Joanna Guberow
Joanna's Story

Joanna joined Watsi on November 12th, 2015. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Joanna's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Smaha, a girl from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.


Joanna has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Joanna

“I thank the donors for their generous support of my son,” shares Elias’s mother. “We have tried to get him help, but nothing has worked.” 17-year-old Elias has been living with osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone, for three years now. The affected bone—his right tibia—causes Elias intense discomfort, and he often has to miss school due to the pain. He is now lagging behind in his classes, and is only in fifth grade despite being in his late teens. Before his leg took a turn for the worse, Elias enjoyed playing soccer and other sports with the boys at school. Now, however, even walking is difficult for him. Although Elias’s family has sought medical attention in the past, the treatments he has been given have not worked. However, when he was recently brought to an orthopedic specialist at Bwindi Community Hospital (our medical partner's care center), Elias was told about a surgical procedure. This operation will remove the contaminated matter from his leg and disinfect the remaining tissue. This surgery is not within the financial means of Elias’s parents, whose farming salaries are already stretched thin by having brought up nine children (Elias is the youngest). But when we raise $1,205, we can connect Elias with the care he needs. This sum will cover his surgery—set to take place on April 27—as well as the associated lab tests, medications, and three-week hospital stay. Elias’s parents want desperately for their youngest son to be able to return once more to a normal adolescence—one that is pain-free. “I will ask God to bless the donors abundantly,” his mother says.

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