Dennis joined Watsi on April 6th, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Dennis' most recent donation supported Silvanus, a baby boy from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot repair surgery so that he can walk as he grows.
Dennis has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 8 countries.
Dennis has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 8 countries.
Silvanus is a 2-month-old baby boy who has brought much joy to his family. His father is a boda-boda (motorcycle for hire) driver, and his mother is a local food vendor. Silvanus was born with 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. Silvanus's parents did not seek treatment when he was born because the doctor who delivered him told his parents that the condition usually corrects with time. They have been waiting for his legs to improve as he gets older, but they see no improvement and are worried. They started talking to people in their community about how they can help their child, and were advised to take Silvanus to another hospital for diagnosis. They have tried their best to save money for their son’s treatment, but meeting the family's basic needs make it challenging. Fortunately, Silvanus traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Silvanus's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will heal and be able to walk normally and wear shoes as he grows up. Silvanus's mother says, “I wish my son's feet will be like other babies’ feet and he will grow up to have a normal life."
Hong is a 74-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, two grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the radio and looking after her family. Five months ago, Hong developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 3rd doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see again and can help take care of my grandchildren," Hong shared.
Mugabo is a student from Uganda. He is the second of three children. For three years, Mugabo has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia has caused him weakness and pain. Fortunately, on March 20, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Mugabo's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Mugabo says, "I like playing football."
Meng Neang is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. She has three sisters and three brothers. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Her favorite subject in school is science. When she was three, Meng Neang had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Meng Neang experiences ear discharge, recurrent infection, and hearing loss. It is difficult for her to hear at school, and she is often uncomfortable from the ear discharge. Meng Neang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 19, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I am looking forward to having my hearing improved and hanging out with my friends."
Aye is a 13-month-old baby girl from Burma, who lives with her mother, grandparents, and two uncles. When Aye’s mother was seven months pregnant with her, an ultrasound revealed a small mass on the back of her head. Aye was diagnosed with a meningocele - a small, fluid-filled cyst, which protrudes through a gap in the spine. Over time, Aye’s mother has noticed that the mass on her daughter’s head has gradually grown. The mass hurts when touched, which causes Aye to cry often and sleep poorly. Aye [had a CT scan of the mass](https://watsi.org/profile/9b23d019c89e-aye) done through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), on January 26, 2017, and the doctors are now eager to operate on her. The surgery to drain the cyst of excess fluid will prevent further infection, swelling, and damage to the spinal cord. Back at BCMF, Aye is now scheduled to undergo meningocele repair surgery on May 19. Her family is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Aye's operation.
Meet Julio, a one-year-old baby boy from the Dominican Republic. Julio was born with a ventricular septal defect. In this condition, there is a hole in the wall that separates the two lower chambers of the heart, causing oxygen-rich blood to combine with oxygen-poor blood. This then forces Julio's heart to work harder than normal, making him feel ill. Although Julio is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. Julio will be one of the first children to receive this care. First, Julio will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 8. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Julio also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and his family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Julio's surgical care. His mother says, "We would like to thank everyone who is helping answer our prayers for Julio to become healthy!"
Binyagwa is a 33-year-old father of two children in primary school. His parents help him pay for the education of his children because he and his wife cannot afford it. They live on a small piece of land and cultivate food. Nine months ago, Binyagwa developed a swelling in his right inguinal region. He can neither dig nor walk fast without feeling pain. He went to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia and was advised to have surgery. Unable to afford surgery, Binyagwa was referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). His treatment is now scheduled for February 22. AMHF is requesting $249 to help fund this procedure. After surgery, Binyagwa will make a full recovery and be free from his condition. He plans to start trading in cocoa and fish so that he can earn an income for his family.
