Rohan joined Watsi on September 8th, 2015. 20 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Rohan's most recent donation supported Purity, an infant from Kenya, to fund spinal surgery.
Rohan has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 7 countries.
Rohan has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 7 countries.
Purity is a newborn baby from Kenya. When she was born, she was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition in which the spine develops improperly and is exposed. Purity was referred to our medical partner's care center, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital. Without treatment, she risked infection, spinal deformities, and paralysis of her lower limbs. Fortunately, on December 14, she underwent a spina bifida closure procedure. Purity is the youngest in a family of three children. Her family lives in a two-room house in central Kenya. Her parents are subsistence farmers. They cannot afford this treatment, so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 in funding. "We are hoping to get help towards Purity’s surgical care," says her mother.
Neymar is a ten-month-old boy from Guatemala. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Neymar began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Neymar loves to play with his toy cars. His favorite foods are cauliflower and broccoli. He lives with his family in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. His father works as a day laborer on a local plantation. He cannot afford his son's $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Neymar recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Neymar a chance to grow healthy and strong. "This program is going to help me be able to give my son the foods he needs," says Neymar's mother, "so he can grow and develop better."
Sonyta is a 5-year-old kindergartner from Cambodia with one older sister. She likes to play with toy cars. Sonyta's family knew about Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) because Sonyta's cousin had surgery here before. She spent one hour traveling with her mother to reach CSC for treatment. Sonyta developed a chalazion in each eye about one week ago causing swelling. It is difficult for her to go to school and she feels uncomfortable with how it looks when she leaves her home. For $148, Sonyta will undergo chalazion surgery. Doctors at CSC will remove the cyst from each eye, making Sonyta comfortable again.
Nebarnoti is a four-year-old boy living in Tanzania with his mother and four siblings. Nebarnoti likes to sing, and whenever he sings he will start jumping as well. When Nebarnoti was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with enlarged adenoids and tonsils. Adenoids and tonsils are masses of tissue that trap contaminants as they pass through the nose and mouth, as well as produce antibodies to fight infections. Sometimes, as in Nebarnoti's case, they will become inflamed and infected, and the swelling will compromise breathing. Nebarnoti also has trouble sleeping at night, will often have the flu, and coughs frequently. His doctors recommended surgery to remove the tissue and help him breathe. For $545, Nebarnoti can have his tonsillectomy procedure. The total cost covers the procedure, supplies, medications, and inpatient care for four days. Following his recovery, Nebarnoti will have a much easier time breathing, and he will not catch the flu as frequently. “The nights are the worst time for my son," shares Nebarnoti's mother. "I just wish he will get better so that he can sleep well at night.”
Kanjiwa is a 68-year-old farmer from a village in Malawi's central region. He lives with his wife, and together they have seven children and 30 grandchildren. Kanjiwa supports his family through farming and when he is not busy working, he enjoys chatting with his grandchildren. For the past seven months, Kanjiwa has been experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate. He has pain when urinating and discomfort that has impeded his ability to work and spend time with his grandchildren. Kanjiwa has been unable to receive treatment until now because of its cost. With $742, Kanjiwa will have a prostate resection to surgically remove the gland. This operation will eliminate the pain he feels when urinating and discomfort he has in daily life. This procedure will also prevent future health complications. He and his family are looking forward to the surgery. Kanjiwa says, "I am very happy. I am looking forward to doing activities on my farm."
Lai is a 68-year-old farmer who is married with four sons and three daughters. She traveled five hours with her husband to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Lai fell from a bicycle in May of 2015 and began experiencing pain in her left hip. She is unable to walk without support and is constantly in pain. An x-ray at CSC shows a left femoral neck fracture, which is a break in the neck of the femur, otherwise known as the thigh bone. Surgeons at CSC will perform a hemiarthroplasty to replace the fractured bone and allow Lai to walk again without pain. The hemiarthroplasty will replace half of the hip joint with a prosthesis. The surgery will cost $392. When Lai is not working she enjoys listening to the radio and looking after her children. After the surgery, Lai will be able to work again.
Lae Lae is a 40-year-old woman who lives in Burma. She lives with her husband, 18-year-old daughter, 14 year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. Lae Lae first experienced gynecological symptoms in September of 2014. Her present symptoms include pain in the abdomen, back and lower body. She is unable to work as she is easily overcome with fatigue due to lack of sleep. She also suffers from chronic hypertension and late onset diabetes. In addition, her appetite decreased, resulting in loss of weight. She is concerned about her condition as it is quite painful. She has been confirmed by ultrasound and physical examination to have a uterine mass. Lae Lae is disappointed that she cannot fulfill her chores as a mother and housewife. Her husband has taken on more of the chores such as cleaning, cooking and looking after the children. His salary is not sufficient to meet all of the family’s expenses so he occasionally borrows money from a moneylender at 20% interest. They are unable to save money or meet major medical expenses. In her intake interview, Lae Lae said: “I hope to regain my strength so I can be the mother that my family needs. If I fully recover, I have ambitious plans to buy land and open up a shop selling dry goods."
