Razzi joined Watsi on September 11th, 2015. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Razzi's most recent donation supported Abibatu, a little girl from Sierra Leone, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Razzi has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 11 countries.
Razzi has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 11 countries.
Abibatu is a three-year-old little girl from Sierra Leone. She lives with her parents and two older brothers. Abibatu likes to dress up and go to church with her family. Abibatu was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart condition involving several related defects including a hole between two chambers of her heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. On August 2, Abibatu will be traveling from her home in Sierra Leone to our medical partner's care center, Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, in Bangalore, India. Although Abibatu is not from Haiti, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with other partners to make her surgery possible, and so is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Abibatu's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $12,000 towards her treatment. We are also fundraising for her [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/468cd870f0a3-abibatu). "Our family is all very excited that there is hope for Abibatu to become healthy!" says Abibatu's mother.
Sygie is a 19-month-old baby girl from the Philippines. Her mother works as a laundress while her father works as a farmer and laborer. Sygie's family has not been able to provide nutritious food for her, and sometimes they are unable to buy milk for her to drink. Because of this, Sygie is very thin and malnourished. The $173 requested by our medical partner, International Care Ministries, for Sygie's treatment will cover enrollment in a malnutrition treatment program and associated costs, including medication, supplies, and nutritionist supervision. Sygie is scheduled to begin her treatment on June 26. "I hope that my daughter will gain weight, recover from malnutrition, and be more active and playful," says Sygie's mother.
Steven is a two-year-old boy from the Philippines who lives with his family in a house made of bamboo and light materials. His father is a farmer while his mother looks after him at home. Steven is very thin and only likes to eat junk food, which has caused him to become malnourished. In order to treat his malnutrition, our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), is requesting $173 to fund Steven's enrollment in a home-based malnutrition intervention program. That amount will cover Steven's enrollment in the program, necessary medication, nutrient supplements, and the help of a nutritionist, who will advise Steven's mother on how to help her son eat a healthy, wholesome, and affordable diet. "I wish that Steven will gain weight and recover from malnutrition. I also hope that I will be able to learn more strategies on how to stop him from eating junk food with the help of ICM staff and as I continue attending the session and listening to all the health topics," says Steven's mother.
12-year-old Dachka lives in a small town in the Dominican Republic with her mother, father, and two younger sisters. She is in the sixth grade and hopes to become a doctor one day. Dachka was born with a cardiac condition called coarctation of the aorta, in which the aorta is abnormally narrow. As a result, the heart must pump harder to push blood, resulting in high blood pressure and risking heart failure. Although Dachka is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. She will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Dachka will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 17. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Dachka also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Dachka's surgical care. "I am excited to have my surgery," Dachka says, "so that I will no longer feel tired all the time and will have the energy to play with my friends."
Ling is a 17-year-old farmer. She has six siblings, and she enjoys cooking for her parents in her spare time. Ling was born with a mass above her left eyebrow. The mass has grown in size and causes her discomfort and mild pain. On April 28, Ling will undergo surgery to remove the mass. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $224 in donations to help Ling pay for her surgery.
Luis is eleven months old and has been diagnosed with malnutrition. He was born two months premature and often gets sick. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Luis lives with his family in rural Guatemala. He has an older sister and brother. He likes to practice saying “water” and “mama.” His father is a day laborer, and his mother takes care of their household and the children. His family wants the best for Luis, but they have few economic resources and cannot afford malnutrition treatment. Fortunately, our medical partner is requesting $437 to fund Luis's treatment, beginning on February 20. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Luis recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Luis a chance to grow healthy and strong. Luis's mother says, "I want to see my son healthy so that he grows well. When he is big, he can study and be a mechanic."
Marcus is a six-month-old infant from the Dominican Republic. He lives in Santo Domingo with his parents, and he is their first child. His mother currently stays at home to care for Marcus, and his father is a police officer. Marcus was born with a coarctation of the aorta, a cardiac condition in which the aorta is abnormally narrow. This makes it difficult for blood to flow. As a result, his heart has to pump harder to push the blood, which can lead to heart failure. Although Marcus is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. He will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Marcus will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 16. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Marcus also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and him family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Marcus's surgical care. "We have seen that Marcus has been very sick ever since he was born," says Marcus's mother. "We are hopeful that this surgery can help him."
