Stony joined Watsi on October 15th, 2014. 20 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stony's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Turyatunga, a bright student from Uganda, to fund surgery so he can continue in his university studies.
Stony has funded healthcare for 193 patients in 14 countries.
Stony has funded healthcare for 193 patients in 14 countries.
Turyatunga is a 22-year-old university student. He's in the second year of his studies, where he is pursuing a degree in arts and social sciences. In addition to school, Turyatunga is passionate about sports, especially football. Turyatunga is the only boy in a family of four kids. His siblings are also all in school. Coffee farming is the major source of income for his parents, but yields have been low due to a severe drought in the country. When Turyatunga was in Form 6, he noticed a painful swelling and mass in his chest that caused him difficulty sleeping. He visited a doctor who after tests and review has recommended that he needs surgery for treatment. Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare is requesting $188 to fund this procedure and help him heal. Smiling brightly, Turyatunga says, “I dream of the day I will wake up to find that am free from this pain, I hope the treatment will restore my good health so that I may continue with my studies."
Doreen is a 24-year-old student who is pursuing a degree in education. She comes from a family where her father's income has only been sufficient to cover the family's basic needs and educate Doreen and her siblings. Four years ago, Doreen began to experience troubling symptoms, including a breathing problem, a hoarse voice, and neck swelling. She was diagnosed with multinodular goitre. Doreen has tried treating the goitre with medication but that has not helped. She came to Nyakibale Hospital requesting for review and surgery is recommended. Doreen needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Doreen receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 12th 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. Doreen says: “I kindly request for the support to my surgery so that when schools open I may be able to concentrate again with no symptoms that I have now.”
Davis is a bright young student from a village in Kenya. He's a six-year-old playful boy and the fourth-born in a family of six. His family lives in a two-roomed iron-built house on their inherited small farm. His father is a farmer who plants maize and his mother is a housewife. Davis' parents do not have any other source of income and only depend on farming. Due to this, they are having a difficult time financially, especially amid the pandemic. Unfortunately, on September 27th, Davis sustained a severe injury to his right lower limb after falling from a Sheller machine (a machine for shelling maize cobs) after trying to climb it. After hearing his cries, his father brought him to our medical partner's care center. The doctors reviewed him and an X-Ray revealed a fracture to his right femur. Davis was admitted to the hospital for skin traction to stabilize his fracture and realign the normal position of the bone. Due to the severity of the injury, Davis is in a lot of pain and couldn't walk nor sit properly. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. On October 1st, Davis will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. AMH is requesting $1,145 to help fund this procedure. After successful treatment, Davis will be able to walk and resume his normal life and playful activities. Davis' father says, “He has so much pain, I feel sorry for him. I hope he gets treated and feels better and will be well again.”
Satya is an 11-month-old baby boy. His father is a veterinarian and his mother sells groceries from their home. Satya likes to be carried by his mother on walks around their house and enjoys playing with toys. When he was born, Satya developed cataracts in both eyes causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Satya's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment for him. On August 25th, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $425 procedure. Satya's father shared, "I will be happy to see him grow up with good vision so that he can play sports and have fun with other children."
Hilowie is a social 13-year-old girl, and she is the fourth born in a family of five children. Hilowie is a sixth grade student and likes to read storybooks. Her favorite subjects are English and Kiswahili. Her mother is a businesswoman who has a small shop which she operates in the village, and her father passed away 12 years ago when Hilowie was very young. Hilowie suffered burns when she was only four months old in a house fire. She sustained joint injuries known as contractures on her left hand, and until today the contractures have never improved. Currently, she cannot raise her hand or work at home, and this has greatly affected her studies. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Hilowie receive treatment. On June 28th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so Hilowie will be able to use her hand, help around the house, and concentrate on her studies. Now, her family needs help to fund this $840 procedure. “I would love my hand to be straightened so that I can continue with my studies and as well help my mother at home,” Hilowie told us.
