Molly joined Watsi on April 20th, 2014. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Molly's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Babikyengyire, a small-business woman from Uganda, to fund a thyroidectomy.
Molly has funded healthcare for 123 patients in 15 countries.
Babikyengyire is the mother of one child who is 7 years old and in first grade at primary school. Her husband died in an accident in 2012. She later managed to buy a piece of land and constructed a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. A long time ago, in 1989, she thought she was gaining weight with an expanded neck because it was painless. She got married in 2009 and when she got pregnant in 2012, she developed neck pains especially after walking long distances. After delivery, the swelling increased as well as her pain. She is a member of the church choir, but she could no longer sing because it was too painful. Currently, she feels much pain when she wears a mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 regulations in the country. She is hopeful to find a solution from Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital. At Rushoroza, she presented with long-standing history of bi-nodular neck swelling. Thyrotoxicosis, airway obstruction, difficulty in breathing could be the end result if not treated through a thyroidectomy. Babikyengyire is a businesswoman who carries clothes around town to her customers, though she shared that she is finding it challenging now due to her condition. She feels uncomfortable being in public because of her neck swelling. She seeks financial support for her surgery because her small business can hardly raise a fraction of the total surgery charges. Babikyengyire shared, “I hope for a successful surgery. After the surgery, I believe that I will be able to travel long distances that will help me reach out to more customers and improve my business.”
Tumushabe is a rural farmer from Uganda. She is married with four children; all are still in school studying. She and her husband are practicing small-scale farming as they grow crops like maize, millet, cassava, and potatoes for a living. Tumushabe came to the hospital with swelling around the wrist of her right hand, which she has had for two years. It’s less painful, but very discomforting and she cannot hold anything heavy. Tumushabe traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 19th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tumushabe needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure. Tumushabe says: “I have suffered from this condition for long and I felt like I have lost hope.”
Sanyu is a 45-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is a married father to six children; all are still in school. He earns a living through practicing small scale farming and mostly grows cabbages and tomatoes to earn an income. He also has a banana plantation and rears a cow or two for milk. Sanyu operates the farm together with his wife and children and the money he gets has enabled him to pay for his children’s school fees, and provide for the basic needs of his family. Almost two years ago, Sanyu developed an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on May 14th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund Sanyu's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Sanyu says, “I will be grateful when my condition is treated and I can continue with farming in order to support my family and pay for my children’s school fees.”
Meet Sefania, a class four pupil who loves playing football. He is confident to be as good as Ronaldo in football. Unfortunately, his feet limit him from being the best player! He has bilateral clubfoot, a condition that affects the positioning of his feet. This makes it hard for him to walk or run. Despite the condition, Sefania enjoys playing football with his friends. He was reviewed in our facility and surgery to correct the deformity recommended. However, his parents are not able to raise the funds needed for the surgery. With the right surgery. Sefania will be able to walk with ease and less fatigue. He will enjoy playing football with his friends. Sefania is the second born in a family of three children. His parents are small scale farmers, relying on subsistence output to meet their daily needs. They are not able to provide for their family and save some more for their child's surgery. They appeal for help. Fortunately, Sefania traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 09. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Sefania's clubfoot repair. After treatment, He will be able to walk easily. Sefania says, “I would be so happy if I could walk like my friends and not have to struggle to have them help me.”
Salome is a small business operator from Kenya. Salome is 46 years old and hails from Nairobi. She is married and they have three children who are all in school. Salome does a small business of selling clothes to neighbors (hawking), while her husband used to work with a non-governmental organization but resigned about four years ago after developing diabetes. Since one month ago, Salome has been experiencing lower abdominal pains and heavy bleeding with clots. She has been diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia and a left ovarian cyst. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $791 to fund Salome's surgery. On May 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Salome will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. “If my husband was still working, I would have no problems but now our little income is not sufficient. I humbly request for support so that I can be well to go back and take care of my family,” said Salome.
Yi is a 57-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three brothers, three sisters, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in his free time. One month ago, Yi developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her pain, irritation, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yi learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On November 21, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. Yi said, "I hope I am able to see more clearly and can recognize my relatives's faces, and be able to go anywhere I want to on my own."
