Rosalie joined Watsi on May 21st, 2013. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Rosalie's most recent donation supported Musinguzi, a student from Uganda, to fund a surgery to repair his inguinal hernia.
Rosalie has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 8 countries.
Musinguzi is a student pursuing a degree in English literature from Uganda. He is the third born in a family of eight children and he has two brothers operating small retail shops and five sisters who are all in school studying at different levels. Both his parents are small-scale farmers who normally grow food crops for home consumption and sell off the surplus to provide family basic needs and pay for school fees. Two years ago, Musinguzi developed an inguinal hernia. He is in pain and feels uncomfortable. Fortunately, on July 21st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Musinguzi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Musinguzi says, “I expect to have a new life after my surgery, be relieved from this pain and continue with my studies as well.”
Phebe is a young woman from Haiti who underwent cardiac surgery in 2010 to close a hole between the two lower chambers of her heart. Although the surgery was successful in closing the hole, it left her with a condition in which her heart muscle was no longer able to properly transmit electrical pulses so that it could beat normally. To protect her heart, a pacemaker was implanted. Last month, the pacemaker was partially replaced with a new one because its battery had been depleted; following the procedure, however, she developed an infection that has rendered the pacemaker non-sterile, and as a result, the pacemaker and associated wires have to be taken out and replaced. Phebe will travel to the north of the country to Hospital Sacre-Coeur where they can safely carry out the pacemaker implantation. Phebe lives in Port-au-Prince with her older brother, his wife, and their family; she is a university student studying accounting. Phebe shared with us, "I would like to thank everyone for continuing to support me so that I can get completely healthy!"
Mugabirwe is a businesswoman from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to two children who have completed their studies, but are still searching for jobs. Her husband passed away in 1993 and she has been the full care provider to her children ever since. She earns a living from her small grocery business but says since the COVID-19 lockdown, all was closed and she has hardly earned any money to the extent that she is even failing to get food. Two years ago, Mugabirwe has been experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Mugabirwe's surgery. On June 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Mugabirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Mugabirwe says: “I wish that my surgery could be supported so that my health is restored so as to live longer to see my daughters grow into old women. I have really worked hard for them to have a bright future and I would really love to see them there.”
Bamutaririne is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother with 6 children, three girls and three boys. One of the boys is a teacher, another is a carpenter and the last one is small-scale farmer. Her oldest daughter is a soldier while the other two also practice small-scale farming. Bamutaririne earns a living from her banana and coffee plantation which she operates with her husband. She cultivates beans, maize and potatoes for home consumption and sells off the surplus. Six months ago, Bamutaririne began experiencing lower abdominal pain associated with a backache. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse with cystocele and 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 Bamutaririne's surgery. On July 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Bamutaririne will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Bamutaririne shared, “I will get healed, have a new life, and will praise God, thanking him for what he has done for me as I continue with farming.”
Orikiriza is married and a mother to two daughters who are both still in school. She is divorced from the father of her children, but got married to her second husband seven years ago. She earns a living from small-scale farming while her husband is a casual laborer. Unfortunately, they have also recently separated. Orikiriza has been experiencing irregular menstrual bleeding for the past two years. She feels general body weakness and is easily fatigued. She reports drowsiness and at time experiences dry mouth but her chief complaint is backache and lower abdominal pain. This has affected her quality of life and work performance. She has been diagnosed with bilateral ovarian cysts. If they are not removed her symptoms may persist. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare can help, Orikiriza receive treatment. Now, she needs your help to raise the $220 to fund the cost of her surgery. Orikiriza shared, “I hope to get much better after my surgery so that I can resume farming.”
Akankwasa is a local community development officer from Uganda. She is 38-years-old and has a disability that keeps her from being able to walk. She had 9 siblings, but only two of them are still living. She has gone through a lot because she had to take care of her late brothers and sisters’ children especially educating them and paying their school fees. She rents a double room for shelter in their village. As a local government community development officer her salary is not able to cover the load on her shoulders of taking care of her nephews and nieces in addition to her own physical condition. For the last three years ago, Akankwasa has been experiencing abdominal pains and heavy bleeding. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Akankwasa's surgery. On August 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Akankwasa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Akankwasa says, “I hope to live a normal life again through a surgery. I will resume my normal duties as a community development officer and be able to help all of my dependents as I was doing before.”
Tushembire is a 63 years old married mother of six. She earns a living from her banana and coffee plantation while her husband operates a small shop for second-handed clothes. Tushembire has experienced pelvic bone pain for the past year. She also has severe back and lower limb pains. She has been diagnosed with a prolapsed anterior vaginal wall and cystocele. Her doctors recommend a colporrhaphy treatment. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Now, they are requesting $220 to help cover the cost of her surgery. Tushembire shared, “I am looking forward to having a new life after my surgery so that I can continue with farming and my life.”
Niwenyesiga is a business owner from Uganda. She usually sells second-hand clothes around town, but her business has been closed for some time due to the current COVID-19 conditions in her country. Her husband is a small-scale farmer and they rent a single room home. They currently cannot afford the surgery charges For the last three years, Niwenyesiga has experienced pain and discomfort and has been diagnosed with a mass on her thigh. The mass is causing severe pain and needs to be excised to prevent her symptoms from growing worse. Fortunately Niwenyesiga traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Niwenyesiga needs help to raise $152 to fund this procedure. Niwenyesiga shared, “I hope for an improved life after the surgery. Being able to walk comfortably will enable carry out my duties normally and enable me to take good care of my family. I will resume working at my business as soon as possible.”
Kediini is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with three children, all are either in secondary schools or at university. Ten years ago, Kediini developed a supraumbilical hernia. Now, if she is not treated the hernia may create an intestinal obstruction. Fortunately, on June 16, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund Kediini's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. “I hope that with Watsi's support I can get better from this hernia so that I can continue with farming after surgery,” shared Kediini.
Mary is a young student from Kenya and the third born in her family of four children. She comes from a humble background, where her parents are small-scale farmers relying on subsistence farming to make ends meet. Their income is split between school fees for Mary’s elder siblings and feeding the family. Two days ago, Mary fell from a tree while attempting to harvest some fruits, landing on her hand. She sustained a closed left humerus fracture that was painful. She had first aid in a local hospital but due to the COVID-19 police curfew, they could not take her to a better-equipped facility for imaging. Mary had an x-ray the following day revealing the humerus fracture. She is in a lot of pain and cannot move or use her hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 21st, Mary will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her hand heal correctly and he will no longer be in pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $704 to fund this procedure. Mary’s mother says, “My daughter is in pain and we are not able to raise the funds needed. Please help us.”
Chhoeun is a 63-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five children, seven grandchildren, and enjoys watching boxing on television in his spare time. Five months ago, Chhoeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him cloudy and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 12th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. Chhoeun shared, "I hope that I will be able to see again so I can return to planting rice at the farm."
Myint is a nursery school teacher from Burma. She lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Burma. Her husband is a homemaker while her children go to school. Myint also cooks Burmese Moh Hin Kar, a type of fish soup, during the weekend, to earn extra money. Since June 2018, Myint has been experiencing abnormal bleeding on a weekly basis and she can feel a mass in her lower abdomen. She used to experience very bad cramps, but since she received oral medication from Mae Sot Hospital she no longer has cramps. She has been diagnosed with a uterine mass. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Myint's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Myint is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on January 31st. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience abnormal bleeding and discomfort. "Once I recover fully, I would like to continue to work as a nursery school teacher and earn money from making and selling Moh Hin Kar," said Myint.