David joined Watsi on March 29th, 2016. 49 other people also joined Watsi on that day! David's most recent donation supported Titus, a former bus driver from Kenya, to fund a bone transport.
David has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 8 countries.
David has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 8 countries.
Titus is a 37-year-old father from Kenya who lives with his wife and four-year-old child. Titus used to provide for his family as a bus driver, however he has been unable to work since a bus accident caused a fracture in Titus's left tibia. His wife now works on farms whenever she can. Because Titus's fractured leg has rendered him unable to walk, doctors have advised that he receive a bone transport. For his first bone transport, Titus organized a fundraiser with friends and family, however he unfortunately could not generate enough money to foot his hospital bill. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund a second bone transport for Titus, which is scheduled to take place on June 23. Without treatment, Titus will be at risk of malunion of his tibia, meaning that the fracture may heal improperly and permanently impede his mobility. “I want to be treated and be a providing father to my child," says Titus.
Htay is a 30-year-old woman who lives in Thailand with her husband and four children. While she and her second oldest daughter work as day laborers on corn and chili plantations, Htay's husband recently had to quit his job in order to look after their two youngest children at home. After giving birth to her youngest child, Htay received an intrauterine device (IUD) as part of her family planning. Recently she experienced severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Her neighbor, concerned for her health, sent Htay to Mae Tao Clinic. There she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), as an emergency case. BCMF is requesting $1500 to fund an abdominal hysterectomy for Htay. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 24 and, once completed, will hopefully relieve Htay from her recent pain and discomfort.
Enoth is a 40-year-old husband and father of five children from Uganda. He works as a mechanic, and his wife grows crops to feed their family. Enoth uses his small income to support his children's education and other needs. In his free time, he watches soccer and participates in community games. He also enjoys listening to music while he works. For the last six months, Enoth has endured pain from appendicitis. He experienced difficulty bending and squatting, and he had trouble falling asleep. He tried pain relievers that he received from a local clinic, but they were not helpful. Eventually, he visited our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. Now, a surgery is scheduled for March 16, and our medical partner is requesting $307 to fund the appendicitis treatment. Enoth will pay $4. “Thank you so much," says Enoth. "I may not have enough to pay you back for the help, but I pray for blessings upon the donors.”
Mark is a five-month-old baby boy from Uganda. He is the fourth child to his parents, Sofia and Enock. Mark's mother works as a subsistence farmer growing tomatoes, beans, potatoes, and cassava for food. She sells excess crops for income. Enock is unable to work due to blindness. Mark was recently diagnosed with pediatric pneumonia, and is having difficulty breathing. Beginning on April 22, Mark will receive treatment at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $106 to cover the cost of his treatment. Mark's family has contributed $5 to his overall care. Sofia and Enock are very grateful for all of the Watsi donors' help!
Seyha is a 13-year-old boy in the eighth grade. He lives in Cambodia and has two older brothers. He likes to play soccer, read books, and watch TV in his free time. Seyha developed an ear infection in his left ear when he was three months old. He was treated with antibiotics from a pharmacy, but his symptoms did not improve. Seyha experiences discomfort and and hearing loss. On January 25, doctors at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a myringoplasty procedure in Seyha's left ear. After the surgery, his hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $399 for this procedure. Seyha says, "I hope that I can have good hearing."
Nyunt is a 45-year-old man from a village in Burma. He is married and has six children. He is a subsistence farmer who grows rice and betel nut. His wife and oldest daughter work in Bangkok and send money home. In February 2016, Nyunt began experiencing stabbing pain in his abdomen and in his back. He also developed a distended abdomen. He visited a local hospital, where he was given medication. Unfortunately, this did not relieve his condition. A medic recommended he seek care with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Nyunt is now scheduled for a CT scan on March 18. This procedure will give his doctors more information about the cause of his abdominal pain, allowing them to plan for further care. Nyunt needs $414 to pay for the scan. Let's help him begin getting better!
Asiimwe is a 51-year-old father of three boys and three girls. He is a farm manager, but he has difficulty supporting his family. His wife is unemployed. In 2015, Asiimwe developed a painful swelling in his right inguinal region. He didn’t have money for the hospital, so he resorted to using herbal medicine. He became unable to lift heavy items and walk long distances. A friend of his advised him to seek assistance from our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. At the hospital, Asiimwe was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia and was advised to have hernia repair surgery. He will undergo surgery on January 24 for $249. After surgery, Asiimwe hopes to continue working to support his family.
