Stephen joined Watsi on December 31st, 2016. 41 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stephen's most recent donation supported Grace, a 48-year-old farmer from Uganda, to fund gynecological surgery.
Stephen has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
Stephen has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
To the donors, Grace says, “I would like to thank you all so much. I will ask God to bless you.” Grace, a 48-year-old woman from Uganda, has had ten children, and she is pleased that she and her husband have managed to send all of them to school. However, during the birth of her first child 31 years ago, Grace experienced a perineal tear. This injury has never been repaired and has gotten worse with the birth of each additional child. As a result of this wound, Grace now experiences side effects that have a significant impact on her day-to-day life. So, when Grace heard about the gynecological surgical camp at Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner's care center, she took a long journey by bus from her village to the center. Grace’s doctor told her that she needs to undergo a perineorrhaphy, or surgical repair of the perineum, to improve her symptoms. However, she and her husband, who are rice and sunflower farmers, cannot afford to pay for her treatment. That’s where you come in. For $215, you can sponsor the full set of medical services Grace needs: from her operation on November 2, to her lab tests, to her three-day hospital stay. Grace’s birth injury has been causing her embarrassment and discomfort for too long. She is looking forward to recovering from the operation and getting back to normal life.
Jack is eight years old and lives in Kenya with his family. Jack is the youngest in a family of six children. His mother is a housewife, while his father is a farmer. Jack is a quadriplegic cerebral palsy patient. He cannot walk, stand, or even feed himself. Unfortunately, he recently injured his hip. “Jack started to complain of hip pain two months ago," says his mother. "We thought it wasn’t that serious until he started crying and we ended up spending many sleepless nights as a result of his hip." Jack and his family visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, where an x-ray was conducted. The x-ray indicated that Jack has a hip dislocation. If not treated, the hip will swell and the muscle will weaken. He is at risk of a nerve injury or a permanent shortening of the muscle. He may also continue experiencing pain. Thankfully, his corrective surgery is scheduled for December 7. Now, his family needs help raising $1,231. "We are pleading for financial help because currently we have nothing, the rest of the children are in school and much is needed from us. We will appreciate your help," say his parents.
Meet Martin, a one-year-old boy who lives in Uganda. Two months ago, Martin starting losing his appetite and weight gradually. He was getting frequent fevers, losing hair, developing sores all over his body and had discharge in his eyes. This prompted his mother to take Martin to a nearby clinic. He was diagnosed with malnutrition and was started on nutrition medication but showed no signs of improvement. A nurse at the clinic recommended Martin seek further treatment at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. There, he'll begin treatment on August 28, which will cost $316. His mother looks forward to nursing again and taking Martin to a nursery school after treatment. “I thank donors for supporting my son’s treatment whom I love so much and I pray that God bless the donors," she says.
Cho is a 53-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her husband in a small village and owns and operates a small snack shop. Her husband works as a construction laborer. In 2014, Cho began experiencing pain in her left pelvic area. One of Cho's neighbors told her about a local medical clinic, and she decided to seek treatment there. There, she was given pain medication and told to return if she continued to have symptoms. Cho's pain resumed in 2017, and she was then diagnosed with cancerous fibroids in her uterus. Thankfully, Cho was referred to a Watsi medical partner, and they will be sponsoring her treatment. Cho will need $1,500 to cover a hysterectomy procedure. After surgery, Cho is expected to live pain-free and continue working. She plans on giving back to the monks at a local monastery and would like to live a long happy life.
Meet Hannah, a vibrant and outspoken 57-year-old mother from Kenya. She has two daughters and sells vegetables at the local market to support her family. Hannah first noticed a swelling in the lower left side of her abdomen a year ago. She then started experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. A pelvic ultrasound confirmed the presence of uterine fibroids. To help relieve Hannah of her symptoms, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has organized for her to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy on November 3. As a single mother, Hannah needs our help to raise the $718 required for her surgery. "I am grateful to God that Watsi is willing to help me get treatment so that I can live a happier life," says Hannah.
