Abhishek joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Five years ago, Abhishek became the 53rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,416 more people have become monthly donors! Abhishek's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Ben, a toddler from Haiti, to undergo prep for heart surgery.
Abhishek has funded healthcare for 45 patients in 11 countries.
Ben is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his mother and father in the mountains south of Port-au-Prince; his parents are both farmers. Ben has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart; blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. Ben will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On September 24th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will perform open-heart surgery to close the hole with a patch.. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. Ben'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 Ben's family overseas. His mother said, "We are excited for this surgery so our son can gain weight and have energy."
Wilson is a teenager from Tanzania. Wilson is seventeen years old boy and the last born child in a family of six children. Wilson loves playing soccer with his friends but now he says playing football has become hard since he lacks strength on both of his legs and he can’t run due to his knocked knees. He was able to study until class seven but he did not pass his final exams to join secondary school. He didn’t want to repeat the class again. Wilson’s mother has been working as a cook for over twenty years working at someone’s house. Through her little income, she has been able to make ends meet for her family of six. Wilson was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, He cannot walk without difficulty. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Wilson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 27. Treatment will hopefully restore Wilson's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Wilson says “My legs were able to be corrected and now I no longer have knocked knees but I need another surgery to correct the bowing and help make my legs better, please help me”
Woodmylens is a preschooler from Haiti. He lives with his mother and father on a farm in the mountains of central Haiti; he likes playing with toy cars and listening to music. Woodmylens has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in his heart was severely damaged due to a fever he suffered earlier in childhood, and cannot adequately pump blood through his body. Woodmylens will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On July 29, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will first attempt to repair the damaged valve; if this is not possible, they will implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Mitral Foundation, is contributing $6,000 to pay for surgery. Woodmylens'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 Woodmylens's family overseas. His mother says, "We are looking forward to this surgery so that our son can start school as a healthy boy."
Soy is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and four grandchildren, and she enjoys looking after her grandchildren, cooking for her family, and watching television in her free time. Seven years ago, Soy started experiencing hip pain on her left side. She cannot extend her leg normally, and also experiences pain in her neck as well. Fortunately, Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Soy of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 2, and Soy needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I hope that after my operation I will be able to walk normally and return to my work without any difficulty."
Dennis is a young student from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Dennis 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. Fortunately, Dennis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 2. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Dennis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I am seeking for support. I want to see my son walking uprightly. God bless you," says his father.
Kamsot is a 39-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three children, and enjoys playing with his kids and helping around the house in his free time. One year ago, Kamsot 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, Kamsot experiences discharge, headaches, pain, and hearing loss. He often experiences difficulty communicating with others due to his hearing loss. Kamsot traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 1, 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 that after my surgery, I will be able to hear clearly and will no longer have chronic ear infections."
Baraka is a baby from Tanzania. His parents are small-scale farmers. Baraka has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Baraka has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Baraka will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Baraka that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 2 and will drain the excess fluid from Baraka's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Baraka will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Baraka’s mother says, “Please help my son because we have nowhere to get the money needed for his surgery”
Min is 17-year-old boy from Burma. Min and his 14-year-old sister support their family, working as agricultural day laborers four months out of the year. During the rest of the year they do odd jobs or their family has to borrow money to buy food. Min's vision became blurry when a small piece of metal flew into his left eye, injured the lens in his eye, and caused him to develop cataract. He also has pain in his left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Min. On March 5, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Min's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "After surgery I will go back to the wood mill, and I will work as a wood cutter for them," says Min.
Phyu is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband in Mingalar Done, Yangon City, Yangon Division. Phyu's husband is a motorbike taxi driver. Phyu was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Phyu experiences shortness of breath and cannot walk long distances. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Phyu. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 14 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Phyu says, “I want to get better so that I can get a job."
Miguel is a seven-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the fifth child in his family. His mother works at home to take care of their family, and his father is a day laborer. Miguel’s mother experiences lactation failure, which means that she cannot produce breast milk. This causes Miguel and his twin brother Eduardo to be underweight and small for their age. Because of this, Miguel often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Miguel’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and Miguel is at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize his condition, Miguel was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. Although lactation failure is dangerous, it is thankfully easy to treat. On February 14, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will begin supplying Miguel's mother with formula and health education so that Miguel will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,107 for the treatment. One-on-one education with Miguel’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Miguel’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Miguel’s mother says, “I am very worried for my son because he is not growing. I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher.”
Jezel is a 20-month-old boy from Philippines. His father works as a daily laborer, and his mother is a homemaker. Jezel has been diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition in which the body does not receive proper nutrition. Beginning on February 22, Jezel will receive at-home treatment from our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM’s home-based feeding program will provide Jezel with nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure he regains normal weight and achieves optimum physical and mental development. To help sustain Jezel's health, ICM's professional staff will educate his mother on proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. ICM is asking for $184 to cover the costs of Jezel's treatment. Jezel's father is looking forward to his son finishing his studies and feels very optimistic about ICM's malnutrition program.
Samuel is 31 years old and a father of three children. He and his family live in Kenya. To make ends meet, Samuel operates a small butchery, while his wife is a casual laborer. Samuel's skull was injured on January 5. He was rushed to a private hospital for medical intervention. Since the incident, Samuel has not been able to speak, and he experiences headaches and pain. His doctors have recommended a craniotomy, a surgery which will repair the injured side of his skull. Samuel is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 11. Samuel's operation has already been subsidized by $364. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $1,495 more to fund his hospital stay and surgery. “I want my brother to be well for his children and wife," Samuel's brother says. "He is their only source of livelihood.”