Cedric joined Watsi on May 29th, 2015. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Cedric's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Victor, a boy from Kenya, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Cedric has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 11 countries.
Cedric has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 11 countries.
Victor is a young boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Unfortunately, his father passed away last year. He is being raised by his mother. Victor was born with an unusual condition in both feet. He underwent surgery on his left foot in 2017, and his foot has healed well. He now needs to undergo the same surgery on his right foot to help him walk comfortably. Surgery is scheduled for March 11 and will cost $1,165. His mother says, "I am humbly requesting for further support from Watsi for my son to walk well without any difficulty."
George is a young man from Kenya. He works as a mason. A few days ago, George was hit by a speeding vehicle. He sustained fractures on his legs. He is not able to walk and experiences chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 15, George will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to walk and work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. “I have nobody to seek help from. Please help us if you can,” says George.
Lucy is a student from Kenya. She is the youngest in her family. Her parents are farmers. In late December, Lucy was hit by a public transport vehicle and suffered left tibia fractures. She has had multiple surgeries and is scheduled for more. Right now, Lucy walks with difficulty and without treatment, she risks further infection in the wound. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lucy receive treatment. On January 15, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal her chronic wound. Now, Lucy needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Lucy says, “I feel that my life has lagged behind. I wish to be treated and at least continue with my education and help my parents.”
Nehemiah is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth in a family of nine kids. Nehemiah has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Nehemiah traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Nehemiah's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and be able to join school. Nehemiah’s father says, “We are thankful that our son is receiving treatment.”
Savuth is a hair dresser from Cambodia. He has one daughter and two sons. He likes to go for walks, do housework, and watch TV. Two years ago, he developed hip pain on his left side. He cannot walk, work, or support his family. Fortunately, Savuth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Savuth of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 17, and Savuth needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I hope I can walk normally again after the operation."
Kensley is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents, brother, and sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the seventh grade and would like to become an engineer when he grows up. Kensley has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. On October 11, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Kensley's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. He says, "I am glad to have this surgery so that I will be allowed to play soccer with my friends."
Esther is a smallholder farmer from Malawi. She has a small farm and keeps busy with housework, while enjoying reading the Bible in her free time. She lives with her husband. Together they have three children and a grandchild. Since last year, Esther has been experiencing pain and bleeding. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Esther's surgery. On September 14, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is very happy to be helped through surgery to overcome the problems that are bothering her. She says, "I am very proud of this program because without it, I could not pay for my surgery!"
Khaing is a 21-year-old young man from Burma. He lives with his parents, sister, and aunt. He makes soap to sell for a living. Currently, Khaing has muscle stiffness in his legs and he cannot straighten them. He is unable to stand. Without treatment, Khaing's condition will continue to cause him discomfort and will further limit his movement. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of an Achilles tendon lengthening procedure for Khaing, which is scheduled to take place on August 14. This procedure will elongate his Achilles tendon, allowing increased motion at the ankle joint. The procedure will help him to straighten his legs, stand, and complete exercises that will help him walk eventually. "I hope to go to school and learn about computers and economics. I want to help support people like me,” said Khaing.
Mwadawa is a mother from Tanzania. She has four children. Four years ago, Mwadawa was riding her bicycle when she was hit by a car. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a knee injury. She could not stand or walk for several months. Fortunately, Mwadawa learned about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). At AMHF's care center, surgeons can perform a total knee replacement to relieve Mwadawa of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 13, and Mwadawa needs help raising $822 to pay for this procedure. Mwadawa says, “I will be very glad when I will no longer be in pain and able to go back to my milk business. Please help me get this treatment.”
Aung is a 13-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, his 13-year-old sister, and 8-year-old brother in Myawaddy, Karen State. Since he was born, Aung has had an inguinal hernia. Aung’s hernia is gradually increasing in size. Fortunately, on June 12, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Aung's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “We would like our son to finish school and become an educated man,” says Aung’s father.
Hilda is a baby from Tanzania. She is the first-born child in her small growing family. Hilda’s father works in a garage, and her mother is a stay-at-home mother. Since she was three months old, Hilda has been experiencing trouble breathing and has had frequent sleep apnea. Frequent illness has caused her parents to spend a lot of their time and money in hospitals. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Hilda's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Hilda, which is scheduled to take place on May 3. Surgeons will remove her adenoids, hopefully relieving Hilda of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Hilda’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get this treatment so that she is able to eat, breathe, and sleep.”
Edoso is a baby from Ethiopia. He is a smiley toddler who loves to play and laugh with his mother. His father passed away a year ago, leaving his mother with six children. Edoso's mother rented out their small farm and is barely able to meet the needs of her family. Edoso was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Edoso is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on April 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Edoso's procedure and care. After his recovery, Edoso will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Edoso’s mother says, “I was a house wife. When I lost my husband, life got difficult because he was the one who supported the family. Now I am struggling with the financial needs of my family. I am trying to raise my children with the limited money I get from my rented land."