Norman Yee

Norman's Story

Norman joined Watsi on September 4th, 2015. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Norman's most recent donation supported Dennis, a boy from Kenya, to fund anorectal surgery.


Norman has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.

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Dennis is a very shy and quiet boy from Kenya. Dennis was born with anal rectal malformation, where he lacked an anal opening. This caused trouble to his parents as he could not pass stool for an entire week when he was born. He had a colostomy created and was required to proceed with subsequent surgeries of the anal opening and colostomy closure. However, for the last 17 years, he has survived with the colostomy. His parents were not able to raise the funds needed for his surgeries. His area chief recently forced Dennis's parents to bring him to Bethany Kids Kijabe after much suffering. At Bethany Kids Kijabe, he was diagnosed and surgery recommended. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. However, the family is still struggling financially. Dennis is the firstborn child in his family. Due to his condition, he has never been to school, being passed by all his 6 siblings who are schooling. Dennis is quite shy and prefers to be alone due to his condition. Successful surgery will allow Dennis to resume a relatively normal life like any other child and perhaps start schooling. His father is a security guard while his mother sells vegetables in their village.The family appeals for help. Dennis is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on October 22nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,327 to cover the total cost of Dennis's procedure and care. “If only I knew, I would have come here early. I feel like I have wasted his life,” says Dennis's father with regret.

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Aloyce is a student from Tanzania. He is nineteen years old young man and the last born child in a family of three children. Aloyce only had the chance to study up to class seven. Due to financial challenges, he couldn’t continue with his studies and fulfill his dream of becoming an engineer. He stayed home helping his parents in their small scale farming to make himself productive and support his parents. Eventually a relative came in and offered to take him to Dar es Salaam and teach him welding work so that he could be able to make a living for himself. Aloyce 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, Aloyce has been experiencing seizures and fainting. Without treatment, Aloyce will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Aloyce that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 15th and will drain the excess fluid from Aloyce's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Aloyce will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Aloyce says, “People look at me differently now due to this condition please help me get this treatment so that I can be able to resume my training and normal life activities again.”

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Robert is an 8-year-old boy from Kenya. He is very bright and adores his grandparents who are his guardians. During his pre-operative interview, he pulled a chair out for his aged grandmother and pointed at it, asking her to sit. Eight years ago, Robert was born and later abandoned at the age of six-months by his mother when she noticed that he could neither hear or talk. He is now under the care of his grandparents and has grown very fond of them. Fortunately, Robert got sponsorship from the local government and is enrolled in a special school and doing very well. In early August, his grandmother noticed that his right testis was missing from the scrotal sac while giving him a bath. After consulting with a neighbor, they found that out of the ordinary. A scan recommended from the nearest local hospital confirmed that Robert has a right undescended testis and would require specialized treatment. If not treated, Robert may develop hernia or testicular cancer. His grandmother, the sole breadwinner, is a subsistence farmer and ails from high blood sugar while his is grandfather is bed-ridden after having a stroke. Robert’s grandmother wishes the best for her grandchild and hopes he will excel in life when she is gone. For $535, Robert will undergo an orchidopexy surgery at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. This surgery will greatly reduce his risk of growing up with any complications. “I am hoping that someday all will be well, especially for my grandson. I really pray that God touches someone who can come through to fund Robert’s surgical care,” says Robert’s grandmother.

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