Saurabh joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three years ago, Saurabh became the 40th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,180 more people have become monthly donors! Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Anania, a subsistence farmer from Uganda, to fund mass excision surgery.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 312 patients in 15 countries.
Anania is a 66-year-old subsistence farmer from rural Uganda. He grows foods such as bananas, beans, cassava, millet, potatoes, coffee, and tea in order to support his family. During his free time, Anania enjoys visiting friends and relatives, feeding his chickens, and attending church. He feels great joy when watching his grandchildren play around the compound after school. For about four years, Anania has had a painful scrotal mass that that has made it difficult for him to work and complete daily activities. He initially tried pain relief drugs and medicinal herbs to help his condition, however his symptoms only intensified over time. In addition to the $7 that Anania has subsidized, our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $196 to fund Anania's mass excision surgery. The treatment is scheduled to take place on June 13 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Anania to return to the activities that he loves. After his treatment, Anania looks forward to resuming his farming and is hoping to save some money to buy more chickens and keep them for eggs. “I thank the donors for supporting my treatment," shares Anania. "I suffered for many years because I could not afford it."
Uon is a farmer from Cambodia. She has two sisters and spends most of her time on the rice farm. When she was five, Uon had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Uon experiences pain and discharge. She is experiencing hearing loss and feels in poor health. Uon traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 9, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her sister says, "I hope my sister can get better with treatment."
Three years ago, Pamela first felt a growth on the base of her neck. It has since caused her dizziness and fatigue. She sought care from a local hospital, where a thyroidectomy was recommended, but Pamela does not have the funds for this procedure. Pamela, who has five daughters and one son, is a housewife after losing her job as a secretary. Pamela’s husband is bus driver in their small town. She says, “Every little money we get goes towards paying our children’s school fees. We have even been calling our family members and friends to help us raise for the children school fees." Pamela has been diagnosed with Grave's disease and she needs surgery. Fortunately, she visited our medical partner's care center and has been scheduled for a thyroidectomy on August 31. She needs help raising $641 to pay for this critical procedure.
“My wish is to see my son grow up as a normal child, without these health problems,” shares Steward’s mother, a woman from Kenya. Her two-month-old baby, Steward, was born with hydrocephalus. In this disorder, excess cerebral-spinal fluid accumulates in the brain. This causes the baby pain, and in the long-term, could lead to serious outcomes if left untreated—brain damage, loss of motor abilities, and even death. Steward’s mother brought him hundreds of kilometers from western Kenya to visit BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, our medical partner's care center. There, she was relieved to learn that his condition can be treated with the insertion of a surgical shunt into his brain or spinal cord. This shunt will direct the excess fluid away from Steward’s head and towards another part of his body, where it can be absorbed. However, Steward’s parents cannot afford this treatment. They work as day laborers, cultivating the land on other people’s farms. By saving their money for months, they were able to raise $104 for the treatment. But they need help raising additional funds for Steward’s surgery. That’s where you come in. By helping us raise $685, you will fund Steward’s shunt operation on September 13, as well as his lab tests, medications, and five-day hospital stay. At two months old, Steward’s life has barely begun. Let’s make sure he is able to live a long and healthy one.
Sankhani is a 75-year-old farmer from rural Malawi. He has eight children and 30 grandchildren and lives with his wife in their small village. When Sankhani is not farming, he likes to spend time singing in his church's choir. For the past two months, Sankhani has experienced pain due to an enlarged prostate. His condition is benign and easily treated surgically. In order to help Sankhani, our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund his surgery and hospital stay. Sankhani is scheduled to undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, on July 13. Sankhani is looking forward to returning to farming when he gets home. He says, "I am giving many thanks to Watsi."
Dalin is a 12-year-old boy from a rural area in Cambodia near the border with Vietnam. A few months ago, Dalin's mother noticed he seemed lacking in energy and was not moving his head normally. Dalin started to complain of neck and shoulder pain, and he was unable to look upwards. At this point, he dropped out of the fourth grade. Dalin traveled four hours with his mother to get to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where he was diagnosed with herniated discs in his spine. On September 4, surgeons will conduct the necessary operation on Dalin's spine to relieve the pressure and reduce his pain. CSC requests $930 to cover his medical treatment.
