Anand joined Watsi on December 10th, 2014. Seven years ago, Anand joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Anand's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Dolara, a playful and creative two-year-old from Haiti, to help fund her heart surgery.
Anand has funded healthcare for 82 patients in 14 countries.
Anand has funded healthcare for 82 patients in 14 countries.
Dolara is a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. She has two older brothers and likes drawing and playing with her dolls. Dolara was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), in which blood leaks between the major artery and the vein connected to her heart. This leak creates heart failure, leaving Dolara sick and short of breath. Doctors have recommended that Dolara undergo interventional heart catheterization to treat this issue. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole between the artery and the vein so that blood can flow normally. Our Medical Partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance is helping her finally undergo treatment and needs $1,500. Dolara's family is seeking help to relieve her pain and enable her to grow up and play with her siblings and friends. Dolara's mother said: "We have been hoping for this chance ever since our daughter was born, and are glad it is finally here!"
Grace is a beautiful, charming, and smiley 15-month-old baby. Grace's parents are small scale farmers and have one other child. They grow and sell maize and vegetables. Grace's mother sells fresh vegetables to her surrounding neighbors to make a living while, her father works at a carwash to support their family. Grace has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Grace has been experiencing vomiting and high fevers. Without treatment, Grace will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Grace that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 9th and will drain the excess fluid from Grace's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Grace should grow and develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Grace’s mother says, "Our baby is usually very active and playful but as days go by, her condition worsens, causing her weakness, vomiting and high fevers. Please help us."
Imran is a charming and friendly four-year-old boy. He lives with his grandfather, mother, and siblings at his grandfather's home. Imran has clubfoot of the left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Imran receive treatment. He visited AMH's care center where, on July 6th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. Now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Imran's procedure. After treatment, Imran will be able to walk without difficulty and wear shoes. Imran's grandfather shared, "there is no day my grandson doesn’t say to me, grandfather I want to wear shoes like my friends. Please help my grandchild."
Daly is a 74-year-old retired construction worker. He has two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. Daly lives with his wife and their youngest daughter. Since he stopped working in construction, Daly focuses on planting vegetables around his home. Five years ago, Daly developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Daly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled with his son seeking treatment. On April 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Daly shared, "I'm hopeful that after surgery I can see my family better again and plant vegetables easily."
Faith is a 41-year-old woman from Kenya and the mother of two children, ages 22 and 15. She used to work as a second-hand shoe seller, but unfortunately, for the last year and a half she has not been working due to her condition. Faith and her children live with her mother who is a farmer. Several weeks ago, Faith had spinal surgery. During one of her follow-up check-ups, doctors noticed that she has purulent drainage from the wound and recommended an urgent surgical revision of her thoracolumbar spinal fusion. She is currently unable to sit upright. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 4th, surgeons from AMH will perform revision spinal surgery. Now, Faith needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure. Faith shared, “I am unable to walk without support. Most of the time I lay asleep on my back. I cannot take care of my kids who depend on me. I need this surgery to have my life get back to normal, especially walking again.”
Elizabeth is 8 years old and the last born in a family of eight children. Elizabeth is a friendly girl and currently in elementary school. She loves coloring and singing at school. Her parents are small scale farmers and livestock keepers. Elizabeth was involved in a fire accident in late 2017. She and her siblings had been left at home by their mother as she went out to go fetch water. With no grown-up at home, they took a matchbox and went out to start a fire so that they could play cooking games. In the process, Elizabeth's clothing caught on fire, and neighbors rescued her. She sustained severe burns that have since healed, so she has large skin contractures around her groin, elbow and axilla. She is not able to move her arm freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Elizabeth receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so she will able to use her hand and move it freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Elizabeth’s father shared, “My daughter needs surgery to help correct her hand, but the cost is not something we can afford. Kindly help our daughter.”