Deborah is a newborn who is only three days old. When she was born, her doctors noticed that she had a sac on her lower back. She was diagnosed with spina bifida, a spinal cord malformation. The hospital immediately referred Deborah's mother to our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, for treatment. On January 22, Deborah will undergo a $1,200 spina bifida closure surgery at the medical center. Without this treatment, Deborah is at risk of complications, such as tethered cord syndrome or lower limb paralysis. Deborah's parents cannot afford to pay for the care their daughter needs. They need help to pay her medical bill. "I hope that this treatment will help my child to be healed and she will be happy," says Deborah's mother.
Maria is a 42-year-old mother of seven. Three of her children are married, one just graduated from high school, and the youngest three live at home and continue to attend school. Maria sells handcrafted items, such as bracelets. She is working hard to start her own business. For several years, Maria has been living with a painful uterine condition. She has been focusing on her children and her work without taking time to attend to her own health needs. Fortunately, on November 28, Maria underwent a repair surgery with our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq. She needs help to pay for this $657 procedure. After recovery, Maria will return to her family and business free of the discomfort and pain she has been experiencing for years. "Before, there wasn't help," says Maria, "but now that there is help, I think I have to take advantage of it."
Three-month-old Amadily has not grown at all since she was born. Her mother is unable to produce breastmilk. As a result, Amadilly is not growing, and she has difficulty sleeping due to hunger. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Amadilly's health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. Brain development is compromised, and Amadilly is at risk of long-term damage. Fortunately, she began treatment on November 17. Amadily is the first child to her parents. Together, they live in a rented one-room adobe house. Her parents work in a butcher shop. They need help to fund this $1,107 treatment. Amadily's treatment will be simple and effective. She will receive formula, which will give her the protein, calories, and nutrients she needs to grow and develop. Her mother will receive in-home nutrition education, so she will learn low-cost ways to prevent future cases of malnutrition. Amadily's immune system will strengthen, and she will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. "I really want my daughter to be able to get better, but I do not have the economic resources to buy her the milk she needs," says Amadily's mother. "I want to see her grow, be a good person, and maybe even become a doctor when she's older."
Meet Glorious, a 41-year-old woman who is happily waiting for her first born child. Glorious lives in in a village in Uganda, and works as a subsistence farmer growing, beans, cassava, potatoes and maize. Her husband Innocent grazes goats in addition to growing beans and maize. Innocent and Glorious produce food enough for the family, which is not enough to sell to support Glorious’ treatment. During her free time, Glorious enjoys associating with other ladies in the community loans associations where she borrows money at a low interest rate. She uses the loans to buy seeds for her gardens. During her leisure time, Glorious enjoys praising God, telling legendary stories to her association members in meetings, and listening to radio programs--especially political and health programs. Glorious' pregnancy is considered high risk because of her age and the big size of her baby. The doctors recommend that she has a C-section with antenatal care. For $258, Glorious will receive the treatment she needs to deliver a healthy baby. Glorious is looking forward to nursing her baby and returning to subsistence farming. Her dream is to have her child be educated. “I thank donors for supporting my treatment, and pray to God to open ways for them to get more money to support other people who struggle hard to get treatment but cannot afford,” shared Glorious.
Colleter is a farmer from a village in Malawi's Central Region. She lives with her husband, nearby their five children and seven grandchildren. Besides farming, Colleter supports her family in many ways, including fetching firewood, cooking, and washing clothes. When she is not busy, she enjoys spending time chatting with her kids. Unfortunately, Colleter learned three months ago that she has cervical cancer. Malawi has one of the tops rates of cervical cancer in the world for various reasons, but many communities do not have access to screening. Luckily for her, Nkhoma Hospital and their surrounding clinics provide exceptional cervical cancer screening services, and Colleter was diagnosed. In cases like hers, a hysterectomy is the best form of treatment. For Colleter, this will be a life saving procedure. She and her family have accepted her need for surgery, and she is looking forward to returning home to her farm and her family.