Laura joined Watsi on June 30th, 2016. 198 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Laura's most recent donation supported Kervens, a toddler from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Laura has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 9 countries.
Laura has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 9 countries.
Kervens is a toddler from Haiti. He lives in a small town in far northern Haiti with his mother and grandmother. He likes playing with the children in his neighborhood and helping his mother around the house. Kervens has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, in which multiple holes exist between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sickly and weak. He will fly to Toronto to receive treatment. On March 7, he will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, The Herbie Fund, is contributing $45,000 to pay for surgery. Kervens'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 Kervens's family overseas. His mother says, "I am very excited for Kervens to have more energy and to get sick less often after his surgery."
Marvens is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his mother and older sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. His mother is currently seeking employment. Marvens has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect and pulmonary stenosis. Marvens was born with a hole between the two upper chambers of his heart, as well as one of the four valves of his heart that is too small. These conditions combine to make his heart work too hard to pump blood to his body, leaving him sick and short of breath. Marvens also has Down syndrome. Marvens will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On February 2, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a catheter to insert a device into the hole in his heart to close it, and will also use a balloon to stretch his valve open. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $14,000 to pay for surgery. Marvens'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 Marvens's family overseas. His mother says, "I will pray for God to bless everyone who is helping Marvens get better!"
Dickson is a 74-year-old cook from central Malawi. He has a large family and loves spending time with them. Since last year, Dickson has experienced pain and difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to pay for prostate surgery to alleviate his pain, which will take place on July 20. "I am very happy, and I really appreciate that I will have the operation," shares Dickson. His daughter, who escorted him to the hospital, is especially happy, too.
Carlos is a two-year-old boy who lives with his family in rural Guatemala. He was born with Down's Syndrome and is a caring and playful boy. In school, his teacher says he is an intelligent child, and Carlos's parents do everything they can so he can grow and develop well. Carlos was also born with cryptorchidism, meaning he has an undescended testicle. This condition is frequently found in young boys who were born prematurely, as Carlos was. In order to treat this condition, Carlos will need to undergo surgery. If left untreated, Carlos could be at risk of a variety of reproductive illnesses in the future, including inguinal hernia, infertility, and testicular cancer. With Watsi support, Carlos will undergo a procedure called orchidopexy, which is a surgery to move an undescended testicle into the scrotum and permanently fix it there. He will need $1,500 to fund laboratory testing, medication, and travel to and from the hospital. His procedure is scheduled for September 8. After treatment, Carlos will be much less likely to suffer from cryptorchidism-related complications later in life, and his parents will have peace of mind. Carlos’s mother says, “Thank you all for your great hearts, thank you for donating so that our son can have this surgery."
Juliana is 31-year-old mother from Kenya. She has seven children who go to a local primary school. Her husband is a livestock herder. Juliana has epilepsy. In 2002, she had an epileptic episode and fell into hot water. In 2011, Juliana was feeding her young child near the fireplace when she had another epileptic episode. She fell into the fire and burned her arm. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was hospitalized for eight months. In 2014, Juliana burned her right hand. Now, her fingers cannot unfold anymore. Juliana feels pain when she is working and using her hands. She needs a skin graft and flap surgery to restore function to her right hand. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,063 to fund Juliana’s procedure, scheduled for June 26. “Before I got burned, I was a hardworking mother," Juliana says. "The community recognized my hard work. Now, I can’t even fetch firewood for my house because of the pain. My prayer is to get healed, so that I can work for my children."
Oriana is a 70-year-old mother of five kids. She lives in a town in the southern province of Haiti. About a year ago, while laying down, Oriana felt something hard in her breast. She went to the hospital, and the doctor sent her to get a mammogram in Port-au-Prince, the capital. She went to the hospital, met with the doctors there, and had a biopsy. The results showed that it was breast cancer. Oriana was referred to our medical partner's care center, St. Luc Family Hospital. She has had four sessions of chemotherapy. Now, our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund surgery to remove the tumor in Oriana's breast. The operation is scheduled to take place on July 29. With this surgery, Oriana will likely regain her previous quality of life. She is looking forward to becoming more involved in her church.
