Pauline joined Watsi on July 26th, 2014. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Pauline's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Dinavensi, mother from Uganda, to undergo a hysterectomy.
Pauline has funded healthcare for 45 patients in 8 countries.
Pauline has funded healthcare for 45 patients in 8 countries.
Dinavensi is a 48-year-old mother from Uganda. She shared with us that sadly five of Dinavensi's children have passed away and her living children have special needs and rely on Dinavensi daily. Dhinavensi works hard as a laborer whenever she can find the work. Recently, Dinavensi was working on a banana plantation and collapsed. She was soon transported to a local clinic where she was transferred to our medical partner African Mission Healthcare's (AMH) care center. Her neighbors pooled money to ensure she was able to be transported to the hospital. She had been experiencing heavy bleeding, a backache and general body weakness for some weeks now. Dinavensi has been diagnosed with menorrghagia and uterine myoma. If not treated, Dinavensi is at risk of suffering from severe anaemia and future complications. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy. AMH is requesting $219 to fund Dinavensi's surgery. Once recovered, Dinavensi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and go back to taking good care of her children. Dinavensi shared, "I am afraid that without treatment, bleeding will continue and my health will deteriorate. I am the only one my children rely on. Please help me to be treated."
Sorn is a 75-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and visiting the pagoda. Sorn has a growing mass in her lower eyelid which has been diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma. Her neighbor encouraged her to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to see if she could be treated. Fortunately, on September 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform excision and skin flap procedure to remove the growth. Now, she needs help to fund this $657 procedure. Sorn said, "I really hope after this surgery I feel better and am comfortable again."
Thy is a 63-year-old farm worker from Cambodia. She has one son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. She works at a local rubber farm. Thy lives with her daughter and her grandchildren since her husband passed away seven years ago. When she is not working, she loves to take her grandchildren on walks to play outside. She is also a devout Christian, and shared that she likes to read the bible everyday. Seven years ago, Thy developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her severe irritation, burning, and tearing. 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Thy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. Thy 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 her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 8th. Thy said, "I hope that after this procedure, I can see well enough to continue my job, and that I can play well with my grandchildren and enjoy being outside with them."
Johnson is an 8-month baby boy from Tanzania. Johnson, the last born child in a family of four, and already is a very active and friendly little boy. Johnson's parents are both subsistence farmers. Johnson was born in a local hospital where his parents were informed that his spine was not fully formed, thus resulting in a condition known as spinal bifida. Because Johnson's condition was not severe, they were informed that he wouldn’t need treatment and that it would close on its own. As their family continued to attend clinics they were told to wait till Johnson gets to five months old for him to have any kind of treatment. At five months they took him to hospital for the treatment but the cost was too high for them to afford and they had to return home. As time went by, Johnson's mother saw that his condition could end up complicated if he didn’t get treatment soon and end up greatly affecting Johnson later in life. She decided to seek treatment. She went to Mt Meru and was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center ALMC for more help. Johnson was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Johnson is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Johnson's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 7th. This procedure will hopefully spare Johnson from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Johnson’s mother says, “We are concerned if our son does not get his spine corrected, it might affect his ability to walk. Please help my son.”
Alex is a 22-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest of two children. His parents depend entirely on small-scale farming for a living. Alex’s father decided to travel to neighboring Kenya to seek small jobs in order to supplement the little harvest they are able to currently get from their farm. Alex was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Alex is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,063 to cover the cost of Alex's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 15th. This procedure will hopefully protect Alex from the risks associated with his condition, allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Alex's mother says, “I will be very happy to see my son walk by himself like his sibling. Please help us as the cost is too high for us to afford."
Sophea is a 27-year-old phone seller from Cambodia. She is a single mother to one son. To earn an income for their family, she sells mobile phones at the market. In her free time she enjoys being with her son and playing on Facebook on her phone. Seven years ago, Sophea developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, tearing, and feeling uncomfortable going outside. 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sophea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Sophea 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 her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 30th. "I hope that my irritation will go away and I will be able to see everything better with no tearing. I can go outside with my little one and continue selling phones at the market." shared Sophea.
Son is a 58-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three son, two daughters, and fifteen grandchildren. Her whole family takes part in the rice planting. She spends most of her free time reading Buddhist literature. Six months ago, the retina of Son's left eye detached, causing her loss of vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Son learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On May 8th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Son's husband said, "I miss having her work beside me, and I want her to be able to go anywhere she likes by herself. So I hope this surgery helps her see clearly."
Philomena was diagnosed with ARM at birth. With this condition, the little one was found to lack an anal opening and instead was passing stool through her vagina. A few hours after birth, Philomena, one in a set of twins, was noted to have a distended abdomen. The doctor quickly checked on the baby and discovered she lacked an anal opening. To keep Philomena from getting a fistula, the doctors put in a colostomy at three days. Philomena’s parents paid for this through some family savings they had. When they left for home, Philomena’s twin sister developed a persistent cough which was later found to be a hole in the heart. "I have never felt this drained ever in my life. Since I gave birth I am always in hospitals with either one of my two babies,” says Philomena’s mother. Due to lack of finances, Philomena’s parents shared their plight with their church members and one of them advised that they visit Watsi Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital. At BethanyKids a surgery to create an anal opening has been recommended. If not treated, Philomena will not lead a normal life and will be forced to use a colostomy for life. The surgery is a cost Philomena’s parents cannot bear. Philomena’s father is a carpenter while her mother closed her grocery store to tend to the children. Together they have five children with three currently in school. With very limited income and having exhausted their savings, Philomena’s parents are not able to raise the funds needed. They had defaulted on paying the national health insurance premiums as they could not keep up, but they’ve been advised to try to maintain this coverage in the future given their family's health needs. “Please help us. It is quite a stressful time for us but we believe we will come from it as victors,” says Philomena’s mother.
Mary is a catholic nun from Uganda. Mary came with complaints of pain around her scapular area, which has been quite uncomfortable. She has been in and out of the hospital with the same challenge but has not been successfully treated. She came to our facility and was diagnosed with suprascapular lipoma, which requires surgery. Mary is not able to raise the funds needed for the surgery. She has 8 siblings and being the firstborn child, she bears some of the burdens of educating her younger siblings. She is not able to consolidate a sufficient amount of money to meet the cost of surgery and so appeals for financial assistance. On January 22nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mary needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Mary says, “I hope to get fine after my surgery!”
Saron is a 53-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is the youngest of eight siblings, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time. Saron has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. She is unable to see clearly and she cannot work. Saron traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 20th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Saron needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Saron said, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see clearly and I can return to working on the rice farm."
Khefa is a baby from Tanzania. Khefa has 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. Fortunately, Khefa traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 6. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Khefa's clubfoot repair. Khefa’s mother says, “With the little income we have we will never be able to afford our son’s treatment cost, please help us.”
Alex is a young student from Kenya. Alex’s mother sells groceries to support her family. Alex has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Alex is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Alex. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 11. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Alex to grow up healthy. “The swell was really worrying us but we are happy to know so many people have had the same issue and got treated,” says Alex's mother.