Good joined Watsi on July 13th, 2014. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Good's most recent donation supported Hervensley, a two-year-old from Haiti, to fund prep and transportation for cardiac surgery.
Good has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
Good has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
Hervensley is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and older brother in Cap Haitien, a city in northern Haiti. He likes playing with toy cars and listening to the radio. Hervensley has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Hervensley will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On February 26th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage. Hervensley's family needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 costs include labs, medicines, and check-up and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Hervensley's family overseas. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. His mother said, "Our family will be very relieved and thankful when our son is finally healthy!"
Susan is a young girl from Tanzania. She is the second born child in a family of four children. She is a happy girl and always has a smile on her face. Susan has not had the chance to join school yet due to her feet being wrongly positioned making walking difficult. Her parents are concerned that she will struggle to walk to and from school every day. The school is a long distance from their home and her parents can’t afford to pay for motor bike rides to school. Both her parents depend on small scale farming for their daily life living. Fortunately, Susan traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Susan's clubfoot repair. After treatment, She will be able to walk easily. Susan’s father says, “Please help treat our daughter’s legs we can’t afford the treatment cost.”
Yusuph is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. His parents are livestock keepers and small-scale farmers of maize and beans. When he was one, Yusuph sustained burns on his right hand and face. He has developed contractures that prevent him from chewing. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Yusuph receive treatment. On November 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help restore his ability to chew. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Yusuph’s mother says, “I would be forever grateful if my son could get help on his treatment to correct his face and help him grown into a confident man.”
Francis is a one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania, born into a family of three kids. Francis is a warm little boy who was born with spina bifida, a medical condition in which the spine does not close properly before birth. After delivery, the surgeon diagnosed Francis with spina bifida and recommended surgery to close the open part on his back. If not treated, Francis will suffer nerve damage and also be at risk of infections. Francis’s mother sells vegetables in the market, and his father is a farmer. They both do not earn enough to be able to afford Francis's treatment. On August 7, Francis will undergo spina bifida closure surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to fund surgical materials, medication, and five nights of hospital stay. Francis’s mother says, “Please help my son get better, I cannot afford his treatment but I pray that God blesses everyone who is touched to help my son.”
Youbendjy is a four-month-old baby who lives in a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince with his mother, father, and older sister. Neither parent is employed full-time, but both of them work as day laborers when they can. Youbendjy was born with a cardiac condition called total anomalous pulmonary vein return, in which the pulmonary veins connect to the right atrium of the heart. Typically, these veins should connect to the left atrium. This condition deprives his body of oxygen and leads to heart failure. Youbendjy will undergo a surgery in which the veins are disconnected from the heart and reconnected in the appropriate location. First, he will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 9. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Youbendjy also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and his family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Youbendjy's surgical care. "I thought from the time my baby was born that we would lose him," says his mother. "It is like a dream for me that we have a chance for surgery."
James was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, which leaves him very fatigued. James lives in a rural area just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with his mother and grandparents. He likes to play with toys and listen to music. He is his mother's first child. James needs to undergo heart surgery. First, he will undergo a full cardiac assessment on January 19. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for James also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and his family. Gift of Life International is contributing $3,500 to cover additional costs associated with James's surgical care. James's mother "would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping James to become healthy!"
Sok Hak is a 24-year-old farmer with one brother and one sister. He likes to play soccer, go to his farm, and talk with his friends. Sok Hak has developed a cholesteatoma, an abnormal skin growth, in his left ear. It causes ear discharge, hearing loss, and pain. Sok Hak is unhappy and has difficulty working. When Sok Hak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On November 23, CSC surgeons performed a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear to remove the cholesteatoma. After recovery, his hearing will improve. Now, he needs help to fund this $842 procedure. "I hope that I can have good hearing," he says, "and that it will be easy for me to go to work."
Yan Pai is a 16-year-old boy from Burma. His mother works as a laundress and a day laborer, planting and picking corn. He left school one year ago because his family could no longer afford tuition. Since then, Yan Pai has been working as a day laborer. For a few months, Yan Pai was experiencing pain in his leg. He tried to continue working, even taking a new job in a furniture shop. Recently, however, the pain grew so severe that Yan Pai found walking difficult and he began using crutches. X-rays showed an abnormal growth in his leg. He was referred to our medical partner for further investigation. On October 17, Yan Pai underwent an MRI. Watsi donors are currently funding this [procedure](https://watsi.org/profile/a9e34854b22c-yan-pai). From this MRI, Yan Pai’s doctor discovered a tumor in his left leg. On November 9, he performed surgery to remove the tumor. Now, Yan Pai’s family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.
