Bharat joined Watsi on February 24th, 2014. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Bharat's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Carlos, a newborn baby boy from Guatemala, to fund malnutrition treatment.
Bharat has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 6 countries.
Bharat has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 6 countries.
Carlos is a one-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He lives with his mother and four siblings. Carlos's mother is unable to produce breastmilk and has resorted to feeding him warm sugar water to fill him up. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Carlos's health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development during this period is particularly sensitive and continued malnourishment could put Carlos at risk for long-term damage. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is asking for $1,162 to fund Carlos's treatment. By supplying Carlos with formula and his mother with health education, Carlos will receive the nutrients he needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Carlos’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. His mother will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. “Thank you for this support that will be given to my nephew. We wish to see our nephew grow so that he can go to school in order to have a better future and become a good person,” his aunt says.
Lennox is a three-month-old baby from Kenya who lives with his parents and two other siblings. His mother works as a subsistence farmer, and his father works as a motorbike taxi operator. About one week after his birth, Lennox's parents noticed that the circumference of their son's head was growing disproportionately rapidly compared to the rest of his body. Lennox was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an excess of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain that consequently increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Lennox is at risk of suffering severe physical and developmental delays that would likely culminate in a premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Lennox that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 3 and will hopefully drain the excess fluid from Lennox’s brain, in turn reducing intracranial pressure and greatly improving his quality of life. With proper treatment, Lennox will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “The heart breaking cries from Lennox are really disturbing. I wish there was an easier way to take the pain from him,” says Lennox’s mother.
Phyo is an 11-year-old girl from Burma who lives with her parents. Her parents work in a paddy field, cultivating rice mainly for home consumption and occasionally for sale. When Phyo was one month old, her parents noticed that her right eye appeared white and cloudy. They never sought medical care at the time, particularly because they believed that surgery might worsen Phyo's condition and did not have the resources to focus on Phyo's eyesight. Phyo was recently diagnosed with congenital cataracts, which have caused her to develop partial blindness. Her cataracts have now greatly affected her ability to learn, as her schoolteacher has refused to educate her because of her condition and special needs. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund cataract surgery for Phyo. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 27 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Phyo's vision to as great of an extent as possible, allowing her to continue with her studies. "I enjoy reading and I am always found studying at home. I hope to be a teacher when I grow up," adds Phyo.
Alex is a cheerful one-year-old boy from Kenya. He has a lovable smile and three older siblings. His parents work as subsistence farmers to support their family. When Alex was born, his parents noticed that he had an abnormally large head that seemed to grow at a faster rate than his body. Seeking treatment, they visited a local hospital where Alex was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain resulting in increased intracranial pressure, delayed brain development, and permanent brain damage. From there, he was referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, for further treatment. On July 3, Alex will undergo brain surgery to drain the excess fluid from his head. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $685 to cover the cost of his surgery and care. “It is hard to raise the required funds for my son’s surgical care. We appreciate any help,” says Alex’s mother.
Mary is a 13-month-old baby girl from Kenya. She is the only child in her family and her mother stays home to care for her. Mary was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain. If left untreated, this condition can result in increased intracranial pressure, slowed brain development, and permanent brain damage. On July 17, Mary will undergo brain surgery to drain the excess fluid. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of her surgery and care. “I want my child to lead a normal life. I wish to see her treated. It’s my only prayer," says Mary's mother.
Meet Sok, a 56-year-old rice farmer who lives in Cambodia. He is married and has three sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. “He enjoys listening to social news on the radio and cleaning the grass around his home,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Two years ago, Sok developed a cataract in each of his eyes. A cataract is a condition that results in clouded eye lenses, causing blurred or limited vision. Cataracts are a large problem in Cambodia: tens of thousands of individuals are unable to support themselves due to their blindness. Sok’s cataracts are causing blurred vision, itchiness, and irritation. “He can’t see clearly, recognize faces, go anywhere by himself, or do any work,” shares CSC. For $225, Sok can undergo a phacoemulsificaiton surgery and receive intraocular lenses. Through this procedure, Sok’s blurred lenses are emulsified and removed, and intraocular lenses are used to replace the natural lenses. CSC expects that after the procedure, Sok will be able to see clearly again. “I hope I can see everything clearer than now so I can easily continue my work at the farm and can grow some crops like bananas and eggplants around my home,” share Sok. “I’d also like to go somewhere outside easily by myself,” Sok continues, “like going to visit my relatives in the provinces.”
Dulce is a 2-month-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and older sister, and her father supports their family by farming. “Her parents say that she cries a lot because she is always hungry,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), “and that they wish they could buy formula but they really cannot afford it.” Dulce’s mother is having lactational failure, meaning she is unable to produce enough milk for Dulce. Because her family cannot afford to purchase formula, her parents have been feeding her water to supplement the lack of milk. “Dulce is sick often and her mother says that she barely weights more than she did when she was born,” explains WK. Babies are reliant upon the nutrients in breast milk or formula for development. “What Dulce is currently receiving is far below what she needs to grow,” continues WK, “now Dulce is at risk of dehydration and starvation.” For $1,016, Dulce will receive the formula she needs to grow and thrive and her mother will receive health education. “One-on-one education with Dulce’s mother will prepare her for when [Dulce] needs to start eating solid food, as well as help her watch for further signs of malnutrition and other illness,” explains WK. WK expets that after the treatment, Dulce will have a strong immune system and will grow to be a healthy, energetic baby. “I want my daughter to stop getting sick and to start growing,” shares Dulce’s mother. “I am worried, because she is always sick,” she continues, “…thank you for wanting to help us, I hope you can save my baby.”
