Merrick Christensen
Merrick's Story

Merrick joined Watsi on April 8th, 2017. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Merrick's most recent donation supported Veneranda, a farmer from Uganda, to fund gallbladder surgery.


Merrick has funded healthcare for 70 patients in 10 countries.

Patients funded by Merrick

Nyakek is a beautiful three-month-old baby from Sudan. She was born at home, and her mother immediately noticed a large, open swelling on the lower part of her back. The midwives recommended that Nyakek be brought to a nearby missionary hospital, where she was diagnosed with spina bifida. This is a neural tube defect, where the spine and spinal cord don't fully form, leading to infection, lower limb paralysis, and developmental delays. A missionary doctor at the hospital immediately linked them to our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH), which was able to refer them to our partner hospital in Kenya. Plans were put together for how she would travel to Kenya for treatment. Where their comes from in Sudan, the area has very poor roads and it would not have been possible for them to travel to Juba to be airlifted to Kenya. Instead, the missionary doctor organized for them to board a helicopter that visits the area once a week to deliver supplies. They were taken to Juba where they boarded another flight to Kenya. Upon arrival at our partner's care center, Nyakek was examined and they have started planning for the urgent surgery she needs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,151 to cover the cost of Nyakek's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 9th at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. This procedure will hopefully spare Nyakek from the risks associated with her condition, allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Nyakek’s mother said: “When I saw the swelling, I was very stressed as I had not seen such a thing before. I immediately got worried about my daughter.”

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Eyob is a 21-month-old toddler from Ethiopia. He is a cute baby boy who loves to play with other children. His dad is a security guard in a factory, while his mom is a housewife who occasionally washes clothes for neighbors to supplement the family income which is just enough to meet their basic needs. Eyob's family shared that he was born prematurely at only 1.3 kg. His dad is experiencing a lot of stress because of his child's condition and his inability to pay for his son's treatment. As a result, he left his family for a while but recently reunited with them. His mum suffers from high blood pressure and heart disease. Shortly after his birth, Eyob developed a swelling and couldn’t wear trousers due to it. Eyob has been diagnosed with a bilateral inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him a bulge that is visible only when he is crying, coughing or straining during a bowel movement. In addition, he can be irritable, have a low appetite, experience burning or aching sensations. His mom took him to a private clinic but couldn’t afford the ultrasound fee, and she returned home crying. After a while, she told her doctor about her baby’s case and the physician called another doctor he knew and asked about the fee for the surgery. The doctor told her that his hospital would perform the surgery but it would cost her more than 40,000.00 birr, about $700. Eyob's mom went back home crying and frustrated. A friend told her to try one more time and go to another health centre. They went there and a doctor and nurse told them it could be corrected; they had interacted with a social worker from Bethany Kids Myungsung Christian Medical Cetnre (BKMCM) who informed them that the partner hospital supports treatment of such conditions for families that cannot afford the treatment. Fortunately, on September 25th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $591 to fund Eyob's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow Eyob to live more comfortably and confidently as he grows. Eyob's mom said, “We are highly affected psychologically. I always cry looking at my baby. My husband left the house rather than look at his child in such a condition, even though he loves his family. I hope my child will heal after the surgery. I have faith in God."

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