Thomas joined Watsi on September 20th, 2013. Six years ago, Thomas became the 433rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,618 more people have become monthly donors! Thomas' most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Hellen, a small-scale farmer from Kenya, to fund mobility restoring leg and ankle surgery.
Thomas has funded healthcare for 84 patients in 14 countries.
Hellen is a mother of five from Kenya. She is a dairy farmer and also brews alcohol to make a living. A few months ago, Hellen unfortunately lost her husband. She lives in a one room house with her five children. Three of her children have already dropped out of school due financial problems and her two younger sons might also drop out because she is unable to pay for their fees. A week ago, Hellen sought care at our hospital for injuries on her right leg and ankle. She sustained these injuries during an altercation. Now, it is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 4th, Hellen will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Hellen is currently having a difficult time and she hopes that in the future she can have a better business to support her family. She shared, “I want to live a better life and be strong for my children after healing from this fracture.”
Char is a 28-year-old man who lives with his grandmother, wife, and daughter in a town in Tak Province, Thailand. Char moved to Thailand with this grandparents when he was eight years old, after his mother passed away. Char’s grandfather passed away eight years ago and now his grandmother is retired. Char used to sell fruits in the market but stopped working last year because of his condition. Char’s wife works as domestic worker and earns 4,500 baht (approx. $150) per month. His daughter is a student. Their monthly income is just enough to cover their daily expenses but they cannot save money or pay for basic health care. In April of 2019 Char was driving his motorcycle to work when suddenly a car driving on the wrong side of the road hit his motorcycle head on. He was flung from his motorcycle and knocked unconscious. The crowed who witnessed his accident called an ambulance, that brought him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH). Soon after Char was brought to MSH, he received surgery to insert a metal rod into his right lower leg, as the doctor found that both his bones in that leg were fractured. During his follow-up appointment, he received an x-ray and was told that he would need to receive a bone graft. However, since Char has been unable to work since his accident, he had used up his savings to pay for his initial treatment and hospitalization. Unable to afford the surgery, Char refused treatment and returned home. Unfortunately, he recently fell through the wooden stairs in his home, causing the rod in his leg to bend. His doctors have shared that he needs surgery to replace the rod in his leg. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help. The surgery costs $1,500 and now, they are asking for your help to fund this life-changing surgery. Char shared, "I feel too uncomfortable to sleep [at night] and sometimes, I cry because of the pain. I want to get better soon so that I can help my family [financially].”
Doris is a 12-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the firstborn in a family of two. Her mother sells boiled eggs in their town to make ends meet. Currently, they are housed in a store-turned house since their house was swept away by floods in the recent heavy rains. She was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus but was lucky to receive treatment in our partner hospital, Bethany Kids. She, however, started developing pressure ulcers on her gluteal area which would become severe with time. She is in pain and if not treated, there is a risk of severe infection resulting in sepsis. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Doris receive treatment. On June 13th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal her chronic wound. Now, Doris needs help to fund this $1,242 procedure. Doris shared with us, “I want to be a doctor when I grow up.”
Duncan is a 30-year-old young man. He is the 3rd and last born in his family. Duncan completed his studies last year and hopes to gain meaningful employment with the Kenyan government. While on his daily routine and walking through town dropping his CV, he encountered an accident on the road, and the vehicle that hit him disappeared. He was taken to Kenyatta National Hospital (the main referral hospital in Kenya) where he underwent multiple surgeries. Due to financial constraints, he was discharged without further interventions. Duncan then was able to connect with Watsi's medical partner and received fracture treatment with Watsi donor support earlier this year. Duncan underwent his surgery and it was successful. The treatment has helped him improve his ability to walk and be out of a wheelchair. During his follow-up appointment, the doctors have determined that unfortunately he will need to undergo another surgery to correct his proximal ulna fracture. This is because Duncan is still experiencing pain and discomfort. We are hopeful that this fracture repair surgery will finally deliver Duncan from the pain and suffering he is currently undergoing and are requesting $1,165 to cover the treatment costs. “I'm in a lot of pain and discomfort in my right hand and any kind of support accorded to me will be highly appreciated,” Duncan expressed.
Martin is a baby from Kenya and an only child to his parents. Together they reside in Limuru in Central Kenya in a one-room rental house. His mother is a full-time mom while his father partially works as a tailor from his house doing repairs and, at times, works at a hardware shop in Kenya’s capital as a handyman. Martin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Martin has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Martin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 3rd. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I trust God is in control of this condition. He will make a way,” says Martin’s father.
