Emma joined Watsi on March 12th, 2018. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Emma's most recent donation supported Mu, a young woman from Burma, to fund kidney stone removal surgery.
Emma has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.
Mu is a 25-year-old farmer from Burma. She lives with her family. In her free time, she enjoys reading books that make her laugh. Two years ago, Mu began experiencing pain in her lower back. She has been diagnosed with kidney stones, which are hard deposits of minerals that form in the kidneys and are often very painful to pass. She has been advised to undergo surgery to remove her kidney stones. If left untreated, Mu's symptoms will continue to worsen and will put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Mu's kidney stone removal surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 15. She says, "I hope that my surgery...will be successful so that I can return home and give myself and my family peace of mind."
Jean Gardy is a student from Haiti. Jean Gardy lives with his mother and younger brother in Port-au-Prince. He is in the eighth grade, and hopes to become an engineer when he grows up. Jean Gardy has a cardiac condition called rheumatic aortic regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart was damaged by a rheumatic fever when he was younger, and it can no longer adequately pump blood through his body. Jean Gardy will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On April 9, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair the damaged valve. If they are unable, they will implant an artificial replacement valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $27,000 to pay for surgery. Jean Gardy'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 Jean Gardy's family overseas. He says, "I am glad to have this surgery so I don't have to worry about my health!"
Turyamureba is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother of six children. All her children are still in school. Eight years ago, Turyamureba began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing and breathing. She was diagnosed with a mulitnodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Turyamureba receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 20 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Turyamureeba says, “I will continue with cultivation when done surgery as I will be relieved of this condition.”
Gilbert is a baby from Kenya. His mother dropped out of her second year in high school, and her father is in his fourth year in high school. They therefore rely on Gilbert’s maternal grandparents. His grandparents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Gilbert 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, Gilbert has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Gilbert will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Gilbert that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 8 and will drain the excess fluid from Gilbert's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Gilbert will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I hope we can soon put all this behind us,” shares Gilbert’s grandfather.