Rishi joined Watsi on September 11th, 2014. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Rishi's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Katelyn, an eight-year-old girl from Kenya, to fund life-changing hearing aids to improve her hearing and speech.
Rishi has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 4 countries.
Rishi has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 4 countries.
Katelyn is an eight-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the middle child, with her older sibling being 11 years old and her younger sibling being two. Her father previously worked as a butcher in their hometown, but he has since stopped and currently does not have a source of income. Her mother is a homemaker and takes full-time care of the children. They all live together in a rental house. Katelyn was born with an ear condition, which has caused her to experience hearing loss. She eventually had to stop attending school due to her condition. She is currently unable to communicate with others despite her having some speech. Last month, Katelyn's parents took her to Kenyatta National hospital to receive medical care. After undergoing an audiogram scan, it was confirmed that Katelyn has moderate to profound hearing loss. Her doctor recommends that she receive hearing aids since this would help with her hearing and likely her speech as well. However, her family is not able to pay for them due to financial constraints. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Katelyn receive treatment on August 5th. Now, Katelyn's family needs help funding these $1,171 life-changing hearing aids. Katelyn's mother shares, “We didn’t know that she could not speak because she is unable to hear! Doctors have said that it’s possible for her to both hear and speak if she gets the aids.”
Onesmus is a cheerful and friendly 7-year-old student from Kenya. His father is a minibus taxi driver, and his mother sells vegetables to locals. Onesmus is the firstborn of three children in his family. He has a brother who has the same condition as him, and they both require surgery. Onesmus was born with hypospadias, a congenital condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Onesmus is visiting our facility for the second time. He and his brother both underwent first stage hypospadias repair about a year ago. Now, they must undergo a second and final stage repair for full functioning of the affected area. Onesmus's family has insurance, which is paid for by the government through the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF). However, NHIF could not approve surgery for both brothers, so only one surgery will be funded. Due to financial constraints, their parents are unable to fund Onesmus's procedure. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), can help. Onesmus is scheduled to undergo second stage corrective surgery on July 25th at our medical partner's care center. AMHF is requesting $874 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Onesmus's mother shares, "I am really looking forward to my son's well-being. I believe all will be changed by the end of the procedure.”
Khem is a cute five-month-old boy. He is the first child in his family and loves to fall asleep to the sound of his mother's voice. His mother is a homemaker and his father is a local grocery seller. Since he was born, Khem has had a cataract in his right eye, causing him to have a white pupil. He cannot follow his mother's face and she is worried he cannot see out of that eye. On May 3rd, doctors will perform lensectomy and place an intraocular lens implant in Khem's right eye. After recovery, baby Khem will be able to see clearly. Now, their family needs help to fund this $253 procedure. His mother said, "I hope he will be able to see well like other children."
Mario is a playful two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is the only child in his family. He lives with his mom and dad in a small rented house. To support their family, his father works as a garment worker, and his mother stays home to care for him. Mario loves to eat porridge and play with his toy cars! A month ago, Mario developed a chalazion, which is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. His condition causes him to experience swelling, itchiness, and discomfort. It also makes it difficult for him to see clearly. Fortunately, Mario's family traveled for one hour to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On July 19th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Mario's symptoms should improve. His family needs help raising $210 to fund this procedure. Mario's father shares, "I hope his eye gets better so I can return to work and not worry about him so much."
Ravuth is a bright, inquisitive little boy. He's 6-years-old, and the only child in his family. He just started first grade and he is learning to read. His parents are garment workers in a local garment factory. He likes to play with toy cars and play football. When he was three years old, his family noticed that he couldn't see well out of both his eyes. Doctors diagnosed him with aphakia, or congenital absence of the lens in both eyes. When Ravuth's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four and half hours seeking treatment. On January 12th, doctors will perform general anesthesia and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $425 procedure. His mother said, "After surgery I hope his eyes can see well, and he won't need to wear thick glasses. He wants to be at school and be just like the other children."
