Christopher WilliamsMONTHLY DONOR
Christopher's Story

Christopher joined Watsi on September 8th, 2014. Four months ago, Christopher joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Christopher's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Nelson, a 2-year-old from Tanzania, to fund leg surgery so he can walk and play with other kids.

Impact

Christopher has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Christopher

Naomi is a farmer and mom of five. She shared that she is shy and often quiet, but works hard as a maize farmer. She also helps on other people's farms to supplement their family's needs since she is a widow. She lost her dear husband while she was three months expectant in 2020 due to a short illness. She had to take up the responsibility of taking care of her family by herself, which hasn't been easy for her since her husband was the family breadwinner. She lives in a two-roomed house with her mother-in-law with her five children aged between 14 and 1 year. Around 16 years ago, Naomi began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck mass that started to grow while she was still in primary school. Before coming to our partner's hospital, Naomi had tried other means of treatment like herbal medicine, which did not improve her condition. She was then advised by a neighbor who had been treated in our partner's hospital to come to seek medication. Naomi has been diagnosed with a multinodular goiter. A goiter is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She was deemed fit for surgery earlier but she was expectant so her surgery was postponed until after delivery. One year later, she was ready for surgery but had no funds. Naomi has high blood pressure-like symptoms, gets tired easily especially while she is working, coughs frequently with persistent headaches and this has affected her general well-being. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Naomi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 11th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Naomi says, “My children look up to me, I want to be a strong mother for them. Please help me.”

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“Erica is an 11-month-old little girl from a rural village in Guatemala,” introduces our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). The oldest of two children, Erica lives with her parents and three-month-old baby sister. According to WK, “Erica is severely malnourished and is showing signs of developmental delay.” Among young patients, malnutrition often contributes to stunted mental and physical development. WK explains, “Erica still is not babbling, talking, or crawling. She cannot yet sit on her own, and she is far below the average weight and height for her age.” WK tells us, “Erica’s mother works weaving blouses to sell while her father spends all day as a farm hand in the fields.” However, Erica’s young family does not have the finances to cover her medical expenses alone. With $535, Erica will be enrolled in a three-month micronutrient support program. During this time, Erica will be closely monitored as nutrient-rich food supplements are gradually incorporated into her diet so her body can safely adjust to the differences. She will also receive deworming medication to protect her against harmful infections during treatment. Erica’s mother will also have nutrition training to build her confidence in the dietary decisions she makes for her family. “Erica will begin to recoup the height and weight she has lost, and over time her energy and ability to concentrate will improve," WK adds. "Her immune system will strengthen and we anticipate she will have the ability to go far." Erica’s mother says, “I will do whatever it takes to give my daughter a brighter future than what I was offered.”

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“John is a beautiful little boy living with his father,” shares our medical partner in Haiti, Project Medishare (PM). Just eight years old, John is in severe respiratory distress. “Twelve months ago John fell on a rock while biking in his neighborhood, and his parents did not take him to the hospital because they did not have money and it was not severe,” PM explains. “A few days later John started having difficulties breathing and his belly, face and foot started swelling.” When his father saw this, he took John to the hospital where he was given oxygen. However, pus in his right lung is still preventing him from breathing normally. In order for John to recover, he must receive surgery to remove the pus. “John's father is working very hard to raise money for him,” PM tells us. “He has to walk under the hot sun of Haiti every day, selling used stuff.” John’s father shares, “I fix stuff I find to sell in order to get money to feed my kid. I only came to the hospital with John hoping to receive free care because he was very sick; when they said to me that it is a private hospital and that I have to pay, I thought about going back home because I have no money. 
” Thankfully, John’s father does not have to take his son home. With $1,500 in funding, PM explains, “Treatment will consist of a thoracic drainage by surgical intervention.” First, the pus will be drained from John’s lung. Second, John will be given antibiotics to treat the infection. Finally, he will rejoin his family and resume his healthy life. “This surgery will save John’s life,” PM shares. Let’s fund this life-saving treatment and allow John to live a normal childhood—without pain and respiratory distress.

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