Alfred is a 30-year-old father of one from Kenya who loves discussing politics and watching the news when he is well. While his wife is a farm laborer, Alfred has been unable to work for the past year due to his condition. Since June 2015, Alfred has been suffering symptoms of a brain tumor. While he was first diagnosed with epilepsy, MRI test results received towards the end of 2016 indicated that Alfred has a brain tumor. In April 2017, Alfred became paralyzed on his left side. The wait for surgery at his provincial hospital was too long, so Alfred was referred to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, for a craniotomy. Alfred complains of loss of balance and vision, painful head migraines, and altered speech. If not treated, the brain tumor might increase in size and result in brain damage or death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,495 to fund Alfred’s brain surgery, which is scheduled to take place on June 23. Alfred says, "I wish to be treated and work hard for my family. I want my child to read and excel in future."
Titus is a 37-year-old father from Kenya who lives with his wife and four-year-old child. Titus used to provide for his family as a bus driver, however he has been unable to work since a bus accident caused a fracture in Titus's left tibia. His wife now works on farms whenever she can. Because Titus's fractured leg has rendered him unable to walk, doctors have advised that he receive a bone transport. For his first bone transport, Titus organized a fundraiser with friends and family, however he unfortunately could not generate enough money to foot his hospital bill. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund a second bone transport for Titus, which is scheduled to take place on June 23. Without treatment, Titus will be at risk of malunion of his tibia, meaning that the fracture may heal improperly and permanently impede his mobility. “I want to be treated and be a providing father to my child," says Titus.
Fredrick is a 64-year-old small-scale farmer from Kenya. He is the father of five children, all of whom have left home and started their own families. It is his greatest joy when his grandchildren come to visit. Fredrick has been fighting esophagus cancer for the past three years. He has undergone multiple chemotherapy sessions and diagnostic endoscopic procedures. While Fredrick developed a hernia in 2016, he had to prioritize his cancer treatments. The pain from the hernia has now intensified, causing Fredrick to seek hernia repair surgery as a source of relief for his condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $425 to fund Fredrick’s hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Fredrick to live more comfortably and independently. “I wish to get well. I have had a long journey to my health and I would like for it to end," shares Fredrick.
Mpapa is a 10-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his parents and five siblings in a small town north of Nairobi. His father is a motorcycle taxi driver who also raises goats. Recently, Mpapa was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the amputation of the fingers of his right hand. His father rushed him to a local hospital, where he was referred to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Doctors recommended a debridement procedure and a skin graft in order to prevent infection of the bones and of the exposed tissue. Mpapa's father immediately sold eight of the family goats in order to pay for Mpapa's hospital admission, however the money is still not enough to cover the recommended treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,129, on top of the $206 subsidized by Mpapa's family, to cover the cost of Mpapa's operation. The procedures are scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully protect Mpapa's hand from infection. “I would like to see my son doing okay and being able to utilize his hand," says Mpapa's father.
Jane is a 36-year-old mother of two from Kenya. Jane's husband works as a driver, and Jane used to work in a grocery shop. She stopped working about two years ago after the delivery of her second child when she noticed a small lump on her breast. After a number of clinical visits and diagnostic tests, Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2017. She went to two hospitals, however she could not afford the quoted price for surgery at either one. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to fund a mastectomy for Jane. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 30 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Jane to live more comfortably, without the risk of the cancer metastasizing. “I want to be treated and continue providing for my young children and husband," says Jane.
Victor is a 36-year-old man from Kenya who used to work as a fruit trader. Victor lives with his wife in a settlement in Nairobi, and together they have four children who, with the help of their grandparents, are all enrolled in school. Several years ago, Victor suffered a severe road accident. He was admitted to the hospital for three months and underwent two surgeries. Victor was left in crutches, unable to work. Last year, Victor underwent a first stage bone transport, a technique that allows for the regeneration of bony tissue. Surgeons have now recommended that Victor undergo a second stage bone transport in order to enhance his future mobility and prevent further infection. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of Victor's operation. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, should allow Victor to walk with ease and live comfortably with his family again. “I would like to get well to continue providing for my family and educate my children," says Victor.
