Vikram joined Watsi on December 30th, 2013. 21 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Vikram's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Hannah, a mom of two young children from Kenya, to fund a mastectomy.
Vikram has funded healthcare for 224 patients in 13 countries.
Hannah is a mother of two children, the firstborn being eight years old and the youngest is two years old. Hannah is a housewife, caring for their children. Her husband, the only breadwinner in the family, works in a butchery to make ends meet. Last November, after weaning her baby, Hannah noted a breast lump but dismissed it as a result of weaning. However, with the lump persisting, Hannah sought medical consult. She went to Kijabe Hospital where she had a series of tests, including a mammogram, biopsy, and ultrasound imaging. She was finally diagnosed with breast cancer and mastectomy is recommended. If not treated, Hannah risks having metastatic cancer which would further endanger her health and cause premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Hannah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 11th. After treatment, Hannah will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Hannah says, "I have full confidence of completing my treatment and being cancer free. Please help me."
Daniel is a one-month-old infant from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. His mother is a stay-at-home mother looking after the children while the father works as a secondhand clothes seller for a living. Since birth, Daniel has had bilateral inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or even death. Fortunately, on April 7th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Daniel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Daniel’s mother says, “Please help my son have this surgery, the doctor says he can’t wait for long or else his condition will continue worsening and we are unable to afford the treatment cost.”
Christine is a single, 35-year-old who lives in Kiambu County with her 12-year-old child. She trades in second-hand clothes to make a living for her small family. Since September 2019, Christine started experiencing pain on the right side of her abdomen. She has visited many clinics without much change. She then came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital and had a scan that showed she has gallstones. Treatment was given to try to dissolve them without success. On 1st March, she experienced severe pain. A repeat ultrasound scan showed the stones are still there and surgery is advised. Unfortunately due to her limited income, Christine is not in a position to meet the cost and she requests support. If not treated Christine will continue to have severe pain and may suffer complications like pancreatitis, blockage of the gallbladder, or may even become cancerous. Christine shared, "I have gone through a lot of pain and yet am unable to raise the money for this surgery. I kindly request for help so that I can go on with my normal life and take care of my daughter.”
Minea is 12-year-old 4th grade student. Her favorite subject in school is Khmer literature, and she hopes to be a teacher when she grows up. In her free time she enjoys exercising for good health, reading books, and watching cartoons on TV. She has one older sister; together they like to cook fried rice with chicken. Five years ago, Minea's spine curvature became noticeably worse at around 20 degrees. For a time she was using a back brace but it did not improve her condition in the long term. In recent months her scoliosis has advanced to a 45 degree angle. Her family is concerned that her condition will prohibit her from attending school and make her self conscious about her appearance. She has difficulty in sleeping, sitting, standing, or walking, and she feels uncomfortable with her appearance. Minea's mother said "I hope that the doctors will help my daughter improve her quality of life, and that she will be able to be happy and confident."
Meet Cynthia: a calm girl who is almost turning two. Just two days ago, Cynthia arrived to our medical partner's hospital after falling from being knocked by a sheep, where she fractured her right hand. X-ray imaging revealed a closed supracondylar fracture. Cynthia was admitted for skin traction and she now requires OREF surgery to correct the fracture. This will allow her hand to heal and reduce the chances of healing badly and persistent pain. Cynthia was born and raised in a small village called Sisiya where most of the community works in farms or other small not very stable jobs. Cynthia parents don’t have a formal education. Her mother is a housewife and his father is a security guard in a building. They live in a small mud hut with grass as a roof. Her family gets its food from their small farm, which consists mostly of maize, beans and vegetables. The family doesn’t have money to pay for their daughter’s surgery and she needs $763. The family’s income per month is roughly $30. Her mother is hoping for financial support so that her daughter can undergo the surgery.
Voeun is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, two daughters, twenty grandchildren, and in her free time she enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Two years ago, Voeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Voeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 16th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. "I hope that I am able to see better so I can help take care of my grandchildren, assist with the housework, and help my children plant rice and other crops at the farm," Voeun shared.
