Garrett joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Garrett's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Rabson, a man from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.
Garrett has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 11 countries.
Garrett has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 11 countries.
Rabson is a basket-maker from Malawi. He works on a small family farm with his wife and kids, while making baskets from home to earn extra income. He enjoys chatting with his friends in his free time. Since 2017, Rabson 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 Rabson's surgery. On September 18, 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. He is very eager to be helped through this surgery. He says, "I am just waiting to recover and continue doing everything as I was before these health problems started. Thank you so much for this program to help me get better again!"
Oudom is a grocer from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son. He likes to listen to music and play football. Fourteen years ago, Oudom had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Oudom experiences pain, tinnitus and ear discharge. It is difficult for him to hear well. Oudom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 6, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope my hearing improves after the operation."
Blessing is a young boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. His mother looks after the children while his father works as a real estate agent. For two years, Blessing has been experiencing hearing loss. He is not able to speak. Fortunately, his audiologist believes that hearing aids will help. Blessing is scheduled to receive the hearing aids on August 2. Now, his family needs help raising $929 to pay for them. Blessing’s mother says, “I will be grateful to see him develop."
Naomi is a young student from Kenya. She is the sixth born child in a family of eight children. Her mother sells vegetables in a small grocery shop, while her father is a construction worker. Naomi injured her left femur in early April 2018. She had a cast applied, recuperated well, and was ready to resume school. Unfortunately, she fell on the school stairs and broke her femur in the same location around mid-June. It is difficult for her to walk, and she has not been able to attend school. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 3, Naomi will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Naomi says, “My prayer is to get well and resume my studies. I want to excel and join a national high school."
Kennedy is a boy from Tanzania. Since he was one year old, Kennedy has been experiencing a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. Because of the condition, he has difficulty eating and sleeping. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Kennedy's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Kennedy, which is scheduled to take place on May 31. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Kennedy of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Kennedy’s mother says, "We cannot afford our son’s surgery but would really love to see him get better. We will always be grateful if you help support his surgery."
Chhay is a baker from Cambodia. He has two sons, six daughters, and twelve grandchildren. He likes to watch music videos and boxing matches. He likes to make desserts. Four years ago, Chhay developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, clouded lenses, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 26, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I think my vision is improved so I can continue my business selling desserts and recognize faces of my loved ones."
Godlove is a 28-year-old man from Tanzania. He works as a poultry farmer and has just started his own business. In late 2015, Godlove was traveling with his family in a vehicle that caught fire. He managed to escape the fire, but he sadly lost his wife and son. After his injuries healed, he was left with extensive contractures on his body, which made it difficult for him to work or even take care of himself. He has undergone several surgeries, but he still needs treatment to make a full recovery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Godlove receive treatment. On April 6, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery on his hands. This surgery will give Godlove a new life. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Godlove says, “I hope I will be able to return home healed and able to use both my hands to do my day to day duties and be able to help my family more.”
Paw is an eight-month-old energetic baby girl from Burma. Both her siblings attend school. Her family rents a piece of land, where they grow crops that provide them with food throughout the year. In March 2018, Paw fell off a stack of leaves her father had collected to thatch their house. The leaves were on top of bamboo sticks. When Paw fell, she hit her right thigh on one of the bamboo sticks and fractured her femur. Paw's thigh is swelling and she cannot move her leg. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Paw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for March 7 and will cost $1,500. Receiving this procedure will allow Paw to heal properly and learn to walk. “I hope my daughter will get an easier life and become an educated person. We will support her in whatever she wants to do. I do not want her to be a farmer like me, because it is a hard and difficult life," said Paw's mother.
Janet is a mother of nine from Kenya. She works hard buying and selling vegetables in order to meet the needs of her children. Eleven years ago, Janet began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck mass and difficulty breathing and swallowing. She was diagnosed with a multi-nodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Janet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 8 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $641, and she and her family need help raising money. “My prayer is to get healed so that I can help other people who experience the same challenges am going through in my life. I want to work hard also and see that my children who are still in school complete their studies,” says Janet.
Michenaida is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. She enjoys attending school, as well as going to church and singing hymns. Michenaida has a cardiac condition called pulmonary valve atresia. Among other defects, including at least two holes in the heart, Michenaida was born without one of her four heart valves. Her multiple conditions leave her weak and short of breath. If not treated, they would lead to heart failure. Michenaida will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which she will first be assessed with a catheter to determine the plan for treatment, and then if found to be operable will be taken to the operating room for closure of the defects. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $22,000 to pay for surgery. Michenaida'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 Michenaida's family overseas. Michenaida's mother said, "Our family is all praying that our daughter's heart can be made normal so she can be healthy and active."
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.
Sarah is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents, brothers, and sisters in a rural area in the mountains of central Haiti. Her parents are both farmers. Sarah has graduated kindergarten but is not attending first grade this year because of her illness. Sarah has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This diagnosis involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a blockage of one of the valves. Sarah will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in her heart with a patch and remove the muscular blockage in her valve. Another organization, Health City Cayman Islands, is contributing $22,000 to pay for surgery. Sarah'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 Sarah's family overseas. Her aunt says, "Our family is very excited for Sarah's surgery so that she can be healthy and safe, and can go to school."