Hawkins Entrekin
Hawkins' Story

Hawkins joined Watsi on November 29th, 2022. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Hawkins' most recent donation supported Gladys, a strong, hardworking mother from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery so she can return to supporting her five children.

Impact

Hawkins has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Hawkins

Gladys is a strong, hardworking mother from Kenya who is raising her five children on her own. Her oldest child is 14 years old, while her youngest is only three. To support her family, she works as a casual laborer plucking tea. She currently lives in a single-room rental house, which costs Ksh.1200 (~10 USD) per month. Gladys shares that her income is inconsistent and not enough to cover her needed medical treatment. She also does not have active medical coverage and currently has a large accrued bill due to her recent hospital admission. Recently, Gladys was involved in a road traffic accident that caused several fractures. One of the fractures she sustained in this accident was of her left tibia. As a result of this injury, she is currently unable to walk. In order to properly heal her fracture, she must undergo an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) procedure. She also has facial fractures, which will require another ORIF later the same week. However, undergoing an ORIF for her fractured tibia is the current priority. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 8th, Gladys will undergo fracture repair surgery so she can walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Gladys says, “I cannot walk and my face is in pain. I am the only breadwinner of the family, and I cannot work if my leg is broken. All my five children depend on me for upkeep and survival. I need this treatment to get back on my feet.”

$1,500raised
Fully funded

Safia is a bright student - she is an orphan who is still mourning the loss of her mother who passed on in February 2022. Her father died a few years ago, and she lives with her relatives in Moyale. She has not been able to attend her classes since she started feeling unwell. She is the last born in a family of five children. She does not have medical coverage and is unable to raise the required amount for the surgery. She first experienced a small itch on her leg at the beginning of April 2022. She later experienced swelling in that area, and she did not have any feeling on the infected leg. Over time, the situation worsened and developed pus. She now has a chronic wound on her left leg that requires debridement and skin grafting. Safia was referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital by friends after her condition did not improve. She visited the facility and underwent a sequestrectomy on the 8th of September and now needs a debridement and skin graft procedure. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Safia receive treatment. On September 14th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure so she can walk without straining and be able to attend school and continue with her studies. Now, Safia needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Safia's aunt says, “She has been away from school for almost five months now. Her condition keeps getting worse that she is unable to walk. We even have to carry her to the bathroom. She needs this surgery, or she will lose her leg.“

$1,185raised
Fully funded

Blessing is a beautiful toddler from Kenya and the only child in his family. His mother stays home helping to raise him, often relying on Blessing’s grandparents for financial help. His father works as a broker in their local market where he is involved in the cattle selling business. The family cannot raise the required amount to cover Blessing’s hospital bill for the treatment she needs. Blessing has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Blessing's head has been growing in circumference since birth. It took his mother almost four months before she could take him to the hospital for examination, where he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and was recommended surgery. They, however, could not afford the procedure until they heard about our medical partner's surgery program at BethanyKids. Blessing's surgery has now been scheduled. Without this vital procedure, Blessing will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, needs $720 to cover the cost of this surgery. The surgeons, who will drain the excess fluid from Blessing's brain, are scheduled to operate place on November 23rd. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life and, with proper treatment, Blessing will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Blessing’s mother says, “It is very hard for me to work and help around as I cannot leave him alone.”

$720raised
Fully funded