EdCompass joined Watsi on July 10th, 2020. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! EdCompass' most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Tugabirwe, a small scale farmer from Uganda, to fund a thyroid surgery.
EdCompass has funded healthcare for 35 patients in 3 countries.
EdCompass has funded healthcare for 35 patients in 3 countries.
Tugabirwe is small scale farmer and a mother of five. Her eldest child is 18 years old while her youngest is one year old. All of her other children are still in primary school. She works on the farm together with her husband to care for their family. The family currently lives in a three-roomed semi-permanent house. A year ago, Tugabirwe began to experience troubling symptoms including neck pain, mild swelling, headaches and dizziness. She was diagnosed with non-toxic goiter, or an abnormal swelling of the thyroid. Since the diagnosis, Tugabirwe's neck pain has persisted and the swelling has continued to increase in size so that she started experiencing airway blockage. She can no longer carry anything on her head, which is a method she depends on for carrying loads of agricultural products. Tugabirwe came to our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital, where surgery was recommended to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Tugabirwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 6th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting support for the cost of the procedure, which will be $293. Tugabirwe says, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. I hope to feel better to get back to farming as soon as possible. I finally have hope of living a normal life again.”
Muhwezi is a midwife working at a small clinic from Uganda. The 39-year-old woman is also the mother of two sons and a daughter who are all in school. Her husband is working as a lab assistant at the same clinic. Muhwezi loves jogging whenever she is free and also keeps domestic animals such as ducks, rabbits and chickens. She laments of the small salary which is only sufficient to meet the cost of their daily living. Three months ago, Muhwezi started noting swelling around her chin. The swelling was associated with a swallowing problem and was painful upon pressing. She took antibiotics hoping that the symptoms will go away but unfortunately, the swelling persisted. Muhwezi came to Nyakibale Hospital and had a scan done. She was diagnosed with a cystic mass and an excision was recommended. If not treated, she is afraid the mass might become malignant. Fortunately, on July 6th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $188 to fund the procedure. Muhwezi says, “I think that when the swelling is removed, I will get better because I first tried out oral medicine but all in vain.”
Ousa is a smart boy from Cambodia. He is four years old and is the only child in the family. Ousa's parents are both teachers. At home, Ousa enjoys watching cartoons on TV. Two months ago, Ousa developed a chalazion, which is an inflamed cyst, in his left eye, causing him pain, itchiness, and irritation. It is difficult for him to see clearly. Ousa traveled for a half hour to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On July 6th, surgeons will remove the cyst. After recovery, Ousa's symptoms should finally improve. CSC is requesting $187 to fund this procedure. Ousa's mother shares, "I hope after surgery his eye gets better so I can go to work without worrying so much about my son."
John is a 34-year-old mechanic and father to a sweet five-year-old. He is training and working as a mechanic in a local workshop. As a trainee mechanic, he does not have a salary and depends on daily allowances from the employer. Unfortunately, the amount he earns is negligible to pay for the surgery he needs. John is the sole breadwinner of the family and they do not have active medical coverage. John first experienced a sharp pain in the lower stomach area on the right side, in early May 2021 while working. The pains were on and off so he did not feel the urgency to visit the hospital. A few days later the pain recurred despite managing them with across-the-counter medication. He visited several facilities in his hometown but there were no changes experienced. Two weeks ago, he started experiencing abdominal pain, poor feeding habits, and vomiting after meals; symptoms also associated with hernia. John has an inguinal hernia--a condition that occurs when tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Fortunately, on July 7th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $446 to fund John's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. John says, "I used to be strong and active. I could even run a marathon but these stomach pains have grounded me completely. I need this surgery to be able to get rid of the stomach discomfort and avoid death."
Kesaasi is a mother of four from Uganda. When she was younger, Kasaasi had to drop out of primary school during Class 6 and joined her mother to work on the farm. Two years later, she married her husband. Together with her husband, Kesaasi relies on farming to make ends meet. When Kesaasi came to Nyakibale Hospital for review, the doctor recommended she undergo a C-Section delivery to save her from uterine rapture as she previously had cesarean sections. She has been undergoing regular antenatal visits and monitoring at a local health center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Kesaasi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a C-section on May 26th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Kesaasi shared, “I am happy to be considered for financial support towards the surgery to have my baby. I hope to resume farming after full recovery."
