Michael joined Watsi on November 23rd, 2016. 41 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michael's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Michael, a toddler from Tanzania, to fund corrective surgery so he can walk and play.
Michael has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 5 countries.
Michael has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 5 countries.
Michael is a friendly boy from Tanzania and the youngest child in a family of six children. Michael's parents are from Northwest Tanzania and work as small-scale farmers growing cassava. Michael has been diagnosed with genu varus, a condition in which his legs bow outwards. The condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Michael experiences pain when he walks and plays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Michael. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 7th. Treatment will hopefully restore Michael's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Michael’s mother shared, "my son’s legs are not getting any better, they keep worsening as days go and walking has become harder for him. Please help us."
Victor is a student and the oldest of six in his family who live together in a grass thatched house. His parents are farmers in the village, and they grow maize and beans for their family’s upkeep. Victor was born with a complete absence of fingers on his left hand, which has forced him to learn how to do all tasks with his right hand including cooking and laundry. On March 11th, 2021, eighteen-year-old Victor was injured in a motorcycle road traffic accident. He was a passenger when the motorcycle slid on mud and fell. He sustained an injury on his lower leg, and his leg was placed in a cast shortly after the accident. A few weeks later, his condition worsened and his wounds started having signs of infection. His parents brought him to the hospital, where doctors conducted an X-ray which revealed a left tibia-fibula fracture. Victor is in pain and unable to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 25th, Victor will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After healing, Victor will be able to walk again and engage in his normal activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,014 to fund this procedure and his family has been able to contribute $100. Victor is a diligent student, and he scheduled his surgery to begin after he sits for his final exams. He says, “I would have wished to undergo the surgery as soon as possible but I am sitting for my exams this coming week. My prayer is that I won’t be in so much pain so that I can sit for my exams comfortably.” Victor’s mother is appealing to anyone reading his son's story to help her raise money for a successful surgery.
Atuheire is shop attendant from Uganda. She got married in May of last year and is currently expecting her first child. Atuheire has a certificate in nursery school teaching but does not have a job in this field yet. She runs a very small retail shop to earn a living for her family. Her husband is a casual laborer around their village and earns a modest income. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Atuheire has been visiting our Medical Partner's Care Center Rushoroza Hospital for antenatal care. In late March, she came to the hospital for an assessment after feeling minimal pains at home. Her doctors recommend that she deliver her baby via a caesarean section because she has pre-eclampsia. Delivering via c-section will allow doctors to ensure the safety of both mother and child. However, Atuheire and her husband are in the early stages of developing their family and cannot currently afford the cost of her needed surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Atuheire undergo a c-section on March 24th. This procedure will cost $207, and Atuheire appeals for financial support. Atuheire shared, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery. Once our child is born, I will be able to get back to my usual day-to-day duties of running our family’s retail shop to be able to support and develop our family."
Veasna is a 68-year-old who earns an income to support himself and his wife through selling basic items in their community. They have been proudly married for 37 years. While driving his motorbike in his province, Veasna had an accident and fell on his right shoulder. Now, it is difficult for him to move his shoulder or use his right arm or hand, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 22nd, Veasna will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help to restore mobility to his right hand so that he can use it normally again. Veasna shared, "I hope that, after this surgery, I will have the use of my hand back as soon as possible."
Ampereza is a 14-year-old student from Uganda. He's in the sixth grade and he is the fourth born in a family of five children. All of his siblings are still studying in primary and secondary school too. Ampereza's father is a primary school teacher, but lost his job last year due to the pandemic. His mother is a small scale farmer who normally grows food crops for home consumption and sells off any extra to support the family. For the last three years, Ampereza has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. The hydrocele causes him weakness and pain, and he cannot sit for long. Fortunately, on January 26th, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $146 to fund Ampereza's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live and grow up more comfortably and confidently. Ampereza's mother shared, "I am really looking forward towards seeing my son having a better life after surgery so that he continues with his education once schools are reopened.”
Periya is a baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Periya was born at home because the hospital is very far from where they live. His mother had no problems when giving birth, but she was caught by surprise when she saw that her baby's right foot was not normal. At first, she thought that massaging Periya's foot would bring it back to normal, but as time went by, there was still no change. Though her husband did not think it necessary, Periya's mother kept asking relatives where she could get her son treated, and she was eventually directed to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center ALMC-The Plaster House. There, Periya was diagnosed with clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. However, the treatment he needs is costly for their family. Periya's father sells traditional herbal medicines, while his mother is a homemaker and mostly herds cattle. They are not able to afford the treatment and appeal for financial help. On December 15th, surgeons at our medical partner's care center will perform clubfoot repair surgery on Periya. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Periya's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk more easily and his quality of life will significantly improve. Periya’s mother shared, “I would like for my baby's foot to be straightened so that he can stand and walk properly when the time comes.”
