Nikola joined Watsi on March 17th, 2014. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nikola's most recent donation traveled 5,200 miles to support Eliette, a woman from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Nikola has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 11 countries.
Nikola has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 11 countries.
Eliette is a young woman from Haiti. She lives with her husband in Port-au-Prince, and works as a customer representative for an insurance company. Eliette has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral stenosis. One of the four valves in her heart is too narrow to allow sufficient blood to pass through, as the result of an infection she suffered several years ago. Eliette will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 1, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a balloon at the tip of a catheter to stretch her valve open to a more normal size. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $28,000 to pay for surgery. Eliette'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 Eliette's family overseas. She says, "I would like to thank everyone who is helping to make this life-saving surgery possible for me."
Meng is a boy from Cambodia. He is six years old and has just begun first grade. He would like to be a police officer when he grows up. Three years ago, Meng received a medical injection to his left thigh and two months later, he was not able to walk normally. Meng has come to our medical partner in hopes that surgery will help correct his upper thigh and allow him to walk normally again. Surgery is scheduled for March 5 and will cost $417.
Breana is a baby from Tanzania. Late last year, she was accidentally burned by a boiling pot of water. Now the skin around her arm has contracted, limiting her movement. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Breana receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her arm easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Breana’s mother says, “Please help her.”
Edward is a student from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of four. Edward is a primary school student who aspires to become a doctor. His parents are farmers. This month, Edward was in a motorcycle accident, and he suffered a femur fracture. He needs intramedullary nailing to correct the fracture. He complains of mild pain. If not treated, Edward risks further complications, such as malunion. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 24, Edward will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This treatment will help him walk on his easily own again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Edward says, “I wish to be treated. I want to become a doctor."
Chet is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one brother and four sisters. He likes to do sports, listen to classical music, and go for walks. Two months ago, Chet was injured while working and the accident caused a fracture in his left leg. It is difficult for him to walk Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 3, Chet will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him walk easily again. He says, "I hope I can walk easily and won't be in pain after surgery."
Tin is a 29-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Koh P’long Village, Hpa-An Township, Karen State. Since 2014, Tin has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a pelvic mass. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Tin's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Tin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 16. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Tin will no longer experience lower abdominal pain and she will be healthy again.
Meshack is a baby from Kenya. He is a very energetic child who likes playing. Meshack is the youngest in a family of two children. Meshack has clubfoot of both his feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Meshack traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 3. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Meshack's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I will greatly appreciate any help aimed at making my son walk well,” Meshack’s mother says.
Linda is a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has one older brother. She likes to play with her toys at home. In infancy, Linda developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Linda learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On September 4, doctors will perform a lensectomy surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her mother says, "I worry, and I want my daughter to be able to see well so that she can go to school soon."
Sonfong is a young woman from Cambodia. She has one brother and three sisters. She enjoys spending time with friends. Sonfong was born with a congenital deformity of her hand. The contractures on her four fingers make it difficult for her to carry things and bend her fingers. She needs to undergo a contracture release surgery to improve her mobility in her hand. Sonfong is scheduled for corrective surgery at our medical partner's care center on August 1. Now, she needs help raising $417 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope after the operation, my hand is better and I can move my fingers freely."
Sreyneth is a young woman from Cambodia. She is training to become a massage therapist. She enjoys studying, reading, and listening to music. Sreyneth was born with an extra toe on each foot. She also dislocated her knee in June 2016 and has had difficulty walking ever since. She has been experiencing constant pain in her knee since the dislocation. She needs to have the extra toes amputated, as well as have a patella operation to repair her knee. This will make it easier for her to walk and stay balanced. The amputation is scheduled for June 6 and will cost $413. Sreyneth needs help raising money to pay for surgery. She says, "After surgery I hope I can walk without any pain and my toes will be normal."
On is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter and two sons and nine grandchildren. She enjoys watching TV programs and listening to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, On developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her partial blindness, tearing, itchiness, irritation, and a cloudy lens. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When On learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On April 9, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope my surgery is successful so that I can recognize faces, I can walk outside by myself, and I can help my family to do work at home."
Thomas is a toddler from Tanzania. He has two siblings. Thomas was diagnosed with genu varus, which means his legs bow outward at the knee. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. This has affected his mobility. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Thomas. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Thomas's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Thomas’s mother says, "I will be so happy to see him walk well please help us."