Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Edivinah, a 59-year-old farmer from Uganda, to fund hernia repair surgery so that she can live comfortably.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1799 patients in 22 countries.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1799 patients in 22 countries.
Edivinah is a 59-year-old small-scale farmer. She is married and lives with her husband who is also a small-scale farmer. She and her husband have seven children. Their oldest child is 28 years old while their youngest is 16. They own and live in a three-room home. Edivinah shared that she receives minimal support from her children because several are already married with their own responsibilities. For six years, Edivinah has had a supraumbilical hernia. She has never visited a health center due to the cost, but she experiences pain in her abdomen and occasional weakness in her arms. Her condition is also affecting her ability to work on the farm. If left untreated, the hernia could become obstructed causing complications. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Edivinah receive treatment. On October 9th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, AMH is requesting $170 to fund Edivinah's procedure and care. Edivinah shared, "I am currently not well and can no longer practice farming comfortably yet it is the major source of my family's survival. I pray that I may get well through surgery and that I may be able to proceed with farming and live a better life."
Kompheak is a 33-year-old father. He is married with three active boys ages six, five, and three years old. The oldest boy is in school, while the others stay home with their parents. He and his wife work as farmers and grow vegetables for a living. Two years ago, Kompheak was in a motor vehicle crash where he injured his hip. He has tried physical therapy and takes pain medication when the pain is unbearable, but the pain persists and he has difficulty walking. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Kompheak to receive treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a hemiarthroplasty, where they will replace half of his hip joint. After recovery, he will be able to walk and work to support his family. Now, he needs help to fund this $539 procedure. Kompheak shared that he hopes that he can walk without pain and return to farming soon as possible to support his family.
Soy is a 59-year-old fried banana seller. He and his wife had three sons, but all three of them passed away due to devastating auto accidents. Soy lives with his wife who sells fried bananas with him. In his free time, Soy likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch boxing on TV. Three years ago, Soy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him itching, blurry vision, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Soy says, "I hope I can see clearly, so I can go back to help my wife to sell fried bananas and can drive my moto again."
Kananura is a 73-year-old man. He lost his wife last year and since then, his closest family has been his five children and his grandchildren. He is a farmer with a coffee and banana plantation. He also rears cows and enjoys milking them. However, the farm output is only able to sustain his day to day needs. Since some months ago, Kananura has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. The swell started off small but has over time increased and is very uncomfortable. He is not able to milk his cows with ease nor walk freely. He came to Nyakibale Hospital, where he was diagnosed. Kananura needs surgery but is not able to raise the funds needed and so appeals for help. Fortunately, on September 22nd, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $146 to fund Kananura's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kananura says, “I hope to get relieved from pain after surgery. I will continue taking care of my family and enjoy company with my grandchildren who I live with.”
Sarafina is a small scale farmer and a mother of six, with five living children. She shared with us that she attended school up to the first grade when she was young and since has farmed, while her husband is a retired soldier. They own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Their oldest child is now 45 years old and dropped out of school due to mental illness while their youngest recently got married. Sarafina receives a little support from her children and relies on her farm produce to meet her daily needs. For two years, Sarafina has been experiencing lower abdominal pains along with itchy arms. She used herbal medication for the itching but she never got relief. She visited Rugarama Hospital and the scan showed uterine fibroids. Sarafina has stopped farming because she can no longer bend down, and has had to miss some follow-up appointments due to limited funds. Her symptoms have worsened and she has been diagnosed with large uterine leiomyoma. An exam revealed a cervical mass highly suspicious of cervical cancer. If not treated, Sarafina could develop chronic pelvic pain and there is a risk of cancer spreading, poor quality of life due to chronic pain and organ failure. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, but her family cannot afford the surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $319 to fund Sarafina's surgery. On September 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Sarafina will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Sarafina says, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I am in severe pain and my condition could get worse. I hope to be normal again so that I may get back to farming and taking care of my family.”
Taraja is a charming five-year-old girl from Southwestern Tanzania and the oldest child in her family. Taraja has not started school yet, but her parents hope that once her condition is treated, she can enroll in kindergarten. Taraja’s parents grow maize, vegetables, and sorghum for a living. They get most of their food from their farm and her father also takes casual laboring jobs, like working on other peoples’ farms and carrying luggage, to supplement the family's income. Taraja has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Taraja receive treatment. On October 8th, Taraja will undergo clubfoot repair surgery at AMH's care center. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. Now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Taraja's procedure and care. Taraja’s mother shared, "it was very strange to see our daughter’s feet in this position. We tried to find treatment for her but we were advised to go to a big hospital, something we couldn’t afford to do. Please help us if it’s possible."
