Dustin joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Dustin's most recent donation traveled 2,000 miles to support Victor, a student from Dominican Republic, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Dustin has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 13 countries.
Dustin has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 13 countries.
Ten-year-old Victor was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him fatigued. Victor lives in a small town in central Dominican Republic with his parents, five sisters, and two brothers. He is in the fourth grade, and his favorite subjects are mathematics and social studies. Although Victor is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. He will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Victor will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 15. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Victor also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and him family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Victor's surgical care. "I am excited to learn how to play soccer after my surgery," says Victor. "I have always been too weak to play."
Mutwa is a 64-year-old widow from Eastern Kenya. She lives with her eight children and runs a small farm with them. Since last year, Mutwa has experienced severe abdominal pain. She went to a number of different treatment centers to help relieve her symptoms, but she had no success. Following the results of a scan, doctors have diagnosed Mutwa with choledocholithiasis, a medical condition in which there are multiple gallstones present in the gallbladder. Mutwa has been advised that she needs to undergo a laparotomy to remove her gallbladder. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has arranged for Mutwa to have her surgery on April 24. Mutwa's doctors are confident that the surgery will be a success. With $750, we can help Mutwa get back to work so that she can continue looking after her children.
Benjie is a one-year-old boy living in a wood and cement house with his parents. He has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 22. Benjie will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. His mother says, "My dream for Benjie is for him to become a pastor and to finish his studies."
Kauta is a 70-year-old maize farmer from Malawi. He and his wife have eight children and twenty grandchildren. When not farming and taking care of chores, Kauta enjoys going to church and fellowshipping with his friends. For the past four years, Kauta has been experiencing urinary dysfunction. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate gland is enlarged, blocking the urethra and making it difficult to use the restroom. On February 16, Kauta will undergo a prostate resection, a procedure in which part of the prostate gland is removed. He will receive care at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $733 to fund Kauta's hospital stay, physician's fees, and medication. "I give thanks to you," says Kauta.
Chhert is a 59-year-old rice farmer who is married with two sons, two daughters, and one grandchild. He likes to watch boxing matches on TV in his spare time. Three months ago, Chhert developed a cataract in each eye, causing him to exprience loss of vision. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any work, go anywhere outside, or ride his motorbike. Chhert heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor in his village who had surgery there before. He traveled for two hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. When he arrived, he learned that he would need implants in each eye to correct his condition. He is scheduled to have treatment on January 31. CSC is requesting $292 to help fund this procedure. After the implants, Chhert will be able to see clearly again and will be able to go back to his normal life. Chhert says, "I hope to be able to see more clearly than now, so that I can continue my work in my rice fields and go fishing to support my family."
Brian is a six-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the oldest child in his family, with one younger sibling. The family lives in a one-room house in Nairobi. Brian is in first grade, and and he is very excited about starting second grade. He loves playing with his friends. Recently, Brian was diagnosed with an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. Without treatment, he risked abdominal pain, inguinal hernias, infertility, or testicular cancer. He was referred to our medical partner's care center, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital. There, he underwent a corrective orchidopexy surgery on December 8. Brian's father operates a motorcycle taxi business, and his mother works at home. The family moved into Nairobi after being displaced by post-election violence. They lost their property and had to start a new life. They need help to fund this $535 surgery. "I want my child to be fine," says Brian's father.
Thytha is a 69-year-old vegetable seller with two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. She likes to watch the news and Khmer dramas on TV, and she enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to monks pray. Two years ago, Thytha developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere on her own. When Thytha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On November 24, doctors performed a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Thytha will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope I can see everything more clearly," she says, "so that I can continue my work as a seller and easily look after my grandchildren. I want to be able to go anywhere without needing to disturb others to take care of me."
