John is a playful 2-year-old boy and the only child in his family. John's parents separated before he was born and his mom is raising him on her own. His mother does various jobs to make ends meet, and recently went to live with her elder brother in Nairobi in the hopes that she may find a better job to support John. John is staying with his grandparents for now. His grandfather is a pastor in a local church in the rural areas, and his grandmother used to do farming but has developed issues with her back. Since birth, John has had a bilateral hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain in the lower part of his abdomen. Fortunately, on June 8th, he will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $554 to fund John's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and return to normal play and movement. John’s grandmother shared, “We are very happy that we have heard that John’s condition is going to be treated but we do not have any funds to facilitate that. We are requesting for financial help.”
Jackson is a 2-month-old baby boy and the youngest in his family of four. He was born in December to the joy of his grandmother and parents. During his initial examination after birth, Jackson was found to have a swelling in a private area. The nurse advised Jackson’s mother that the condition did not require any urgent attention. While at home, his mother noticed that whenever she was bathing him and touched the area, Jackson experienced a lot of pain and would cry a lot. A few days later, Jackson’s mother took him to the nearest hospital to their home. During the examination, the doctor diagnosed Jackson with a bilateral inguinal hernia. Jackson was prescribed some pain medication and scheduled for follow-up visits at the clinic, but his condition did not improve. A friend of his mother heard about Jackson’s condition and referred them to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital. There, the doctor recommended hernia repair surgery to relieve Jackson of his pain and reduce the chances of him having any future complications. However, Jackson's parents cannot afford the cost of his care. His mother is a small-scale farmer, while his father does casual jobs at a construction site. They make a humble living and sometimes rely on Jackson’s grandparents for food. The family does not have National Health Insurance Fund coverage, and appeals for financial support for Jackson's surgery. Fortunately, on February 22nd, Jackson will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $554 to fund Jackson's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and grow up to be a happy, healthy boy. Jackson’s grandmother shared, “It feels very sad for a parent when their newly born baby is experiencing some pain. It is more painful to the parents if they cannot raise the required amount to cater for the baby’s treatment. My prayer is for Jackson to receive treatment.”
Jayden is a one-year-old boy from Kenya, the second of two children in his family. One month before Jayden was born, his mother was told to go on leave to prepare for the delivery and to report to work after one year. After she had a successful delivery and full recovery, when she reported back to work, she was told that there was no vacancy for her. Jayden’s parents separated a few days after he was born due to family issues, and his mother has moved back to her parent’s house with her children. Since birth, Jayden has had bilateral inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue obstruction or death. Fortunately, on February 11th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $554 to fund Jayden's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Jayden’s mother says, “I am very hopeful that Jayden will be treated.”
Stephen is a 3-year-old boy from Kenya. He's a playful boy and runs to grab a seat with his mother’s phone in his hand while meeting with our local Watsi rep. A week after his mother gave birth to him at home, she took him to a nearby clinic for the general examination. The physician diagnosed him with a birth malformation and referred them to BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival, Stephen was reviewed, some tests were done and he had a first surgery to rectify the condition through a hypospadias repair surgery. Later on, additional surgeries and tests were completed as a follow up. In the process, Stephen has developed a right inguinal hernia that the doctor noticed during his follow-up clinical visit. Stephen does not complain of any pain, but the swelling is very evident. The surgery will stop the swelling and any complications that Stephen may experience in the future. Stephen’s mother is a tailor and his father fetches water for neighbors to earn a living. The few surgeries and expensive tests that were done on Stephen have depleted their family of money to fund the surgery. With no extra source of income, their family of three struggles to sustain themselves and Stephen’s mother is appealing for financial help. Fortunately, on September 24th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $554 to fund Stephen's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Stephen’s mother says, “It is hard for us to raise any money for the surgery. Any financial help to us will be appreciated.”
Adrian is a baby boy from Kenya. Adrian’s father, the family's only breadwinner, is a driver at a lodge in Masai Mara and currently, they have been sent home for sometime because there are no guests visiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adrian has an elder sibling and together with their parents, they live in their ancestral land. Since birth, Adrian has had a bilateral hernia. If not treated, Adrian may suffer intestinal twisting and blockage and that may result in tissue damage. Fortunately, on May 22nd, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $581 to fund Adrian's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Adrian’s mother says, “I will be happy to see Adrian’s condition rectified.”
