Meagan joined Watsi on October 9th, 2013. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Meagan's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Festus, a farmer from Kenya, so he can walk without pain.
Meagan has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 9 countries.
Meagan has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 9 countries.
“I want to marry and have children soon. I want to be able to work so that I will be able to support my future family,” says Festus. Meet Festus, a 40-year-old man from Kenya who has a fractured right femur, the leg bone located above the knee. “Last week, Festus was harvesting Macadamia when he lost his footing and fell from the tree,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Festus is in pain and cannot walk nor sit without support. He is not able to work on his farm. If the surgery is not done soon, Festus may require more complex treatment such as a total hip replacement. He will also not be able to work on his farm nor walk again if not treated.” Festus is the oldest son in a family of five. “Festus is not married but has a fiancée,” continues AMHF. “Festus lives on a part of the family land that his father gave him and he farms bananas and vegetables on the land to support himself. He also takes care of his parents farm for them." For $1115, we can fund an Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal his broken leg and ensure that he is able to walk properly. AMHF concludes, “We expect that after the surgery and recovery, Festus will be able to fulfill his dream and have a family that he can support by working on his farm.”
“I really hope that Watsi will help save my life," says Jane. "If I get well, I will look for a stable job and be able to support myself." This is Jane, a 48-year-old woman from Kenya. Our partners at the African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) have discovered that Jane has endometrial cancer, a cancer that begins in the uterus, and an ovarian cyst. "Jane has been suffering from this condition for more than two years now," AMHF explains. She is at risk of her cancer spreading, but our medical partners believe they can bring that spread to a halt and “she will recover and be able to work so that she can take care of herself.” Making her living from odd jobs like washing her neighbors clothes makes it difficult for Jane to be able to afford any treatment. For only $790, Jane will receive a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove the cancer. Let's help her get this life-saving treatment so she will be relieved of pain and discomfort!
Meet Gladys, a 56-year-old mother of six from Kenya. Gladys is a widower and to support her large family she grows maize and beans on a small farm that her late husband inherited from his ancestors. During a free cancer screening in her village, doctors discovered a lump on Gladys’ right breast. She was later diagnosed with breast cancer. To treat Gladys’ cancer and to prevent it from spreading to other organs she will undergo a mastectomy, a surgical procedure to remove her breast tissue. If the surgery is not done soon, the cancer could spread. As the cancer progresses Gladys will become sickly and will no longer be able to work on her farm. For $740 Gladys will receive the surgery that she needs. "My children depend on me and I need to be healthy so that I can continue working on my farm," says Gladys. African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner, tells us that after surgery Gladys is expected to recover and be able to continue to work on the farm and support her family. Let’s help Gladys and her children by funding this surgery!
Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, tells us that Jessy has a condition called hydrocephalus, which is characterized by an excess of fluid in the brain. Because of this, Jessy is unable to keep her head upright most of the time and her head is much larger than normal. Jessy is a baby girl from Malawi who lives with her mother, a small-scale businesswoman who sells tomatoes for a living. "I am very happy that my child is going for surgery, at least she has a chance of having a normal childhood after the surgery," Jessy's mother says. "I will take time off from my business to look after her until she gets better!" $992 will fund Jessy's surgery. Let’s work together and get Jessy the medical care she needs.
“It’s like a dream for me that I won’t be sick anymore,” exclaims 13-year-old Saphina. “I never thought it would be possible!” Saphina, who lives with her father and mother in Haiti, loves attending church, helping her mother with her chores, and studying. Born with a heart condition called atrioventricular septal defect, there are holes in her heart “between both the upper and lower chambers of the heart, allowing blood to flow freely among them without passing through lungs for oxygen,” shares our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance. “This makes her sickly and out of breath, and is a life-threatening condition." $1,500 will cover treatment to fix Saphina’s heart and prevent any need for further surgery. Let’s make Saphina’s dream a reality and give her access to the medical care she needs!
This young girl is Mya, a three-year-old from Burma. Mya is happy and energetic, and adores her sister and four brothers. Mya gets upset when her brothers leave for school, and she even pretends to go with them by carrying her bag to the door each morning. Mya's father farms rice while her mother stays at home and looks after the children. The family also raises a few chickens and ducks for their own consumption. About a year ago, Mya developed a mass on her neck, which has since grown rapidly. The tumor presses on her neck and makes it difficult for her to breathe. Her family has traveled to various clinics to find affordable treatment, but have been unsuccessful. Fortunately, our medical partner Burma Border Projects (BBP) can remove Mya's tumor with a $1,500 procedure. Not only will the mass go away, but Mya will experience better breathing and overall health. Mya's doctor says, "She can continue to be a bubbly three-year-old and begin school in two years time, which she is already looking forward to." Let's make sure Mya is happy and healthy now, and soon enough she'll be happy and healthy and walking to school with her brothers.