Rosemary is a 38-year-old small scale tea farmer. She is married and has four children. Together, she and her husband tend to a half-acre piece of land. In June 2020, while pregnant, Rosemary began experiencing troubling symptoms. She was able to have her baby and has now been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Rosemary receive treatment. On September 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Rosemary will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her risk of cancer spreading with will be greatly reduced. Now, she needs help raising $1,260 to fund her procedure and care. Rosemary shared, "the cancer has put my life under threat. I almost lost my little baby because of the disease. I need this surgery to raise my kids and be well in health."
Kea is a 47-year-old construction worker. He's married and has two children, including a nine-year-old son in fourth grade and a 13-year-old daughter in eighth grade. Both of his children study hard in their school and his wife works as a seller at a local market. In March 2021, Kea fell about two meters from a roof during work and dislocated his ankle. After the accident, he tried a Khmer traditional treatment, but it did not help him heal. He experiences pain while walking and he is unable to work. Kea takes pain medication to ease his symptoms, but he needs additional treatment. When Kea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On September 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform an ankle fusion with screws and plates so that he is no longer in pain and can use his ankle again. Now, Kea needs help to fund this $518 procedure. Kea shared, "I hope that I can stop taking pain medication and return to work."
Denis is a 64-year-old small scale farmer and a father of three children. He lives with his wife in a three-room home. Their family relies on farming for their daily food and sells the surplus to meet their other needs. Denis proudly shared that he has educated all of his children, and they are all married and now have their own responsibilities. Three years ago, Denis developed a small mass under his left chest. The mass has been growing over time, and while testing confirmed that it is not cancerous, he needs to have the mass removed to reduce future risk. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Denis to receive treatment. A surgeon at AMH's care center performed an exam and recommended that he undergo surgery. On September 21st, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Denis needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Denis shared, "I pray and hope to look normal again after the surgery. I am worried but I can't afford it. I will continue with farming to be able to take good care of myself and my family."
Elizabeth a charming and very happy 4-year-old girl. She's the only born child to her mother who passed away after giving birth to Elizabeth. She was then taken in by her grandmother who has raised her since she was quite young. Elizabeth has not started school yet but her grandmother hopes to enroll her next year for school. Elizabeth has been diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. Her legs bow outward so that her knees do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she feels pain after walking for a while and it is keeping her from being as active as she'd like to be. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Elizabeth. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 7th. Treatment will hopefully restore Elizabeth's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Elizabeth’s grandmother says: “She plays and does most children's activities despite her legs being curved. But it hurts me to see her fall down every time she tries to run and how she walks with a gait. If I had enough money I would have tried to seek treatment for her.”
Peter is a 42-year-old father who lives in Kenya but hails from the neighboring country Uganda. With no formal education, Peter works as a casual laborer, mostly working in people's farms to meet his daily needs. He is a father of three children, aged between 4 to 13 years old. He lives with his family here in Kenya in a rented single room in Chesoi village. Peter works hard but shared that his family struggles financially. None of his children are able to attend school, and his eldest son always accompanies him to the farm to help his father meet the needs of his younger siblings during these difficult times. On September 21st, Peter presented to the hospital late at night with complaints of abdominal pain and left inguino-scrotal swelling. Initially, the swelling was improving but has since worsened, becoming very painful. When Peter arrived at the hospital, he was walking in a stooping posture due to abdominal pain he has. An ultrasound confirmed irreducible inguinal hernia and was told that he needed to undergo an urgent herniorrhaphy. Because he had no money for the surgery, Peter considered postponing this urgent surgery, which doctors told him would be a dangerous move. Fortunately, the hospital enrolled him with Watsi and he slept at the hospital awaiting his treatment. On September 22nd, he'll undergo his much-needed surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $631 to fund Peter's surgery. Peter says, “My hope is to get treated. I want to be well and continue supporting my family.”
Kelvin is a bright second grade student and the last born in a family of five. His mother told us that Kelvin likes playing football, reading, and running together with his friends. Kelvin's mother is now a single mom after she separated from her husband many years ago after he engaged in drugs and frequent drinking. “He could not provide for the family anymore...” Kelvin's mother told us. Currently, Kelvin's mother has a small makeshift hotel, known as a Kibanda, where she sells tea, porridge, and mandazi (doughnuts) which is just enough to sustain her children and pay for their house rent. Kelvin has a hemiplegic cerebral palsy condition. When Kelvin was one year old, his mother noticed a bending of the left foot, and as he continued to grow his left foot worsened. Recently, while Kelvin was passing by the market in the village, a lady spotted him and inquired about where he lived. She later called Kelvin's mother and advised her to visit CURE hospital. At the hospital, Kelvin was scheduled to undergo surgery. Fortunately, Kelvin traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Kelvin's treatment. After treatment, he will be able to walk well and play with friends. He will also be able to continue with his studies uninterrupted. Kelvin's mother said, “I am seeking support because I cannot pay the hospital bill, if I can be helped, I will be grateful to see my son walking normally.”