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 Tabitha, a single mom from Kenya, to fund a mastectomy to treat breast cancer.
Vikram has funded healthcare for 204 patients in 13 countries.
Tabitha is a business lady from Kenya. She is a single mother of three children. Tabitha sells camel soup in the capital to make a living for herself and her three children. Two of her children are in school, which demands school fees. From her small business, she makes about $5 daily, which she saves to meet the her family's needs. Tabitha has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Tabitha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 20. After treatment, Tabitha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Tabitha says, “I wish to be treated and be free from the stressful experience I am in.”
Keo is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, seven grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her spare time. Five months ago, Keo developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Keo learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to go outside again and be able to recognize objects, as well as help take care of my grandchildren," she said.
Philomena was diagnosed with ARM at birth. With this condition, the little one was found to lack an anal opening and instead was passing stool through her vagina. A few hours after birth, Philomena, one in a set of twins, was noted to have a distended abdomen. The doctor quickly checked on the baby and discovered she lacked an anal opening. To keep Philomena from getting a fistula, the doctors put in a colostomy at three days. Philomena’s parents paid for this through some family savings they had. When they left for home, Philomena’s twin sister developed a persistent cough which was later found to be a hole in the heart. "I have never felt this drained ever in my life. Since I gave birth I am always in hospitals with either one of my two babies,” says Philomena’s mother. Due to lack of finances, Philomena’s parents shared their plight with their church members and one of them advised that they visit Watsi Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital. At BethanyKids a surgery to create an anal opening has been recommended. If not treated, Philomena will not lead a normal life and will be forced to use a colostomy for life. The surgery is a cost Philomena’s parents cannot bear. Philomena’s father is a carpenter while her mother closed her grocery store to tend to the children. Together they have five children with three currently in school. With very limited income and having exhausted their savings, Philomena’s parents are not able to raise the funds needed. They had defaulted on paying the national health insurance premiums as they could not keep up, but they’ve been advised to try to maintain this coverage in the future given their family's health needs. “Please help us. It is quite a stressful time for us but we believe we will come from it as victors,” says Philomena’s mother.
Ngo is a 36-year-old Karen woman from Burma. She has three children, and two of whom are students. While she stays home to take care of house work and her husband works as a day laborer. He earns 180 baht (approx. $6 USD) per day and he usually works for about 20 days per month. The income he can make is not enough to cover their family's basic expenses. They sometimes have to borrow money from Ngo's sister, especially when Ngo needs to go to a clinic. In October 2019, Ngo experienced a severe pain in her right side. She went to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. She was on medication which made her feel better. On her follow-up appointment, the medic performed ultrasound imaging test to see if her kidney looks fine. The medic then found a stone in her right kidney and she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) to meet with a urologist. The doctor at MSH at first tried to treat Ngo with medication but when that did not work, the doctor explained that Ngo needs more investigative tests to help her. Doctors want Ngo to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ngo's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 21st. Ngo said, “I want to look after my sons without needing to worry. I want all my sons to be well-educated persons.”
Emily is a peasant farmer from Uganda. Emily visited our hospital with complaints of a progressive swelling on her bilateral wrists which has been present for the past five years. The swelling has limited her ability to attend to her daily duties such as preparing meals and cultivation. She has never received medical care previously due to inability to pay. She heard of our funding program and visited the hospital. She was diagnosed with a bilateral ganglion cyst and surgery was recommended. If not treated, Emily is at risk of total discomfort and limited utility of her hands. Emily is the mother of three children who are all in school. She tends to her small farm with limited output and income. Her husband joins her in the farm and their efforts only yield income sufficient for just their basic needs. Emily appeals for financial assistance. Emily traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 5th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Emily needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Emily says, “I hope for a better treatment and relief of this condition after surgery and I continue doing farming for the survival of my family.”
Srey Pov is a 28-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, and enjoys watching television in her free time. When she was fourteen years old, Srey Pov had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Pov experiences discharge, pain, hearing loss, and tinnitus. She cannot communicate clearly with others and she often experiences discomfort. Srey Pov traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 19, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right 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. "I hope that after surgery, my wife will be able to hear clearly again and I will not have to worry about her ears being infected." -Srey Pov's Husband
Niwasiima presented to the hospital with an ultrasound scan indicating a pregnancy at 39 weeks of gestation with a history of one previous c-section delivery. Having been examined by the doctor, she was recommended to deliver by emergency caesarean section due to one previous scar and scar tenderness for a better delivery outcome. Niwasiima still has both parents who are small scale farmers. She is the oldest in a family of five siblings and the rest are still studying. She never went to school at all and along she has been working as a domestic housemaid in Bushenyi town where she was got into a relationship with a fellow workmate, a gateman at her workplace. After she informed him about the pregnancy, he remained neutral about it, provided no support and no longer communicates with her. She was fired from work after being known to be pregnant and is now reaching term, but has no support at all. She can’t afford the costs of her surgery. Niwasiima is a 20-year-old single mother to one child delivered by caesarean section and is expected to also deliver her current pregnancy by caesarean section due to one previous scar and scar tenderness. We expect to restore her lost hope by enabling her to successfully deliver her baby. Niwasiima says “I really hope that with your support, I will be able to have a healthy baby.”
