Mehryar joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. Four years ago, Mehryar became the 2350th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,122 more people have become monthly donors! Mehryar's most recent donation supported Agnes, a mom-of-8 from Kenya, to fund ovarian tumor removal.
Mehryar has funded healthcare for 57 patients in 11 countries.
Agnes, a mother of eight children, arrived in our Watsi reps' office looking frail, drained, and in deep thought. She had given up getting medical attention and had requested her children to take her home before we intervened. She is mourning her husband who recently succumbed to cancer. Furthermore, doctors recently discovered she has a high-grade stromal tumor and requires surgery to remove the ovarian mass, which has been causing her severe discomfort. She shared her story with us: during the first week of May 2020, Agnes started feeling a sharp pain in the lower part of her stomach. She thought they were just normal pains and therefore got pain medication from a nearby chemist. Days later, her pains continued to increase, this time accompanied by bleeding. Alarmed she visited the nearest health centre where she was referred to Kijabe Hospital for further review. Several tests were conducted when she visited the facility and doctors discovered that she has symptomatic uterine fibroids. She underwent surgery but later doctors discovered that she has a mass in her ovaries that requires excursion. Despite having approval from the National Health Insurance program, the amount is not enough to cover the cost of surgery and she needs financial assistance. Agnes was widowed barely a month ago after her husband's long battle to cancer. The cost of taking care of her husband has depleted the limited family resources they had. Equally, she has also been sick and had several trips that made her close the little shop they were running from their home. She has no source of income after they closed down their shop. Her kids don’t yet have a stable source of income, and with what they do have, they have been instrumental in paying for her husband’s medical bills and cost of the funeral. Agnes shared, “I recently buried my husband as a result of cancer. I have been ailing and in a lot of pain. I had to close my small shop and therefore have no source of income. I am unable to afford this much-needed surgery and request for assistance.”
Namara is a farmer from Uganda. She is a mother and has been separated from her husband for 17 years. Namara supports her only child, a sixth grader, through the income she earns from small-scale farming. She grows food crops to make a living. For some time now, Namara has been experiencing irregular and heavy bleeding and severe backaches. She has been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion and a left ovarian mass. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Namara's surgery. On July 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Namara will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Namara shared, “I hope to get relieved from all the pain I have been having and resume with farming after I have fully recovered.”
Elimlim is the oldest in a family of three children. He and his siblings depend on their mother because their father passed away in 2019. They live together in a single traditional Masai house made of mud, sticks, and grass. He is currently a full-time student and his healthcare would normally be covered by his university, but due to COVID-19 he is no longer receiving those benefits. In 2017, Elilim was hit by a stray bullet during a school shooting. Since then, he has undergone a series of surgeries to repair his fractured leg. Now, Elimlim has to undergo another bone transport surgery in order for him to walk again. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are requesting $1,500 to help fund the cost of his surgery and care. We need your help to cover the cost of his treatment. This life-changing surgery will significantly improve Elimlim's quality of life. "I will be happy to get well so that my whole family does not have to take care of me anymore," shared Elimlim.
Turyasingura is a 7-year-old child from Uganda. He is the forth born in a family of four siblings and all are still in school, except the youngest. Turyasingura studies at Kahoko Primary School and is currently in primary class one. His mother says had it not been his condition, he would have currently been in primary two but because of his condition, he missed promotional examinations last year because of the pain he had. His mother earns a living through practicing small-scale farming while his father works as a carpenter. Since his birth, Turyasingura has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on April 7th, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $139 to fund Turyasingura's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Turasingura's mother says: “I hope that my boy will be fine after his surgery.”
Twamubona is a 50-year-old mother of four, and her husband passed away in February 2019. Her children have not been able to continue with schooling so as they are now older, they still earn limited income. Twamubona developed a small, painless, movable (under the skin) swelling 10 years ago that has progressively increased in size over time. She worries to cover her head 24/7, especially when she is in public places or public and communal gatherings. She shared that she feels uncomfortable and inferior most of the time and has come to Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. Twamubona is a small-scale farmer who produces enough vegetables for home consumption. She said, “The swelling greatly affects my social life. After the treatment, I will be able to comfortably interact with others in our village and therefore I will be able to learn new ideas that may help me to develop personally; including physically, mentally, and financially.”
Peter is a student from Kenya and an aspiring judge. He is quiet and composed and arrived in the company of his school social worker. The teenage boy in class seven. Peter lives with his aged mother and six siblings in Miango village Central-Kenya. He is the fifth born and they all depend on the little their mother makes. A few years back, due to domestic wrangles, Peter’s aged father moved out of their home and now lives alone. Since two years ago, Peter has had a right hydrocele. This causes him pain and discomfort and is affecting his studies. Fortunately, on March 3rd, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Peter's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to be a judge when I grow up,” says Peter.
