Andrea joined Watsi on December 2nd, 2016. 34 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Andrea's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Tumushabe, a 31-year-old farmer from Uganda, to fund a safe Caesarean section.
Andrea has funded healthcare for 69 patients in 11 countries.
Andrea has funded healthcare for 69 patients in 11 countries.
Tumushabe is a 31-year-old small scale farmer. She completed the third grade in primary school, but shared with us that she left school due to a lack of financial support for school fees. Her husband is a laborer who does work around their village. They own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. During her free time, she enjoys working on her farm. Tumushabe is currently expecting her third baby. Doctors recommend that she deliver her baby via c-section, because she sadly lost her first two children shortly after birth. If not treated through a c-section, Tumushabe's uterus could rupture, putting her and the baby at risk. A c-section will allow doctors to better ensure the safety of both mother and child. Tumushabe and her husband hope and pray that they may finally have a healthy child who will survive and grow up. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Tumushabe to undergo a c-section on May 19th. Now, Tumushabe needs $207 to fund the procedure. Tumushabe shared with us, “I pray for a successful surgery."
Bitambaki is a 75-year-old man and a father of five children. Bitambaki shared with us that he did not proceed past Class 6 in school, as he lost his parents when he was young. Currently, he tends to his small banana and coffee plantation to make ends meet. For two years, Bitambaki has struggled with a right inguinal hernia which he has been managing with pain medication. He feels pain from the swell especially when he bends or strains his muscles. He also experiences a burning sensation when passing urine. When his pain became more severe, Bitambaki was advised to visit Nyakibale Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with a hernia and recommended he undergo repair surgery. The surgery would reduce the chances of complications, such as a strangulated hernia. However, he is not able to meet the cost of his care, especially as he has not been working due to his condition. Bitambaki appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Bitambaki's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently, and return to full mobility without pain. Bitambaki shared, “I first had a similar swelling on my left side of my inguinal region. After an operation, I was fine. I hope that after this operation, I will have my health restored and can continue with farming.”
Tibeihaho is a 56-year-old farmer and a widow with five children. One of her daughters is married, and the other daughter has just finished university. Of her three sons, two are still studying, and the other one operates a hair-cutting salon. Currently, Tibeihaho earns a living from her small scale banana and coffee plantation, which her late husband left for her. She recalls that starting in 1986, Tibeihaho began to experience troubling symptoms, including persistent headache and shortness of breath. She was since been diagnosed with a goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse and finally treat her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tibeihaho receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Tibeihaho shared, “I like farming but it has now been three years since I last did farming in a good health condition. This condition has caused me a hard time, but I hope that once I have your support and receive my treatment, I will regain my health once again and continue with farming.”
Kyogabirwe is a 32-year-old mother of two who came to our Medical Partner's Care Center Nyakibale hospital for her antenatal visits and doctors have advised her to deliver through a caesarian section to ensure her health and that of the baby. Kyogabirwe however is worried about the cost of this delivery. She lost her nursery teaching job when Covid-19 arrived and schools were closed. Their family's only source of income is her husband's small motorcycle business, but the income is not enough to meet the cost of living and medical cost. Kyogabirwe shared, “I will really be grateful for your support. COVID19 has really affected us financially. After I recovery from the c-section, I hope to continue with farming.”
Precious is a 3-year-old girl with a contagious smile. She is the youngest of four children in her family. Precious’ father is a bus driver and her mother is a housewife. Since Precious was born, she has had difficulty breathing and difficulty sleeping. Over the last three years, she has had treatments at various hospitals, but Precious' condition has not improved. She has tried taking antibiotics and using nasal spray steroids, but there has been no improvement. A church pastor gave information to Precious' family about a hospital, and they decided to visit to see if Precious would be a candidate for surgery. Accompanied by her parents, Precious traveled for several hours from her hometown to get to the care center for consultation. She was diagnosed with hypertrophy of the tonsils and adenoids and deemed fit for surgery. On March 3rd, Precious will undergo a tonsillectomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $420 to fund Precious' surgery. Precious' mother shared, “I hope for my child to get treated so that she can breathe well and sleep well."
Atuzarirwe is a 49-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of six children, five of whom are still in school. For the past five years, Atuzarirwe has had a worrisome anterior neck swelling. The swelling affects her breathing and causes her voice to be hoarse, especially when she is singing, a hobby she loves practicing especially in the choir. Atuzarirwe was referred to our Medical Partner's Care Center Nyakibale Hospital by a friend for treatment. Doctors there completed a scan and diagnosed a multinodular goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. Atuzarirwe will need to have the goiter removed to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. However, Atuzarirwe faces financial constraints and is unable to raise the funds needed for her care. Together with her husband, she practices small scale farming to make ends meet. They work hard to make enough to support their daily needs, children's education fees, and basic healthcare costs. Atuzarirwe appeals for financial support for her surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Atuzarirwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 23rd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Atuzarirwe shared, “I have really travelled from far and all I wish for is to regain my health once again and continue with farming.”
