“I want to be able to work so that I can provide for my husband,” 68-year-old Jane shares. A native of Kenya, Jane supports her spouse and their two youngest children by farming. However, she has not been able to work since December of 2016, when she fell and broke her left tibia and ankle. Although a splint was applied to her leg after the accident, the injury continues to make it difficult for Jane to walk. As a result, she has had to rely on her husband and children to complete basic daily tasks. Jane’s doctors have told her that in order for her leg to heal completely, she needs to undergo a surgical procedure known as an open reduction internal fixation. Doctors will reposition her bones and secure them with screws, plates, or other devices to ensure that the bones heal properly. Without treatment, Jane is at risk of arthritis and permanent disability. Jane will undergo treatment on January 12. Jane’s family—including her six working-age children—have been able to raise $208 to contribute to the costs of her operation, hospital stay, and medications. They need our help raising an additional $1,451 to fully fund her healthcare.
Grace is a 27-year-old woman from Burundi who is currently living in Kenya as a refugee. She works as a French translator, and she and her husband operate a motorcycle transportation business. They have two children together. Grace began having breathing difficulties in December of 2013. She has since been diagnosed with a goiter, a thyroid enlargement. This causes her pain and makes breathing and swallowing difficult. Grace is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 27. This procedure will alleviate her symptoms, allowing her to breathe easily. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to pay for the surgery. Grace says, “I wish to be well and find means through which I can better my life."
Patrick is a 42-year-old father and construction worker from Kenya. He lives in Nairobi with his two kids. This father is the sole provider for his household. His income is just barely sufficient to meet the family's needs. All three live together in a small shared rental room. Patrick worked as a construction worker until he was attacked on the night of February 25. He sustained several head fractures and is in need of a craniotomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,495 to provide the much-needed procedure, which is scheduled for February 28. Given his stalled ability to work, Patrick and his family are not able to pay for treatment. "I want to be with my children. I wish to get well and continue providing for them," Patrick shares.
Mary is a 56-year-old farmer from Kenya. She lives with her husband on their ancestral land in a three-roomed house. Their six children have left home and live with their own families. About three years ago, Mary felt a lump on her right breast. She has since been diagnosed with breast cancer. Mary has visited multiple hospitals in search of treatment with no success. Eventually, she was referred to our medical partner's care center, where a mastectomy has been recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to fund the procedure, scheduled for February 28. This surgery will prevent the cancer from spreading to other organs in her body. Mary says, “I want to be well with few health issues at my age. It’s my prayer to God."
Esther is a ten-year-old girl from Kenya. She lives in a children's rescue center and attends fourth grade. She wants to be a judge when she grows up. In 2013, Esther was burned with water. She was admitted to the hospital for seven months. After this, she was sent to live at the children's rescue center. Esther has been diagnosed with burn contractures on her left hand. These injuries resulted from the scalding water. She has limited mobility and cannot stretch her fingers properly, which restricts her ability to play and help with chores. “I want to be well, study, and be a judge to defend children," Esther says. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,176 to fund Esther's contracture release operation. This will be added to the $103 that the children's rescue center has been able to raise for her treatment. She is scheduled to undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, on March 1. After surgery, she is expected to enjoy full functionality of her left hand.
Lynn is a five-year-old girl from Kenya. She is a very smiley child. She lives with her mother, brother, and grandparents. Lynn is currently in nursery school, and her mother works as a secretary at a high school. In June 2015, Lynn and her brother were sleeping when they were both bitten by a red spitting cobra. Both were taken to the hospital and treated, but Lynn's case was worse. The venom had spread to her hand, leaving her unable to properly use it. Lynn has undergone previous [surgery](https://watsi.org/profile/1a0ddff4f01d-lynn) funded by Watsi, but she needs more treatment. On March 1, Lynn will undergo tendon and nerve repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,064 to cover the cost of Lynn's treatment. Lynn's family has already raised $206 to contribute to her surgery. “I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Lynn. After surgery, Lynn will regain use of her right hand, putting her closer to achieving her dream!
