Spencer joined Watsi on December 30th, 2013. 21 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Spencer's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Loveness, a two-year-old girl from Tanzania, to fund contracture release surgery.
Spencer has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.
Spencer has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.
Meet Loveness, a two year old girl, living with her parents in Tanzania. Loveness' father is a small scale farmer, while her mother relies on day to day jobs to supplement their income. Earlier this year, Loveness' mother went out to fetch water and Loveness stayed to play with one of her friends at the home of a neighbor. During lunch, Loveness' left hand was burned by hot oil. The neighbor helped with immediate first aid while waiting for Loveness' mother to return. Loveness and her mother went to the hospital, where Loveness was treated successfully and sent home. A few months later her mother realized that there was something wrong with her daughter’s finger on her left hand, when she noticed that Loveness couldn't straighten her finger. Loveness and her mother returned to the hospital, but the family couldn't afford to pay for the necessary treatment to heal her hand. Instead, the staff at the hospital referred the family to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Now Loveness is scheduled to undergo contracture release surgery on October 17th, at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is seeking $639 to fund this procedure for Loveness so she can grow up active and with full use of her hand. Loveness' mother says: “Please help my daughter and our family put this trauma behind us.”
Kansiime is a farmer and a mother of five children, all of whom are studying, with the eldest in senior 3 and the youngest in first grade. Kansiime is married, and her husband is employed as a boda boda (motorcycle taxi) driver. They own their own semi-permanent house with four rooms, but, unfortunately, there is not enough money to pay for Kansiime's care and upcoming surgical bill. Kansiime was diagnosed with a swelling on her left leg beneath the knee--a condition she has had for almost 3 years. She has paralysis, feeling of needles and pins all over her leg when she sits for long, and she walks with a limp. This has impacted her ability to work, and will continue to worsen her quality of life if not treated. Kansiime traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 4th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kansiime needs help to raise $188 to fund this procedure. Kansiime says “I beg the donors to support me so that I can regain my health so as to live with less, or without complaints, and to walk well again.”
Sour is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four daughters, four sons, and sixteen grandchildren. Since his wife passed away three years ago, he lives with his daughter and her family. He spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren, tending a garden and listening to the radio. Seven years ago, Sour developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sour learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sour shared, "I still have a lot of work I want to do to help my family, and I hope after this surgery I can see everything well and do my activities by myself."
Phal is a 66-year-old second-hand clothing seller from Cambodia. She has lived on her own since her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime. About ten years ago, Phal had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Phal experiences ear pain, tinnitus, and discharge. She cannot communicate clearly with others and she is in chronic pain. She has been buying medicine at the pharmacy to help manage her symptoms, but the cost is difficult for her and she is hoping to finally be cured of this condition. Fortunately, Phal traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 15th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Phal said, "I hope my ear will improve and the tinnitus will finally stop after the operation. I especially want my hearing to improve."
Thoeun is a 46-year-old merchant who lives in Phnom Penh with his wife who is a teacher and three children who are in school. They have two sons and one daughter. Thoeun sells duck eggs on the street for a living. In his free time he enjoys watching TV, listening to the radio, and reading the newspaper. Because of a polyp in his nose, it is difficult for Thoeun to breath. He experiences nasal obstruction, a runny nose, and headaches. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. Now, they need your help to fund Thoeun's $289 surgery. Thoeun shared, "I hope that after surgery the infections and pain will go away and I will be able to breathe easily."
Meet Gracius, a 22-year-old man living in Kenya. He is currently studying to become a veterinarian and was considered such a promising student that he received a loan through the government to fund his education. His parents live in western Kenya and work as subsistence farmers. Gracius is suffering from an ectopic kidney, a defect in which a kidney is abnormally located (not in its usual position). This causes him a lot of pain and difficulty passing urine properly. His pain and likelihood of infection will increase if he doesn't receive treatment soon. “I want to get well so that I can complete my studies in Animal Production and Health so that [I can] become a Veterinary doctor and take care of my aging parents,” says Gracius. For $1,350, we can help Gracius receive a pyeloplasty. This treatment will help him live a healthy life and pursue his goals!
Simeon is a friendly and bright 24-year-old from Nigeria. He is currently in school, studying to be an accountant. Simeon has many talents; he loves to read, sing, and play basketball. The only thing getting in the way of these things is an abnormal growth on his right arm. The growth causes Simeon a lot of pain and immobility, but he can't afford surgery to remove it. Simeon is looking forward to completing his education and getting a good job so he can help support his five siblings. Already struggling to put himself through school, the $1500 required for treatment is well beyond his means. Let's work together to help Simeon get treatment and move forward with his education!