Kaye joined Watsi on September 5th, 2013. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kaye's most recent donation supported Hiram, a studious boy from Kenya, to fund clubfoot treatment so he can run and play.
Kaye has funded healthcare for 344 patients in 14 countries.
Kaye has funded healthcare for 344 patients in 14 countries.
Hiram is a student from Mombasa county in Kenya. He is a lastborn in a family of three and the only boy. He has no father and his mother sells fish to make a living. Hiram is in class five at school. He was born with clubfeet and has never been to any hospital for correction until his family heard about the CURE Hospital mobile clinic in Mombasa. His condition has greatly affected Hiram's mobility. He feels pain on his feet as he walks, so he cannot put on his shoes or play with his friends. This has affected his studies. Fortunately, Hiram's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 20th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Hiram's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to put on shoes, walk comfortably and improve his self-esteem. “I would like to be treated so that I can walk like my friends, play with them and continue with my studies,” Hiram told us.
Queen is a six-year-old girl and the first born child in a family of two children. She and her younger brother are cared for by their grandparents as their mother sadly passed away in 2018 and their father is absent. Queen has been happily helping her grandmother with little home chores like washing dishes, sweeping the compound, and sometimes cooking. Both grandparents depend entirely on small scale farming of maize, vegetables, and bananas. As her name suggests, Queen is a nice and charming student who was to join first-grade early this year but unfortunately during the December holidays last year, she was involved in a painful fire accident. One day, Queen was helping her grandmother prepare porridge on a three stone fire place. Unknowingly, her dress caught on fire and badly injured her legs. Her wound healed, but burn scar contractures developed because of the tightened the skin around her legs. As a result, this has limited her ability to stand, walk, and enjoy her daily activities with her grandmother. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Queen receive treatment to relieve her pain. On August 5th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk again. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Queen’s uncle says: “She used to be the one helping her grandmother who has already aged up but with her condition right now her grandmother has to help her do everything. Please help my niece.”
Sylvia is a 14-year-old student and her favorite subjects in school are mathematics and chemistry. She shared that she would like to be a doctor in the future. Sylvia is the oldest child in a family of two. Her mother is a single mom and works hard as a laborer whenever she can get work. Sylvia has clubfoot of the left foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes her difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Sylvia to receive treatment. She visited AMH's care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 6th. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Sylvia's procedure. After treatment, Sylvia will be able to walk with ease and wear shoes. She will continue with her studies and hopefully achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. Sylvia shared, "my desire is to walk well like other girls and continue with school without any interruptions."
Deng is a 18-year-old student who lives with his mother and his three siblings. His mother works at a local restaurant and in town as a cleaner. His older brother is a construction worker, and Deng plans to start working along side him soon to help support his family. In his free time, he likes to play soccer with his friends. In May, Deng was in a motor vehicle accident, where he injured his right ankle. His wound was dressed at a clinic, but now has become infected. Deng experiences constant pain and it is difficult for him to walk. When Deng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled across the country for six hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help him walk easily again. Now, Deng needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Deng shared, "I hope that I can heal quickly and begin work with my brother, so I can make more money for my family."
Turyatunga is a 22-year-old university student. He's in the second year of his studies, where he is pursuing a degree in arts and social sciences. In addition to school, Turyatunga is passionate about sports, especially football. Turyatunga is the only boy in a family of four kids. His siblings are also all in school. Coffee farming is the major source of income for his parents, but yields have been low due to a severe drought in the country. When Turyatunga was in Form 6, he noticed a painful swelling and mass in his chest that caused him difficulty sleeping. He visited a doctor who after tests and review has recommended that he needs surgery for treatment. Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare is requesting $188 to fund this procedure and help him heal. Smiling brightly, Turyatunga says, “I dream of the day I will wake up to find that am free from this pain, I hope the treatment will restore my good health so that I may continue with my studies."
Zubedah is a 45-year-old housewife and a mother of two children, including a boy and a girl who are both in primary school. After completing high school, she unfortunately did not have the funding to continue her education. She got married and during her free time, she likes to weave doormats that she sells. Her husband operates a taxi business, however, his business has been hurt by the COVID pandemic. For three years, Zubedah has been experiencing vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal pain and backaches. She was treated for a urinary tract infection, but the symptoms persisted. She was examined at a local hospital and diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Zubedah's surgery. On August 11th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Zubedah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Zubedah shared, “Pain could at times come at night where I have no one to help me till morning. I hope all will be well after the surgery and I will resume normal health.”
