Kayee is a happy and active 12-year-old boy from Tanzania. Kayee lives with his mother and two younger siblings, and he helps his mother by tending to his family's cattle and other household duties. Kayee has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgum, a condition often referred to as "knock-knees." This means that Kayee's knees are misaligned and turn inwards, causing him trouble walking, extreme difficulty performing daily activities, and pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Kayee that will help guide future bone growth. Kayee's surgery is scheduled to take place on June 27 and, once completed, will hopefully improve his mobility. "I will be very happy if my legs will be straightened up and be like other children’s legs so that I can continue helping my mother," says Kayee.
Eliya is a gentle, one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the second child in his family. His father works as a motorcycle-taxi driver, and his mother takes care of the family's household. Eliya was born with bilateral clubfeet, a condition in which both feet appear to have been twisted internally at the ankle, making it difficult to walk. Without treatment, Eliya's mobility will be severely impaired. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund corrective surgery for Eliya. The clubfoot repair procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Eliya to move without difficulty when he ultimately starts walking. “I will be very happy and thankful if Eliya gets treatment, and I expect Eliya to attend school after treatment and when he grows up," says Eliya's mother.
Simon is a 60-year-old husband and father of four from Tanzania who also cares for four other children. Both Simon and his wife are subsistence farmers, and they are working very hard to put their children in school. Simon started to experience pain in his knees after an accident that he had back in the 80s when he was hit by a cow on both of his knees. While the pain was initially only occasional and could be palliated by painkillers, the pain has recently become much worse. Simon has been to several hospitals where they have told him that he needs surgery. On June 23, Simon will undergo total knee replacement surgery. His medical insurance is covering a portion of the cost, subsidizing $1,887. On top of that, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $822 to help fund the rest of the treatment. Simon says, "I am glad I have found help. I have had this pain for so long, I will be so glad if I will no longer be in pain so that I may work hard for my children."
Abigael is a one-month-old baby who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain and increases pressure on the skull. As Abigael's father denied any parental responsibility, Abigael is currently cared for by her mother and grandparents. Both grandparents are farmers who work hard to put their own children through school and pay for Abigael's medical treatments. Abigael received her first treatments for spina bifida and hydrocephalus from a referral hospital in Tanzania. Although she was initially doing well, the shunt that had been previously inserted migrated to a new location and stopped draining properly. Doctors tried to massage the shunt back to its original position, but it had already become infected. Ever since, Abigael has been vomiting and experiencing regularly high fevers. Without treatment, her symptoms will continue and may ultimately result in death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $728 to fund Abigael's hydrocephalus treatment, which is scheduled to take place on July 3. This surgery will hopefully drain the fluid in Abigael's brain and allow her to live much more comfortably. “Please, I see my daughter suffer and my heart breaks that I cannot do anything for her. Please help her get well,” says Abigael's mother.
Maureen is a seven-year-old girl from Tanzania. Her father is a farmer who additionally has a small shop that sells household items, and her mother unfortunately died a few years ago. Maureen is in the second grade. Maureen suffers from left clubfoot, a condition in which her left foot is twisted out of shape and appears internally rotated at the ankle. This makes it very difficult and painful for Maureen to walk and, if not treated, will render Maureen permanently unable to wear shoes comfortably and walk on the soles of her feet. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Maureen’s clubfoot surgery, which is scheduled to take place on July 4. The family is contributing $47 to the cost of treatment. Once completed, the procedure should greatly enhance Maureen's mobility, allowing her to live comfortably and confidently. “Please help my daughter to be able to walk properly. I regret not seeking help sooner,” says Maureen's father.
Fadhili is a shy ten-year-old boy from Tanzania. Fadhili was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition in which his feet and lower legs bend inwards so that the bottoms of his feet cannot stand flat on the ground. He has learned to walk over the years, but cannot make it very far due to the intense pain. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Fadhili is schedule to undergo surgery to correct his clubfoot on July 11. His family is requesting $890 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “After treatment, I will be happy if I will be able to walk with no pain and be able to play football like my friends,” Fadhili shares.
