Mohammad joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mohammad's most recent donation supported Nehimia, a playful toddler from Ethiopia, to fund treatment for hypospadias.
Mohammad has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 6 countries.
Mohammad has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 6 countries.
Nehimia is a 1-year-old from Ethiopia. He is a sweet, playful boy and the first child to his parents. Nehimia loves listening to music, and watching animation movies. His dad is a gym trainer, but his income was affected as a result of the closure of gyms during the pandemic. His mom is a housewife and also has been unable to work during the pandemic, though she used to work in a small boutique. His family lives together in a government house and they pay a small fee for rent. Nehimia was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Nehimia is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 4th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Nehimia's mother shared, “I hope my child will heal and grow and become a minister in the house of God.”
Abdulkirim is a baby from Ethiopia. He is a cute boy who loves to play with other children and with his mom. He is a happy child and has one sibling. Abdulkirim underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Abdulkirim's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,057 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Abdulkirim. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 30 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Abdulkirim's mom shared, "We sold all our animals and we asked for help from our community twice. When we came to Addis Ababa, our son had already undergone two operations and we were struggling with finances. We were out of money to even pay for our hotel. I was so worried and afraid, but we are now hopeful that he will get the surgery and it will be successful. We hope he will grow up to be a healthy boy and achieve a lot by getting a good education.”
Wel is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and an older sister and brother. His parents are subsistence farmers while he and his siblings are students. His mother forages for food and fishes to supplement their meals, while his father also works as a day laborer. The income he receives is just enough to cover their daily expanses but is not enough to pay for basic healthcare. On the 26th of December 2019, Wel was playing with pebbles at school with his friends. When he came back home that afternoon, he was crying but no one was home; his mother was away fishing. When she came back home and saw him still crying, she asked him what was wrong. Wel told her that while he was playing with his friends at school, one of his friends threw a pebble that hit him in his left eye. Since then, his left eye hurt a lot. His mother checked his eye, but she did not see any redness, and thought that the pain would go away after a while. Five days later, Wel complained that his left eye hurt more than before. His mother then took him to Hpa-An General Hospital, where his eye was checked. The doctor saw pus in his left eye and told his mother to take him to a hospital in Yangon as they cannot do anything for him there. The doctor provided him with eye drops and they returned home. Wel's mother did not have enough money to go to Yangon. His mother administered the eye drops for him, but his eye did not get better. His mother started to worry more about him and tried to look for a way to take him to another hospital. One of their neighbors suggested that she bring him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Mae Sot, Thailand, as she has been to the clinic before. On the 5th of January 2020, Wel's mother borrowed 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) from a neighbor and took him to MTC. There, his eye was checked but the medic referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH), as they could not treat Wel at the clinic. When Wel arrived at MSH, the doctor examined his eye and told Wel’s mother that he has an ulcer in the cornea of his left eye. His left eye had turned white and he also had pus due to the infection in his eye. The doctor told them that unfortunately the only option left was to remove his left eye so that his right eye would not become infected as well. Wel cried when he learned that his left eye had to be removed. Wel's mother however agreed to the procedure and he was scheduled to receive surgery on the 20th of January. Unable to pay for the surgery, the medic at MTC referred Wel to Watsi medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance in accessing treatment. Currently, Wel's left eye is itchy and has discharge coming from it. He cannot look at sunlight, as if he does his eye hurts. Before he stated taking the painkillers provided by MSH, his eye was very painful. He can no longer see anything with his left eye. "I want him to continue his studies after he receives treatment and I would like him to become either a teacher or a nurse in the future," said Wel's mother. "I don’t want him to work on the farm like us because he will have only one eye, so I want him to get a good job.”
Hajji is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He is married to two wives with thirty-two children. Some have completed studies but unemployed, others are causal laborers while others are still in school. Hajji currently survives on small scale farming but was a trader before he retired. Since Eight months ago, Hajji has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This hydrocele causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on September 10, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $139 to fund Hajji's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bulanga says, “I pray that my condition improves and if am fine I can be able to continue hustling in order to maintain my family.”
Saw Eh is a cheerful, six-year-old from Burma who lives with his parents, his brother, and his sister. He loves having his friends over to his house to play. "He wishes he could attend school like other children his age," says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). However, Saw Eh has kidney stones, and he is in too much pain and discomfort to begin school. "Saw Eh's parents first became aware of his condition in late 2014 when he developed a fever and began to excrete cloudy urine," BBP explains. After a visit to a hospital, he was given an ultrasound that revealed stones in both of his kidneys. Saw Eh's condition causes him to suffer from fevers and pain in his lower left side. "His parents are both farmers, growing rice and vegetables," says BBP. "All of the rice produced is kept for their family’s consumption, but they sell the few vegetables grown on their farm. They earn approximately 2 USD per day, however this varies based on the success of their crops. Saw Eh's condition has put significant financial strain on the family; treatment and transportation costs have forced Saw Eh's parents to take loans with interest from money lenders, and they are currently deep in debt." For $1500, Saw Eh will receive surgery to remove the kidney stones. This cost also includes transportation from his home to the hospital, eight days of hospitalization for the surgery, and food and accommodation for 30 days. "Surgery will allow Saw Eh to live without pain and will stop his fevers," says BBP. "He will be able to attend school for the first time and begin his education. Right now, Saw Eh's parents are doing their best to balance the responsibilities of working on the farm and caring for their child; after treatment they will be able to earn more money and provide a better life for their family."
