Alexandra joined Watsi on July 25th, 2016. Six years ago, Alexandra joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Alexandra's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Samuel, a bright nine-year-old boy from Haiti, to fund his surgery prep and travel for cardiac surgery.
Alexandra has funded healthcare for 72 patients in 11 countries.
Alexandra has funded healthcare for 72 patients in 11 countries.
Samuel is a nine-year-old student who lives with his parents and three siblings in Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince. He is currently in third grade and enjoys studying history and science. Samuel has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which is a combination of four different congenital heart defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Fortunately, Samuel is scheduled to travel to the United States where he will undergo cardiac surgery on September 14th at Akron Children's Hospital. During the procedure, surgeons will sew a patch over the hole in his heart and remove the blockage from his valve. A portion of the cost of Samuel's treatment is being supported by Akron Children's Hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), is raising the remaining $1,500 to cover the costs of his surgery prep, which includes all labs, medication, check-up and follow-up appointments, and the passports needed for HCA’s social workers to accompany Samuel and his family overseas. Samuel's mother says, "I have been very worried about my son's health for many years. I am looking forward to being able to stop worrying so much after this surgery!"
Zeblom is a four-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He loves toys, playing football with his brother, and enjoys going to school. His twin brother is currently suffering from pneumonia and his parents are struggling to pay for medical treatment for both of them. His mother is currently not working as she is taking care of her kids, while Zeblom's father cuts wood for a living — his income is limited to providing basic needs for his family. They have not yet managed to get proper treatment for Zeblom due to these financial constraints. Zeblom 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 cancer and future infertility. Fortunately, Zeblom is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 20th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Zeblom's mother says, “After he goes through his surgery, I want to start working again and educate him. I hope he will be healthy like other children.“
Chantha is a 64-year-old grandmother. She is married and has two daughters, three sons, and 12 grandchildren. Chantha lives with her husband, who is a farmer. Due to an accident that occurred ten years ago, she lost function of her right leg and now requires crutches to walk. Because of this, she can no longer work. Chantha enjoys spending her time listening to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Chantha developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience itchiness, eye tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 14th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Chantha shares, "I need good eyesight to do my housework well. I hope to see well again."
Pan is a 60-year-old husband and father from Cambodia. His wife is a farmer who grows rainy day rice. The couple has a son, who is a construction worker, and a daughter in the seventh grade. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the news on the radio or watching television. For several years, Pan has experienced hip pain from osteonecrosis, where blood flow to a bone is interrupted. He has had surgery on both hips in the past, but still experiences chronic pain. He is unable to help his wife on the farm and stays inside because he cannot walk without assistance. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), are helping Pan receive treatment. He traveled two and a half hours to CSC's care center, where, on November 14th, surgeons plan to perform a right hip arthroplasty. During the procedure, the damaged bone and cartilage will be removed and replaced with prosthetic components. Now, Pan and his family need help raising $1,500 to fund his procedure and care. Pan shared, "I hope my right hip will have no pain after surgery, and I can walk and work for my family again."
Alpha is a recent graduate from her internship in medicine and surgery and is currently volunteering at Ruhija Health Centre in southwestern Uganda where her husband works as a nurse. Alpha is a mother to a four-year-old girl who is currently in preschool. Their family does not have a house of their own yet, but are able to stay in the facility's staff quarters. During her free time, Alpha enjoys spending time with her daughter. Four years ago ago, Alpha began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe lower abdominal pains. Alpha was first treated for infections twice after the delivery of her daughter. Alpha then started experiencing pain that was so severe that at times it leads to fainting. Alpha has been diagnosed with a right complex ovarian cystic mass. Alpha's day-to-day duties have been greatly impacted due to persistent abdominal pain. If not treated, Alpha could develop ovarian cancer and could fail to conceive again. Alpha needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Alpha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a surgery to remove cancerous tissue on June 7th and AMH is raising $284 to fund Alpha's procedure. Alpha shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I can no longer practice my profession comfortably due to severe pain. I hope to get well again through surgery.”
Nget is a 33-year-old grocery seller with one son and one daughter, both are in school. Nget's wife sells groceries with him. In his free time, Nget enjoys playing football and volleyball, listening to music, and singing songs. In March 2019, Nget was in an accident and sustained multiple fractures. Nget underwent an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure after the accident to heal the fractures. Now Nget's left femur is healed and the plate screws need to be removed to avoid future complications. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On May 10th, Nget will undergo a hardware removal procedure. CSC is helping Nget raise $304 to cover the cost of the procedure that will allow him to be fully healed, stop the risk of infection, and help him walk more easily again. Nget says, "I hope my leg is free of pain and heals quickly so I can return to working with my wife."
