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Torstein's Story

Torstein joined Watsi on October 16th, 2014. Seven years ago, Torstein joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Torstein's most recent donation traveled 4,800 miles to support Glory, a little girl from Tanzania, to fund a mass removal procedure.


Torstein has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 12 countries.

All patients funded by Torstein

Kyomuhendo is a 26-year-old man from Uganda who is married with two children. His oldest child is six years old and in school, while the youngest is seven months old. He and his family live in a rental house; they haven't yet built their own. Kyomuhendo works as a casual laborer picking tea leaves at a tea plantation. He uses the money he earns to pay rent, buy food, and fund his child's education. While he enjoys farming, he is unhappy at the moment because he cannot attend to his fields due to illness. About a year ago Kyomuhendo developed a painful swelling in his left inguinal area, or lower abdomen. He visited a hospital where he was diagnosed with a hernia-- a protrusion of intestinal tissue through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. At the time of his diagnosis, Kyomuhendo was advised to have surgery, but he couldn't afford to pay for it. Due to the pain from his hernia, Kyomuhendo is unable to lift heavy items or dig. This prevents him from doing his work in the fields. If he doesn't receive treatment, he faces the potentially serious risk of many complications. For $249, Kyomuhendo can receive the attention he needs through Watsi's medical partner in Uganda, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Doctors will perform a hernia repair surgery, returning the intestinal tissue to the abdominal cavity and mending the weakness in the abdominal wall. The surgery will ease Kyomuhendo's pain, eliminate his intestinal strangulation risk, and allow him to return to providing for his family. "I am hoping to resume digging after I receive treatment," says Kyomuhendo. Let's help him afford this important operation.

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Miriam is a 66-year-old woman from a remote region of Kenya. She lives with her husband in a grass-thatched house, and they sell charcoal to support themselves. Four of her five children have families and live in the same village, and her youngest child is in high school. In 2011, Miriam injured her eye injury and received eye drops from a local dispensary. However, she noticed a gradual change in her vision as she developed a cataract in one of her eyes. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Most cataracts are due to age-related changes in the eye and account for 50 percent of all cases of blindness worldwide. Early symptoms include blurred vision and tearing. Miriam says she is not able to walk comfortably as she has problems with her vision. She has not been able to access medical care. In June 2016, at an eye camp organized by Kijabe hospital, doctors recommended cataract surgery for Miriam, but she is not able to raise the amount needed. For $230, Miriam will undergo small incision cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens from her eye and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. Funding for her treatment also includes an overnight hospital stay, eye drops, and medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection. “I want to be able to see clearly again and be able to provide for myself," shares Miriam.

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Nathaniel is a 47-year-old man who lives with his wife and two children a three-room house in Kenya. He worked as a driver until he was injured in an accident in 2014. As a result of his injury, Nathaniel has an infection—known as osteomyelitis—of his lower right leg bone. Typical symptoms of osteomyelitis include recurring pain, redness, swelling, and bone loss. Nathaniel has been to different facilities for treatment; he has even had previous surgeries in our facility. He now needs bone transport surgery to regenerate the bone that he has lost as a result of the infection. Without treatment, Nathaniel will not be able to walk well again. He may also develop a severe infection, which may lead to amputation of his leg. During bone transport surgery, an orthopedic surgeon breaks the involved bone and attaches the bone fragments to an external fixation device. As the fracture begins to heal, the external fixator is adjusted to pull the healing fracture apart approximately one millimeter per day. Separating the fragments in this manner promotes bone growth and results in the restoration of the lost bone over time. Nathaniel has not been able to work since his accident and has to rely on his wife to provide for the family by selling second-hand clothes. His children, who are in college, have to get government bursaries to pay their school fees. The family's financial situation leaves them unable to raise the full amount of money needed for Nathaniel's surgery. He thus appeals for financial support. For $1,500, Nathaniel will undergo bone transport surgery and receive 12 days of hospital care, antibiotic therapy, and physical therapy. “I want to be well and provide for my family," shares Nathaniel. "I would like to relieve my wife of the burden of providing for the family alone."

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