Krouss is a four-year-old boy from Haiti who was born with a cardiac condition called valvar pulmonic stenosis. One of the valves of his heart is too small to allow blood to adequately pass through. As a result, oxygen does not reach his body in sufficient quantities, leaving him sickly and weak. Krouss needs surgery to ensure he can grow up healthy, and without further complications from his heart condition. Surgeons will insert a balloon inside the valve and inflate it to stretch the valve open. Depending on the result, he may or may not then need an open-heart procedure. The treatment will cost $6,500, however Health City Cayman Islands has subsidized part of the treatment. Through Watsi, $1,500 will cover the cost of overseas preparation and transportation for Krouss and one parent as the surgery will be performed in the Cayman Islands. Krouss lives with his mother and father, and he is their first child. His father is a security guard and his mother sells goods in the local market. He is a very intelligent boy and has already learned to read, and is looking forward to starting school next year. "I am most excited about getting to go on a plane ride," Krouss shared excitedly.
Sela is an eight-month-old baby girl from Cambodia. Sela is living with syndactyly--she has webbed fingers and an extra digit on her left hand. Due to these abnormalities, it has been very difficult for Stela to use her hand. Thus, she and her mother traveled three hours to seek the help of our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Under normal conditions, the webbing dissolves, leaving five independent digits on every extremity. With syndactyly, on the other hand, the degradation of the tissue between fingers or toes is left incomplete during gestation and, in a few cases, like Sela’s, the webbing also covers an extra digit wedged in between. This specific situation, known as “polysyndactyly,” is a very rare occurrence, but when treated early in life it does not present lasting complications. However, if left unaddressed, Sela will lose significant functionality in her left hand. For $321, Sela will undergo a syndactyly repair, which will include a release to separate her fingers and a procedure to remove her extra digit. She will have also receive a skin graft to help heal her remaining digits. The funds will also cover supplies, inpatient care for ten days, and follow up visits for up to one year after the procedure. Because of the skin graft, this operation can be slightly more complicated than other surgeries, but CSC’s medical team says that the benefits of surgery (releasing Sela’s digits and allowing her to live a comfortable life) outweigh the minor risks. Sela’s parents are grateful and eager to have her surgery done. “I hope my daughter will have a normal hand like other people after surgery,” shares Sela’s mother.
Soe is a 27-year-old woman who lives with her husband in Burma. Soe came to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), seeking treatment for gallstones. The gallbladder—a small, pear-shaped organ that sits under the liver—stores and drains bile. When an individual has gallstones, bile drainage may be blocked, causing irritation, spasms, pain, nausea, and vomiting. “Soe is experiencing stomach and lower back pain making it difficult for her to sleep and eat,” BBP tells us. “Usually, when she eats, she feels nauseous and needs to vomit.” Until recently, Soe had a job as a waitress at a hotel restaurant in Thailand, but her symptoms made it impossible for her to work. Facing financial trouble, she and her husband returned to Burma in the hopes of finding treatment for Soe and receiving support from their family. For $1,500, Soe will undergo a laparotomy, a surgical procedure to access the abdominal cavity and remove the gallbladder. Funding also covers the costs of an eight-day hospital stay, transportation to and from the hospital, pre- and post-surgical consultations, and blood tests. “Soe should fully recover following her gallstone surgery,” says BBP. “She should be able to return to her family and again find a job so that she and her husband can save money for their future.” Soe looks forward to a successful operation. “I will work and save money for the next few years, and then, one day, we will have a happy family,” she shared in her pre-operative interview with BBP.
Robert, an 11-month boy from Haiti, was born with a heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot. This heart condition is characterized by four heart defects that combine to prevent oxygen from effectively circulating throughout the body. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), shares that as a result, Robert has difficulty breathing and remains sickly. Robert, who lives in Port-au-Prince with his mother and father, "is a quiet and happy baby and likes to play with toys and listen to music," HCA details. "His mother stays at home with him, and his father works as a vendor in the local market." Most children who are diagnosed early with tetralogy of Fallot can live relatively normal lives if they receive appropriate treatment. Health City Cayman Islands has also committed to subsidizing Robert’s surgery with $3,500. An additional $1,500 will allow Robert the surgery he needs to become healthy. HCA details: “During surgery, a shunt will be placed, allowing Robert’s blood to receive more oxygen while his heart continues to grow and develop. In about two years, he will require a second surgery to completely repair his cardiac defect.” “I have been very worried about Robert and I am so glad that there is a surgery that can help him be safe and healthy," Robert's mother shares. "Thank you, everyone!”
Meet Fayka, a four-year-old girl from Tanzania. For over a month now, Fayka has been experiencing intermittent stomach pain that is severe at times and is affecting her ability to eat properly. Tests have revealed a growing abdominal mass that requires surgical removal to prevent further health complications. Born on July 1st, 2012, Fayka is an only child to her mother and father. “Fayka has started pre-school and she enjoys singing and coloring some pictures,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “When around other children, you will see her laughing and peacefully playing with her friends.” “Fayka’s mother is a homemaker and her father is a truck driver,” says AMHF. The family currently rents a small apartment, hoping to save up some money and begin building their own house on a piece of land given to them by Fayka’s grandfather. However, “What Fayka’s father earns is not enough to cover their daily living expenses as well as the surgery which their daughter needs.” For $920, Fayka will undergo surgery to remove her abdominal mass, thus eliminating her stomach pain and allowing her to continue school without disruptions. “My daughter has been doing well and I will be happy not to see her suffering,” says Fayka’s mother. “My wish is to see her excel in life.”