Vikram joined Watsi on December 30th, 2013. 21 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Vikram's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Derick, a friendly 3-year-old from Tanzania, to fund knee surgery so he can walk and play.
Vikram has funded healthcare for 255 patients in 13 countries.
Vikram has funded healthcare for 255 patients in 13 countries.
Derick is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania and an only child to his parents. Derick is a friendly boy who likes playing and listening to stories from his mother. Derick’s parents depend on small scale farming to make ends meet for their small family. Derick was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, as he continued to grow his leg condition worsened, making it more and more painful for him to walk. He no longer wants to stand or walk on his own so his mother carries him most of the time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Derick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Derick's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Derick’s mother says: “Please help my son get this treatment, I am scared that he may lose his ability to walk.”
Naomi is a 6-year-old girl from Tanzania and the youngest to her mother who has five children. Naomi's father is polygamous with three wives with a total of thirteen children in their family. Her parents have a few cattle which they depend on for daily living. Naomi is a playful girl and always wants to take part in daily home activities, but most of the time she can't due to her disability and how much she struggles using her hand. At the age of four months, Naomi was left by her mother sleeping as she went outside. She had left a fire burning close to the bed to keep their hut warm when Naomi rolled and fell into it. Her mother heard her cry and ran to her rescue. She sustained severe burns around her head and face, left hand, left foot, and around her stomach. Currently, she can’t use her left hand because it has contracted from the burn scar making it impossible for her to straighten and use it. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Naomi receive treatment. On December 1st, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. She will be able to straighten her hand and use it after she heals from surgery. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Naomi’s mother shared: “My daughter is very hard working but her hand limits her a lot and I feel bad seeing her struggling to carry out her daily life activities. Please help treat her.”
Orikiriza is married and a mother to two daughters who are both still in school. She is divorced from the father of her children, but got married to her second husband seven years ago. She earns a living from small-scale farming while her husband is a casual laborer. Unfortunately, they have also recently separated. Orikiriza has been experiencing irregular menstrual bleeding for the past two years. She feels general body weakness and is easily fatigued. She reports drowsiness and at time experiences dry mouth but her chief complaint is backache and lower abdominal pain. This has affected her quality of life and work performance. She has been diagnosed with bilateral ovarian cysts. If they are not removed her symptoms may persist. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare can help, Orikiriza receive treatment. Now, she needs your help to raise the $220 to fund the cost of her surgery. Orikiriza shared, “I hope to get much better after my surgery so that I can resume farming.”
Teresiah is a teenage girl from Kenya who has special needs. She was born into a family of 3 girls and hails from a very humble background. Her studies Limuru Cheshire Home were partially sponsored by a compassionate organization. Since she left school last year, the organization has helped her family settle in a small two-roomed iron-built house, which is a real milestone. Her dad has a health condition that requires surgery but it has been postponed several times due to funds. Her dad cannot do heavy manual jobs and so he mostly remains at home with Teresiah while her mother goes to search for casual work. Teresiah has clubfoot that has rendered her walking difficult. She was reviewed by specialists at Cure International Hospital and surgery is recommended. The surgery will be of great impact as she will finally be able to walk comfortably and help her parents at more home. She will be able to be more independent as she grows. Fortunately, Teresiah traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Teresiah's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. “Any assistance accorded to our daughter will be highly appreciated. God bless you," Teresiah’s mom told us.
Kamasindi is a small-scale farmer from Uganda and has been a widow for 25 years. She has three children, all not yet married and carrying out casual work, except her youngest who is in third grade. Kamasindi presented with painful swelling in her left inguinal region that she has had for three years. She has pain and limps when she walking. Kamasindi traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 15th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kamasindi needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Kamasindi says: “I hope for a better surgery so that I can get well and live happily without the burden I have today. I will resume to farming when am done with surgery successfully.”
