Benjamin Orthlieb


United States

Benjamin's Story

Benjamin joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Six years ago, Benjamin joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Benjamin's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sao, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund a fracture repair on his right leg.


Benjamin has funded healthcare for 252 patients in 13 countries.

All patients funded by Benjamin


Losieku is a nine-year-old boy and the youngest child born to his mother, who has six children. He is a friendly, cheerful and hard-working boy. He has not had the chance to go to school yet, though his father says he has plans to enroll him in school next year if everything goes well. Losieku lives in Northern Tanzania. The majority of people in this area are traditional Maasai and are livestock farmers. Losieku's father has a few goats that Losieku and his siblings take out to graze. They also practice small-scale farming of maize and vegetables as a source of food. About three years ago, Losieku was out playing with his siblings. He fell and his left hand went into an open fireplace where a bit of hot charcoal was burning below ashes. He sustained burns which were treated at home using traditional herbal medication due to lack of money and distance to the closest hospital. Over the years, the skin around his fingers has contracted and he is unable to straighten them. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Losieku receive treatment. On March 3, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so that he will be able to use his fingers freely. Now, he needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Losieku’s father shared, "it’s really challenging for my son to carry out his daily activities because of his hand. He is a hardworking boy, and if he gets his hand corrected, it will help him do more with ease.”

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Saidi is a 2-year-old boy, a beautiful and charming young child and the last born of two children. Saidi's parents depend entirely on small scale farming for a living and earn a modest income. When he was two months old, Saidi's parents noticed that Saidi's head circumference was increasing, and he was experiencing regular fevers and vomiting. They sought treatment at a nearby facility, where they were told that their son had symptoms of hydrocephalus, but were advised to wait for them to recede. Unfortunately, his symptoms kept worsening. Saidi's parents borrowed money from relatives to visit our medical partner's care center for further examination. Doctors reviewed Saidi and officially diagnosed him with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. They recommended that he undergo a VP shunt insertion surgery. Without treatment, Saidi will experience persistent pain, increasing head circumference and potentially neurological disorders. Their family appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Saidi that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 15th and will drain the excess fluid from Saidi's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Saidi will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Saidi’s mother shared, "My son is worsening each day, and due to a lack of money we have not been able to treat him. Please help my son as there is no way that we can afford the treatment cost."

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