Samiri is a four-year-old boy and the only child of his single mother. His father is married to another woman and has two other children. Samiri's mother provides for their family through her work as a tailor. Samiri has not started school yet, but his mother would like to enroll him in kindergarten next year. Her hope is that Samiri's condition will be treated before he joins school. Samiri has been diagnosed with bilateral Genu Varus, which means that his legs are angled inwards at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Samiri has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Samiri. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 14th. Treatment will hopefully restore Samiri's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Samiri’s mother shared, "I can never find the money needed to cover my son’s treatment cost. I am struggling to even put food on the table for my son. Please help him."
Namara is a cheerful farmer from southwestern Uganda. He is a father of five, with two married daughters and three sons who are still in school. To support their education and the daily needs of the family, Namara cultivates tomatoes and cabbages on his farm together with his wife. For two years, Namara has had a left inguinal hernia which causes him pain during strenuous work and daily activities. He tried treating the condition with herbal medicine without success. Namara was referred by a friend to our medical partner's care center, where a hernia repair surgery was recommended to reduce future complications. On June 28th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at the care center, and our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $230 to fund Namara's procedure. Namara shares, “I hope to resume farming to take care of my family's needs much better.”
Susan is a 59-year-old homemaker who together with her husband have five children. Unfortunately, her husband had a stroke and Susan is unemployed, so their family depends greatly on their land. For two months, Susan has been experiencing heavy bleeding. She has been diagnosed with uterine cancer, and she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $755 to fund Susan's surgery. On September 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Susan will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Susan shared, "I am very scared because the doctor said I have cancer, but I trust in God and hope to see my tomorrow. Please plead for help on my behalf so that my life can be saved and I can continue caring for my family."
Medius is a 32-year-old mother of two children and is expecting her third child. She is the third child in a family of five children. Medius left school after completing level senior four due to financial strain from tuition, and farmed at home before getting married. Now, together with her husband, Medius does small-scale farming to grow crops for food. Medius received a full antenatal care package at our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital. A scan shows that Medius has one pregnancy with the fetus in an ideal position, but the doctor still recommends cesarean section delivery due to Medius' previous two c-section deliveries. A c-section will reduce chances of complications such as uterine rupture, which could happen in an attempt to deliver vaginally. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $252 to fund this procedure for Medius' safe delivery of her baby. Medius shares, “I trust that with your support, my surgery will be a success and I hope to recover well and proceed with farming.”
Jackline is a nine-year-old student who does well in school and enjoys helping with household chores. Her favorite subject in school is Kiswahili. Jackline's mother is a housewife, while her father is a casual laborer who works at construction sites. Three years ago, Jackline was playing at home with friends when she fell and injured her left leg. She was taken to a nearby hospital where her leg was casted, but since then, she has been limping and experiences pain in her hip. She is unable to walk well or play with her friends, and the pain has affected her schooling. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Jackline to receive treatment. She visited AMH's care center for an orthopedic consultation and is scheduled to undergo an osteotomy on July 15th. The procedure will improve Jackline's mobility. Now, AMH is requesting $1,224 to fund Jackline's procedure. Jackline's mother shared, “I would like to see my daughter walking and continue with her normal life."
Johnson is a charming and playful toddler and the only child of his young parents. They are small scale farmers of maize, vegetable, sunflowers, and beans. It is through their harvest that the family is able to get food and earn money for other basic commodities. The little boy was diagnosed with genu varus, a condition typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, often stemming from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Johnson's legs bow outward at the knee. He has difficulty walking and experiences pain after playing or running around for longer periods of time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Johnson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Johnson's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Johnson’s mother shares, "My child is having a hard time walking due to his legs being deformed. I would love for him to walk well like other children but the cost is too high for us to afford help us."
Saret is a 59-year-old motorcycle mechanic. He shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well so I can reopen my repair shop and earn money to support my family." Sarat has two daughters and four grandchildren. He lives with his wife and their grandchildren, and enjoys watching movies, the news, and listening to the monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Saret developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saret learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled ther with his brother seeking treatment. On April 7th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.