Matthew joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three years ago, Matthew became the 2422nd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,385 more people have become monthly donors! Matthew's most recent donation supported Oliva, a baby girl from Tanzania, to fund hydrocephalus treatment.
Matthew has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 9 countries.
Oliva is a baby from Tanzania and is the first born child in her small family. Since Olivia’s mother is a stay-at-home mother and her father is a subsistence farmer, they are not able to afford Oliva’s needed treatment. Oliva has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Oliva has been experiencing vomiting and irritability. Without treatment, Oliva will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Oliva that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 11th and will drain the excess fluid from Oliva's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Oliva will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Oliva’s mother says, “After my daughter had her VPS shunt placed earlier she got better but due to her shunt having failed her head is increasing and she is having fevers and vomiting a lot. Please help my daughter."
Lengelai is a secondary school student from Tanzania who loves geography and mathematics. He has not made up his mind yet regarding who he wants to be when he grows up; he thinks maybe a teacher or maybe a doctor but he is worried because he finds chemistry a little challenging. He is a third-born child to his mother and one of many children to his father who has four wives and many children. Lengelai does not know half of his siblings but knows that they live elsewhere in another town. Lengelai's father is a pastoralist and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Lengelai has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lengelai traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Lengelai's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. Lengelai says, “My life would be a little bit easier if am able to have this foot treated as I am struggling a lot. Please help.”
Dan is a child from Kenya. Dan’s mother is still a student in college while his father left her before he was born. They depend on Dan’s maternal grandparents who are peasant farmers and three school-going children under their care. Dan dipped his hand in hot water in April last year. He was rushed to Naivasha District Hospital where he was admitted for treatment. He was discharged a few weeks later and went home for recovery. Days on, the wound was not recovering as expected properly; he had to be readmitted in the same hospital. The wound worsened as the days went by as the skin grafting was not successful. The hospital decided to refer them to a hospital where they believed Dan would receive better care, hence being referred to Watsi medical partner Kijabe Hospital. The wound is not healing and if not treated, Dan may suffer infection. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dan receive treatment. On January 16th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal the wound. Now, Dan needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. “It pains me to see my son confined in the house and he cannot play with his friends because of the wound. Please help us,” says Dan’s mother.
Meet Belinda, a quiet lady in her mid-30’s from Kenya who has been blessed with two kids. Belinda runs a small grocery business in the market to make ends meet. Her husband takes up casual jobs such as clearing bushes to compliment his wife's income. The family lives in a single rental house and their daily income is not sufficient to meet all the expenses including surgery fees. On 30th November 2019, Belinda fell and fractured her right proximal radius. She had a cast applied and went home awaiting funds for surgery. She was not able to raise funds required yet she desperately needs the surgery. Belinda is not able to cook for her family nor operate her grocery business. With successful surgery, Belinda will be able to use her hand with ease and reduce chances of further complications on the fracture. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 10th, Belinda will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. Belinda says, “Life has never been the same since I broke my hand. I am worried about my children who need care every day. My hope is to get treated so that I can continue supporting my family.”
Chan is a 36-year-old woman who lives with her husband and father-in-law in Shwepyithar Town, Yangon Division. Chan’s husband works as a day labourer on a construction site, while Chan is a seamstress who works from home. In 2010, Chan started to feel tired, had a rapid heartbeat and developed joint pain. She went to the clinic in Thaton, where she lived at that time, and received an an echocardiogram (echo) and x-ray. The doctor also told her that, if her heart became too enlarged, she would not be able to control her condition with oral medication and she would not be able to have a baby. She then received oral medication for a week which made her feel better for a while. In September 2019, when she went back for her follow-up appointment, she received another echo. Following this, the doctor explained to her that her condition could no longer be stabilized with medication. As he knew that Chan could not afford to pay for her surgery, he referred her to Pinlon Hospital. On 17th September 2019, she met the staff at Pin Long Hospital and who then referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Currently, Chan suffers from chest pain, has difficulty breathing, has a rapid heartbeat and has lost weight. In her free times Chan likes to sew, cook and do housework. “When I’m fully recovered, I will continue to work as a seamstress, save money and live happily with family,” said Chan. “Once I have enough money, my husband and I have decided to adopt one child. And I want to do charity work and help poor people as much as I can.”
Elisha is a child from Kenya. Elisha is the last born in a family of 5. He is currently a nursery school boy and likes reading and scribbling things on a paper. He also likes playing with other children both at home and at school. The family used to live in Marakwet but fled as a result of ethnic clashes. They now live in a village called Kachibora at a farm. Elisha has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Elisha traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 07. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Elisha's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear closed shoes. “Your help will be highly appreciated. Continue doing good.” Elisha’s father noted.
A few years back, Duncan displayed difficulties hearing though mild. As time went by, it intensified and people had to yell for him to respond. He would routinely turn up the volume on television and radio. It was quite strenuous for Duncan and people close to him. He began to miss gatherings of all sorts including church because he could barely hear a word. It has affected his interactions with people and he keeps asking what people are saying. Duncan’s son decided to bring him to Kijabe hospital where an audiogram test was done and severe to moderate hearing aids recommended. Duncan the father of three lives with his wife at their home in the Rift Valley region of Kenya. They both depend on their lastborn son who is a motorcycle driver and thriving better than their other two children. Duncan’s wife is diabetic and also restrains from working much. His son has raised 10,000 Kenyan Shillings towards his father’s treatment and cannot raise the entire funds needed. They are therefore appealing for help.
Pat is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three children, four grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the radio and clearing the weeds from the rice field in her free time. Five months ago, Pat developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurring vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Pat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 4, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that after surgery, I am able to look after my grandchildren and help plant rice at the farm."
Aisha is a baby from Tanzania. She was diagnosed with genu varus. Her legs bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Aisha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 4. Treatment will hopefully restore Aisha's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.
Nay Toe is a seven-year-old boy from Burma. He was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Nay Toe, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 21, and, once completed, will greatly improve Nay Toe's quality of life. Nay Toe said, “One day, I will be able to write, and I can become a teacher.”
Luza is a toddler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and siblings on a small farm in the mountains of central Haiti. Luza has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Luza also has Down syndrome. Luza will fly to Canada to receive treatment. On May 30, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in her heart, and will remove the muscular blockage in one of her valves. Another organization, The Herbie Fund, is contributing $15,000 to pay for surgery. Luza'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 Luza's family overseas. Her father says, "We are so happy that Luza finally has this chance to have surgery!"
Alice is a baby from Kenya. She was born with a slight mass on her forehead and nose. Alice has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Alice is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Alice. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 15. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Alice to grow up healthy. “Please help my child,” says Alice’s mother.