Bradley joined Watsi on July 6th, 2014. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Bradley's most recent donation traveled 3,100 miles to support Youbendjy, a baby from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Bradley has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
Bradley has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
Youbendjy is a four-month-old baby who lives in a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince with his mother, father, and older sister. Neither parent is employed full-time, but both of them work as day laborers when they can. Youbendjy was born with a cardiac condition called total anomalous pulmonary vein return, in which the pulmonary veins connect to the right atrium of the heart. Typically, these veins should connect to the left atrium. This condition deprives his body of oxygen and leads to heart failure. Youbendjy will undergo a surgery in which the veins are disconnected from the heart and reconnected in the appropriate location. First, he will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 9. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Youbendjy 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 Youbendjy's surgical care. "I thought from the time my baby was born that we would lose him," says his mother. "It is like a dream for me that we have a chance for surgery."
This is Lydia, a 12-year-old girl from Kenya. She lives with her half-brother and parents, who work hard as casual laborers. Lydia’s journey to Watsi began when she started experiencing severe, recurrent headaches and convulsions. She has not been able to go to school this semester because her symptoms worsened during the August school holidays. In addition to the headaches and convulsions, her limbs have weakened and she can no longer sit or stand without support. Lydia was admitted and later discharged from a local hospital, however her mother noticed that there was no improvement in her health. Eventually doctors diagnosed Lydia with a brain tumor and determined that she would need surgery. “If the surgery is not done,” our medical partners share, “Lydia could suffer permanent brain damage or even premature death.” Lydia’s loving mother says, “my daughter is very intelligent, however this sickness has really affected her schooling. My prayer and hope is that she gets well soon, so that she can go back to school. We hope that we will get support for her treatment.” $1,260 will pay for the craniotomy, a surgical procedure that will allow doctors to remove the tumor. After surgery Lydia will be able to resume school and she will no longer suffer from headaches or convulsions. Let’s help Lydia get well!
This is Yanira, a one-year-old baby girl who lives with her mother in Guatemala. At eight months, Yanira began to experience uncontrollable, or intractable, seizures. "She had limited medical care prior to this, and from the birth history it sounds like she had a very difficult birth, and was born blue and not crying," Wuqu' Kawoq (WK) tells us about Yanira. "For these reasons, we suspect that this is a case of cerebral palsy. Because of the constant seizures she is malnourished and developmentally delayed." "Yanira's mom is super motivated to see her improve," WK writes. "This is her only child and it has been really devastating for her to watch her child seizing. She's tried seeing a few doctors, but doesn't feel like she's 'gotten a straight answer.' Furthermore, medication costs are a huge issue, and so she's having trouble getting medications to control the seizures." $1385 will cover the cost of treatment (including meds, an MRI, and travel for Yanira and her mother) so the WK team can provide tailored care to Yanira, help to get her seizure activity under control, and ensure that she is able to grow and develop as healthily as possible. Together we can make this happen!
Pauline is a 43-year-old woman who lives in Kenya with her husband and four children. Pauline and her husband are farmers - this is how they support their family. A year ago Pauline began to experience pain in her lower abdomen and back as well as irregular and heavy bleeding. She was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Physicians at our hospital partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, have recommended that Pauline have a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) to keep the fibroids from growing so that she will not continue to lose blood. "Pauline is very social and leads many women groups in her area," our medical partner tells us."Unfortunately, this condition is making her avoid social gatherings." Together, we can raise the $790 to pay for Pauline's TAH procedure. "I am confident that the donors will come to my aid so that I can be able to regain my life," says Pauline.
Santos is a 63-year-old man from Guatemala who gets up at 4am every day to farm a variety of crops including corn, berries, and tomatoes. According to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, Santos has recently “been having serious seizures that cause loss of consciousness.” These seizures are dangerous because they cause Santos to fall and they also impact his ability to care for his family and continue to farm. Wuqu’ Kawoq shares, “Given how healthy he is with no issues like heart disease or diabetes, we are strongly suspicious that his seizures are from an infection of the brain with a tapeworm parasite. This is an extremely common issue here in Guatemala.” For $745, Santos will receive the imaging to define the extent of his illness and medications to kill the parasites and control his seizures. His doctors expect “a complete resolution of his symptoms” allowing him to return to work and spending time with his family. Santos says, “This is the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.” Let’s help him get back to the active lifestyle he led before!
Meet Emmanuel, a one-year-old baby boy from Kenya! He is the second-born in a family of two children and his parents work hard to provide for Emmanuel and his sibling. Both Emmanuel’s parents are small-scale farmers and depend entirely on their small farm to support their family. Emmanuel was born with hydrocephalus, which causes pressure to build up in his brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, explains that “without treatment, Emmanuel could suffer blindness, brain damage, and the condition could even be fatal.” His parents are unable to raise the funds for the surgery Emmanuel needs, but we can help! Emmanuel’s mother says, “I was shocked when my son’s head started growing abnormally! My prayer and hope is to have him treated as soon as possible. I would appreciate any support towards his operation.” Let’s raise $980 so Emmanuel can receive a shunt incision, a surgery that will allow him to live a normal, healthy life. We can give Emmanuel’s parents the opportunity to watch him grow up and Emmanuel the chance to have a happy childhood with his sibling!
