Daniel joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three years ago, Daniel became the 92nd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,123 more people have become monthly donors! Daniel's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Anod, a boy from Malawi, to fund hernia repair surgery.
Daniel has funded healthcare for 104 patients in 13 countries.
Anod is a primary student from Malawi. Anod lives with his parents and little sister, and he likes going to school and playing cars with his friends. Since August, Anod has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes Anod a lot of pain, and he is often too uncomfortable to go to school and to play with his friends. Fortunately, on November 2, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Anod's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Anod's mother, Loda, was thrilled that her son will get the surgery he needs, especially since it was too expensive for the family to afford. She says, "Thank you. Now my little boy will be well!"
Basirwire is a 49-year-old woman from Uganda. She works as a farmer. For the past year, Basirwire has experienced lower abdominal pain and painful gynecological symptoms. This has caused her discomfort and limited her ability to do household chores. A gynecologist diagnosed her with multiple fibroids and recommended a total abdominal hysterectomy. After surgery, Basirwire will be able to keep farming without pain. Basirwire says, “I am very lucky, as I look forward to receiving the support from Watsi and after surgery, I hope to continue with farming.” Watsi is requesting $208 to fund Basirwire's surgery, scheduled for August 17.
Dorcas is a seven-year-old girl and bright student from Kenya. She dreams of being a politician or doctor when she grows up. Dorcas has clubfoot, a condition in which the bottom of her foot curves inward and upward, making it difficult and painful to walk. She has been using orthotics and doing physical therapy, but her condition is not improving. She sometimes falls as she walks and plays with other kids. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund surgery to correct her clubfoot, which is scheduled for July 10. Dorcas and her mother hope the treatment will allow her to walk comfortably. "I would love to see my daughter walking well and progressing with her studies. She is a very bright girl and an achiever. I ask for support because I really cannot afford the bill," her mother says.
Ten years ago, Rose was born in Kenya. However, at about two or three years of age, her parents noticed an abnormal growth bulging from Rose’s back. They initially thought the condition would normalize, but as years went by, the condition continued to progress. They sought help from different hospitals but could not get treatment for her due to high costs. Rose has been diagnosed with thoracic scoliosis—a spinal curvature in the upper/middle backbone. The condition has caused Rose hardships in attending school due to pains in her neck, back, knees, and legs. On September 6, Rose will undergo spine fusion surgery to increase movement and eliminate pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), requests $1,500 to help fund Rose's treatment. AMHF expects that after full surgery and recovery, pain and further curvature of the back will cease, and Rose's height will also improve. The surgery will also help raise her self-esteem and will enhance her education. Rose says, "I am eagerly waiting when this condition will leave me so I can concentrate on my studies. I am very determined to study and would like to be a doctor in the future."
Kyaw is a 58-year-old Burmese man who is experiencing swelling in his right foot due to an ulcer. Kyaw lives in Mawlamyine, Mon State, Burma (his childhood home) with two other family members and works as a day laborer. In 2016, Kyaw sustained a severe injury to his right foot. He sought treatment in Burma, and was treated at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), where his leg was amputated at the ankle. Presently, Kyaw experiences pain and a fever. He was advised by a doctor at MCLH that his injury required further amputation. MCLH referred Kyaw to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, to undergo his procedure. Kyaw is now scheduled to undergo a below-knee amputation on May 23. He needs help raising $1,500 for the procedure. He says, "I am looking forward to go back to my work after I am fully recovered. In the near future, I want to be a trader."
Srey Kann is six years old. She has four sisters. She likes to play around her home, watch animated movies on TV, and play with her siblings in her free time. Srey Kann burned her left elbow, wrist, and fingers with boiling hot water when she was just a year old. She developed burn scar contractures that have tightened the skin around the burns. Srey Kann first came to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), on May 3, and surgeons successfully performed a [burn contracture release procedure](https://watsi.org/profile/f765b0fda9ee-srey-kann). She returns to CSC to continue her treatments. Surgeons at CSC will perform a skin flap procedure on Srey Kann's left wrist to help her use her hand easily again. Her treatment is scheduled for June 1. Srey Kann's treatment will cost $450, which her family can't afford, and they are appealing to Watsi for financial assistance.
Tumusiime is a 34-year-old primary school teacher and father of two. He has a history of hernias, and back in 1995, Tumusiime had a hernia repair surgery that improved his health until last year. Last year he began experiencing intermittent back and lower abdominal pain, swelling in his groin, and vomiting. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, determined that a hernia repair surgery would reduce Tumusiime's pain and discomfort. The $249 will fund a hernia repair surgery, scheduled for May 24, and improve Tumusiime's condition. Tumusiime says, "After surgery, I will continue with my teaching."
Meet Peter, a 66-year-old farmer from the Central Region of Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have six children and eight grandchildren. Peter loves to sing in his free time. A year ago, he started to experience pain due to an enlarged prostate gland. He has been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Peter will undergo corrective surgery at Nkhoma Hospital on February 22. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for donations to fund the $733 surgery. Peter is excited to return to his farm after surgery.
Althea is a 14-month-old baby girl from the Philippines. She lives in a small bamboo house with her parents. They don't have electricity, and they draw their water supply from a deep well. Althea's father, John Rey, is a laborer, finding work whenever he can to provide for the family. Althea loves to play with other kids in the community, but malnutrition is hindering her development. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 21. Althea will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Her mother says, "I hope Althea can recover from malnutrition and can finish her studies. I am excited with the treatment and its potential results."
Fedline is a ten-year-old student who enjoys going to school and spending time with her family and friends. Fedline lives in a very rural area in the mountains of southwestern Haiti. She hikes down a trail to reach a larger community. Fedline was born with a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect, a condition which a hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen. Fedline needs to undergo surgery to repair her heart. First, Fedline will undergo a full cardiac assessment on January 17. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Redline also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $3,500 to cover additional costs associated with Fedline's surgical care. "We are very happy that Fedline can have this surgery, so that she can have more energy and not get tired so often," says Fedline's mother.
Kent is an 11-month-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents in a small house made of wood. Kent's father has a job on the nearby farms operating the rice blower machine. Kent loves to play with his toy car. Kent has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. On February 21, he will begin receiving treatment from our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM is requesting $184 to fund the treatment. Kent's mother shares,"I hope someday my child will finish his studies and will be a successful policeman." One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening.
Siel is a 43-year-old single father of two. He lives in a rural village about ten kilometers from our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. He is a farmer who grows bananas, beans, cassava, and potatoes. Seven years ago, Siel began to experience mild pain and discomfort, which prevented him from farming and brewing local gin to support his family. When his symptoms grew severe in October, he visited Bwindi Hospital. There, he was diagnosed with a bilateral femoral hernia. He underwent repair surgery on November 4. Siel has contributed $4 to his care, but he needs help to raise the remaining $229 required to pay his medical bill. Siel enjoys watching soccer at the local stadium and listening to sports news on the radio. After recovery, he looks forward to returning to his business and his farming. “I thank donors for supporting my treatment and treatment for other people who cannot support these costs," says Siel. "I pray that God rewards donors in all they do.”