Ismael is a 64-year-old indigenous Guatemalan widower whose urinary system has been dysfunctional for several months due to prostatic hypertrophy. Ismael visited a local health post, but they gave him a catheter despite the fact that what he really needed was surgery. They sent him home with no plans for a followup. Now, not only has Ismael not received the surgery he needs, but he has had a catheter for 3 months. He is experiencing considerable discomfort and is at risk for serious infection. High-quality healthcare can be difficult to access in rural Guatemala, especially for indigenous, Kaqchikel-speaking people like Ismael. For $1500, Watsi's Medical Partner in Guatemala, Wuqu' Kawok, can remove Ismael's catheter and provide him with the surgery he needs to get his urinary system working again. Let's help Ismael get treatment so he can return to living a healthy life.
Rangi is a 9-year-old girl from Nepal with rheumatic heart disease. She suffers from shortness of breath and heart palpitations, especially when walking or doing any other kind of activity. She needs surgery to correct her condition and enable her to live a normal, healthy life. Rangi lives with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. She is very bright and was admitted into a good school just a few months ago, but had to stop attending because of her poor health. Her family farms for a living, but they do not make nearly enough money to pay for the medical care Rangi needs. Rangi loves to play with her friends when she is feeling well enough and can’t wait to get treatment so she can go back to living a normal life. Let’s make it happen for her!
Kiran is a 12-year-old boy from Nepal with rheumatic heart disease. His condition causes severe chest pain and limits his ability to live a normal life. Luckily, Kiran’s heart can be repaired with valve replacement surgery. Kiran is the second of five children. He is in the fifth grade and his favorite subject is Nepali. During his free time Kiran likes to play soccer and cricket with his friends, but he has to refrain from too much physical activity because of the severe chest pain he experiences when he plays. Kiran wants to become a driver when he grows up because he loves cars. He hopes to one day earn enough money to support his mother. Let’s help Kiran get the surgery he needs to live a normal, healthy, 12-year-old boy life!
Priyanka is 12-year-old girl from Nepal who suffered severe burns when she was 6 months old. She now has a post-burn scar contracture, a tightening of the skin that occurs after a third degree burn. Priyanka is very smart – her favorite subject is Nepali, but the contracture restricts her movement, making it difficult for her to study, write, or even eat. It also impacts her social life. Priyanka told her doctors that she has no friends because she is “ashamed to befriend people.” Fortunately, Priyanka’s condition can be treated through surgery. Priyanka has an older brother who is 13 and a younger sister who is 11. Her father works in Mumbia, India, and hasn’t been home for five years. Her mother works on other people’s farms, but struggles to make enough money to support the family. We need to make sure that Priyanka's family’s financial situation doesn’t stand in the way of her getting the medical treatment she needs. Let’s do this!
Janaki is a 14-year-old girl from Nepal with a hearing condition called chronic suppurative otitis media. She has suffered from this condition since she was two and a half years old. She cannot hear unless someone speaks very close to her ear. Without treatment, Janaki’s condition will likely get worse. Janaki lives with her parents and her three older brothers. She loves school but has struggled to keep up because she can’t hear what her teachers are saying. She finally quit her studies last month because of her condition. Janaki stays home most days to help with household chores because her friends make fun of her. She likes to study every subject and told her doctors that she will go back to school if she can get her hearing problem fixed. Fortunately, Janaki’s doctors identified her as a good candidate for a mastiodectomy. They tell us that this procedure will prevent any futher complications of her condition and improve her hearing enough for her to continue her education. Let’s make it happen for her!
Vilma is a 29-year-old woman from Guatemala with a cyst in her liver. The cyst is benign and her doctors hoped that it would go away on its own, but over the last few months it has rapidly increased in size. The cyst is causing Vilma terrible pain and making it imposible for her to care for her children or perform basic housework. Luckily, Vilma’s condition can be easily treated with surgery. Her doctors tell us that removing the cyst will cure her completely. Without treatment, they say “the cyst will continue to grow and cause Vilma debilitating pain.” Let’s get Vilma the treatment she needs to get rid of this cyst and get on with her life!
Dulier is a 14-year-old boy from Guatemala with an atrial septal defect, a large hole in his heart that causes fatigue, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. Dulier also has some issues with his teeth, and the cost of treatment will include preliminary dental work to prevent any infection from spreading from his teeth to his heart during surgery. Dulier's little sister Mayda has the same heart condition and is currently being supported by Watsi donors as well. Let's make sure Dulier and Mayda have the opportunity to grow up and live healthy lives together!