Stony joined Watsi on October 15th, 2014. 20 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stony's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Vortey, a future nurse from Cambodia, to fund a myringoplasty to improve her hearing.
Stony has funded healthcare for 174 patients in 14 countries.
Vortey is a 9-year-old student in grade three. She has a 2-year-old brother, and both of her parents are farmers. Vortey likes to eat vegetables, Khmer soup, and drink coconut juice. When she grows up, she wants to be a nurse. Two weeks ago, Vortey had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Vortey experiences bleeding, discharge, and pain in her right ear. Now, she cannot communicate clearly with friends and family. Vortey traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 10th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Vortey's parents shared, "We hope that our daughter will be better after surgery and the procedure will stop the infection. We worry about her every day and want her to recover soon."
Sammuel is an 11-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He is very outgoing and happy, and loves cycling and playing football. Sammuel is in grade five and his favorite subject is mathematics. He attends a government-run school, where his school uniform and meals at schools are supported. Sammuel's mom is a single mom, and works to support herself and her son by washing clothes in their community. Sammuel's dad is a guard in a church and earns limited income, so he cannot support Sammuel and his mom consistently. Since his birth, Sammuel has had a right inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and weakness in his lower abdominal area. He will need to have surgery in order to allow him to be more active and without pain. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $512 to fund Sammuel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently and resume more of his favorite hobbies. His mom shared, “Sammuel is my only child and I struggled a lot to raise him. Now I don’t need any other life but to raise him well and to educate him. I always dream of him getting older and becoming somebody.”
Touch is a grandmother from Cambodia. She is now a widow and a mother to two daughters and eight grandchildren. Touch lives on a rice plantation, but now she no longer farms due to her age. She lives with her oldest daughter, who is a primary school teacher. Her husband passed away from hypertension five years ago. When she has free time, Touch likes to pray along with the monks on her radio and visit the pagoda on holy days. Two years ago, Touch developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her sensitivity to light and glare, tearing, and clouded vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 19th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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. Touch shared, "I hope after surgery I can see better, help my daughter with the grandchildren, do housework, and on the holy days visit the pagoda."
Kinkuhire is a farmer, a widow, and a mother to four children. She lost her husband in 2005 and she was left with three daughters and a son. Two of her daughters are still studying, and one is married to a small scale farmer. Her son has just finished university but hasn’t found a job so he is now at home farming. She earns a living from farming on her banana plantation. Three years ago, Kinkuhire began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, and frequent heart palpitations. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kinkuhire receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Kinkuhire says “I am really anxious on how my children live but I hope once I received my surgery, I will be able to have a new health and continue with farming to sustain my family.”
Ibrahim is a 15-year-old student from Tanzania and the fourth born in a family of five children. His parents are small-scale farmers. Ibrahim has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Ibrahim has been experiencing headaches, vomiting, and difficulty walking. Without treatment, Ibrahim will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,362 to cover the cost of surgery for Ibrahim that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 22 and will drain the excess fluid from Ibrahim's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Ibrahim will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young man. Ibrahim’s father shared, “Please help us. The cost of treatment is very high and we cannot effort it. We would like to see our son get better and hopefully resume school."
George is an elderly man from Uganda who has been struggling with a bilateral inguinal hernia for the past two years. He complains of pain and whenever he coughs, stands for long hours, or strains while on the farm, the pain becomes unbearable. He had been to a hospital previously, had a scan, and doctors referred to him to Watsi's Partner Nyakibale Hospital for treatment. He could not come immediately due to limited income. Successful surgery will reduce the pain and chances of complications such as strangulation. George is a father of fifteen children from his two wives. He owns a small plantation of bananas and coffee from where he earns a small living. With a large family and limited income, distributing the income and leaving some for medical care is tasking for him. He appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, on April 25th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund George's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. George says, “I have hopes that maybe when I undergo my surgery, I will be healed from my condition and live once again.”
