Lisa M. Primm
Lisa's Story

Lisa joined Watsi on July 30th, 2015. 48 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lisa's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Suubi, a police officer from Uganda, to fund hernia repair.

Impact

Lisa has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Lisa

Alejandro is a 16 year old teenager from Guatemala; he has six sisters and one older brother, who, like Alejandro, was born with club foot. In addition to the club foot, Alejandro also has a currently undiagnosed genetic condition that has caused tumors on his face and in other parts of his body. Approximately one infant in every 1000 live births will have clubfoot, making the condition a common one. Most cases, however, are successfully treated shortly after birth with nonsurgical methods such as stretching and casting. “His parents are extremely caring and want what is best for their youngest child, but he lives in an extremely rural area in northern Guatemala, and so they cannot afford nor do they have access to the care he needs or a prosthesis of any kind,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). For all of Alejandro’s life, “he has never been able to walk and so his father carries him everywhere that he goes, or he crawls on his hands and knees,” says WK. Two months ago, Alejandro received surgery to correct his club foot. $1252 will help Alejandro obtain prosthesis which will enable him to walk on his own. With this new independence, the shy teenager will finally begin to have the confidence and ability to attend school and make friends in his community. “He was born with his disability,” said Alejandro’s father, “But we were lucky that he was a good boy-he slept and ate well.” He adds, “we just want what is best for him."

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When Ruth, a 13-year-old Tanzanian teenager turned nine, her legs started to bend inwards. “At first her parents thought that it was because of the cold weather, but when the condition got worse, she was taken to the hospital and parents were advised to do corrective surgery,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Ruth is in grade six and like geography, civics and Swahili subjects. She also enjoys playing netball with other students, even though ruth has not been able to run as fast she used to and complains of feeling pain on the knees. “Despite her condition and negative comments from her fellow pupils about her legs, Ruth is focused on her studies and is determined to finish school and continue with higher level of education,” adds AMHF. It’s Ruth’s dream to become a nurse when she grows up. The most likely cause of Ruth’s knock-knees is the high fluoride ion concentration in parts of Tanzania’s drinking water. If left untreated, Ruth will be at high risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age. “Ruth’s parents are small scale farmers—they rely on growing and selling maize and beans,” says AMHF. “They work hard to take care of their six children as well as other extended family members.” Their income covers the family’s daily expenses, but is not enough for the surgery. With $940, Ruth will undergo surgery and physical therapy to correct her knees. After the operation, Ruth will be able to walk normally, without knocking her knees.

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Ofelia is a sociable 61-year-old woman from the Philippines. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), shares, “Since all of her kids are already married, she devotes her time helping in the tasks in their local church.” Three years ago, Ofelia experienced sudden weight loss and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. This condition is caused by the overproduction of a hormone in the thyroid. According to ICM, “She experiences sore throat, choking sensation and palpitations often thus affecting her daily activities and her ministry in their church.” Ofelia has undergone treatments in 2013 and 2014. However, her physician has now advised her to undergo a thyroidectomy—a surgery to remove the thyroid gland. Unfortunately, Ofelia and her husband cannot afford this treatment, as Ofelia does not work and her husband only earns $70 a month—barely enough for their daily expenses. ICM continues, “Her children also can't help with her surgery because they, too, have financial difficulties.” For $525, we can help fund Ofelia’s thyroid surgery, providing medication and a three-day hospital stay as well. The surgery will help correct her hormonal imbalance and eliminate the symptoms and discomfort Ofelia is currently experiencing. “She is very excited to undergo surgery so that she can continue to serve in their local church and sing without any difficulty,” adds ICM. “I’m always praying that there could be somebody who could help me with my surgery. It would be a great help if you could be God’s instrument to answer my prayer,” shares Ofelia.

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