Kemirembe lost both her parents and was raised by her stepmother. She has two siblings, both are married and earn a living through small-scale farming. Kemirembe and her husband are also small-scale farmers who mostly grow sugarcane and tomatoes. Kemirembe has two children and is expecting her third. She delivered her previous two via cesarean and now needs to deliver her third via cesarean as well. This will help avoid complications like uterine rupture, fetal distress or possibly maternal death. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Kemirembe will undergo surgery on July 7th. She needs your help to fund this $252 surgery. Kemirembe shared, “I hope to deliver a healthy baby and to regain my health once again after surgery so I can continue farming.”
Aaron is a five-year-old boy, the 3rd and last born child in his family. Aaron is talkative and likes playing with other children. His father is a farmer while his mother is a housewife and also a farmer. They live in a one-roomed traditional grass-thatched house in Kenya. Aaron has a condition called clubfoot on his right foot, which causes his foot to be twisted out of shape. This condition causes difficulty with walking and even with wearing shoes. Fortunately, Aaron traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital, to seek care. On November 15th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on Aaron. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund his clubfoot repair procedure. After treatment, Aaron will be able to walk easily and wear shoes normally and comfortably. Josphat, Aaron's father, shared, “I am humbly requesting for help to enable my son to undergo surgery. We would love to see him walk like other children.”
Bernice is an 8-month-old baby from Tanzania. She is a beautiful and cheerful baby, and the last born in a family of two children. Bernice’s mother shared that she is currently having a hard time raising her children because of misunderstandings with her husband. Bernice was born with bilateral clubfoot, something the father was not happy about. The father now does not treat the rest of the family well and he does not support them in any way. Bernice's mother and her children have moved into their living room where they sleep and do everything since the father locks the bedroom and does not want any of them going in there. This has left Bernice’s mother feeling very depressed and struggling to support her children. Bernice 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. Bernice’s mother works at a local school as a teacher and uses her salary to support her children. She is not able to afford Bernice’s treatment cost. Fortunately, Bernice traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 9th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Bernice's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Bernice will be able to walk easily. Bernice’s mother says, “I am going through a very difficult time and seeing my daughter being disabled is hurting me even more. Please help my daughter so that she can have a normal walking style when she grows up.”
Birungi is a subsistence farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of five children and came to our Medical Partner's Care Center Nyakibale Hospital with a neck mass that has been persistent for over 10 years. She also has a dry irritating cough, persistent heart palpitations, headaches, and difficulty breathing. Her daily work, she notes, has been affected by her swelling. When Birungi came to the hospital, she was diagnosed with a goitre and thyroidectomy is recommended. However, she is not able to meet the cost of surgery. Birungi works on her farm to make ends meet. She has to divide up her earnings to meet daily needs and pay school fees for her children. She did not manage to complete her own schooling due to lack of school fees. About 10 years ago, she lost her husband leaving her to raise their children. She is appealing for financial assistance to meet the cost of surgery which if not done, could result in airway obstruction among other complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Birungi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 6th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Birungi says, “I am hopeful for a better life after my surgery and expect to resume with farming after I getting better.”
Kim Sour is a 32-year-old factory worker, from Cambodia. She is married with one daughter and two sons. Kim Sour's husband is a fisherman. When she is not at work, she helps her children at home and prepares food for their family. Six years ago she began experiencing ear discharge. In the past few years she has experienced ringing in her ear and hearing loss as well. Kim Sour had an ear infection and this infection caused her tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear ear to perforate. Her husband feels very worried about his wife's pain and hearing loss. Kim Sour traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 1st, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She said, "I hope that this surgery can improve my hearing and make my ear pain stop."
Kao is a 60-year-old Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Kao lives with her daughter, who is a farmer. When Kao is not selling cakes in her village, she enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to monks pray. Five years ago, Kao developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itching, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kao learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her niece seeking treatment. On November 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Kao shared, "My business depends on my vision, if I can see well then my business will also be well."
Sorn is a 75-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and visiting the pagoda. Sorn has a growing mass in her lower eyelid which has been diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma. Her neighbor encouraged her to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to see if she could be treated. Fortunately, on September 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform excision and skin flap procedure to remove the growth. Now, she needs help to fund this $657 procedure. Sorn said, "I really hope after this surgery I feel better and am comfortable again."