on small scale farming for their living with no other source of income. Christian has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Christian traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Christian's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Christian’s mother says, “We would love our son to have normal feet and grow into a normal child not having to go through discrimination. The cost is too high for us to afford please help.”
Jackson is an only child from Tanzania. Both of his parents depend on small scale farming of maize and vegetables and only sell a few crop harvests and do not make much income. Jackson traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Jackson needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Jackson's father says, “We have tried to seek treatment for our son ever since he was born with no luck. The doctors at your hospital can treat him but we can’t afford the cost, help us. ”
Due is a 26-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. Due is a farmer while his wife looks after their four-month-old son. In 2018, Due noticed a lump by the size of the tip of a thumb on his right breast. He did not seek treatment until the lump slowly increased in size. He then went to a hospital in Hpa-An in early January 2019. At the hospital, he received an x-ray and was told that he would need surgery to remove the mass. Because he had no money to pay for the surgery, he just went home. With the help of a medic near his area, he was connected with BCMF who sent him to Mae Sot Hospital for a CT scan. The result confirmed the mass and the need to remove it. Currently, there is redness and swelling at his breast mass. It is also itchy and painful sometimes. Due sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. he is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on September 23. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Due said, “I look ugly with my breast mass. It is itchy and painful sometimes. The symptoms of my breast mass put me in stress. I want it to go away from me as soon as possible”.
Chhunny is a 20-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He enjoys listening to music, helping with the housework, and taking care of his son. In June 2017, Chhunny was involved in a traffic accident that resulted in the fracture of his lower left leg and ankle. He often experiences pain and numbness, and it is difficult for him to walk normally. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 7, Chhunny will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will ensure that Chhunny's leg heals properly, and that he will be able to walk without difficulty. He says, "I hope that I will be able to walk without any pain, and will be able to return to work."
Ormnai is a young student from Tanzania. He was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he cannot for long distances without pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Ormnai. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 4. Treatment will hopefully restore Ormnai's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Ormnai’s father says, “My son’s legs are worsening am afraid he won’t be able to walk if not treated please help my son am unable to afford the cost.”
Isaya is an infant from Tanzania. He is the youngest child in a family of six children. Isaya 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, Isaya has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Isaya 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 Isaya that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 24 and will drain the excess fluid from Isaya's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Isaya will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy.
Emanuel is a four-month-old baby boy who is very active. He is the youngest of four children. Emanuel’s parents are both simple farmers, cultivating food and cash crops such as maize, groundnuts, and millet. The family lives in a small house in central Tanzania. When Emanuel was around four months old, his mother noticed that his head was growing at an abnormal rate. Alarmed, she took Emanuel to a nearby hospital, where a doctor diagnosed him with acquired hydrocephalus, or fluid in his brain that was not draining properly. Doctors recommended treatment as soon as possible. On April 24, Emanuel will receive treatment for his condition, which will include surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $728 to cover Emanuel's medical care. While his parents' income goes towards the needs of their children and grandparents, the family was able to set aside $49 for Emanuel's treatment. Emanuel’s mother looks forward to her son's life after treatment, saying, “When Emanuel gets treated, he will attend school when he grows up and become a nurse or a teacher.”
Horn is a 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia who is married with two sons, four daughters, and nine grandchildren. He enjoys reading books and newspapers, watching television, and listening to the news on the radio. About two months ago, Horn developed a cataract in each eye that cause blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for Horn to see things clearly and to work. Horn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled for three hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on February 22. CSC is requesting $292 for the procedure. After a small-incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant in each eye, Horn will be able to see clearly again.