Sean joined Watsi on April 1st, 2016. 33 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sean's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Aneti, a subsistance farmer from Uganda, to fund gynecological surgery.
Sean has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Sean has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Aneti is a 30-year-old woman from Uganda who enjoys chatting with her friends. She is a subsistence farmer, renting land to grow crops for food. During the delivery of her first child, Aneti developed an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area. She has experienced pain and urinary dysfunction for ten years. On October 26, Aneti underwent a repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. Now, she needs help to fund this $547 procedure. After recovery, Aneti hopes to return to her former job as a cook at a local primary school. “Thanks very much to the donors, and may God enrich their helping hands," says Aneti.
83-year-old Grifin has been married to his wife for the past 51 years. They live in Malawi and have had six children and 13 grandchildren. He works as small-scale farmer. Grifin was recently diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an age-associated prostate gland enlargement that can cause urination difficulty. The enlarged prostate squeezes the urethra, weakening the bladder wall. About half of all men between the ages of 51 and 60 have BPH. Grifin will receive a prostate resection thanks to the care of the doctors at our medical partner, World Altering Medicine. The $742 minimally invasive surgery will remove part of the prostate gland and will improve the flow of urine through the urethra. "I simply need help," Grifin shares. Along with his wife, Grifin is happy and looking forward to the results of his surgery. He is eager to get back to his productive routines on the farm and at home.
Philimon is a 64-year-old man who lives in Malawi. He has seven children and two grandchildren, most of whom he still supports. He has worked as a security guard for the past nine years, but he has missed work frequently due to symptoms from his enlarged prostate gland. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. An enlarged prostate—known as benign prostatic hyperplasia—is a common condition in older men due to hormonal changes. As the prostate gets larger, it squeezes the urethra, causing problems with urination. Typical symptoms include difficulty starting or stopping urination, weak urine streams, and inability to empty the bladder. Philimon was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate in 2013 but has been unable to undergo surgery until now. $742 pays for the recommended procedure—transurethral resection of the prostate—in which doctors insert an instrument into the urethra to remove the part of Philimon's prostate that is blocking urine flow. After surgery, a catheter will be inserted temporarily to remove urine from the bladder. When the urine is free of blood or blood clots, the catheter will be removed, and Philimon can urinate on his own. Funding for Philimon also pays for a three-night hospital stay, lab tests, medicine, and transportation to and from the hospital for him and two caregivers. "I am expecting that I might be well again," shares Philimon. "All of my family is very happy that I will be done with the operation and back [at home] again."
72-year-old Grey lives in Malawi, and his life has been interrupted by the painful symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Because of his condition, Grey couldn't participate in the recent farming season, bringing food insecurity to his family. Grey supports his family as a subsistence farmer in Malawi. With his eight children and 14 grandchildren, being able to tend to his crops is incredibly important. To treat his condition and let him return to his daily life, Grey needs a prostate resection surgery to remove a part of his prostate and let him life without pain. The procedure costs $742 and Grey and his family are looking forward to the success of the operation, because he has suffered for so long. "Once the operation is done I will be a hopeful person and a happy person," Grey shares. "It has been a downfall in everything I do because of the situation."
Meet Manraj, a 10-year-old boy from Nepal. Manraj's parents tend to the farm to make a living. He has two elder brothers and one elder sister. As the youngest in the family, he is well taken care of by everyone. Currently, he studies in the fourth standard and enjoys studying Nepali the most. Manraj was walking playing the game of seven stones with his friends after school when he slipped and injured his left arm. His arm has swollen considerably and looks deformed as well. He has been missing school because it is so painful and needs help with his basic everyday work like eating, bathing and so on. $224 funds treatment to heal Manraj's fracture. The cost of the treatment includes surgical costs as well as post-operative care. "Manraj is an outstanding student," his mother said. "He not only excels in his academics but teaches his friends and ensures they do well too."
This is Manfred, a grandfather from Malawi. He has six children and 21 grandchildren. Some of his family live nearby while others have moved away. Ever since October of last year, he has experienced painful urinary symptoms. Manfred suffers from benign prostatic hyperplasia. This condition leads to swelling of the prostate gland, partially blocking the urethra. The pain has limited his ability to operate the family farm and to build a house. Watsi's medical partner, World Altering Medicine, can provide Manfred with the surgical necessities, medications, and respite to resect a portion of the prostate. $742 in funding will cover all surgical expenses to remove excess tissue and treat prostate enlargement. After this surgery, Manfred will no longer need to worry about any prostrate-related pain. "Since I'm going to become well once the operation is done, I'm a happy person for that," Manfred said.
Moo Naw is a 48-year-old woman from Burma. Although she has no children of her own, Moo Naw lives with her husband, her mother, and her 16-year-old nephew on a small farm. Both her and her husband tend to their rice paddy fields, but Moo Naw’s husband also works as an agricultural day laborer, which Moo Naw used to do until she fell ill. Moo Naw’s symptoms first presented themselves when she was three months into her first pregnancy. She began to have headaches and became incredibly sensitive to light, to the point where she was unable to open her eyes without experiencing migraine-like symptoms. She developed severe back pain and experienced joint and muscle aches, in addition to heavy bleeding. After blood tests and an ultrasound, our staff informed her that they saw a mass in her uterus and she was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Moo Naw is not able to work on her farm or as an agricultural day laborer due to her symptoms. Let's help Moo Naw get back on her feet so that she can help support her family.