Sasi joined Watsi on June 27th, 2014. 21 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sasi's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Pisey, an avid reader and student from Cambodia, for cyst removal surgery.
Sasi has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 8 countries.
Sasi has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 8 countries.
Pisey is a 14-year-old student with one older brother. Pisey is in 7th grade and her best subject at school is reading. She lives with her parents who sell groceries from their home. In her free time, Pisey enjoys reading books. Two weeks ago, Pisey developed a chalazion in her right eye, causing her swelling, burning, and itchiness. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. It is difficult for Pisey to see clearly and study. Pisey traveled to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On September 1st, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Pisey's symptoms should improve. Her family needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Pisey said, "I hope my eye gets better soon so I can study well and do not worry about my eye anymore."
Htwe is a 6-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, two older sisters, and other extended family members. When Htwe was born, he had low glucose level and was admitted at the hospital for 18 days. He was doing fine until a few weeks ago when he started to have infrequent seizures. Doctors want Htwe to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Htwe's CT scan and care. Htwe's mother said, "As a mother, I’m very sad for my son. I look at him with pity. I’m worried he won’t grow up to become a normal kid like others his age."
Lancly is a 23-year-old woman from Malawi. She works as a farmer to support herself. For some time, Lancly has had a cyst on her ear that has caused her a lot of discomfort. On July 18, Lancly will have her cyst removed at our medical partner's care center, Kabudula Rural Community Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $340 to cover the cost of her procedure. Lancly is grateful to the donors for all their support!
Nay Myo is a nine-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and has one older brother. Nay Myo's parents work as day laborers. They cut grasses, plant vegetation, and collect bamboo shoots. When Nay Myo was three months old, he fell very sick. He was subsequently diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder characterized by an abnormal oxygen-carrying protein. Symptoms of this condition include fatigue, anemia, and trouble breathing. In order to treat these symptoms, Nay Myo has to receive oral medications and blood transfusions on a regular basis. Thalassemia has also caused Nay Myo's spleen to enlarge. After examination, his doctors decided to remove the spleen before other medical complications arise. On January 18, Nay Myo will undergo a splenectomy. Our medical partner is asking for $1,500 to fund the surgery. Nay Myo's mother is inspired by the caring hospital staff. She says, "I want Nay Myo to be an educated person and work like the staff."
Wielman lives with his parents and brother in rural Guatemala. He likes to eat rice and play with his brother. Wielman has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. At two years of age, his weight is the same as that of a healthy six-month-old baby. Without treatment, Wielman faces increased risk of developing chronic diseases and having a low IQ. Treatment and prevention of severe acute malnutrition is crucial for Wielman's development. $782 will fund Wielman's treatment at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Tecpán. Beginning on January 19, Wielman's condition will be evaluated by nutritionists and physicians. His growth will be monitored, and he will receive medical care and nutritional supplements. Community health workers will also visit his family and educate them on how to prepare nutrient-rich meals to support Wielman's development. Wielman's mother says that she is "going to look for a way to dedicate more time to Wielman to improve his growth."
“Dominic is our only son and we wish for him to have straight legs, strong bones and the ability to walk properly so that he can walk to school when the time comes,” says Dominic’s father. Meet Dominic, a three-year-old boy from Tanzania who has bilateral genu varum, a bow-legged condition that can lead to osteoarthritis. “Dominic wiggles when walking and he falls down easily when playing with other children. The deformity is limiting his ability to walk properly and energetically involve himself in playing games,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “At home, Dominic likes to sit down and play with tins and cars and sometimes he will try to run around with other children,” continues AMHF. He enjoys the company of other children and would like to play with them unaffected by his condition. Dominic’s parents are both maize farmers. “The little they get from farming is not enough to cover their daily needs as well as pay for the corrective surgery which Dominic needs,” says AMHF. For $940, we can fund surgery to straighten Dominic’s legs so that he will have normal mobility as he grows up. AMHF concludes that after the procedure, “Dominic will have straight legs, a better gait, and reduced risk of developing osteoarthritis at an early age.”
Meet Paul, a two-year-old boy from Kenya! “Paul is an only child to his young parents,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Paul’s mother is a dressmaker while his father is a driver.” Paul has an abnormal opening in his urethra that makes it difficult for him to pass urine. If left untreated, Paul will continue having difficulty passing urine, and will ultimately be unable to have children of his own in the future. For $655, Paul can receive the surgery necessary to correct his urethra. “I thank God for I know my child will get the required treatment and live a normal life,” Paul’s mother says. Let’s help Paul have a healthy future!
