African Mission Healthcare

Kenya

Maua Methodist Hospital

Patients at Maua Methodist Hospital

Junoir is a student from Kenya, currently he is in fifth grade. He resides in the interiors of Igembe North County and is the eldest child of three. He has twin younger sisters. Junoir and his family live on Junior's grandfather’s land, where his mother grows maize and beans. They have a single room house built of poles and an open kitchen roofed with a polythene paper. Junior's mother uses the money she gets from her daily jobs to pay for her children's school supplies and household necessities. For ten months, Junoir has been experiencing pain in his left groin from a symptomatic hernia. He was taken to the nearby health center where he was treated for an infection. He improved, but the pain recurred. He was referred to a regional clinic, but they did not have transportation. Later Maua Methodist Hospital announced a medical camp near them, and it was a great relief to Junior and also his mother. He was seen by the doctors in the medical camp and referred to the hospital where they found left testicular swelling from the hernia. If not treated, it can progress to intestinal complications. Fortunately, on February 15th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $733 to fund Junoir's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Junior's mother says, "Please help my son so that he can continue with schooling with ease. I believe he has a bright future ahead”.

$163raised
$570to go

Damaris is a tea picker from Kenya. She is 32 years old, the mother of four children, and separated from her husband. Damaris never went to school due to financial constraints of her family. Now, two of her children are in secondary school and two are in primary school. The money she earns is used to pay for her children's school fees and to buy food for her children. Damaris inherited a small piece of land from her parents where she grows maize, sukuma wiki (similar to kale or collard greens), and beans for home consumption. A lump began growing on Damaris's neck in 2004. She has never received any medical treatment due to a lack of money. The mass has grown larger, and now impinges on her nerve, causing occasional numbness in her right arm and hand. While in church recently, Damaris learned that a visiting physician/general surgeon was offering free consultation. Damaris sought an examination. An ultrasound was done, and it was determined that Damaris had a large cystic mass which the doctor recommended should be removed. Surgeons through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can provide the services Damaris needs. She traveled to AMH's care center Maua Hospital and on February 13th, surgeons will remove the mass. Following the surgery, there should be a release of pressure and the numbness and pain caused by the mass should be relieved. Damaris is not able to pay the hospital bill and appeals for support. She is seeking help to raise $529 to fund this surgery. Damaris says, "I kindly request for your support."

$190raised
$339to go

Ignitius is a 12-year-old boy - the second in a family of four siblings in junior secondary school, grade seven. His elder sibling has just completed class eight; the rest are in primary school. He dropped out of school in grade four and went to look for a job as a house helper to support the family. Ignitius' father does any casual job available to bring food to the table for his family. Ignitius' mother is also a simple laborer. She works on other people's farms where she digs, weeds, and sometimes washes clothes for a small wage. They have a small piece of land where they have kept two goats and three chickens. They reside in a three-roomed timber house and have a small kitchen built of poles. It was late in the evening on November 16th. His mother sent him to the nearest open-air market to buy cabbage and potatoes. Unfortunately, he was hit by a speeding motorbike, which disappeared immediately after the accident. His parents were informed of the accident over the phone. They rushed him to a clinic, where they were referred to Maua Hospital. He arrived to the hospital with an open tibia fibular fracture and was in much pain. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Ignitius receive treatment. On November 17, surgeons will perform surgery to restore his limb function. Now, Ignitius and his family need help to fund this $741 procedure. Ignitius' father says, "Please help my son; he is in deep pain. Kindly help us to fund the surgery costs."

$741raised
Fully funded

Patister is a manual laborer from Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of five siblings: three brothers and one sister. All his siblings are blessed with families, and work at casual jobs in other people’s farms. He has never been to school because his parents didn’t value education and believed educating a children was wastage of resources. He is not married and has no children but wishes to have his own family someday. He lives in ancestral land together with his brothers. The land has not been divided because their father died without a will, and the siblings cannot afford the legal process of dividing the land. Patister farms cassava, maize and beans for home use. Most of the time, the crops are damaged by elephants from the Meru National park which is just a few kilometers from his home. He has a single-room house built of poles. He also picks miraa leaves, which provides him with a small amount of money to sustain himself. While picking miraa leaves, Patister fell from a Miraa plant, fracturing his left humerus. He is in pain and cannot use his hand Patister has relied on his brothers for food and other personal needs since he got the accident. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 29, Patister will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. a procedure which helps fix severely broken bones and which is only used for serious fractures that can't be treated with a cast or splint. This procedure will help him heal well and work again Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,079 to fund this procedure. Patister says, "Please help me. I’m a self-dependent person and relying on my brothers is a problem because they have their own families to feed.”

