Ronald joined Watsi on June 3rd, 2017. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ronald's most recent donation supported Sorann, a sugar seller from Cambodia, to fund brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm.
Ronald has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Ronald has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Sorann is a 28-year-old sugar seller who lives in a rural province with his family. Sorann has one older brother and four older sisters. Last year Sorann got married, and his wife is five months pregnant. He travels around his village by motorcycle to sell sugar. In his free time Sorann enjoys playing football, listening to the radio, and watching Khmer boxing on TV. In January, Sorann was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to lift his hand and he cannot work. Sorann traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 12th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his left arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Sorann said, "I hope surgery goes well so I can get back to using my hand as soon as possible."
Sumeya is a baby girl from Ethiopia who loves music. She also loves sweets and playing with her mom. She is her parents' first child, and her mom is a housewife while her dad is a teacher in a mosque. They all live together in his parents’ house, who help support them with their basic needs. Sumeya was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Sumeya is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on April 20th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Sumeya's procedure and care. After her recovery, Sumeya will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing serious health complications in the future. Her mom said “ It is my hope that my baby will heal and get in to school.”
Paw is a 21-year-old who lives with her parents, a brother, three sisters, a daughter and a niece in a refugee camp. Her father used to be an agricultural day laborer, but had to stop working due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Her sisters go to school and her brother is unemployed. Paw looks after her daughter and niece, who are too young to go to school, while her mother looks after the household chores. In her free time, Paw likes to play with her daughter and visit her friends. On March 9th, Paw left the camp alone to collect firewood. While climbing a hill, she slipped, falling onto her right shin. She was in so much pain that she could not stand up. She got herself to a nearby road where a motorcyclist drove her back to the camp. At home, Paw was treated by a traditional healer, and a couple of days later, a second traditional healer told her family that Paw had fractured her leg. Paw's father made a bamboo brace for her leg, and carried her to the hospital in the camp run by International Rescue Committee (IRC). Knowing that she would need surgery, IRC staff referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund to receive treatment at a local hospital. Currently, Paw experiences a lot of pain when moving her right leg. She cannot stand up by herself and she cannot sleep at night when the pain is severe. Since she injured her leg, she feels more tired and she has lost her appetite. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Paw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure will help her walk and live pain-free. The procedure is scheduled for March 12th and will cost $1,500. Paw shared, "once recovered, I will take care of my parents. I will work and save money for my daughter, so that I can make sure that she has food and clothes."
John is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest of three siblings. John has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, John will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for John that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 28 and will drain the excess fluid from John's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, John will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. John’s mother says, "I am hoping somehow he will get better."
Samuel is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and older sister in a small city in central Haiti. His parents both work as vendors. Samuel has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. These defects deprive his body of oxygen and leave him weak and short of breath. Samuel also has Down syndrome. Samuel will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 31, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and surgically remove the muscular blockage near his valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $24,000 to pay for surgery. Samuel's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Samuel's family overseas. His mother says, "My family is all praying for a successful outcome for this surgery!"
Esther is a young woman from Haiti. She lives with her younger sister in Port-au-Prince. She was previously a teacher but has had to stop working due to her heart condition. Esther has a cardiac condition called severe mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart has become severely damaged from rheumatic fever, and can no longer adequately circulate blood to the rest of her body. Esther will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On December 12, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will replace her damaged valve with an artificial implant. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $65,000 to pay for surgery. Esther's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Esther's family overseas. She says, "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping me to travel for this surgery!"
Franceska is a 15-year-old young woman who lives with her older brother and mother in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is in eight grade, and her favorite subject is physics because she finds it easy to understand. In the future, Franceska would like to become a pediatrician. She loves kids and would love to work with them and take care of people. In October of 2016, Franceska noticed a small mass in her right breast that was causing her discomfort. A few weeks later, she went to the hospital and had a mammogram. Because Franceska is so young, her aunt did not agree with having the mass removed. In the meantime, the mass continued to increase in size and itch. If left untreated, the mass could develop malignancy and cause extensive harm. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to cover the cost of having the tumor removed from Franceska's breast. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Franceska to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys.
Gueffenide is a student from Haiti. She lives in a river valley in central Haiti with her parents, who are both farmers, and several brothers and sisters. She enjoys going to school and would like to become a nurse. Gueffenide has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between her aorta and pulmonary artery. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. On October 5, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, the surgeon will sew the hole shut. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5000 to pay for surgery. Gueffenide's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. Her mother says, "I will pray for God's blessings on everyone who is helping my daughter."
Kenia is a 16-year-old student who lives in Haiti with her parents and three brothers. She is in her second year of high school and hopes to study at the university level and ultimately start a business. Kenia was born with a cardiac condition known as ventricular septal defect, and she additionally experiences mitral valve insufficiency. Together, these defects prevent enough oxygen-rich blood from circulating throughout her body, leaving her sickly and short of breath. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Kenia's air transportation to her surgery's location site. Once there, Kenia will receive the treatment that she needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. "I have been having problems with my heart since I was very young, and so I am excited that I can finally have the chance to get it fixed!" exclaims Kenia.
Meet Sam Ang, a 28-year-old father and husband who works in construction. In his free time, Sam Ang enjoys listening to the news, playing pop music, and watching TV. One year ago, Sam Ang was in a motor vehicle accident that fractured his left femur and tibia. After the accident, a private clinic in his province performed a procedure on Sam Ang, fixating hardware to heal his fractures. Sam Ang still experiences pain, and he has trouble walking. Sam Ang heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. His sister traveled two hours with him to receive additional treatment. The doctors at CSC will remove the hardware to decrease Sam Ang's pain and increase his mobility. The procedure will happen on June 5, and CSC is requesting $143 so that Sam Ang can return to work without discomfort and provide for his young son.
Lucas is a one-year-old baby boy who lives with his mother and grandparents in Haiti. He is a playful and happy baby who has recently started walking and likes exploring the house. Lucas was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Instead of oxygen-rich blood being circulated to the rest of the body, blood leaks through this hole into the right ventricle and the lungs. Extra blood being pumped into the lungs causes the heart and lungs to work harder, leaving Lucas sick, short of breath, and at risk of other complications. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund Lucas’s travel to the Cayman Islands for the cardiac repair surgery, which Have a Heart Cayman has significantly subsidized. "I was very scared when I found out about my son's heart problem. I am praying that everything will go well with his surgery" says Lucas’s mother. With this treatment, Lucas will hopefully be able to grow up to be a healthy and energetic young boy.
Meet seven-year-old Christian. He loves playing with his older brother, watching television, and going to school. Christian developed a swelling in a sensitive area. After his mother took him to a hospital, Christian was diagnosed with a bilateral inguinal hernia (when tissue pushes through a weak spot in the groin muscle) and cryptorchidism (where the testes remain undescended). This leaves Christian in a considerable amount of pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has organized for Christian to undergo surgery to treat both medical conditions on May 10. Christian's family has been able to raise $45 for their son's surgery, but they need our help to pay the remaining $539.