Srey Nuch is a second-grade student from Cambodia. She has two older brothers, and one older sister. She often enjoys playing games with her friends and watching television and reading books when her classes finish. One year ago, Srey Nuch had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Nuch experiences pain, discharge, tinnitus, and hearing loss. She has a difficult time hearing others, and cannot listen well in class. Srey Nuch traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 3rd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right 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. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will go well so that she can feel better again and I won't have to worry about her ears anymore." -Srey Nuch's Mother
Ruth is the sole breadwinner to her three children after separating with the husband after becoming ill. Ruth has complained of abdominal pains for some time now. She has had numerous tests to diagnose the pains, been under different medications that only reduce pain from time to time. In 2018, she was hospitalized with complains of persistent abdominal pains. In November, she complained again and this time they sought care in Watsi's partner facility AIC Kijabe Hospital. CT scanning revealed a gall bladder mass necessitating urgent surgery. Without the surgery, Ruth will be in constant pain and chances of further complications from the mass might imminent. Ruth sells second-hand clothes to make ends meet. Ruth is not able to meet the cost of surgery. She appeals for help.
Saitabu is a one-month-old baby from Kenya who has congenital spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Saitabu gets frequent fevers and vomiting due to the condition. He requires urgent surgery but the family was not able to raise funds needed. Saitabu's parents are peasant livestock keepers. They are not able to meet daily needs and those of their baby's cost of surgery. Saitabau 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, Saitabau has been experiencing An increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Saitabau will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Saitabau that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure will drain the excess fluid from Saitabau's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Saitabau will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Saitabau’s mother says, “Please help my son we can’t afford his treatment cost and he really needs this.”
Solomon is a young boy from Kenya who four months ago was diagnosed with a right undescended testis. This is a condition where testis are not in a scrotal sac as expected in a baby boy soon after birth. Solomon arrived at the hospital today in the company of his mother and grandmother. His mother walks in with a limp and a crutch for support. Solomon is quick to grab a seat for his mother, something that depicts how respectful he is. While giving him a bath recently, Solomon’s mother noticed a slight swell on his groin which was painful. Solomon confessed that it had been there for some time but really never bothered him. Solomon’s mother took him to the nearest hospital where he was diagnosed and surgery recommended. Solomon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. The cost of surgery was however way too high for them to cover. Recently, a friend advised that they visit Watsi Partner BethanyKids Kijabe where they could better access financial assistance. The diagnosis has been confirmed and surgery is advised. If not treated, Solomon is at a risk of suffering fertility issues, testicular cancer and/ or inguinal hernia. Solomon is the firstborn of three children and lives with his parents and siblings in a one-room house in Central Kenya. While Kenya has a national health insurance system, his parents have passed difficulties that have led to them to defaulting on NHIF premiums for quite some time--a situation that is common in Kenya. However, the hospital team counseled them on its importance and they promised to try and keep up with the payments. The little savings the family had were exhausted in getting treatment for Solomon’s mother who was involved in an accident sometimes back. Solomon’s father, the sole breadwinner, practices subsistence farming and at times takes up casual farming jobs to sustain his family’s needs. They are therefore appealing for help towards Solomon’s surgical care. Solomon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 30th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Solomon.
Peace is a middle aged woman from Uganda. For the past five years, Peace has been complaining of painful chest lipomas that have affected her daily life. She has not been to any hospital previously owing to lack of finances. When she came to the hospital, she was diagnosed with epigastric lipoma, and surgery was recommended to improve her quality of life. Unfortunately, she risked missing the surgery due to lack of funding. She is a mother of five children and practices subsistence farming to make ends meet. Her husband trades in coffee to provide for their children's school fees. The family is not able to raise funds needed for surgery and appeals for assistance. On January 22nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Peace needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Peace says, “I hope my condition will be improved after my surgery.