Mark joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mark's most recent donation supported Joshua, a 7-year-old student from Tanzania, to fund life-changing knee surgery so he can walk and play easily.
Mark has funded healthcare for 162 patients in 17 countries.
Mark has funded healthcare for 162 patients in 17 countries.
Joshua is a 7-year-old student from Tanzania who is in grade two and enjoys Mathematics and English. He also loves to play soccer. He comes from a family of seven children. His hardworking mother practices small-scale farming, as well as livestock keeping, in order to support their family since she is the sole provider. Joshua has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, a condition that causes his legs to bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is unable to fully enjoy games and sports with his classmates and siblings. This condition has also affected his day-to-day activities around the house. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Joshua. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Joshua's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Joshua's mother shares, "As a mother, seeing my son play and walk freely gives me joy, and that is what I desire."
Meet Peninah, a 32-year-old woman, living with her husband and two children. While Peninah worked hard to attain a degree in business management, she was unable to secure her hoped for job in banking when she graduated. Instead, she opened a small, retail store. Her husband works as a teacher in a private school, but his employer has not been paying him his full salary since the school reopened after the Covid lockdown was lifted, and now he has not been paid at all since March. Peninah is pregnant with twins. Her doctors have advised her to deliver her twins by C-section, so as not to risk a uterine rupture or a post-term hemorrhage. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is here to help Peninah access the care that she needs. They are seeking funding of $252 for Peninah's C-section, which is scheduled for June 14th, at Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale. Peninah says: “Things are a bit complicated for us financially. Affording our bill will be hard, but I hope that when given your support, I will be able to deliver safely.”
Julbert is a hardworking 41-year-old tricycle driver from the Philippines. He is the sole provider for his family. With the recent rise of fuel prices, Julbert's income is being severely affected, making it more difficult to provide for his family. In November 2021, he began experiencing right abdominal pain, which compelled him to get himself checked. Later on, he was diagnosed with a gallbladder stone, which needs to be extracted surgically. After reaching out to our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Julbert is now scheduled to undergo surgery on June 30th to treat his condition. After his recovery, Julbert will no longer be in pain or at risk of developing severe health complications in the future, allowing him to continue providing for his family. A portion of the cost of his care is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and WSFP raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Julbert's procedure and care. "Times have been extra challenging, but thanks to the kind hearts and generous pockets of people from all over the world, I know I'll be able to continue to provide for my family," he shared. "Thank you World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi. Your help means a lot to us who have no capacity to afford treatments like this."
Bonface is a 72-year-old gentleman, living alone in a remote area of Kenya. While Bonface works as a laborer on local farms getting small jobs whenever he can, his wife works in Nairobi, and lives with their four children. A week ago, Bonface was assaulted, sustaining injuries to his head and to his left arm. After the assault, Bonface was able to alert his neighbors, who brought him to a local clinic. He received stitches for the wound on his head, and an X-ray of his arm was ordered. The X-ray revealed a fracture of the humerus bone, which will require surgery to heal. Currently, as a result of the fracture, Bonface is unable to use his arm, and is in pain. Bonface visited AIC Kijabe Hospital, where he was scheduled to undergo surgery on June 28th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund his medical procedure, which will repair the fracture, and enable Bonface to use his arm without pain. Bonface says, “I am old and weak. I strain to work because of my age. It is now worse since one hand is broken. I need this treatment to be able to use my hand again.”
Jaebets is a 13-year-old, eighth grade student from Haiti, who aspires to study medicine when he is older. He lives with his parents and two sisters in Port-au-Prince. Jaebets has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, which means that a hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is paying for the cardiac surgery that Jaebets needs to correct the defect. However, Jaebets' family also needs to be able to cover the $1,500 that it will cost for pre-surgical preparation, laboratory tests, medicines and follow-up appointments. The money is also needed to pay for the social worker from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Jaebets and his family when they travel to the Cayman Islands for Jaebets' surgery, which is scheduled for November 17th. Jaebets said: "I am excited to have this surgery so that I can focus on school instead of on my heart."
Dorn is a 37-year-old farmer from an agricultural region in southern Cambodia. Dorn and his wife have two daughters, a 10-year-old and 3-year-old. Dorn's wife is a garment factory worker in Phnom Penh. In his free time, Dorn enjoys playing with his daughters and meeting friends for coffee. Since he was a child, Dorn has had problems with his left elbow. Dorn has been treated by Khmer traditional healers, but his pain has increased over the last year. Dorn suffers from numbness in his left arm and experiences ulnar nerve palsy. As a result, Dorn cannot work at all with his left hand. This makes it very difficult to farm and feed his cattle. A neighbor suggested Dorn visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for diagnosis and treatment. Dorn was diagnosed with a transposition of his nerves and specialty surgeons plan to do an ulnar nerve exploration on June 6th to help him finally heal. CSC is raising $572 to cover Dorn's procedure. Dorn shared, "After surgery, I hope my left hand can get better, with no more numbness, and I can work without pain. This treatment will help me in the future to return to work."