Meet Khu Soe, a one-year-old boy from Burma! Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects, shares, “Khu Soe lives with his parents in a village in rural Burma. His father is a subsistence farmer and does not receive an income. His mother stays at home and looks after Khu Soe and the house, and is currently pregnant with [their] second child.” Khu Soe’s doctors tell us, “Khu Soe suffers from a cystic hygroma, which is a fluid filled growth located underneath his armpit. The hygroma causes him bouts of fever, pain, fatigue, and difficulty breathing." His parents’ determination to treat their son’s medical condition knows no bounds; our partner explains, “they have taken him to numerous clinics and hospitals over the last nine months trying to get him treatment, to only be turned away due to a lack of resources and specialized staff to treat his condition. His parents are noticeably worried and say it’s difficult to watch their son suffer while the mass continues to grow.” Burma Border Projects is confident they can help Khu Soe. His doctors explain, “With treatment, the mass will be removed and Khu Soe will no longer experience bouts of pain and fever. He will have more energy to play and experience life like a normal baby.” The team says the “treatment will allow Khu Soe's parents to focus their attention on the needs of their newborn baby.” For $1,500 we can fund treatment to remove Khu Soe’s burdensome growth and ensure that he will be a healthy big brother! Khu Soe’s parents are excited their son will soon be healthy. They say, “Despite the many challenges we have overcome in order to get Khu Soe treatment, we remain very positive and hopeful.”
Kervenson is a sweet and curious boy who loves to play with stickers. He is five-years-old and lives in Haiti, where he's always by his mother's side. Kervenson was born with a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of fallot, which prevents proper blood circulation between the chambers of his heart. Our medical partner says, "As a result of this condition, he is constantly sick and fatigued without the oxygen his body needs to function well. He is also at constant risk of sudden death from the condition." Fortunately, Kervenson has received $15,000 for surgery to fix his heart in the U.S. But he’s counting on Watsi donors to raise another $1500 for surgery prep and transportation to the hospital. "I am scared to get on a plane and go with him for surgery, but I put everything in the hand of God and know all will be well!" his mom says. Let’s help Kervenson out so he can grow up healthy!
“I love my son very much and I am so happy that I have him. My hope is for his foot to be straightened so that he can walk like other children and later on have no limitations when walking to school or doing other activities,” says Elia’s mother. This is Elia. He’s one year old and lives in Tanzania with his mother, where he’s unable to walk without support. Elia was born with a club foot, which will cause him to walk incorrectly when he’s older. If his foot is left untreated, Elia eventually won’t be able to walk without pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, reports, “Six months ago, Elia’s father separated with his wife because he did not want to be responsible in looking for proper treatment for his son. Elia’s mother is struggling on her own with a little help from her sister.” For $1160, Elia will receive treatment to correct his club foot, allowing him to walk normally and without pain as he grows older. Let’s help Elia pay for the medical care he needs to climb, run, and play!
Meet Dhiraj, an active five-year-old from Nepal. Dhiraj enjoys going to classes at a local school, as well as playing games and singing rhymes with his friends. Recently, Dhiraj fell while running downhill from his home to visit neighboring friends, which resulted in a fractured left humerus and compromised movement at his elbow joint. “He cannot properly move his left arm, and so he cannot play. He cannot sleep properly due to pain,” our partners at Possible write. Dhiraj’s father works in the local fields and as a wage laborer to sustain his family, but cannot afford formal treatment for his son’s fractured arm. For $205, our partners in Nepal can provide a formal cast for Dhiraj that will help his arm heal correctly. With this cast it is expected that, “Dhiraj will be able to get rid of the pain and move his arm. This will allow him to play or sleep with ease. Furthermore, he will have no residual deformities.” Let’s help Dhiraj get back to playing with his friends and having a childhood experience free from pain!
Sokeo is a two-year-old boy who likes playing with cars and other toys. Like most toddlers his age, he is also getting used to exploring the world on his two feet and honing his quickly developing motor skills. When Sokeo was a newborn, he developed a high fever which was treated with injections to his thighs. As a result of those injections, he developed fibrosis (thickening and scarring) of his quadricep muscles which has led to muscle contractures that limit the flexion of his knees. In April, our medical partners at Children’s Surgical Centre performed surgery on his right knee to release the contracture and increase mobility. Now, he needs the same surgery and physical therapy for his left knee. For only $225, we can help Sokeo complete the final stage of treatment which will increase his functioning and mobility and decrease pain. Let’s make sure this little guy has every chance to be as rambunctious a toddler as he should be!