Tasneem joined Watsi on November 22nd, 2019. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tasneem's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Chan, a woman from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
Tasneem has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Chan is a 36-year-old woman who lives with her husband and father-in-law in Shwepyithar Town, Yangon Division. Chan’s husband works as a day labourer on a construction site, while Chan is a seamstress who works from home. In 2010, Chan started to feel tired, had a rapid heartbeat and developed joint pain. She went to the clinic in Thaton, where she lived at that time, and received an an echocardiogram (echo) and x-ray. The doctor also told her that, if her heart became too enlarged, she would not be able to control her condition with oral medication and she would not be able to have a baby. She then received oral medication for a week which made her feel better for a while. In September 2019, when she went back for her follow-up appointment, she received another echo. Following this, the doctor explained to her that her condition could no longer be stabilized with medication. As he knew that Chan could not afford to pay for her surgery, he referred her to Pinlon Hospital. On 17th September 2019, she met the staff at Pin Long Hospital and who then referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Currently, Chan suffers from chest pain, has difficulty breathing, has a rapid heartbeat and has lost weight. In her free times Chan likes to sew, cook and do housework. “When I’m fully recovered, I will continue to work as a seamstress, save money and live happily with family,” said Chan. “Once I have enough money, my husband and I have decided to adopt one child. And I want to do charity work and help poor people as much as I can.”
Meet David, a 23-year-old from Kenya. David relies on casual labour to make ends meet. He takes up jobs such as digging pit latrines, tilling, or any other work that comes along. His family background is poverty-stricken. David shared that his father is an alcoholic and has sold most of the family properties including even cooking utensils. His mother separated from his father. David and his 6 siblings did not manage to go to school as their parents could not manage to raise school fees. David currently struggles to pass urine. Six years ago, David was started developing problems and his condition worsened in 2017. He was reviewed at Maua Hospital and referred to Watsi Partner Kijabe Hospital. Through national health insurance funding, he had first stage urethroplasty in 2018 and doctors advised him to return for follow up and second stage surgery. However, due to financial difficulties, he could not manage to come back to the hospital. In 2020, he returned after fundraising for transport and hospital appointment charges. He now requires surgery but is not able to raise the funds required and is still has difficulties due to his condition. David had to be supported with bus fare to travel to Kijabe, 6-hour journey from his village, and he appeals for financial assistance. David says, “My hope is to be treated fully. I want to marry but I feel any lady would not want to settle down with me in my current condition.”
Dinah is an elderly woman from Uganda who is suffering from lower abdominal pain, headache and occasional vaginal bleeding. She was reviewed in our facility and diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia and a total hysterectomy surgery is advised. Previously, Dinah had been to several hospitals to no fruition of treatment. Her major concern was the required hospital fee. At our hospital, she was linked with our program for support with funding treatment. The 81-year old mother of 8 children lives at home relying on her children for upkeep. With the cost of surgery high, the family is not able to raise sufficient funds for Dinah's treatment. They appeal for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Dinah's surgery. On January 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Dinah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Dinah says, “I expect to have a better health after my surgery.”
Meet Nicodemus a 14 year-old boy. He is social and likes inventing new things. Nicodemus is the 4th born in a family of 5 children. He is class 8 candidate at Daystar Primary School in Athi River. The family hails from Athi River in Machakos County. His mother is a vendor and widowed. She sells porridge and chapatis in the construction sites. His mother noticed a sudden change in his walking style last year. Nicodemus also complained of his knees knocking each other a situation which was giving him a rough time to walk and play with her friends at school. He currently feels pain as he walks as the left knee knock the right. He is currently using crutches to walk and his condition is worsening. “I would love to walk like other people, I am not comfortable with walking using crutches and I would like to achieve my passion of becoming an engineer. Any kind of support will be highly appreciated.” Nicodemus informed us.
Ben is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his mother and father in the mountains south of Port-au-Prince; his parents are both farmers. Ben has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart; blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. Ben will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On September 24th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will perform open-heart surgery to close the hole with a patch.. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. Ben's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Ben's family overseas. His mother said, "We are excited for this surgery so our son can gain weight and have energy."
Natukunda is a mother of three with a history of having had three previous emergency c-sections in 2003, 2005, and 2009. Since 2009 she had been on family planning. She stopped family planning a few months ago and got pregnant. This pregnancy has been very challenging as she has morning sickness and feels very weak. Even simple tasks at home like washing is a burden. This has made her have a poor quality of life. She was advised to deliver via caesarean section for the prevention of complications like a uterine rupture. Natukunda has one sibling who operates a small scale retail shop in Kampala. Both Natukunda and her husband are primary teachers and she says her she has a lot of dependents. She can’t afford the costs for her surgery she needs SAFE programs support. Natukunda says, “I will be extremely humbled having a successful surgery, a live baby and continue with my teaching and supporting my family.”
Chhang is a eighth grade student from Cambodia. He has one sister, and in his free time he enjoys reading books, watching television, and studying with his friends. He hopes to become a teacher when he gets older. Chhang was born with a mass on his upper left eyelid and has been progressively getting bigger and bigger. The mass is very swollen and completely obstructs any vision out of his left eye. Chhang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. Surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Chhang needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my son will be able to see out of his eye again after surgery and the tumor will stop growing so he can return to school and not be shy around his friends," shared Chhang's mother.
Orishaba is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to seven children and are all still in school. Her and her husband are small scale farmers who mostly grows beans and maize but using poor agricultural method hence a lesser produce. Orishaba presented with a lipoma over the right shoulder for the last nine years. She feels discomfort as the mass keeps increasing in size Orishaba traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 08, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Orishaba needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Orishaba says, “I pray that my condition gets better so that I can continue with my cultivation after surgery.”
Maurine is baby from Tanzania. Maurine is a three years old beautiful girl and very friendly. She is the last born child in a family born of three children. They are now being raised by their single mother, their father left home to go work in a different town as a casual laborer at a Chinese road construction company, and it’s was during this time that Maurine got into a fire accident. It was late in 2017 when Maurine was left home with her older sister as their mother went out on her daily job of selling fish in order to support her children. Since it was a cold evening, Maurine’s older sister decided to boil some water so that all the siblings could have a hot bath. She had left the water boiling as she went out to call them. Maurine left her older sister out and ran into the house and by accident she tripped and knocked the boiling pot. She slipped and fell on the floor getting burnt on her left side from the shoulders to the legs. She has an open wound that is not healing. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Maurine receive treatment. On August 15, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help cover her wound and help it heal. Now, Maurine needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Maurine’s mother says, “My daughter’s post surgical wound is not healing despite all the dressing she has been going for please help get this surgery done am unable to afford it.”