Zachary Mccoy
Zachary's Story

Zachary joined Watsi on September 14th, 2013. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Zachary's most recent donation traveled 9,300 miles to support Aye Po, a 26-year-old mother from Thailand, to remove a mass on her neck.


Zachary has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 8 countries.

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“We love Faith because she is always happy and warms our house,” Faith’s mother shares with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Faith, a smiling four-year-old girl, lives with her parents and two siblings in Kenya. Faith has a fracture on her left humerus—causing her pain and an “inability to use her left hand,” AMHF explains. Without treatment, Faith risks the chance of the bones growing back improperly and permanently losing use of her left hand. The family depends on their father’s modest income earned as a “casual laborer at Kenya’s main lighting company.” Given that Faith’s father’s earnings “are barely adequate enough to meet his family's basic needs,” there is no extra money to afford the cost of Faith’s treatment. With $1,125 in Watsi funding, Faith will receive an open reduction and internal fixation operation. This is a two-part surgery that will repair Faith’s broken humerus. First, the broken bones will be fitted back into place. Next, metal rods and plates will be inserted—allowing the bones to heal correctly without shifting. Included in the total cost of treatment, Faith will stay at the hospital for two weeks during which she will work closely with a physiotherapist for ten days. With this procedure, AMHF expects, “Faith’s left hand will heal and she will regain its use.” “We hope she will get help and her hand will be well. We just want to see her growing without any disability like other children,” Faith’s father shares.

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“My focus is my love for my family and a hope for a cure,” says the mother of Margaret, a three-month-old girl who lives with her parents and sisters in Kenya. Margaret came to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), with hydrocephalus. “Margaret has an enlarged head size [due to] an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in her brain,” explains AMHF. This is causing increased intra-cranial pressure inside her skull. “If not treated, Margaret's head will progressively enlarge and eventually cause damage to her brain,” AMHF continues. Margaret is also likely to lose her sight and is at risk of premature death. Treatment for Margaret is surgery to place a shunt in her brain. The shunt connects to a tube that runs under the skin and empties into an abdominal cavity, where the excess cerebrospinal fluid can be resorbed by the body. Margaret’s mother is a domestic worker with long hours, and her father farms the family’s quarter of acre of land to grow food for the family. Despite their hard work, they earn just enough money to pay for school supplies and fees for Margaret’s sisters, and the harvest from their farmland barely feeds the whole family. Given their financial situation, they are not able to raise money to pay for Margaret’s surgery. With $980 in funding, Margaret can undergo surgery to place the shunt and receive five days of hospital care after surgery. AMHF tells us, “Margaret’s surgery will help reduce the excessive pressure in the brain and prevent visual impairment.” “We are determined to overcome this illness and not let it ruin her life,” says Margaret's mother. Let's help make that happen!

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