Hassan is a hardworking 37-year-old from Kenya who works as a casual laborer. He lives in a single-room rental house that costs about $10 per month. On July 25th, Hassan was working as a night guard when he was attacked by unknown people. During the attack, his left leg was hit with a sharp object. He was eventually taken to a nearby health facility for emergency treatment, where he received stitches and was discharged with pain medication. However, his condition did not improve, and he was still unable to walk. Community health workers in the area took Hassan to a nearby hospital, where an X-ray revealed a transverse patella fracture with some displacement. A doctor at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, recommends that he undergo fracture repair surgery. Hassan shares that income from casual labor jobs in Kenya is inconsistent and is not enough to pay for the proposed procedure. He also does not have medical insurance and would need to pay for the surgery in cash. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 26th, Hassan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $979 to fund this procedure. Hassan says, “I am struggling to walk as a result of the fracture. I am unable to get any manual work to earn a living because I cannot use my legs. Surviving without a job is an issue. I need this surgery to be able to work.”
Colleta is a 26-year-old woman who works at a small boutique in Nairobi. She is married and has two children, who are four-years-old and five-months-old. Colleta and her family currently live in the capital city, but they plan to relocate to Colleta’s hometown soon. Colletta and her family were involved in a serious car accident last month. Her parents and brother passed away, and her husband and two children were seriously injured and admitted to the ICU. Although her husband’s condition has stabilized, Colleta’s kids are in critical condition and under pediatric intensive care. Colletta sustained a fracture to her right pelvic bones. As a result, she experiences severe pain and cannot sit, turn her body, or feed herself. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Colletta receive treatment. On April 28th, she will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, that will allow her to sit and walk again. AMH is requesting $979 to fund this procedure. Colleta shared, “I am in pain and cannot even turn or sit. I am also sad that I lost my parents and my brother. My kids and husband are in critical care and still in ICU. I feel confused and heartbroken.”
Robert is a matatu, or public transportation, driver and the father of two children aged 16 and 7 years. He recently separated from his wife, so Robert currently lives alone in their home in Magina, Kenya. On the June 26th, Robert was injured in a road accident and sustained twin fractures on his thigh and leg. Robert is now unable to walk on his own. Fortunately, our partner surgeons can help. On June 30th, Robert is scheduled to undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, to help him walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $672 to fund this procedure. Robert is anxious to return to work, "My legs are my source of livelihood. I need this surgery to be able to get back on my feet and fend for myself and my kids.”
Mary is a young student from Kenya and the third born in her family of four children. She comes from a humble background, where her parents are small-scale farmers relying on subsistence farming to make ends meet. Their income is split between school fees for Mary’s elder siblings and feeding the family. Two days ago, Mary fell from a tree while attempting to harvest some fruits, landing on her hand. She sustained a closed left humerus fracture that was painful. She had first aid in a local hospital but due to the COVID-19 police curfew, they could not take her to a better-equipped facility for imaging. Mary had an x-ray the following day revealing the humerus fracture. She is in a lot of pain and cannot move or use her hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 21st, Mary will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her hand heal correctly and he will no longer be in pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $704 to fund this procedure. Mary’s mother says, “My daughter is in pain and we are not able to raise the funds needed. Please help us.”
“I want to have my arm treated so that I am able to work for myself,” Francis shares. Francis is a 45-year-old man from rural Kenya. In December 2015, he fell from a tall tree that he was pruning, and broke his left humerus, or upper arm bone. Francis was initially taken to the hospital, where doctors applied a splint to his arm. However, the injury has not healed as much as it should have by now. As a result, Francis experiences pain and numbness in his left hand—especially when the weather is cold. Francis’s doctors are now recommending that he undergo surgery to ensure that his arm recovers correctly. Before the accident, Francis used to work at a construction site to earn a living. However, he has not been able to do any work since he fell from the tree. He has to rely on help from his aged parents and help from his siblings. Furthermore, if he is not treated, Francis will continue to feel pain in his left hand. The fractured bone could also become infected. Although Francis’s family has been able to pool together $104 for the surgery that he needs, this is not enough money to fully cover the procedure. However, for $660, we can sponsor Francis’s operation, as well as the x-rays, medications, and hospital stay necessary to his post-surgery recovery. Let’s help Francis regain his independence and fund this important treatment.
Meet James, a loving husband and 35-year-old father of two young children from Kenya. He works as a stone mason to provide for his family while his wife is a primary school teacher. James and his family stay in a single roomed house in Nairobi. In July, James was attacked by thieves, and during the altercation, his jaw was injured. X-rays showed a fractured jaw and surgical intervention was highly recommended. Due to the pain, James has not been able to work since July and he is not able to provide for his family. If the fracture remains untreated, James will continue experiencing pain and may develop an infection over time. For $660, James will receive the surgery he needs: an open reduction internal fixation to treat the fracture. James shares with us, "I want to be well to provide for my family through my work." Let's support James, so that he may return to his wife and young children in good health.
