Aaron joined Watsi on November 18th, 2019. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Aaron's most recent donation traveled 4,300 miles to support Kyarikunda, a farmer from Uganda, to fund a thyroidectomy.
Aaron has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Kyarikunda is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother of four; three are in institutions of higher learning while the youngest is in primary school. Sixteen years ago, Kyarikunda began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath and disfigurement. 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 Kyarikunda receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 19th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Kyarikunda says, “I will be grateful if my condition is treated and I live a good quality of life and continue with cultivation.”
Zakayo is a baby from Tanzania. He has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Zakayo's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 16. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Zakayo's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Zakayo’s mother says, “My son and I are being discriminated due to this condition please help treat my son so he can lead a normal life.”
Vichhai is a 31-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time he likes to go on walks with his family, watch television, feed the animals, and help his family with the work around the house. In March 2019, Vichhai suffered injuries to his right ankle resulting from an accident at work. He is unable to walk without support and often experiences pain. When Vichhai learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for over ten hours seeking treatment. On July 10, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse his right ankle and will help him walk again without difficulty. Now, Vichhai needs help to fund this $480 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will have no pain and can walk again and return to work."