Moksh joined Watsi on November 28th, 2021. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Moksh's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Rodjana, a creative preschool student from Haiti, to fund heart surgery to treat multiple cardiac conditions.
Moksh has funded healthcare for 48 patients in 7 countries.
Moksh has funded healthcare for 48 patients in 7 countries.
Rodjana is a creative three-year-old girl from Haiti who lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital city, with her parents and three older siblings. She currently attends preschool and enjoys drawings and making crafts. Rodjana has several cardiac conditions. She has a heart valve that does not adequately allow blood to be pumped through her body, as well as a hole between two blood vessels near her heart. Fortunately, Rodjana will fly to the Dominican Republic to receive cardiac treatment on September 7th. There, surgeons will repair the faulty valve and close the hole near her heart. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by Haiti Cardiac Alliance. Rodjana's family needs help raising the remaining $1,500, which covers labs, medication, and travel costs. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Rodjana's mother says, "I am hopeful that after this surgery, my daughter will be able to play normally and be more active."
Meet Loveness, a two year old girl, living with her parents in Tanzania. Loveness' father is a small scale farmer, while her mother relies on day to day jobs to supplement their income. Earlier this year, Loveness' mother went out to fetch water and Loveness stayed to play with one of her friends at the home of a neighbor. During lunch, Loveness' left hand was burned by hot oil. The neighbor helped with immediate first aid while waiting for Loveness' mother to return. Loveness and her mother went to the hospital, where Loveness was treated successfully and sent home. A few months later her mother realized that there was something wrong with her daughter’s finger on her left hand, when she noticed that Loveness couldn't straighten her finger. Loveness and her mother returned to the hospital, but the family couldn't afford to pay for the necessary treatment to heal her hand. Instead, the staff at the hospital referred the family to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Now Loveness is scheduled to undergo contracture release surgery on October 17th, at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is seeking $639 to fund this procedure for Loveness so she can grow up active and with full use of her hand. Loveness' mother says: “Please help my daughter and our family put this trauma behind us.”
Eliana is a friendly and talkative young girl from Tanzania. She is the firstborn child in a family of three. Her parents both work as small-scale farmers, and they depend entirely on what they harvest for their daily living. When Eliana was two years old, her parents noticed that her left leg was swelling up and that she would limp when walking. They initially thought she had fallen and hurt herself, so they took her to a local dispensary, where she was prescribed pain relieving medication. Eliana was eventually diagnosed with genu valgus, which is a malalignment of the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Eliana struggles to stand and cannot walk more than four steps without either experiencing pain or falling down. This has resulted in her having to crawl most of the time in order to move from one place to another. In 2020, Eliana had corrective osteotomy surgery, which fortunately helped correct her legs to a point where she can now enjoy walking and playing with other children. However, she requires a second-stage procedure in order to remove her implant so her condition can heal entirely. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Eliana. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 11th. Treatment will allow Eliana's legs to completely heal, fully restoring her mobility, and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Eliana’s grandmother says, “The first surgery my granddaughter got helped ease her walking. I believe this next surgery will make her legs even better.’’
Brenda is a student from Tanzania who has had epileptic seizures since childhood. This has continued until now, though she is taking medication that is helping her manage the condition. She shared that she is not close to her parents as they are verbally abusive. She tries to keep her distance, but with her condition, it has been hard to depend on herself. After hearing about our health center and the work we do, she was hopeful that she is could get help. She had to take more than three buses to get to our center. “I am lucky. I did not have any seizure episodes during my journey," she says. She is at our center ready to receive treatment, but she cannot afford it. Earlier this year, Brenda had a seizure and fell on a hot stove. Her face was badly burned. Brenda received treatment, but after healing her face was left impacted. She has been living this way for four months now, hiding her face whenever she goes out. Her neighbor saw her one day and noticed that she was hiding her face. Thankfully, he told her about our health center and informed her that she could get help. It is hard for her to open her eyes fully, and due to the disfiguration, her self-esteem is affected. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Brenda receive treatment. On October 13th, surgeons there will perform a burn contracture release surgery, which will allow her to open her eyes fully, and will hopefully help improve her self-esteem. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Brenda says, “I am a spiritual person. I know it was God’s will for me to get here and get help. Thank you.”
Srey Ly is a 12-year-old student from Cambodia who is in grade seven. She has an older sister, and her parents work as rice farmers. At home, Srey Ly likes to watch cartoons on the TV. Several weeks ago, Srey Ly developed a chalazion in her left eye, causing her to experience burning, itchiness, irritation, and redness in her eye. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in the tear gland. As a result of these symptoms, it is difficult for Srey Ly to see clearly and study, and she is nervous about attending school with her peers. Srey Ly traveled for two and a half to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On November 15th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Srey Ly's symptoms should improve. CSC is requesting $210 to fund this procedure. Srey Ly said, "I hope my eye will get well after surgery, and I can return to school."
