Sripathi joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sripathi's most recent donation supported Kelvin, a boy from Tanzania, to fund burn repair surgery.
Sripathi has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 9 countries.
Sripathi has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 9 countries.
Kelvin is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the eldest in a family of two children. In February, Kelvin sustained serious burns on his body. He has experienced repeated infections, causing the wounds on his chest not to heal as well as his other burns. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kelvin receive treatment. On September 10, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help heal his chest properly and prevent recurrent infections. Now, Kelvin's family needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Kelvin’s father says, "The fire accident has changed my son’s life in a negative way. He is not as happy as he used to be and the open wound on his chest gives him a lot of pain. Please help my son.”
Precious is a cheerful baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of two children. Her father is a tin and metal artisan, while her mother is a housewife. Two years ago, Precious was left unattended and was burned on her left shoulder and arm. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around her burn. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Precious receive treatment. On October 1, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use and move her left arm freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $799 procedure. “I will be happy to see my daughter having undergone a successful surgery,” Precious's mother says.
Arnold is a young student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and older sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He has Down syndrome and goes to a school for children with special learning needs. He has many friends and enjoys helping his mother around the house. Arnold has a cardiac condition called partial atrioventricular canal defect. Holes exist between both the upper and lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through these holes before first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath. Arnold also has a condition called pulmonary hypertension, in which the blood pressures to his lungs are too high. For this reason, he needs a diagnostic catheterization to determine whether it is safe for him to have surgery. To determine if Arnold's condition is operable, he must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into his heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On August 22, he will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Arnold's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. His mother says, "We are all praying that Arnold can have surgery so that he will be more healthy and have more energy."
Charles is a baby from Kenya. He lives with his siblings at their aunt’s place in central Kenya. His father works as a taxi driver. Unfortunately, his mother passed away last month. Charles was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Charles has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Charles will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 22. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Life has never been as difficult as it is now. I will appreciate any kind of help accorded to us," says Charles’s father.
Christella is a student from Haiti. She lives with her mother and aunt in a small village in the mountains of northern Haiti. She is in the sixth grade, and enjoys studying math and science in school. Christella has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect with subaortic membrane. Her heart has two defects: a hole between the two lower chambers of her heart, and a piece of tissue that partially blocks one of the heart's four valves. These conditions prevent blood from flowing normally through the heart, and could eventually be fatal. Christella will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On June 7, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in her heart with a patch, and remove the tissue blocking her valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. Christella'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 Christella's family overseas. She says, "I am nervous about my surgery but excited to fly on a plane!"
Joseph is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. He is a father of two children. In November 2017, Joseph was ferrying a client on his motorcycle when he was involved in a road accident. He fractured his right tibia and had a cast put on the fracture. Since then, he has not managed to get further treatment. He is unable to walk without assistance and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 15, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Joseph says, “My wish is to be able to go back to work and provide for my young family."
Winston is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have eight grown children who help with the family farm. To supplement the family income, Winston raises chickens. In his free time, he likes to attend his local church and worship with his family. Since September 2018, Winston has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Winston's surgery. On April 3, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Winston was thrilled to learn his surgery would be funded, and he is looking forward to going back and again tending his land and animals. He says, "Thank you for the support."
Wadson is a student from Haiti. He lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger sister. He is taking the year off of university because of his illness, but hopes to continue studying to become an engineer. Wadson has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart does not function properly because it was severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered several years ago. As a result, his heart cannot adequately circulate blood through his body, and he is weak and in heart failure. Wadson will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 27, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair his valve so that it opens and closes more normally. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery. Wadson'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 Wadson's family overseas. He says, "I am very excited to regain my health so that I can continue my studies later this year."
Mu is a 40-year-old Karen woman who lives with her husband and children in a village in Burma. Her youngest son is a student, while her other two sons are working on their neighbors’ rice farms and wood factories. Four years ago, Mu was forced to stop working as a farmer due to her health condition. Mu started to notice her health problem in mid-2013, when she felt an uncomfortable feeling in the left side of her abdomen. A few days later, the uncomfortable feeling turned into pain. She lost her appetite and her ability to walk long distances. She visited a hospital in Burma, but her condition didn't improve. Mu is currently in pain and has kidney stones. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a procedure called shockwave lithotripsy to treat the stones on January 15. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure.
Martin is a 23-year-old man from Narok, Kenya. He recently married, and he is enjoying family life. Martin works a motorcycle taxi rider, ferrying clients and luggage within his local town. About a week ago, Martin was hit on his head with a club. He was taken to the local hospital and after first aid, referred to our medical partner's facility. He underwent a CT scan and was diagnosed with a depressed skull fracture. A craniotomy has been recommended to treat the injury. Martin is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 4. Now, he needs help raising $1,495. Martin says, “I want to be treated and resume my work. I am having painful head migraines.”
Ann is a six-year-old who lives in Kenya with her family. Ann's father passed away, and her mother works as a farmer to support her seven children. Last April, Ann began complaining of a persistent headache. Ann’s mother took her to the nearest local hospital, where she underwent a CT scan and an MRI. Ann was diagnosed with a brain tumor and referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, for specialized treatment. If not treated, Ann is at a risk of suffering brain damage and not achieving her dream of becoming a teacher. Thankfully, she is scheduled for surgery on December 4. Ann's mother exhausted all her savings on the CT scan and is not able to raise the funds needed for her daughter's surgery. She is appealing to Watsi for financial aid to raise the $1,500 that is necessary for Ann's surgery. “I would like to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Ann. After surgery, Ann will hopefully be able to get back to her schooling and become the teacher she aspires to be.
Pendo is a curious 12-year-old girl from Tanzania. She enjoys learning and going to school, and does so well in her studies that she often ranks at the top of her class. Pendo was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition in which her feet and lower legs bend inwards so that the bottoms of her feet cannot rest flat on the ground. Due to her condition, Pendo experiences a lot of pain while walking and standing, making her commute to school painful and difficult. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Pendo is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her clubfoot on July 11. Her family is requesting $890 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. “I will be so grateful when I will be able to walk well and participate fully in school for I really enjoy learning," Pendo shares.