Mary is a cute little baby girl who was born less than one month ago in Tanzania. She is the third child in her family, and she is loved by all of her family members. Mary was born with an open lesion on her lower back that is leaking cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Her condition—known as spina bifida—is a birth defect in which several vertebrae in the lower back do not close properly, leaving the baby’s spinal canal exposed. The spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through the opening in the backbone, forming a sac on the baby’s lower back that may tear and leak. If not treated, Mary will be at risk of easily contracting an infection, and she will continue to lose CSF, which could be fatal. As is common in infants with spina bifida, Mary also has hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of CSF in the brain. Too much fluid can increase pressure on the brain and inside the skull, leading to an enlarged head and developmental issues. Mary's head is unusually soft, and the circumference has slowly been increasing in size. Mary’s parents are small-scale farmers who rely on growing and selling maize and beans to support their family. As much as they would like to help their daughter, the cost of surgery is too expensive for them. Her mother worries about what will happen to Mary, as she has never seen a child with this condition. Fortunately, the baby girl is feeding well. For $1,200 in funding, Mary will undergo two surgical procedures to close the lesion on her spine and drain the excess fluid from her brain. First, doctors will place the spinal cord and membranes back inside the spinal canal and close the opening on her back. Next, they will place a shunt in Mary's brain to drain the excess fluid and transport it to her abdomen, where it can be resorbed by the body. Funding for Mary also includes 10 days of hospital care, lab tests, medicine, five physical therapy sessions, and a two-week stay at The Plaster House for recovery and rehabilitation. “How we wish our daughter to get well," shares Mary's mother. "We’ll take her to school so that she can study and later on get a good job and live an independent life."
Tah is a ten-year old boy who lives with his parents and three siblings in Burma. Tah’s family has lived in Burma for their whole lives, living on a small farm where they grow food for their own consumption. His father, U Kyaw Poe, is the only member of the family who earns an income and works as works as an agricultural day labourer. Of his three siblings, Tah is the only one who attends school. He is currently enrolled in third grade, and enjoys his studies very much. His siblings do not attend school, but rather help their mother with farm work and occasionally accompany their father to his job as an agricultural day labourer. On May 18th, Tah was riding in the back of a vehicle transporting a large water jug through his village when the vehicle hit a bump and Tah tumbled out onto the road. The heavy jug of water that had been in the back of the truck also fell out, landing on top of him. He sustained a serious shoulder injury as a result of the incident, and when the pain did not subside in a matter of days his father decided to travel to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) to seek medical treatment. Tah and his father had to walk a few hours out of their village in order to catch a car that would take them to Mae Sot. The journey by car then took between 3 and 4 hours, When they arrived at MTC, clinic staff performed an x-ray of Tah’s shoulder, which revealed that it had been broken in two places. The trauma unit at MTC then referred Tah to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) in order to receive support for the reparative surgery he will need. Currently, Tah is unable to move his injured arm whatsoever. He is in severe pain at all times, and has had to miss school in order to travel to MTC for treatment. Before his accident, Tah loved to play soccer with his friends and brothers, but he can no longer enjoy this pastime due to his injury. His father wants him to be able to return to school and get a good education so that he can have a career more fulfilling than working as physical labourer. "I want to feel better and return to school without pain," Tah said.
“I hope my baby will get better so that he can eat well, sleep well and grow up like his big brother,” says the mother of Jonathan, a four-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. “Jonathan has difficulty breathing due to enlarged adenoids,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “The condition has also affected his ability to breastfeed because every now and then he has to let go the nipple and breathe through his mouth.” Adenoids are soft, lymphatic tissue found near the nasal cavity. If enlarged, they can block normal air flow and cause constant discomfort. AMHF tells us, “Jonathan cries a lot when he wants to feed and he is unable to. He also can’t sleep well at night.” Without a regular income, Jonathan’s mother depends on her parents for financial support. Jonathan’s grandmother, who earns money selling vegetables, is the primary provider for the family. However, her income is not enough to cover her grandson’s medical expenses. For $488, Jonathan will receive an adenoidectomy to remove his adenoids. After surgery, “Jonathan will no longer have trouble breathing through his nostrils," AMHF says. "And he will be able to feed well."
“I love my twins and I pray that Eliashibu will get well and continue with normal growth,” says the mother of Eliashibu, who, along with his twin sister, was born in Tanzania less than two months ago. Eliashibu has a congenital disorder known as hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. “Eliashibu’s head circumference has started to increase due to increased intracranial pressure,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Eliashibu is experiencing some seizures which can affect the brain. If not treated, Eliashibu may lose his vision and become dependent.” Eliashibu and his twin sister have two older siblings. His mother, a homemaker, and his father, a small-scale farmer, have already spent a lot of money on hospital care for Eliashibu and his mother. As a result, they have no funds for the required operation, which involves the placement of cerebral shunts to drain the excess CSF from Eliashibu’s brain to other body cavities where it can be resorbed. For $690, Eliashibu can receive surgery, a five-day hospital stay, and two weeks of post-operative care. AMHF expects that Eliashibu’s head circumference will no longer increase abnormally. “He will not lose his vision and he will not become dependent.” Let's help make it happen!