CHRISTINA joined Watsi on January 12th, 2020. One month ago, CHRISTINA joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. CHRISTINA's most recent donation supported Aiden, a playful kindergartener from Kenya, to fund a fracture repair procedure on his right arm.
CHRISTINA has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Aiden is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. He is a playful kindergartener who hails from Kanam Keener Village in Turkana County. On November 13th, Aiden sustained a severe injury to his right upper limb after he fell on a hard ground while playing with his friends. His aunt brought him to the hospital after she heard his cries outside. Aiden was reviewed by our partner doctors, who conducted an X-Ray revealing a fracture to his right supracondylar or upper arm bone. Because he was in pain and could not move his hand, doctors applied skin traction to stabilize his fracture and realign the normal position of the bone. Aiden will need an Open Reduction and External Fixation (OREF) procedure to fully treat his injury. Unfortunately, this procedure is costly for Aiden and his family. Aiden is the second born child in a family of three. His mother is a single mother who earns wages from laundry labor. Because she lacks a stable job, she is struggling financially, exacerbated especially by the COVID pandemic. She decided to take Aiden to stay with his aunt because it was difficult for her to support three children by herself. Aiden and his family are appealing for financial help. On November 16th, Aiden will undergo an OREF procedure at our medical partner's care center, which will cost $801. Once recovered, he will be able to move his hand again and carry out daily life activities as normal. Aiden's mother shared, “He has so much pain. I hope he gets treated and feels better and will be well again”.
Saratt is a 39-year-old cook from Cambodia. She and her husband have four daughters together, all of whom are in school. Her husband is taxi driver. Saratt works at a local restaurant, and in her free time she does housework, prepares food for her daughters, and grows vegetables in her garden. Since she was 10 years old, Saratt has had a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both of her ears to perforate. As a result, Saratt experiences ear discharge, hearing loss and pain on both sides. She has taken a range of medications as treatment including antibiotics, but they have had little effect. In daily life, it is difficult for her to communicate clearly with others. Saratt traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 13th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This amount covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Saratt shared, "I hope after surgery that my ear will feel better, and that there will be no infection or discharge. I hope that I can talk normally with my family."
Tugumisirize is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with seven children, with the youngest still home and doesn’t know whether she will make it to continue with education due to lack of money in their family. Though she is married, Tugumisirize lacks social support from her husband as he went to a faraway place. Since 2015, Tugumisirize began to experience troubling symptoms, including loss of weight, neck pain and chest pain. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tugumisirize receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Tugumisirize says, “I hope to get a better quality of life after surgery so I can continue with farming, and if I work I will support the education of my child beyond the primary level.”