Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Srey Heng, a third grader from Cambodia, to fund contracture release surgery.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1058 patients in 21 countries.
Srey Heng is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia who is in the third grade. She has one brother. She likes to play around her home and spend time with her mother. Srey Heng was born with contractures of both of her index fingers, which makes it difficult for her to use her fingers. Srey Heng's parents heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from their neighbor, who had been to CSC before. Srey Heng traveled for four hours with her mother to reach CSC for treatment. On July 14, surgeons at CSC will perform a contracture release procedure of both of Srey Heng's index fingers to help her use her hands comfortably. The $417 requested to fund Srey Heng's treatment will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a five-night hospital stay, labs, radiology, supplies, and surgeon time.
Wilson is a little boy from Tanzania. He loves playing and making new friends. Wilson’s parents are both farmers who own a small portion of land. They also work in other people’s farms as casual labors. Wilson was diagnosed with femur genu varus and tibia genu valgus. His legs are bowed. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Wilson feels pain in both his legs when walking or playing and needs crutches or support to move around. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Wilson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 21. Treatment will hopefully restore Wilson's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Wilson’s mother says, “Thank you for helping my son get treatment. God bless you all.”
Lucy is an 88-year-old woman from central Kenya. She is the mother of nine children. Lucy is approaching age 90, but she is still able to walk around her farm. However, she does struggle due to some vision loss. Many years ago, Lucy was diagnosed with a cataract, and was originally scheduled to receive cataract surgery in 2014. She was not able to raise the money for the surgery. When she returned to the hospital in September 2017, cataract surgery was once again recommended to restore her vision. On September 18, Lucy will undergo cataract surgery in her left eye. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $220 to fund Lucy's procedure. This will cover the full cost of Lucy's treatment, including medication, labs, supplies, and surgeon time. After surgery, Lucy hopes to "regain her clear sight and continue doing chores for herself."
Emmanuel is seven years old and the fourth child in a family of five children. Emmanuel’s parents rely on subsistence farming. They mostly grow rice. Emmanuel wishes to go to school like his brothers, but due to the severe condition of his lower limbs he is unable to walk the long distance to school. Emmanuel’s left leg is bent inwards and his right leg is bent outwards, a condition known as windswept deformity. He feels pain when walking or running. He visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, and learned that he would need surgery. Corrective surgery will restore Emmanuel’s ability to walk properly and allow him to go to school and do other things with ease. He is scheduled for treatment on October 17. The surgery will cost $838. What his father earns is not enough to cover the cost of surgery, so the family needs help raising money. Emmanuel says, “I would like to work in the farm like my father when I grow up."
Meet Wilson, a 50-year-old father of two children from Kenya. He enjoys discussing politics and interacting with guests at the hotel where he works. In February of this year, Wilson developed a persistent headache. Wilson initially managed the headache with painkillers but by the end of April, he noticed that his eyesight was worsening. Wilson sought immediate medical attention at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, where he was given pain medication and underwent a CT scan. The CT scan subsequently revealed that Wilson has a brain tumor. He has not been back to work since then and can no longer go anywhere on his own. On July 7, Wilson will undergo a craniotomy to remove the brain tumor. The specimen will also be sent to a pathology laboratory to undergo further testing to determine if the tumor is malignant. Wilson and his extended family have raised $312 for his surgery but he needs our help to fund the remaining $1,495. This will cover Wilson's surgery, hospital stay, and laboratory tests. "I want to be well as my children need me," Wilson shares with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation.
Yar is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She is unemployed and lives with her 70-year-old father. After experiencing severe stomach pains, Yar recently underwent abdominal surgery at a local hospital. A few days into recovery, she noticed that her incision did not appear to be healing properly. She returned to the hospital, where they discovered that her intestine was protruding through the wound. On July 19, surgeons will operate on Yar's abdomen to address the improperly healing wound. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to cover her treatment. In the future, Yar looks forward to recovering and regaining independence. "I hope to raise pigs and chickens for a source of income once I am recovered," she says.
Meet Mugambagye, a 49-year-old married father to three children. He works as a cook at a secondary school in Uganda. Mugambagye shares with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, that he has lived with an abdominal swelling for the last 30 years. Initially, he was not concerned but the mass has continued to grow in size over the years and has become so painful that Mugambagye is no longer able to lift heavy loads. On August 24, Mugambagye will undergo a $187 surgery to remove the abdominal lipoma. "I hope to be relieved of this condition so that I can go back to work," says Mugambagye.
Yean is a 74-year-old rice farmer and grandfather from Cambodia. He enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio and reading books on Buddhism in his free time. Yean has developed a cataract in both of his eyes and is unable to see clearly or go anywhere on his own. Yean traveled with his daughter for three hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment. On August 3, Yean will undergo a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant to remove his cataracts. The total cost of Yean's medical bill is $398. Surgeons are confident that Yean will be able to see clearly again after his surgery.
Mary is a 54-year-old woman from Kenya. She is married and has five children. Mary and her husband work for neighboring farms. For about two months, Mary has been experiencing abdominal pains. She has been using medication, without improvement. A recent scan shows that she has gallstones, and her doctor recommended surgery to remove them. Without treatment, Mary will continue to experience inflammation and severe pain. However, her family's small income cannot meet the cost of this surgery. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Mary is scheduled to receive her treatment on June 29. She needs help raising $750. Mary says, “I hope I will get support and my surgery will be successful.”
Byabagambi is 76 years of age and married. He and his wife are small-scale farmers in Uganda. They have six children. Five are married, and one is in grade six of secondary school. A year ago, Byabagambi began experiencing left inguinal scrotal swelling. Byabagambi visited a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a reducible left inguinal scrotal hernia. On September 7, Byabagambi will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $219 to help Byabagambi fund his treatment. Byabagambi says, “I hope to resume working on my farm with peace of mind when I recover from surgery.”
Srey Leung is a young woman from Cambodia. She works in a clothes shop and enjoys listening to classical music. Srey Leung has congenital ptosis in her left eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. She feels uncomfortable making friends and interacting with customers at her job. Srey Leung traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 4, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve her vision. Now, Srey Leung needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Her mother says, "My daughter has always been shy because of this condition."
Tumwebaze is a 44-year-old woman from Uganda. Her husband passed away in 2008 and she is now a single parent to five children—three girls and two boys. While her children are at school, Tumwebaze works on her small farm. About 17 years ago, Tumwebaze noticed a swelling on the left side of her head. It was quite small to begin with but has since grown to a much larger size. This growth causes Tumwebaze physical and emotional discomfort, as well as consistent headaches. She has been diagnosed with a giant lipoma and surgery has been recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $187 to fund Tumwebaze's surgery. She is scheduled for treatment on October 19 at our medical partner's care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. After her operation, Tumwebaze will be able to live free of pain and the weight of her lipoma. "I hope to regain normal appearance of the head," Tumwebaze says. "And then after, I will continue with cultivation.”