Damaris is an elderly woman from Kenya. The map of wrinkles on her face told of the most incredible journey. Her eye lines told of laughter, warm smiles and affection. Her forehead told of worries past and worries present. But mostly they were so deeply engrained they told of a woman who had travelled through eight decades to that moment. From the inky folds of her heavy cardigan extends a withered dark brown hand, clasping a bamboo cane that clacks onto the floor to help her walk. Damaris struggles to find a chair right in front of her before her son quickly directs her to it. She has been diagnosed with a left eye cataract. This began in 2016 when Damaris's sight dwindled over time. Upon review, the doctor revealed that she had an immature cataract and would need time before she could undergo surgery. The doctor has now confirmed that surgery is needed. She has unable to afford the cost of surgery as she depends on her six children for her living expenses. Damaris’ husband passed on back in 2000 and she is a grandmother to more than 20 grandchildren. Fortunately, Damaris is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove and replace the blurred lens. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $220 procedure. “Please help me get treated,” says Damaris.
Lucy, an elderly lady from central Kenya, has been diagnosed with a right eye cataract. Two years ago, she had a left eye cataract surgery funded by Watsi. Recently, she had the right eye cataract matured and after review, surgery was recommended. Lucy, a very lively lady used to work in Kijabe Hospital over 3 decades ago until she retired. Currently, she gets support from her children to meet her daily needs. Her children are, however, not in formal employment and so meeting health cost for her is hard for them. They have families to provide for as well. After the treatment, Lucy will be able to see with better clarity and reduced chances of further vision loss. Fortunately, Lucy is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove and replace the blurred lens. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $220 procedure. “I will appreciate financial help accorded towards my surgery,” says Lucy.
Years back, Samuel noticed that over time, his hearing dwindled. It all began with him tuning on high TV/ Radio volume and speaking very loudly. He recently decided to visit Kijabe hospital for a review. After his tests were completed, the doctors confirmed loss of hearing and recommended he be fitted for hearing aids. The cost to acquire them was however too high for Samuel to afford. The former public transport driver was forced to quit his job as he could not manage. He currently doesn’t attend church. Samuel and his wife tend to their small farm to sustain their needs. They live in their two-room rental house in a suburb in Nairobi. Their two children are grown and living off on their own. They are not able to raise the funds needed and thus appealing for help. “I will be more than happy to get my life back. I would lie to attend church and family gatherings comfortably,” says Samuel.
Miriam walks slowly with the aid of crutches. She was overly active until the year 2017 when she began complaining of back pain and numbness on her feet. Miriam formerly an active farmer would tire easily from her farming activities and small house chores. From the nearest hospital, pain medication was administered but with time, her condition deteriorated. She thought maybe she had gained weight and that was the reason for the back pain. Dieting did not help either and over time, she couldn’t walk without the aid of a stick. Frustrated, Miriam resigned to fate as she thought she was a burden to her young children who were building their homes. A friend recommended that they visit Kijabe hospital for specialized treatment where Miriam was diagnosed with a spine disc dislocation and a spinal fusion surgery recommended. Miriam was glad that there is a solution to her condition and she looks forward to getting treated. If treated, Miriam will regain her ability to walk, resume work and become independent again. Miriam and her husband are subsistence farmers with four grown children. She lives with her husband in Central Kenya. Miriam is appealing for financial help. “I look forward to walking again,” says Miriam.
Ruth is the sole breadwinner to her three children after separating with the husband after becoming ill. Ruth has complained of abdominal pains for some time now. She has had numerous tests to diagnose the pains, been under different medications that only reduce pain from time to time. In 2018, she was hospitalized with complains of persistent abdominal pains. In November, she complained again and this time they sought care in Watsi's partner facility AIC Kijabe Hospital. CT scanning revealed a gall bladder mass necessitating urgent surgery. Without the surgery, Ruth will be in constant pain and chances of further complications from the mass might imminent. Ruth sells second-hand clothes to make ends meet. Ruth is not able to meet the cost of surgery. She appeals for help.
Jane, a self-employed woman, was unfortunate to fall in a latrine in July 2018, severely breaking her leg. Upon the accident, she was rushed to Nakuru Hospital, where she was admitted and had surgery in which a metal plate was inserted. She went for clinics in the same hospital after being discharged, but the leg was not improving at all. Her uncle came to her rescue in June 2019 and brought her to Kijabe Hospital. Jane was admitted, had the metals on her leg replaced with lighter ones, and was discharged. She has been coming for clinics to monitor her leg. An x-ray was done and it was decided that another surgery was needed. Due to lack of funds, Jane went home helpless. Being a divorced woman and self-employed (selling second-hand clothes), Jane is the breadwinner of her family of five children. With her mobility being hindered by her broken leg, she cannot do as much as she would have if she’d be on both feet. This surgery will definitely improve Jane’s and her children’s quality of life.