Lengai is a 7-year-old boy and the last born of four children. Lengai is a friendly and playful boy who is of age to attend kindergarten. He wants to go to school like his siblings, but due to a deformity on his right foot, he is not able to walk the long distance to and from school. Lengai's parents work as livestock keepers to make a living for their family. Lengai was born with a congenital deformity called syndactyly on his right foot and the fingers of his right hand. As a result, he cannot walk without pain, and is not able to move and use his fingers easily. Lengai's parents noticed his condition early on in his life, but due to the distance from their village to the nearest clinic, and the high cost of care, they were not able to seek treatment for him. Through a mission organization, Lengai was referred to our medical partner's care center, the Plaster House, for treatment. Lengai has been scheduled to have surgery on his right fingers so that he can use his hand in carrying out his daily life activities. Soon after, he will undergo treatment to correct his right foot. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lengai receive treatment. On May 7th, surgeons at their care center will perform his hand surgery. Once recovered, he will be able to use his fingers with ease. Now, Lengai needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Lengai’s mother shared, "We were unable to seek treatment for our son not because we were okay seeing our son struggling to walk and use his right-hand fingers, but instead because of life's hardships. Please help our son."
Naw Mu is a five-year-old girl who lives with her family in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Naw Mu, her older brother and older sister are all primary school students. Her mother is a homemaker and her father works as a day laborer outside of the camp when he can. Her parents also look after a small shop in the camp. Her family's combined income is just enough to cover their family expenses and are grateful they can receive basic healthcare and education in the camp. On April 8th, Naw Mu was playing with her friends when she fell to the ground and injured her left arm. Her mother immediately took her to the hospital in the camp, run by Malteser International Thailand. When the medics examined her arm, they suspected that Naw Mu's forearm was fractured and referred her to another hospital to confirm her diagnosis. After Naw Mu received an x-ray, the doctor confirmed that Naw Mu's radius and ulna bones are broken. Currently, Naw Mu is experiencing pain in her left arm and has to take pain medication to have comfort and to sleep. She cannot lift her left hand or move it around. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Mu will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for April 9th and will cost $1,500. With this treatment, she will no longer be in pain and she will be able to move her hand and arm fully again in the future. Naw Mu's father shared, “my daughter loves to play outsides with her friends and watching cartoon clips on the phone. After she receives surgery, I hope that she is able to play with her friends again.”
Esupat is a 10-year-old girl and the third-born in a family of six children. Esupat is a friendly, social, and hard-working girl. Since she was young, her mother says she has always wanted to give a helping hand to anyone she saw working hard. When Esupat was younger, she was involved in a fire accident. Esupat’s grandmother was about to start a fire when Esupat offered to help instead, so her grandmother went out to clean a pot. When Esupat started the fire, it caught on her clothing around her chest and neck. The resulting burns healed and left her with skin contractures, which limit her neck mobility. It is difficult to move her neck, and she has not attended school since the accident. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Esupat receive treatment. On March 8th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to restore her neck mobility. Now, she needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Esupat’s mother shared, “Please help my daughter. She feels different because other children make fun of her, and we are even scared to send her to school. Please help her get this treatment."
Vin is a 32-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Vin's sister and parents have died, so he now lives with other relatives. When he isn't working, Vin enjoys meeting up with his friends and helping people work on their homes while listening to the radio. One year ago, Vin developed hip pain on the left side. He presented to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre with left femoral neck necrosis. Surgeons at CSC will perform a left hip replacement that will reduce his pain and increase his mobility again. Currently, he can not walk without supports and is unable to work. His treatment is scheduled for October 7th, and Vin needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Vin said, "I hope I am able to walk again so I may work again and my family members won't have to worry so much about me."
Tusiime is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother with nine children. Her youngest is a boy who is in second grade and the rest are girls. Three are married and are small-scale farmers while the other four are still in school. Tusiime earns a living from small-scale farming where she grows food crops to feed her family and sells off the surplus to generate additional income. Her husband is a local brewer and provides for his family with the income he makes from selling an alcohol called ‘waragi.' For some time now, Tusiime has been experiencing severe backache and lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed a with pre-malignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tusiime's surgery. On July 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tusiime will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tusiime shared, “I expect to have good health and new life after my surgery to continue with farming after recovering."
Festo is an elderly man from Uganda and a father to four children. He relies on subsistence farming in his coffee and banana plantation. His wife hawks clothes to add to her family's income. Festo came to the hospital with complaints of a painful inguinal swell, which was diagnosed as an inguinal hernia. The swell had been there for over six months and causes him pain whenever he coughed or strained. If not treated, Festo will be at risk of further infections especially hernia strangulations and other complications. The family is not able to raise the funds needed for surgery and appeal for help. Fortunately, on April 25, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Festo's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Festo shared, “I hope to have my normal life health after my surgery is done.”