Kurt joined Watsi on December 29th, 2015. 42 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Wesley, a baby boy from Kenya, to fund brain surgery.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 8 countries.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 8 countries.
Wesley is a two-month-old boy from Kenya. He was growing up healthy and happy for the first month of his life. Then, Wesley's disposition suddenly changed. He become irritable and only slept a few hours each night. Further, his head size was increasing at a much faster rate than his body. His parents knew something was not right, so they sought help from the nearest clinic. Wesley was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. This condition puts a dangerous amount of pressure on the developing brain. Fortunately, on December 9, Wesley underwent a shunt insertion procedure, during which doctors inserted a device to drain the fluid from his brain. Wesley’s father works on construction sites, but his income is not reliable. His family cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund this procedure "I am happy to have landed where he can get treatment,” says Wesley’s father.
Ahabyona is a 26-year-old man who lives with his mother and siblings in Uganda. He is an altar server at a local church. He also cleans the cathedral compound. In 2009, Ahabyona developed a swelling in his right inguinal region. The swelling caused him a lot of pain, but he could not afford to visit a hospital. Finally, he visited our medical partner's hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital, after he learned about Watsi. Ahabyona was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia, a condition in which part of the intestines protrude through a weak region of abdominal muscles in the groin. A hernia presents as a bulge and makes coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects very painful. When he visited the hospital, Ahabyona could not dig or carry heavy items. "My health is deteriorating because of the sickness, and l am scared," he shared. On November 16, Ahabyona underwent a hernia repair surgery. During the surgery, his doctor pushed the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sewed the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 in funding. This money will cover the costs of a three-night hospital stay, pain medicine, antibiotics, and blood tests. After surgery, Ahabyona hopes to start trading in dry food stuffs, such as beans and groundnuts.
Daniel is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. He has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. When he visited our medical partner, he had a visible swelling on his lower abdomen. His condition, which developed in October, made him feel shy around other children. On December 5, Daniel underwent surgery to repair the hernia. This surgery reduced his risk of a strangulated hernia. Daniel is the youngest child in his family. He was adopted by his parents at a young age. His parents are farmers who grow food and keep livestock. They live in a wooden house. They cannot afford Daniel's care, so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $528 in funding. “I want my boy to be well and start schooling like a normal child," says Daniel's mother. Fortunately, he is scheduled to start school in January.
Meet Brian, a five-year-old boy from Kenya. He has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. He developed the condition when he was only one year old. Without treatment, he was at risk of a strangulated hernia. In July, he finally visited a hospital, where he was referred to our medical partner's hospital, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. There, he underwent a hernia repair surgery on December 6. Brian is an only child, and his mother is very worried about him. She is a single mother who washes clothes for a living. They live in a one-room house with her mother and cousin. She needs help to pay for her son's $423 procedure. “I want my son to be well so that I can have peace of mind," says Brian's mother.
“I wish to thank the people that are contributing their resources for me to have a safe delivery," shares Editor. "May God reward you abundantly.” Meet Editor, a 24-year-old mother from rural Uganda. Editor and her husband, Moses, are subsistence farmers who grow ground nuts, bananas, yams, and coffee. Moses sells the coffee to earn money to support their family. Two years ago, Editor underwent a C-section to deliver her first child after complications occurred during a natural birth. Doctors suspected that the complications were due to pelvic abnormalities. Editor then visited our medical partner when she was expecting her second child. Her doctors recommended that she undergo a second C-section to ensure a safe delivery. On November 10, she checked into the hospital to await delivery. Editor and her husband were able to contribute $4 to pay for her care. $258 will cover the remaining costs of the C-section. In her free time, Editor likes to listen to the radio. She is looking forward to raising her two children and giving them an education.
Jackson is a 30-year-old man from Kenya. He used to work on a construction site, and he used his savings to pay his sister's school fees. Unfortunately, a road accident in 2014 left Jackson with fractures in his right tibia. After the accident, Jackson underwent two surgeries. Unfortunately, he could not afford the additional surgery required to complete his treatment. Since then, he has been walking on crutches. Fortunately, Jackson was referred to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital. On December 7, he underwent a bone transport procedure. This surgery will allow him to use his leg and will prevent severe infection. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $1,500 to fund his healthcare. “I want to be able to walk again and provide for my sister," says Jackson.