Chariya is a nine-year-old student from Cambodia. She has two siblings, and is the youngest child in her family. She is in the third grade at school, and loves reading stories. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. In her free time she plays outside with her sister. One month ago, Chariya developed a chalazion in her left eye, causing her swelling, mild pain and irritation. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. She feels constant discomfort and has difficulty seeing out of her left eye. She also feels less confident interacting with other children. Chariya traveled for one hour by taxi to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On August 6th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Chariya's symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Chariya said, "I hope my eyelid gets better soon, so I can go back to school and see my teacher, and I hope I can play soccer with my sister again too."
On May 28th 2019, Min was playing tag with his friend in front of his house, when he decided to climb up a tree. Unfortunately, the tree was slippery due to the rainy season, and Min slipped and fell out of the tree. At first, he was able to stand on his right leg, but he was not able to walk. When Min’s mother heard the news, she immediately came to see him. In the morning, his mother and grandmother rented a car and brought him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). The staff at MTC then sent him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for an X-ray, which indicated that his left femur was broken. After they received the results of his X-ray, MTC referred Min to Watsi partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for help in accessing the treatment he needed. On May 31st, Min underwent surgery to place a metal rod into his leg. He was discharged from the hospital on June 5th. Within the past two months, Min returned to MSH for three follow-up visits. At his most recent follow-up, he was told his prognosis was good, and he was scheduled for surgery to remove the metal rod on January 2nd, 2020. “I feel normal again,” he said. “I’m no longer in pain. I can walk, sit, and take a shower by myself again. Before, I couldn’t do anything. I could only lay on my back and watch as people around me had to do everything. After my second surgery I want to work with my older brother in the factory.”
Janet is a baby from Tanzania. She is the third born child in a family of three children. She is a cheerful and curious little girl. Janet's parents own a small shop which sells small home stuffs. Janet was diagnosed with genu valgus. Her legs bow inwards 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, she can not walk without rubbing her knees together and this is causing her pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Janet. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 28th. Treatment will hopefully restore Janet's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Janet's mother says, "I see that my daughter has a problem with her legs, I do not understand much about her condition but it worries me that she may grow up and become disabled if I do not do anything. Please help my daughter."
Sophaiyath is a 9-year-old girl who lives with her family in Kratie Province. She has one brother who is only one-year-old. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up, so she studies very hard at school. She loves to eat mangoes, play jump rope, and take care of her little brother. One year ago, Sophaiyath's father began to see that she was walking abnormally. They brought her to a local hospital and found that she had developed Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP) disease. This disease is a rare childhood disease in which blood flow to part of the hip socket is cutoff, and the bone begins to die. Now Sophaiyath experiences pain and stiffness, and cannot walk normally. She has missed school due to the condition, and her parents are worried that she will have permanent mobility issues. Luckily, the doctors at CSC can perform an osteotomy to repair Sophaiyath's hip. Once she recovers, she will no longer experience pain and will regain her mobility. She will also have increased confidence in her physical abilities. Sophaiyath's mother shared, "I want to see my daughter run and enjoy playing with the other children, so I hope this surgery is successful and finally fixes her hip."
Joseph is a two-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the last born of his mother who has eight children. His father is polygamous with two wives, Joseph's mother being the first wife. The second wife has five children making a family of fourteen children. Four children in the family have been able to join school but the rest have not had a chance to attend yet. Joseph's older siblings who do not go to school help their parents to look after their cattle of five cows and five goats. Both parents depend on small-scale farming of maize, beans, and vegetable for their food and they are able to sell a goat once in a while to be able to get money to buy other commodities. Joseph was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Joseph is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Joseph's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 10th and will hopefully spare Joseph from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Joseph’s mother shared, “The money needed to pay our son’s surgery cost is too high for us to afford, kindly help us.”
Rathana is a 19-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and three younger siblings. His parents are farmers. He usually helps his parents with the farm work, but since he was injured he cannot do that right now. Normally, he enjoys playing soccer with his friends and going out to restaurants. In February, he was in motor accident that caused a fracture in his right femur. His parents took him to a traditional Khmer healer but his bone did not heal properly and he is now unable to walk without severe pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On July 8th, Rathana will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will repair his fracture through the fixation of a nail, allowing him to heal effectively and walk again. Rathana said, "I hope this surgery fixes my fracture quickly so I can work again and help support my parents well."