Antoine joined Watsi on October 20th, 2015. Five years ago, Antoine joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Antoine's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Victor, an energetic 8th grader from Kenya, to fund corrective surgery for his birth condition.
Antoine has funded healthcare for 77 patients in 11 countries.
Antoine has funded healthcare for 77 patients in 11 countries.
Victor is an energetic, bright boy from Kenya. He is the first born in a family of two children. Currently, Victor is in grade 8 and is looking forward to sit for his national examination this year. His father, who was the breadwinner of the family, passed away in 2019. His mother has been doing temporary laundry work and house chores for her neighbors to earn a living. Ever since his father passed away, life has been very hard for the family. Victor was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Victor has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Victor will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 6th. AMH is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Victor’s mother says, "I have been fearing for the worst but it seems like the worst was inevitable. Now I cannot raise any money to cater for my son’s surgery but I’m hopeful that God will work his way out for us.”
Samuel is a 25-year-old motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. His father is a carpenter and his mother runs a greengrocery in their hometown. On May 8th, Samuel was in a traffic accident that caused a serious fracture to his left ankle. Samuel is unable to walk on his own and is currently using crutches. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 8th, Samuel will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Samuel shared, “I am in pain and cannot walk without the help of the crutches. The doctor said if I don’t get the surgery my leg will not be okay and can't work.”
Lengai is a 7-year-old boy and the last born of four children. Lengai is a friendly and playful boy who is of age to attend kindergarten. He wants to go to school like his siblings, but due to a deformity on his right foot, he is not able to walk the long distance to and from school. Lengai's parents work as livestock keepers to make a living for their family. Lengai was born with a congenital deformity called syndactyly on his right foot and the fingers of his right hand. As a result, he cannot walk without pain, and is not able to move and use his fingers easily. Lengai's parents noticed his condition early on in his life, but due to the distance from their village to the nearest clinic, and the high cost of care, they were not able to seek treatment for him. Through a mission organization, Lengai was referred to our medical partner's care center, the Plaster House, for treatment. Lengai has been scheduled to have surgery on his right fingers so that he can use his hand in carrying out his daily life activities. Soon after, he will undergo treatment to correct his right foot. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lengai receive treatment. On May 7th, surgeons at their care center will perform his hand surgery. Once recovered, he will be able to use his fingers with ease. Now, Lengai needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Lengai’s mother shared, "We were unable to seek treatment for our son not because we were okay seeing our son struggling to walk and use his right-hand fingers, but instead because of life's hardships. Please help our son."
Abigael is a 14-month-old baby girl and the youngest in her family of three children. Her mother does household work washing clothes and cleaning houses for their nearby homes. Her father separated from the family many years ago. Abigael was born with an amniotic band on her right foot, and a webspace on her left foot and right hand. If these deformities are not corrected, they will make it more difficult for her to walk and hold things using her right hand in future. Doctors recommend Abigael undergo surgery to help correct her condition. However, Abigael's family cannot afford the cost of her care. Fortunately, Abigael will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. She is scheduled to undergo her treatment on May 9th. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,224 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. The surgery will be of great benefit to Abigael at this age because she will be able to heal more quickly and be able to walk like other children even sooner. Abigael's mother shared, “I am appealing for support for my daughter to undergo surgery so that she can live like other children.”
Sos is a 76-year-old vegetable farmer who, together with his wife, has three daughters and three sons. Sos and his wife enjoy tending the vegetables on their farm, and like to play with their grandson. For the past year, Sos has had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Sos experiences hearing loss, pain and ear discharge. He cannot communicate clearly with others and is in chronic pain. Sos traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 20th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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. Sos shared, "I hope that after surgery I will be better, with no more ear infection and discharge, and improved hearing."
Oun is a 60-year-old rice farmer along with his wife. Together that have two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. In his free time Oun shared that he enjoys listening to the news and monks pray on the radio. Oun has developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Oun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour by taxi with his son seeking treatment. On December 24th, 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. Oun said, "After my surgery, I want to see clearly again so I can keep planting rice and take care of myself for many more years."
Vin is a 32-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Vin's sister and parents have died, so he now lives with other relatives. When he isn't working, Vin enjoys meeting up with his friends and helping people work on their homes while listening to the radio. One year ago, Vin developed hip pain on the left side. He presented to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre with left femoral neck necrosis. Surgeons at CSC will perform a left hip replacement that will reduce his pain and increase his mobility again. Currently, he can not walk without supports and is unable to work. His treatment is scheduled for October 7th, and Vin needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Vin said, "I hope I am able to walk again so I may work again and my family members won't have to worry so much about me."
Turyahariwe is a farmer, a widow, and a mother to three daughters. All her daughters are now married - one is a nurse, one a primary school teacher, and one is a hairdresser. Turyahariwe earns a living from the small coffee and banana plantation that she was left to her by her late husband. Through farming, she has been able to support and educate her children. Ten years ago, Turyahariwe began to experience shortness of breath when sleeping. She was ultimately diagnosed with a goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse and from any further complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Turyahariwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 5th 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. Turyahariwe shared, "I hope to get a new life after surgery because this disfigurement really gives me a hard time. Once recovered, I will continue with farming.”
Akunda is an 8-year-old third grade student. She is the youngest in a family of four children with one sister and two brothers. Her elder sister is in primary six while her eldest brother is in senior four and her other in senior two. Her mother operates a grocery shop and her father operated a small scale retail shop, however, her mother shared that they had to acquire a few loans while paying school fees and are now they are feeling overwhelmed. Since three years ago, Akunda has had an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes her pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on January 12th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Akunda's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Akunda's mother says: “I will really be grateful seeing my child healthy once again after her surgery, and I hope she will continue with school well once schools are reopened.”
Tusiime is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother with nine children. Her youngest is a boy who is in second grade and the rest are girls. Three are married and are small-scale farmers while the other four are still in school. Tusiime earns a living from small-scale farming where she grows food crops to feed her family and sells off the surplus to generate additional income. Her husband is a local brewer and provides for his family with the income he makes from selling an alcohol called ‘waragi.' For some time now, Tusiime has been experiencing severe backache and lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed a with pre-malignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tusiime's surgery. On July 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tusiime will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tusiime shared, “I expect to have good health and new life after my surgery to continue with farming after recovering."
Musa is a two year-old boy from Tanzania, and he is the youngest in a family of four children. He is an active boy who loves playing, and his mother says he always wants to go out and play with other kids who are older than him. In May 2019, while Musa was out playing with other children in the morning around the kitchen, he accidentally stepped into the fire and burned his left foot. This accident left Musa with a deformed left foot. After healing, his toes have contracted, which makes walking painful and difficult because his toes are attached to the bottom of his foot. Now, Musa will need to undergo a surgery to remove his small toes and treat the contracture on his big toe on his left foot. Unfortunately, this procedure is costly for Musa and his family. Musa’s parents are small scale farmers who depend entirely on what they harvest for their daily living. They were only able to afford a few dressings during Musa's initial treatment, and the rest of the treatment was done at home through the use of local herbal medication. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Musa receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo his surgery on December 8th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,088, and Musa and his family need help raising funds.
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.”