57 Patients Funded
$1,440 Total Donated
We’ve had an awesome 2015 at Customer.io! Everyone has worked hard to improve the product and help our customers be successful. We doubled our team and increased our Ami flock. Watsi has had an amazing year — and we’re proud to count them as a customer, helping advance their mission to crowdfund life-changing healthcare for people all over the world.
For the holidays, we want to celebrate your great work by supporting Watsi's.
Through our holiday giving campaign, you’ll be able to choose a patient to support and we can track the team’s collective impact here on this page. 100% of our donation will fund healthcare for patients in need, and we’ll get an update on the people we supported together!
How to participate:
1. Join this team
2. Head to watsi.org/redeem to redeem your gift card and choose a patient to support!
Happy holidays and happy new year, from Customer.io!
Chabenta is a girl from Haiti. Chabenta lives in an orphanage in a mountainous area south of Port-au-Prince; she enjoys her classes in school and would like to become a doctor one day. She has a cardiac condition called severe mitral regurgitation, in which one of the four valves of her heart has been damaged by rheumatic fever and can no longer open and close properly. As a result, her heart cannot adequately pump blood through her body, leaving her sick and short of breath. Chabenta will fly to Boston to undergo surgery on September 5. During surgery, the medical team will first attempt to repair her damaged valve; if this is not possible, they will implant an artificial replacement. Boston Childrens Hospital is providing $28,000 to fund surgery. Chabenta's family also needs help to fund costs of surgery prep. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to support these costs. She says, "I am looking forward to this surgery so that I can walk to and from school without having to rest."
Peter is a young student from Kenya. For three years, Peter has had an inguinal hernia. This condition causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on August 7, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Peter's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to be an engineer when I grow up," says Peter.
Abdirahim is a child from Ethiopia. Abdirahim is a cute boy who loves to play with others. He loves to play football with other children in the village. He also loves to watch animation movies. Abdirahim’s father is retired while his mother was a business woman who supported the family until six months ago when she passed away. Abdirahim has five siblings. Abdirahim underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Abdirahim's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $961 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Abdirahim. The surgery is scheduled to take place on September 09 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His dad said “After the operation I see a bright future for our child. I believe his trouble will come to end. And for us the families, it is a big relief.”
Gudise is a baby from Ethiopia. She loves to crawl and play with other babies. Gudise was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Gudise is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on June 11. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Gudise's procedure and care. After her recovery, Gudise will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.
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.
Aung is a 34-year-old from Thailand. He lives with his retired parents and one sister at Thaton Town, Mon State, Burma. Aung 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, Aung feels tired when walks or climbs the steps. He also has poor appetite and difficulty falling asleep. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Aung. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to open a motorcycle repair shop in Thahton. This is what I plan to do after receiving surgery. I want to support my family as much as I can,” says Aung.
Sayuni is a girl from Tanzania. She is four years old and the youngest in a family of eight children. Sayuni was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. Her legs are bowed outwards. 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 $940 to fund corrective surgery for Sayuni. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 4. Treatment will hopefully restore Sayuni's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications.
Prosper is a child from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of three children. In 2017, Prosper sustained burns across his body. The burn contractures make it difficult for him to move. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Prosper receive treatment. On March 4, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him walk easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Prosper’s mother says “Please help my son we can’t afford the surgery cost.”
Chorn is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. She likes to watch Thai TV dramas in her free time. Two weeks ago, Chorn developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, tearing, clouded lenses, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On January 10, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her daughter says, "I hope my mom's surgery is successful so she can see better and she can live an independent life."
Srey Nin is a vegetable vendor from Cambodia. She has one daughter. She likes to watch TV and listen to classical music. Nine months ago, Srey Nin was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her right tibia. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 10, Srey Nin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help her walk easily again. She says, "After the operation, I hope I can walk well and have no more pain."
Ma Hnin is a 31-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her son and husband in War Ka Yauk Village, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. Her son is a student who studies at a migrant school. Ma Hnin 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, Ma Hnin has bad back pain, feels fatigued, experiences heart palpitations, and has difficulty breathing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ma Hnin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 4 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I want to open a small shop and I want to sell snacks to increase my family’s income,” says Ma Hnin.
Sophal is a woman from Cambodia. She has three sons, four daughters, and fourteen grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching TV, and spending time at home. Five months ago, she developed degenerative formina stenosis of the spine. This causes her immense back pain, and she has been unable to walk and work. Sophal needs to undergo a laminectomy procedure. This will help relieve the pressure on her spine and help her walk independently, and she will be able to return to work. The surgery is scheduled for December 3 and will cost $930. She says, "After the operation, I hope I can walk well and can return to work."