Aaron joined Watsi on December 30th, 2014. 44 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Aaron's most recent donation traveled 4,800 miles to support Shadrack, a toddler from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot repair.
Aaron has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 7 countries.
Shadrack is a three year old boy from Tanzania and the second-born child in a family of three children. He is a friendly and playful boy who is happy and smiling most of the time. Shadrack was born with deformed legs, the right leg had been affected at the foot missing all the toes and is bent inward while the left was missing the lower part from below his knee. This condition has made it difficult and painful for Shadrack to walk, he mostly moves using his knees which has caused him to have wounds most of the time. Shadrack received surgery in November 2019 so he will be able to use prosthetics on the amputated leg to walk. He now needs treatment for his right leg and club foot. This treatment will enable Shadrack to walk better using both his legs and he will not be subjected to stigma as he is growing up. Shadrack’s mother heard about our Watsi partner from an outreach team that visited their village and Shadrack’s mother brought him for help. Shadrack’s mother is a small scale farmer who strives to provide for Shadrack and his siblings on her own since her husband abandoned her after the birth of their last born. She is not able to afford Shadrack’s surgery, she needs help. Fortunately, Shadrack traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 3rd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Shadrack's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk more easily. Shadrack’s mother says, “Please help my son so that he is able to walk without difficulty.”
Lemayan is an active little boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born to his mother, who is the eldest wife to her husband and has five children. Lemayan's father has two wives and a total of six children. Both wives live together in the same homestead, but each one has their own mud house. They live in harmony, mainly keeping livestock - cows, goats and sheep. Three of the children are currently going to school. Lemayan was diagnosed with genu varus, meaning his legs are curved outward. 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 a difficult time walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Lemayan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lemayan's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Lemayan’s father says, “I wish my son to get treatment and later on join school."
Kamusiime is a 44-year-old married mother to five children, four girls all married and are small-scale farmers and one boy who is still young and in school. She earns a living through practicing small scale farming and so does her husband. They mostly growing sorghum, millet beans, and cassava and because they have poor agriculture methods, she earns smaller yields and lowering her income. Kamusiima presented feeling a vaginal mass, excessively prolonged bleeding, and backache for more than two years. Her condition is associated with dizziness, epigastric pain, and headaches. This has made a poor quality of life and if not treated, Kamusiima's symptoms may persist. Kamusiima had never been to any hospital for treatment of her condition but having heard of Watsi's efforts at Nyakibale Hospital, she decided to come for support. She was examined and had a scan, where she was diagnosed with menopausal with cystocele and uterine prolapse. The doctor told her that she needs a trans-vaginal hysterectomy. She can’t afford the costs of her surgery and needs support. Kamusiime says, “I hope that my surgery will enable me to regain normal health once again.”
Koem is a 64-year-old monk from Cambodia. He has one daughter, three sons, and four grandchildren. Koem has been a monk for ten years. He likes reading the Buddhist books and having time to meditate. One year ago, Koem developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Koem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that I can see everything better so I can read books, join the Buddhist ceremonies, and even travel to join ceremonies in far away villages," Koem said.
SreyNeng is a 13-year-old girl in 7th grade. Her best subject in school is math. SreyNeng has one brother and one sister. Her mother is a farmer and her father is a truck driver. She enjoys reading books, doing her school work, playing with toys with her siblings, and watching TV. SreyNeng's favorite thing to eat and drink is chicken fried rice and coke. SreyNeng has congenital torticollis, a condition that makes muscles of the neck contract and the head to twist to one side. It is difficult for her to rotate her neck. Surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a tenotomy to release the tendon on the right side of her neck. This procedure will correct her condition and she will be able to move her neck with full range of motion for the first time.
Musiimenta is a 22-year-old from Uganda. She is a married mother to one child who is still breast feeding and operates a small retail shop. Musiimenta sometimes practices farming as an additional income source and for their family's home consumption. Her husband is a small-scale farmer who earns a living from his banana and coffee plantation. He is an orphan and the firstborn in a family of five children who are all his responsibility. They live in a family owned two roomed semi-permanent house together with her husband’s five siblings. For three months now, Musiimenta has had an incision hernia after a caesarean section late last year. She cannot lift heavy items because of pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on May 26th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund Musiimenta's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Musiimenta says: “I hope to get well after my surgery and be free from this condition which had made my life a misery.”
Jilungu is a child from Tanzania. His parents are farmers. Jilungu has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jilungu traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 5. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Jilungu's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk. Jilungu’s father says, “Please help my son.”
Srey Touch is a street food vendor from Cambodia. She is married and has a daughter. She likes to play games and watch TV in her free time. Twenty years ago, Srey Touch had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Touch experiences ear discharge, tinnitus and headache. She cannot hear well. Srey Touch traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 16, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope my hearing improves after the operation."
Son is a farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. He likes listen to monks pray on the radio and watch Chinese films. Two years ago, Son developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, itchiness, irritation, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Son learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On October 16, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope I can see clearly after the operation and go to the pagoda on my own."
Benita is a 55-year-old mother of four who stays home and cares for her grandchildren while her children are at work. She prepares meals for the whole family and does chores. She lives in the Philippines. After the birth of her fourth child, Benita experienced difficulty swallowing and a heavy feeling in her chest. She avoided seeking care because she knew the cost would be a burden on her family. Over time, her condition has gotten worse, and she now has a lump on her neck that is tender and painful. She has had this condition for six years. After a series of lab tests, Benita was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter, a thyroid condition in which the gland is swollen and produces excess hormones. She needs surgery to remove her thyroid gland and prevent her symptoms from getting worse. The cost of Benita's surgery, scheduled for February 8, is $1,500. Her husband works as a farm laborer and cannot afford this procedure, so they are seeking help from Watsi. "I really don't deserve this kind of blessing, but I am very grateful that I was given a privilege to be treated," Benita says. "Though we are not that rich, the simple joy and happiness given by my family, especially my grandchildren, are more than enough for a lifetime. This gift was just a bonus in my life, and I am thankful that you are giving me a chance to enjoy life more."
Chanthou is a 54-year-old restaurant cleaner from Cambodia. She is married and has one son, three daughters, and three grandchildren. She likes to watch comedy, music shows, and the news on TV. One year ago, Chanthou developed a cataract in each of her eyes, which has led to blurred vision. Due to her blurred vision, Chanthou has trouble seeing things clearly and finds it difficult to work. Chanthou found out about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) from her neighbor. She traveled for one hour with her brother to reach CSC for treatment of her cataracts. On February 7, Chanthou will undergo vision-restoring cataract surgery. Surgeons will perform a phacoemulsification procedure and place an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $292 to fund the procedure.
Ma Nyein is a dressmaker who lives with her son and extended family in Burma. In early 2016, Ma Nyein had an accident in her home, which resulted in chronic, severe pain on the left side of her head and numbness in her left eye. She was no longer able to work as a dressmaker. After the use of prescribed painkillers did not help, she consulted an eye surgeon. After numerous diagnostic procedures, Ma Nyein was found to have a large cyst on her optic chiasm. The optic chiasm is the point in the brain where the optic nerves cross. The optic nerves are pathways that carry information from the eyes to the brain. The cyst on Ma Nyein’s optic chiasm needs to be surgically removed. On February 8, Ma Nyein will undergo a cyst excision procedure. She needs help to fund this $1,500 surgery. Ma Nyein says, "I am excited to have surgery and get well soon. I plan to start sewing as soon as I recover from this illness."