Mark joined Watsi on May 3rd, 2016. Five years ago, Mark joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Mark's most recent donation supported Ren, a grandmother from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Mark has funded healthcare for 332 patients in 12 countries.
Mark has funded healthcare for 332 patients in 12 countries.
Ren is a 69-year-old woman with two daughters and four sons. She spends her time at home looking after her grandchildren. Two months ago, Ren had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Ren experiences ear fullness, pain, tinnitus, and hearing loss. Now, she cannot communicate clearly with others and she is in pain. Ren traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 14th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Ren said, "I hope that my ear pain and tinnitus will stop so I can feel well again and look after my grandchildren."
Titus is a shy 12-year-old boy and the oldest of three siblings. His mother is a single mother who works in the laundry business. His mother's work has unfortunately been affected by the pandemic, so recently Titus has been staying with his aunt as she is able to provide the family with some extra support. On Wednesday, April 14th, Titus sustained a severe injury to his left fingers after a machete fell while he was fetching firewood from the forest with his friends. His aunt brought him to the hospital where he received an X-ray, which revealed a fracture. A cast was placed to stabilize the fracture and realign the normal position of the bone as he waits for surgery. Titus requires help so that he can undergo surgery. His family is asking anyone reading his son’s story to support her raise the amount needed for his treatment. Titus's aunt said, “Titus is in a lot of pain, I hope he gets treated and feels better and is well again.”
Busingye is a 63-year-old married mother of six children. She is a small scale farmer and lives with her husband in a three-room home in Uganda. Over 20 years ago, Busingye began experiencing troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, difficulty breathing, headaches, and persistent coughing. She recently stopped farming due to her symptoms. When she visited a local hospital, she was diagnosed with multinodular goiter and requires surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Busingye receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 4th at AMH's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, Busingye needs help to fund the $293 procedure. Busingye shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. After treatment, I will resume farming and be able to further support our family.”
Isaac is a 23-year-old from Kenya who works as a manual laborer, loading and off-loading sand in the Maai Mahiu area. His father passed away while he was young, and he has been living with his mother and sister. A few weeks ago, during work, Issac slipped into a ditch and broke his right femur. His colleagues came to help him and brought him to Kijabe hospital. It is difficult for Isaac to walk, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 11th, Isaac will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure so he can walk again. Isaac shared, “I am in pain and can’t walk without support. I am out of options since I cannot afford the cost of the treatment.”
Katungi is a 56-year-old farmer and a married father to four grown children. Katungi and his wife are small scale farmers, and his children are not yet able to find formal employment. For three years, Katungi has had swelling in his groin area. He experiences pain, especially when he coughs, stands for too long, or does anything that is physically demanding. After he was examined at a local hospital, he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia and surgery was recommended. The surgery will reduce the chances of the hernia becoming strangulated. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) can help. On May 18th, Katungi will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $230 to fund Katungi's surgery. Once complete, the procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Katungi shared, “I really need this operation, but it will be impossible for me to afford it unless I have your support. I hope to resume farming once I have fully recovered.”
Abigael is a 14-month-old baby girl and the youngest in her family of three children. Her mother does household work washing clothes and cleaning houses for their nearby homes. Her father separated from the family many years ago. Abigael was born with an amniotic band on her right foot, and a webspace on her left foot and right hand. If these deformities are not corrected, they will make it more difficult for her to walk and hold things using her right hand in future. Doctors recommend Abigael undergo surgery to help correct her condition. However, Abigael's family cannot afford the cost of her care. Fortunately, Abigael will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. She is scheduled to undergo her treatment on May 9th. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,224 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. The surgery will be of great benefit to Abigael at this age because she will be able to heal more quickly and be able to walk like other children even sooner. Abigael's mother shared, “I am appealing for support for my daughter to undergo surgery so that she can live like other children.”
Guadalupe is an one-year-old baby from Colombia. She is an only child, so she is regarded as the little princess of the family, which consists of her mother, grandma, and uncle. She is already sympathetic and friendly, and loves to play with stuffed toys and with other kids. Guadalupe has clubfoot on her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Guadalupe's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel, where they can offer treatment. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 13th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,422 to fund Guadalupe's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to start walking and running without pain. Her mother shares a story and her hopes for Guadalupe, "I would really love to see her walk and run normally, she is not the first person with this condition in our whole family, I have a cousin who received treatment when he was 8 years old and it was really hard to see him asking why he couldn't run like the other kids."
Weyneshet is a 15-month-old baby girl from Ethiopia who is active and playful. She loves to play with her mom and other children, and she loves eating and breastfeeding. Her mom is a single parent, and they live with the support of family members. Weyneshet was born with an anorectal malformation, a condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Weyneshet is scheduled to undergo her first surgery to correct her condition on April 8th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After her recovery, Weyneshet will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Weyneshet's mother shared, “after receiving treatment, I will educate her by working hard in any job I get.”
Batabara is a small scale farmer and a mother of three. Her children are grown now--they are all married and help to support her in small ways, though her primary income still comes from her small scale farming. Batabara lost her husband in 1998. Over the years, she has worked hard to put up a two-roomed semi-permanent house for herself. About six years ago, she started feeling lower abdominal pain. Over this period, she has been to several hospitals trying to seek help. Unfortunately, all the medication she has been receiving have not been working to help her heal. She was reviewed at Rushoroza hospital and diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease and requires a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). Successful surgery will reduce the chances of the inflammation becoming malignant and will allow her to continue working. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Batabara's surgery. On April 10th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Batabara will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Batabara says, “I would comfortably resume farming to be able to take care of myself once given treatment.”
John is a 10-year-old boy from central Kenya. He was recently diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, John has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 30th with assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). John’s mother shared, “Raising money for my son’s surgery is very difficult. Any financial assistance will be highly appreciated.”
Bruce is an 8-year-old boy who lives with his mother and stepfather, and formerly was in his grandmother's care. Bruce’s mother sells baby clothes around the Mwiki area where they live in Kenya. His stepfather is a matatu (public service vehicle) driver who works in vehicles that operate around Thika Road. Bruce has one younger step-sibling. Bruce was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Bruce has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Bruce will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 24th. AMH is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will grow up to be a healthy boy. Bruce’s mother shared, “I am happy to know that my child will get the help he needs through this program."
George is an 11-year-old boy and the third child in his family. George is in grade six and loves playing football a lot. Both of his parents are farmers. To earn a living, his mother sells the farm produce, which makes them some income. To supplement these earnings, his father completes any informal jobs he can find. George was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, George has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. George will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 3rd. AMHF is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. George’s father shared, “It is very difficult for us as a family to raise the required amount for his surgery. We are grateful and appreciative of any help offered to us."