Norah is a 51-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a widowed mother of eight children. Norah has experienced pelvic pain for the last three years. Six months ago, she began to experience pelvic bleeding. Norah is a farmer, and she uses her income to pay the school fees of her four children that attend the local school. Unfortunately, her recent symptoms have prevented her from working, and her children have been supporting her. Norah has also been unable to go to church, an activity she enjoys. After visiting multiple clinics, Norah was referred to Bwindi Hospital, a Watsi medical partner hospital. Bwindi doctors believe that a hysterectomy––the removal of Norah's uterus––will relieve her of the pain. Norah cannot pay for a hysterectomy, so she needs support to fund this life-changing surgery. She hopes that after her treatment, she will return to work to provide food and tuition money for her children. “This is by grace of God that we can get people to help us," says Norah. "I was told that I need a hysterectomy, but I could not afford the cost. Thanks to the people that will donate to my care, may God bless them abundantly.”
"I hope that my son can grow and be a good teacher when he's big," shares the mother of 19-month-old Jeffry. Jeffry is the youngest of three children. He lives with his siblings and parents in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural village in the mountains of Guatemala. He loves to race his toy cars with his older siblings. His father works as an assistant to a bricklayer and his mother takes care of him and his siblings. They often live on less than $2 per day, meaning giving their son even just one piece of fruit, one vegetable, and one egg is out of reach. Jeffry is suffering from malnutrition because his parents have not been able to afford to provide him with a healthy and varied diet. His lack of protein, calories, and nutrients have made him nearly three standard deviations below the healthy size for his age. His body is weak and unable to fight off sicknesses, meaning he comes down with diarrhea, fever, or a respiratory infection almost every week. His mother is worried since lately he has not had an appetite and hasn't had the energy to play with his two older siblings. In the long term, Jeffry could have a lower IQ and a greater risk for chronic diseases if he does not receive treatment for his malnutrition. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation will help Jeffry recover from malnutrition - immediately saving his life and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. All of this treatment and medication costs $512. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will strengthen with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. Jeffry's parents will receive the support they need to give him the proper diet to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Jeffry the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.
“I want to be free from breast cancer and have a healthy old age,” 58-year-old Josphine shares. She is a mother of six children, all now grown up, and lives in Kenya with her husband. In September of last year, Josphine noticed a lump in her right breast. She visited several local clinics, but was not able to get a clear diagnosis. Josphine eventually received an x-ray and biopsy this June, and was diagnosed with breast cancer. If left untreated, the cancer could spread, potentially resulting in premature death. To avoid this outcome, Josphine needs to undergo a mastectomy. However, she cannot afford to pay for the procedure on her own. She and her husband—who work as a farmer and a newspaper vendor, respectively—need all of their combined income to meet their daily needs. Although her family has managed to raise $156 for the procedure, this still falls short of the amount needed. For $740, Josphine will be able to receive her mastectomy. This sum will also cover the medications, lab tests, and six-day hospital stay Josphine will need to recover fully from the procedure. Let's help make it possible!
Sitifano is the father of six children. He works as a farmer to support himself and his family in rural Malawi. Sitifano has an enlarged prostate, which causes him to urinate frequently and with great difficulty. He was first seen for these symptoms at a health clinic and diagnosed with benign prostatic hypertrophy, a condition that causes the prostate to swell so that it causes discomfort and difficulty. Sitifano was unable to receive treatment until now. With surgery, Sitifano is expected to make a full recovery and return to his life, symptom free. With $742, Sitifano will receive the operation he needs. He says that he looks forward to "being a normal person again without frequent bathroom visits."
Augustino is a cute, nine-year-old boy from Tanzania, born on November 1, 2006. Augustino is the first born in a family of four children. He was born without any problems, but when he turned five-years-old, his legs slowly started to bow inwards causing him to knock his knees when walking. He now complains of feeling pain on the knees especially when climbing up a hill. He can’t run as fast as he used to. Augustino enjoys playing with cars and lego blocks. His mother does a bit of farm work and his father is a self-employed carpenter. What they both earn is not enough to cover their day to day expenses as well as the cost of surgery which Augustino needs. For $940, Augustino will have surgery to treat his knocked knees, allowing him to walk properly. "I hope my son’s legs can be straightened to allow him to walk properly so that he can go to school," his father shared, "and later on get a good career and ability to live an independent life."