Julius is a hard-working laborer who lives in Kenya. Julius broke his jaw when a large log fell on him while he was loading lumber. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us that the 33-year-old "experiences pain when his lower mandible is exposed to cold. Julius has not been able to work since the accident and has problems eating as well." Julius needs surgery to reset his jaw. However, because he is currently out of work, Julius cannot afford the cost of care. AMHF says, "to access our facility he had to walk due to lack of transport fare. He needs financial aid to access treatment and be able to continue with his life." For $660, Julius will undergo surgery to have his mandible reset so that it can heal properly. Julius says, "I want to get well, continue work to provide for my family and educate my children."
This is Linet, a seven-year-old girl living with her mother and grandmother in Kenya. Her mother works as a security guard while her grandmother relies on her small farm for a living. Like other young girls her age, Linet is attending class three in her local primary school. During her school holiday in April 2016, Linet fell on a ditch while playing with other children and broke her left leg. She was rushed to one of the facilities owned by Watsi's medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), and her leg was set with a Robert Jones splint. However, during the process of healing, her leg mended in a less than optimal position. Linet now has a malunion fracture, and a surgery has been recommended to correct the reset bones. Still unable to return to school, Linet walks on clutches and cannot play with other children. Due to her condition and lack of treatment, Linet will not be able to walk without aid. There is also increased risk of her developing tibia infection that may permanently affect her ambulation. However, with her mother's financial strain and Linet's uncles as casual laborers, the family cannot support Linet’s treatment. With $660, Linet will receive the medical attention she needs. Surgeons at AMHF can perform an osteotomy, where a cut will realign her bone fragments and allow for insertion of pins or rods to help hold the bones in the correct position while healing. Linet shares with us, "I want to be well and go back to school to become a doctor." Our support will restore her health and put Linet one step closer to her life goal.
Peter is a 34-year-old man from Kenya who works as a farmer on his parents' land. "He also earns some money working on other people’s farms," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). In May 2016, Peter was in a motorcycle accident that left him with a fractured mandible. He was hospitalized for two weeks and had plates fitted on his jaws. Peter has had difficulty eating. He is not able to work, and has to rely on his brothers for daily upkeep. After he was discharged from the hospital, Peter was advised to come for surgery to repair the broken jaw. With help from family and friends, he has raised $208 towards associated costs with his care, but needs help from Watsi to cover the treatment fee of $660. "If not treated, Peter will continue experiencing pain and numbness on his mandible. He might also get an infection further compromising his health," AMHF says. “I want to be well and continue working and providing for myself," Peter shared.
Meet Cephas, a thirty year old man and the last born in his family. He is single and works as a laboratory technician. Cephas stays in a single roomed house in Kenya. His parents are retired civil servants, while his other three siblings are not employed and have families. Cephas is not permanently employed. Cephas was involved in a road accident while riding a motorcycle in August of 2016. He was rushed to the hospital, and after receiving first aid, he was referred to our medical partner for further treatment. Cephas has not been able to eat solid food since the accident. He is not able to go back to work either. He has a fractured jaw and requires ORIF [open reduction internal fixation] surgery of the mandible and maxilla to realign his bones, as well as occipital flap repair surgery. Cephas's treatment has been subsidized by family and friends for $208, but an additional $660 is needed. If not treated, Cephas will continue experiencing pain in his jaws and not be able to eat. There is also risk of non-union of his bones or infection. Cephas says, “I want to be well, go back to work and continue providing for my family."
Meet Steven, a plumber based in Nairobi, Kenya. Steven is a husband and a father to two children. He lives in a single roomed house with his family in the settlements. His work is highly dependent on availability of construction sites. His wife washes clothes to supplement the family income. His children are aged two and five years. Steven supports his mother in the village, as he is the eldest child in their family of nine siblings. On Tuesday 16th Aug 2016, Steven was attacked by armed robbers in his home area in the evening. He had his jaw injured and was taken to the hospital where first aid was administered. He was then referred to Kijabe hospital and was diagnosed with a fractured jaw. Surgery was recommended, but Steven is not able to raise the amount needed. $660 will fund the open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery that Steven needs to recover. “I want to be well to continue providing for my family and educating my children," Steven shared.
Ruth is a twelve-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the oldest of her single mother's three children. Her mother is a laborer. Ruth lives at her maternal grandparent's house with her siblings and mother. Ruth goes to the local primary school, while her younger siblings are yet to join school. While playing on June 10th, 2016, Ruth fell and fractured her right hand. She had a splint applied after first aid. X-ray images indicated the fracture had not healed and surgery was recommended. Ruth is not able to use her hand to play or to do simple work. If not treated, Ruth will not be able to use her hand with ease, risking permanent disability and possible infections at the fractured site. Ruth's family is not able to raise the money needed for her surgery and need our help. For $660, Ruth will undergo treatment so she is able to use her hand again. “I want to be treated to continue playing and studying to become a journalist," shared Ruth.