Success! Ruth from Haiti raised $1,500 to fund surgery that will heal her heart condition.

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Ruth's treatment was fully funded on September 20, 2022.
  • Ruth's story
  • Ruth's update
April 30, 2022

Photo of Ruth post-operation

October 5, 2022

Ruth underwent surgery that will heal her heart condition.

Ruth had a successful procedure to heal the hole near her heart using a catheter. She should now be able to lead a full life without further...

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Ruth's Timeline

  • April 30, 2022

    Ruth was submitted by Owen Robinson, Executive Director at International Cardiac Alliance.

  • May 2, 2022

    Ruth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 25, 2022

    Ruth received treatment at Clinica Corominas in Dominican Republic. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • September 20, 2022

    Ruth's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 5, 2022

    Ruth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 40 donors

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Naiduka is a 14-year-old boy from a large family in Ngorongoro, Tanzania. His father, a livestock keeper and being the eldest child of his family, Naiduka has always harbored a strong desire to attend school. Unfortunately, his aspirations have been thwarted, as most of his siblings were fortunate enough to receive an education, while he was left behind to care for the family’s livestock. At the tender age of 4, Naiduka’s legs began to bow inward, marking the onset of a mild condition that has since worsened as he grew older. While attending church, Naiduka received news of an upcoming clinic for children with treatable disabilities, which would be staffed by visiting doctors and nurses. He was excited to hear of this clinic and hopeful for a chance at receiving the treatment he needed. On July 6th, a kind priest facilitated his transportation to our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Naiduka was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, meaning that his legs bow inwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, this condition severely limits his purpose and role in his Maasai community, preventing him from undertaking the crucial task of herding cattle over vast distances in search of nourishing green pastures. He was also diagnosed with malnutrition and has been undergoing treatment and the implementation of a feeding plan to address this issue before he undergoes surgery. Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is requesting $880 to fund surgery for Naiduka, which is scheduled for June 27th. Treatment will hopefully restore Naiduka's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Naiduka says, "I wish to get better and for my legs to look normal. Hopefully, after this treatment, my legs will be fine."

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