Praveen joined Watsi on July 20th, 2015. 63 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Praveen's most recent donation supported Myint, a man from Burma, to fund bladder surgery.
Praveen has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 11 countries.
Praveen has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 11 countries.
Myint is a 29-year-old healthcare worker from Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State, Burma. Myint was diagnosed with urinary and kidney stones in late 2017. In early 2018, Myint underwent laser treatments at the hospital for his urinary stone and kidney stone. About a month ago, he had back pain and he visited the clinic. A medic did an ultrasound and found another stone in his bladder. Now, Myint is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the stone on September 12. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this surgery. He says, "I was worried because I don't know what was going on. Now, I feel relieved that the stone will be removed. I am very grateful to all the donors who make this treatment possible for me."
Jeniffer is a farmer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of seven. Jeniffer rears sheep and goats in order to support and educate her children. In mid-August, Jeniffer accidentally fell while chasing after her goats and injured her leg. She is unable to stand or walk and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 6, Jeniffer will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This treatment will enable Jeniffer heal well and she will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Jeniffer says, “Kindly help me because I cannot bear this pain and suffering. My children are worried about my health."
Nyew is a 47-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and her two sons in Noh Poe village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State. Nyew looks after her house and children at home, and her husband works as a farmer. In her free times, she loves to go out with friends to collect vegetables in the forest. Nyew has pain and tightness in her upper abdomen. When she is in pain, Nyew is not able to sleep or eat well. Nyew has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, Nyew's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Nyew is scheduled to undergo her biliary obstruction repair on July 31. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nyew's procedure and care. Nyew says, “Now, I am very happy to hear that I am going to have surgery and I will no longer be in pain after surgery. I plan to return home, take care of my house, and meet with my friends to collect vegetables in the forest after I recover."
Barrack is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of two children. One year ago, Barrack sustained burns on his right elbow after boiling water spilled on his hand. He cannot straighten or bend his hand fully. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Barrack receive treatment. On August 6, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his hand freely. Now, his family needs help to fund this $799 procedure. “We have been looking for help concerning my son’s condition and are still waiting for help. My desire is to see his hand straightened and able to do his work independently," says his father.
Sarah is a toddler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and older brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She likes playing with her cousins and her neighborhood friends. Sarah has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia. She was born with one of the four valves of the heart missing. Sometimes a surgery can be done to correct this condition, but the only way to know this is by doing a cardiac catheterization. To determine if Sarah's condition is operable, she must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into her heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On May 24, she 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 Sarah's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. Her mother says, "Our family is hoping and praying for good news from this test!"
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."
Soklin is a potato farmer from Cambodia. She has two children. She enjoys watching television programs. Soklin has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It causes her discomfort, and she has difficulty seeing clearly. Soklin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 6, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Soklin needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope my eyes will look and feel better after the surgery."
Luciennie is a young woman from Haiti. She lives with her mother and two sisters in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She stopped her studies several years ago due to her heart ailment, but hopes to return to school once she is feeling better. Luciennie has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. She suffered an untreated strep throat as a teenager, which infected the valves of her heart and caused them to become severely damaged. As a result, they cannot adequately pump blood through her body, leaving her fatigued and short of breath. Luciennie will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 29, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair her damaged valve if possible. If not, they will implant an artificial valve to replace it. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery. Luciennie'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 Luciennie's family overseas. She says, "My family and I are praying for everyone who is helping me!"
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."
Sebastien is a toddler from Haiti. he lives in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger sister. His father works in construction, and his mother stays home to care for the children. Sebastien has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia, or a rudimentary pulmonary valve. One of the four valves in Sebastien's heart is malformed and does not open and close properly. As a young baby, he traveled to have the valve stretched open with a balloon. While this improved the function of his heart, the artery needs to be more completely reconstructed in order for him to be able to live a normal life. Sebastien will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On February 2, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use artificial material to construct a more normal pulmonary artery and valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $24,000 to pay for surgery. Sebastien'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 Sebastien's family overseas. His mother says, "Our family is very hopeful that our son can be healthy and energetic after this surgery."
“My wish is to be a driver when I am older,” shares Michael, who lives in Kenya. At 13, Michael is an eloquent young man. He and his three other siblings live with neighbors in their village. Although his foster family can take care of his basic needs, they do not have the extra money to help treat an ongoing injury Michael has experienced. In 2009, Michael and his sister were preparing food when he was accidentally burned by cooking oil on his hand and neck. After several hospital visits, he received a skin graft in 2011. Michael mostly healed, but contractures—abnormally tight, tough sections of tissue—formed on his neck where the burn had been. As Michael continued to grow, the contractures stretched his neck into an abnormal position. Unless he is treated, this twisting will only continue to worsen. Fortunately, though, we can help Michael. For $1,176, we can sponsor the surgical procedure that will release his contractures, allowing his neck to return to its normal position. This sum will also cover the lab tests, medications, and nine-day hospital stay that will accompany his operation on January 17, 2018. Michael has already faced many challenges in his short life. Let’s help make sure chronic medical disability doesn’t become another one.
Wislande is a 48-year-old woman from Haiti. Wislande has five children. Her family lives in Port-au-Prince. Wislande used to work as a street merchant before she became ill. Wislande enjoys attending church and participating in the activities with her church. At our medical partner's care center, Wislande was diagnosed with breast cancer. She will have to undergo a double mastectomy, since the cancer has now spread to her right breast. As a result of her illness, Wislande cannot wash her clothes or clean the house. She also cannot work and support herself. Fortunately, in May 2017, Wislande started chemotherapy. After four sessions of chemotherapy, Wislande will undergo a double mastectomy on August 26. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to cover Wislande's procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including labs, medication, physician and nurse time, radiology, supplies, and travel expenses.