Erik joined Watsi on June 18th, 2016. Five years ago, Erik joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Erik's most recent donation supported Rosemary, a 38-year-old tea farmer from Kenya, to fund a hysterectomy so that she can live pain-free.
Erik has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 8 countries.
Erik has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 8 countries.
Rosemary is a 38-year-old small scale tea farmer. She is married and has four children. Together, she and her husband tend to a half-acre piece of land. In June 2020, while pregnant, Rosemary began experiencing troubling symptoms. She was able to have her baby and has now been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Rosemary receive treatment. On September 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Rosemary will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her risk of cancer spreading with will be greatly reduced. Now, she needs help raising $1,260 to fund her procedure and care. Rosemary shared, "the cancer has put my life under threat. I almost lost my little baby because of the disease. I need this surgery to raise my kids and be well in health."
Beatrice is a quiet lady in her early 50’s who has been blessed with six children, now ages 14-27. She runs a small grocery at the marketplace to provide for her family. Beatrice's husband doesn’t have a stable job. He does casual jobs across the village such as clearing bushes to meet the needs of his family. Beatrice and her family live in a two-bedroom house constructed with mud. They depend mostly on their daily jobs for food and save a little to pay school fees for their children and bills at the end of the month. A week ago, Beatrice sustained a left arm injury after fainting. Beatrice was brought to Kapsowar Hospital and an X-Ray was done which confirmed a fracture to her left humerus. Beatrice shared that she has a history of fainting and subsequently falling. Beatrice is in pain and she is unable to attend to her normal day-to-day things now. Beatrice is concerned that she can’t cook for her family or run her grocery business due to her injury. Beatrice had a cast applied about a week ago and was discharged to go home to look for funds for her surgery. A week later, Beatrice returned to the hospital with no hope of raising funds for her surgery. Their family is unable to raise the required amount with their low wages only able to afford daily needs like meals and clothing. Fortunately, our medical partner can help. On September 7th, Beatrice will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation procedure. Beatrice will no longer be in pain, she will be able to attend to her grocery business and take care of her family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $941 to fund this procedure. Beatrice says, “Life has never been the same since I broke my hand. I am worried about my children who need care every day. My hope is to get treated so that I can continue supporting my family.”
Teltila is a lively five-month-old girl from Ethiopia and a sibling to an older brother and sister. She is sociable, loves to play with her mom, and enjoys it when her mom talks to her. Her dad is physically impaired and unable to move around easily. He sells candies and some sweets on the street for a living and her mom is a housewife raising their three kids. His income is not enough to maintain the family but fortunately, they are supported by a foundation in their town that works with people with impairments. Teltila was born with a birth condition called anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage causing pain and complications. She developed bowel obstruction because of her condition and an emergency colostomy, one of the series of procedures needed to eliminate the condition, was done for her at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM). She has had multiple issues with her colostomy care and associated complications and as a result, she continues to feel significant discomfort. According to her mother, Teltila had her first surgery when she was 45-days-old and unfortunately, the second surgery was delayed due to finances. The money they saved could only cover doctor reviews and some level of surgical fees. After getting an appointment, her bag was stolen with all the money and documents at a bus stop. Teltila's mother was devastated and did not know what to do. She heard of a charitable organization that supports the poor and went there to share her story. Teltila is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on August 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Teltila's procedure and care. After her recovery, she will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Teltila's mother says, "I am now so thankful. I lost all I had and I just received it back through you all. I hope my daughter will be treated."
Kyomuhangi is a 52-year-old farmer and a married mother of four children. She and her husband grow maize, beans and potatoes for their family. For ten years, Kyomuhangi has struggled with lipomas on both thighs. Initially, the lipomas were not painful but recently, she experiences pain, particularly when walking. She is concerned that without treatment, she could experience complications. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Kyomuhangi receive treatment. When she was examined at AMH's care center, surgery was recommended. On June 8th, surgeons will remove the masses and now, Kyomuhangi needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure. Kyomuhangi shared, “I hope to get better health-wise and get relieved of this pain I have been having. I will resume farming once I fully recover.”
Caren is a 17-year-old student and the oldest in a family of four children. She is a social girl who enjoys singing and reading books. In school, her best subjects are biology, chemistry and physics, and she hopes to be a doctor one day. Caren's father used to own a fish shop, but unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his business closed. Caren was diagnosed with genu valgus, which means that her legs bow inwards and her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones which often comes from contaminated drinking water. As a result of this condition, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Caren. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 8th and treatment will hopefully restore Caren's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Caren shared, "my legs hurt when I walk and the pain is usually too much during the evening and the morning hours. Each day they keep bending please help correct my legs."
Channa is a 34-year-old construction worker who, together with his wife, has one son and two daughters. His first daughter is now is school, while the other two are still pre-school aged. He likes to take his daughter to school and play with his kids outside, but recently his condition has worsened and he has not been able to work or do these things. Since birth, Channa has had amniotic band syndrome in his foot. This is a condition that occurs during fetal development, when a section of the amniotic sac wraps around parts of the body, causing constriction. For Channa, this condition has caused a malformed foot, similar to clubfoot. He never received any medical attention for this condition and occasionally experiences pain and swelling. Recently, the pain and swelling has increased to the point that he can no longer walk or work. Channa visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where doctors will perform a contracture release procedure to allow his foot to heal. Once he has recovered, he will no longer experience pain or swelling and he will be able to walk more easily than before. The procedure is scheduled for May 14th, and now Channa needs help to fund this $454 procedure. Channa shared, "when I am better, I will return to work and work hard to support my family. I am excited to see my two youngest go to school, and I want to be able to walk them there."
