kevin joined Watsi on January 27th, 2015. Seven years ago, kevin joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. kevin's most recent donation traveled 4,600 miles to support Jackson, a 48-year-old welder from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery so that he can walk again.
kevin has funded healthcare for 89 patients in 13 countries.
kevin has funded healthcare for 89 patients in 13 countries.
Jackson is a 48-year-old married man and the father of three children. His oldest child is in high school and his youngest has not yet joined school. Jackson works as a welder, but he shared that work is hard to come by. His wife works as a teacher in a small private school. On Monday, December 20th, Jackson was riding as a passenger on his friend's motorbike when they were in an accident. They were going to plant some tomatoes on a farm they both owned. They arrived safely and went ahead to plant the tomatoes. When they were done, they decided to go back home and took off on Monday evening. Along the way, they were involved in an accident. Jackson was badly injured and rushed to the emergency room. Later, he was evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon where he was told he had a fractured femur and surgery is recommended. Jackson is bedridden and in pain, and he worries that without treatment, he might not be able to walk again. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On December 23rd, Jackson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After a successful surgery, he will be able to move around easily and resume his work to provide for his family. Now, Jackson needs help raising $1,500 to fund his procedure and care. Jackson shared, "it is very hard to comprehend what happened and how I’m going to clear the hospital bill but despite the situation I’m in right now, I’m very happy that I’m receiving treatment."
Visa is a 24-year-old soldier from Cambodia. She is also married to a soldier and they have a 3-year-old daughter. When she is not at work, she likes to watch movies on TV. Visa had an earlier ear infection that caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Visa experiences frequent pain and ear discharge. For the past 3 months, she has had ear discharge, pain, and occasional bleeding. It is difficult for her to hear at work; which she shared makes her feel embarrassed, frustrated and upset. Visa traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 24th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She told us, "I hope after surgery I will be able to hear clearly, the discharge will stop, and I will no longer have this pain."
Emily is a kind 26-year-old woman who recently got engaged to her childhood friend. She is the fourth born in a family of 7 and lives with both of her parents. One day in 2008, Emily started to experience severe abdominal pains. The pains kept increasing and she could not pass stool. On the third day, her parents rushed her the hospital where a diagnosis of bowel obstruction was made. She was taken to the operating room and had an ileostomy done as a temporary treatment for the bowel obstruction. An ileostomy is an opening in the abdominal wall that is made during surgery, part of the small intestines are diverted through an opening in the abdomen called a stoma. A special bag is placed over the stoma to collect fecal matter that are unable to pass through the colon out of the body. An ileostomy is reversible since it is only made to provide a temporary passage for the release of stools out of the body while allowing healing of the operated part of the intestines/ bowels. Emily was scheduled for ileostomy reversal in July 2008 and the parents took her back to the hospital where she was admitted. She was later discharged home and the surgery rescheduled since the there were many patients in the waiting list. She has since had more than 7 admissions for the procedure but each time she is discharged and the surgery rescheduled. They kept going to the hospital and in 2011 they gave up since they were not getting help and had already spent a lot on transport and meals. Emily eventually dropped out of school due to discrimination and the stigma associated with the condition. She now uses cheap thin plastic papers as stoma bags as the family cannot afford to buy the all the bags due to financial constraints. She has grown to live with this condition. Despite all that has been in her way, Emily is still very hard working and earns a living from washing clothes at people's homes. This enables her to buy the plastic bags for the stoma. Often, she runs out of money to buy the bags and is forced to stay indoors. Recently, one of their neighbors had a thyroidectomy done at Partners in Hope Hospital under a special program and urged her parents to bring her for assessment. The surgeon reviewed her and indicated that the condition can still be corrected through laparotomy where an ileostomy reversal will be done. This surgery will greatly improve Emily’s life, restore her dignity as a human being and remove the emotional pain and torture that Emily has lived with the past 13 years. Her parents are seeking financial support to help their daughter undergo the surgery. “I remember that when I was young, I used to use the bathroom normally in the pit latrine. I pray that one day I will be able to use the toilet again. I hope that when I get married I will be like all other women and will not have to embarrass my husband with this condition," shared Emily with a shy smile on her face.