Meet Pauline, 12-year-old, calm girl. She is the 4th born in a family of five children. Pauline is a student in class 7 at Kathunguri School. Our medical partner met Pauline at a clinic in Embu and she was accompanied by her mother. Pauline's family hails from Kathunguri village in Embu county. Her mother is a housewife while her father is a farmer. Pauline was born normal and she could walk well like other children however during the month of December 2019, her mother noticed a sudden and unusual walking. She took her to a hospital where she was referred to our mobile clinic in Embu. The condition on her left foot has deteriorated and is suddenly lowering her self-esteem. “Sometimes my classmates imitate and laugh at me when I walk and I feel bad,” Pauline told us. She is scheduled to undergo a surgery which will be of great impact on her life and her growth as she will be able to walk confidently. She will also proceed with her education and her self-esteem will improve. Her family is unable to raise the estimated cost of surgery and thus requested for support from well-wishers. “I request for support for my daughter to undergo surgery. My joy would be to see her walking without any hardship and progressing on well with life.” --Judith, Pauline’s mother noted.
Muzoora is a young student from Uganda. He is the third child in a family of five children. All are studying in both primary and nursery school classes. Muzoora’s father is a builder by profession but since he works in the village, he rarely gets sites for construction; he last got work six months ago. His mother is a small-scale farmer and she at times works in other people’s farms whenever a need for money comes in. Three years ago, Muzoora developed an inguinal hernia. Muzoora always complains of pain whenever he coughs or laughs, when he stretches as he is playing with others, and he has ongoing abdominal discomfort. Fortunately, on May 21st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund Muzoora's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Muzoora's father says: “I will be grateful once my child is free from this pain because it worries us as his parents.”
Winfred is a young teenage girl from Kenya. She is the first born in a family of three children and lives with her mother and aunt. Her mother sells groceries and her aunt is a cleaner in a local dispensary. Winfred was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction which has made her life very difficult. Winfred is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on July 20th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,393 to cover the total cost of Winfred's procedure and care. After her recovery, Winfred will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Winfred’s aunt shared, “I will be grateful to see that Winfred gets treated.”
Rachel is a tailor from Kenya. She is a middle-aged woman from the east of the country. Eight years ago, she noted a lump on her right breast and consulted several hospitals. She had FNA tests run and cancer was ruled out. In 2014, she had a lumpectomy but unfortunately, the lump recurred in 2018. She was biopsied in a different hospital and still did not get a cancer diagnosis. Late in 2019, she opted to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where she had several tests done, including an ultrasound and CT scan. Doctors diagnosed early-stage cancer. Rachel returned to the hospital in April and surgery is advised. If not operated on, she is at risk of cancer metastasis, which might result in an early death. Rachel is a mother of two children, ages 10 and 8 years old. She lives in a two-roomed rental house paying $34 per month. She sustains her family through her small tailoring venture in their house. Living with a disability, where she had a right femur osteomyelitis in 1982, she is not able to move with ease, and this limits her ability to earn a better living and lifestyle. She separated with her husband, making it hard for her to meet the daily cost of living. She left her two children with a neighbor to come for surgery and appeals for financial help. Without treatment, her cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $898 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Rachel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. After treatment, Rachel will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Rachel says, “Thank you for agreeing to support my surgery. I am grateful and look forward to quick recovery.”
Ayebare is a two-year-old boy and the youngest in their family of 10. He developed stomach pains on Wednesday last week, but later they normalized. He then developed bloody stool after a few days and this has persisted up to now. His father took him to the nearby private clinic in Katuna and spent one night there. His father was advised to take his son to a bigger hospital by the doctor and that’s how he came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital. After assessment and early treatment by the doctor, they now recommend that Ayebare have a curative laparotomy. Without this surgery, he may suffer gangrene of the bowel, Gastro-Intestinal Tract Perforation, peritonitis and severe sepsis, and at worst death. Ayebare’s parents are small-scale farmers who grow beans, potatoes, sorghum and bananas for home consumption. Their firstborn got married recently and hasn’t stabilized in her new family. The third born is 20 years old and in secondary school class 4 and the 10th born is 4 years old and in preschool. All others in between them are in school as well except the 5th born who dropped out of school. Ayebare’s parents own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter and are in the process of constructing a permanent house to safely and comfortably accommodate all their children. They seek financial assistance as they have a lot on their shoulders to take care of, including school fees. Ayebare’s father says, “I pray for a successful surgery. Ayebare will go to school when the right time comes, God willing.”
Vin is a five-year-old child from Cambodia. She is the oldest of three children. Her mother works in a factory, and her father is a farmer. She has not yet started school but she loves to paint at home and help her mother cook. She also helps taking care of her younger siblings. Since birth, Vin has had nevus, or mole, on her cheek. It has grown larger as time has passed. As it grows bigger, it could start to cause further complications. She also experiences difficulty socializing with other children because of her condition. When Vin's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On July 9th, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a skin flap procedure to to replace the skin of the nevus with healthy skin. Now, she needs help to fund this $657 procedure. Vin's mother shared, "I hope that after this surgery, she will look healthy and normal, and will not have any more problems."