Sam joined Watsi on August 17th, 2013. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sam's most recent donation traveled 4,500 miles to support Francis, a teenage boy from Kenya, to heal his broken legs.
Sam has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 6 countries.
Sam has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 6 countries.
Meet Francis, a 13-year-old boy from Kenya. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), says, “Francis is the fourth born in a family of seven and all of his siblings are in school, where Francis is in class five.” Francis’s parents used to farm in a forest, until they were given notice to stop because some people were illegally cutting trees in the area. AMHF says, “Now Francis’s father works as a casual laborer on nearby farms, and he is barely able to put food on the table at the end of the day; his family has had to go many days without food.” Two weeks ago, Francis broke both of his legs. AMHF tells us, “Francis was in the forest playing with friends and looking for firewood for the household to use when he fell from a tree.” Both of his legs have bilateral midshaft femur fractures, and because of this he cannot walk and is on pain management medication. AMHF goes on to say, “If the surgery is not done soon, Francis could develop infection or suffer malunion and he would not be able to attend school in September - but if treated, he will be able to use crutches and move around a bit.” Francis needs orthopedic surgery to open the area around the broken bones and realign them with metal hardware. This procedure costs $1,410 and AMHF reports, “After the surgery and recovery, Francis will be able to resume school and walk normally again.” “I was begging the hospital to treat my son and hold me here to work off the bill when the doctor called," his father shares. "This support is a miracle from God.”
"My grandchildren are lost without me; I look forward to being there for them and spending more time with them when I get better" says Choipa. Both a grandfather and farmer, Choipa is a 70-year-old male from Malawi. Choipa has a hydrocele, or buildup of fluid which has caused swollen testes. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, shares that, “Choipa produces just enough food for his family with nothing to sell to give him money to pay for his treatment.” If left untreated, Choipa will continue to have swelling and be unable to focus on taking care of his grandchildren. Choipa will be able to receive hydrocele surgery with $631. With this treatment, his testes will return to normal and he will be able to go back to farming and raising his grandchildren. Let’s help Choipa get healthy!
Meet Bertha! Bertha is a hard working primary school teacher from Malawi. She is 25-years-old and loves to teach kids. As a teacher, Bertha has never earned enough money to afford treatment while pregnant. She has now developed an umbilical hernia, causing her swelling and pain in her abdomen, which makes her pregnancies difficult and painful. Bertha says ,“I think if I get healed, I will never have to worry about being pregnant with this condition.” Watsi’s medical partners in Malawi agree. They tell us that if her hernia can be treated, “the bulge on the navel will disappear with all its related pain.” For $615 we can treat Bertha’s hernia and help her get back into the classroom. Let’s all come together to help Bertha and her students!
Gonzalo is a one-year-old baby from Guatemala who hasn't grown in six months. This is indicative of a major development failure. Gonzalo is from a very remote part of Guatemala. His family is very poor. It took them a long time to even save up the bus fare to seek medical attention for their son. Now that he has made it to our medical partner in Guatemala, his doctors are worried that he may have an endocrine problem. If he does, it could greatly increase his risk of developmental and cognitive delays. Fortunately, for just $525, we can give Gonzalo the intensive nutritional therapy he needs to resume his growth and development. This will also cover the cost of an endocrine evaluation to help ensure he grows up with improved cognitive function. Let's help Gonzalo get a healthy start to life!
Brian is a six-month-old boy from Tanzania and his parents' first child. His mother is a student and his father is a bus driver, working to support the family. Brian has a gastrointestinal condition that causes him to vomit after breastfeeding. This is serious, because it means that Brian does not retain the nutrition of his mother's breast milk. He is having trouble gaining weight and staying hydrated. If left untreated, Brian will become excessively dehydrated and could lose his life. Brian's parents tell his doctors, "we pray that our son lives." For $700, we can fund a procedure to rectify Brian's condition, allowing him to breastfeed normally and grow up healthy and strong!
Amadou is a courageous and kind farmer who lives with his wife and four children in Mali. One night while driving his motorbike home from his fields, Amadou was hit by a car and left by the side of the road. Another motorist found Amadou and brought him to a hospital; he had fractures to the jaw and thigh and several open wounds. Amadou works long hours cultivating his fields to feed his family and spends the remainder of his time organizing activities to improve the health and development of his community. Amadou is hard-working and generous, but he cannot afford the medical care he needs. If his injuries go untreated they could lead to permanent disability or fatal infection. For $1460, Amadou will receive comprehensive treatment for all of the injuries he sustained in the accident. Together we can ensure that Amadou will make a full recovery and return to the community he loves so much.
Daniel is a 15-year-old boy from Haiti with throat cancer. Before the tumor emerged on his neck, Daniel loved going to school and playing soccer and marbles with his friends. When his tumor got large enough, Daniel dropped out of school because he was embarrassed. Now, he is too weak to attend school. He is losing weight because he can't eat normally with the painful tumor in his neck. He also coughs constantly and has trouble hearing. "Daniel needs help to get over this illness," his mother says. "I want him to go back to school to learn to read because I didn't have the chance to do that." With our support, Daniel and his mother will leave his six older sisters behind and, with the help of Project Medishare, travel to the Dominican Republic to seek treatment. The cost of treatment includes their passports and visas, transportation, expenses of radiation therapy, and food and a place to stay for the duration of Daniel's treatment.