Joseph is a 20-year-old man from rural Kenya. He graduated secondary school in 2016 and is currently waiting to join the university. Early in February, Joseph was involved in a motorcycle accident, during which he sustained a hip fracture. If left untreated, he will be at risk of permanent disability and arthritic complications. “I passed my high school exams and am supposed to join university in September," Joseph says. "I pray that I get well and am able to earn some school fees for myself." Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,042 to fund a fracture repair procedure for Joseph. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 1 at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. After treatment, Joseph is expected to make a full recovery and be able to join the university.
George is a 55-year-old father of six children from Kenya. All six of his children are in school, and the income he earns working as a taxi driver goes toward their school fees. His wife is an early childhood teacher and earns a small income. He and his family live in a rental house. In January of last year, George started to have poor vision at night and in dim lighting. He went to two different hospitals, both of which told him to manage the condition with eye drops. However, he later noted that part of his eye was cloudy, and he was diagnosed with a cataract in his eye. Due to his condition, George has not been able to work. If left untreated, the cataract will continue to grow, putting George at risk of total vision loss in his right eye. Thus, our medical partner has scheduled surgery for March 6. However, due to George's family's limited income, they are unable to pay for the surgery. For this reason, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $220 to fund the surgery. “I still have dependents. If I stop working, they will fall into poverty, and I will have failed as a father," says George. "I want to have good vision to continue working."
Uwase is a 39-year-old mother of two currently living with her family in Kenya. She is originally from Congo. Her husband sells firewood to support their family, and her two children are in primary school. A few years ago, Uwase was attacked while selling medicine in her village. As a result, she developed an incisional hernia, a condition in which a hernia forms when a wound does not heal completely. On March 7, Uwase will undergo surgery to correct her hernia at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $425 to cover the cost of her surgery and accompanying hospital and medication fees. Uwase is very grateful to all the donors who will help support her. After surgery, she looks forward to being able to work, so she can help her husband support their family.
John is a father of one child who lives with his family in a rental house in rural Kenya. He is a lorry driver. In January, John sustained a fracture in his jaw. On the day of the injury, he was taken to a local hospital, where he learned that he needed surgery. However, John and his family could not afford the high cost of the surgery. If his fracture is not treated, John will be at risk of malunion or nonunion. In other words, his broken jaw may heal improperly, which will cause him continued pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund a repair surgery. John's family will pay $52. He is scheduled to undergo the operation on March 10. After he receives the proper treatment, John will be able to live a healthy life again. He says, “I want to be well and continue providing for my family."
Nawadia is a 79-year-old woman from central Kenya. She is the mother of six children and is a farmer on her one-acre piece of land. However, she is currently unable to farm due to her poor vision. Nawadia’s vision problems started about one year ago, when she was diagnosed with a cataract in her right eye and told to wait for the cataract to mature. Now, she needs cataract surgery that she cannot afford. If untreated, Nawadia may become permanently blind. On March 30, Nawadia will have the cataract in her right eye surgically removed at our medical partner's care center in Kenya, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $220 for Nawadia's treatment. This will pay for her surgery, medications, eye drops, and one night in the hospital. Nawadia looks forward to regaining her independence after the cataract surgery and says, “I want to cook for myself and do things on my own. I don’t want to keep disrupting my children on simple things.”
Joy is a playful young girl from Kenya. She lives with her parents and older brother. Her mother works as a contract accountant, and her father sells carpets to support their family. When Joy was one year old, her parents noticed that she had hearing and speech difficulties. They took her to a local hospital, but due to economic hardship, could not follow through on treatment. In 2016, Joy was taken to AIC Kijabe Hospital, our medial partner's care center, where she took an auditory test. The test results revealed that Joy has severe hearing loss and would highly benefit from hearing aids. On March 21, Joy will receive hearing aids to help her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $929 to cover the cost of her treatment. After receiving hearing aids, Joy will be able to develop normally and lead a happy life!