Joseph joined Watsi on October 30th, 2016. Five years ago, Joseph joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Joseph's most recent donation supported Lucas, a baby from Tanzania, to fund spinal surgery.
Joseph has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 11 countries.
Joseph has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 11 countries.
Lucas is an infant from Tanzania. He is the youngest of five children. His parents are farmers. Lucas was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Lucas is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Lucas's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 20. This procedure will hopefully spare Lucas from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Lucas’s mother says, “I am very worried about my son. We have gone through so much within this few days of his life. Please help us get treatment for our son.”
Kaarie is a 14-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the second born in a family of seven children. Her father is a farmer, while her mother looks after the children. Two years ago, she fell and injured her right hip. This has caused pain and affected her ability to walk. Unfortunately, she was forced to stop attending school. Now, Kaarie is scheduled to undergo an osteotomy to heal her hip and help her walk. Surgery is scheduled for June 5 and will cost $1,231. She says, “I will be grateful if this condition is corrected and I resume my studies."
Matteo is a boy from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger brother. He is a fifth grade student, and likes watching soccer games and listening to music. Matteo suffers from a condition called severe pulmonary stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too small. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leading to heart failure. This will eventually be fatal. Fortunately, Matteo will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter tipped with a balloon to stretch Matteo's valve open to a more normal size. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Matteo's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. He says, "I am excited to be able to play soccer after my heart is fixed."
Piseth is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has two older brothers and a sister. He is the youngest in the family. He likes to play games with his friends. Four years ago, his left hand was burned by an open fire. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. He can't bend his fingers. When Piseth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On April 25, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him use his hand easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure.
Marie is a young woman from Haiti. She lives with her mother, stepfather, and brother in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Although she previously attended university, she has not been studying for the past several years due to her heart problem. Marie has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral stenosis. As a teenager, Marie suffered a rheumatic fever, which severely damaged one of the valves of her heart. As a result, blood can no longer flow through it, leaving her sickly and short of breath. Marie will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 28, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair her native valve during an open-heart procedure if possible. Otherwise, they will replace it with a mechanical valve. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery. Marie'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 Marie's family overseas. She says, "I am excited to get back to a normal life after my valve surgery!"
Kob is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons and three daughters. He likes to listen to the radio in his free time. Three years ago, he fell and injured his hip. He has had hip pain and difficulty walking. Fortunately, Kob learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Kob of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for February 6, and Kob needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "After the operation, I hope I can walk normally and without pain, and I can complete my regular job again."
Samuel is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and older sister in a small city in central Haiti. His parents both work as vendors. Samuel 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. These defects deprive his body of oxygen and leave him weak and short of breath. Samuel also has Down syndrome. Samuel will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 31, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and surgically remove the muscular blockage near his valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $24,000 to pay for surgery. Samuel'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 Samuel's family overseas. His mother says, "My family is all praying for a successful outcome for this surgery!"
Alonso is a 55-year-old man who lives with his wife and daughter in rural Guatemala. Years ago, Alonso's leg had to be clinically amputated after he experienced complications related to diabetes. Alonso's life changed drastically after he lost his leg, for he has difficulty walking and working. He now is in need of a prosthetic leg. Before his leg was amputated, Alonso worked in construction. Now, in order to keep supporting his family, Alonso works in agriculture in the local countryside. Alonso provides his family's only source of income, but he does not earn enough to cover the cost of a prosthetic leg. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Alonso is scheduled to receive his $1,166 prosthetic leg on August 8. Receiving a prosthetic leg will change Alonso's life. He hopes that receiving a prosthetic will allow him to find a different job so that he can support his wife and take care of their family better.
Susan is a five-year-old girl living in Kenya with her parents and four siblings. When Susan was three years old, she started limping and was unable to walk well. She was diagnosed with rickets, which lead to her developing genu valgus, also known as being "knock-kneed." Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Susan is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her "knock-knees" on July 10. Her family is requesting $1,165 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Following her recovery, Susan will be able to walk comfortably, and she will be able to go to school and play with the other children. “I am kindly appealing to you to help my daughter have surgery," Susan's mother shares. "Currently we cannot afford the amount stated. I would like to see her going to school and playing with other kids at home. God bless you for your help."
Seetotaw is an 18-month-old living in Ethiopia with his mother and father. His father supports the family as a traditional basket weaver, while his mother stays home to care for him. Seetotaw is a happy infant who loves music and dance. Seetotaw was born with a congenital condition called bladder exstrophy, which means that his bladder pokes through the outside of his abdomen. The exposure of his bladder puts him at heightened risk of injury and infection and requires constant care. Doctors have recommended that he undergo surgery to repair the bladder abnormality. His parents are worried that without the surgery their son will continue to require constant medical care and be stigmatized in the community. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund Seetotaw's surgery. His parents are hopeful that this surgery will allow him to to have a happy and healthy childhood.
Tha is an 18-year-old living in Burma with her family. Before becoming ill, Tha lived in Bangkok, where she worked as a domestic helper. Tha has a congenital heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This rare heart condition is caused by a combination of four heart defects that occur at birth, resulting in oxygen-poor blood being circulated around the body. Tha began experiencing symptoms of her condition at the age of 10. Doctors originally thought she had asthma so her true condition remained undetected. While working in Bangkok, Tha developed severe fatigue, heart palpitations, blue-tinged skin, and clubbed fingers. She would have trouble standing throughout the day because she was so exhausted. She was forced to return to Burma when she became too weak to work. Once home with her family, she sought medical treatment and her condition was properly diagnosed. Doctors have recommended that Tha have surgery to repair her heart so that it can function normally. Our medical partner, Burma Children's Medical Fund, is request $1,500 for Tha's surgery, which will be performed on September 16. Tha hopes that after the surgery she will regain her energy and be able to live on her own again. She says, "After getting treatment I will work again and probably go back to Bangkok."
Narolin was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. This condition causes a hole in the heart that normally closes shortly after birth, to remain open. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her short of breath. Narolin lives in the outskirts of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic with her father, mother and older sister. She is in the first grade and enjoys school. Although Narolin is not from Haiti, her surgery is taking place in partnership with our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance. With financial assistance from Gift of Life International, Narolin will undergo heart surgery on May 24 in Haiti. Now, Narolin and her family are requesting assistance to pay the transportation and surgery prep costs that they will incur while traveling from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. "We are all so happy that our daughter can have this chance, and we want to say thank you to everyone," shares Narolin's mother.