Oun is a 65-year-old married woman from Cambodia. She has one daughter, who she is living with, and she is helping her daughter by cooking and doing housework. She likes to watch Khmer movies on TV. Three years ago, Oun developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her eye irritation, itchiness, tearing, and redness. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Oun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. Oun needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 8th. "I hope that my mother's eye irritation will stop so she can work and travel by herself. I can go to earn income without any worry about her at home," Oun's daughter said.
Meet Nicodemus a 14 year-old boy. He is social and likes inventing new things. Nicodemus is the 4th born in a family of 5 children. He is class 8 candidate at Daystar Primary School in Athi River. The family hails from Athi River in Machakos County. His mother is a vendor and widowed. She sells porridge and chapatis in the construction sites. His mother noticed a sudden change in his walking style last year. Nicodemus also complained of his knees knocking each other a situation which was giving him a rough time to walk and play with her friends at school. He currently feels pain as he walks as the left knee knock the right. He is currently using crutches to walk and his condition is worsening. “I would love to walk like other people, I am not comfortable with walking using crutches and I would like to achieve my passion of becoming an engineer. Any kind of support will be highly appreciated.” Nicodemus informed us.
Joyce is business woman and 47-year-old mother of three from Gitaru, Kenya. She has been widowed since 2003. Her daughter is 29 and married but unemployed while her son is in university and her youngest daughter is yet to join university. Two weeks ago someone pointed out that Joyce's neck looked a bit swollen. Joyce decided visit the hospital. She began to experience troubling symptoms, including a swollen neck. She was diagnosed with multinodular goitre and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Joyce receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 26th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money. “When I was told of the diagnosis I gathered a group of people to help me pray towards the provision of funds for surgery. My prayers have been answered,” Joyce commented on the prospect of financial assistance for her surgery.
Godwin is a teenage boy from Kenya. Godwin's mother noted a swell around his groin area and was concerned with her son's condition. She took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a right hydrocele. If not treated, he is at risk of developing an inguinal hernia. Godwin is the oldest of four children with a single mom who works in Nairobi, Kenya as a hair stylist. She also works as a casual laborer in neighboring farms to support and help raise Godwin and his siblings. Efforts to raise funds needed for surgery have not been fruitful. Recently she got to know of the services offered at BethanyKids through social media and decided to try her luck with his treatment. They have no other source of income yet Godwin’s father is not part of their lives. Godwin is in class six and hopes to be a teacher in future. His mother wishes he could be operated on, but she is unable to pay for it. Fortunately, on November 5th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Godwin's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I hope to be a teacher in future,” says Godwin.
Patricia is a mother of three from Kenya. Patricia noted a breast lump 16 years ago which had been dismissed as fatty tissue. Fast forward to 2019, the lump size increased and was painful. She had a mammogram done followed by a breast lumpectomy in our facility. Pathology report indicated a malignant tumor which if not treated will result into metastasis. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Patricia is a single mother of three children. Two of her children are out of school due to lack of school fees. She used to work as a house keeper but her contract ended 2 years ago. She had to close her grocery shop 2 months ago after persistent pain. Currently, her daily needs are met by her sister. She is not able to raise the funds needed for surgery and appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Patricia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 10. After treatment, Patricia will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Patricia says, “My hope and prayer is to be treated and be able to engage in some business to sustain my children”.
Benjamin is a middle aged man from Kenya. Benjamin was on his weekly routine, heading to the city to buy stock for his upcountry retail shop on Friday, 1st November. Unfortunately, their van was hit from behind by a speeding lorry hurling them down a steep cliff some few kilometres from our hospital. He sustained head injuries. Together with the other passengers, Benjamin was rushed to our emergency room for first aid. Upon CT scanning, the surgeon diagnosed him with a mandible fracture that requires an open reduction and internal fixation. If not treated, Benjamin who is in alot of pain will be at risk of further complications on the fracture. Benjamin and his wife rely on their small retail shop in the village to make ends meet. From there, they are able to educate their five children and at least meet their basic needs. The family lives in central Kenya and with no medical insurance, they fear the cost of surgery will be high for them. He appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 4th, Benjamin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will fix the fracture allowing him to feed easily and with reduced complications. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. “Please help us as we plan on raising other funds required,” says Benjamin’s wife.