Simon joined Watsi on May 28th, 2020. 104 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Simon's most recent donation supported Twinomugisha, a farmer from Uganda, to fund a hysterectomy.
Simon has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 5 countries.
Twinomugisha is a 46-year-old farmer and a mother of five children. Her firstborn is 25 years old, while her last born is 13 years old and in primary school class four. Twinomugisha started feeling lower abdominal pains three years ago, and the treatment she received initially did not improve the condition. Currently, her lower abdominal pains have become so severe that she is not able to farm. Twinomugisha came to our medical partner's care center Rushoroza Hospital for review, where she has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain with a cervical intraepithelial neoplasm. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, Twinomugisha's quality of life and productivity will be greatly compromised due to the chronic pelvic pain. She is also at significant risk of cervical carcinoma. However, her family is not able to afford the cost of her care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Twinomugisha's surgery. On May 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Twinomugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and worry. Twinomugisha shared, “I pray to be considered for treatment because I have been through a lot in this condition. I will continue with farming as soon as I get better.”
Bruce is an 8-year-old boy who lives with his mother and stepfather, and formerly was in his grandmother's care. Bruce’s mother sells baby clothes around the Mwiki area where they live in Kenya. His stepfather is a matatu (public service vehicle) driver who works in vehicles that operate around Thika Road. Bruce has one younger step-sibling. Bruce was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Bruce has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Bruce will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 24th. AMH is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will grow up to be a healthy boy. Bruce’s mother shared, “I am happy to know that my child will get the help he needs through this program."
Phal is a 64-year-old proud grandmother with three sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Phal currently lives with her youngest daughter and her husband who is a retired police officer. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio. Two years ago, Phal developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phal learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 16th doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, Phal needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Phal shared, "I hope after surgery I can see better and return to doing my housework. I cannot wait to enjoy going outside and taking care of my grandchildren well."
Phat is a 40-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter. Phat works in a garment factory in the Kompong Cham province. In her free time, Phat enjoys cooking food for her children at home. In May 2013, Phat fell hard on the ground while walking and injured her ankle. She has felt consistent right ankle pain since that accident. Over time, it has worsened, and in the last year her ankle has become very stiff. She cannot walk well and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 31st, Phat will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. With this procedure, she will be able to walk again without pain. Phat shared, "I hope after the surgery I am in less pain and the wound heals quickly so I can return to working at the factory and caring for my children." Phat's husband also shared, "I do worry about my wife's ankle, and I hope that after surgery she has no more pain."
Rathanak is a 32-year-old seller from Cambodia. He has 5 siblings: 4 brothers and 1 sister; he is the youngest child in the family. All of Rathanak's siblings are married and he lives with his mother, as his father has passed away. In his free time, Rathanak likes to exercise, help his mother to do house works, listen to music, and play games on his phone. In November 2017, Rathanak was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture on the right femur and left forearm. His family took him to a government hospital for surgical treatment, where he had plate screws on his left forearm and a nail on his right femur. The hardware that remains in his forearm and femur causes him discomfort, risks future infection, and needs to be removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 5th, Rathanak will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Rathanak shared, "I hope my fractures will now completely heal after the hardware removal. I'm looking forward to returning to normal physical activity and going back to work."
Ratha is a 38-year-old construction worker who has been proudly married to his wife for eighteen years and is the father of three very active sons, who all attend school. In his free time, Ratha likes to exercise, watch TV, and have a beer with his friends. In December 2020, Ratha was in a motor vehicle accident that crushed his left arm. His family took him to a government hospital for care, but unfortunately he has still not recovered from the accident. He cannot move his hand or flex his elbow, and he has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left hand side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Currently, Ratha has no movement in his hand and is unable to lift his arm, which also causes him severe pain during the night. Since the accident, he has been unable to work. Ratha traveled to our Medical Partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On March 3rd, Ratha will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After his recovery from the procedure, he will be able to use his arm again. CSC is requesting $696 to fund the cost of Ratha's procedure. Ratha is hopeful that after the procedure, he will be able to use his hand again soon and provide support for his family.
