Geoff joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Six years ago, Geoff joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Geoff's most recent donation traveled 2,600 miles to support Maria Jose, an bright baby girl from Colombia, to fund clubfoot correction surgery to have a full life ahead.
Geoff has funded healthcare for 85 patients in 14 countries.
Geoff has funded healthcare for 85 patients in 14 countries.
Maria Jose is a cute and intelligent baby from Colombia. She lives with her single mother, Sandra, and her godmother and aunt. Sandra only has good wishes for her daughter, and works really hard to see her baby happy. Maria Jose has clubfoot on both feet, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This will cause difficulty walking and even wearing shoes in the future. Fortunately, Maria Jose's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 31th. Our partner is requesting $1,500 to fund Maria Jose's bilateral clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to crawl, walk and run with ease. Sandra shares her hopes for Maria Jose's development, "I really wish to see her grow as a normal child, and enjoy every step of her life. After the surgery I deeply want to see her crawl, walk, run, and play with other kids."
Mwanzia is a 13-year-old student from Kenya. He loves playing football and he is a huge fan of Manchester United. In March of 2017, while at his grandfather’s house, Mwanzia's right hand and wrist were badly burned. Mwanzia now has burn contractures, which have affected the use of his hand and also his education as he cannot hold a pen or write well with his condition. In 2017, Mwanzia had burn contracture release surgery on his right wrist, and now he needs additional surgery on his right hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mwanzia receive treatment. On June 6th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so that Mwanzia will have full use of his right hand and will be able to write well in school. Now, he needs help to fund this $840 procedure. Mwanzia's mother shared, “we are grateful to Cure Hospital and Watsi for the support for our family and we continue to plead for more support."
Justine is a nine-year-old student and has a twin brother. They have two other siblings and Justine's mother is raising her children on her own. She sells mandazi by the roadside to make a living and provide for her family. For seven years, Justine has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain and discomfort, and sometimes he cannot sleep. He has stopped going to school while he tries to seek treatment. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Justine to receive treatment. On May 12th, Justine will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Justine's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Justine’s mother shared, "I have always wanted to seek treatment for my son but due to financial challenges I have not been able to afford the treatment cost. If there is a chance for my son to have his condition corrected I would be very grateful."
Brigitte is a 2-year-old baby girl and the only child in her family. Her parents shared how talkative she already is and they are hopeful for her bright future. Brigitte's parents sells clothes at the local market and work hard to earn enough to make ends meet. Brigitte has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, also known as knock knees, which makes it difficult for her to stand and walk. Her legs bow inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Brigitte on April 16th. Treatment will support Brigitte's mobility, allow her to participate in all kinds of new activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Brigitte’s mother shared, "My daughter’s legs are so badly deformed, please help correct her leg. We have no means of affording the treatment cost."
Daudi is a happy 10-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest of three children in his family. Daudi's mother sells vegetables as a street vendor in the village. She and her husband are separated. She is the sole provider of the family and Daudi requires a lot of attention. Daudi has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Daudi's feet are rigid and he cannot walk or stand, so he relies on his mother who often carries him. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Daudi receive treatment. Daudi and his mother traveled to AMH's care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 16th. AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Daudi's clubfoot repair. The surgery will be very impactful for him, because he will be able to walk and stand on his own. Daudi's mother shared, “I am appealing to people of goodwill to help my son undergo surgery so that he can be independent. God bless you!"
Hen is a 74-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has three daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren. Hen used to work as a farmer, but retired recently. She lives with her first daughter, who is also a farmer. Hen enjoys listening to the monks preaching on the radio. One year ago, Hen developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours by taxi with her daughter seeking treatment. On November 10th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Hen shared, "In the last phase of my life, I truly wish to enjoy the sense of sight that was given by the creator."
Chan is a 44-year-old fish seller. He and his wife have two children who are both in high school. His wife is a seasonal farm worker and also helps him with his business. He takes his kids to go fishing in his free time, and likes to watch soccer on TV. Last year, Chan developed a non-cancerous growth on his left foot, and had it removed at a local hospital. He thought the surgery went well, but a few days later he started to feel pain in his ankle. He has since developed foot drop, a nerve condition. Now he cannot move his foot without pain, and has experienced muscle atrophy. Now, Chan has come to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where doctors have diagnosed him with foot drop. Doctors will perform a tibial tendon transfer procedure in order to restore nerve function to the front part of his left foot, allowing him to walk easily again.
Sok is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is a window with no children, and her husband died during Pol Pot's regime. Sok is currently living with her niece who is also a rice farmer. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio, and going to the pagoda for Buddhist ceremonies. One year ago, Sok developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss that prevents her from working in the rice field. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sok learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that my aunt can see everything better so she can be more independent. She wants to be able to join ceremonies at pagodas, and help at the rice field. I hope she can just do some housework by herself as well," Sok's niece said.