Manich is a four-year-old girl and the only child in her family. Her father is a photographer and her mother is a wedding planner. When she is at home, Manich likes to play with dolls. Two months ago, Manich developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst in the tear gland, in both eyes. It is difficult for her to see clearly, and she experiences burning, itchiness, irritation, and eye redness. Manich's family traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On February 8th, surgeons at CSC will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Manich's symptoms should improve. Now, she and her parents need help raising $187 to fund her procedure and care. Manich's mother shared, "I hope after surgery her eye heals and I don't have to worry about her comfort and vision anymore."
Mesa is a seven-year-old student and a student in first grade. He has one older brother and one younger brother, and his parents are grocery sellers. When he is not in school, Mesa enjoys playing football with his friends. Four months ago, Mesa developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst in the tear gland, of his right eye causing him swelling and pain. It is difficult for him to see clearly and to study. Mesa's family traveled for two and a half hours to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On October 18th, surgeons at CSC will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Mesa's symptoms should improve and now his family needs help raising $187 to fund his procedure and care. Mesa's father shared, "I hope his eye gets better after the surgery so he can return to studying and playing with his friends."
Matana is a six-year-old student in the first grade. Matana has one brother who is two years old, and her parents work as rice farmers. In her free time, Matana enjoys riding her bicycle. Two months ago, Matana developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Matana learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On October 18th, doctors will perform a lens aspiration and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Matana's mother shared, "I want her eye to see clearly like other children so she can attend school well by herself."
Lai Houy is a 7-year-old student in the second grade from Cambodia. Lai Huoy is the oldest child in her family and has three siblings. Her father is a laborer, and her mother is a housewife. At school, she likes writing. When she has free time, she likes to play with toys alongside her friends and swing on the swings. Since birth, Lai Houy has had aphakia, meaning that she is missing the lens in both eyes. This causes her photophobia and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going places outside. When Lai Houy's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, doctors will perform bilateral artificial lens implantation in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, Lai Houy's family needs help to fund this $425 procedure. Lai Houy said, "I want to see clearly like my friends, go to school, and study hard. When I grow up I want to be a teacher."
Jovin is a beautiful one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania and the first child born to his young parents. Jovin's parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their family's food and for their living. Since birth, Jovin has had a right inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia could result in intestinal tissue death or damage. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Jovin to receive treatment. On May 5th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Jovin's surgery. Jovin’s father shared, "the cost of treating our son’s condition is too high for us to afford and he is suffering. Please help if possible."
Saidi is a 2-year-old boy, a beautiful and charming young child and the last born of two children. Saidi's parents depend entirely on small scale farming for a living and earn a modest income. When he was two months old, Saidi's parents noticed that Saidi's head circumference was increasing, and he was experiencing regular fevers and vomiting. They sought treatment at a nearby facility, where they were told that their son had symptoms of hydrocephalus, but were advised to wait for them to recede. Unfortunately, his symptoms kept worsening. Saidi's parents borrowed money from relatives to visit our medical partner's care center for further examination. Doctors reviewed Saidi and officially diagnosed him with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. They recommended that he undergo a VP shunt insertion surgery. Without treatment, Saidi will experience persistent pain, increasing head circumference and potentially neurological disorders. Their family appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Saidi that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 15th and will drain the excess fluid from Saidi's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Saidi will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Saidi’s mother shared, "My son is worsening each day, and due to a lack of money we have not been able to treat him. Please help my son as there is no way that we can afford the treatment cost."
Patrick has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, and it causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. After he was born, his parents visited the nearest dispensary in their village to take him for treatment, where he was referred to a bigger hospital that would have more resources to treat him. Because Patrick's parents are small scale farmers with minimal income, they decided to return home and save up money so that they could take him to a proper hospital to have his feet corrected. Through a neighbor, Patrick's parents got to know about Watsi's Partner ALMC Plaster House and decided to come and seek treatment for Patrick. Patrick needs to start manipulation and casting, which will help correct his feet. If Patrick does not get this treatment, his learning-to-walk process will be very challenging. It will take a long time for him to be able to stand and walk, and it may be painful. He will not be able to wear normal shoes like other children, and could potentially experience discrimination due to his disability. Fortunately, Patrick traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery and begin his treatment on January 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Patrick's clubfoot repair. After treatment as he grows, he will be able to walk and play with ease. Patrick’s mother shared, "We wish our son to have his feet corrected but the treatment cost is too high for us to afford. Please help our son.”