Kay joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Eight years ago, Kay joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Kay's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Saw Eh, a 2-year-old toddler from Thailand, to fund hernia repair surgery so he can grow in good health.
Kay has funded healthcare for 101 patients in 11 countries.
Kay has funded healthcare for 101 patients in 11 countries.
Saw Eh is a two-year-old boy who lives with his mother and older sister in a refugee camp in Thailand. Both he and his older sister go to nursery school. His mother weaves and sells traditional Karen clothing to earn extra money in addition to the small amount they receive every month on a cash card. When Saw Eh was two months old, he began crying a lot and his mother noticed swelling in a sensitive area. He received medication at the hospital in the refugee camp, which helped alleviate his discomfort and crying. However, Saw Eh began experiencing pain in the same sensitive area this past June. This pain often causes him to miss school, as well as to cry frequently again. His mother shares that when he cries, she must hold him, meaning she no longer has time to weave clothes. During the short moments when the pain lessens after taking painkillers, Saw Eh loves playing with his friends and his sister. When his family brought him to the hospital, a medic told them that they would have to wait for a doctor to visit the refugee camp. When Saw Eh was finally seen by a doctor in late July, he and his family were referred to our medical partner's care center, Mae Sariang Hospital, for treatment. He was diagnosed with hydrocele in his left scrotum and a left inguinal hernia. Due to his severe condition, the doctor admitted him and scheduled his surgery to take place that same night, August 4th. However, Saw Eh's mother shares that she cannot pay for her son's needed treatment due to financial constraints. Fortunately, she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for financial assistance accessing treatment. On August 4th, surgeons will perform hernia repair surgery to treat Saw Eh's hernia and help alleviate his symptoms. BCMF is requesting $1,486 to fund his surgery and care. Saw Eh’s mother shares, “I feel so sad when I see my son in pain. I love to see him playing with his sister, but if he is in pain, he will cry a lot.”
Keysnaelle is a bright and caring 5-year-old who lives in the mountains of central Haiti. She lives with her parents, who are both farmers, and several older siblings. Keysnaelle enjoys helping her family out with different activities on the farm, as well as going to kindergarten and learning new things. Keysnaelle was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which blood leaks through a hole between two blood vessels near her heart. This causes her to experience weakness and shortness of breath. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to fund Keysnaelle's procedure and care. During the procedure, which is scheduled for July 27th, doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole so blood can flow with ease. This will eliminate her difficulties with breathing and allow her to grow stronger. Her mother said, "Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Keysnaelle to become healthy!"
Kaitikeii is a seven-month-old baby boy, living with his parents and three siblings in Kenya. His father herds cattle to provide for the family, while his mother stays at home to care for Kaitikeii and his siblings. Two months after Kaitikeii was born, his parents noticed that his head was increasing in size, and his eyes looked smaller. They brought him to BethanyKids Hospital for examination, where he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Without care, he will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of Kaitikeii's surgery, which is now scheduled for May 19th. With proper care, Kaitikeii should develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Kaitikeii’s father says: “I do not want my baby to feel neglected while he’s growing up.”
Shedrack is a 17-year-old teenager and the fourth born child in a family of seven. He had to drop out of school last year, but hopes to learn masonry at a local technical school so that he can work and make a living for himself. He is currently helping in looking after his family's cattle. His parents are small scale farmers, and his father also works as a night guard. His father shared that he can't yet afford to send Shedrack to the technical school. Shedrack was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His legs bow inward at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has had difficulty walking for four years now. His father says the problem started with a slight curve but over the years the curve has increased in size. Shedrack's aunt learned about Plaster House - a special site that provides a home to patients undergoing treatment at our medical partner's care center in Arusha, Tanzania. She informed Shedrack's father who brought him there seeking treatment. Unable to raise the funds needed for surgery, their family is asking for support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Shedrack. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. Treatment will hopefully restore Shedrack's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Shedrack says, “My legs hurt at the knees and carrying out daily life activities is now a big challenge.”
Evaline is a charming, smart seven-year-old girl. She knows a lot a fun facts! Evaline is being raised by her grandmother, after her father was upset when she was born with a birth condition impacting her left leg. Her mother decided to have Evaline grow up in the care of her grandmother out of fear of discrimination. Evaline thinks of her grandmother as her own mother and they are very close. Evaline’s grandparents are small-scale farmers who depend entirely on what they harvest for their food. They are able to make small amounts of money by selling vegetables. Evaline was born with a condition on her left leg called amniotic banding and left clubfoot. She has undergone treatment for clubfoot but is in need of care for her amniotic banding condition. As a result, she has a hard time walking and carrying out daily life activities. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Evaline to receive the life changing treatment she needs. On March 2nd, surgeons at their care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, will perform corrective surgery on her left leg, which will allow her to walk more easily. Evaline and her grandparents needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Evaline’s grandmother says,"This far my granddaughter has gotten through your treatment is a miracle."
