[email protected] joined Watsi on July 2nd, 2016. Five months ago, [email protected] joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. [email protected]'s most recent donation supported Maly, a 62-year-old grandmother from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.


[email protected] has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.

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Nelson is a 79-year-old loving father from the Philippines. He lives with his partner and relies on their only son's financial support to meet their basic needs. He has a passion for gardening and loves to plant vegetables at home. Three years ago, Nelson's health took a downturn when he experienced bleeding during urination. After a consultation, he was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and was prescribed medication. However, the pain reoccurred, prompting further investigation. An ultrasound revealed the presence of a bladder stone, necessitating surgical intervention. Over time, Nelson's condition has deteriorated, leading to increased urinary frequency and pain, which severely hinders his daily activities. Fortunately, Nelson found his way to our medical partner World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP) who will be helping him receive the treatment he needs. He is scheduled to undergo a urinary cystolithectomy, the removal of the bladder stone, on July 21st. A portion of the cost of his treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising $1,128 to cover the remaining cost. After treatment, Nelson will hopefully have a pain-free and healthier life. Deeply appreciative of the support he received, Nelson shared, "I'm eternally grateful to Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines. Your generosity has given me hope to have a more comfortable life, and be free from all that I've been enduring for years."

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Salato is a 5-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is a part of the Maasai tribe and comes from a large Maasai family with seven children. His father is a livestock keeper. Due to their remote location, the family relies on livestock and selling cattle as their main source of income to cover their expenses. Salato was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees knock. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Salato faces difficulty walking long distances and experiences considerable discomfort due to the abnormal gait he has developed. This condition has also limited his ability to help his father with the livestock and hampers his ability to socialize with others. During an outreach visit from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), Salato and his parents had the opportunity to attend a clinic where he received education about his condition. The church kindly assisted in facilitating his transportation to the hospital. Upon arrival, the team warmly welcomed him and conducted a thorough assessment. As a result, a plan was formulated to correct the abnormality in his right leg surgically. However, Salato and his parents are unable to afford the costs associated with his treatment. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. Salato will undergo a corrective procedure on August 2nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Salato's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to cover the cost of Salato's treatment. Salato’s guardian says, “He often feels left out when he can’t socialize with his peers. We hope the treatment will help him fit in his society.”

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Tibenderana is a 23-year-old labourer from Uganda. He is the seventh born of eight children. Tibendarana shared that he and his siblings did not attend school when they were growing up, and both his parents are illiterate and earn a living from small scale farming. Tibenderana also farms and sometimes does casual jobs in sand mining around their village. Tibenderana shared with us that in February he was attacked on his way home. Tibendarana was first brought to Rushoroza Hospital after the incident, where he presented with a traumatic infected left-hand cut injury. There, they stopped the bleeding and referred him to Mbarara Hospital for hand surgery review. However, due to lack of finances, his family decided to take him home instead. Later on, he returned to Rushoroza Hospital with an infected hand, and is currently in severe pain and discomfort. Doctors recommend he undergo an amputation of the left hand to prevent the hand infection from progressing to the rest of his arm, which could result in amputation of the entire limb. He could also develop other complications and will continue to be in severe pain. Tibenderana appeals for financial assistance for the cost of his care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $255 to fund Tibenderana's hand surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. After recovering, Tibenderana is most looking forward to regaining his independence. Tibenderana shared, “I pray that I may get well through surgery. I am in severe pain and helpless; I have lost hope. I believe I will be better without the hand and will proceed with any duties I may be able to do with one hand.”

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