Vibol is a 19-year-old man from Cambodia, the oldest of his 4 siblings in his family. Currently, he is studying to learn how to repair motos. In his free time he enjoys playing football, watching TV, and listening to music. “Seven months ago, Vibol got in an accident,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “He fell off a tractor and the machine cut his leg and foot. He also fractured the navicular bone of his left foot, and parts of that bone became infected.” The infection has gotten worse and there is much damaged, infected tissue in the area. This causes Vibol pain and makes it difficult for him to go to school or help at home. To ensure the wound heals properly, Vibol has traveled to CSC to get treatment. Doctors will perform a debridement operation, carefully removing any of the damaged or infected tissue to improve the healing of the healthy tissue in the area. $99 in Watsi funding will cover the cost of the surgery, post-operative care, and his hospital stay. “After the damaged and infected tissue is removed, Vibol’s ankle will be able to heal more rapidly,” explains CSC. “He will soon be able to walk without pain and return home to his moto repair studies.” Vibol is looking forward to putting his injury behind him. “I hope I can walk soon so I can go back to studying. I will continue my studies once I am healed and I hope that I can help do some housework,” he shares.
"11-year-old Veronicah was born at home with a cystic mass on her back. To her mother it never occurred to be anything of concern. When Veronica, the third born in a family of four children, attained the age of four years, she walked with a little limp that caught the attention of many around her," says our medical partner in Kenya, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Friends advised her parents to seek for specialized treatment which they did, and later on advised to get a scan for her back. It took years but Veronica’s parents’ still could not raise the entire amount needed for the scan," AMHF continues. "Lucky enough, they were allowed a scan with the little they had raised from a hospital near their home. The scan was revealed that they would require more finances for Veronicah to have a surgery." The mass is a condition called spina bifida, and Veronicah is at a risk of getting infections on her exposed nerves. She is also at a risk of lower limbs paralysis. For $805, Veronicah will receive a spina bifida closure procedure. "Veronicah’s treatment will keep her from the risk of infections, and further loss of muscle function on her legs," AMHF says. “Lack of knowledge and finances is a terrible thing. I am afraid that my daughter will become disabled- that thought alone scares me but I am hopeful that she will be well,” says Veronicah’s mother. “Some schoolmates mimic my walking, but I know I will walk well one day," Veronicah adds.
Meet Jennifer, a bubbly one-year-old girl from Tanzania. Jennifer is raised by a single mother who dreams of one day opening a hair salon to help support her daughter. For now, Jennifer's mother struggles to come up with enough money to sustain the two of them. "She loves her daughter and she is determined to do all that she can to take her to school when the time comes," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Jennifer has bilateral clubfoot, which means that she only uses the sides of her feet when trying to walk. If she continues to walk this way, she is at risk of developing early osteoarthritis and having a permanently affected gait. Luckily, Jennifer can receive treatment that can correct this problem now, as she is learning to walk. The cost of the treatment is $1160. With treatment, Jennifer will be able to walk normally, and will not be at heightened risk for early bone loss. Jennifer’s mother explains, “I want the best for my daughter and for her to live a better life than me. I am sure she will be better off with straight feet as she will be able to walk properly and quickly and that will allow her to walk to school and pursue her dreams.”
Meet 14-year-old Millicent! The second born in a family of three children, Millicent and her siblings live with their grandmother on a farm in Kenya. Millicent recently learned she is expecting her first child. Our medical partner, Lwala Community Alliance (LCA), shares, “Millicent is a happy and an ambitious lady, she says her pregnancy will not deter her from finishing her schooling.” Millicent’s pregnancy has left her unable to currently attend school or complete her chores due to severe pain in her back and lower abdominal area. According to LCA, Millicent hopes “to rejoin school so that she can complete her education and help improve her family and the community that she comes from.” She also hopes to “have a healthy baby in a health facility.” For $290, we can ensure that Millicent and her child receive the proper prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care that they deserve!
Chhoun is on a mission to get her vision back! This 51-year-old grandmother lives in Cambodia and loves going to the local pagoda and socializing with other people in her village. However, Chhoun has a mature cataract in her right eye which has made it difficult for her to do the things she loves. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center, tells us “Chhoun has extremely blurry vision in her right eye, so much so that it limits how often she can go places and makes it impossible for her to go anywhere alone. She can't work and cannot even keep up the house when she is at home. Her husband must look after her so his work is limited, so they both suffer for money.” All Chhoun needs to fix her vision is a simple cataract surgery which costs $150. CSC says, “She is constantly sad because she has to be very close to see anything more than vague color and shapes. She is hoping a place as famous as CSC can help her get her vision back.” With your help, Chhoun will be able to see again!