Steve joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. Seven years ago, Steve joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Steve's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Augostino, a sweet and playful boy from Kenya, to fund surgery to heal his burns.
Steve has funded healthcare for 116 patients in 14 countries.
Steve has funded healthcare for 116 patients in 14 countries.
Augostino is a playful boy in kindergarten, who hails from Samor village in Western Kenya. One year ago, Augostino suffered severe burns to the left side of his face when he was trying to fetch food. As a result of his injury, Augostino developed scar contractures, which have tightened the skin around the burns. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Augostino receive treatment. On May 1st, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him heal. Now, his family needs help to fund this procedure, which will cost $1,478. Augostino's father says, “I want my child to have a good look just like other children. I always ask myself why this happened to him."
Tecla is a shy and hardworking woman in her early 40s. She was born alone in her home and she now stays with her mother. Tecla did not complete schooling after she developed partial hearing loss at an early age. She also experienced a painful accident when she was young after she burnt her right fingers leaving her disabled. Due to this, Tecla does not work and depends on her mum for all her needs. They live together in a semi-permanent house. Starting five years ago, Tecla has been experiencing abdominal swelling and other symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a large fibroid uterus and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Surgical removal should be performed as soon as possible. Since Tecla does not have national health insurance, she is requesting help to pay for her treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $918 to fund Tecla's surgery. On April 5th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Tecla shared, "It has never been easy for me. My hope here is to get treated and be well and live a normal life.”
Joseph is a friendly and playful six-year-old boy and the eldest in a family of four children. Joseph is currently in kindergarten, and he loves counting numbers. In his free time, he enjoys playing football. Joseph's parents raise livestock to make a living. When Joseph was three years old, he burned his left hand in a fire. Now, he has limited use of his left hand, because his fingers have contracted and he is unable to move them freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Joseph receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him regain use of his hand. Now, he and his family need help raising $874 to fund his procedure and care. Joseph’s father shared, "it has been a bad season for livestock keepers and I am not able to afford the cost."
Dorcas is a three-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of four children. Dorcas’s father shared how hard he is working to make ends meet. He is having health complications, but still seeks day jobs like working at construction sites and other casual laboring jobs to get money to support his family. His wife helps to take care of Dorcas and her siblings. Dorcas has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, where her legs bow inward so that her knees always 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, Dorcas has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dorcas. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 4th and treatment will hopefully restore Dorcas's mobility. This will allow her to fully participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Dorcas’s father shared: “I try to seek jobs to find money to take my daughter for treatment, but the pay is very little. I can only manage to do so little with the money, not enough to save and seek treatment for her."
Joseph is a two-month-old baby and the only child in his family. His mother used to work in a salon but stopped shortly before she gave birth to Joseph, while his father is a cook in a local hotel. The family shared that they do not have national health insurance and need assistance with the cost of their son’s surgery. Joseph has had a right inguinal hernia since birth. His mother noticed some swelling within the first week of his birth and took him to the hospital. Doctors determined the swelling was normal and would reduce over time; however, when there was no change so Joseph’s mother brought him back to the hospital. Upon further review, the doctors diagnosed the condition as a hernia and referred Joseph to the care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for treatment. On January 5th, Joseph will undergo repair surgery at AMH’s care center. Upon recovery, he will be able to live more comfortably and grow up healthy. AMH is requesting $585 to fund Joseph’s surgery. Joseph’s mother shared, “Whenever my child cries of pain, I’m never at peace with myself, but I know that all will be well.”
Mary is a farmer and the single mother of three children who are now grown. She lives in her parents’ home in Central Kenya. Mary farms on a small piece of land given to her by her parents, growing food crops for home use. She has no source of income and relies on her kids for upkeep and support. However, all her children do not have stable jobs. Her parents are elderly and don’t work either, so she is worried about how to fund the care she needs. Mary first started experiencing pain in her stomach at the beginning of October. Mary's pain has gradually increased and her stomach began swelling making her uncomfortable. She went to a health facility in Central Kenya for a check-up and review. She has been diagnosed with cancer of the ovaries. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, can help. AMH is requesting $1,260 to fund Mary's surgery. On November 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Mary will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Mary says, "I feel uncomfortable with a swollen stomach and I am in pain. I know this surgery will go a long way to help heal the issue and make me well again.”