“Hugo is a highly motivated man who dreams of getting back to his old life, being able to work, hang out with his friends and family without stigma or shame, and being able to be independent,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, shares. Hugo, a 45-year-old man from Guatemala, has a bilateral arm amputation. In January, he lost both arms in a severe electrocution accident, which has made him unable to continue working and unable to care for himself. For $1255, Hugo can receive two prosthetic arms so he can regain his independence. He tells us, “this injury was the worst thing that has ever happened to me, but I’m happy to be alive, and I’m excited to have prosthetic arms and get back to work.” Let’s help him out!
Before she got sick, Ma Aye worked in a tea shop to support herself and her youngest daughter. Her dream is to save enough money to keep her youngest daughter in school. However, this will not be possible unless she can go back to work. Four years ago, Ma Aye was diagnosed with myoma, or uterine fibroids. Her condition went untreated due to lack of finances, but for the past few months her symptoms have significantly worsened. Back pain and abdominal pain have prevented her from working, deepening her financial burden. The ensuing pain and depression from her illness are taking an emotional toll as well. For $625 Ma Aye can have her tumor removed and she can start saving money again. "After treatment, she will be healthy and will be able to work without any pain," says our medical partner in Burma. "She looks forward to living a normal life again, and being the best mother she can be." Please join us in helping Ma Aye come to a full recovery.
Chilo wants to pursue a degree in medicine. But in 2003, Chilo was involved in a road accident that left him with a left ankle deformity that's limiting his education. “The damage to his ankle has caused severe pain, limping, and limitations on where he can go and how far he can manage. Since it was the result of an accident, there aren't social stigmas attached to it, but plenty of curious looks and it's limited his schooling significantly,” says our medical partner, CURE international. Chilo’s family has not been able to afford treatment for him and they tell us, “We are happy that we got contacts to come to CURE International through a group that Chilo joined back at home. It was a long journey to get here but we are happy that we are here.” For $1000 we can fund a left ankle infusion that will give Chilo the ability to walk without pain and limitation.
Meet Dorzeide! Dorzeide is 59-years-old and lives in Haiti with her husband and her six children. Dorzeide and her family run a small farm in the countryside, but she has not been able to work in the field since her diagnosis of breast cancer. Due to her cancer, she often experiences severe pains in her abdomen and joints, as well as pain near the site of her tumor. Dorzeide and her family do not make enough money from their farm to pay for her treatment. By raising just $1500, doctors will be able to perform surgery to remove her mass and Dorzeide will receive the chemotherapy that she needs. Watsi’s medical partners are confident that this treatment will help stop the spread of Dorzeide’s cancer and will have an extremely positive impact on her quality of life. Lets all come together for Dorzeide and her family!
Earlier this year, Kane, a newly married 20-year-old, started feeling a swelling in her left breast. She was later diagnosed with a massive breast tumor leaving her with pain, discomfort, and with a cancerous prognostic. Kane and her husband are from Kenya, they have no children and were hoping to start their family when early this year when she started experiencing the pain in her left breast. Kane has not completed high school and worked from time to time at a wild nuts company until late last year. Her husband is a casual worker at construction sites. He has tried all he could to get treatments for his dear wife, however, when they were told that surgery was necessary, he felt sad because he could not raise the funds to provide for the procedure. Kane's husband says in Swahili, "I wish I could do more for my wife. I feel helpless whenever I see her in pain. I will work hard so that I can take better care of her and our future children." For $580 we can provide the necessary surgery for Kane, and give Kane and her husband the opportunity to start a family. The surgery will remove the tumor and Kane will no longer be in pain and discomfort. Let's make sure Kane receives the medical care she needs!
When she was younger, in order to help her family, Me Maw dropped out of school and stayed home to look after her siblings while her mother was at work. Without a high level of education, Me Maw now relies on work to support herself. However, she recently had to stop working when she started experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. Doctors diagnosed her with rheumatic heart disease, a serious condition that is can be fatal if left untreated. Without an income, Me Maw cannot afford healthcare on her own. But for $1,500, we can pay for her to receive a procedure called a cardiac-mitral valve repair. This procedure will repair the part of Me Maw’s heart which makes sure that blood keeps circulating. Doctors say that she will be able to move around much more easily, without shortness of breath, and hopefully return to work. Let's give her a chance to live a normal, healthy life!