Daniel joined Watsi on January 7th, 2016. 24 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Daniel's most recent donation supported Ann, a bright and cheerful 14-year-old student from Kenya, to fund a leg procedure to fully treat her congenital condition.
Daniel has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Daniel has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Meet Ann, a very bright, friendly, and cheerful 14-year-old girl who lives with her mother in Kenya. She is currently in class six and aspires to be a surgeon after completing her studies. One of her favorite activities is reading. Her mother is a single parent who works selling samosas, a fried or baked pastry, in their hometown. Ann was born with a bow-legged impairment. She began therapy at the age of two, but she had to stop attending her sessions due to financial constraints. As a result, her condition has worsened. She shares that this has affected her mobility, studies, and self-esteem. A year ago, Ann underwent a successful multiple osteotomy surgery, which cut and reshaped her leg bones, with the help of amazing Watsi supporters. Now, she requires a second procedure to fully treat her condition in both of her legs. Ann is scheduled to undergo an angular deformity correction procedure on August 29th at our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,224 to fund this surgery. This procedure will allow Ann to walk easily, engage with her friends more comfortably, and continue on with her studies. Ann's mother says, "I wish to thank the donors for their great support towards my daughter's treatment. We were desperately looking for funds for her surgery. May the almighty God bless you. After her treatment, Ann will be able to walk comfortably."
Saray is a 16-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. His parents are rice farmers, and he has an older brother and an older sister. When he is not working, he enjoys playing football, volleyball and games on his phone. He also likes to sing with his friends. Four months ago, while playing football, Saray fell on his shoulder and a mass appeared and grew quickly. A biopsy revealed that he has osteosarcoma of the shoulder, a rare type of bone cancer in which cancerous cells produce irregular bone. Although osteosarcoma is rare, it is the most common childhood bone cancer. He cannot move his shoulder and experiences persistent bone pain. Fortunately, a CT scan revealed that cancer has not yet spread. This diagnosis is very difficult for a young man with his whole life ahead of him. When Saray's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there to see a specialist. On December 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform a shoulder disarticulation procedure, during which they will separate his entire arm from the shoulder joint. This procedure will remove the mass, avoid metastasis, and allow Saray to seek further treatment. Now, he and his family need help raising $446 to fund his procedure and care. Saray shared that he hopes that cancer will not reappear after the mass is gone, and he can be without pain.
En is an 11th grade student from Cambodia. He has two older sisters. He likes to play football and wants to be a policeman when he grows up. His favorite subjects in school include Khmer and English. He loves to eat all kinds of soup. Ten years ago, he felt itchiness in his left ear. He kept using a cotton bud to clean it but unintentionally pulled water inside in his ear, En had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, En experiences ear pain, discharge, and foul smell. He cannot communicate well with others, and he can no longer attend school. En traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 4th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my ear pain will stop. I want to go to school and become a policeman one day," En said.
Sokni is a 19-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He has seven other brothers and sisters, and enjoys playing soccer and going for walks with his friends around the village. In July 2019, Sokni was in a motorcycle accident where he injured his left shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He has lost sensation in his elbow, has pain every day, and cannot move his arm without difficulty. Sokni traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 04, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, Surgery will allow Sokni to be able to use his arm again and no longer have any pain.. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. Sokni said, "I hope that after surgery, I will not have any more pain or difficulty moving my arm and I can return to my work at the tire factory."
Malacky is a student from Tanzania. He is the seventh in a family of nine children. When he was five years old, Malacky was accidentally burned with hot boiling porridge. He sustained extensive burns to his neck and chest. He is not able to move his head freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Malacky receive treatment. On March 4, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so he will be able to move his head freely again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Malacky says, “I want to be able to eat without food coming out of my mouth as I chew, I will be very happy to look normal like my friends. Please help me get this treatment.”
“My wish is to become a general surgeon when I grow up,” shares Issa, an 11-year-old boy from Tanzania. “Issa is in class three and enjoys reading and writing. He also likes to play soccer,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) shares. “He is very confident and likes to lead when playing with other children.” Issa has an inguinal hernia, where some of his intestinal tissue pushes through a weak section of the groin, causing on and off scrotal swelling. AMHF explains, “His mother noticed the problem ever since Issa was a little boy, but she could not afford to take him to the hospital until 2014 when he had an operation done, but the condition recurred.” An inguinal hernia puts Issa at risk of serious health complications, AMHF explains. “Issa is at risk of developing intestinal obstruction and endangering his life if not treated.” Issa’s parents run small-scale businesses selling produce at the local market. “With three children going to school and all needing school fees, it has been quite a challenge to come up with enough cash to cover the cost of another operation for their son,” AMHF states. $610 can fund Issa’s hernia repair operation to place the intestinal tissue back into its proper position. Following surgery and a three-day hospital stay, Issa will be sent to Plaster House, a specialized pediatric rehabilitation program. During his week there, Issa will work closely with trained medical staff to support his safe recovery. After the procedure, Issa will no longer be at risk of intestinal obstruction and will be free to return to his active lifestyle.