Brendan joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Seven years ago, Brendan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Brendan's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Barkot, a nine-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia, to fund a colostomy closure.
Brendan has funded healthcare for 97 patients in 13 countries.
Brendan has funded healthcare for 97 patients in 13 countries.
Barkot is a nine-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia who loves to play with his parents and with toys. He is his parents' first child. Barkot's father is a salesperson in an electronics shop. The family lives in a rented house, and other relatives help support the family's needs. Barkot underwent a colostomy, where a piece of the colon was diverted to an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may require closure. Barkot's colostomy will require closure in order to restore his bowel function and to prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,009 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Barkot. The surgery is scheduled to take place on September 14th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Barkot’s father shared, “Barkot’s mother is not working now. When Barkot finishes the surgery and when he can make a stool normally, we hope she will start working. We hope psychologically we will be stable just like before. We hope he can socialize now. We feared socializing with Barkot because of facing stigma and discrimination. We feared people might pick on him when he grows up and we hid him from others to protect him.”
Ny is a 61-year-old rice farmer with one son, one daughter, and four grandchildren. Currently, Ny lives with her husband and her grandchildren. Her husband recently became unable to work, so she and her daughter are working to support the family as a rice farmer and selling food. In her free time, Ny likes to listen to the news on the radio and play with her grandchildren. Three years ago, Ny developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for over three hours seeking treatment. On July 19th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and a lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting support to help fund this $229 procedure. Ny shares what this surgery means for her, "I hope after surgery I will be able to see my field well and work in an easier way. I can enjoy life with my family."
Pendaeli is a 10-year-old student and the youngest child in a family of seven children. All of his siblings are grown and have moved to other cities in search of jobs. Pendaeli is being raised by his widowed mother. She is a small-scale farmer growing maize and vegetables for their family's food and to sell for an income. She also seeks out a variety of other jobs, like doing laundry for neighbors. Pendaeli has clubfoot on his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping him receive treatment. He traveled to AMH's care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 11th. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Now, Pendaeli's family needs $935 to fund the procedure. Pendaeli’s mother shared, "finding money to take my son for treatment has been a big challenge and the cost is too high for me to afford. Please help."
Phalla is a 29-year-old construction worker, who is married and has two daughters. His nine-year-old daughter is in 3rd grade and his six-year-old daughter just started school. Phalla's wife works as a farmer. On April 29th, 2021, Phalla was in a motorcycle accident that injured and dislocated his right elbow. He is in pain and unable to move or use his right arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help him. On June 2nd, Phalla will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will restore mobility to his arm so that he can use it normally again. Phalla shared, "I'm hoping I can use my arm better so I can return to work as soon as possible."
Degenet is an eight-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia and the third child born to his parents. He is curious and loves juice, eggs, and playing with his mom. His father is a day worker and a student, while his mom is a homemaker. Degenet was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Degenet is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on May 4th. After his recovery, he will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Degenet's procedure and care. Degenet's mother shared, “I hope our baby gets as normal as other boys. I hope he will be educated and do good work in the future. And it is my hope he will serve God becoming a good Christian.”
Stephanie is a seven-year-old student from Haiti. She lives with her aunt, uncle, and three cousins in a rural area in far southwestern Haiti. She enjoys going to school and church. Stephanie 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. Stephanie will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On April 9th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in Stephanie's heart with a patch and remove the blockage from her valve. Another organization, Akron Children's Hospital, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. Stephanie'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 Stephanie's family overseas. Stephanie's aunt shared, "we have been waiting a very long time for this surgery and are relieved it can finally happen!"
Ann is a 2-year-old girl from Kenya. Ann's mother is a single parent of two children, and Ann's younger sibling is five months old. Her mother works as a casual laborer finding work to support their family. In October 2020, Ann sustained severe burns. She had been visiting her aunt in a different town to spend the holiday with her cousins. While playing in the kitchen, one of the kids accidentally pushed her, and she tripped into a cooking pot with boiling water, causing serious burns. Currently, Ann has an infection that is causing her pain and a fever. She is also not able to move her left elbow, left shoulder, and neck. Ann's family does not have medical coverage, and has been depending on aid from well-wishers to pay for Ann's hospital bills. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Ann receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help treat the infection and prevent sepsis. Now, Ann's family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Ann's mother shared: “I am sorry the wound is getting worse. I haven’t been able to go to the hospital due to a lack of funds. I am here and Ann is at your mercy.”