$1,079raised
Fully funded

Morris is a 43-year-old farmer from Kenya. He is the third in a family of five siblings: two brothers and one sister. He lost the other brother in a road accident. He was brought up by a single mother whose parents had separated when they were little kids. The same family conflicts made him drop out of school in grade three and start working on other people's farms. He got married but also separated from his wife seven years ago. She left behind two kids. He has a piece of land that he bought from his savings. He grows maize and beans for home consumption. The surplus is sold to pay his children's school fees. He also kept two cows and some goats, but they were sold to pay for the hospital bill. He has built two single-room timber houses, one of which is occupied by his children. The children help with the farm and other house chores during school holidays. The condition started in January as a small bump that kept increasing. The swelling later burst and left an open wound. He was admitted to our facility for 13 days with a history of septic wounds. He is prone to infections and difficulty healing. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Morris receive treatment. In March, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure. He will heal well and be able to work well. Now, Morris needs your help to fund this $1,124 procedure. Morris says, "I was left with nothing after paying my hospital bill already. Kindly help me get this treatment."

$1,124raised
Fully funded

Destiny is a seven-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the firstborn in a family of three children and is currently in the second grade of primary school. His youngest sibling is a one-year-old toddler while his other sibling is in pre-primary school. Destiny's father is a small-scale farmer, and sometimes works in construction sites. His mother, who works as a farm worker, is currently tending to household duties in order to also attend to the needs of the young baby. The family has a piece of land where they grow seasonal crops like maize and beans for both income and consumption. They also keep a cow and some chicken. Destiny was playing with other children from the neighborhood, climbing a tree as they competed to see who could descend the fastest. Unfortunately, he fell and injured his left hand, causing him pain. He was taken to a hospital and an X-ray performed which showed an elbow fracture. A cast was applied to stabilize his hand while awaiting surgery. His father unfortunately could not afford the required funds for treatment, and a staff member suggested seeking assistance at our medical partner's care center Maua Methodist Hospital. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Destiny receive treatment. On March 13th, surgeons at Maua Methodist Hospital will perform a a fracture repair procedure to fix the severely broken bones, preventing malunion and restoring his elbow function. Now, Destiny's family needs help to fund this $1,079 procedure. Destiny's father says, "We have traveled very far to seek help from Maua Methodist Hospital. I appeal for my son's surgery support; he is in pain and cries throughout the night.”

$1,079raised
Fully funded

Lorna is a hairdresser from Kenya. She is the firstborn in a family of three siblings. She left form four some years back and she was trained as a hairdresser in a big salon within Maua town. The rest of her two siblings are pursuing a nursing course. She is a mother of one child a daughter who is eight years old and in grade three. Her child has been in and out of hospital due to a heart problem which made Lorna break into tears when asked about the child. She was not married to the father of the child but they had a relationship. Her both parents are farmers. Lorna works as a mobile hairdresser in Maua town. She at least gets some amount of money that she uses to sustain her daughter and herself. When things are tough especially when the business is down, she gets help from her parents who provide food for them. She lives in a rented single-room timber house together with her daughter. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter. Two years ago ago, Lorna began to experience troubling symptoms, including lower abdominal and back pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, and constipation. She was diagnosed with Left ovarian cyst and abnormal uterine bleeding. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lorna receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laparotomy, a surgery to remove problematic tissue, on January 29 at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $818, and Lorna and her family need your support. Lorna says: "Please help me. I’m looking forward to going back to work and continue supporting my daughter who needs special attention.”

$818raised
Fully funded

Emmis is a bright and hard working student from Kenya. Emmis' mother left her when she was one year old and never returned. She is the last born in a family of five children and she is the only girl. She goes to a public junior secondary school where she is in grade eight and working hard to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse. The rest of her siblings dropped out of school due to a lack of uniforms and other school needs. This happened when the mother left and out of the stress, their father suffered alcoholism and the paternal grandparents could not afford to cater to all their needs. For Emmis, her aunt decided to support her with education while in the hands of her grandparents. She lives with her paternal grandparents in a small piece of land. Both are farmers. They grow maize beans and potatoes for home consumption. Her grandparents have a two-bedroomed timber house and a small kitchen built of mud and roofed with iron sheets. They have kept a few chickens and two goats which sometimes provide milk and eggs. She enjoys assisting her grandparents in the farm activities and other household chores in the evenings after school. Two months ago ago, Emmis began to experience troubling symptoms, including lower abdominal pain and abnormal uterine bleeding. She was diagnosed with large ovarian cyst and abnormal uterine bleeding. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Emmis receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laparotomy surgery on January 31 at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $818, and Emmis and her family need your support. Emmis aunt says, "I kindly ask for your help. The family where Emmis comes from cannot be able to raise the hospital bill. Please help her. Thank you.”

$818raised
Fully funded