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martin's Story

martin joined Watsi on February 15th, 2017. Eleven months ago, martin joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. martin's most recent donation supported Bunroeun, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery that will improve his hearing loss.


martin has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by martin

Charity is a 28-year-old woman from Kenya. She is the eldest in her family and is now married and has a newborn baby who is two months old. Her husband works as a clerk at a local dairy factory, where he earns enough to feed their family. Charity was working at the same factory, but was laid off from her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is not currently working and spends her time at home taking care of her child. Since August 2020, when Charity was pregnant, she started experiencing pain in her upper abdomen that radiated to the back. Charity had visited several different health centers but showed no improvement, and later decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital. She underwent a scan, which showed that she has a large gallstone. The doctor recommended that she undergo a cholecystectomy. Without treatment, Charity's condition may become more complicated and cause her gall bladder inflammation, or a blocked bile duct or pancreatic duct. However, Charity is unable to meet the cost of her care and appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. is helping Charity receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on March 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove the gallbladder due to the gallstone causing pain and possibly infection. This procedure will cost $788, and she and her family need help raising money. Charity shared, "The pain is too much at times and I feel some relief when I vomit. I am hoping to get support so that I can be well and be at peace to nurse my baby."

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Di is a 40-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her parents, her husband, her brother, and her two children in Mae La Refugee Camp in Tak Province. Di and her family work hard to make ends meet. Her family runs a small shop selling kitchen utensils. Di's husband is a religious teacher, and he does not earn regular income. Her brother is unemployed, and her parents are retired. Di helps with the family shop while her daughter goes to the community school that is led by volunteers. Her youngest son is too young to go to school. She shared that their family income is enough for family expenses, but they are not able to save any money. Around two years ago, Di was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. Currently, she experiences pain under her chest and her abdominal around umbilical is swollen and pain. Di is not able to do any household chores because of her condition. The pain worsens after she has meals or constipation, and her stomach will feel as hard as a stone. Fortunately, on January 19th, Di will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Di's hernia repair surgery. Once completed, the procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and be well enough to care for her family. Di shared, “Once I am better, I will try my best to take care of my family and my children's education. I want them to study in Thai school. They need to be educated, so I need to be healthy."

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Komugisha is a middle-aged mother and farmer from Uganda. About three years ago, she started having lower abdominal pains, bleeding, and general body weakness. She is worried about her condition and self-conscious of how others may react to her symptoms. She has not been able to seek treatment anywhere else due to limited finances. However, she heard of Watsi's Medical Partner Program at Nyakibale Hospital and opted to seek care. She has been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion and doctors recommend a total abdominal hysterectomy. She has a history of infertility after suffering an ectopic pregnancy that affected her fallopian tubes. Without the planned treatment, she is at risk of further complications including advanced cervical cancer. Komugisha is a mother of one child who is now in the seventh grade. She tends to her farm, planting maize, beans, and potatoes for family consumption and often selling the surplus to supplement her husband's income. Her husband works in a saloon and they together have three children, with two being step-children. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Komugisha's surgery. On October 6th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Komugisha will finally be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Komugisha shared: “I hope that once I have undergone my surgery, I will regain my health once again and will be able to resume farming after a complete recovery.”

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