Awad joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. 56 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Awad's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Kabugho, a single mother from Uganda, for hernia repair surgery.
Awad has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 8 countries.
Awad has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 8 countries.
Kabugho is a 34-year-old single mother, who has been raising her four children on her own. Her husband passed away in a motor accident. Currently, all of her children are in school. In the past, she has paid for their education and food by selling cooking oil. Lately, physical labor—even the minor body movements involved in running her cooking oil business—has been difficult for Kabugho. She developed a swelling in her right groin region two years ago. After visiting several hospitals, she was diagnosed with a hernia. This lump causes her pain and constipation, and makes it hard for her to work. Without the income she earns selling oil, Kabugho is worried her children will drop out of school. Furthermore, if she is not treated soon, Kabugho’s hernia could cause intestinal obstruction, incarceration or strangulation—potentially deadly conditions where parts of the tissue become cut off from blood flow. Kabugho’s doctors have urged her to have surgery to correct her hernia. She cannot afford to pay for this operation herself: “I am unable to pay for my surgery because I spend the little money I get on feeding and educating my children,” she explains. But that doesn’t mean Kabugho has to go without healthcare. For $220 we can sponsor the hernia repair surgery, hospital stay, and medications she needs to recover fully from her hernia. After surgery, Kabugho hopes the pain will stop and she will be able to continue with her cooking oil business. She even plans to start other businesses if she gets capital. Let’s restore this mother to a position of basic physical comfort and earning potential.
Rwamuhanda is 61 years old, separated, and a father of three from Uganda. All his children have their own families and he lives alone in the house. He is a farmer who gets little income from selling the surplus of food from his gardens. More than four years ago, Rwamuhanda developed a swelling in his upper abdomen. The swelling was on and off but for the past two years it has been on. The pain increases upon straining and he has no appetite. He visited a hospital where he was given medicine, but it has not helped to reduce either the pain or the swelling. An epigastric hernia - Rwamuhanda's condition - occurs when fat pushes through a weak area of the stomach wall, causing pain and discomfort. If not treated, Rwamuhanda may suffer intestinal obstruction, incarceration and strangulation. “I have lived with pain for a long time,” he tells us. Hernia repair surgery will push the bulge back, and will eliminate his pain. $220 will cover the operating costs, medication, and Rwamuhanda's 14-day stay in the hospital. After surgery he hopes to recover well, have good health, and be able to work in his gardens without feeling pain.
"Neema would like to be a nurse when she grows up," says her mother. "She already plays and pretends that she is one, looking after her family and friends." Neema is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania who is the second and last born to her parents. She has started kindergarten in the local village but has poor attendance due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which often make her feel sick and fatigued. Neema also has problems eating and sleeping properly due to the swelling, although she is still a happy girl who likes to play with her peers. Neema's parents get by on the income they receive from a small farm that they have. Her father looks after the farm and her mother is a housewife, and the family's income is not enough to obtain treatment for their daughter's enlarged adenoids. For $488, doctors will perform an adenoidectomy to surgically remove Neema's adenoids, eliminating the pain and sickness that they currently cause her. It is expected that with this corrective surgery, Neema will heal fully and be able to grow better and be a healthier child overall.
Asasira is 16 years old and from Uganda. He has six siblings: five sisters and one brother, who are all in school. Asasira developed swellings in his scrotum in 2009. The swellings are painful and the pain worsens when he carries heavy items. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with bilateral hydrocele and was advised to have surgery. After his father married a second wife, Asasira's family has struggled, with his mother making little and seasonal income. She does not have the means to pay for the surgery that Asasira needs. Due to the pain, Asasira has stopped running at school, the activity that he likes most. If not treated, Asasira may suffer intestinal obstruction, incarceration and strangulation. The hydrocele repair surgery will cost $215, during which the hydrocele sac on his scrotum will be drained. After surgery he hopes to get well soon so that he can resume running and concentrate in class. He came in 3rd in a class of 40 students, and in the future he wants to be a medical doctor or a journalist.
