Charles joined Watsi on May 12th, 2013. One year ago, Charles joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Charles' most recent donation supported Abdunasir, a beautiful 20-month-old boy from Ethiopia, to fund corrective surgery for his birth condition.
Charles has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 9 countries.
Charles has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 9 countries.
Abdunasir is beautiful toddler from Ethiopia. He loves to play with his mom and dad. They shared that he is already smart and fast, and loves to run and play. Abdulnasir is the first child to his parents. Abdunasir's mom is a homemaker but sometimes she helps washing people’s clothes for income. His dad is a traditional farmer. Their home area has been drought-affected for many years and shared that they can’t sustain the family from their harvest. Their basic needs are supported by well-wishers and support from the government. Abdunasir was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of future complications. His mom is worried and concerned because of his condition. She said “I showed friends and family the case seeking explanation and help. Then I took him to many hospitals. Finally, I found out about BKMCM and brought him here.” Fortunately, Abdunasir is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mom told us, “After the treatment I hope my boy will heal. I will feed other poor people if my child heals. And I will bless all those who support us.”
Van is a 71-year-old teacher from Cambodia. He has six children and six grandchildren, and he likes listening to the monks pray on the radio. One month ago, Van developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Van learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 11, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope I will be able to see better, recognize things, and read books again."
Charles is a three-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. He was born with a condition called spina bifida, in which the spine does not form correctly before birth. This leaves him at risk of future complications and infections. Charles's parents are small-scale farmers who cannot afford surgery for their son. Fortunately, they visited our medical partner's care center. Now, Charles is scheduled to undergo spinal repair surgery on June 3. The procedure will cost $1,369. “Please help my son get the needed surgery. If we had the money, we would have taken him to hospital early. We have been living with worries as time goes by because anything can happen to him with this condition," says his mother.
Tina is an eight-year-old from Cambodia. He has one younger brother. He likes to watch cartoons and play with his neighbors. He likes to read and study the Khmer language. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. Three months ago, Tina developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Tina's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 6, doctors will perform lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, his family needs help to fund this $211 procedure. His mother says, "I am worried that my son's vision is not good and he cannot see well."
“I am looking forward to doing chores at home without experiencing chest pain, difficulty breathing, and difficulty swallowing,” shares Torteliana, a 50-year-old farmer who lives with her family in a nipa hut in the Philippines. For the last 15 years, Torteliana has had an enlarged thyroid, commonly known as a goiter. Typically presenting as a lump or swelling at the front of the neck, a goiter can become large enough to obstruct nearby structures and cause difficulty swallowing or breathing. Most goiters are due to a deficiency of iodine, an important element in the body’s production of thyroid hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. Because of the goiter, “Torteliana cannot carry heavy objects and cannot do heavy tasks at home,” explains our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). “And because it is visible enough due to its size, it really gets people's attention when she passes by, and she is embarrassed by it.” Despite her worsening symptoms, “Torteliana was not examined by a doctor because of lack of finances,” ICM continues. In addition to working on her farm, she sells local goods at the market, but “she cannot afford the treatment needed because her income is barely enough for the everyday needs of her family.” Doctors recommend that Torteliana undergo a thyroidectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the thyroid gland. $1,500 covers the cost of the surgery, transportation to and from the hospital, 10 days of hospital care—including medicine, imaging, and blood tests—and medication to take after she returns home. “After the treatment, Torteliana will not experience difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, or chest pain,” ICM tells us. “She can do her activities of daily living with confidence. She can be productive and boost her self-esteem.” “I am very thankful that somebody could help me to have this operation for free,” says Torteliana. “I am hopeful that after this, I can work with less difficulty to sustain my family's needs."
Meet Patrick, a 42-year-old father and the caretaker of the health center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Patrick is the sole provider of his family in Kenya, and cares for five children with two in secondary school. In order to raise money for public transportation to AMHF’s centre, Patrick began selling tress. “However, a tree fell on him, injuring his head and arm,” explains AMHF. The accident fractured his radial and ulna. Now, he cannot feel his right arm and is at risk of infection if he does not receive medical treatment soon. $1410 in funding will allow Patrick to receive diagnostic x-rays, physical therapy, a resetting cast for his hand, and recovery time at the centre. “Treatment will eliminate pain and numbness in Patrick’s hand," AMHF shares. "Possibility of further infections will be limited. Once recovered, Patrick will be able to use his hand and work again.” Let support Patrick in getting the care he needs to get well and support his family.