Thunly is a 42-year-old construction worker. His wife sells groceries near their home, and they have two children in primary school. In his free time, Thunly enjoys watching TV and listening to music. Two years ago, Thunly developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the eardrum, in his left ear to perforate. As a result, he experiences tinnitus, ear discharge, and hearing loss, and he cannot communicate clearly with others. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Thunly receive treatment. On April 22nd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $487 to help fund this procedure. Thunly's family has also been able to contribute $100 towards his care. Thunly shared, "I hope my hearing will improve and the discharge will stop."
Don is a 4-year-old from Uganda and the oldest child in his family. His parents currently live in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. However, since the cost of living and schooling is much more expensive there, his parents took him back to their village, where he currently lives with his grandparents. His grandfather works as a builder, and his grandmother works as a small-scale farmer. Don is currently in nursery school, and his favorite activity is tending to the cows with his grandfather. About a year ago, Don developed a hydrocele, which is swelling in a sensitive area. As a result, Don experiences pain and difficulty walking. Don's family took him to a hospital for treatment, but when the surgery cost was too high, they visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for further review. The doctors at AMH recommend surgery to treat his condition. Fortunately, Don will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at AMH's care center on August 16th. Once completed, this procedure will help him live more comfortably and confidently. AMH is requesting $146 to fund Don's surgery. Don's grandfather shares, “I hope that he will get well and will live a healthy life with no pain.”
Bb Lafleur is a newborn baby from Haiti. She has an older brother and two loving parents. Bb Lafleur has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Bb Lafleur has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, she will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $957 to cover the cost of surgery for Bb Lafleur at Hospital Bernard Mevs that will treat her hydrocephalus. This is the only site in the country where this care is currently available and the procedure is scheduled to take place on April 7th. This critical treatment will place a shunt to drain the excess fluid from Bb Lafleur's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Bb Lafleur will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Her family hopes that this early treatment of their baby's hydrocephalus will allow her to grow up without any health problems and have a full life ahead.
Elibariki is a playful and friends 10-year-old boy. He is the third born child in a family of five children. Elibariki has not started school yet because his parents shared that he cannot walk for a long distance due to his foot. The only school in their village is a long-distance walk for Elibariki and too far for him to manage. Elibariki’s parents are small-scale farmers who depend entirely on their harvest for their food and sell a few of the harvest to get money for other commodities. Elibariki was involved in a fire accident when he was three years old. At home, they have an open fireplace outside their house that serves as a cooking area. His mother had prepared breakfast that morning and there were still a few charcoals burning below the hot ashes. Elibariki and his siblings were playing around the fireplace when Elibariki accidentally stepped into the fire with his left foot. Access to medical care was out of reach for their family, so his parents treated him using herbal medicines. Now he is having difficulty walking. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Elibariki receive treatment. On March 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery and he will be able to walk much better and without pain and discomfort. Now, their family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Elibariki’s father says, “We always hoped one day we would find the money to take him to a hospital.”
Kasaine is an 8-year-old boy, living with his family in a mud and grass thatched house in Southern Kenya. Kasaine's father is a farmer and a herder, while his mother stays home to take care of their family. Kasaine was born with a condition known as Rt hemiplegic CP, which means that his right side is weak, affecting his mobility, and the use of his hand. He tiptoes when he walks, and is able to walk only short distances. Kasaine also has clubfoot of his right foot, which causes his foot to be twisted, making it even more difficult for him to walk or to wear shoes. Fortunately, Kasaine's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 20th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Kasaine's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he'll be able to walk much more easily, play with friends, and continue with his education. “My prayer is to see my son walking normally like other children.” Kasaine's mother told us.
Boeun is an active community leader in his village in Cambodia. He is married and has four sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his wife and his youngest son, who is a garment worker. When he is not addressing issues for the villagers in his community, he likes to read, and listen to the news and to the monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Boeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him tearing and blurry vision. When Boeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 3rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Boeun shared, "after surgery, I hope my eye can see clearly. Then I can write letters, read books well and can go everywhere by myself."