Di Par is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his mother and three brothers in Burma. He enjoys playing marbles, snapping rubber bands with his younger brothers, listening to music, and visiting with his friends. Di Par enjoys school, but he is only in grade five since his health condition makes it difficult for him to keep up with his classes. Di Par did not present with symptoms until he was five years old. He was easily tired, especially after playing, but his mother did not think it was out of the ordinary and did not seek medical attention for him. When Di Par was 10 years old, the symptoms worsened as he began having difficulty breathing in addition to the fatigue. His mother took him to the clinic where they listened to his heart and detected abnormal heart sounds. He was prescribed medication that seemed to improve his condition, so his mother did not seek further evaluation. In March of 2016, Di Par appeared to go into shock and lost consciousness, and he was brought to the hospital. Although a definitive diagnosis was not made, the physicians thought Di Par might have meningitis and treated him medically. While he was in the hospital, he received a battery of exams: blood tests, urinalysis, CT scan, and X-rays. He also received an echocardiogram, which provided the diagnosis of congestive heart disease — severe tricuspid regurgitation with severe pulmonary stenosis. Di Par was in the hospital for 12 days, and family members helped his mother and brothers pay the hospital costs. Since his hospitalization, Di Par has been experiencing palpitations, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. He is at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in the children’s inpatient department. He is also cyanotic with a bluish tinge to his lips and fingers. After evaluation by the medics at MTC, he was referred to Burma Children Medical Fund for surgical consideration. Di Par and his family have lived in their current village for three months; they moved there to be closer to his mother’s sister and to improve chances for employment. Di Par's father passed away several years ago, so the family's financial support comes from his mother, who sells vegetables and flowers in the market, and his older brother, who works as a day laborer. Despite their hard work, the money they earn does not cover daily expenses, savings, or health care costs. His mother has to borrow money at 10 percent interest to meet those costs and is currently in debt. Di Par’s mother is very concerned about him, as he is falling further and further behind with his studies and, more importantly, his condition is becoming more severe. His mother and older brother alternate caring for Di Par, and his younger brothers help with family chores. This arrangement has not yet affected their work schedules, but Di Par's condition will only complicate the family's needs as further care is needed. For $1,500, Di Par will undergo surgery to replace the damaged heart valve and restore proper blood flow through his heart and lungs. Funding also covers the cost of 12 pre- and post-operative consultations, transportation to and from the hospital, and nine days of hospital care after surgery. Di Par's mother looks forward to a successful operation for her son. "My son enjoys teaching his brothers," she shares, "so when he grows up, he may become a teacher in the village."
Two-month-old Gregorio lives with his parents and older sibling in Guatemala. “Gregorio is acutely malnourished due to his mother's lack of breast milk,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us. “His mother is not able to produce enough breast milk for him to survive, meaning that he weighs even less than when he was born.” While Gregorio’s mother takes care of the children during the day, his father leaves their home early every morning to chop wood on the mountain and sell it in town. Despite the long hours of hard work, his father earns very little money and can afford only very basic foods like tortillas. As a result, the family is unable to buy formula for Gregorio. “Gregorio’s mother has been supplementing the little milk she makes with water, which depletes Gregorio’s electrolytes and puts him at risk of seizures and permanent brain damage,” WK continues. The inability to produce breast milk—known as lactational failure—is a serious condition for a newborn baby without access to formula. Fortunately, treatment for Gregorio is possible. “Formula will give Gregorio the nutrients, calories, and protein he needs to grow,” WK explains, “His mother will receive one-on-one motivational nutrition education to prepare her to give him solid foods and teach her how to prevent future malnutrition.” $1,016 pays for a one year’s supply of formula and six months of micronutrient support for Gregorio. Funding also covers the cost of a case manager and a nutritionist to help Gregorio’s mother coordinate his care, plan his meals, and monitor his progress. With treatment, “Gregorio's immune system will grow stronger, saving his life and helping his family to be much less stressed economically,” says WK.
Charles is a 24-year-old former student living with his mother and father in Kenya. Charles graduated from college with a degree in Information Technology in 2014. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, tells us that in June 2014, Charles’s parents were burglarized by armed robbers. Charles attempted to intervene, and both he and his mother were fired upon and seriously injured. Charles’s mother took a bullet to her hand, and has lost the ability to use it. Charles sustained a fracture in his left lower leg that has developed into a nonunion. He currently walks with crutches, and has a significant amount of pain and numbness in his left leg. His father is employed as a driver, and his mother used to sell vegetables. His older sibling is unemployed, and does little support the family. Charles has found that his injury has been preventing him from securing a job that pays enough to afford treatment. He has been reduced to a dependent of his parents. His parents have been attempting to save for treatment as well, but their household income has seen a large deficit since his mother is injured as well. His family has decided that the priority treatment should be for Charles’s nonunion fracture so that he work a higher-paid job and support the family. “I would like to get well,” Charles shares, “and be able to walk on my so I can support my mum’s treatment, too.” A nonunion fracture is a serious complication that develops if a fracture moves too much to stall or halt normal healing. In most cases, if a fracture has not been treated after six months, then orthopedic surgical intervention is necessary. Charles needs an open reduction internal fixation procedure to repair his leg. The procedure includes the insertion of steel rods, screws, or plates to keep the fracture stable during healing. After his cast is removed, Charles will undergo physical therapy to regain his strength. Charles’s family is in need of financial assistance. $1,410 will cover the cost of treatment he needs, in addition to his family's contribution of $210. Without treatment, Charles is exposed to risks of infection that may result in amputation. His leg deteriorates further the longer he is untreated. After his treatment, Charles’s pain will eventually be resolved, and he will be able to walk and work again. Let's help make it happen!