George is three months old and the first born child of his parents. His father has a small business that brings back very little money, while his mother is a housewife. George's head is enlarged. He was born with a condition called hydrocephalus, which means that he has an abnormal build-up of fluid in his brain. The buildup causes George's head to swell and puts pressure on the inside of his skull. If it isn’t corrected, doctors say that the increased pressure could lead to blindness, severe headaches, brain damage, or even premature death. George’s mother says, “I feel so sad for my son. He is only a few months old, yet he has suffered a lot.” If it’s treated early, most children with hydrocephalus recover successfully. George needs $980 for a shunt placement that will drain the excess fluid around his brain. However, his family cannot afford it. His mother says. “I would appreciate any help towards George’s surgery.” Your donation to George will offer him a healthy, happy future.
Maria, a newborn just under two weeks old from Guatemala, was the result of an undesired pregnancy. Luckily, a wonderful family in a rural community eagerly adopted Maria, raising her as their own. Our hospital partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, writes. "they are so excited about this little child, and they brought her to see us. The major problem is that, since she is adopted, there is no maternal milk supply. Furthermore, her new family is quite poor and can't therefore afford to buy milk formula for the baby. They are struggling to scrape together what money they have, but in the meantime, the child is losing weight and not growing well." They add, "it was a real pleasure to meet this family, the parents are so excited to have a new baby and to be able to have adopted this little one out of a bad situation. At the same time, they're worried about how to make ends meet, and they've come to us for help." For $1220, we can provide the final step for Maria achieving health and happiness with her new family. Maria will receive close growth monitoring treatment by nutrition experts. Her new mom will receive coaching on how to properly supplement with formula and will be provided with all the necessary infant formula Maria will need through her first year of life. With this treatment, Maria will regain weight quickly and grow and develop normally.
Say hello to Gloria, a seven-month-old baby from Kenya. She is the youngest of five siblings and both of her parents are farmers on the quarter-acre piece of land that they own. Gloria was born with a condition called hydrocephalus, which means that she has an abnormal build-up of fluid in her brain. The buildup causes Gloria’s head to be enlarged and puts extra pressure inside of her skull. If it isn’t corrected, doctors say that the increased pressure could lead to blindness, severe headaches, brain damage, or even premature death. Because Gloria’s parents are entirely dependent on the proceeds of their farm to survive, it’s been a struggle raising funds for her surgery. Gloria’s mother says, “Both my husband and I have no means of raising the necessary funds for Gloria’s surgery, but we desire that she gets treatment as soon as possible. We pray for support.” For $980, we can fund surgery for a shunt incision to help make Gloria better. The doctors predict that with the surgery, Gloria will live a happy, normal life with no risk of blindness, brain damage, or premature death. Let’s make that a reality for Gloria!
Say hi to Awa, a 44-year-old widowed mother who lives with her 17-year-old son in Mali. Awa has been working in a shoe factory since her husband’s death. Her son relies on her income to provide for his needs and pay his school fees. For more than a year, Awa has been experiencing abdominal pain caused by uterine bleeding. As a result of the bleeding masses in her uterus, called fibroids, Awa is anemic. Anemia is debilitating and Awa has missed a lot of work and nearly lost her job as a result. She is worried that without treatment, she won't be able to support her family. For $795, Awa will receive an operation that will stop the bleeding and the abdominal pain and resolve the anemia. “I hope to recover for my son because he means the world to me,” says Awa. With treatment, Awa will resume an active and productive life, taking care of herself and her son. Let’s support Awa and help her get back to a happy and productive life!
Ma Linn is a 36-year-old mother from Burma. She started to notice pain in her abdomen after she delivered her youngest child three years ago. Her doctor told her she had a small mass growing in her uterus that needed to be removed as soon as possible, but Ma Linn didn’t have enough money to pay for the surgery. The mass continued to grow and she experienced pain more and more frequently. Now, she has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and cysts in both of her ovaries. Ma Linn used to work with her husband as an agricultural day laborer. Ma Linn and her husband support their six children (3 boys and 3 girls) and her mother. Three of her children attend school, which adds to their expenses. Right now, her husband is the only one looking after their children and earning an income because Ma Linn is too weak and in too much pain to help. Ma Linn hopes to get treatment soon so that she can return to her home in Burma. She cannot wait to be healthy enough to take care of her family and their crops and not worry about the pain she experiences on a daily basis. Ma Linn needs surgery to remove the uterine fibroids and cysts, preventing further growth and easing her pain. With our help, she can focus on what matters in her life.
Meet Francisco, a 64-year-old from Guatemala! Francisco has had severe psoriasis for years. His condition causes large, painful skin lesions that make it difficult for him to continue working as a farmer, but he cannot access the healthcare he needs on his own. "Francisco has never had medical help for his condition, simply because he is too poor to pay," our hospital partner writes. "He came to us because he's heard great things about WK's medical team and their ability to really turn things around for patients with these kinds of conditions." For $425, we can help WK provide Francisco with a laboratory workup to assess his situation, as well as immune suppressing medications to heal his lesions and reduce the pain and swelling in his joints. "With this treatment," WK writes, "the social stigma of his disease will disappear, and he will be able to get on with his life and his work without pain. Of course, once we get him over the hump with the help of the Watsi network, we'll be able to guarantee him long term followup to make sure he stays well." Let's help Francisco get and stay well!