Toeur is the sixth of seven children in his family, including four brothers and three sisters. He likes to stay home and help around the house and cook, as well as watch television and listen to music. Toeur was born with a hump on his spine and, at the age of two, he fell down the stairs and has since had a curve in his spine. He has pain in his right knee and experiences paraparesis, where he has partial paralysis in his legs and requires crutches when he walks. He cannot do any heavy work and stays near his house most days. Spinal surgery will correct Toeur's spine position and relieve his symptoms. He will be able to walk comfortably again, and will be able to take on daily activities with greater ease. He shared, "My family worries about my pain a lot, and they hope that I will be able to work again and help provide for the family. I hope that my spine will be straight and will no longer have a curve, and I won't have anymore pain in my knee so I can return to work."
Now two years old, Podolsky was born with a heart condition called atrioventricular septal defect, in which a large hole exists in the middle of the four chambers of his heart. This condition allows blood to mix between all four chambers without obtaining oxygen. Podolsky's cardiac condition leaves him sick, short of breath, and malnourished. Podolsky lives with his mother on a small island off of the west coast of Haiti. He likes playing with stuffed animals and toys and listening to music. His family is seeking $1,500 to support costs for preparation and transportation for Podolsky to access heart surgery. Another organization, Chain of Hope UK, is helping to cover the cost of surgery. His mother shared, "I am looking forward to this surgery so that my son can become healthy and strong, and will stop becoming sick so often."
Veng Horn is a 22-year-old casino worker from Cambodia. He has eight siblings and he enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and hanging out with his friends in the evening time. In July 2019, Veng Horn was in a severe motorcycle accident that left his right arm and shoulder severely injured. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He has limited range of movement in his elbow and shoulder, and cannot use his hand or lift his arm easily. Veng Horn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 22nd, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm and hands again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. Veng Horn said, "I hope that I will regain movement in my hand and no longer have any pain."
Chris is a young boy from Kenya who fractured his right hand a few weeks ago while playing with friends. The playful boy was rushed to the nearest clinic and had plaster applied. A week later, he had no improvement. His mother was advised to visit Kijabe hospital. Upon X-ray imaging, Chris was diagnosed with supracondylar fracture and had ORIF recommended. Chris is not able to move his hand and without urgent surgery, he risks having complications on the fracture and is in constant pain. Chris is the only child in his family. He comes from a humble background. His mother takes up a sales job on a casual basis while his father is a construction site worker. Their income is too little to meet the cost of surgery. The family appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. Chris will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will reduce chances of further complications on the hand. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. “I never thought this would happen. Please help my son get treated,” says his mother.
Dora is a child from Tanzania and the last born child in a family of eight children. She has not had the chance to join school due to her parents financial challenges. Her parents are livestock keepers and small scale farmers. Dora was involved in a fire accident early last year. She was playing with her older sister in the evening next to their fire place and her clothing caught fire. By the time her mother got to her, she had been burnt severely. After she completed treatment for her burns, her skin contracted. Her neck movement is limited due to the skin contracture behind her neck. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dora receive treatment. On October 18th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to She will be able to move hear head freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Dora’s mother says, “My daughter can now use both of her hands with ease in her daily activities, she now needs another surgery to help correct her neck please help.”
Paulo is a market vendor from Tanzania. Paulo is a 32-year-old man who has a left mandible swell. The fourth born in his family makes a living from vending goods in their local market place. He was not able to further his studies beyond primary school due to financial constraints. In 2014, Paulo noted swelling on his left mandible whereupon hospital review, he had a mandible mass diagnosis. His friends and relatives supported his surgery in 2016 and the swell receded. In 2018, he had a recurrence which was painful and caused his discomfort especially when eating. He was given pain medication at a hospital near his home. He heard of visiting doctors in ALMC and decided to seek treatment with us. He was reviewed and surgery was recommended. Paulo says that he is often mocked as "the guy with a swollen cheek" and he is never comfortable with that. If not treated, Paulo will continue having pain and discomfort when eating. Paulo is not able to pay for his treatment and appeals for help. Paulo traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 24th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Paulo needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Paulo says, “I am being discriminated due to my condition, the visiting doctors have given me hope but am unable to get the treatment due to financial challenges. Please help support if it’s possible.”
Mary struggles with ambulation due to a spinal complication she is having. This has been the struggle for the past 12 months and continues to strain her daily life. Mary complained of fatigue and back pain in October of 2018 and sought treatment in a nearby hospital and was given no conclusive diagnosis. She was then referred to a more advanced facility and came to Kijabe. Mary had MRI and X-ray imaging done and was diagnosed with TB of the spine. Her surgeon recommended spinal decompression and fusion surgery to correct the condition. If not treated, Mary will continue experiencing much pain and ambulation struggles. Mary is a mother of 4 children and together, they live in her parent's house. Mary used to sell second-hand clothes but stopped in October when she could not bear the persistent fatigue and pain. Currently, her needs and those of her children are met by her relatives. She is not able to raise the full amount required for surgery.