Dean is a 65-year-old woman with four sons and three daughters. She likes to cook and look after her grandchildren. Ten years ago, Dean developed a mass near her right ear. In March of this year, the mass became very painful. She could no longer sleep. When Dean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for five hours to seek treatment. She was diagnosed with a parotid tumor, an abnormal growth within the salivary glands. On December 2, CSC surgeons performed a parotidectomy to remove the mass. After recovery, Dean will no longer feel pain. CSC is requesting $224 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I can be better again," says Dean.
Maula is a 72-year-old man who lives in a village in Malawi. He works as a farmer and lives with his wife. Together, they have seven children and 14 grandchildren. In his free time, Maula likes spending time chatting with his grandchildren. For the past year, Maula has had an inguinal (groin) hernia, where soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. The hernia is causing him pain and making it difficult for him to work. He and his family are very ready for his operation so he can return home and continue farming. $327 will cover the costs of the surgery and care that Maula needs. Let's help raise the funds! Maula says, "I have no fear; I need the surgery."
Bright is a 32-year-old, single father of three from Uganda. He works as a laborer, making bricks and working in fields. Bright is most happy when he is with his kids, and when he is at peace with his neighbors. Two years ago, Bright started feeling pain in the upper abdomen after meals, and later developed swelling in the same area. Due to the pain, he is unable to lift heavy items, walk long distances, or eat enough food. He visited a hospital where he was diagnosed with a hernia. He was advised to have surgery, but he could not afford to pay for it. If left untreated, Bright will continue to experience pain and other potential complications. For $249, Bright is able to undergo hernia repair surgery. After surgery, he hopes to continue digging and making bricks to sell in order to take care of his children. “My children are my priority. How I wish I could take good care of them,” Bright shares.
Tayebwa is a 27 year old driver from Uganda. He is married and the father of two children; a six year old boy and a four year old girl. They currently rent a place to live, but they bought a piece of land and plan to build a house for their family. His biggest wish in the future is to have a cattle farm and a car of his own. He likes animals and enjoys being with his family. Two years ago, Tayebwa started feeling pain in the epigastric region. Due to the pain, he is unable to sit for a long time or lift heavy items. He has never visited a hospital due to lack of money. If left untreated, Tayebwa may suffer many complications. $249 will fund the hernia repair surgery Tayebwa needs to be healthy. After the surgery, he plans to continue working as a driver and build a house for his family. “I want to work hard and build a house for my family. It will take time, but I will do it,” Tayebwa shared.
Kabamu is a 34 year old farmer from Uganda, who specializes in cultivating maize on a small scale. He has five children that are in school and live with their mother. In addition to farming, he owns a business that allows him to support the education of his children. He went to school up to Primary Five, but had to drop out due to lack of school fees. Seven years ago, Kabamu started feeling pain in his right inguinal area, and later swelling developed in the same area. Pain worsens when he walks and when he lifts heavy items. He has never reported his condition to a hospital because of lack of money for his treatment. He uses herbs, but they give him a little relief. If left untreated, Kabamu may suffer many complications. Until now, Kabamu has not been able to receive treatment to repair his hernia. For $249, Kabamu will undergo hernia repair surgery at Holy Family Virika Hospital. “After surgery I hope to continue working in my gardens to get money and support my children," Kabamu shared.
Agness and her husband, William, are farmers in southwestern Uganda. They grow maize, beans, sugarcane, and other crops, and sell their sugarcane in the local market. Their hard work has enabled them to support their family of four children. Two of their children have left home for work and two are still at home attending secondary school. When she is feeling good, Agness enjoys participating in her local savings group and learning to weave baskets. It makes her happy to see her children do well in school and develop skills so they can be successful in life. Agness, who is currently fifty years old, has had uterine fibroids for many years. Fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus, though they can cause severe pain. Agness had surgery on her fibroids back in 2004, but they have since returned and have become so painful that she has not been able to work. The pain stretches from her abdomen to her back. Agness' doctors have recommended a hysterectomy-- a surgical procedure to remove the uterus-- in order to alleviate her pain and eradicate the fibroids. While she cannot afford the operation without help from Watsi, she has contributed $8 towards the cost. After her surgery, Agness is looking forward to farming again. She hopes to grow her small business selling sugarcane and begin selling her baskets as well. "I am so grateful for the help with my surgery," says Agness. "If God is willing, I will be able to work and continue to pay my children's school fees."