Four-year-old Clarens lives in Haiti with his mother and grandmother. He was born with cerebral palsy and cannot yet walk on his own. However, he is slowly learning to walk with braces and crutches. “He is a very intelligent child and has already learned to read and write well,” says our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). HCA continues that in addition to cerebral palsy, Clarens has heart disease. “Clarens was born with a cardiac condition called valvar pulmonic stenosis, in which one of the valves of his heart is too small to allow blood to adequately pass through. As a result, oxygen does not reach his body in sufficient quantities, leaving him sickly and weak.” Heart surgery can correct Clarens' condition. Health City Caymen Islands has raised $5,000 to cover the cost of his surgery, and another $1,500 from Watsi donors will pay for Clarens' surgery preparation, transportation, and travel funds so he can receive the surgery he needs. “Following surgery, normal blood flow should be restored to Clarens's heart and he should not have any further cardiac symptoms,” HCA says. "I am so happy that this surgery will be possible for Clarens, and I thank God and everyone who is helping to fix my son's heart," says Clarens’ mother.
Rorng, a 37-year-old woman, works as a farmer in Cambodia. She is married with one son and one daughter, and “in her free time she cooks for her family, watches Khmer movies on TV, and listens to Khmer traditional music,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). In August of 2015, Rorng was in a moto accident and fractured her left ankle. “She received Khmer traditional medicine treatment in the province but her ankle did not improve,” continues CSC. Rorng is in pain whenever she tries to walk. After traveling three hours with her husband to reach CSC, Rorng was told that she will need an open reduction internal fixation surgery, a procedure that will reset the bone and ensure that it heals properly. The surgery will cost $405 and includes post-operational care. “After surgery, Rorng will be able to walk again without pain. Her left ankle will be healed and she can return home to work on the farm," CSC shares. “I hope after surgery I can walk properly again,” says Rorng. “I will go back home and work to support my family.”
Lae Lae is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. About a year ago, Lae Lae moved from her village to find a better income and now sells vegetables in the local market. However, Lae Lae’s husband still works as a farmer where she used to live. Our medical partner, Burma Border Project (BBP), tells us that Lae Lae divides her time between her current town and where her husband is located, depending on her health. Recently, Lae Lae was diagnosed with two large cysts in her abdomen. BBP explains, "Lae Lae has back pain, the mass in her abdomen is palpable and painful – she feels like the mass is getting bigger all the time." In addition to the discomfort, Lae Lae’s condition causes her to constantly worry about her symptoms worsening. While she earns enough money to support her everyday needs, Lae Lae’s income is not enough to cover her medical expenses. $1,500 will fund a total abdominal hysterectomy, removing Lae Lae’s uterus, cervix, and painful abdominal masses simultaneously. In addition to relieving her current symptoms, this operation ensures that Lae Lae’s condition will not persist--giving her peace of mind for her future health. Lae Lae shares, "Once I have had surgery I will go back and work as a farmer again with my husband."
Meet Thi Dar, a 43-year-old mother of four from Burma. “Thi Dar lives with her husband, three sons, and one daughter,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “Her husband works as an agricultural day laborer, and she sells fried snacks outside of her house. Her oldest daughter is 12 years old and has had to stop school due to family financial problems. Her other three children are still studying in primary school.” Thi Dar has a uterine myoma, a noncancerous, fibrous growth within the tissue of the uterus. “Currently, Thi Dar has abdomen pain and body aches. She is worried about her condition and also worried about her financial problem,” reports BBP. “She has had to stop working and now depends on her husband’s salary, which isn’t enough to cover their living costs.” For $1500, Thi Dar will receive a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove her uterus and strengthen her pelvic floor, resolving her painful symptoms. This cost includes pre and post-surgical outpatient visits, hospitalization, transportation, and food. “Following treatment, Thi Dar should be able to go back to work selling snacks outside of the house, and she can take care of her children,” continues BBP. “She shouldn’t have any more abdominal pain or worries from her condition.” Thi Dar is eager to regain her strength. She tells us, “I want to get healthy and be able to support my family again.”
Paulina is 48 years old, and works to support her family in Kenya. She is a widow and has three children. "Her two younger children are still in school and Paulina prays that they will be able to complete their education and get good jobs,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “Five months ago, Paulina discovered a lump in her left breast,” reports AMHF. After seeing a specialist in Nairobi, a biopsy confirmed that the lump is cancerous. Doctors have recommended a mastectomy to remove her entire left breast, but Paulina worries about the costs. “Paulina does any odd jobs she gets to be able to feed and provide for her family,” AMHF tells us. After her husband passed away, she became the sole provider for her family and her children’s education. It took her a long time to save enough money to afford the initial scans to diagnose the cancer and she cannot save more to pay for the operation. For $740, Paulina will receive surgery and follow-up chemotherapy to ensure that the cancer is completely removed. These funds will cover all the costs of the operation, the chemotherapy, and her hospital stay. Paulina is looking forward to the opportunity to regain her health. “All she knew was that cancer kills and that she did not want to die,” explains AMHF. “After counseling and elaboration of the treatment process from the doctor, hope shows in her eyes.”