Dennis is a 23-year-old father to one son. He is a hardworking man and a loving husband to his wife. Dennis and his family live in a small bamboo house in the Philippines. His wife stays at home with their son while he works as a contractual laborer, making about $80 a month. Three years ago, Dennis felt pain in his inguinal area but did not have any consultation because of financial issues. The pain worsened while he was working as a laborer because he was lifting heavy objects at work. Dennis was unable to stop working as his income was the only financial means for his family. Dennis verbalized that he wants to be a reliable provider for his family and now that he is already a father, his first priority is their welfare, even though it means sacrificing his own comforts. Dennis really desires to give his best to provide the needs of their family. Dennis was screened at International Care Ministries, one of Watsi's medical partners. He underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. The doctor strongly suggested that he undergo an emergency operation because Dennis' condition is getting worse. However, Dennis and his family cannot afford the treatment because Dennis' income is only enough for their daily needs. $1,437 will fund Dennis' hernia repair. After the surgery, he is looking forward to seeking a more stable job and to spend time with his family. "I did not expect that my condition would be given attention," shared Dennis. "Now that I have my own family, they are my number one priority and I thought I would have this condition forever. A fellow father may know how I feel. I am thankful that there are still people who are willing to help me. Thank you so much, it means a lot."
Meet Aurora, an eight-month-old girl from Kenya. Aurora lives with her mother and grandparents, who sell vegetables to support the family. “Aurora was born perfectly healthy,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “But when she attained the age of one and a half months, her head began increasing in size.” Aurora’s swelling is caused by a condition called hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which an excess of cerebrospinal fluid builds up, creating heavily pressurized areas in the brain. As Aurora grows and develops throughout her childhood, this condition could pose serious health complications, including vision loss and limited physical mobility. For $980, Aurora will receive surgery in which a shunt will be placed in her head to reroute the cerebrospinal fluid to the abdomen, where it can be more easily absorbed. “Aurora’s surgery will help eliminate the pressure impacting her brain, and allow her to live a quality life,” says AMHF. “Being a first time mother, Aurora's condition came as shock to me,” shares her mother. “It pains me to hear Aurora’s excruciating cries especially at night, sometimes I wish her condition on me to keep that pain from her.”
“My hope and prayer is to have my son treated so that he can live a normal life,” says the mother of Gift, a two-year-old boy from Kenya. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us, “Gift’s urethral opening is abnormally placed.” This condition, known as hypospadias, is characterized by a urethral opening on the underside of the penis instead of at the tip, and often contributes to other health issues. AMHF explains, “Gift is at risk of urinary tract infection if not treated. He will also have difficulty learning how to use the toilet because of the abnormal opening on his urethra.” Gift’s parents have been able to raise a portion of the funds needed to pay for surgery for Gift. “It has not been easy for our family since my husband lost his job,” says Gift’s mother, who works as a hairdresser. Gift’s father, a former salesman, does odd jobs near their home to help support the family. $655 will allow Gift to undergo surgery to repair the hypospadias. The surgery will extend the length of the urethra so that it will open at the tip of the penis. Funding also pays for 10 days of hospital care after surgery. “Gift’s treatment will enable him pass urine through the normal opening and reduce the risk of urinary infection,” says AMHF.
"I am very grateful for your support. I really hope to see again!" says Kaipoyo, a 59-year-old mother from Kenya. "Kaipoyo is married to a husband who has four wives. She is the fourth wife. Kaipoyo has 10 children, only one of her children is still in school," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "She works as a casual laborer: working in people’s farms carrying out activities like weeding and tending for vegetables in the farms." Kaipoyo has cataracts in both her eyes, which has limited her vision for a year. Her family associates this condition with growing old, so Kaipoyo has not been to a hospital for treatment and cannot rely on herself or her family. However, if surgery is not done, her condition could get worse and may lead to permanent blindness. For $230, AMHF will be able to provide Kaipoyo with cataract removal surgery. With this treatment, it is expected that Kaipoyo will be able to see again as well as work and support her family.
Meet Ratan! Three months ago, she burned her hand with hot cooking oil. She never received proper initial treatment, and now the injury is making it impossible for her to live the life she wants. Ratan says the pain from her burns often keeps her up at night. She has not even been able to hold her newborn baby because of the burning, itching, and discomfort on her hand. For $1,415, Ratan can receive the plastic surgery necessary to decrease discomfort and prevent further complications. Ratan’s husband works in India, while she farms and raises animals in Nepal with her two sons, her parents-in-law, and her brother-in-law’s family. She says she looks forward to be able to hold and nurture her baby after the surgery. Let's make it happen for her!