Bo is a 16-year-old student. He's in eighth grade and lives in the school dormitory in the Tak Province during the school year. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden. In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left arm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left arm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling is now very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper arm. Bo is in a lot of pain and cannot use his left arm. He cannot lift it, nor carry anything due to the pain and the swelling. Bo sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Bo is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 18th. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "I want to become a policeman one day but I do not know if this will be possible," said Bo.
Naw Eh is a 11-year-old girl who lives with her mother, five brother and two sisters in a refugee camp. She and her siblings study in the refugee camp while her mother weaves traditional indigenous Karen shirts to earn extra income for their household. In her free time, Naw Eh loves to play with her younger brother at home. Sometimes, she will play with her friends close to her house. She wants to be an English teacher at a primary school in the future. In late July 2021, Naw Eh went out to buy some snacks from a shop. On the way to the shop, she slipped and fell on the muddy road. When she fell she hurt her left leg. Since she was able to walk slowly, the medic in the camp did not think her leg was broken and only gave her pain medication. On 19 August 2021, Naw Eh lost her grip when she was sitting down in a chair and fell down. This time she could not stand up or walk. After a doctor at Mae Sariang Hospital diagnosed her with a fractured femur, she was referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment. At that hospital, the doctor told Naw Eh's brother that they want to do an MRI of her leg to check if she has any underlying conditions that caused her to break her femur so easily. With support from Watsi, the MRI was possible and now the surgeon has determined that surgery is required to help her leg heal properly. Currently, Naw Eh suffers from pain in her left leg and she cannot move or put weight on that leg. If she moves her leg, the pain increases. Her brother needs to help her use the bedpan as she cannot walk to the toilet. He also needs to help her get dressed. She is taking pain medication to help her sleep at night. She is worried that if her condition is not treated properly, she will never be able to walk again. She misses going to school and wants to continue her studies in grade four once her school reopens. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Eh will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Eh will no longer experience pain in her leg and she will be able to get herself dress and be able to walk to the toilet. Naw Eh said, "I am worried that if I do not receive surgery and receive proper treatment, I will not be able to walk again."
Mavis is a three-year-old girl and the firstborn child of her parents, who are both small scale farmers. Her younger sibling is just one year old. Mavis has not started school yet. She likes playing with her grandmother whenever she gets a chance. The family currently lives in a two-room semi-permanent house that they own. Two years ago, Mavis developed a small swelling on her neck that has been increasing in size over time. The mass is worrying for her family and a friend recently referred her mother to our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. Mavis's mother shares that despite visiting many health clinics, none provided a solution for her daughter’s worsening condition. At the hospital, Mavis was diagnosed with a thyroglossal mass, a cyst developed near the thyroid glands which, if not treated, can continue increasing in size and affect the child's breathing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $145 to fund the mass removal procedure, which is scheduled to take place on August 10th. Mavis' mother shares, “My daughter’s condition is worrying and we need help to treat her. I believe given treatment, she will comfortably start education once the right time comes and she is in good health.”
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.”
Owomugisha is a 13-year-old student and the oldest child in a family of three siblings. His parents are small scale farmers and his family lives together in a single rented room. In March, Owomugisha developed a small mass in his chest area, which has been gradually increasing in size. He was initially given medication, but the mass is not receding. If it is not treated, he will continue to be uncomfortable in school, and could experience poorer quality of life. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Owomugisha receive treatment. He traveled to AMH's care center where, on June 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Owomugisha needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Owomugisha’s mother shared, “I pray that my son may get well through surgery. I want him to be able to comfortably proceed with his education.”
Orineitwe is a 53-year-old farmer and a mother to five children. She and her husband work as small scale farmers to make ends meet, and they own a three-room semi-permanent house. 16 years ago, Orineitwe began experiencing troubling symptoms including neck pain and swelling, mild headaches and weight loss. She was diagnosed with multinodular goiter. Because of her condition, she can no longer carry heavy loads on her head and she is no longer able to bend down comfortably while farming. She sought treatment at our medical partner's care center, and learned that surgery is required to treat her condition. She is concerned that without treatment, her symptoms will worsen and the goiter could become malignant. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Orineitwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at AMH's care center where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, she needs help to raise $293 to fund the procedure. Orineitwe shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I'm hopeful that after surgery I will be able to farm and to take good care of my family.”