Pheap is a 49-year-old rice farmer and a caring father to his three sons and daughter. Unfortunately, Pheap's wife died of cancer last year, so now he only lives with his youngest son. On the weekends, Pheap likes to watch boxing on TV and go fishing with his son. When he was a child, Pheap had an ear infection, which caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Pheap experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. In the last three months the symptoms have worsened. He cannot hear well and has a lot of trouble communicating clearly with others. Luckily, Pheap traveled to our medical partner's care center, Kien khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, to receive treatment. On February 24th, Pheap will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations, which will hopefully allow for Pheap to hear and communicate clearly again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to help fund this procedure. This cost covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Pheap says, "I really hope the infection will stop and I can hear people again."
Tabitha is a mother of four children and shared that her husband passed away few years ago. She works hard to find jobs, mostly doing laundry for people, to provide for her family. Over the years, she has managed to take care of her four children with the limited income she gets from her work. Last November, Tabitha noticed a worrisome bump and consulted with her daughters who advised her to visit a hospital. She gathered some funds and visited a hospital nearby, but was not able to receive any help. She went to another facility that referred her to our Medical Partner's care center Kijabe Hospital. There doctors have told Tabitha that she needs an urgent surgery. Tabitha has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been advised to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,110 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Tabitha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 14th. After treatment, Tabitha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Tabitha says, "I was very shocked when I learned about my condition and up to now, I do not know what to do as I cannot afford the surgery.”
On Monday night this week, Christine started experiencing pain in her abdominal area which she thought would disappear but it did not. The pain began when she was in school and her roommate heard her cry at night and went to her help. Upon learning about Christine’s pain, she immediately requested a taxi and rushed her to a nearby hospital. She was examined in the emergency department where first aid and a diagnostic scan was done. Her scan did not reveal anything unusual and she was referred to another facility where she could have a CT scan. Based on her results from the CT scan she was immediately referred to Kenyatta National Hospital. She was taken there in an ambulance, but on arrival they were asked for money which her father did not have. Their family made a decision to bring her to Kijabe Hospital for treatment with hopes that she could get the care she needed there. Christine’s family is having a difficult time right now and is requesting help to support her treatment. They need help raising $1,074 to fund the emergency laparotomy that will heal her pain.
Julie is a 26-year-old who hails from Kawaida village in rural Kenya.. She was married at an early age and has two children aged 12 and 4 years old. Julie sells old clothes near their house while her husband is a motorbike (bodaboda) driver. Julie was brought to the hospital by her mother-in-law, who cooks porridge for a local nursery school, earning limited income herself. Julie's family also relies on her (the mother-in-law) throughout the year for support. Julie was well until September 9th when she slipped and fell. She landed on her right leg leading to fracture-dislocation of the right ankle joint. She was taken to the County Hospital for treatment, but Julie still has difficulty walking and is in pain. After six weeks when her cast was removed, it was noted that the bones had not united and an ORIF surgery was recommended, but they could not afford it. Since then, Julie has just stayed at home until our partner's Community Health Worker identified her and asked them to come and seek support at Nazareth Hospital. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 25th, Julie will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will relieve her of the pain, help her walk easily again, and restore her leg's functionality. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Julie's mother-in-law says, “It is becoming very difficult for us because I have to do most of the work for my daughter-in-law. I was very happy when the Community Health Worker asked me to bring her here for possible support. I hope she will get sponsorship so that she can be well and be able to continue with her job, at least to contribute to taking care of her family."
Heng Ly is a 37-year-old math teacher. He is married and has one son and one daughter. When he was around six years old, Heng Ly had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in his right ear to perforate. As a result, Heng Ly experiences pain, ear discharge, and hearing loss, as well as recurrent ear infections that make it difficult to work due to frequent illness. Heng Ly traveled to the care center at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On October 26th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear to close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to help fund this procedure, including medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Heng Ly shared, "I really hoping my hearing will improve after my surgery, and that the ear discharge will stop happening."
Maxensia is a mother of six who runs her family’s small retail shop while her husband is a tailor. Their firstborn is 22-years-old and she also has twins and two students in the 11th and fourth grades. Maxensia worries that her family is struggling to raise school fees for their children. Three years ago, Maxensia began to experience troubling symptoms, including a painless neck swelling that started after a flu-like illness. Later, the swelling became movable and she developed pains while swallowing. The swelling continued to increase in size but she never visited any medical facility for treatment. Currently, she can't bend down easily, especially while farming, and she can't carry heavy loads on her head either. Maxensia also shared that she experiences airway obstruction, especially during the cold season. Maxensia visited our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital, to seek medical attention. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic goiter and the surgeon recommends she have a thyroidectomy. Unfortunately, her family cannot afford the surgery cost, but she urgently needs the surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Maxensia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 5th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help to raise money. Maxensia says, “I hope to be considered for treatment because my family and I cannot afford this surgery on our own. I hope to look and live a normal life again so that I may comfortably proceed with my day-to-day duties and further develop my family.”
Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."