Fatima Shahzad
Fatima's Story

Fatima joined Watsi on October 8th, 2015. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Fatima's most recent donation supported Sok, a retired rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.


Fatima has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 5 countries.

Patients funded by Fatima

Merida is a 63-year-old small-scale farmer. She has five children ranging in age from 20 years old to 40 years old. Her husband passed away about six years ago. She shared that her children could not attend school beyond class five and that their responsibilities limit them from providing financial support. About ten years ago, Merida experienced swelling in her neck that increased in size over time. Merida is unable to bend down comfortably and experiences airway blockage when she carries heavy loads and has heaviness in her shoulders. She can also no longer breathe well while sleeping. She has used herbs for healing and recently visited the hospital at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). The doctors diagnosed her condition as a goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. They recommended a thyroidectomy, which will address her symptoms and prevent the risk that the condition may become cancerous and cause difficulty breathing and eating over time. On November 9th, Merida will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $333 to fund Merida’s surgery. Merida shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment so that I may get relief from the swollen neck that I have carried for a very long time. I hope to look normal again and live a better, happy, and enjoyable life for the rest of my life. I will resume farming as soon as possible.”

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Dennis is a 23-year-old father to one son. He is a hardworking man and a loving husband to his wife. Dennis and his family live in a small bamboo house in the Philippines. His wife stays at home with their son while he works as a contractual laborer, making about $80 a month. Three years ago, Dennis felt pain in his inguinal area but did not have any consultation because of financial issues. The pain worsened while he was working as a laborer because he was lifting heavy objects at work. Dennis was unable to stop working as his income was the only financial means for his family. Dennis verbalized that he wants to be a reliable provider for his family and now that he is already a father, his first priority is their welfare, even though it means sacrificing his own comforts. Dennis really desires to give his best to provide the needs of their family. Dennis was screened at International Care Ministries, one of Watsi's medical partners. He underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. The doctor strongly suggested that he undergo an emergency operation because Dennis' condition is getting worse. However, Dennis and his family cannot afford the treatment because Dennis' income is only enough for their daily needs. $1,437 will fund Dennis' hernia repair. After the surgery, he is looking forward to seeking a more stable job and to spend time with his family. "I did not expect that my condition would be given attention," shared Dennis. "Now that I have my own family, they are my number one priority and I thought I would have this condition forever. A fellow father may know how I feel. I am thankful that there are still people who are willing to help me. Thank you so much, it means a lot."

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Ixbalan is 16 years old and currently lives with Lupus - causing many debilitating symptoms. When she has flare-ups, she feels intense joint pain, has nose bleeds, and feels very weak. She has had to stop studying because her symptoms are so bad, and has had to give up some of her favorite activities--such as making crafts and embroidering. Ixbalan lives with her mother and siblings in a rural mountainous community in Guatemala in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. She likes to spend her free time listening to music on the radio, eating melon and estofado (a pulled pork dish) and playing soccer when she feels up to it. She likes to attend mass with her family every Sunday. Her mother supports the family by selling food, which only provides enough money to buy the basic necessities for her family. The medications that Ixbalan needs in order to be healthy are not only incredibly expensive, but also not available in the basic pharmacy in her community, making it difficult for her to get the treatment she needs to be a normal teenager. This treatment, which costs $367, will provide Ixbalan with the medications and personalized in-home medical attention she needs to feel better and be able to attend school again. Her dream is to finish school, so she can get a job--which she is excited to do once her symptoms are under control. We are confident that Ixbalan can live a healthy and productive life once she receives this high-quality care. "We were so worried," Ixbalan's mother shares. "At first she had a lot of strange symptoms. She was weak, we thought she was going to die. They told us she had cancer. We were all so scared. Thanks to God this isn't cancer, but it is still a very strong sickness. We started to buy some medicines but with the little that I earn I cannot continue buying more because they are so expensive. Now she is not taking any medicine because we don't have money and she is already starting to feel bad again. Thanks to you all for all of your help, for those who are going to donate so Ixbalan can get better."

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Yunis is a hard working 19-year-old woman from Tanzania, where she lives with her parents and five siblings. “She just completed her secondary education last year and she hopes to get good results and continue with higher level of education. She enjoys playing netball and at home she helps her mother with everyday chores,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Some years ago, Yunis got her ears pierced. According to AMHF, this led to keloids on both ears. Keloids result from the overgrowth of scar tissue, generally occurring at a site where skin is injured. They are hard growths often larger than the original wound itself. Yunis has undergone three surgical procedures to treat the keloids. The keloid on her right ear went away after the first procedure, but the left ear keloid continues to persist. Because of the keloids, Yunis experiences itching on her left ear, and cannot leave the house without a hat. If she does not get treated, the keloid will continue to grow and impact her self-esteem. AMHF can treat Yunis with mass excision surgery. They tell us that with this surgery, “The keloid will be removed, and that will boost Yunis’ self-confidence.” Treatment will cost a total of $920, which covers surgical and medical expenses, as well as six days in the hospital and six weeks at a rehabilitation center. Unfortunately, with four of their children in school, Yunis’ parents cannot afford to pay for anymore procedures. “I am interested in studying environmental law, so I hope I will continue with school,” shares Yunis.

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