Jeremy joined Watsi on September 9th, 2014. Seven years ago, Jeremy joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jeremy'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.
Jeremy has funded healthcare for 102 patients in 13 countries.
Jeremy has funded healthcare for 102 patients in 13 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.”
Glory is a charming four-year-old girl and the firstborn child in a family of two children. Glory’s mother is house mother, while her father provides for the family through his work at construction sites. Glory was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, which means that her legs bow inwards and her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often comes from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Glory has difficulty walking and experiences pain after playing all day. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Glory. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 4th and treatment will hopefully restore Glory's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Glory’s mother shared, "we have tried medication, but it has not helped. Our daughter now needs surgery but the cost of treatment is too high for us to afford. Please help."
Busingye is a 63-year-old married mother of six children. She is a small scale farmer and lives with her husband in a three-room home in Uganda. Over 20 years ago, Busingye began experiencing troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, difficulty breathing, headaches, and persistent coughing. She recently stopped farming due to her symptoms. When she visited a local hospital, she was diagnosed with multinodular goiter and requires surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Busingye receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 4th at AMH's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, Busingye needs help to fund the $293 procedure. Busingye shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. After treatment, I will resume farming and be able to further support our family.”
Ra Sa is a 67-year-old woman who lives with her nephew in Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. Ra Sa is a homemaker and her nephew is a student. Ra Sa’s daughter, who also lives in the camp with her husband, supports Ra Sa with food and visits several times a week. Ra Sa’s daughter works as a domestic worker in the camp, and her son-in-law works as a porter unloading supplies from delivery trucks, but the support they are able to provide for Ra Sa does not always cover her expenses. In her free time, Ra Sa likes to teach children at the local mosque. However, since a hernia appeared last year, she has not been able to teach in the same way. Once she has recovered, she wants to live happily with her nephew and to continue teaching. Since the 7th of March 2020, Ra Sa has had an umbilical hernia. She experiences a lot of pain in her lower abdomen and has three lumps that are increasing in size every day. She can no longer sit for more than 10 minutes before she is in pain, feeling more comfortable when she lies down. Sometimes she cannot breathe well and is having other troubling symptoms. Fortunately, on March 5th, she 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 Ra Sa's hernia repair surgery, which will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably again. Ra Sa said, “I prayed every day that I would get a donor to cover the cost of my surgery and I feel like my prayers have been answered. I am so happy! I would like to say thank you so much to all of the donors. I will never forget what you have done for me and I hope that you will continue to help more patients in the future.”
Rwabuganda is a 78-year-old man and farmer who tends to his small banana and coffee plantation. Now that he is older, and with his medical condition, he is not able to cultivate as much as before. Rwabuganda has five children who are all still in search of stable employment. For the last three years, Rwabuganda has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him severe abdominal pain and prevents him from working. The swollen area is more pronounced when he laughs, coughs or strains. When Rwabuganda came to Nyakibale Hospital, he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia and recommended to undergo repair surgery. However, he is not able to meet the cost of his care and appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on March 9th, Rwabuganda will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Rwabuganda's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently, and restore his mobility. Rwabuganda shared, “I hope to get better once I am given support to undergo my surgery so that I can continue with farming, since it is my main source of income.”
Antony is a 36-year-old motorbike taxi operator. He is married and has three children. Antony is the sole breadwinner of the family. In his line of work, his income depends on the availability of customers and is somewhat inconsistent. He lives with his family in a two-roomed rental house. On February 9th, Antony was riding a friend to a funeral on a motorbike, when he got into an accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. His bike lost control when he tried to avoid an oncoming vehicle that was speeding on the wrong side of the road. Antony hit a ditch on the side of the road and sustained multiple injuries. He is in pain and is not able to use his left hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 5th, Antony will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal well and he will be able to use his arm normally again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Anthony shared, “I am the sole breadwinner and my family is looking upon me for survival. I cannot work without the use of my hand, and my hand needs surgery to heal. I am unable to get the money to raise the amount needed for my care."
