Neil joined Watsi on April 17th, 2013. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Neil's most recent donation traveled 4,500 miles to support Mary, a farmer from Kenya, to fund cataract surgery for one eye.
Neil has funded healthcare for 189 patients in 16 countries.
Neil has funded healthcare for 189 patients in 16 countries.
Mary is a 79-year-old woman from Kenya. She lives with her husband, and their six children take care of them. All of their children are married and have their own families. Mary used to be a farmer, but is not able to farm currently due to vision loss. Mary has been experiencing vision problems for a while. Five months ago, she went to a local clinic, where she complained of blurry vision. They prescribed her eye drops, but her vision did not improve. In August, Mary visited our medical partner's care center. Upon consultation with the ophthalmologist, she was diagnosed with a cataract and surgery was recommended. On August 28, Mary will undergo cataract surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $220 to fund Mary's procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including supplies, medication, labs, and physician time.
55-year-old Natukunda lives with her two children in Uganda. She supports her family by working as a small scale farmer. Natukunda shares with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), that she has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pain for the last four years. Natukunda has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids (non-cancerous growths on the wall of the uterus) and has been recommended for a total abdominal hysterectomy. As a single mother, Natukunda can not afford the $208 surgery. AMHF has arranged for the surgery to take place on October 12 and is asking for donations to help cover the costs. "I will be very glad when I am relieved of this pain which I have lived with for so long. I am looking forward to going back to work," says Natukunda.
George is an 82-year-old farmer from rural Uganda. He currently grows cassava, beans, bananas, millet, maize, and coffee, which he sells to support his family. In his free time, George loves to visit with friends and relatives. He especially enjoys spending time with his grandchildren. He has taught them how to dance, sing traditional songs, and tell local legends. For the last three years, George has experienced a painful hernia, but he did not seek medical care until the pain worsened in the last two months. George's friend connected him with Watsi and a local care center in Uganda, and he was able to seek treatment. George will need surgery to repair his hernia, which will relieve his pain and discomfort. He was able to contribute $8 towards his treatment and will need an additional $229 to cover his care. The procedure is scheduled for September 11. George looks forward to getting back to his coffee garden and sharing stories with his children. He thanks the donors for their generosity.
Emiliana is a 38-year-old woman from Guatemala. She recently received Watsi donor support to undergo a [colposcopy](https://watsi.org/profile/4d3c786fcbfb-emiliana) following the results of an abnormal pap smear. Unfortunately, the colposcopy showed that she needed to undergo a more invasive biopsy. On December 21, Emiliana underwent a cone biopsy to remove the cancerous tissue and rule out the need for chemotherapy or radiation. This treatment is simple and will likely remove all or most of the cancerous tissue. Emiliana says she is prepared to begin her fight against cancer. Now, she needs help to fund this $471 procedure.
Vailet is an 18-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the second child in a family of six. When Vailet was young, her family noticed something wrong with her right foot. She had clubfoot, but her family never sought treatment. Vailet was never able to wear shoes. Recently, an outreach team told Vailet's family about available treatment. They visited our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. On December 31, Vailet underwent corrective clubfoot surgery. Vailet's parents are farmers, but they cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,160 in funding. "When my foot straightens," says Vailet, "I hope that I will be able to wear shoes for the first time."
In 2014, Mibiri, a resident of Uganda, developed a painful swelling on her upper abdomen. Since then, the swelling has been increasing in size, and it now causes her substantial discomfort. The pain makes it difficult for her to bend over, and she is unable to lift heavy items. “I fear for my life because of this condition,” Mibiri says. Mibiri had not seen a doctor about her condition because she did not have enough money for treatment. However, after hearing about Watsi, she visited our medical partner's hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital. There, she was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia, meaning that tissue from her digestive system is bulging through an opening in her stomach wall. Mibiri is a single mother of two girls and one boy. Since separating from her husband a year ago, Mibiri has supported her children entirely by herself, including paying education fees for her two school-age daughters. These costs already exhaust Mibiri’s income, which she earns from working in the food business. For this reason, Mibiri needs your help to pay for her hernia repair surgery. She will undergo surgery on January 4. $249 will cover the cost of the operation, as well as the medications and three-day hospital stay she will need to recover. After surgery, Mibiri plans to continue working hard to provide for her family. She hopes to boy her own piece of land someday.