Pendo is a curious 12-year-old girl from Tanzania. She enjoys learning and going to school, and does so well in her studies that she often ranks at the top of her class. Pendo was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition in which her feet and lower legs bend inwards so that the bottoms of her feet cannot rest flat on the ground. Due to her condition, Pendo experiences a lot of pain while walking and standing, making her commute to school painful and difficult. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Pendo is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her clubfoot on July 11. Her family is requesting $890 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. “I will be so grateful when I will be able to walk well and participate fully in school for I really enjoy learning," Pendo shares.
Sohaila is an eight-year-old girl living in Tanzania with her parents and three siblings. She is an active child but is also very shy. Sohaila was born with clubfoot of her left foot, the inward and upward bending of her foot, but never received treatment. Due to her condition, it is painful to walk and stand, making daily life and her commute to school very difficult. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Sohaila is scheduled to receive surgery to correct her clubfoot on July 11. Her family is requesting $890 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Sohaila is excited for the surgery and says, “I will be very thankful if I get treated and being able to attend school properly. I will be able to help out with home activities again and live my dreams life.”
Hassan is a 13-year-old from Tanzania. He's a gregarious and active teenager who enjoys going to school and spending time with his siblings. In 2008, Hassan fell from a tree and broke his left femur. Although he received treatment for the injury and the bone healed, Hassan began developing clubfoot. If left untreated, Hassan will never be able to wear shoes or walk pain-free. Unfortunately, Hassan's mother is a small-scale maize and rice farmer and can't afford to pay for her son's treatment. On July 14, Hassan will begin treatment for his clubfoot. He will first undergo surgery, then receive a cast, followed by physical therapy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund the treatment. “I will be very happy if Hassan will receive treatment support and be able to attend school properly and fulfill his life dreams," says his mother.
Queen is an 11-month-old baby from Tanzania. She is the first and only child to her mother, who has been raising Queen as a single parent. Queen and her mother live with her grandmother, who is a subsistence farmer and the primary provider for the family. Queen was born healthy, but a few months ago, her head began swelling and she started becoming irritable and losing vision. Concerned, her mother took Queen to a local hospital, where doctors diagnosed Queen with acquired hydrocephalus, a condition where cerebral spinal fluid doesn't properly drain from the brain. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause brain damage and even become life-threatening. On July 12, doctors at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, will perform an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) surgery on Queen to help drain the cerebral spinal fluid from her brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to fund the treatment. “Please help my daughter get well," says Queen's mother.
Elias is a five-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is the first and only child to his parents, who love him dearly. His mother is a tailor, and his father is a construction worker. Three months ago, Elias's mother began noticing that his head was swelling and that he was becoming irritable and sick. She took Elias to a local hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with acquired hydrocephalus, a condition that occurs when a tumor, injury, or disease blocks the absorption of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause severe physical and cognitive defects and become life-threatening. On July 12, Elias will receive a endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) insertion, which will create an opening to allow cerebrospinal fluid to flow in and around the brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to fund the treatment. “I am grateful for the help," said Elias's mother. "I cannot wait for my child to get better.”
Isaya is a 10-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is in primary school and loves to study, especially English and Swahili. A few days after Isaya was born, both him and his mother became sick. The doctors first thought they were experiencing allergies due to their difficulty breathing, but Isaya’s trouble breathing kept getting worse, despite the medication he was taking. His parents tried to seek help from different hospitals but did not have much success. Isaya has enlarged tonsils that cause him pain when swallowing and cause him difficulty breathing. Due to his condition, Isaya has difficulty sleeping well and often falls ill. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Isaya is scheduled to undergo a tonsilectomy on July 6. His family is requesting $633 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help my child get treatment, he has trouble breathing and he gets really sick," his mother says.