Gideon, who was born with intellectual disabilities, lives in and attends a special school in Eldoret town. Gideon likes being in school and he likes drawing during his free time. His parents live in the village and it’s been a long time since Gideon has seen them, so he is looking forward to seeing them when he gets treated. Gideon came to the hospital after having a swelling in a sensitive area for more than two years. He reports that it was gradual on the onset but worsened with time. Gideon was brought to the hospital by one of his relatives after they were told of Gideon's condition. Before they came to Kapsowar Hospital, they had tried many other hospitals, but every time they were asked to pay huge amounts of money for treatment, which they cannot afford. Gideon has an appointment for a hydrocelectomy surgery to repair the double hernia bulges. He has been experiencing severe discomfort in the affected area and a mild headache, and feels ashamed walking around due to the swelling. Currently, Gideon is under the care and support of the Samaritans, but they don’t have money to pay for his surgery, only for room and board. They are asking anyone reading this story to support Gideon so he can undergo a successful surgery for recovery. Gideon is a happy young man who looks forward to seeing his parents soon. His uncle says, “I will be happy to see him without the swelling. He deserves to live a happy and healthy life like others.”
Samiri is a four-year-old boy and the only child of his single mother. His father is married to another woman and has two other children. Samiri's mother provides for their family through her work as a tailor. Samiri has not started school yet, but his mother would like to enroll him in kindergarten next year. Her hope is that Samiri's condition will be treated before he joins school. Samiri has been diagnosed with bilateral Genu Varus, which means that his legs are angled inwards at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Samiri has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Samiri. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 14th. Treatment will hopefully restore Samiri's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Samiri’s mother shared, "I can never find the money needed to cover my son’s treatment cost. I am struggling to even put food on the table for my son. Please help him."
Meng is a 19-year-old construction worker. He's been married for six months and works as a carpenter, metal worker, and roofer. In his free time, Meng enjoys listening to pop songs and playing volleyball and football. In August of 2020, Meng was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture to his right wrist. Doctors at a government hospital fixed hardware to his wrist after the accident to help the fracture heal. Now, the bone is united and the hardware needs to be removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 7th, Meng will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will prevent future complications and pain. Meng shared, "I hope I can heal quickly from this procedure so I can return to work."
Meat is a 49-year-old farmer who is married and his wife sells fish at a local market. He also has two sons and two daughters. His eldest daughter works at a factory in the city and his other children are still in school. He enjoys listening to the radio, watching TV, and meeting up with his friends in his free time. In April 2021, Meat fell from a tree and fractured his right humerus and wrist. He is in pain and is unable to use his right hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 26th, Meat will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. The procedure will help heal his fracture and allow him to use his right hand again. Meat shared, "I hope I can regain use of my hand soon so I can return to work and support my family."
Chantha is a 65-year-old food seller at a school. He has three daughters and five grandchildren. Chantha lives with his wife and their youngest daughter. These days, Chantha does not go to the school with his wife to sell food because of his poor vision. He stays at home and watches his grandchildren. Chantha enjoys watching the news and Khmer boxing on TV and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Chantha developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On May 24th, 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. Chantha shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see ok again so I can help my wife sell food at the school again."
Gladys is a 47-year-old hardworking woman and a mother to three children. Gladys is separated from her husband and now lives with two of her children in a small rented room. In January, Gladys began experiencing troubling symptoms including neck swelling, headaches, and difficulty swallowing. She was diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Gladys receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 9th at AMH's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, she needs help to fund this $657 procedure. Gladys shared, "if this condition is treated, I can continue with my work. I am requesting help so that I can be treated and be okay to take care of my children."
Leak is a 31-year-old mother who has been married for three years and has two daughters. Leak's husband works in construction. Leak first noticed a mass on her left foot in 2010. She had surgery at a government hospital a few years ago, but the mass has grown back larger than before. After a biopsy, her mass was diagnosed as an angiofibroma soft tissue malformation. Leak experiences swelling and pain. Fortunately, Leak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 11th, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Leak needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Leak shared, "I hope this treatment will help me return home and be able to take care of my children again."
Ra is a married 32-year-old metal worker from Cambodia. Ra's wife works in a factory, and they have two school-aged daughters. Eight months ago Ra fell and developed severe lower back and left hip pain, leading to difficulty walking. Ra was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, which is the death of bone tissue due to lack of blood supply. Fortunately, Ra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Ra of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for June 24th, and Ra needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Ra looks forward to his recovery, "I am happy that I can get an operation here. After surgery I hope I heal and can return to work without pain."
Nheat is a 76-year-old rice farmer with one son, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away 30 years ago. Currently, Nheat lives with her youngest son, who is also a farmer. Due to her age, she no longer goes to the field to farm. Instead, she enjoys spending her time taking care of her many grandchildren and listening to monks preaching on the radio. Five years ago, Nheat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, photo phobia, and sometime tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nheat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour with her son seeking treatment. On March 22nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Nheat shared, "I hope after surgery that I can see well again, help my daughter-in-law take care of the grandchildren, take care of myself, and go back to the pagoda on my own."