Gina joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. Four years ago, Gina became the 2288th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,184 more people have become monthly donors! Gina's most recent donation supported Daniel, a newborn baby from Tanzania, to fund hydrocephalus treatment.
Gina has funded healthcare for 57 patients in 11 countries.
Daniel is a one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania, the second born in a family of two children. Both parents are involved with small-scale farming. They grow maize and beans, which they sell and also leave some for food for their family. They shared that they have a big challenge of cultivating enough due to elephants destroying their crops even before they are ready for harvest and also some seasons don't get enough rain. Daniel has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Daniel has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Daniel will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Daniel that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 16th and will drain the excess fluid from Daniel's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Daniel will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Daniel’s mother says, “Please help correct our baby’s condition, we are unable to afford the treatment cost."
Jessy is a manual laborer from Kenya. Jessy is a victim of the 1992 Molo tribal clashes that left him displaced and homeless. He lost all his property and together with other victims they relocated to Nairobi and settled in the poor area in Dandora. They parted ways with most of his relatives and he has been surviving on his own since then. He has been doing manual jobs to earn a living and provide for his basic needs. In the first week of February, while visiting a shopping centre in Dandora, Jessy was sustained a fracture during a hit-and-run motorcycle accident that abandoned him on the roadside. He received treatment but the fracture did not heal well, resulting in malunion. He is in pain and has difficulty walking Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 17, Jessy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal well and he will no longer be in pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Jessy says, “I cannot afford surgery because I am weak, old and I rely a lot on my neighbors. I need help to raise the money for the surgery so that I may get back to my normal life."
Philip is a widower from Kenya. He is a quiet man who mostly keeps to himself and rarely shares his troubles and needs. His wife passed away in 2010 and he was left with four children to look after. But Philip now lives alone in a grass-thatched house and has four sheep. He does casual jobs and the little he earns enables him to buy food for himself. Philip recently slipped and fell while he was tending to one of his sheep. He fractured his left femur and because he is in pain he cannot walk or work. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 7th, Philip will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again and he will be able to work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Philip shared, “I have been living a life that is not pleasing and my personal problems turned my children against me. This has been an eye-opener and I promise to make peace with my children after getting help with my broken leg.”
Veasna is a 26-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for six years and have two young children. His wife is a factory worker. Since his children do not go to school yet, he takes them out to play everyday. In his free time he likes listening to music and helping his wife with housework. In March 2020, Veasna was in a motor accident in which he suffered an injury to his left shoulder. He went to a local hospital for treatment but they did not perform any surgery. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Now he cannot move his left arm without pain and has numbness in his hand. Veasna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 9th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, He will be able to easily move his arm, hand and fingers with no pain. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Veasna shared, "This shoulder pain is very bad, so I hope that the surgery stops all the bad feeling. I hope I can go back to work soon."
Joyce is the oldest of three siblings and likes helping her mother do household chores at home. She also has a green thumb and enjoys helping her father on his farm. She is in seventh grade and her favorite subject is English. Joyce dreams of being a future doctor. In June of 2019, Joyce's family noticed an unusual curving of her spine. Currently, Joyce has trouble balancing while she walks and has experienced lower self-esteem. Surgery will correct the curve in her spine, improve her confidence, and enable her to continue her education and achieve her aspiration of becoming a doctor. Joyce's family has raised funds for half of the cost of her surgery with the help of friends and well-wishers. They are asking for Watsi's support to cover the remaining cost of their daughter's surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to cover the remaining cost of her surgery and care. “My joy would be to get treated so that I can continue with my studies without needing to hide my back,” Joyce shared. Her parents also expressed, “We are pleading for support so that our daughter can undergo surgery and continue with her normal life like other children.”
Delvin is 8 months old and the fourth born child in his family. He was born healthy and his mom and him were discharged home from the hospital. However, once home, his mother noticed that he did not have a BM for the first three days and his she started noticing that his stomach was getting swollen. Delvin's parents returned to the hospital where they performed a small procedure and he was able to go to the bathroom normally. They were discharged back home and but the problem returned in just a few weeks. They returned to the hospital where an ultrasound and x-rays were done. Results showed that he needed a surgical review and possibly surgery to correct his anorectal malformation, so his family was referred to a bigger hospital for further management. Delvin's parents could not afford to go to the referral hospital but by luck as they were telling their neighbor about their situation, he connected them with one of our Medical Partner's doctors for help. Delvin's parents are both subsistence farmers, they do not earn enough to be able to afford Delvin's needed surgery. Delvin's mother says, "My son is suffering, his stomach swells and he cries out of discomfort and pain. Please help us get him this treatment so that he may be able to use the bathroom normally."