Mary is a smart fifth grade girl from Kenya who aspires to be a pilot. She was diagnosed with adenoids at age one. Her mother would take her daughter to the local hospital and would be given medicine which did not improve her condition. Around July this year, a friend advised that they visit Kijabe Hospital where Mary was diagnosed with adenoids and tonsils and surgery recommended. The surgery, however, was a cost Mary’s parents could not bear. They resigned to fate but hoped someday they would get help. Mary’s parents are both casual cleaners at a company close to where they live with a monthly pay of Kes. 7000 each. The income is barely enough to cater for their family's basic needs. The family of two children lives in a one-room rental house in Nairobi. They hope that their daughter will get the treatment she so needs to improve on her breathing and clogging of her nasal airway. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $779 to fund an adenotonsillectomy for Mary, which is scheduled to take place on December 13th. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Mary of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. “I want to be a pilot in future,” shared Mary.
Mary is a peasant farmer from Kenya. Three years ago, she felt a painless lump on her left breast which was dismissed as a fatty lump at a local clinic. In 2018, the lump became painful and she sought medical care. She was still advised to wait. However, in 2019, she sought treatment from a different hospital. She had a biopsy done and cancer was suspected. She came to our facility where an x-ray was done and surgery recommended. Mary and her husband tend to their small farm to eke out a living. The mother of 4 children does not have any medical insurance and was not able to raise the funds required in the previous facility. Her children are not in any employment making it hard to consolidate funds needed. Mary has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Mary. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 3rd. After treatment, Mary will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Mary says, “My hope is to have the cancer treated so that I continue providing for my family.”
Jane is an elderly woman from Kenya who lives near Watsi's medical partner care center. Unfortunately, she was assaulted in November 2019 by a group of men and she suffered deep cuts on her left hand. She was brought to our facility and the wound was dressed. However, upon review and x-ray imaging, she was diagnosed with a radius fracture. She requires treatment to correct the fracture. Currently, Jane is not able to do anything in her house and she relies on her children. Jane is a widow who used to rely on her small farm to make ends meet. Her three children live away with their families and are not able to raise the full amount needed for their mother's surgery. Jane appeals for help. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 20th, Jane will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will help her hand heal with ease and correct the fractured bone. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. Jane says, “My prayer is to have the surgery and resume my daily duties.”
Dan is a child from Kenya. Dan’s mother is still a student in college while his father left her before he was born. They depend on Dan’s maternal grandparents who are peasant farmers and three school-going children under their care. Dan dipped his hand in hot water in April last year. He was rushed to Naivasha District Hospital where he was admitted for treatment. He was discharged a few weeks later and went home for recovery. Days on, the wound was not recovering as expected properly; he had to be readmitted in the same hospital. The wound worsened as the days went by as the skin grafting was not successful. The hospital decided to refer them to a hospital where they believed Dan would receive better care, hence being referred to Watsi medical partner Kijabe Hospital. The wound is not healing and if not treated, Dan may suffer infection. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dan receive treatment. On January 16th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal the wound. Now, Dan needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. “It pains me to see my son confined in the house and he cannot play with his friends because of the wound. Please help us,” says Dan’s mother.
Phelon is a young student from Kenya who wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She is the last born child in a family of three. Her mother, the only breadwinner in their family operates a printing kiosk in the capital, making about $5 daily. She cares for her children and her own siblings. In the second week of January, Phelon fell while playing with other children. Her right hand dislocated and by evening, it was swollen. She is not able to use her hand freely and she is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 3rd, Phelon will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her use her hand again and continue with her studies. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. Phelon’s mother says, “My prayer, like any other mother, is to see my daughter heal and lead a normal life.”
Jane works as a house help in western Kenya and has struggled with her hearing for the past 5 years. The hearing loss started when she had Quinine medication administered. The gradual hearing loss has affected her social lifestyle and most of the time she misses out on conversations. Jane has not been to any hospital previously. She was referred to our facility where an audiometry test was done and hearing loss diagnosis made. Her small income of $30 per month is all she earns to care for her late sister’s children. Jane requires $929 for the hearing aids. She appeals for financial assistance. Jane says, “My hope is to be able to socially converse with people without having to ask them to repeat what they said."