Rida is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia and the only child in her family. Her parents are rice farmers in their province. When she is not in school, Rida enjoys reading, playing with toys, and listening to music. Her best subjects in school are math and Khmer literature. She wants to be a high school math teacher one day. Eight months ago, Rida slipped on a wet floor and injured her right hip. She visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), with hip pain, stiffness, and abnormal gait. On June 2nd, surgeons at CSC will perform an osteotomy on her right hip to allow her to walk without pain again. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. Rida's parents shared that they hope her hip will improve after surgery and that she will be free of discomfort and worry.
Ampureire is a seven-year-old student from Uganda. She lives with her mother, three siblings and grandmother. Her grandmother is a farmer and supports the family while Ampureire's mother nurses one of her young children. Ampureire was born with a small neck opening. The opening healed on its own, but later, she developed a swelling in the same spot. The swelling has increased and Ampureire experiences pain from time to time. She was diagnosed with a branchial cyst. If not treated, the swelling will persist and affect her quality of life. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ampureire to receive treatment. She traveled to AMH's care center where, on June 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Ampureire needs help to raise $145 to fund the procedure. Ampureire’s grandmother shared, “I pray that my granddaughter may get well through surgery as I look forward to taking her to school.”
Sroy is a 72-year-old num ansom seller from Cambodia. Num ansom is a sticky rice cake wrapped inside a banana leaf. Sroy has three sons and four grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Six years ago, Sroy developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sroy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her son seeking treatment. On June 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and 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. Sroy shared, "I hope I can get well so I can continue selling my Khmer cakes and taking care of my grandchildren."
Biryomumeisho is a 68-year-old man and a father of 15 children. He shared that he has a lot on his shoulders due to the size of his family, but has managed to educate a few of his children through farming. His oldest child is now 41 years old, while his youngest is ten years old and in primary school. One of his children recently graduated, but has not yet found employment. He owns a four-room permanent house and works hard to find different types of business and work whenever he can. Seven years ago, Biryomumeisho developed a small swelling on the right side of his face that progressively increased in size with on and off pain. At a local hospital, he was diagnosed with a dermoid cyst. If not treated, pain could persist and continue increasing in size. However, he cannot afford the surgery charges for treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Biryomumeisho receive treatment. He visited AMH's care center and on May 14th, surgeons will finally remove the mass. Now, Biryomumeisho needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Biryomumeisho shared, “I pray that I may get well through surgery as I look forward to resuming farming for further my family's development.”
Asiimwe is small-scale farmer and mother of three. Her children are all young, between 1 and 3 years. Her husband is a bicycle mechanic and the two own a single room for shelter for their family. Four years ago, Asiimwe started feeling neck pains with a small swelling. The swelling has been progressively increasing in size over time. She has never visited any medical facility for medical attention. Rather she has been using herbs which have not helped her unfortunately. She loses her voice most of the time, has severe headaches, mild airway blockage, and over sweating when doing a simple job. The swelling is now painful for her as well. She came to our Medical Partner's Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical attention. Her family however cannot afford the surgery that doctors have recommended. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Asiimwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 4th. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Asiimwe and her family need your support. Asiimwe says, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery. I will resume farming as soon as possible and be able to develop my family.”
Doeun is a 13-year-old student who loves his math class the most. He's in the sixth grade and lives with his parents, who are vegetable farmers, and his nine-year-old brother. Doeun shared that in the future he wants to be a police officer and his favorite special meal is fried meat and a coke. On April 23th, Doeun was in a motor vehicle accident that caused an open wound on his right heel. After the accident, his family took Doeun to a clinic where they closed and dressed the wound. Two days later, the wound became infected. He needed a debridement procedure but his family could not afford one at the clinic. The bone is now exposed, it is difficult for him to walk, and he is in pain. When Doeun's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On May 5th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help him walk easily again. Now, Doeun needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Doeun shared, "I hope I can heal and be without pain."
Kihembo is 32-year-old small businesswoman from Uganda. She is a mother of three and sells second-hand clothes for a living. Her husband operates a taxi and together they support their three children who are all in school. Six months ago, Kihembo began experiencing troubling symptoms including airway obstruction, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue after basic activities. She visited a local hospital and was diagnosed with euthyroid goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse and to avoid complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Kihembo receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 4th at AMH's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, AMH is requesting $252 to fund Kihembo's surgery. Kihembo shared, “I have hopes that once I undergo my surgery, I will be able to regain my health and continue with my business so that I can increase its capital.”