Myo is a 16-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four brothers in northern Rakhine State. Myo is a student in grade nine and his four brothers also go to school. However, they have been unable to study since the Covid-19 pandemic shut all schools. Myo’s parents are day laborers, and their family's combined income is just enough to cover their daily expenses since Myo and his brothers’ schooling is free. To survive with limited income, they forage for vegetables and fish. If they fall ill, they use traditional medicine, which is more affordable then going to a clinic or a hospital. Myo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, which is the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Myo cannot walk long distances or climb stairs because of his tiredness. Sometimes, he cannot breathe very well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Myo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 7th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Myo shared, “I am worried about my health and I feel sorry for my parents. Because of my health problems, my father had to work more days to earn more money. Also, my mother cannot work because she accompanies me and has to take care of me. I hope my school will reopen soon so that I can go back to school. One day I hope that I can become a teacher. I want to teach because there are not enough teachers in my village.”
Anitha is a beautiful six-year-old child from Tanzania. She is the only child to her mother, who is a single parent. Her mother shared that Anitha's father left their family when Anitha was a baby and Anitha herself has never met him. Her mother helps her aunt in a small vegetable garden, where they grow tomatoes and sell them an open market. Whatever they can earn is what they use for their basic needs. Anitha has clubfoot of both her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty with walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Anitha traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 5th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Anitha's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk more easily and play with her friends. Anitha’s mother shared, “All I wish for my daughter is to see her walk normally so that she can pursue her studies and have a better life.”
Komugisha is a farmer from Uganda who is married with two children: one in sixth grade and the other in seventh. Her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver. Since three months ago, Komugisha has been experiencing inter-menstrual bleeding and pain. She has been diagnosed with Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding and Endometrial Hyperplasia. 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 Komugisha's surgery. On September 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Komugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Komugisha says: “I will be grateful when I am supported. I will continue with farming when I am relieved from this burden.”
Tugume is a farmer from Uganda. Both of his sons are soldiers and are at war in Somalia, while his daughters are both primary school teachers teaching in private schools. Tugume's major source of income is from his small banana and coffee plantation, which he maintains with his elderly wife. They stay in a non-cemented semi-permanent house together with two of his grandsons, and they take care of their grandchildren with what they earn from their farm. Five years ago, Tugume began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing, on and off headaches, neck congestion, heart palpitations and a persistent, irritating cough-like sensation. He was diagnosed with a goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. Tugume needs surgery to prevent his symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tugume receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 11th at our medical partner's care center. During the surgery, surgeons will remove all or part of his thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and he and his family need help raising money. Tugume shared, “My only hope of recovering from this condition is by undergoing my surgery. I hope to recover well and continue with farming.”
Marin is a 77-year-old mother of five from Cambodia. She has two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. She is proudly a former chief of district of her village. Her husband passed away 20 years ago and she now lives with her oldest daughter, who works in a rubber field. Marin enjoys listening to the news and the monks praying on the radio. One year ago, Marin developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Marin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On November 25th, 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, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Marin shared, "After surgery I hope I can read books and look after my grandchildren well."
Geofrey is a middle-aged peasant farmer from Uganda. Geofrey has been living with a painful swell on his left upper back for the last eight years. He complains of difficulty working especially for long hours due to the lipoma. Unfortunately, he had not been to the hospital before due to financial constraints. He heard about Watsi's Medical Partner's program in Nyakibale Hospital and decided to come. Doctors diagnosed him with a giant lipoma and excision is recommended. He is not able to raise the amount needed for his surgery. Geofrey is a father of 8 children, with 4 of them still in school. He has to pay for their tuition fee from his subsistence farming. His wife works together with him on the farm and their farm produce is limited. He sometimes also sells bananas in the local market to make a living. Geofrey appeals for financial assistance. Geofrey traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Geofrey needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Geofrey says, “I hope that my surgery will be successful because am afraid of such huge swelling, but I do trust that everything shall be well and I can continue with selling bananas and cultivation.”