Meet Grace, a 19-year-old mother from Uganda. She is currently expecting her second child. Grace and her husband work as small farmers and also sell coffee beans. As Grace had a high-risk first pregnancy, doctors at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital, will closely monitor Grace throughout her pregnancy. She may also require a C-section to safely deliver her baby. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, has arranged for Grace to receive prenatal vitamins and regular checkups, starting on June 24. Grace and her husband have contributed $7 towards her medical care but need our help to fund the remaining $241. "I thank the donors so much for their support," says Grace.
Madalo is a 35-year-old woman from Malawi. She lives with her husband and their four children. Madalo works hard caring for her family and working on the family's small farm. In her free time, Madalo enjoys chatting with friends from her village. In October 2016, Madalo began experiencing pain in her lower abdomen. Since then, she has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and has been recommended for hysterectomy surgery, a procedure in which the uterus is removed. On August 24, Madalo will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $650 to cover the cost of her care. Madalo is grateful to all of the Watsi donors for their support!
Meet Margaret, a 55-year-old married grandmother from Kenya. She enjoys staying at home and looking after her grandchildren. About one year ago, Margaret noticed a lump on her left breast. As it was not painful at the time, she was not concerned about it. Margaret recently visited our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, to seek treatment for the pain. A biopsy was subsequently performed and doctors diagnosed Margaret with breast cancer. Margaret has been recommended for a mastectomy to remove the cancerous cells and prevent them from spreading to other parts of her body. This will take place on August 21. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $816 to help pay for Margaret's life-saving surgery. "Even if I worry, I know that I cannot change much. So I choose to rely on God and Watsi's donors," says Margaret.
Aye is a 13-month-old baby girl from Burma. Aye was born with a meningocele, a mass on the back of her head. Over time, Aye’s mother has noticed that the mass on her daughter’s head has gradually grown. The mass hurts when touched, which causes Aye to cry often and sleep poorly. Aye underwent surgery to remove the mass, and a post-op CT scan revealed enlarged ventricles in Aye's brain. The doctor who operated on Aye wants to get a follow-up CT scan to see if any of her symptoms remain. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $693 to cover the cost of the scan, scheduled to take place on July 17.
Kuy is a vegetable farmer from Cambodia. He has seven children and spends all of his time taking care of his vegetable gardens. He had a motorbike accident at the end of September, which caused an open fracture in his leg. He has had surgery elsewhere but now has infection and doesn't have any more money to treat the wound. He is in pain and the wound has pus. When Kuy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 13, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to to remove damaged tissue from the wound site. Now, Kuy needs help to fund this $262 procedure. His wife says, "I hope my husband can fix his leg and go back to work."
Baw is a 40-year-old woman who lives with her family in Umpeim Mai refugee camp in Thailand. Baw works as a treasurer of a community-based organization in the camp. Her husband works as a security guard at the same organization. All of her three children are students. Baw learned about her heart condition twelve years ago after she gave birth to her youngest son. After giving birth, the doctor informed her that she would no longer be able to have children due to her weak heart. Until 2016, Baw did not experience any symptoms relating to her heart condition. It was only in May 2016 that she started to feel extremely tired after strenuous activities. She gradually lost her appetite, had problems sleeping, and lost weight. Eventually, Baw went to the camp’s clinic. Finally, Baw was brought to Mae Sot Hospital where she received an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with atrial septal defect and severe mitral regurgitation. She was told that she would require surgery and was then referred to BCMF for financial assistance in undergoing the surgery. Baw's surgery is scheduled for October 30. She needs help raising $1,500.
Nasasira is a primary level student from Uganda. She likes studying and singing. Nasasira is in the care of her grandmother, who is a farmer. For one month, Nasasira has had an umbilical hernia. This causes her pain and discomfort and affects her school attendance and performance. Fortunately, on November 9, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Nasasira's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Nasasira’s grandmother says, “I will hve peace of mind and continue with farming to care for my family and to support my granddaughter’s education after her surgery.”