Jolamy is a 75-year-old man from a village in Malawi. He and his wife have four children and eleven grandchildren, and together they run a small farm. When not fetching firewood and tending to this farm, Jolamy enjoys relaxing and chatting with his village friends. One year ago, Jolamy started experiencing trouble while using the restroom. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which has impacted his ability to live and work comfortably. Jolamy is scheduled to receive prostate surgery on January 5 at our medical partner's hospital, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $726 to fund this procedure. Jolamy says, "I have accepted surgery, and I am thankful for Watsi and the Nkhoma staff." Once Jolamy undergoes his prostate surgery, he is expected to return to his farm and family to live a healthy life.
Bulemu is a 67-year-old woman and mother of eight. She grows and sells food to provide for her three youngest children, who still live at home. She cares deeply for her children’s education and works hard to pay for their schooling. In July of 2016, Bulemu began to feel discomfort in a sensitive area, which worsened over time. She began to experience abdominal pain and lose her appetite. “I feel strange, and I am not comfortable going in public places,” she says. After visiting a local health center, she was referred to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, for diagnosis and treatment. Upon admittance, Bulemu was diagnosed with an abnormal uterine condition. Bulemu is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on December 15. Our medical partner is requesting $287 to cover the cost of medication, surgical supplies, and five nights of hospital stay. After surgery, Bulemu hopes to continue working hard to support her children’s education.
Koeun is a 75-year-old farmer who is married and has one daughter. She likes to listen to the news on the radio and look after her grandchildren. In June of 2016, Koeun was in an accident that caused a fracture in her right forearm. She went to a local hospital for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve. It became difficult for Koeun to hold and carry objects, and she was in pain. Koeun traveled for three hours to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On January 4, surgeons at CSC performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure to allow Koeun to use her arm easily again. Now, she needs help to pay her $411 medical bill.
Doung is an 83-year-old man with seven sons and thirty grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and join ceremonies at the pagoda. One month ago, Doung developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere outside. When Doung learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 4, doctors performed a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Doung will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope to be able to see more clearly," says Doung, "because I want to go to the pagoda by myself."
Kadoma is a 71-year-old father of seven. Six of his children are in secondary school, and one has completed school. Kadoma's wife passed away in 2009. Since then, he has worked hard to raise their children. In 2004, Kadoma underwent a hernia repair surgery in a government hospital. In 2014, he developed another hernia. He was in significant pain, but he never visited a hospital because he could not afford another surgery. It became difficult for him to work on his banana plantation, Without treatment, Kadoma risked intestinal damage. He finally visited our medical partner's care center after learning about Watsi. On November 23, he underwent a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. After recovery, Kadoma hopes to continue working on his banana plantation.
Meet Stephen, a 78-year-old farmer living in rural Uganda. In his free time, Stephen enjoys telling stories to his grandchildren. He loves to watch the youngsters play around the family compound, sing, and dance. Stephen’s grandchildren are orphaned, so he works to support them. To earn money, Stephen grows maize, beans, and coffee. Unfortunately, a recent medical problem affected Stephen’s ability to carry out manual labor. He had a femoral hernia. In other words, tissue from his bowel pushed through his stomach wall and into his upper leg. Over the past four years, the hernia grew acutely painful. On December 2, Stephen underwent hernia repair surgery in order to relieve his discomfort and to prevent possibly fatal complications. However, his financial resources are already stretched thin. He needs our help to raise $229 for his operation, tests, and five-day hospital stay. Stephen looks forward to returning home after recovery. “I thank the people that will be donating to my surgery,” he shares. “This will help reduce the pain, and once that is done, I can get back to helping my family and supporting my community.”