Sithol is a 28-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has one daughter, and she enjoys cooking, listening to music, and looking after her daughter. Five months ago, Sithol fell off her motorcycle and fractured her left arm. She experienced pain and swelling, and cannot move her hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 10th, Sithol will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Surgery will allow Sithol's injuries to heal properly, and relieve her of any pain. "I hope that I will no longer have any pain or swelling after my surgery, and I will be able to return to work," Sithol shared.
Theavy is a 31-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has two brothers, two sisters, and enjoys listening to music, cooking, and watching television in her free time. When she was seven years old, Theavy fell from her bike and hit her head on the pavement. Since the age of twelve, she started developing a tumor-like growth on her left cheek where she fell, which has been diagnosed as fibrous dysplasia. This condition can weaken the affected bone, sometimes leading to fractures and other pain and discomfort. Theavy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, and surgeons at CSC will perform a tumor excision procedure to help her feel more comfortable and confident. Now, she needs help to fund this $606 procedure. Theavy shared, "I hope that I will feel better after my surgery and that my face will look symmetrical again."
Zephania is a third grade student from Tanzania and the sixth born in a family of seven children. His family hails from Kabarawo village, which is known to be rural area with limited access to medical and social services. Zephania comes from a humble background and his family lives in a community land area in a grass-thatched house on a temporary basis. His father was a guard who lost his job due to Coronavirus and his mother has a grocery shop at a small centre in their village. Since his father lost his job, life hasn’t been easy for their family and they depend mostly on his mother's earnings, which they shared are very low. One week ago, Zephania was playing with his friends when he fell into a ditch after a push by one of his friends. He fell from a high height and sustained trauma with injuries on his left leg. He is in pain and cannot walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 15th, Zephania will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow him to heal well and be able to walk on his own and without pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Jane, Zephania’s mother, shared with us: “He has been in pain and I feel sorry for him. He can’t move his leg, I hope he will receive treatment soon. I want to see him walk again.”
Min lives with his wife, son, and daughter in a village in Tak Province, Thailand. He moved from Burma to Thailand nine months ago in search of better job opportunities. His daughter is still too young to go to school and his wife and son work as day laborers on a farm, each earning 150 baht (approx. 5 USD) per day. Min had to stop working with his wife and son three months ago because of his condition. Their monthly household income of 3,000 baht (approx. 100 USD) is not enough to cover their daily expenses. Sometimes, they have to borrow money from their relatives to meet their basic needs. Four years ago, Min used to work as a construction worker in Bangkok. One day, he started to experience pain in the left side of his abdomen. He went to a clinic twice and was diagnosed with a kidney stone in his left kidney after receiving an ultrasound. The doctor told him that he would need to undergo laser treatment at a hospital to break up the stone. The next day, Min went to a hospital in Bangkok. He received another ultrasound and underwent laser treatment which he did not have to pay for because he had health insurance at that time. When he returned for his follow-up appointment, he underwent another round of laser treatment, followed by more oral medications to take home. Min was not able to return to the hospital because his father passed away before his next appointment and he had to go back to Burma for the funeral. Before he had a chance to return to Bangkok, his mother also passed away. After spending money on the two funerals, Min did not have enough money to return to Bangkok. He moved back in with his wife and children and started working as a day laborer on a farm with his wife in their village. In May 2019, Min started experiencing pain again in his left lower abdomen. He would also pass small stones about twice a month while urinating. He went to a clinic where he received oral medication as well as an ultrasound. The doctor told him that he has a stone in his left kidney as well as small stones in his urethra. Min went back to the same clinic several times for his follow-up appointments, where he received oral medication each time for his abdominal pain. By September 2019, he was feeling much better and was no longer in pain. He was also no longer passing stones when urinating. Min then stopped going back to the clinic and stopped taking medication. Later in December 2019, Min and his family moved to their current home in Thailand and in May 2020, the pain in Min’s lower abdomen returned. He has pain when urinating and has started to pass small stones again about every two weeks. He went to a local hospital in the beginning of May with his wife, and he received an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed that he now has stones in both of his kidneys in addition to a bladder stone. The doctor referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for treatment, but his family was not able to afford the estimated cost so he returned home. At home, Min told his friend about his condition and his lack of funds to pay for it. His friend told him to seek help at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and with Watsi's Medical Parter Burma Children Medical Fund. Surgery is now scheduled for August 14th. Min shared, “I had to sell my phone to pay for my treatment [the ultrasounds and oral medications] and my transportation when I sought treatment. For the past few days, we don’t have enough rice and we also don’t have any money to buy more food. So we have to eat rice porridge. I feel so sad for my family.”