Cornelis joined Watsi on April 7th, 2015. Four years ago, Cornelis became the 1113th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,145 more people have become monthly donors! Cornelis' most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Ngwe, a woman from Burma, to fund a mass removal procedure.
Cornelis has funded healthcare for 52 patients in 12 countries.
Ngwe is a 72-year-old retired widow from Burma. She lives with her daughter, her son-in-law, and her two grandsons. Ngwe has an abdominal mass that causes her discomfort. Ngwe sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on July 5. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.
Loyce is a devoted mother of five from Malawi. Since 2014, Loyce has been experiencing severe abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Loyce's surgery. On May 30, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She says, "Thanks so much for this program because the money to pay for my treatment was missing, so I thank you so, so much!"
Alfred is a casual laborer from Kenya. He is the father of a young baby. About two weeks ago, Alfred was in grisly road accident that left him with injuries. He is not able to walk on his own and he is in a lot of pain. He is not able to work and provide for his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 3, Alfred will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to go back to work and care for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Alfred says, “I am in much pain and appeal for financial assistance. Once healed I will get a job to provide for my family."
Patrick is a husband and father of five from Malawi. He is a farmer who grows rice, maize, and peanuts. Since January 2018, Patrick has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Patrick's surgery. On April 4, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Patrick is very happy that he will be receiving this surgery because the symptoms have interfered with his daily life and work. He says, "Thank you very much, Watsi is doing a good job because people in Malawi are lacking many things."
Nekikolo is a student from Tanzania. He is is the youngest in a family of eight children. When he was three months old, Nekikolo developed a swelling on his left eyebrow. As he kept growing, the swelling kept increasing in size. Nekikolo traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Nekikolo needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Nekikolo’s mother says, “Thank you very much for giving my son a chance to have treatment of his mass.”
Elvin is a baby from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of two children. Elvin is a playful and talkative boy. Elvin was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward so that his knees do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences pain when walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Elvin. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 7. Treatment will hopefully restore Elvin's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Elvin’s father says, “You are the only hope we have. Please help our son. His condition is worsening each day.”
Han is a 24-year-old Karen man from Burma. He is an army medic. Han was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath. Han is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on February 10 to correct his condition and improve his quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Han's procedure and care. He says, “I cannot sleep at night. Before coming to BCMF I was very worried about my health condition. Now I am a bit relieved. I am looking forward to go back to my duty as a medic again when I am fully recovered.”
Furtu is an infant from Ethiopia. She loves to play with her mother. Furtu was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Furtu is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on December 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Furtu's procedure and care. After her recovery, Furtu will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her father says, "We came here after being informed by a relative that we might receive help. It is our hope that we can get the surgery for our baby and to see our child healthy.”
Daniel is a father of six from Malawi. He is a farmer and enjoys listening to the radio in his free time. For about one year, Daniel has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Daniel's surgery. On November 6, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Daniel is looking forward to being able to urinate more naturally and live a more normal life. He says, "Thank you so much for this program and I ask that you continue to support others."
Phanny is an ice cream vendor from Cambodia. He is married and has a son. He likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV. One year ago, Phanny developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phanny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours ago seeking treatment. On August 7, 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 $211 procedure. He says, "I hope my vision improves so I can continue my work selling ice cream."
Kelvin is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the eldest in a family of two children. In February, Kelvin sustained serious burns on his body. He has experienced repeated infections, causing the wounds on his chest not to heal as well as his other burns. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kelvin receive treatment. On September 10, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help heal his chest properly and prevent recurrent infections. Now, Kelvin's family needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Kelvin’s father says, "The fire accident has changed my son’s life in a negative way. He is not as happy as he used to be and the open wound on his chest gives him a lot of pain. Please help my son.”
Katisho is a young child from Tanzania. His parents are small-scale farmers. Katisho has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Katisho traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Katisho's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily without pain. Katisho’s mother says, “I am thankful for you wanting to help my son with his disability. I would be so happy to see him walk and run just like the other children without pain or difficulty.”