Jayden is a baby from Tanzania. He is being raised by a single mother working hard to provide for her family. Jayden's father is not in their life, and his mother has no remaining family members. She has no stable job and she always seeks different jobs, like washing clothes. Jayden was born with his fingers on both of his hands being attached together. His mother tried to seek treatment, however she could not afford to pay for surgery to correct his fingers. Due to his condition, Jayden cannot use his fingers separately. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Jayden receive treatment. On October 13, surgeons at the care center will perform a surgery to help separate his fingers for easier use. Now, their family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Jayden’s mother says, “I have struggled for a while with my son, I am glad that I have found people who are willing to help him.”
Srey Pin is an energetic 3-year-old toddler. She has two older brothers, who are 15 and 10 years old. They are students at a public school. Srey Pin is too young to attend school, so she stays at home with her parents, who are farmers. She enjoys being with her brothers, running around the house, eating fried chicken, and drinking fresh milk! Srey Pin was born with polydactyly of her right hand. This means that she has an extra thumb. Thumb duplication happens before a baby is born. When a baby's hands are first forming, they are shaped like mittens. Then the fingers split. An extra split can result in thumb duplication. Although in some cultures an extra thumb is considered lucky, Srey Pin's mother would like it removed so that Srey Pin will not have self-esteem issues about her extra thumb and it won't get in the way of her using her hand to everyday tasks. On October 20th, surgeons will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digit. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $299 to fund this procedure. After surgery, her right hand will look like her left hand and Srey Pin can look forward to a full, healthy life. Her mother said: "I hope Srey Pin can easily use her hand and children will not make fun of her when she goes to school."
Beinomugisha is a sweet 5-year-old from Uganda. He is the youngest child in his family of three children. His older siblings are in primary school, while Beinomugisha is in the junior class. His father runs a waragi business buying and selling alcohol (called waragi) in small quantities to earn a living for his family. His mother practices small-scale farming. Three months ago, Beinomugisha developed a left hydrocele, which is swelling in a sensitive area. As a result, he feels fatigued and has difficulty playing with his friends. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Beinomugisha receive treatment. On November 10th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery that will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. AMH is requesting $170 to fund Beinomugisha's surgery. Beinomugisha’s father shared, “I believe that my son will live a normal and more productive life after surgery. He will also be able to take on his studies for a better future."
Haisam is an adorable 2-year-old and the youngest in his family of two kids. Haisam’s father sells charcoal, while his mother sells tea at a local marketplace. They shared that they work hard to provide and care for their children with this income. Haisam was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition in which his foot is twisted out of shape. As a result, he experiences difficulty walking and wearing shoes. Haisam began treatment at the district hospital when he was two weeks old. However, only his left foot fully healed, and his right foot still needs further casting and treatment. Fortunately, Haisam and his family could travel to our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 7th. Our medical partner is requesting $935 to fund this procedure. After treatment, Haisam will be able to walk well and be active as he grows up. Haisam’s mother says, “As years go by, life keeps getting tough, and I don’t see us saving enough to cover his treatment.”
Alvin is a beautiful 10-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is his single mother's only child. Since his mother is still young, she depends on her parents to provide for her and her son. Alvin was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, causing him difficulty standing, walking, and even wearing shoes. His mother was unable to seek treatment for her son immediately due to financial challenges. She shares that she felt so ashamed of her son’s condition that she kept it a secret, covering Alvin's legs to keep people from seeing them. However, a neighbor saw his feet once, and she advised his mother to seek treatment for him because she knew his condition was treatable. Fortunately, his mother eventually traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Alvin's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to stand and to walk without difficulty. Alvin's mother says, “The shame I had for my son's disability is what kept me from seeking help. I hope he gets the necessary treatment."
Keysnaelle is a bright and caring 5-year-old who lives in the mountains of central Haiti. She lives with her parents, who are both farmers, and several older siblings. Keysnaelle enjoys helping her family out with different activities on the farm, as well as going to kindergarten and learning new things. Keysnaelle was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which blood leaks through a hole between two blood vessels near her heart. This causes her to experience weakness and shortness of breath. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to fund Keysnaelle's procedure and care. During the procedure, which is scheduled for July 27th, doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole so blood can flow with ease. This will eliminate her difficulties with breathing and allow her to grow stronger. Her mother said, "Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Keysnaelle to become healthy!"
Bora is an ambitious six-year-old student from Cambodia who aspires to be a doctor when he is older. He has an older sister in 5th grade. His parents both work in a factory to support their two children. Some of Bora's favorite activities include playing with his friends, riding his bike, and eating his favorite meal: chicken soup and orange juice! For the past four months, Bora has been experiencing a sore throat and difficulty swallowing, making it painful for him to eat and drink. Bora was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time if not treated. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Bora, which is scheduled to take place on August 9th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully alleviating Bora's symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably. Bora shares, "I hope the pain will end and I can drink and eat easily."