EdCompass' Story

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.

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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.”

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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."

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