Saurabh joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Seven years ago, Saurabh joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Kelvin, a 12-year-old boy from Tanzania, to fund corrective surgery.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 684 patients in 15 countries.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 684 patients in 15 countries.
Kelvin is a 12-year-old boy and the youngest of nine children in his family. Two of his older siblings have already finished high school and are now married. His mother is a small-scale farmer who sells maize and beans. His parents separated a long time ago and his father does not support their family. They rely on help from their local church. Kelvin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Kelvin will have an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, or fertility problems in the future. Kelvin is receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 8th and AMH is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Kelvin’s mother shared, “I am happy that one of my sons noticed this early enough, but at the same time I’m sad that I cannot afford to cater for his surgery. I am requesting any financial help that can help my son get treated.”
Va is a 73-year-old farmer with two sons, four daughters, and 13 grandchildren. Va does not go to the rice field much anymore due to his vision and age. Nowadays, he plants vegetables around his home and likes to listen to the news on the radio. Around three years ago, Va developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Va learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On May 10th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Va shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can plant rice and vegetables easily, and drive my motorcycle to the pagoda for the holy days."
Han is a 49-year-old farmer who lives in from southern Cambodia near the Mekong river. He lives in Prey Veng province with his wife and their six children. His oldest son recently got married, and Han now has his first grandchild. He works on a farm seasonally when work is available, and when he is not working he likes to cook, garden, and watch TV. In October 2010, Han was in motor vehicle accident that caused fractures in both legs. He went to an emergency clinic, where doctors amputated his right leg and fixated hardware to heal the fracture in his left leg. His left leg has healed well, but the hardware still causes discomfort and pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On July 8th, Han will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the hardware from his left leg and allow Han to feel fully recovered and go about his daily activities without pain. Han shared, "I am happy to finally have this hardware out, so I can feel my normal leg again."
Chum is a 65-year-old farmer and mother from Cambodia. She has one son and four daughters, and many grandchildren. Chum lives with her husband and their eldest daughter. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Four years ago, Chum developed a cataract in both eyes, causing her sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chum learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. Chum shared, "it makes me so happy that after my surgery I will be able to see well. I am looking forward to going outside on my own, helping my daughter plant crops and cook, and take care of my grandchildren."
Kembabazi is a teacher from Western Uganda. For the past three years, she has had lower abdominal and back pains and other troubling symptoms. As a result of these pains, she is unable to stand for extended periods and walk for long distances. Kembabazi came to Nyakibale Hospital and was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids, requiring a total hysterectomy to heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Kembabazi's surgery. On May 11th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kembabazi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kembabazi shared, "I hope to be treated and the condition clears so that I can resume my teaching job and support my family again."
Mengleang is a 22-year-old farmer who lives at home with his parents and his younger brother, who is 17 years old. His father is the village chief in their community and Mengleang often helps him with his duties. In addition to working in rice fields, Mengleang also takes care of many cows. When he is not working, he loves to play volleyball and listen to music. In April 2021, Mengleang was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left tibia. After the accident, his family took him to a traditional healer, who affixed a splint. He was able to walk with crutches, but now the area around the fracture has become swollen and painful. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 17th, Mengleang will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will heal the fracture and help him walk easily. Mengleang shared, "I want to be able to work again with my full strength and even get back to playing sports with my friends."
Ampiire is a 30-year-old married mother of three children, including two girls and one boy who are all in school. Ampiire lost her parents at a young age and didn't finish school, instead staying home to care for her younger siblings. She educated them, and now one sibling is a hairdresser while the other is a teacher. Ampiire earns a living from small-scale farming and normally grows crops like beans, potatoes and maize for consumption at home. She also sells off the surplus to generate income, while her husband is a tailor. For about a year, Ampiire has experienced pain in her lower right abdomen. The pain interferes with her day-to-day life, and worsens whenever she is farming, washing clothes, or when she walks a long distance. She also has abdominal bloating and discomfort that has affected her eating habits, and she has experienced notable weight loss. Ampiire had never been to the hospital for medical treatment for her condition due to a lack of finances and because she thought the pain would stop. However, when the pain worsened, she visited a doctor who diagnosed her with a bilateral ovarian cyst. The doctor recommended a cystectomy. If her condition is not treated, the cyst could turn malignant, or cause acute abdominal tenderness. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ampiire to receive treatment. On May 22nd, Ampiire will undergo a cystectomy at AMH's care center, and now AMH is requesting $220 to fund her procedure. Ampiire shared, “I really have hope that with your support, I will have surgery. I hope to regain my health and continue farming to support my family.”
Kasande is a farmer and mother of three. She and her husband work on their own farm as well as doing working on other people's farms to make ends meet. For the past four years, she has been having an inguinal swelling that has been on and off. However, in the last three months, the swelling started to become more painful and she cannot comfortably farm or carry heavy items any longer. She also struggles to sleep on her right side. She was reviewed at the hospital and a surgery called herniorrhaphy and excision were recommended. Without the surgery, the mass might become cancerous and the hernia might present with associated complications. Fortunately, on May 11th, she'll undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Kasande's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Kasande says, “If my health is compromised, my family will suffer, since I am even the one who pays the school fee. I hope to regain my health and resume farming once I have fully recovered.”
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.”
Omar is a 14-year-old student and the youngest of eight children. He is in grade 5 and likes reading. His father is a farmer and his mother died last year after a long illness. Omar has clubfoot in both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Omar and his father traveled over a day to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 28th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Omar's clubfoot repair. He is scheduled to undergo right foot triple arthrodesis surgery to first correct his right foot. After treatment, he will be able to walk and be able to put on shoes. “Any support rendered to make my son walk like other children will be highly appreciated,” Omar’s father told us.
Gideon, who was born with intellectual disabilities, lives in and attends a special school in Eldoret town. Gideon likes being in school and he likes drawing during his free time. His parents live in the village and it’s been a long time since Gideon has seen them, so he is looking forward to seeing them when he gets treated. Gideon came to the hospital after having a swelling in a sensitive area for more than two years. He reports that it was gradual on the onset but worsened with time. Gideon was brought to the hospital by one of his relatives after they were told of Gideon's condition. Before they came to Kapsowar Hospital, they had tried many other hospitals, but every time they were asked to pay huge amounts of money for treatment, which they cannot afford. Gideon has an appointment for a hydrocelectomy surgery to repair the double hernia bulges. He has been experiencing severe discomfort in the affected area and a mild headache, and feels ashamed walking around due to the swelling. Currently, Gideon is under the care and support of the Samaritans, but they don’t have money to pay for his surgery, only for room and board. They are asking anyone reading this story to support Gideon so he can undergo a successful surgery for recovery. Gideon is a happy young man who looks forward to seeing his parents soon. His uncle says, “I will be happy to see him without the swelling. He deserves to live a happy and healthy life like others.”
Saly is a 53-year-old rice farmer with one daughter, four sons, and five grandchildren. Saly lives with her eldest son since her husband passed away 10 years ago. Her son is also a farmer. In her free time, Saly enjoys listening to traditional music on the radio. Five years ago, Saly developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Saly shared, "I want to be able to plant crops and rice again and take care of my grandchildren better with clear vision."