Jean-Marc joined Watsi on May 24th, 2015. Five years ago, Jean-Marc joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jean-Marc's most recent donation traveled 4,000 miles to support Mary, a toddler from Kenya, to fund burn repair surgery.
Jean-Marc has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 8 countries.
Jean-Marc has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 8 countries.
Mary is a girl from Kenya. She is the only child in the family. In 2017, Mary sustained severe burns on her right hand and stomach. She developed a burn contracture on her hand, which limits her range of motion and use of her hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mary receive treatment. On February 21, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her hand easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $799 procedure. Her father says, “We are humbly requesting support. Any help will be highly appreciated.”
Makara is a girl from Cambodia. She likes to listen to music, watch TV, and read books. She also likes to play with her two sisters. Makara was born with scoliosis, which is progressing with age and making it difficult to sit in school for long periods. It is also causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine and prevent further worsening of the condition. The procedure is scheduled for January 23 and will cost $1,500. Her mother says, "I hope that after the surgery, she will feel better, look better, and no longer have pain or trouble breathing."
Idi is a student from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of eight children. His best subjects are science and Swahili. He loves playing soccer with his friends. Idi has been diagnosed with acquired left genu valgus. Early last year, his parents noticed their son’s left leg was weakening and bending inwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Idi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 2. Treatment will hopefully restore Idi's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Idi’s sister says, “My parents are not able to afford the surgery cost and my brother's condition keeps worsening. Please help him."
Jeanslyn is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and brother in a small fishing village on the coast of northern Haiti. He enjoys going to school and helping his family around the house. Jeanslyn has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot with tricuspid atresia. This is a fairly complex heart condition, including an absence of one of the heart's four valves, a muscular blockage of a second valve, and a hole between two chambers of the heart. To determine if Jeanslyn's condition is operable, he must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into his heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On December 17, he will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Jeanslyn's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. His mother says, "We are very happy that our son can finally have this test, and are praying for a good result!"
Bernard is a teenager from Kenya. He is the youngest of eight children. His mother works very hard to provide for the family. Bernard has a condition called genu valgus, which means his knees touch. He is unable to run or walk well. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo surgery to treat this condition on October 4. His family needs help raising $1,165 to fund the procedure. His mother says, “I will be happy if he gets well and resumes the tasks he was helping me with.”
Beatrice is a farmer from Kenya. She plants maize and beans for her family's consumption. She has three children. Earlier this month, Beatrice sustained serious injuries on her right leg. She is currently walking with crutches because she is unable to walk or stand using her right leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 11, Beatrice will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After surgery, Beatrice should be able to walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. She says, "I want to receive treatment so that I can continue taking care of my children."
Aung Si is a 51-year-old man from Thailand. His cousin runs a small tea shop, where Aung Si helps as a waiter in exchange for food and boarding. In April 2017, Aung Si started to experience pain in the right side of his abdomen. One day in April 2018, he suddenly felt a severe pain. He visited our medical partner's care center, where he received an ultrasound and received medication. According to the ultrasound results, he has a stone in his gallbladder. Aung Si has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy to treat the condition. If left untreated, Aung Si's symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Aung Si is scheduled to undergo his cholecystectomy on August 27. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Aung Si's procedure and care. “If I feel better after surgery I will help in my cousin’s tea shop as much as I can and I will help my sister on her farm in Burma,” says Aung Si.
Olerubari is a baby from Tanzania. His father is a livestock keeper, while his mother practices subsistence farming and keeps a few goats, cows, and chickens. Olerubari has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Olerubari traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Olerubari's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk when he grows up. His father says, "Please help my son get treatment for his legs."
Kasimi is a man from Kenya. He works on a plantation and is a father of five children. His wife also works as a laborer. Recently, Kasimi sustained a spinal injury. Without treatment, it could result in total paralysis. Currently, he is wearing a brace for support. Fortunately, Kasimi is scheduled to undergo a spinal fusion surgery at our medical partner's care center on June 5. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund the treatment. Kasimi says, “I wish to be treated and resume my fatherly duties."
Anne is a woman from Haiti. She lives in Port-au-Prince with her husband. She works as a clerk in a cell phone shop. Anne has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole between a major artery and vein near the heart remains open, instead of closing shortly after birth as is normally the case. Blood leaks through this hole, leaving her sickly and weak. Fortunately, Anne will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, a device at the end of a catheter will be used to plug the hole so that it can no longer leak. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Anne's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. She says, "I am so glad that God found a way forward for my heart to be fixed!"
James is a baby from Kenya. He has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, James has been experiencing a rapidly increasing head circumference. Without treatment, James will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for James that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 23 and will drain the excess fluid from James's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, James will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I was in shock to learn that James had this condition. I am optimistic though that he will get better on treatment,” shares James’s mother.
David is a baby from Kenya. He is very active. His father is a street vendor, while his mother is housewife. David has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, David traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 26. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund David's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. David's father says, “I will be happy to receive help. God Bless you.”