Andrea joined Watsi on December 2nd, 2016. 34 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Andrea's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Pauline, a 12-year-old student from Kenya, to fund knee surgery.
Andrea has funded healthcare for 63 patients in 11 countries.
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."
Shatrice is a playful child whom her mother describes as exploring. She was born with hearing loss which was only noted when she was two years old. Efforts to seek treatment in their home area were fruitless. This was mainly because of financial limitation. Her mother was advised to bring her to Watsi's medical partner facility, about 500km from their village. Shatrice was diagnosed with profound hearing loss and requires hearing aids. With the fittings, she will develop her speech and her hearing will greatly improve. Shatrice’s mother is the only breadwinner in the family. She has to care for her two children and Shatrice’s grandmother who is struggling with esophageal cancer. From time to time, she has to take up cleaning jobs to meet demands at home. The family, however, relies on the church to meet their daily needs, including their transport and consultation fee. Shatrice’s mother desires to have her child grow up like any other child. She appeals for help.
Joseph is a 9-year-old boy from Kenya. Joseph’s father is employed casually as a public transport driver while his mother is a full-time mom. Joseph is the third born of four children. Joseph was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Joseph has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Joseph will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 13th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a driver just like dad when I grow up,” says Joseph.
John is a casual laborer from Kenya and the oldest of three children in his family with a single mother. John is currenrtly unemployed and previously he did some casual work at a bus stage: to help fill passengers for a small daily wage. His mother does casual work like cleaning clothes for neighbors and any other job available. On 4th April 2019 John was hit by a vehicle that lost control and met him on the side of the road. He sustained injuries to both legs. He was taken to a nearby hospital and x-rays showed he had closed fracture head of femur left leg and open fracture right tibia. Through the earlier support of friends and neighbors, he had an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery on the left side and external fixator on his right leg. Unfortunately even after the wound was healed his family could not afford another ORIF surgery which is much needed. Doctors are concerned that if not treated soon, John may get sepsis in his bones and may never be able to use his legs again. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 5th, John will undergo an ORIF fracture repair procedure. We hope with treatment, he will regain normal use of his legs and that an infection will also be avoided. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I have suffered a whole year in bed and pain that seems to have no end. I really plead for support and God will bless you. I can’t imagine seeing these metal bars removed from my leg and walking again, even if by crutches,” says John.
Tracy is a beautiful three-year-old girl from Uganda. Tracy was screened in during a surgical camp organized by Nyakibale Hospital where she was diagnosed with a lipoma on her chest area. Her mother notes that the swell has been there for over one year. They had not taken her to the hospital due to financial challenges. The lipoma has disfigured her chest area and is often painful as Tracy cries a lot. Tracy had surgery recommended and he family linked with Watsi's Medical Partner to request financial assistance. Tracy, the last born in a family of three has started her nursery school. Her mother operates a saloon while the father works at a retail shop. Their income is negligible to meet the cost of surgery in the hospital and they appeal for help. The surgery will restore Tracy's good health and ease her pain. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tracy's family needs help to raise $187 to fund her procedure. Tracy's mother says, “My daughter has been crying always due to pain and the discomfort, but I hope that she will be relieved after undergoing her surgery and continue with school since she enjoys going to school more than anything else.”
Bernard is an elderly man from Uganda. For close to one year, Bernard has been complaining of a painful scrotal swelling that has been a source of discomfort in his life. He experiences pain when walking or on the farm when tilling. He had relied on herbs to treat the condition, which have not worked. He heard of Nyakibale Hospital and came for review. Doctors diagnosed a hydrocele and surgery is recommended for Bernard. If not treated, he is at risk suffering from urethral dysfunction. Bernard does not have money to pay for his planned surgery. He is a husband to three wives and a father to ten children. They rely on his small banana and coffee plantation to meet daily needs. His wives work in the farms as well, mainly cultivating cassava and maize. The yields are quite low, limiting his chances of income and he appeals for assistance with his treatment costs. Fortunately, on May 5th, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $139 to fund Bernard's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bernard says, “I hope to regain my health once again when my surgery goes on successfully.”
Yohana is a five-year-old playful and friendly boy from Tanzania. Yohana's parents are peasant farmers. They keep a small herd of livestock which is their only source of income. He loves herding his parents' livestock with other children. However, due to ganu valgus, a condition where the knees bow inwards, he is unable to walk with ease. When he was three years old, his father noted the left leg bowing inwards and sooner his right leg. He thought the condition would clear on its own. However, it worsened with time. Yohana is set to start school in 2020 but his parents are worried that he might face difficulties walking. He was reviewed at a local clinic before being referred to our facility. Upon review, he had surgery recommended. Upon successful surgery, he will be able to walk with ease and less pain. The planned surgery is costly for his parents to meet and they appeal for financial assistance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Yohana. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 5th. Treatment will hopefully restore Yohana's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Yohana’s father says, “I have watched my son’s legs become deformed but there was nothing I could do due to financial challenges. Please help.”