One month ago, Brian's mother noticed a swelling that was on and off on his groin region. According to Brian, it is not painful and only appears when he cries or coughs. In a local hospital, they were advised to seek for specialized treatment as Brian had an inguinal hernia. A surgery is required to save Brian from the risks associated with the condition such as intestinal obstruction, incarceration and strangulation. Brian is the second born of two children in the family. He is playful and often leaves the interview room to find friends and play. Brian’s mother sells groceries in an open air market while his father - formerly a public transport driver - now does casual tasks to supplement the family income. The family lives in a two room rental house in Central Kenya. With the little savings the family had, they cannot sufficiently fund Brian's surgical care. $555 will cover the cost of the hernia repair surgery he needs, and allow him to grow up healthy.
Daniel is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. He has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. When he visited our medical partner, he had a visible swelling on his lower abdomen. His condition, which developed in October, made him feel shy around other children. On December 5, Daniel underwent surgery to repair the hernia. This surgery reduced his risk of a strangulated hernia. Daniel is the youngest child in his family. He was adopted by his parents at a young age. His parents are farmers who grow food and keep livestock. They live in a wooden house. They cannot afford Daniel's care, so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $528 in funding. “I want my boy to be well and start schooling like a normal child," says Daniel's mother. Fortunately, he is scheduled to start school in January.
Samwel is a playful three-year-old boy. He lives in Kenya with his mother and three older siblings in a one-room house. Samwel's mother is a greengrocer, and she makes only a small income. When Samwel was a baby, he developed an intermittent hernia in his groin, but his mother did not seek treatment. Recently, however, Samwel's swelling grew chronic and painful. His mother sought treatment, but she could not afford anything except pain relief medications. “When you sit and watch your loved one at home in pain, sometimes you feel helpless that there is nothing else you can do but just be there," Samwel's mother explains. "I hurt watching Samwel in pain. There was nothing I could do but get him pain relievers.” Fortunately, Samwel and his mother visited our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. A hernia occurs when an internal organ pokes through a muscle wall, causing severe pain. Left untreated, a hernia can cause intestinal blockage or prevent blood from reaching vital parts of the intestines. Samwel's doctors recommended surgical intervention to repair the abdominal wall, remove the bulging tissue in his abdomen, and reposition his herniated tissue. His procedure is scheduled for December 28. Samwel's mother has raised $40 to pay for treatment, but she needs help to raise more money. $528 will cover the cost of the procedure, supplies, medications, and two days of inpatient care. Following his recovery, Samwel's risk of further complications will be significantly reduced, and his pain will be relieved.
Issac is a 19-month-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest of two children. At an even younger age, Issac was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia occurs when when the intestine or fatty tissue breaks through a weak point in the inguinal canal. This causes swelling and pain in sensitive areas. Unfortunately, Issac contracted tuberculosis and his physicians postponed Issac's surgery until he reached a healthier state. As a result, the swelling from the inguinal hernia has become quite significant and physicians fear it could restrict blood supply to the surrounding tissue and cause damage, or even become life threatening. He has been scheduled for surgery on January 25, 2017. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $528 to fund his hernia repair surgery. Isaac’s father says “We will appreciate if we get help for his treatment.”
Kimathi is a three-month-old boy from Kenya, one of a set of twins. The twins live with their parents and third sibling in the suburbs of Nairobi. When Kimathi was one month old, his parents noticed a swelling that appeared when he coughed or cried. After visiting a nearby clinic, they were told that Kimathi had a left inguinal hernia, which would require surgery. Such an operation was beyond the scope of the facility, so Kimathi was referred to our medical partner’s care center, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital. There, Kimathi's parents were informed that their son was at risk of blood supply restriction to nearby nerves and tissue. “Watching my son cry in pain is unbearable,” his father says. “His brother is so calm, and I want the same for him.” Kimathi is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 17. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $528 to cover the cost of the operation, medication, and two nights of hospital stay. His family has already contributed $52. After surgery, Kimathi is expected to make a full recovery, developing normally and without pain.
Dismus is a small child from Uganda. He is the second born in a family of two children and his parents are eager to see their son get treated. His father works in a local tea farm and his mother is a casual laborer who mostly washes clothes for neighbors. Dismus was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Dismus is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on July 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Dismus's procedure and care. After his recovery, Dismus will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Dismus’ father shared, “I will be grateful for any financial help offered.”
Ken is a newborn baby from Kenya. He is the third child in his family, with siblings of six and ten years of age. Ken's mother is a cleaner at a government office, and his father is a farmer. The family lives in a two-roomed wooden house in their ancestral land. Their income is limited. Ken was born with a malformation in a sensitive area. On November 18, he underwent the first surgery of a treatment process that will take three months. This treatment will prevent Ken from experiencing pain, discomfort, and other complications. His family needs our help to fund this $1,500 procedure. “I want my son to have a normal lifestyle," says Ken's mother, "just like any other newborn baby."