Adiel was brought in to the hospital carried by his mother. He's a 19-month-old baby from Kiambu County in Kenya and is the second of two children. His family has a small farm and his mother also has a college degree in beauty therapy. Usually, Adiel is a jolly child, but his mother said that he has frequent tonsil swelling which affects his happiness and can make feeding difficult, especially when he also develops a high fever. Adiel’s condition started about six months ago. His parents have been taking him to the hospital but the condition keeps on recurring. The ENT surgeon at the hospital has advised that Adiel must undergo a tonsillectomy to fix this condition. If not treated, the condition will lead to complications like disrupted breathing during sleep, otitis media (middle ear infection), and peritonsillar abscess. His parents are eager for Adiel to receive the surgery so that he can heal soon. Adiel's mother said, “It is disheartening to see our baby struggling at this age. We are kindly requesting help so that once treated he can be able to be sleeping well and grow up without problems."
Peter is a third grade student from Kenya. Peter is very active and playful like many kids his age. He is the seventh son in a family of eight children. Peter's father repairs household items including basins and jerricans, and his mother is a casual laborer who washes clothes for a living. Their family currently lives together in a two-room mud house. About 10 weeks ago, Peter fell from a tall tree and he sustained a femur shaft fracture and hip dislocation. He currently walks and gets around using crutches, and there is the risk that he may not able to walk on his own again unless he receives surgical intervention. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 17th, Peter will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund his surgery. Peter's father shared, “[Peter] has been unable to go to school since the accident. He can’t walk without the help of crutches and if he doesn’t go for surgery he might be unable to walk normally.”
Sanchez is a 3-year-old boy from Haiti. He is an only child who lives with his mother and father in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He likes drawing pictures and playing with toy cars. Sanchez has a heart condition called ventricular septal defect, which means that there is a hole between the two lower chambers of his heart. He will fly to the United States to receive life-saving treatment. On February 17th, Sanchez will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will close the hole in his heart by sewing a patch over it. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $17,000 to pay for the surgery. Sanchez's family also needs help funding the costs of surgery prep and travel. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, check-up and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social worker from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Sanchez's family overseas. Sanchez's mother shared, "our family has been praying for years that our child would be able to have this surgery. We are nervous but very glad it is happening!"
Pendo is a twenty-one-year-old mother from Tanzania. She has two children aged two and a half years and one and a half years. In 2018, Pendo was involved in a fire accident. She had boiled water to give her two children warm baths. As she was bathing the youngest child close to the fire, she had an epileptic attack and fell down on the fire, leaving her unconscious and her right hand burned badly. Her firstborn child ran for help, and the neighbors rushed her to the hospital. There, Pendo had her burns cleaned and was advised to have them regularly dressed to help the wounds heal. However, after returning home, she never came back for more dressings due to financial challenges. Pendo sought treatment via herbal medicines instead, and her healing process was very slow. Eventually, Pendo's parents came to help take care of her and her children. She heard about our medical partner's care center from them, and sought treatment to correct her hand. Through Watsi donor support, Pendo was able to successfully undergo treatment to have her wrist contractures released and pins inserted in her hand. Because of how her wounds are healing, doctors recommend she have another surgery to help cover up her post-surgical wound with a skin graft. Pendo appeals for financial help for the care she needs. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Pendo receive treatment. On January 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a split-thickness skin graft burn surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to use her hand much more easily and return to taking care of her children. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Pendo shared, “My hand is now much better than before, though this wound is not healing well. This surgery will help in my healing, but I cannot afford it so I appreciate any help you can provide."
Periya is a baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Periya was born at home because the hospital is very far from where they live. His mother had no problems when giving birth, but she was caught by surprise when she saw that her baby's right foot was not normal. At first, she thought that massaging Periya's foot would bring it back to normal, but as time went by, there was still no change. Though her husband did not think it necessary, Periya's mother kept asking relatives where she could get her son treated, and she was eventually directed to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center ALMC-The Plaster House. There, Periya was diagnosed with clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. However, the treatment he needs is costly for their family. Periya's father sells traditional herbal medicines, while his mother is a homemaker and mostly herds cattle. They are not able to afford the treatment and appeal for financial help. On December 15th, surgeons at our medical partner's care center will perform clubfoot repair surgery on Periya. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Periya's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk more easily and his quality of life will significantly improve. Periya’s mother shared, “I would like for my baby's foot to be straightened so that he can stand and walk properly when the time comes.”
Jessy is a manual laborer from Kenya. Jessy is a victim of the 1992 Molo tribal clashes that left him displaced and homeless. He lost all his property and together with other victims they relocated to Nairobi and settled in the poor area in Dandora. They parted ways with most of his relatives and he has been surviving on his own since then. He has been doing manual jobs to earn a living and provide for his basic needs. In the first week of February, while visiting a shopping centre in Dandora, Jessy was sustained a fracture during a hit-and-run motorcycle accident that abandoned him on the roadside. He received treatment but the fracture did not heal well, resulting in malunion. He is in pain and has difficulty walking Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 17, Jessy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal well and he will no longer be in pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Jessy says, “I cannot afford surgery because I am weak, old and I rely a lot on my neighbors. I need help to raise the money for the surgery so that I may get back to my normal life."