Mbikiriize, a two-year-old Ugandan boy, is the youngest of five children in his family. “His father is a peasant and his mother is a housewife,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). A few weeks after his birth, Mbikiriize developed swelling in his left groin, which doctors diagnosed as an inguinal scrotal hernia, or a protrusion of the intestine through the lower abdominal wall. “Mbikiriize’s parents were advised to take him for surgery when he would be a little older,” says AMHF. “His father was still looking for money to take him to the hospital when he heard about help from Watsi at Virika hospital.” If Mbikiriize’s hernia goes untreated, he risks suffering intestinal obstruction, incarceration and/or strangulation. During the proposed surgery, doctors will push the herniated tissue back into the abdominal cavity and repair the hole in his abdominal wall. The $220 procedure will eliminate the aforementioned risks and allow Mbikiriize to attend school when he is old enough. “Each time my son’s hernia becomes visible I get scared that it will burst one day,” says Mbikiriize’s father. “I am very grateful for the help you are planning to give me.”
Meet Bora, a 21-year-old man from Cambodia. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), shares: “After Bora finished grade 12, he began working in a garment factory making clothes. He is unmarried, and has two sisters and one brother. He likes listening to the radio and playing football with his neighbors in the village.” When Bora was six years old, he began to notice discharge, or otorrhea, coming from his right ear. Bora has a condition known as cholesteatoma (abnormal skin growth in the middle ear) and otorrhea is one of the major symptoms. According to CSC, Bora’s cholesteatoma is the source of recurrent discharge, hearing loss, and ear pain. "I have discharge everyday, which makes me unhappy,” says Bora. “I also cannot work anymore because of the pain." After hearing about CSC from a friend, Bora and his brother traveled two hours to visit the clinic. While there, they learned that Bora’s condition can be treated with a mastoidectomy. For $225, Bora will undergo a mastoidectomy. During this procedure, Bora’s mastoid air cells will be removed, lessening Bora’s discharge and allowing him to regain his hearing. Bora’s brother expresses, "I hope that after the operation my brother won't have any pain and his hearing will improve."
“My hope is to become a professor when I grow up,” says Wini, a nine-year-old from Tanzania. Wini is a quiet, bright girl who loves school—especially English and mathematics. "Wini likes to run around with other children as well as play soccer with the boys," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. However, Wini has difficulty with soccer and attending school due to genu varus in her left femur. Her bone is misaligned, causing pain and difficulty walking. This condition is common in Tanzania due to high levels of fluoride in drinking water. AMHF tells us, “Wini is unable to walk to school without feeling pain, and sometimes must miss class. If her condition is not treated, she is at risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age.” Wini’s mother works hard to ensure that she can pay for her two children to attend school, but she is unable to cover the cost of Wini's surgery. With $940, Wini will receive the surgery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy she needs to fix her leg. After surgery, "Wini will have the ability to walk without feeling pain," says AMHF. Let's help Wini get back in the classroom and back out on the soccer field!
Say hello to sweet baby Mark! Mark is only a few weeks old. He lives in Uganda with his family. Although Mark’s mother wants more children, she is worried about Mark and what lies ahead for him. Immediately after birth, Mark was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which is an excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. If left untreated, Mark will be at risk for blindness, brain damage, and even death. For $1,750, Mark will receive an ETV (endoscopic third ventriculostomy) procedure, which will allow movement of the fluid in Mark’s brain. After this procedure, the pressure build up in the head will lessen and the fluid will drain, reducing the chance of brain damage. Treatment will allow Mark to live a productive life. Let’s help Mark and his family move forward together!
This is Floricelda, a 13-year-old girl from rural Guatemala. Six years ago, she developed eye allergies, similar to the pollen-related allergies many of us get. However, her condition became more and more severe due to a combination of environmental exposures and lack of access to common allergy medicines. Now, smoke, dust, and mold have helped contribute to scarring around Floricelda's eyes, severe constant pain, and blurry vision. Doctors say that she is in danger of losing her vision altogether. Floricelda has been living with these symptoms for six years without ever seeing a doctor, because her family is too poor to afford treatment. In addition to being in constant pain, her allergies affect her ability to perform in school. For $1,300, Floricelda will receive an ophthalmologic consultation and aggressive medical treatment of the inflammation. Eye medications are extremely expensive in Guatemala, and doctors expect that she will need a long course of treatment, probably six to eight months. Let's help decrease Floricelda's pain and save her vision!
Adelina is a sweet 15-year-old from Tanzania. She lives with her mother and grandparents, loves to play football (soccer), and dreams of growing up to become a soldier in the Tanzanian defense force. She also lives with unicystic ameloblastoma, which causes benign cysts to swell on her face. This swelling is both painful and extremely uncomfortable, and Adelina has become self-conscious when people make comments about her appearance. Adelina says she loses sleep over her condition, and simply wishes to look normal again. Unfortunately, her mother is unable to pay for medical treatment and her father is indifferent to what Adelina is going through. Together for $1375, the Watsi community can step in and help Adelina receive surgery to permanently remove the swelling from her face. Let's help her go back to school, walk around without covering her face, and play with her friends comfortably again!