Meet Wilson, a 50-year-old father of two children from Kenya. He enjoys discussing politics and interacting with guests at the hotel where he works. In February of this year, Wilson developed a persistent headache. Wilson initially managed the headache with painkillers but by the end of April, he noticed that his eyesight was worsening. Wilson sought immediate medical attention at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, where he was given pain medication and underwent a CT scan. The CT scan subsequently revealed that Wilson has a brain tumor. He has not been back to work since then and can no longer go anywhere on his own. On July 7, Wilson will undergo a craniotomy to remove the brain tumor. The specimen will also be sent to a pathology laboratory to undergo further testing to determine if the tumor is malignant. Wilson and his extended family have raised $312 for his surgery but he needs our help to fund the remaining $1,495. This will cover Wilson's surgery, hospital stay, and laboratory tests. "I want to be well as my children need me," Wilson shares with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation.
Elly is a five-year-old playful boy from Nairobi, Kenya. His father is a carpenter, and his mother stays home to care for Elly and his siblings. Elly was born prematurely and has severe congenital hearing loss. In 2014, he had auditory brainstem response (ABR) tests to gauge his hearing ability. Later in 2015, he received one hearing aid. Elly's audiologist noted improvement in his hearing and recommended another hearing aid to boost his ability. However, Elly's parents can't afford the cost. On July 13, Elly will receive hearing aids from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, which is requesting $929 to fund the treatment. Elly’s father says, “My joy is to see Elly being able to talk and hear like a normal child."
Meet three-year-old Mary from Kenya. She is youngest of two children, and her mother shares that she is a happy and playful child. Mary has been diagnosed with a congenital hearing condition known as sensorineural hearing loss. This results from a combination of damage to the inner ear and/or hearing nerve. Mary is unable to perceive sound with clarity, and she is yet to develop speech. Without early intervention, Mary's hearing impairment may become a barrier for her as she learns to speak and later, when she attends school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has arranged for Mary to be fitted with hearing aids on July 20. Her parents have contributed $104 towards the costs but need our help to pay for the remaining $712. Mary’s mother says, "I would like to talk with my child without her having hearing problems."
Meet Brian, a playful boy from Kenya. At four years old, he is his parents’ only child. When he was two years old, Brian was playing at home and badly burned his left hand in hot water. Although he was admitted to the hospital for two weeks, his hand did not heal properly. The wound site now bears contractures, or shortened, rigid muscles and skin. As a result, Brian is not able to fully extend or use his left hand. Without further treatment, Brian will likely live the rest of his life with an impaired hand. The wound could even get worse once he begins playing more with other children, as his risk of re-injuring the vulnerable tissue will be increased. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Brian is scheduled to undergo surgery on his hand to increase mobility on July 3. Although his family is able to contribute $208 towards his medical bills, Brian is still in need of $1,176 to cover the rest of his expenses. “I want my son to have a fully functional hand,” shares Brian’s father. “I will thank God when this happens.”
Martha is a 17-year-old girl living with her aunt and two siblings in Kenya. Martha enjoys school, but had to stop attending so she could work alongside her aunt, selling vegetables, to help support the family. In December of last year, Martha was severely burned on her right hand and torso. Unable to get adequate healthcare, her burns did not heal properly, making it difficult for her to work and take care of the household. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,176 to fund Martha's burn treatment procedure, which will be performed on July 17. After her recovery, Martha will be able to use her hand more freely and live more comfortably. Martha is excited for her operation and says, “I would want to be treated and trust God that a well-wisher will come and educate me."
Ruth is a 10-year-old girl from Kenya. When she was two years old, she lost both her parents. She currently lives in New Beginnings Children's Center orphanage. Ruth has had difficulty hearing from both her ears. She was taken to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, where she was recommended for a tympanoplasty, a procedure to help prevent her from losing total hearing. On August 15, Ruth will undergo surgery at AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $591 to cover the cost of her procedure. After surgery, Ruth will be able to hear and pursue her schooling to the fullest!