Carrie joined Watsi on December 25th, 2014. 86 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Carrie's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Ngabirano, a secretary and farmer from Uganda, to fund a thyroidectomy.
Carrie has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 10 countries.
Carrie has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 10 countries.
Ngabirano is a secretary from Uganda. She is a single mother to a ten-year-old son in third grade. She separated with her husband due to family negligence and domestic violence. She previously worked in a private secondary school but due to the COVID-19 lockdown schools have closed and she decided to turn to farming. She is now living in her childhood home and is the sole provider for her child's needs. Five years ago, Ngabirano began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ngabirano receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 7th 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. Ngabirano shared, “I pray that my surgery goes well so that I can continue to provide a brighter future for my son because he is all that I have.”
Victor is a five-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the firstborn child in a family of three aged between 5 months and 1 year. He is a kindergartener and a happy boy. On November 24th, Victor was playing with his friends when he accidentally fell down and sustained an injury on his right hand. His father found him on the road crying, and brought him to the hospital. Doctors conducted an x-ray, which revealed a fracture on his right supracondylar. Because he was in pain, and could not move nor lift his hand, Victor was admitted to the pediatrics ward awaiting surgery. Unfortunately, the procedure Victor needs is costly for his family, who lacks a stable income. His father is a casual labourer who looks after people’s cattle, and his mother is a housewife. Victor's family has been able to raise some money, but needs additional support to raise the amount needed for his treatment. On November 27th, Victor will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, Victor's family needs $801 to fund the cost of his care. Victor’s father shared, “I want to see him happy, not in pain, be healthy and have a good life."
Keav is a 55-year-old mother and farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has three sons. Keav and her husband are both farmers. When she is not working, Keav enjoys listening to the news and the monks praying on the radio. Two years ago, Keav developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, tearing, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Keav learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her mother seeking treatment. On November 13th, 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. Keav shared, "If I can see well, I will be able to cook good food for myself and my family again."
Sherline is a 7-year-old playful girl from Kenya. Last Friday, Shirlene arrived at the hospital with pain in her right leg and head after being hit by a tree branch. Sherline had gone to fetch firewood with her friends when the accident happened. She was rushed to the hospital by samaritans and on arrival, an x-ray was done which confirmed a right femur fracture. Because she was unable to use her leg and was in pain, Sherline was put on traction to reduce pain, avoid irritation, and help put tension on the displaced bone. Sherline was born and raised in a village in Elgeyo Marakwet County. She was the firstborn child of a single mother. In 2015, during the Marakwet and Pokot clashes in their region, her mother was eloped and taken away to an unknown location. Since then Sherline has not seen her mum and, currently, she stays with her elderly grandmother. Shirlene's grandmother is a farmer of millet for their family's consumption. They live in a two-roomed grass-thatched house. Sherline is going through a tough experience with intense pain, trauma, and discomfort. She needs urgent help to fix her condition. Their family is facing financial hardship and is asking anyone reading Sherline's story to help her raise the fee for her surgery. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 16th, Sherline will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will reduce the pain, initiate her healing, and help her to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Shirleen's guardian shared, "It's paining me to see her cry in pain, I want her to receive treatment and be able to walk again."
Sarah is a 19-year-old girl expecting to deliver her first child. Upon review in our facility, the doctor recommended a cesarean section delivery due to her short stature and inadequate pelvis. The cesarian section will reduce chances of complications such as stillbirth and birth asphyxia. Sarah was brought up by her widowed mother together with her three siblings. She dropped out of school due to lack of school fees. She started working as a hotel attendant. She says the man responsible for the pregnancy is not supportive. Sarah appeals for financial assistance as she requires surgery but does not have enough savings to cover the cost. Sarah says, “I am hoping to have a child, take good care of him and continue with studies after surgery.”
Juma is a child from Kenya. He is the second born of two children. He lives with his elder sister and parents in a two-room house in Nairobi slums. Juma’s mother is a hair dresser while his father is a motorcycle taxi rider. For some time now, Juma has had a hydrocele. This causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on September 12th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Juma's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to ride a motorcycle like my father when I grow up,” says Juma.
Bekila is an adorable three-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He loves to spend his time with his mother and to play with other children. Since birth, Bekila has had an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on October 25, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $487 to fund Bekila's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His father says, “We can’t pay for the surgery because we are poor farmers who strive to maintain our daily bread. Since in our area we get rain once in a year our harvest from our farm is very low. I am a student and I am studying farming and it is my hope to change my life by starting a government job.”
Kemigisa is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother of a baby girl. Kemigisa has had a swelling on her right cheek for four years. This swelling causes her discomfort and disfigurement. Kemigisa traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 21, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kemigisa needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. She says, “After surgery I will resume working in my gardens.”
Laitwell is a father to five and grandfather to 15 from Malawi. He is a farmer and enjoys chatting with his grandchildren in his free time. Since June 2018, Laitwell has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Laitwell's surgery. On October 16, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Laitwell's family is very supportive of this surgery and excited he will be feeling better soon. He says, "I am looking forward to resting and being free of pain after this surgery. Thank you."
Turyahabwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married with six children. For eight years, Turyahabwe has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, it may result in hernia blocking and twisting. Fortunately, on November 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Turyahabwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Turyahabwe says, “I am hopeful for restoration of my hope after the surgery and I continue with farming.”
Linah is a happy and gentle two-month-old baby. She lives with her parents and four siblings in Tanzania. Linah’s father is an entrepreneur, and her mother is a secondary school teacher. Linah was born with a left clubfoot. The foot looks like it is turned inwards at the ankle and upwards. This may cause Linah difficulty when attending school or engaging in life activities when she grows up. Doctors have recommended clubfoot repair surgery, scheduled for October 17. Her parents have contributed $45 towards her treatment. However, her father is the only one working at this time, so her parents cannot afford to pay the full treatment cost. She still needs $890 to fully fund her treatment. Linah’s father says, “I will be very grateful to see Linah get treatment and I promise to take Linah to school up to a university graduate level one day when she grows up”. When treated, Linah will be able to walk without difficulty, and she will be able to attend school..
Abibatu is a three-year-old little girl from Sierra Leone. She lives with her parents and two older brothers. Abibatu likes to dress up and go to church with her family. Abibatu was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart condition involving several related defects including a hole between two chambers of her heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. On August 2, Abibatu will be traveling from her home in Sierra Leone to our medical partner's care center, Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, in Bangalore, India. Although Abibatu is not from Haiti, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with other partners to make her surgery possible, and so is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Abibatu's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $12,000 towards her treatment. We are also fundraising for her [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/468cd870f0a3-abibatu). "Our family is all very excited that there is hope for Abibatu to become healthy!" says Abibatu's mother.