Jay joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three years ago, Jay became the 532nd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,735 more people have become monthly donors! Jay's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Cesar, an agricultural laborer from Guatemala, to fund a prosthetic leg.
Jay has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 11 countries.
Cesar is a 50-year-old married father of four who lives in Guatemala's rural highlands. His and his wife's joint sales of small rings provides a source of family income. For years, Cesar worked as an agricultural laborer in the local countryside. Unfortunately, Cesar suffered an accident that resulted in the need for an amputation of his leg at the hip. For many years now, Cesar has struggled to walk, go to work, and complete daily tasks. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,166 to cover the cost of a prosthetic leg for Cesar. The start of Cesar's fitting and molding sessions is scheduled for July 7. Receiving this prosthesis will positively impact Cesar's life, hopefully allowing him to walk more easily, comfortably, and independently. “I hope that by recovering my leg I can do something with my life. With our business we only earn pennies. Hopefully with the new leg I will be able to do something new, something unique,” expresses Cesar.
Years ago, while working as a day laborer in the local countryside, Rodolfo suffered an accident that caused him the loss of his leg. Now Rodolfo struggles every day with his walking and general mobility. Rodolfo lives with his wife and children in Guatemala’s rural highlands. He and his wife have eight children, four boys and four girls. After he lost his leg, Rodolfo has been unable to work and spends his time taking care of the animals that he and his wife keep. Rodolfo’s wife generates a small income by producing artisan items, such as weaving traditional Mayan textiles. Because of their small income, Rodolfo and his wife are unable to afford a prosthetic. With Watsi funding, Rodolfo will receive a specially molded leg fit just for him on June 9. Receiving this prosthesis will change Rodolfo’s life. He hopes that he will be able to walk again and move freely so that he can be able to support his wife and family. Rodolfo says, “I wish to open my own business once I have my prosthetic. With your help I will be able to move easily again. I thank God for helping me to find you all.”
Meet 13-year-old Kwan from Thailand. Kwan is an avid basketball player and he also enjoys going motorcycling with his friends. Kwan is currently in year five at school. Kwan recently fractured his forearm during a basketball game. Doctors at a local hospital advised Kwan that he has a broken bone in his left forearm, for which he requires surgery. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, has arranged for Kwan to undergo surgery on October 4 to reposition the bone into its normal alignment. Kwan's parents are day laborers and cannot afford their son's $1,500 surgery. Kwan shares with us, "I want to be a singer when I grow up!" Let's help him to achieve his dreams.
Evenson is a 14-month-old little boy from Haiti. He lives with his parents in Port-au-Prince. His mother stays at home to take care of him, and his father works to support their family. Evenson was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart condition involving several defects, including a hole between two of his heart's chambers and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. As a result, not enough oxygen is delivered to his body, leaving Evenson feeling weak. On August 9, Evenson will be flown to our medical partner's care center, Health City Cayman Islands. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,343 to cover the cost of Evenson's transportation from Haiti to Cayman Islands where he will receive heart surgery. Eveson's family is looking forward to him being healthy!
Meet Ronaldo, a two-month-old infant from rural Guatemala. Ronaldo’s mother lives and works as a single mom, taking care of her son and younger brothers. Ronaldo's mother is unable to produce breastmilk to feed her baby, so Ronaldo is malnourished and small for his age. Ronaldo's mother supplements her baby's diet with warm rice water, which could create long-term health problems if Ronaldo is not fed necessary nutrients. Ronaldo's mother visited the local health center where she was referred to the nutrition program of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. Ronaldo was given formula, and a nutritionist is creating a nutrition plan to begin treating Ronaldo. Ronaldo's mother is unable to continue purchasing formula to help her son grow and develop, so she is very thankful for any support. Our medical partner requests $1,162 to supply Ronaldo with necessary treatment and to teach Ronaldo's mother how to provide a nutritious and inexpensive treatment for her son. He will begin treatment on June 15. Ronaldo’s mother says, “I dream for my son to grow well so that in the future he can study and become a teacher.”
Hy is 23 years old and has a wife and two children. When he was five years old, he developed a cholesteatoma in his right ear. A cholesteatoma is a tumor within the middle part of the ear. It is often the result of frequent ear infections. Because of this tumor, Hy experiences hearing loss and ear discharge. He has trouble communicating with others. On February 17, surgeons at our medical partner will perform an operation called a mastoidectomy. They will remove the mastoid bone behind Hy’s right ear and the cholesteatoma. Removing the cholesteatoma will improve Hy’s hearing and eliminate his other symptoms. He needs help to fund this $842 procedure.
Clemesia is a 31-year-old farmer from Malawi. She lives with her husband and four young children, and works hard caring for her home and land. In her free time she likes to worship with her friends and family at her local church. Clemesia started to develop pains in her lower abdomen, and it was discovered that she has fibroids that need surgical treatment. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to fund Clemesia’s surgery. This will cover her surgery, a seven night hospital stay, and all medication and supplies. Once Clemesia’s operation is complete, Clemesia will be able to go back to her active life, without pain.
James is a two-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his family of farmers in a small bamboo and wooden house. James loves to play with his brother. James has developed a bloated belly and dry skin and is thin. James has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens James’s growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. James 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, "I am hoping that my child grows healthy and normal and becomes a policeman someday."
Molly and her husband, Jackson, are farmers. They grow vegetables, grains, coffee beans, and tea. In her free time, Molly enjoys weaving mats and meeting with the other women in her village. Molly experiences extreme uterine pain. This has affected her ability to work and enjoy life. She was diagnosed with benign tumors in her uterus and is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus on January 20. Molly has four children, and it is difficult to support the family and pay school fees. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $321 to fund the surgery. Molly has contributed $4. Molly says, “Please thank the donors for their support. If I could, I would reward them, but I cannot. I pray that God rewards them for their helping hearts.”
Deborah is a newborn who is only three days old. When she was born, her doctors noticed that she had a sac on her lower back. She was diagnosed with spina bifida, a spinal cord malformation. The hospital immediately referred Deborah's mother to our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, for treatment. On January 22, Deborah will undergo a $1,200 spina bifida closure surgery at the medical center. Without this treatment, Deborah is at risk of complications, such as tethered cord syndrome or lower limb paralysis. Deborah's parents cannot afford to pay for the care their daughter needs. They need help to pay her medical bill. "I hope that this treatment will help my child to be healed and she will be happy," says Deborah's mother.
Baraka is an 18-month-old boy from Tanzania and the only child in his family. Baraka is a Swahili name that means "blessings." When Baraka was born, he was indeed a blessing to his parents, who had wanted a child since they were married. At birth, Baraka's mother noticed that her son was experiencing unusual symptoms. He was diagnosed with hypospadias, an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. This condition causes Baraka difficulty urinating and can lead to complications later in life. Baraka will undergo corrective surgery on January 25. Baraka's parents work on a small farm in a rural village, and they cannot afford treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $837 for the surgery.
Moses is a father of two children from Kenya. On December 6, he was hit by a motorcycle and fractured his right ankle. Moses was brought to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital, where he had a cast applied. X-ray images revealed an ankle fracture. After the accident, Moses could no longer work. Without treatment, he risked permanent disability, infection, and fracture malunion. Fortunately, on December 22, he underwent an open reduction internal fixation procedure. Moses earns his living carrying luggage in a local market. His wife recently delivered their second baby, so she has not been working. The family lives in a one-room house. They need help to fund this $640 procedure. “I would like to return to work to provide for my family who needs my help," says Moses.