Meet 48-year-old Kyomukama. She lives with her husband and nine children in Uganda. Kyomukama and her husband work as farmers to support their family. Kyomukama started experiencing discomfort in a sensitive area in 2008. After seeking treatment many times over the years, she was eventually diagnosed with uterine prolapse, a medical condition in which the uterus slips from its normal position. This can occur after pregnancy as a result of weakened pelvic floor muscles and supporting tissue. Without surgical intervention, Kyomukama is at risk of developing a serious infection. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has scheduled Kyomukama for an uterine prolapse repair surgery on September 7. The total cost of the procedure is $287. After her surgery, Kyomukama that she hopes to regain her strength and feel comfortable again.
Meet Meliscent from Uganda. She is 48 years of age and supports herself and her family by working as farm laborer. Meliscent is also an active member of her church and community, helping to organize church services and social gatherings. Meliscent relaxes by listening to the radio. For the past seven years, Meliscent has had multiple nodules on her thyroid (otherwise known as a multinodular goiter). They have not caused any symptoms until the last six months. Recently, they have grown significantly in size and are now affecting Meliscent's ability to breathe and swallow. With the aid of our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, Meliscent will undergo a $279 thyroidectomy procedure on August 2 to remove her thyroid gland. "Thank you for your help with my surgery. It will make a big difference to my life," says Meliscent.
Shelda is a nine-year-old girl from Haiti. She lives with her parents, grandparents, and older brother. She enjoys going to school, playing with her friends, and singing in church. Several years ago, Shelda contracted rheumatic fever, which caused damage to her heart. She developed a condition called mitral and aortic regurgitation, where blood backs up into her heart and does not properly circulate through her body. This condition causes Shelda to experience shortness of breath, painful breathing, fatigue, and swelling of the legs. If left untreated, her condition could become fatal. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, Shelda is scheduled to undergo heart surgery to correct her condition on July 11. Although Shelda's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/a87ad56dd3f0-shelda) to our medical partner's care center has already been funded by Watsi, she is still in need of $1,500 to cover the cost of her heart surgery prep. The organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is also subsidizing Shelda's surgery, donating $22,000 to cover the rest of her medical bills. "I am excited for the day when Shelda can do everything she wants without getting tired and needing to rest," says Shelda's mother.
Mohammad is a five-year-old boy growing up in Tanzania. He is the third born child in a family of three kids. Mohammad was born with clubfoot, which means that both his feet are turned inwards at his ankles. Consequently, he experiences difficulty whenever he tries to walk. Due to his condition, he has not started school yet because his mother thinks that he will have a hard time coping with the pain. Mohammad is now scheduled to undergo surgery on September 12 to realign the positioning of his feet. Although his family has contributed $22 to the cost of the procedure, his mother does not make enough income as a casual laborer to pay for the rest. As a result, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting an additional $890 to support the expenses of the surgery and patient care. Though it is difficult being a single parent, Mohammad's mother remains optimistic for her son, saying, "I am hopeful that my child will get better. Thank you for helping to treat my son.”
Clifaite is a 10-year-old student who lives with his parents and siblings in the mountains of central Haiti. His parents grow crops and additionally work as market vendors. Clifaite is in the fourth grade and enjoys going to school and spending time with his friends. Clifaite suffers from cardiac conditions known as mitral and aortic regurgitation, which resulted from a rheumatic fever that he contracted several years ago. As a result, blood backs up into his heart and does not properly circulate throughout his body, leaving Clifaite weak, short of breath, and at risk of fatal heart failure. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Clifaite's air transportation to his surgery's location site. Once there, Clifaite will receive the treatment that he needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. Clifaite's father says, "Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Clifaite get this surgery!"
Meet Muhangi, a 17-year-old boy from Uganda. Muhangi wishes to be a doctor in the future and spends his time studying for school. About one year ago, Muhangi began to experience a painful swelling in his scrotum, which was later diagnosed as a hernia. Over time, his hernia progressed until the pain was so severe that he sometimes had to miss school. Muhangi sought treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, and he is now scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on July 6. He is requesting $219 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Muhangi’s aunt says, “After surgery, I hope my son to have peace of mind and he continues school for a better future and I will continue with farming.”