Nep joined Watsi on September 20th, 2016. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nep's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Natalia, a bright eight-year-old girl from Kenya, to fund an adenotonsillectomy.
Nep has funded healthcare for 37 patients in 10 countries.
Nep has funded healthcare for 37 patients in 10 countries.
Natalia is an eight-year-old girl. She's in grade three and is the oldest in a family of two children. Natalia is very clever in school and she likes to play with her friends. Natalia's parents work as hawkers selling small items to make a living for their family. For about four years, Natalia has had on and off tonsillitis and a common cold. This has affected her happiness and relationships with her friends. She has visited many facilities for treatment and while the swelling in her tonsils subsides, it ultimately comes back. Natalia visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), accompanied by her grandmother who works at the care center. Now, AMH is requesting $565 to fund an adenotonsillectomy for Natalia, which is scheduled for March 26th. If left untreated, Natalia could be at risk of complications like chronic tonsillitis, middle ear infection, peritonsillar abscess, and rheumatic fever. Natalia's grandmother shared, “Natalia is my first grandchild and I love her very much. I hope Watsi can support us so that she can get well and continue with her normal life, and also be ready to go back to school when it reopens.”
Ngoitumet is a 6-year-old boy and the last born in a family of three children. Despite his legs condition and his difficulty with walking, Ngoitumet is a friendly and jovial boy. If not for his health condition, he would be running around enjoying his playtime and be more involved in daily home activities. Ngoitmet’s father is elderly with no source of income. He was not able to bring Ngoitumet to the hospital and had to be helped by a neighbor. Ngoitumet's family depends on livestock keeping and the milk they get from their cattle to make ends meet. Ngoitumet was diagnosed with "windswept" knees, a condition that started when he was two years old when his father noticed his left leg was slightly curving outward. His father couldn’t take him to the hospital for treatment due to financial challenges, so his left leg kept worsening, and the right leg also began curving inward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Due to his condition, Ngoitumet has not had a chance to join school yet. He is no longer able to take part in daily home activities, like grazing their father’s cattle. Ngoitumet undergoes a lot of pain when he walks over a long distance. Through their church and the outreach program at Plaster House, Ngoitumet's family was referred to seek treatment. He has been scheduled for surgery to help correct both of his legs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Ngoitumet. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Ngoitumet's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Ngoitumet’s neighbour shared, "Please help this boy as he is having a hard time standing and walking and his parents do not have money to seek treatment for him."
Solita is a 3-year-old from Cambodia. She is the only child in her family. Her mother is a factory worker, while her father repairs motors. Solita likes to play with toys and watch cartoons on TV. Overall, Solita is in good health, but has some problems with her left hand. Two years ago, she was burned by fire on her left fingers. After the accident, her family took her to a provincial hospital, where she was treated with medicine and dressings for 10 days. Unfortunately, burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the finger. It is difficult for her to use her hand, and she cannot carry or hold anything. When Solita's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there hoping for treatment. On February 3rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her fingers easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Her parents shared, "We hope our daughter's fingers will be better and the procedure will improve her ability to do daily activities."
Veasna is an 18-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is the youngest of three siblings. Veasna lives and works with his parents, but is planning to move out soon. He likes to play volleyball with his friends and eat grilled vegetables. He also is learning to build wooden furniture. In 2018, Veasna was in motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right tibia. Veasna's family took him to a hospital where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. His bone healed well and he has regained his strength. He can walk and run easily, but now the hardware needs to be removed for him to fully heal. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 11th, Veasna will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will allow his bone to fully heal and reduce his risk of any further complications. Veasna said, "I am thankful for my injury to be healed so well, and I hope that I can run well without this hardware in my leg."
Barungi runs a soft drinks mini shop in Kampala City selling juices, sodas, and other drinks. Her husband works in the same region as a casual laborer on different construction sites. They own a two-room permanent house for shelter. They have no children yet after losing their first child shortly after birth. At Rushoroza Hospital, Barungi presented with long-standing history of a right upper thigh mass that has been progressively increasing in size and shared that the mass has been painful since she was 14 years old. If not treated through a mass excision, it may further grow and she could develop severe pain that would stop her from doing her work. It may also develop into a carcinoma. Barungi told us, “With the surgery, I will be able to work comfortably again and be able to dress smartly like other women do. I pray that my request to Watsi supporters may be granted.”
Emmanuel is a 14-month-old baby from Kenya and the only child to his parents. They live together in a single-rental house in the Nyanza region of Kenya. His father is employed in an electronic shop as a shop attendant. His mother is a full-time mom. Since 8 months ago, Emmanuel has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on February 28th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Emmanuel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “To be honest raising the amount asked is beyond us. It will take years,” says Emmanuel’s father with gratitude.
Jean is a young man from Kenya. He is a husband and a father to three children. Jean sustained an injury on his leg, just above the ankle joint. Now, he is in pain and needs to walk with a crutch. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Jean receive treatment. On February 14, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help him walk easily again. Now, Jean needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Jean says, “I wish to go back home and do business there. Begging is quite demeaning but it is the only way to feed my family and educate my kids for now."
Prosper is a child from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of three children. In 2017, Prosper sustained burns across his body. The burn contractures make it difficult for him to move. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Prosper receive treatment. On March 4, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him walk easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Prosper’s mother says “Please help my son we can’t afford the surgery cost.”
Abinsinguza is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with seven children. For ten years, Abinsinguza has had a progressively growing swelling on her right scapula. She now experiences pain and disfigurement that has affected her work performance. Abinsinguza traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 19, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Abinsinguza needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Abinsinguza says, “I hope to get better quality of life and continue with cultivation after surgery.”
Sokny is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons and four daughters. She likes to listen to music on the radio. Twenty years ago, Sokny had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sokny experiences pain, tinnitus, and hearing loss. She cannot communicate clearly with others Sokny traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 3, 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. She says, "I hope my hearing improves and I have no more pain after the operation."
Najati is a child from Tanzania. She has one younger sibling, and her mother cooks in a restaurant. When she was young, Najati began to have difficulty breathing and sleeping. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Najati, which is scheduled to take place on November 2. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Najati of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Najati’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get well, she is really suffering and it hurts me to watch her struggle and I cannot do anything, she does not sleep most nights due to not being able to breathe.”
Melkizedeck is a child from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of three children. Melkizedeck has not yet started school but his parents are already working on getting him into school at the beginning of next year. Melkizedeck’s parents depend on small-scale farming for their living and supporting their family. Melkizedeck has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Melkizedeck traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 11. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Melkizedeck's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily when he starts school next year. His father says, “A friend had told me how expensive it was to treat this condition. That’s why we never tried to take him to hospital because we knew we couldn’t afford it. If there is a way to help my son, please help us.”