Florence is 37 years old and the fourth born in a family of six. Along with her siblings, she did not manage to continue with her studies due to financial challenges. As a result, they started taking on work they could find in order to survive. Florence got married and was blessed with five kids. She has lost two of her children and now has three living children. Her three kids are all in school (Grades 6,4 and nursery school). Florence is a small-scale farmer who grows maize and beans for home consumption. Her husband is also a casual laborer. He picks khat for the community members. Through their effort, they are able to raise an income for their family, but it is very limited to supporting basic needs. They live in a small timber house within their father’s home. Florence presented at the hospital expecting and at term. Given her medical history and current health status for her and the baby, the medical team recommends a c-section delivery feeling that a failure to attend to her condition may risk losing the baby or complications including uterine rapture. Florence shared, "I am pleading for help to save my life and my baby."
Abaho is a 9-year-old student from Uganda. He is the middle child in a family of three children. He and his elder brother are in primary school while his younger sister is still too young for school and is still breastfeeding. Abaho's father is a mechanic while his mother was a tailor. The family lives in a single-roomed rental house. Since two years ago, Abaho has had an umbilical hernia. This causes him abdominal discomfort and pain. Fortunately, on May 12th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund Abaho's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Abaho's mother says: “I hope that my child will be healed once he undergoes his surgery for a good health and continue with his education to have a brighter future.”
Aung is a 15-year-old novice monk from Hpa-An. He lives with other monks in the monastery. His parents own a piece of land where his father and oldest brother grow vegetables and fruits for sale. The family also grows vegetables for their own consumption. He was born with encephalocele and it was the size of a fingerprint. It grew bigger over the years and was the same size for the last three years before receiving surgery in 2015. He also suffers from hydrocephalus and he received ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VP) in 2016. Two months ago, Aung developed headaches and his head has grown bigger on the right side. At that time, his father bought medicine from the pharmacy to reduce his headaches. He took it for two days, but he did not feel better. Later on, his father took him to Hpa-An hospital where he received a blood test and x-ray. The doctor suggested his father to take him to Yangon but his father returned to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Mae Sot instead of going to Yangon. On February 25th, he arrived at MTC and he was referred to Watsi Medical Partner's Care Center Mae Sot Hospital to be seen the next day. At MSH, the doctor recommended a CT scan, which Watsi donors have also generously supported, and with these results Aung's father was told that doctors need to replace Aung's VP shunt as the previous shunt from 2016 is blocked. Aung’s father said, “I am very worried for him as he is my son and I hope that he will be healthy as soon as possible. In the future, I want him to be a monk for the rest of his life. Because I know my other older sons will not take good care of him as he is not a healthy boy. If he stays at the temple, he can be able to sleep and eat regularly."
Tindimutuma is a mother of six, but had 11 pregnancies in total. About five years ago, she developed an itchy but painless swelling on her left anterior thigh. Later the swelling increased in size and became painful. She went to a nearby village clinic and was given pain killers to reduce her pain. She traveled to Kabale Regional Hospital in her area of Uganda to seek medical advice, but was not provided with treatment. A friend advised her to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital. At Rushoroza Hospital, doctors assessed her condition and recommend a mass excision so that it does not continue growing and cause more pain and discomfort. Tindimutuma and her husband are small-scale farmers who grow produce for their family to eat. Their oldest living child is 24 years old and had to drop out of school after secondary school class one, and so did their second born who is now 22 years old. The third and fourth are 20 and 19 years and both dropped out at sixth grade. Their fifth and sixth born are 13 and 10 years old and enrolled in primary school class five and four respectively. Tindimutuma has no other sources of income other than agriculture. Tindimutuma told us, “With the surgery, I will be able to walk comfortably again and be flexible therefore in carrying out my normal duties, especially farming.”
Nita is an 18-month-old girl from Cambodia. She has one older sister and her parents are rice farmers. She enjoys playing with her doll at home. Nita has ptosis on her right eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. Her parents are feeling uncomfortable about her appearance. The neighbors always call her "Miss Lid Drop" and that makes her parents feel worried about her eye in the future and their daughter's self esteem. They want her to grow up healthy, confident, and happy. Nita traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 29, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve her vision. Now, Nita needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my daughter's eyelid will be better after surgery, so when she goes to school she can grow up happily," Nita's mother said.
Sophea is a 29-year-old tailor from Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and watching movies on television. When she was three years old, Sophea had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Sophea experiences hearing loss, headache, ear infection, discharge, and itchiness. She is unable to hear others and finds it difficult to communicate with those around her. Sophea traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 18th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sophea said, "I hope that after the operation, my hearing will improve and the ear infection will stop."