Kerstin joined Watsi on March 9th, 2021. Eight months ago, Kerstin joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Kerstin's most recent donation supported Lakati, an active boy from Tanzania, to fund mobility-restoring corrective surgery.
Kerstin has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 3 countries.
Kerstin has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 3 countries.
Lakati is a 12-year-old boy and the fifth born out of six children. Lakati comes from a big extended family. Lakati got a chance to go to school but since he finished his primary school education he has been helping look after his father's cattle. His parents are nomadic pastoralists who settle in very remote regions, so getting to a hospital is not easy. They depend mainly on milk and meat from their cattle and once in a while, they are able to sell the cattle. Lakati was diagnosed with right genu valgus. His right knee bows inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Lakati experiences pain when walking for a long distance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Lakati. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 8th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lakati's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Lakati says “We have to walk long distances each day in search of pasture for our father’s cattle and as days go by it keeps being hard for me because of my right leg which hurts badly especially in the evening when we return home.”
Duncan is a 28 year old man who is currently single and unable to work due to his condition. Duncan experienced trauma in early 2010 after a road traffic accident that caused spine injury and hearing loss. At the time of the accident, Duncan had a loss of consciousness, memory loss, and was even paraplegic at one point. He also had tinnitus in his right ear but with earlier support from Watsi donors, he got a hearing aid fitted and can now communicate well. Duncan now walks on a crutch, however, his pain worsens with movement, and radiates to his lower limbs. Because of his condition, Duncan has been in and out of hospitals. He is supposed to visit the hospital regularly. For convenience, he currently lives with his relatives nearby in Nairobi. His parents are elderly farmers in his ancestral home in Kisii in rural Kenya. Duncan is currently struggling to walk. An MRI exam identified canal stenosis and bone degeneration, so doctors have recommended surgery. He is scheduled for L4/5, L5/S1 Decompression, and Spine Fusion to avert chances of being immobile for the rest of his life. The hospital is requesting $1,500 to perform his surgery and his health insurance coverage will not cover this care. He currently relies on well-wishers to pay for his medical bills. Duncan told us, “I cannot walk well without support. I am also in pain and very uncomfortable. I hope to get better soon.”
Robert is a 37-year-old matatu taxi driver with two children. Recently, Robert was involved in a traffic accident where he sustained multiple fractures in his legs. He has difficulty walking and can no longer work as a driver. Fortunately, with the support of Watsi donors he was able to have his first surgery and now surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), are able to help with his final repair. On August 5th, Robert will undergo a second fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow Robert to walk with more ease. AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "I am hopeful I will be able to walk again. I am halfway there. I know with this surgery, I will be able to use my legs and get back to working again,” shared Robert.
Imran is a charming and friendly four-year-old boy. He lives with his grandfather, mother, and siblings at his grandfather's home. Imran has clubfoot of the left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Imran receive treatment. He visited AMH's care center where, on July 6th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. Now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Imran's procedure. After treatment, Imran will be able to walk without difficulty and wear shoes. Imran's grandfather shared, "there is no day my grandson doesn’t say to me, grandfather I want to wear shoes like my friends. Please help my grandchild."
Grace is a one-month-old baby girl and the youngest in a family of three children. Both of her parents are small scale farmers, mainly producing maize and vegetables for their food. Her father also seeks other work as a casual laborer, like working on other farms or fetching water to sell to other villages, to supplement the family's income. Grace was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Grace is at risk of lower limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nerve tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Grace's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 4th, and will hopefully help prevent some of the risks associated with her condition, allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Grace’s mother shared, "the cost of surgery is too high for us to afford, please help us."
Sean is a 31-year-old food seller--he and his wife were married eight months ago. Sean's wife is a rice farmer and is currently pregnant with their first child. They live with his parents who are retired and stay at home. On March 7th, Sean was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture on his right hand. After the accident, his parents took him to a provincial hospital where he received wound sutures and a splint for his right middle and index fingers, however this did not heal his fracture and he still experiences stiffness, pain, and can not use his right hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 7th, Sean will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him regain use of his hand. Sean shared, "I hope I can use my hand again after surgery so I can return to selling food and earn more to support my young family and our baby who is arriving soon."
Phay is a loving grandmother from Cambodia. She had one daughter and four sons. Sadly, she and her husband lost all their children during the Khmer Rouge regime. Now she lives with her grandson who is a car mechanic. Phay enjoys listening to the monks preaching on the radio. Two years ago, Phay developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her grandson seeking treatment. On January 20th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and 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. Phay said, "I hope I can see well after my surgery so I can take care of my great-grandchildren, do some housework to help out, and get around more by myself."
Teresia is a homemaker with five children between ages six and 26. Her husband is a casual laborer who depends on manual jobs to earn a living for their family. They live together in Thika, a town in south-central Kenya, in a three roomed rental house. In 2017, Teresia began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and she needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. She has made several trips to different healthcare facilities that have exhausted her savings. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Teresia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 19th at AMH's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. The procedure will cost $686, and she and her family need help raising money. Teresia shared, “I have had treatment but I keep feeling unwell. This time I am hopeful all will be well, but first I need this surgery."