Cynthia is in her mid-30s who hails from Elgeyo Marakwet County in Kenya. Cynthia is a single mother with two children aged 13 and 5 years. She earns wages from laundry labour in the village to provide for her family. Cynthia and her 2 children live in a one-roomed rented house. On Thursday 21st January, Cynthia sustained a severe injury to her right lower limb after she fell down. She was rushed to a nearby facility by Good Samaritan where an x-ray was done and revealed that she had multiple fractures in her right leg. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 4th, Cynthia will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Cynthia says: “My hope is to get treated so that I can resume back to my job in order to provide for my children.”
U Win is a 54-year-old man who lives with his wife and youngest son in the Ayeyarwaddy Division in Burma. He has three sons and three daughters, with five of his children already married and working. His 17-year-old son left school because they were unable to pay school fees, and worked as a day laborer until COVID-19 happened. U Win used to work as a day laborer as well, but stopped working around two years ago due to his health condition. His family survives on 60,000 kyat (approx. 60 USD) each month that U Win's three other daughters and another son send them, enough to cover their basic expenses. In January 2012, U Win felt tired, had a headache, suffered from heart palpitations, and a rapid heartbeat. He went to a clinic where the doctor listened to his heart with a stethoscope and checked his blood pressure. U Win was told that he has high blood pressure and that he would need to take oral medication for a long time. He received an injection, oral medication, and another appointment for more medication. After he took the medication, he felt better and he went back to work. However, U Win continued to experience worsening symptoms over the next few years, returning to clinics and receiving the same treatment. He was told at one point to visit a cardiologist, but did not do so until later on. In August 2020, during another clinic visit in Yangon, the doctor diagnosed U Win with an atrial septal defect, and said that he would need to receive surgery to repair this hole in his heart. If not treated, the condition could weaken his heart further and cause lung problems later on. He was unable to receive surgery in November due to an upsurge in COVID-19 cases, and was also told the procedure would cost about 3,000,000 kyat (approx. 3,000 USD). Luckily, U Win’s wife remembered that there is a charity group in Yangon that might be able to help. The group told him about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, to look for assistance with accessing the treatment he needed. U Win currently experiences chest pain and back pain, has no appetite, and cannot sleep well at night. He appeals for financial support for his cost of care. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 20th, U Win will undergo an atrial septal defect closure procedure. Once recovered, his quality of life will significantly improve and he will be able to return to work. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. U Win shared, “I want to get better soon so that I can work for my family again. I am worried about my family’s future because we cannot find work in the village. My son also cannot go to Yangon to find another job because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.”
Zakayo is a 6-year-old from Tanzania. Zakayo is a firstborn child in his family. He is currently in nursery school, he just started school this year and his father says he loves school and he has made so many friends. He has not been able to read or write yet, but he is eager to learn. Zakayo got into a fire accident when he was one year old, his mother had cooked a meal and left the fire burning. He walked to the fire and touched the burning firewood with both his hands and he then fell into the fire burning both his hands and his stomach as well. His mother rushed to get him and got him out of the fire. He was treated using the traditional medications (honey, tree leaves and eggs). He healed but his hands now have a contracture limited his ability to use them. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Zakayo receive treatment. On December 4th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so he will be able to use his hand and fingers well and this will help him in school. Now, his family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Zakayo says, "I really want to be able to use both my hands like my friends and be able to do things for myself. My father says I need this treatment so that when I grow up i will not have trouble using my hands."
Elias is a 10-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the third born in a family of four children. Elias is a third grade student at St Mary’s Catholic School and his favorite subject is Swahili. He likes to play with toys and is very innovative! His family hails from Kaptibor village and Elias' father is a cook at a school, while his mother is a housewife. Their family lives in a two-roomed rental house together with their children. Elias was born healthy without complications. However, when he was three years old, his father noticed he had developed an unusual walking style where the right foot bent inside. At the time, their family did not seek further care for his condition. Later on, Elias' father heard about our medical partner's care center, CURE Hospital, through a friend and learned about what we do. Upon the doctor's review, Elias has been scheduled to undergo surgery on November 2nd to correct the deformity on his right foot. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,224 to fund his procedure. Currently, Elias drags his foot and is not able to walk well, so the surgery will be very impactful for him. Once recovered, he will be able to walk well and comfortably. Elias' father, Samson, shared, “Any kind of support to help our boy walk comfortably will be highly appreciated.”
Chanly has four sons, two daughters, and twelve grandchildren. In the rainy season she farms rice. In her free time she enjoys listening to the news on the radio and playing with her grandchildren. Chanly fell on her left arm causing an elbow dislocation. She took painkillers for a while but the pain never went away. She came to Children's Surgical Centre when the condition worsened. She is unable to work because she can not bend her left arm at all. An open reduction surgery of her left elbow will treat her recurrent dislocation and pain. She will be able to use her arm again. "I hope that the surgery will be done well so I can return to the rice field and do some housework too," Chanly said.