Chiemeka joined Watsi on September 9th, 2018. 2 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Chiemeka's most recent donation traveled 5,400 miles to support Nephtalie, a teenager from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Chiemeka has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Nephtalie is a student from Haiti. She lives with her mother and younger sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She enjoys going to school and attending church. Nephtalie has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral stenosis. One of the four valves of her heart is too tight and narrow as a result of a fever suffered earlier in her childhood. Blood backs up behind the valve, leading to heart failure. Nephtalie will fly to India to receive treatment. On February 25, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which Surgeons will first attempt to open the valve by inserting a catheter and expanding a balloon. If this is not successful, they will immediately proceed to open-heart surgery to open the valve. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Nephtalie'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 Nephtalie's family overseas. She says, "I am very happy to have this surgery so I can be healthy and stop worrying about my health."
Saw Shine is a 23-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his parents in Htee Thae Lay Village, Hpa-pun Township, Karen State. His parents work as farmers, planting beans, tobacco and vegetables on their small farm. In his free time, he loves to play football or help his parents on the farm. On April 27, 2018, a branch fell on Saw Shine’s right leg and broke it. At present, Saw Shine cannot walk without crutches. He feels a lot of pain when he tries to walk. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Shine will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 20 and will cost $1,500. He will be able to walk properly and also able to study again. Saw Shine says, “I want to serve my community. I am especially interested in management of education systems.”
Mbabazi is a woman from Uganda. She has five children. She is a farmer. Her husband works as a security guard. Mbabazi has experienced severe lower abdominal pain for ten years. She has been diagnosed with a right adnexal cyst. Now, she is scheduled to undergo a cystectomy procedure on January 31. This treatment will cost $220 and should improve her quality of life and prevent further complications from the condition. Mbabazi says, “I will be pleased when relieved of this longstanding condition and I continue with cultivation for the support to my family after surgery.”