Paw is a 21-year-old who lives with her parents, a brother, three sisters, a daughter and a niece in a refugee camp. Her father used to be an agricultural day laborer, but had to stop working due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Her sisters go to school and her brother is unemployed. Paw looks after her daughter and niece, who are too young to go to school, while her mother looks after the household chores. In her free time, Paw likes to play with her daughter and visit her friends. On March 9th, Paw left the camp alone to collect firewood. While climbing a hill, she slipped, falling onto her right shin. She was in so much pain that she could not stand up. She got herself to a nearby road where a motorcyclist drove her back to the camp. At home, Paw was treated by a traditional healer, and a couple of days later, a second traditional healer told her family that Paw had fractured her leg. Paw's father made a bamboo brace for her leg, and carried her to the hospital in the camp run by International Rescue Committee (IRC). Knowing that she would need surgery, IRC staff referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund to receive treatment at a local hospital. Currently, Paw experiences a lot of pain when moving her right leg. She cannot stand up by herself and she cannot sleep at night when the pain is severe. Since she injured her leg, she feels more tired and she has lost her appetite. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Paw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure will help her walk and live pain-free. The procedure is scheduled for March 12th and will cost $1,500. Paw shared, "once recovered, I will take care of my parents. I will work and save money for my daughter, so that I can make sure that she has food and clothes."
Esther is a 13-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the first born in a family of two children. Currently, Esther is a sixth grade student. She likes reading and is very active at home, especially with helping her mother with household chores. Esther's father is a farmer, while her mother is a homemaker and takes care of their family. Esther was born a healthy child. However, when she turned one year of age, her family noticed un unusual bowing in her legs. Since then, her condition has worsened. She often feels pain while walking, and cannot walk well or carry heavy loads. This affects her self-esteem, and in turn her studies as well. Esther has a condition called genu valgus, or knock knees. Last year with the help of Watsi supporters, she underwent corrective surgery on her left side, which has healed and she is walking well. Now, she is scheduled to undergo the same surgery on her right side to completely correct her legs from the bowing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Esther receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a corrective foot surgery on February 15th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,224, and she and her family need help raising money. Once Esther is fully recovered, she will be able to walk, continue with her education, and help her mother again. Esther will also be able to socialize and play with other girls more comfortably. Esther's Aunt Fridah shared, "On behalf of the family, we are extremely grateful for the support you rendered to our daughter. May the almighty God bless you. We continue to plead for more support to ensure that she is completely healed and continue with her life like other girls."
Kyarikora is a 52-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to seven children; one son and six daughters. Her son is a motorbike taxi driver; her two eldest daughters are married and small scale farmers; while her other four children are still in school. Kyarikora and her husband both earn a living from small scale farming. For the last year, Kyarikora has been experiencing persistent pain, backache, and other troubling symptoms. She has been diagnosed with premalignant 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 Kyarikora's surgery. On January 26th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyarikora will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kyarikora shared, “I have been living a miserable life because of this condition, and I haven’t been able to go for treatment because my income is small. I hope to regain my strength after surgery.”
Otete is a joyful 5-year-old and the fifth-born child in a family of five children. He is a cheerful, happy, and hardworking boy for his age. Otete is already taking part in helping at home with daily life activities, like taking their father’s cattle with his older siblings out for grazing around the village. He has not had the chance to enroll in school yet due to the condition of his right leg. Otete’s parents come from a pastoralist region where their major source of a living is livestock keeping. Otete was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgum, or bow-leggedness. This condition causes his legs bow inward so that his knees touch. Bow-leggedness is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has pain after just a short distanced walk, and mornings can be a struggle. His parents shared that his legs are very painful when he tries to stand. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Otete. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Otete's mobility, allowing him to return to some of his normal life activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Otete’s father shared, “We are concerned our son will not be able to walk by himself anymore if his legs are not set correctly. Please help our son as the cost is too high for us to afford.”
Uzima is a two-year-old boy from Tanzania and the second born in a family of three children. Uzima comes from a family that is living in hardship. His father has had health issues and is not strong enough to work on a farm, but he takes cattle out to graze, and through this, he is able to get milk or a bit of maize as payment. Uzima's mother works on farms to support her family. Uzima 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, Uzima traveled to our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Uzima's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes well. Uzima’s uncle shared, “my nephew suffers from this condition, and life is hard at their home. His parents have no means of treating him and I am afraid life is going to be really hard for him if he lives with this disability. Please help treat him so that he is able to grow up and take care of himself.”
Yany is a 37-year-old seller from Cambodia. For most of her life, Yany has been experiencing recurrent ear infections. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Yany experiences frequent tinnitus and ear discharge. She cannot communicate clearly with others, and is unable to socialize with her friends due to her poor hearing and lack of confidence. Yany 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. Yany shared, "I hope that after surgery my ear will be better. I am looking forward to having better hearing and no more ear discharge."