Babikyengyire is the mother of one child who is 7 years old and in first grade at primary school. Her husband died in an accident in 2012. She later managed to buy a piece of land and constructed a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. A long time ago, in 1989, she thought she was gaining weight with an expanded neck because it was painless. She got married in 2009 and when she got pregnant in 2012, she developed neck pains especially after walking long distances. After delivery, the swelling increased as well as her pain. She is a member of the church choir, but she could no longer sing because it was too painful. Currently, she feels much pain when she wears a mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 regulations in the country. She is hopeful to find a solution from Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital. At Rushoroza, she presented with long-standing history of bi-nodular neck swelling. Thyrotoxicosis, airway obstruction, difficulty in breathing could be the end result if not treated through a thyroidectomy. Babikyengyire is a businesswoman who carries clothes around town to her customers, though she shared that she is finding it challenging now due to her condition. She feels uncomfortable being in public because of her neck swelling. She seeks financial support for her surgery because her small business can hardly raise a fraction of the total surgery charges. Babikyengyire shared, “I hope for a successful surgery. After the surgery, I believe that I will be able to travel long distances that will help me reach out to more customers and improve my business.”
Ankunda is a mobile money agent from Uganda. She completed class four in secondary school but did not proceed with education after that due to limited financial support from her parents. She works on a casual basis for one of the mobile money agents in Kabale and shared that her salary is still very small. Her husband is a brickmaker in their village and also earns a limited income. Their firstborn is three years old and hasn’t yet started school. They don't own land for a house of their own for shelter, instead staying with her husband’s parents. During her free time, she very much likes playing a game called netball. Ankunda is currently expecting her second child. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a caesarean section because breech presentation. This way, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ankunda undergo a C-Section on September 29th. This procedure will cost $207, and Ankunda needs your financial support. Ankunda shared with us, “we are feeling helpless and are seeking financial support. I plan to practice farming in addition to mobile money services to be able to increase my income and assist my husband to develop our family.”
Makara is a 15 year-old young student living with his parents and four younger siblings. He likes to play football and other games. Three month ago, Makara experienced a serious motor accident that injured his leg. The right foot became infected and by the time he arrived at Watsi's medical partner Children's Surgical Centre it was causing him much pain and gangrene had set in. The past month his condition has made him feel depressed and upset about his health. He did not want to leave his home and had a hard time eating and sleeping. His parents traveled five and a half hours to bring their son here to get help. Doctors recommend an amputation for Makara. After the amputation, he will not experience pain and discomfort from his foot anymore and will be able to go back to school. "I hope that I can go to school, and do some works to help my parents. When I grow up, I want to be a teacher," Makara said.
Veronica is a 12-month-old girl from Kenya. Veronica’s mother was a stay at home mother but now prepares and sells mandazi (pastries) while her father who used to farm now is a laborer in construction sites in order to make ends meet. Being the third born in a family of five, Veronica’s parents are not able to raise enough to pay for her treatment. Veronica underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Veronica's case, her colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $650 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Veronica. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 13th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Veronica’s mother says, “Being Veronica’s last surgery, I’m looking forward to see her well.”
Kobusingye is a 31-year-old tutor from Uganda. She is married with two children; both still young for education. Her husband works with the cancer institute but due to the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, she is overwhelmed with responsibilities and she no longer works. She has been a tutor at Nyakibale Nursing Training School but due to COVID schools were closed. She no longer gets any salary from her school and this is greatly impacting her wellbeing as she never had any other income. Kobusingye presented at the hospital with a swelling on her right wrist joint, which has been present for over ten years. She has pain and discomfort, and it increasingly affects her ability to work. Kobusingye traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 15th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kobusingye needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Kobusingye told us: “I will be happy when am supported so that by the time schools open for me to get back to teaching, I find it has fully healed.”
Monica is a greengrocer from Kenya. She is a mother of four aged between three and eight. She separated with his husband and now she lives with her four children in a single room rental house. Monica depends mostly on her daily work for food and saves a little to pay bills at the end of the month. Her low socioeconomic status and her family struggles have limited her options of getting treatment. On June 26th 2020, Monica went to the hospital because she fell on wet ground while she was heading home carrying a bundle of firewood on her back. On arrival at the hospital, an X-Ray was done which confirmed a fracture in her left ankle. She cannot walk on her own and is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 3rd, Monica will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal well and be able to walk and work without pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $809 to fund this procedure. Monica shared, “I want to receive treatment, get healed and continue supporting my children. I am worried about my ability to help them now that I can’t perform any of my duties at home."