Maxime joined Watsi on June 28th, 2015. Seven years ago, Maxime joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Maxime's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Ah, a construction worker from Thailand, to fund arm surgery.
Maxime has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 9 countries.
Maxime has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 9 countries.
Ah is a 23-year-old man who lives in Mae Sot, Thailand. He was born in Burma, but he decided to move three years ago since he no longer had any relatives left there. In Mae Sot, he lived with his grandmother until she passed away. Now Ah lives alone and works as a construction worker. On June 5, Ah was working on the roof of a building at a construction site when he slipped and fell, sustaining a severe open fracture to his left forearm. His was immediately brought to our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where he received treatment to reduce the bleeding. After initial treatment, Ah was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further treatment. Ah is in a lot of pain and unable to work. He says, "I am very worried and stressed now because I have no one to look after me." Thankfully, surgeons will be able to perform an internal fixation procedure on Ah's forearm, resetting the bone and giving the injury a chance to heal properly. BCMF requests $1,500 to cover the cost of Ah's surgery and medical care.
Lesly is a friendly 23-month-old toddler from Guatemala. She loves to play with her aunt, who takes care of her every day. Her favorite foods are watermelon, refried beans, and rice. Lesly's father works as a day laborer, and her mother takes care of the household. Lesly was diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. Beginning on April 27, Lesly will be monitored at Clinic Tecpán, our medical partner's care center. There, she will receive nutritional supplements and micronutrients to help her recover. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to cover the cost of Lesly's treatment. Funds will also go towards an educational program that will teach her mother how to create a nutrient-rich diet using limited resources. “I am very thankful to the organization for the effort they make with children," says Lesly's mother.
Renee Lyn is a 20-month-old baby girl from the Philippines. She lives with her parents and three siblings, and her father works as a laborer. During the day, Renee Lyn enjoys playing hide-and-seek with their neighbor's children. Renee Lyn has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 22. Renee Lyn will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "We dream that our child will recover from being malnourished, grow up strong, and finish her studies someday," says Renee Lyn's mother.
Roseberline lives just outside of Cap Haitien, a port city in northern Haiti, with her mother, father, and two younger brothers. She is in high school and would like to go on to become a doctor or a nurse. Roseberline was born with a hole between the two upper chambers of her heart, called an atrial septal defect. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her short of breath and weak. Roseberline will fly to the Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 21, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will insert a catheter into her heart and close the hole. This $10,000 surgery is subsidized by Have a Heart Cayman Islands. Roseberline'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 Roseberline's family overseas. "I am very excited to travel to the hospital and to get this heart problem fixed. I would like to say thank you to everyone who is making this possible for me," shares Roseberline.
Toeun is a 67-year-old father from Cambodia who has four sons, two daughters, and 19 grandchildren. When he is not taking care of his children or helping around the house, he enjoys going to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. About a year ago, Toeun developed a cataract in each eye, which cause him blurred vision, tearing, and cloudy lenses. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any type of work, and go anywhere on his own. Toeun found out about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor in his village. He traveled for three hours with his sister to reach CSC for treatment. After a phacoemulsification procedure and intraocular lens implant in each eye, Toeun will be able to see clearly again. He is scheduled for surgery on February 2 and needs $292 to fund the procedure. Toeun says, "I hope my eyes can see everything clearly again so that I can help my daughter around the home and take care of our cows. I want to be able to go to the pagoda by myself easily."
Kezabu is a 37-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a single mother with five children. Three years ago, while she was giving birth, she developed an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area. She experiences urinary dysfunction and difficulty walking. This condition prevents her from working comfortably. Kezabu reported her condition to her local hospital several times, but she was only given medication for a urinary tract infection. Her symptoms did not go away. Eventually, she came to our medial partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a cystocele and advised to have surgery. On January 24, Kezabu will undergo a gynecological repair surgery. To provide for herself and her family, Kezabu cooks and sells snacks. Recently, however, she has been unable to work. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $287 to fund her surgery.
Mom is 59 years old. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and read books on Buddhism. Two years ago, Mom developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, itchiness, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere outside. When Mom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 6, doctors performed a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Mom will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope that my eyes can see everything more clearly," she says, "so that I can easily cook and do other work by myself because I live alone. I want to be able to read books on Buddhism and go anywhere easily."
Alexander is a two-year-old boy from the Philippines. Alexander's father is a laborer. The family shares electricity and water with their neighbors. Alexander has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. He began $268 malnutrition treatment on October 18, 2016. Alexander is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening.
Gift is a 16-year old girl from Tanzania. She is the oldest child in her family. Gift's mother runs a small business, and her father is a carpenter. Gift had a seizure near a fire, and her clothes caught fire. Since then, she has been undergoing treatment for the burns she sustained. She received two successful surgeries to release burn contractures on her arms, which restored function to her arms and allowed her to perform tasks independently. On November 8, 2016, doctors at our medical partner's hospital, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, performed a skin graft surgery to remove damaged skin. After recovery, her arm should appear and function normally. Now, Gift's family needs help to pay for this $780 treatment. "I hope to be able to help my parents again soon," says Gift.
Alinaitwe is a 41 years old married father of four children from Uganda. He has three boys and one girl. He gets income from motorcycle transport. However, the money is not sufficient for all his family needs. About thirteen years ago, when Alinaitwe was working in the garden, he felt a sharp pain in left inguinal (groin) area. After a few weeks, he developed a swelling in the same area. The swelling increased in size and the pain has been on and off. Alinaitwe visited a hospital ten years ago where he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, a condition where part of his intestine is protruding through his inner groin area. He was advised to have surgery, which he couldn't afford. However, he has kept going to hospital and receiving medication, but this has not relieved the sharp pain he gets. Due to the pain, he is unable to lift heavy items and he is unable to work in the garden for a long time. He also cannot ride a motorcycle long distances. If not treated, the hernia could become become stuck, leading to damage to the intestine or even the stomach. $249 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Alinaitwe needs. After surgery, he hopes to continue doing motorcycle transport and plans to do some farming to supplement on his income.
Hom is a 61-year-old rice and crop farmer who lives in Cambodia with her family. She had her husband have one son, three daughters, and six grandchildren. Hom enjoys watching Khmer and Thai dramas on TV and talking with her neighbors. Seven months ago, Hom started having blurred vision, and became unable to do her work or travel alone safely. She and her husband traveled for five hours to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). She was found with a cataract in each eye, and was recommended surgical treatment. Hom's doctors told her she was in need of a phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in each eye, which will replace her internal lenses and restore her vision to full clarity. In total, the procedure, supplies, drugs, and three days of inpatient care will cost $292. Hom's family needs financial assistance to complete payment. After the surgery, Hom will be able to see clearly again.
Chamman is a 29-year-old woman who lives at a pagoda in Cambodia. She spends her time cleaning and helping the monks around the pagoda. Chamman has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects the body’s muscles and movement. In March 2015, she took a fall and injured her right hip. Over the past year, her pain has been getting worse, and she is now walking with an abnormal gait. Chamman traveled an hour with her mother to reach Children’s Surgical Centre in Phnom Penh. Doctors there diagnosed her with osteonecrosis of the right hip. This means that part of her hip bone has not been receiving enough blood flow, and has begun to die. If left untreated, Chamman will continue to be in pain, and the decayed bone could eventually collapse. For $392 we can fund the hemiarthroplasty surgery that she needs. This procedure will replace the dying bone in her hip with a prothesis. After receiving her hemiarthroplasty, Chamman’s hip will be stronger and she will be able to walk easily and without pain. Let’s help get Chamman mobile again by funding her treatment.