Nay is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband in Mae Pa Village in Tak Province. One and half year ago, they moved from Shwegyin Township, Bago Division in Burma for a better job opportunities. Nay stopped working as a day laborer because her health deteriorated. Now, her husband is the only earner and he is also a day laborer making limited income. Around eight months ago, Nay had a high fever and stomachache. She was also vomited a few times so her employer took her to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). When she arrived, she received an IV as well as oral medications. She was admitted for one day and then she felt better and returned home. Two days later after she got home, she felt stomachache again in the right side and also vomited. Again, her employer took her back to MTC and she was admitted again. She received oral medications as well as an ultrasound test. After an ultrasound, the medic informed her that she has a stone in her common bile duct as well as in the intrahepatic duct. She was then referred to Watsi Medical Partner Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH she received another ultrasound as well as a blood test and an X-ray. She was given oral medications to take home and she was asked to return to the hospital once a month for follow up. She went to MSH several times for follow-up appointments and she kept receiving oral medications for her stomachache problem. On February 11th, she went back to MSH as usual and she received another blood test. After that she was told that she has stone in her common bile duct and she needs to be admitted for surgery to remove the stone. Nay has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Nay'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), Nay is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on March 24th. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nay's procedure and care. Nay said, “I want to work after my surgery so that our family will have enough income and now I am very sad that because of my condition we may have to borrow money from our neighbor.”
Starlex is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two younger brothers in Cap Haitien, a city in northern Haiti. His father is a taxi driver. He is in the second grade and likes going to school and playing with his friends. Starlex has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Starlex will fly to Canada to receive treatment. On April 1st, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage from his valve. Another organization, The Herbie Fund, is contributing $25,000 to pay for surgery. Starlex's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep and transport. 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 Starlex's family overseas. Starlex's father shared, "My family is looking forward to the day when our son can be healthy and normal!"
Nyo is a 50-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her husband, her son, and her daughter in a village in Shwe Bo Township. Nyo’s husband is a subsistence farmer while she is a homemaker. Her son sells bus tickets at the bus station in Taunggyi Town, Shan State and he sends some pocket money to his parents at home. Nyo’s husband sometimes work as a construction day laborer. Nyo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, she is tired and cannot walk long distances. She also has chest pain and a poor appetite. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Nyo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 16th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Nyo said, “I am very upset that I have to suffer this kind of condition.”
Htay is a 54-year-old single woman from Burma. She lives with her sister, three nephews and a niece in Mudon Township, Mon State, Burma. Her nephew and her sister work on a rubber farm while her two other nephews go to school. Her oldest nephew also works in a phone shop. Htay is a homemaker and she does not have income. She lives and eats with her nephews and niece. Htay was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. When Htay was 30 years old, she started to feel tired, and experienced shortness of breath and difficulty breathing at night. She went to the Yangon General Hospital for treatment. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis and she underwent a procedure called a balloon valvotomy to widen the too narrow valve in her heart. She was fine after her treatment. Four years later, she started to experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and could no longer do household chores. However, she did not go to the hospital as she could not afford to pay for further treatment. On the 5th of July 2019, her niece’s husband suggested she seek treatment at Pinlon Hospital, where he had also received surgery in the past. She followed her niece’s husband’s advice and went to Pinlon Hospital. At the hospital she received another screening and the doctor told her she needs to replace one of the valves in her heart. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Htay. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 19th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Htay said, “After I went to Yangon Hospital several times and the doctor said that I had to have surgery as soon as possible, I felt so sad, but I tried to keep up my courage to stay strong. I secretly sold three acres of my farmland which my parents gave me. [However, I did not receive surgery] because if I would have died after surgery, my sister would have had difficulty paying for my funeral, so I was waiting and praying to meet with donors for a long time. Now, I feel less stressed since I talked to Burma Children Medical Fund staff. Thank you everyone for helping me!”
Neath is a ten year old girl from Cambodia. She has two older brothers, an older sister, and she loves to drink soy milk and eat fried chicken. When she is not studying, her favorite pastimes are reading books, watching television, and going for walks with her friends. Neath was born with congenital scoliosis. She has undergone several treatments in the past to correct her spine as she grows, and a growing rod was placed along her spine to assist with alignment. However, the rod has to be realigned to ensure successful treatment and outcomes for Neath. Surgery will ensure that Neath can grow up without any difficulty and discomfort. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will go well and that she will recover after her surgery." -Neath's Mother
Rachael is a 62 year old farmer from Kiambu County in Kenya. She had 10 children, 8 of whom are alive today. Most of her children are not employed and depend on odd jobs to support their families. Rachael was hit by a motorcycle on Sunday, 15th December while walking in her local shopping centre Raini. She has trouble recalling what happened and seems a bit distant and distraught. She is not able to walk and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 19th, Racheal will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal and walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I am hopeful that my mother will recover and be able to walk without much difficulty after surgery,” shared one of her sons.