Bar Be is a 42-year-old woman who was diagnosed with molar pregnancy—a condition that happens when tissue that normally becomes a fetus instead becomes an abnormal growth in the uterus. Four months ago, Bar Be started experiencing painful menstruation cycles and had lower back and abdominal pain. She then visited a clinic, where her pregnancy test came back positive but her ultrasound results showed differently. Doctors suggested that she undergo a hysterectomy. She was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, for financial support. Currently, Bar Be is experiencing back pain, chest pain, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, and trouble sleeping. Fortunately, she will undergo surgery on August 9. She is now seeking financial assistance to cover the $1,500 treatment cost. "I feel guilty that I am not able to care for my family," shares Bar Be. "I look forward to returning home after my treatment is complete."
Meet Htoo, an 11-month-old baby boy from a village in Burma. He lives with his parents, sister, and his grandmother on a small piece of land that his grandmother owns. When Htoo was four days old, he developed a high fever and stroke-like symptoms. His mother took him to their local hospital, where Htoo was admitted and given intravenous medication over eight days before he was discharged. At four months of age, Htoo's mother noticed that his head was growing abnormally on the left side. She took Htoo back to the hospital and was given prescriptions for specialized medication. However, Htoo's head continued to swell. Htoo's mother took him to a private clinic to seek help. Doctors at the clinic referred Htoo to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Htoo's mother traveled with her son for five days to reach our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, in Thailand. Once there, Htoo had a [CT scan](https://watsi.org/profile/37dbedd6b2b6-htoo) funded by Watsi and was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus. This is a medical condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in the brain cavities. Htoo will undergo brain surgery on March 4. Surgeons will perform a ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion to remove the excess CSF and relieve pressure on the brain. BCMF is asking for $1,500 in donations to cover the costs of Htoo's surgery, hospital stay, and medication. This has been a difficult time for Htoo's family, but they look forward to Htoo recovering from his surgery. Htoo's mother says, "I hope he will be like a normal boy."
Oeurn is a 57-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia, who is married with one son and four grandchildren. Oeurn's favorite ways to spend her time involve listening to monks pray at the pagoda and chatting with her neighbors. Three years ago, Oeurn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her discomfort and difficulties with her vision. She now has trouble recognizing faces and has expressed concern over losing her eyesight. One day, Oeurn was informed of our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), by a health center staff member in her village. She proceeded to travel two hours with her neighbor to reach CSC's care center, where she will receive treatment on May 16. To cover the costs of her treatment, CSC is requesting $153. After recovery, Oeurn looks forward to spending more time at the pagoda and with her friends.
Maria Eluvia is a 56-year-old mother of three who lives in rural Guatemala. In October 2016, Maria Eluvia went to the clinic of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), after experiencing abnormal bleeding. The physicians discovered a small growth known as a polyp. These polyps often go away on their own, but after several months, the polyp was still present. Physicians have recommended a biopsy to remove the polyp and test for cervical cancer. If left untreated, there is a chance that the polyp could be cancerous and spread. WK is requesting $383 to perform the biopsy and to run the necessary tests to determine if the polyp is cancerous. Maria Eluvia is scheduled for a biopsy on March 11. Although cervical cancer is a slow-progressing and treatable disease, it is important that these tests are conducted to prevent any spreading or future complications.
Srey Mom is a 29-year-old garment worker who lives with her husband and daughter in Cambodia. When she is not at work, she cares for her young daughter and cooks for her family. On December 19, 2016, Srey Mom was involved in a motorbike accident, resulting in a fractured right tibia (leg bone). She went to a clinic for X-rays. Doctors recommended surgery, but she did not have enough money for treatment. She then went to a Khmer traditional healer, but her symptoms did not improve. Srey Mom cannot walk by herself, and she has been unable to work since the accident. Srey Mom's grandmother learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a tuk-tuk driver. Srey Mom and her grandmother traveled for four hours to reach CSC for evaluation and treatment. On March 31, surgeons at CSC will perform an ORIF—open reduction and internal fixation—to heal Srey Mom's fracture and allow her to walk easily again. Srey Mom needs help raising $411 to pay for the surgery, two weeks of hospital care, X-rays, and physical therapy. Let's help fund surgery for Srey Mom!
Sinoeun is a 46-year-old married farmer with two sons and a daughter. She likes to cook and look after her children in her free time. While cooking with hot oil, Sinoeun sustained a severe burn to her left arm. Despite hospital treatment, her arm became infected. Sinoeun remains unable to work and in pain. Sinoeun needs to have the infected tissue removed from her arm. She will undergo burn repair surgery on February 17. Surgeons will also perform a skin graft to cover the remaining healthy tissue. Sinoeun needs help to pay for this $378 treatment. After this procedure, she will feel comfortable again.