Saw Wah is a 14-year-old grade six student from Burma. Saw Wah lives with his parents and five younger brothers in a village in Hpapun Township in Karen State where there is a lot of unrest currently. Saw Wah's father works as a day labourer when there is no work on the farm. Saw Wah's youngest brother is too young to enroll in school while his four other brothers stopped going to school this last year. Saw Wah shared, “They do not want to attend school because fighting happens very often in this area. We have to run and hide in the jungle where we study and they do not like to study in the jungle.” Saw Wah’s family also raises chickens and two goats for their own consumption. They also often go fishing and forage for vegetables in the jungle. Even though his family does not have a regular income, they can gather enough food. Saw Wah's family receives free basic healthcare at a free clinic near their village. Around 2018 or 2019, Saw Wah developed a runny nose with yellowish nasal discharge. At first, he thought that this was normal, and it would go away on its own. Towards the end of April 2022, Saw Wah nose became blocked, and he could no longer breath through his nose. He finally told his parents about his symptoms and his father took him to the free clinic at Ei Tu Hta Internally Displaced Camp. At the clinic, the medic checked Saw Wah's nostrils and told them that there is mass blocking the nasal passage in both of his nostrils. The medic also recommended Saw Wah go to a larger hospital for further investigation. At this time, Saw Wah has to breathe through his mouth which causes him discomfort. He has lost his sense of taste and smell, and has a hard time sleeping. Due to these symptoms, Saw Wah has had to stop his studies while he receives treatment. Saw Wah worries that it will take a while, and he will not be able to study this year. Fortunately, Saw Wah sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Now he is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on September 6th. BCMF is fundraising $1,500 to cover the cost of Saw Wah's procedure and care. Saw Wah shared, "I am excited to receive surgery and I hope that I will be able to breath through my nose after surgery."
Sorn is a 76-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five daughters, seven sons, and 20 grandchildren. He currently lives with his wife and their youngest daughter, who works as a teacher. Some of his favorite ways to spend his time are listening to the news and to monks pray on the radio. Four years ago, Sorn developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him to experience eye tearing, itchiness, light sensitivity, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own. When Sorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for seven and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Sorn shares, "I want to be able to see well again so I can complete daily tasks by myself."
Kry is a 72-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. He is married and has one daughter, four sons, and nine grandchildren. For many years, he was the chief of his village's pagoda, but he has since retired. He lives with his wife, who is a homemaker, and they are supported by their children. At home, he enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio and taking walks with his wife. Ten years ago, Kry developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him to experience eye tearing, redness, itchiness, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Kry has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Kry learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 15th, Kry will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $225, which covers treatment, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Kry shares, "I hope after surgery I will be able to see better, go outside, and visit our pagoda."
Dalin is a 22-year-old farmer. She is married and has one young son who just started preschool. She loves to play with him in her free time. Her husband is also a farmer. They grow rice during the rainy season as well as vegetables to sell at local markets. In January 2020, Dalin was involved in a traffic accident resulting in broken bones in her left leg. The injury did not heal properly, causing persistent swelling, pain and limited mobility. This makes it difficult for her to walk or put any weight on her left ankle. When Dalin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On September 13th, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse her left ankle joint and to help her walk again. Now, Dalin needs help to fund this $600 life-changing procedure. Dalin said, "I hope this surgery stops my pain so that I can walk easily and work for my family again."
Di is a 40-year-old man from Burma who lives with his wife and two daughters. His wife looks after her mother, who lives alone, full-time. Since neither Di nor his wife are currently employed, his brothers and sisters-in-law help provide food for him and his family. One of his daughters currently attends school, but the other is too young to enroll. About three months, one of Di's teeth broke. However, the root of the broken tooth remained in his gum, causing the area around the broken tooth to become swollen and painful. Several days later, the pain intensified, making it very difficult to sleep at night. He attempted to alleviate his symptoms by using painkillers, but they unfortunately did not help. Although he wanted to seek treatment, he was not able to do so immediately due to armed conflict in their area. Over time, his symptoms progressed. Di is currently unable to open his mouth wide due to the pain, which has now spread to his throat and chest. He also experiences difficulty breathing, has developed many small cysts on the left side of his neck, and has a swollen left cheek. Doctors want Di to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which X-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Di's CT scan and care, which is scheduled for August 9th. Di says, "I have difficulty breathing and I cannot open my mouth as wide as I want to. I can only eat rice porridge, and I cannot chew hard food."
Pov is a caring mother from Cambodia. She has one daughter, who is in second grade. Some of her favorite ways to spend her time are cooking, listening to the news on the radio, and watching videos on Facebook. Seven years ago, Pov was in a traffic accident in Thailand. Doctors at a nearby hospital performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure on her left tibia in an attempt to stabilize and heal her bone. However, she still experiences pain. A recent X-ray scan showed that Pov has a left femoral neck fracture, which is a hip fracture of the thigh bone. Fortunately, Pov traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 11th, she will undergo a hip hemiarthroplasty. During this procedure, surgeons will replace the head of the damaged femur to stabilize the bone and restore mobility. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $544 to fund this procedure. This covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care. Pov says, "I hope I can walk properly after surgery and am free of pain."