Gentry joined Watsi on May 27th, 2017. Two years ago, Gentry became the 2878th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,384 more people have become monthly donors! Gentry's most recent donation supported Begaelle, a girl from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Gentry has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Begaelle is a baby from Haiti. Begaelle lives in Port-au-Prince with her parents and grandparents; she is her parents' first child. She was born with two holes in her heart: a ventricular septal defect, between the two lower chambers, and an atrial septal defect, between the two upper chambers. As a result, blood cannot circulate properly through her body, leaving her sick and short of breath. Begaelle will fly to India to receive treatment. On August 22, she will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Rotary International, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. Begaelle'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 Begaelle's family overseas.
Chhorn is a woman from Cambodia. In October 2018, Chhorn slipped and fell, fracturing her left hip. She visited Kampong Thom provincial hospital where she received an x-ray and steroid cream for her injuries, but she still experiences pain and cannot walk without support. Surgery will help to reconstruct and align the hip bones so that Chhorn will be able to regain full movement in her hips. Surgery is scheduled fo May 7 and will cost $497. In her free time, Chhorn enjoys growing vegetables, feeding the farm animals, cooking for her family, and watching television.
Narin is a man from Cambodia. In 2016, Narin suffered injuries to his leg and foot during an accident with farming equipment. He went to a Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh to initially receive care, costing $7,000. However, he still suffers from restrictions and contractions in the toes of his right foot. Contracture release surgery will allow Narin to regain full function of his feet and toes, and return to his work on the rice farm without any pain or difficulty. Surgery is scheduled for April 26 and will cost $417. Narin looks forward to returning home to take care of his children, as well as join in soccer with his friends. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to walk normally and return to my daily activities."
Wilfred is a clerk who lives with his son in Malawi. He enjoys praying and attending church in his free time. He also likes gardening. Since December of last year, Wilfred has been experiencing urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Wilfred's surgery. On March 21, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He says, "This program is welcomed, and I have hope."
Tatu is a girl from Tanzania. She is the fifth born in a family of ten children. Her parents are farmers. Tatu 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, Tatu traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 8. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Tatu's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Tatu’s mother says, “We didn’t want our daughter to grow up disabled, but due to financial challenges we couldn’t take her to hospital. Please help our daughter."
Kobilo is a farmer from Kenya. She has five children. As a farmer, she plants millet and sorghum for her family’s consumption. This month, Kobilo was involved in a road traffic accident while she was crossing the road. She lost consciousness for hours, and she was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Kobilo sustained a severe tibia fibula fracture. She is now unable to walk or stand using her right leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 23, Kobilo will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Kobilo says, “I want to be able to walk, sit, and even feed by myself like any other person.”
Phat is a vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, five sons, and ten grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. A month ago, Phat developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 7, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her husband says, "I hope my wife's eye surgery is successful so that she can see clearly and return to work."
Kyaw Zin is a ten-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Mae Taung, Mae Sot, Tak Province. Three years ago, Kyaw Zin began to experience blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for him to see clearly. Kyaw Zin was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely. Kyaw Zin is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina on October 25. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. After surgery, Kyaw Zin's vision will hopefully be restored, and he will resume his daily activities comfortably. Kyaw Zin said, “I want to see my parents clearly. I want to play with my brother and I also want to go back to school.”
Ephantus is a father of two children from Kenya. In September 2016, he was in a bad road accident. He has already undergone three surgeries to treat his injuries. However, he still has an unhealed fracture on his left tibia. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 15, Ephantus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Ephantus says, “My prayer is to be able to walk with ease and help my wife raise our family."
Marc is a teenager from Haiti. Marc lives in Port-au-Prince with his father, who is a plumber, and his mother, who works in a bakery. He enjoys going to school and listening to soccer games on the radio. Marc has a condition called rheumatic heart disease, in which an infection severely damaged one of the valves of his heart, preventing it from adequately circulating blood to his body. This condition leads to fatigue and weakness and could eventually be fatal. Marc will fly to India to receive treatment. On September 21, he will undergo cardiac surgery. During surgery, his damaged valve will be removed and an artificial valve will be implanted in its place. Marc's family 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 his family overseas. Marc says, "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping to fix my heart problem and make me healthy."
Nar is a four-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandparents, and two aunts in Mawlamyine City in Mon State. Just before she turned two, her mother noticed a small lump on her neck. The mass became larger as she grew. Her mother took her to several hospitals for possible treatment. At our medical partner's care center, her doctor recommended a surgery to remove the benign tumor. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 27. Her family is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.
Kayleh is a child from Kenya. Her parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Kayleh has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Kayleh has been experiencing a drastically increasing head circumference and irritability. Without treatment, Kayleh will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Kayleh that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11 and will drain the excess fluid from Kayleh's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Kayleh will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I am glad there is hope for my daughter’s treatment. I hope all goes well,” shares Kayleh’s mother.