Joseph joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Joseph's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Emmanuel, a teenager from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Joseph has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 10 countries.
Joseph has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 10 countries.
Emmanuel is a student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and younger sister in a small village in the mountains of southwest Haiti. He enjoys going to school and would like to be an engineer. Emmanuel has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart is damaged due to an infection he suffered earlier in childhood; as a result, it cannot circulate blood through his body effectively. Emmanuel will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 28, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. Emmanuel'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 Emmanuel's family overseas. He says, "I am looking forward to this surgery so that I can start school again!"
Musiimenta is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with six children. Two years ago, Musiimenta has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and backache. She has been diagnosed with cervical fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Musiimenta's surgery. On March 26, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Musiimenta will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Musiimenta says, “I hope to live a better life after surgery and continue with cultivation for the support to my family.”
Catherine is a housewife from Kenya. She is a mother of four children. Catherine has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Catherine. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 26. After treatment, Catherine will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Catherine says, “My prayer is to be treated, to go back and raise my family and fight off the cancer.”
Aida is a mother of four from Malawi. As a self-made entrepreneur, she sorts through discarded clothing and washes it for resale. She enjoys singing Gospel music in her free time. Since August, Aida has been experiencing stomach pain radiating to her back and arms, along with full body numbness. She has been diagnosed with fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Aida's surgery. On November 8, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is looking forward to being free of pain after surgery. She says, "I am very happy that you have considered to help me through this program. God should bless you!"
Tukwasibwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with three children and all are in school studying. Two years ago, Tukwasibwe developed a swelling on her right wrist joint. This has caused her discomfort and disfigurement. Tukwasibwe traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 13, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tukwasibwe needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Tukwasibwe says, “I hope to get better after surgery and continue to farm and provide for my family.”
Turyahabwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married with six children. For eight years, Turyahabwe has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, it may result in hernia blocking and twisting. Fortunately, on November 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Turyahabwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Turyahabwe says, “I am hopeful for restoration of my hope after the surgery and I continue with farming.”
Somaly is a 27-year-old woman from Cambodia. She works at a bank. She has two brothers and four sisters. In her free time, she enjoys tailoring clothes. One year ago, she was in a motorcycle accident and injured her foot. Ever since the accident, she has had difficulty walking and is in chronic pain. In October of last year, she had a procedure done to fix her leg and foot trauma. Now, she is still having difficulty moving and needs another procedure to improve her mobility. Somaly is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 7. Now, she needs help raising $497 to fund the procedure. After her surgery, she looks forward to going home and spending time with her friends and siblings. She says, "After the surgery, I hope I can walk easily and return to work soon."
Namara is a 32-year-old woman from Uganda. She is married and a mother of two girls, who are in school. Her husband works as a driver. Namara used to work in a hotel but has stopped working recently due to her pregnancy. Both of Namara's daughters were born through C-section. Because of her previous scars, her doctor has suggested that she undergo a third C-section to deliver this baby. Now, Namara is scheduled to undergo a C-section on March 15. She needs help raising $280 to pay for the procedure, which should keep both mother and child healthy and safe through delivery. She says, "After surgery I will go for a thanksgiving mass in church and continue taking care of my family."
Bartimayo is a nine-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the fifth child in a large family of twelve children! He lives with his parents, who are both farmers and livestock keepers. When Bartimayo was seven, his parents began to notice his legs bending. He would also complain of occasional pain as his condition worsened. They use traditional medicines to help alleviate his symptoms, but this treatment was unsuccessful. Thankfully, Bartimayo's parents met a patient with the same condition who was successfully treated at Arusha Lutheran Medical Center (ALMC), a Watsi care center. At ALMC, Bartimayo was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, which means that both of his legs bend inward, making it difficult and painful to walk. Bartimayo will need surgery to help his conditions. He will need $838 to fund the procedure. His parents were able to provide $45 out of their own pockets to subsidize his treatment. Bartimayo looks forward to being well again so he can continue his education, play with his friends, and help his family with chores.
Kheng is a 56-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is a husband and father of two sons and four daughters. In his free time, he likes to watch Khmer boxing on TV, listen to old songs, and listen to the news on the radio. In July 2016, Kheng fell from a height of two meters, resulting in a fracture in his left kneecap. As a result, he developed muscle atrophy, the wasting of muscle mass, in his quadriceps. It became difficult for him to extend his left leg, and he experienced a lot of pain. He traveled for two hours with his wife to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. Surgeons will perform an open reduction internal fixation procedure, a surgical procedure that fixes severe bone fractures, in his left leg. The treatment is scheduled for February 2, and it will allow Kheng to walk easily again. Our medical partner is requesting $411 to fund the treatment.
Meet Maria, a baby girl from Guatemala. She is the sixth child in her family, and she is adored by her entire family. Maria's mother cannot produce breastmilk. Baby Maria often cries from hunger, and her mother uses warm sugar water to soothe her. However, a lack of nutrients means that Maria is not growing, her brain development is compromised, and she is malnourished. Without the appropriate nutrients and a treatment plan, Maria is at risk of long-term damage. However, we can give Maria a chance to grow into a strong, healthy, and energetic baby by supporting her treatment plan. Maria will begin nutritional supplementation on February 2 at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel. As part of her treatment, Maria's mother will receive a supply of baby milk formula and other nutritional supplements. Nutritionists will also visit their home and teach Maria's mother how to provide a nutritious diet for her daughter. A community health worker will monitor baby's Maria's growth and development. With a limited income, Maria's family cannot afford this treatment. To help Maria, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,107 in funding. Maria's mother wishes for her baby daughter to get healthier. She dreams for "her to be a good student and to have a stable job.”
Ath is a 34-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has a son. Ath enjoys listening to pop music, watching boxing on TV, and reading magazines. In January of 2016, Ath sustained electrical burns on both his wrists. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh, where surgeons performed a debridement procedure to remove damaged tissue. Three months later, he returned to the same hospital for a skin flap procedure. The procedure was successful. His wound has healed nicely, and the skin flaps look healthy. Though Ath has improved, his previous procedures only treated parts of his injury. Ath's accident also caused his tendons to rupture, making it difficult and painful for him to flex and extend his wrists. Through people in his village, Ath heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Along with his brother, Ath made the five hour journey to CSC for treatment. On January 16, Ath will undergo a tenolysis procedure at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. This procedure will remove the scar tissue that has bonded Ath's tendons to the surrounding tissue. CSC is asking for $450 in funds to cover the cost of this surgery and the accompanying supplies. After this surgery, Ath will be able to use his wrists easily again.