San is a 58-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sam has one daughter, five sons, and five grandchildren. Now he lives with his wife and she is also a farmer. He enjoys working on the farm and watching the news on TV in his free time. Seven years ago, San developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, burning, vision loss, and photophobia. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When San learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. San needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for November 9th. San said, "I hope that the doctor can remove the pterygium from my eye successfully so I can look good, feel comfortable, and continue my farming work."
Tabby is an 8-month-old girl from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of three children. She was born with a congenital birth defect that required a colostomy, a surgical operation where a piece of the colon is diverted to an artificial opening in the abdominal wall so as to bypass a damaged part of the colon. Now, Tabby needs a follow-up surgery that will remove her colostomy and enable her to pass stool normally. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the ability of Tabby's parents to work and they are unable to pay for her surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are asking for your help to fund this $743 surgery. Tabby’s mother shared, “I will be happy to see my daughter treated.”
Sinzo is a cheerful girl from Tanzania. She is seven years old and is the youngest in her family of seven children. Her parents separately when she was about three years old and she has been living with her mother ever since. Sinzo has a mass on the left side of her chest, which has caused her pain, and she shared makes her feel sad and crying when the pain starts. When she is not feeling the pain, she always wants to help her mother with home chores like washing dishes and cooking. Sinzo also wants to play with other kids, but from past experiences her mother says other kids pick on her and most of the time hurt her, so she prefers she stay home. She said she does this trying to protect her from the discrimination she is going through. Due to this her mother also decided not to take her to school since she doesn't want her daughter to be discriminated against. Sinzo's condition is congenital as her mother shared that she was born with a small swelling on the left side of her chest too. The doctors at the local hospital where she was delivered advised them not to worry and give her time to grow so that they can see if there is a need for surgery. When she was two years old, her mass had grown significantly and made Sinzo really uncomfortable and caused her a lot of pain. Her mother tried to ask Sinzo's father to find means to take her to hospital, but she shared that the father never showed any plans or took action. Sinzo's mother kept asking for the father’s support, but this lead to violence in their family and eventually Sinzo's mother decided to leave her husband’s home. She left with Sinzo and moved back to her parents’ home. Sinzo's mother depends on small-scale farming to be able to support herself and her daughter. Sinzo's mother says she has tried seeking help for her daughter from their local hospital but they were sent to the referral hospital and with very little income she has never been able to do so. Through our Medical Partner's outreach team, they learned of Sinzo's condition and helped connect her to treatment. She has now been scheduled for surgery and her mother is requesting funding support. Sinzo’s mother says, “It hurts me to see my daughter in this state, please help fund my daughter’s treatment cost as I am not able to find such an amount of money.”
Carrison is a 7-year-old boy from Kenya, the firstborn in a family of three children. His mother told us how much he likes playing with other children. Their family hails from Kimana village in Kajiado county where his mother vends vegetables while his father is a farmer. Carrison was born with diplegic CP, a condition that affects his muscles making them stiff, especially in his legs. The condition has made his walking difficult and forces him to walk on his toes. This often leads to him falling and not being able to walk for longer distances. He has been receiving therapy sessions at a nearby district hospital. When reviewed by our partner doctors, they recommend he also has an achilles tendon lengthening surgery. The surgery will allow him to walk comfortably and with a better posture. His mother was shocked by the money required for surgery and requests assistance. Fortunately, Carrison traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform surgery on October 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Carrison's foot surgery. After treatment, he will be able to walk more easily. “I am appealing to AMHF for my son to undergo surgery. My desire is to see him walking comfortably without any hardship.” Carrison's mother expressed.
Dominick is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the first of two children. Dominick was born a healthy baby but he soon developed a left inguinal hernia. His condition is worsening as he is growing up. Fortunately, on April 11, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Dominick's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Dominick’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment, so that he may be well.”
Lav is a 42-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to watch Khmer dramas on television and listen to music. Four months ago, Lav developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lav learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for seven and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 25, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. His wife says, "I hope that my husband will be able to see more clearly after his surgery so he can return to his work on the rice farm."