Sean joined Watsi on November 25th, 2014. 172 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sean's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Tabitha, a little girl from Haiti, to fund travel for life-saving heart surgery.
Sean has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 10 countries.
Sean has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 10 countries.
Two-year-old Tabitha lives with her mother and grandparents in Haiti. She enjoys playing with the other children in her neighborhood and helping her family cook their meals. Tabitha was born with a cardiac condition called complete atrioventricular canal defect. With this condition, a large hole exists between all four chambers of her heart, allowing blood to mix freely between them. This prevents Tabitha's body from receiving enough oxygen and leaves her sick and weak. Complete atrioventricular canal defects are especially common in children like Tabitha who have Down syndrome. Watsi's medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, requests $1,343 to pay for Tabitha to travel to the Cayman Islands for treatment. Tabitha's trip is currently scheduled for August 9. "My family is very excited for Tabitha to be able to play and be active without getting tired!" shares her mother. Let's help make that happen!
Jackyto is a six-year-old boy from southern Haiti. He is in the first grade and likes going to school and drawing. Jackyto has four siblings and his parents are farmers. Jackyto was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This means he has a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. As a result, not enough oxygen is delivered to his body, leaving him sick and weak. Although Watsi has already funded Jackyto's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/e95b7420cae8-jackyto) to the hospital for his surgery, he is still in need of $1,500 to cover exams, heart surgery prep, and medications. Have a Heart Cayman is also contributing $22,000 to the costs of his heart surgery. "I am so thankful Jackyto will be able to travel for his surgery!" says Jackyto’s mother.
Yeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer who is married and has one son, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray, visit her children and relatives in the countryside, and participate in ceremonies. About eight months ago, Yeun developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused her to experience blurred vision, tearing, and an extreme sensitivity to light. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, work, and go anywhere by herself. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant for each of Yeun's eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 4 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Yeun's vision to its former state and allow her to live more comfortably.
Pout is a 74-year-old grandmother of 14. She enjoys watching the news, participating in pagoda ceremonies, and listening to the monks pray during her free time. Seven months ago, Pout developed cataracts in both eyes. A cataract is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively cloudy, causing blurred vision, itchiness, and photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light). It is difficult for Pout to recognize faces, do any type of work, and go anywhere on her own. Pout and her daughter-in-law traveled three hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On May 22, Pout will receive cataract surgery to replace her lenses with artificial ones. CSC is requesting $292 to help fund the surgery. After this procedure, Pout will see clearly again and be able to enjoy her favorite activities once more.
Baraka is a three-week-old boy from Tanzania who loves to suckle. He is one of six children. Baraka's parents are subsistence farmers who work hard to try and provide for their large family. Baraka was born with spina bifida, an opening in his lower back extending through his spine. If not treated, it can cause spinal cord damage and lead to recurrent infections. After his diagnosis at birth, Baraka was unable to receive treatment at a local hospital because they were unequipped to provide the necessary treatment. When he began experiencing fevers due to infections, relatives chipped in to help cover the costs of his travel to a care center ten hours away. On April 24, surgeons will perform a spina bifida repair procedure to close the opening in Baraka's back. After treatment, little Baraka will be healthier and will no longer experience dangerous recurrent infections. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,369 to cover Baraka's treatment. Baraka’s mother is very grateful to those supporting Baraka's care, saying, “Thank you so much for the help you will give to my son. May God bless you all.”
Mouykim is a 53-year-old rice and crop farmer who is married with two sons and one daughter. She enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching dramas on TV. Four months ago, Mouykim developed a cataract in both of her eyes. This has caused her blurred vision, pain, and irritation. It is difficult for Mouykim to see things clearly, do work, or go places on her own. She is worried about her deteriorating vision loss. Mouykim traveled with her son to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On March 16, surgeons at CSC will perform a phacoemulsification procedure followed by an intraocular lens implantation. With $292, we can help Mouykim to see clearly again!
Henry is a 54-year-old father of six from Uganda. He grows trees for a living, and he enjoys listening to news radio and teaching his community about afforestation in his free time. One day, on his way home from the nursery site, Henry was riding his bicycle when he was hit by a speeding vehicle. From the accident, he was knocked unconscious, lost a finger, and sustained carpal fractures in his hand. On February 8, Henry will undergo surgery to reset his fractured hand at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $358 to fund his surgery, medical supplies, and medications. After recovering from his fracture, Henry hopes to continue growing trees and selling the seedlings in his community. “I thank the people that are donating toward my care. May God bless you so much,” says Henry.
Gatrude is a 55-year-old farmer from Uganda. She has five children. She works as a farm laborer to pay for her children's tuition. Gatrude experiences pain from a mass that has developed on her breast. For the past four months, this pain has prevented her from working. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $196 to fund a mass excision surgery. $8 were subsidized by Gatrude. She will undergo treatment on February 3. After treatment, Gatrude hopes to return to her community and continue working to support her family. Gatrude says, “I have no words that express how grateful I am for the support towards my surgery. I pray that God continues blessing the donors.”
ChyHan is a five-month-old girl from Cambodia. She has two sisters and two brothers. She likes to stay at home with her mother. ChyHan was born with a nevus, or a raised birthmark, on her left lower and upper eyelids. Doctors predict that the nevus will grow as ChyHan grows. When ChyHan's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), the family traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On December 8, surgeons at CSC removed the nevus and performed a skin graft procedure. This surgery will allow ChyHan to feel comfortable as she grows. CSC is requesting $450 to fund this treatment.
Meet Susan, a four-year-old girl from Uganda. She is the fourth-born of five children to her parents, Milton and Agnes. Susan enjoys running around their village and making balls out of banana fibers. Susan has been experiencing fever and diarrhea for four months. Her father brought her to our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital, where she was diagnosed with malnutrition. Fortunately, she began malnutrition treatment on November 6. Milton is a subsistence farmer who grows potatoes, cassava, and beans. His income is not enough to pay for healthcare, so he walked the 28 kilometers to Bwindi Hospital to seek the free medical care offered by Watsi. Though he has contributed $4 toward his daughter's care, he needs help to raise $316. Milton is looking forward to sending his daughter to school. "I want to thank the donors for supporting my daughter’s treatment," he says, "and I appeal them to continue supporting people who are helpless."
Susan is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania who loves to play. She is the last-born in a family of four children. Five years ago, hot tea spilled on Susan and burned her. Watsi donors have funded two previous surgeries to correct the burn scar contracture on her right elbow. Now, Susan's elbow has straightened and she can perform tasks independently. On November 11, Susan underwent a skin graft surgery to complete her recovery process. This procedure should restore the appearance of her burned skin. Susan's parents are unemployed, so they need our help to fund this $780 procedure. "We have been very lucky to get your help many times," says Susan's mother. "The last surgery has helped my daughter very much, and we hope this is the last treatment so she can rejoin her siblings back home."
Mugabe is a 23-year-old retail business man from Uganda. He is married, and the father of three girls. The oldest child is six years old, the second is 3 years old, and the third is one month old. Mugabe is a retail business man who trades in cocoa. His wife helps him work on this project, and the money they make is primarily used to support their family. Mugabe is most happy when his business is doing well. About 10 years ago, Mugabe started feeling pain the left inguinal region about. Due to the pain, he is unable to carry heavy items. He had never reported his condition to a hospital due to lack of money. If left untreated, Mugabe may suffer many complications. For $249, Mugabe will undergo hernia repair surgery. After surgery, he plans to save money so that he can start a wholesale shop in order to generate more income for his family. “After surgery I plan to start a wholesale shop because I believe it will bring me more money,” Mugabe shared.