Ay is a 32-year-old garment worker. She is married and has one six-year-old daughter. Her daughter is in 2nd grade. Ay's husband is a construction worker. When Ay was just three the back of her leg was burned by a cooking fire. In 2018 her wound re-opened where her scar was. She went to a pharmacy for medications and clean dressings but the wound would not heal. Ay has a painful non-healing wound that makes it difficult for her to walk or flex her right leg. When Ay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 29th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to help her walk easily again. Now, Ay needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Ay says, "After surgery I hope my right leg will be free of pain and infection and once it heals I will be able to walk again and return to work."
Kevin is a 1-year-old baby and the youngest in a family of four. His siblings are aged between 3-7 years. They live in their ancestral home together with their parents and grandparents. Kevin's father is a hardworking man who tends farms for a living. His mother sells vegetables at a local market. Their combined income is often just enough to feed their family and the elderly grandparents. When Kevin was only seven months, he fell into a fire while crawling. He was in the custody of his grandmother who was preparing a meal in their home kitchen. He is currently not able to close his right eye and his mouth because of the contractures that formed as he was healing. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kevin receive treatment. On October 5th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery for Kevin. After the surgery, he will be able to blink freely and close his eyes. Now, their family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Kelvin mother says, “This kid is only one year and in pain as a result of the burns. He has difficulties in sleeping because he cannot close his eye. This surgery will help him be able to sleep well and close his eyes.”
Ivan is a three-year-old boy and the only child of his single mother, though his father has three other children with his wife. Ivan and his mother live at his grandparent’s home. Ivan’s grandparents are small scale farmers growing mainly maize, vegetables, and green bananas. Ivan’s mother helps her parents in farming to be able to also provide and care for her son. Ivan was born with a congenital deformity of his toes where they are webbed together. This year, it has been hard for Ivan to play and do all the things his friends like to do. Fortunately, our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation is helping Ivan receive treatment. On September 2nd, surgeons at their care center will perform a surgery so he will no longer be in pain. Now, his family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Ivan’s mother says,"I am not able to afford my son’s treatment cost please help him have his toes corrected. He is complaining of pain more as days go by.”
Raul is a little soccer fan from Venezuela. He was born in Caracas and his family moved to Medellín last January seeking better opportunities. Raul has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Regardless of his condition, he loves soccer, and even if it’s hard for him, he loves to play. He's also already has a creative mind and loves playing with legos. Raul is very cheerful and social, and loves watching other kids playing around him. Fortunately, Raul's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel where they can offer life-changing treatment. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 5th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,422 to fund Raul's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily, run and chase after balls, and even play soccer. His mother told us: “I just hope that my son can walk easier, and be a normal child. I hope you can operate for him and see if finally some day we can take him to a soccer academy without any limitations.”
Fenet is a 1-year-old child from Ethiopia. She is a beautiful baby girl with two older siblings and she loves to play with them and their parents. Her dad is a daily labourer with an income not large enough to meet the family's needs and medical costs. Fenet was born with an anorectal malformation, which is a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. Children with this condition have an imperforate anus, or an absence of opening where it should be. Due to this condition, she developed bowel obstruction and underwent an emergency colostomy. Post-surgery, Fenet has had multiple issues with her colostomy care and experienced associated complications. As a result, she cannot pass stool in a normal way. Fenet's condition has taken its toll on her mom and dad, and the whole process has been very emotional and difficult for them to go through. Her family appeals for help for Fenet to be treated. Fenet is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on June 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Fenet's procedure and care. After her recovery, Fenet will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mom shared, “I hope my child will heal and God is able.”
Wit is a four-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Wit goes to junior kindergarten, while his parents own a small shop in the camp. In his free time, he enjoys drawing and coloring. He's also already really interested in fixing and building things. Since he was a year old, Wit has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain in his scrotum and in his stomach. Due to the pain, he cannot run and play with his friends and he sometimes he misses school. To control the pain, he takes pain medication three times a day. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Wit to receive treatment. On June 1st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once completed, the procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Now, BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund Wit's surgery. Wit's mother shared, "he tells me he wants to become a doctor [in the future], but he also says that he wants to become a mechanic or a builder. He will ask me to buy him tools and things to fix. He will try to fix his [father’s] motorcycle and bicycle.”