Kengonzi is a 13-year-old girl from Uganda. She has four siblings: three brothers and one sister. Her father is a trader dealing in fresh food. She is in primary school, and her best subjects are mathematics and science. In the future, she wants to be a nun. Six months ago, Kengonzi developed a hard and painless swelling in her right breast. In November of 2016, her stepmother took her to the hospital, where she learned that the mass required surgery. They could not afford surgery, so they decided to use traditional medicines. Kengonzi's symptoms did not improve. "I am worried about my daughter because I don't know what will come out of her swelling," says Kengonsi's stepmother. Without treatment, the mass could continue growing and become more painful. Fortunately, Kengonzi visited our medical partner's hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital. On December 21, Kengonzi will undergo a mass excision. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $196 to fund this treatment. After surgery, Kengonzi hopes to work hard in class and get good grades.
Mu Mu is a 43 year-old woman who lives in Burma with her parents, husband, daughter, and younger brother. Mu Mu used to work as a day laborer, but recent health complications have prevented her from working. Now, she sells dried food and snacks from home. She and her husband support the family. Her daughter recently completed tenth grade and is about to enroll in university. One year ago, Mu Mu began to experience painful symptoms in a sensitive area. She visited our medical partner, where she underwent an electrocardiogram, an x-ray, blood tests, and an ultrasound. She learned that she had a mass in her uterus. On November 21, she underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy. This procedure should reduce Mu Mu’s uncomfortable symptoms, which included back pain and difficulty sleeping. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 treatment.
"Sokrith is a 25-year-old woman married with one son and one daughter," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). She lives in Cambodia with her family, where she earns a living farming rice and other crops. "She enjoys watching Khmer and Thai dramas on TV and watching social news," CSC says. She traveled 3 hours with her husband to reach CSC for treatment. Two months ago, Sokrith developed a chalazion, or small cyst, in each eye. This causes pain and swelling. "She is uncomfortable and worries about the cysts growing larger and ruining her vision," CSC reports. For $148, surgeons at CSC can remove the chalazions in a simple surgery. Sokrith travelled three hours with her husband seeking treatment at CSC, but cannot afford to cover the cost. With our help, Sokrith will be free of pain and irritation in her eyes and will not have to worry about losing her vision.
Aleyda was born one month ago in Guatemala. Sadly, her mother passed away during her birth, but the medical team was able to perform an emergency cesarian section and save Aleyda. She had to be in the hospital for the first two weeks of her life because of fluid on her lungs, but now that she is home, she is acutely malnourished and needs formula right away to be able to gain weight. Aleyda is being taken care of by her father and her grandmother. Aleyda's father is a farm worker, who cultivates corn and beans which he uses to feed the family and sells whatever is extra in the market. They live on only a couple dollars per day, and are struggling to make ends meet--meaning the expensive formula Aleyda needs to survive is far out of reach. Although Aleyda is very sick, treatment is simple. She will receive formula, a personalized dietary plan from our nutritionist, and her grandmother will receive intensive motivational education so she knows how to feed Aleyda so she can recover and have a normal and healthy childhood. "We need help with the formula so Aleyda can grow healthy," her father shared.
"I hope that my son can grow and be a good teacher when he's big," shares the mother of 19-month-old Jeffry. Jeffry is the youngest of three children. He lives with his siblings and parents in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural village in the mountains of Guatemala. He loves to race his toy cars with his older siblings. His father works as an assistant to a bricklayer and his mother takes care of him and his siblings. They often live on less than $2 per day, meaning giving their son even just one piece of fruit, one vegetable, and one egg is out of reach. Jeffry is suffering from malnutrition because his parents have not been able to afford to provide him with a healthy and varied diet. His lack of protein, calories, and nutrients have made him nearly three standard deviations below the healthy size for his age. His body is weak and unable to fight off sicknesses, meaning he comes down with diarrhea, fever, or a respiratory infection almost every week. His mother is worried since lately he has not had an appetite and hasn't had the energy to play with his two older siblings. In the long term, Jeffry could have a lower IQ and a greater risk for chronic diseases if he does not receive treatment for his malnutrition. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation will help Jeffry recover from malnutrition - immediately saving his life and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. All of this treatment and medication costs $512. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will strengthen with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. Jeffry's parents will receive the support they need to give him the proper diet to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Jeffry the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.