Samuel joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. Three years ago, Samuel became the 2314th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,336 more people have become monthly donors! Samuel's most recent donation supported Alice, a woman from Tanzania, to fund a thyroidectomy.
Samuel has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 11 countries.
Alice is a wife and mother of eight from Tanzania. Her husband, is also a farmer, and they both assist each other in their daily duties. They plant potatoes for consumption and also for commercial purpose. The family is hardworking but due to having a large family, they struggle financially to make ends meet. Also to add to their hardship, one of their children is paralyzed and disabled. Alice has give him special attention because he can’t leave the compound and all he can do is crawl outside and in the house. Seven years ago, Alice began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling that has been increasing in size. 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 Alice receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 15th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $641, and she and her family need help raising money. Alice says, “I want to be a strong mother for my children especially my son. I have good plans for them.”
David is a construction worker from Kenya. He is a widowed father of two children. He worked on construction sites to be able to support his children. Around August this year, David was headed home when a speeding vehicle hit him from the back and sped off. Some good Samaritans picked him up and brought him to Kijabe hospital where he was found to have a left leg double fracture. He is not able to walk and is restricted to a wheelchair. David is also in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 29th, David will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Treatment will enable David to walk again and work so that he can provide for his children. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. “I kindly request for financial help to get independent once again,” says David.
Myat is a two-month-old boy who lives with his family in Hpa-An Town, Karen State, Burma. His father passed away when his mother was two months pregnant with him. Myat’s mother is a homemaker and she takes care of him at home. All of his sister and brothers are students. Myat’s grandfather drives a tricycle taxi. On 6 June 2019, Myat was born without any complications at HGH. Since he was born, his mother noticed that he has been passing white coloured stools, but she did not do anything about it because she thought it was normal. When he was just over a month old, his mother noticed that Myat’s navel was bigger than normal. His mother then took him to HGH. The doctor examined his navel and told his mother not to worry too much and he also told her come back if it becomes bigger. A few days later, Myat’s mother noticed that his navel has become bigger and his mother took him to the hospital again. The doctor again took a look at Myat’s navel and advised his mother to take him to a hospital in Yangon for treatment. However, Myat’s mother did not have money to go to Yangon. On 6 September 2019 Myat received an X-ray at Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) and was given a diagnosis of a bulging navel and biliary atresia, a childhood disease of the liver in which one or more bile ducts are abnormally narrow, blocked, or absent. Currently, Myat still passes white coloured stools. He also has a bulging navel which never goes away. His mother is very much worried for him, especially that she just learned about his liver disease. Myat’s mother said, “I would like him to be like other children. I feel bad for him but at the same time happy that an organization Burma Children Medical Fund will help him for his treatment.”
Merlin is the 2nd and last born in the family. She hails from Mathare in Nairobi County. She is a pre-primary pupil at Mathare primary school. She was brought to our hospital by her mother and a community health worker from within their region. Merlin's mother is a single parent and a casual labourer. She washes clothes does any household job that she can find which earns about $3 to $5 a day. Merlin was born normal however her mother noticed a swelling on her hip. She was taken to a hospital within Mathare where she underwent for treatment. Later she fell and was taken to Kenyatta National hospital and surgery was done on her right foot. Since then, the condition has never improved and Merlin has been experiencing pain and discomfort as she walks. Her mother came to CURE for a consultation where the x-ray indicated that Merlin's right hip is dislocated. She was booked to fix her right hip dislocation. She currently limps as she walks and also feels pain. This has affected her while going to school and sometimes forces her to stay at home. Merlin's mother cannot raise the estimated bill and thus requested help from Watsi and CURE as well. “I am pleading to CURE and Watsi to help my daughter undergo surgery so that she can walk well," Melvin’s mother pleaded.
Khin is a 58-year-old Chin woman from Burma. She moved to Yangon one year ago when her health deteriorated. She lives with her sister, daughter and two grandnephews. In her free time she likes to read the Bible and pray to God. Sometimes she helps with household chores such as ironing her daughter and grandnephews cloths. Khin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Khin feels tired, experiences heart palpitations and cannot walk long distances. However, she feels slightly better when she takes her medication. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Khin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on September 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Khin said, “I don’t want to feel stressed and I stay happy even though I don’t have enough money to treat myself. I am happy that my family encourages me to be strong even though they can’t help me. When I recover fully I want to help and look after orphaned children from Chin."
Denis is a baby from Tanzania. He has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Denis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Denis's clubfoot repair. His mother says, "“I wouldn’t want my son to feel different due to his condition please help my son I want him to grow up just like his older brother.”
Morgan is a baby from Kenya. He was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Morgan is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 2. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “We hope to get financial assistance towards Morgan’s surgical care,” says Morgan’s guardian.
Jarred is an infant from Kenya. He has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Jarred is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Jarred. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 12. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Jarred to grow up healthy. Jarred’s mother says, “My prayer is to have my son treated and grow upright with less medical issues."
Sherley is a mother of two from Haiti. She lives with her husband and two children in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince; she is a homemaker. Sherley has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart does not open and close properly and is also too narrow, as a result of an infection she suffered several years ago. Sherley will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair or replace her damaged valve. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $46,000 to pay for surgery. Sherley's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Sherley's family overseas. She says, "I am so happy to have this surgery so I will be in better health to play with my children."
Kaung is a two-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Ban San Kwan, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. They moved there from Bago Division, Burma, in search of better job opportunities. Kaung’s parents work as agricultural day laborers. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Kaung. On April 19, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Kaung's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Kaung’s mother says, “We are very stressed, and I have had to stop working to look after him. As my husband is the only one working, his income is not enough to cover our daily expenses.”
Parani is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children. Last year, Parani fell into a fire and got burned around his chest and neck. The burn contractures limit his ability to move because of the tightening of the skin. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Parani receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him move his head easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Parani’s mother says, “Thank you very much for coming in and helping our son we had no means of affording his daily dressing he now needs a surgery which we can’t afford to please help.”
Der Lwel is an 18-year-old boy who lives with his parents and two younger brothers in Ta Kue Khee Village, Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State, Burma. He and his parents work as subsistence farmers, while his two younger brothers are students. Two years ago, Der Lwel broke his lower back bone. The next day, he received internal fixation surgery. After the surgery, he learned that he would need to come back in two years to have the metal screws removed. Now, he is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the metal screws on February 13. This procedure will cost $1,500. Der Lwel said, “I feel very uncomfortable and I have pain when I bend over while planting or harvest rice. I want to receive treatment and work comfortably like I did before I got injured.”