Mary is a 65-year-old woman from Kenya. She lives with her daughter-in-law and supports herself by working on local farms. Since December of last year, Mary's eyesight has been rapidly deteriorating. She received eye drops from a local clinic, but was unable to administer them properly. Seeking an evaluation and treatment, Mary visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, where she was diagnosed with a cataract in her right eye. Mary is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on June 19, and is very excited to regain her vision. She is asking for $220 to cover the total cost of her procedure. "I wish to be treated so that I can see clearly," says Mary.
Sarah is a 59-year-old woman who lives with her husband in Kenya. Until her stroke in 2013, Sarah worked as a business lady. Due to her stroke, Sarah had to abandon her business in order to concentrate on her treatment. Sarah is thankful to have been accompanied by her husband in her medical journey, which has been ongoing for several years. Sarah's stroke left her with difficulty ambulating, a monthly uptake of expensive medications, and hearing loss. Hearing aids were recently prescribed for Sarah's condition. Without assistance from the hearing aids, Sarah will continue to fear for her safety as she cannot perceive an oncoming vehicle and is at greater risk of accidents. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $712 to cover the cost of Sarah's hearing aids. She is scheduled to receive them on June 20 and hopes to experience positive results. “I mind about my safety and want to hear with clarity. I also would want to be active in church and in conversation," shares Sarah.
Josphine is an 87-year-old mother of nine from Kenya. She has unfortunately lost her husband and two of her children and now lives with her daughter at home. Josphine enjoys participating in church, as her participation makes her feel greatly connected to her faith, however her impaired hearing has prevented Josphine from achieving her prior level of engagement. Josphine's hearing loss began in 2016 and has increased in intensity over time to the point where she can now no longer perceive sound with much clarity. Josphine was then diagnosed with moderate sensorineural hearing loss and was told that she would need hearing aids. If left untreated, Josphine’s auditory problems will only worsen over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $712 to cover the expenses associated with Josphine's hearing aids. She is scheduled to receive them on June 20 and will hopefully achieve the positive results that she is hoping for. "I want to be active in church and at least hear what the priest says. I also want to improve my activeness in social gatherings," says Josphine.
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.
Orat is a 43-year-old mother of seven. She currently resides in Dadaab, one of the largest refugee camps in the world, as a Somalian refugee. For two years, Orat has been suffering from lower abdominal pain. The doctors at the refugee camp's hospital prescribed her with painkillers, however her symptoms did not improve. Neither Orat nor her husband, who is blind and has cancer, has a source of income that can be allocated towards Orat's medical treatment. Now, two years later, Orat is in urgent need of a total abdominal hysterectomy to treat a malignancy that has been developing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Orat's surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully spare Orat from future health complications. “I want to be treated to continue living well and, more so, be there for my husband," shares Orat.
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 87-year-old Beatrice from Kenya. She has seven children, all of whom have their own families. Beatrice loves farming and even to this day, she can be found tending to her small farm. Beatrice has recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer, following a pap smear and biopsy, both of which were performed at our medical partner's care centre, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Doctors at AIC Kijabe Hospital have advised that Beatrice requires a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). During this procedure, a small electrical wire loop is inserted into the cervix to remove the abnormal cells. Without medical intervention, Beatrice will be at increased risk of developing metastatic cervical cancer. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for donations to the amount of $156 to help cover Beatrice's medical bill. "I want to be well and lead a normal life after surgery. I would love to enjoy my old age," says Beatrice.
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.