Nikhil joined Watsi on July 11th, 2014. 47 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nikhil's most recent donation traveled 7,200 miles to support Aye, a woman from Thailand, to fund gynecological surgery.
Nikhil has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 12 countries.
Nikhil has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 12 countries.
Aye is a 48-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband's family in Mae Sot, Tak Province. Since 2013, Aye has been experiencing sharp abdominal and back pain. She has been diagnosed with a myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Aye's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Aye is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on October 9. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, She will no longer experience abdominal or back pain.
Wilson is a laborer from Kenya. He is the third born in a family of three. About three weeks ago, Wilson fell from a house and hit his left leg, causing a small cut. He was taken to a dispensary, where the cut was sutured. Later, he developed severe pain and was diagnosed with a femur fracture. He is not able to walk on his own, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 11, Wilson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will helo him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I have had so much pain and suffering. I hope Watsi will accept to assist me so that I can be well," says Wilson.
Faith is a woman from Kenya. She is a housewife, while her husband is a security guard. They have three children and live in rural eastern Kenya. Three years ago, Faith suffered a toothache that left her with a small swelling on her left mandible. She visited different local hospitals, where she was given medication with no proper diagnosis. In February 2018, Faith and her husband came to our medical partner's care center, and she underwent a minor surgery to remove the swelling. However, the surgeon noted that the benign cyst was not fully removed. If not treated fully, Faith risks developing further complications. Fortunately, Faith will undergo a mandibulectomy on August 21. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund surgery. Faith says, “My hope is to have the swell subdued and the risk of further complications reduced."
Olerubari is a baby from Tanzania. His father is a livestock keeper, while his mother practices subsistence farming and keeps a few goats, cows, and chickens. Olerubari 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, Olerubari traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Olerubari's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk when he grows up. His father says, "Please help my son get treatment for his legs."
Hla is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She is originally from Karen State, Burma but moved to Thailand when she was 12 years old. She lives with her 11-year-old son. She sells vegetables, which she picks on different farms around Mae Sot. In June, Hla had an accident while she was riding a bicycle with her son from school. She is now suffering with pain in her arm. Her left forearm and fingers are swollen, and she is unable to move and use them properly. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hla will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 8 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Hla will be able to return home. She says, “I am worried that soon I might not be able to pay rent for our house anymore. Also, I am worried about my arm. I hope that I will be able to use it again in the future, so that I can go back to work and support me and my son.”
Iloveda is a young woman from Haiti. She lives on an island off the west coast of Haiti with her parents, who are both farmers. Iloveda is in the seventh grade in school, and would like to be a nurse or a teacher when she grows up. Iloveda has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage prevents adequate blood flow through one of the valves. This condition leaves her sick and short of breath, and would eventually be fatal. Iloveda will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $20,000 to pay for surgery. Iloveda'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 Iloveda's family overseas. She says, "I am excited to have a healthy heart and to do everything I want to do without getting tired!"
Smaha is a young student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and three siblings in Cap Haitien, a city on the northern coast of Haiti. She attends kindergarten, and likes coloring and doing art projects. Smaha has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sickly and short of breath. On April 8, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, Surgeons will use stitches to close off the hole so that blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Smaha's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. Her mother says, "We are very happy that Smaha can have this surgery, and would like to say thank you to everyone!"
Rose is a housewife from Kenya. She is widow with two children. She owns a small green grocery business. For five years, Rose has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and bleeding. 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, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $718 to fund Rose's surgery. On March 9, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Rose will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. “I have suffered so much and I pray that Watsi will support me so that I can go back to my normal life and start working and not depending on my children,” says Rose.
James is a farmer from Kenya. He is married and has four children. His wife works at Nazareth Hospital, our medical partner's care center. In late January, James slipped and fell. He sustained a closed fracture of the patella of his left leg. He cannot walk and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 12, James will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The treatment will help him heal and walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. James says, “I like working in my shamba (farm) and walking around to see friends, I therefore hope for support to undergo this treatment so that I can continue serving my family.”
Chit is a one-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Mae Sot, a border town. He loves to play with his parents. Since he was one month old, Chit has had an inguinal hernia. Now, his hernia is getting bigger. He is in pain and cries a lot, and he is no longer able to play. Fortunately, on January 6, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Chit's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 6 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "I want my son to be a teacher when he grows up."
Jecinta is a shy 17-year-old girl from Kenya who loves playing volleyball. She is the third born in a family of four children. Her family lives in a house provided by their church members because they cannot afford to rent one. Jecinta is supposed to be in her first year of high school, but has still not enrolled due to financial constraints. When she was born, Jecinta's mother noticed her feet were unusual and, as she continued to mature, her feet developed facing outward. Her condition, diagnosed as clubfoot, gave her an unstable gait and often caused her to fall. Due to lack of information and poor finances, the family did not get any assistance. In February 2017, Jecinta successfully underwent triple arthrodesis treatment for her right foot and has been recovering well. On September 11, Jecinta will have treatment on her left foot, enabling her to wear shoes and walk without pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $1,224 for her medical treatment. “I thank God my right foot has corrected and I have healed now," says Jecinta, while looking forward to her next surgery.
Gabriel is a preschooler from Haiti. He lives in Cap Haitien, a city in northern Haiti, with his mother, father, and brothers. He is an outgoing and curious child who makes friends easily. Gabriel has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A blood vessel near the heart that normally closes shortly after birth instead remains open. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sickly and weak. Gabriel will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 6, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a catheter to close the blood vessel so that blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $12,000 to pay for surgery. Gabriel'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 Gabriel's family overseas. His mother says, "I am very happy that my son can have his heart fixed so he will be able to start preschool without problems!"