Annie joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Annie's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Rhophence, a mother of 4 children from Kenya, to remove a mandibular mass.
Annie has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 15 countries.
Annie has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 15 countries.
Rhophence is struggling to speak when we meet her. She cannot pronounce words clearly or eat regularly due to a mandibular mass. She was diagnosed with Mandibular Fibrous Dysplasia, which is also causing her teeth to loosen on the affected area. She is scheduled for a 10-hour surgery at our Medical Partner's Care Center Kijabe Hospital. Her chronic mandibular swelling started back in October 2020 as a small swelling and has gradually increased in size, so Rhophence was forced to visit the hospital. She was treated for pain in their local health centre and discharged home. But, the swelling worsened and Rhophence opted to visit Kijabe in May 2021. Several tests revealed the Mandibular Fibrous Dysplasia diagnosis and surgery was recommended. She does not have the funds for the various procedures to relieve her pain. She is a single mother of four children aged between 30 and 18 years. She comes from a remote village along the Kenyan coast. She is currently jobless with no source of income and stays with her younger brother who she depends on for survival. The surgery is estimated to cost about $4,500. She has active national health insurance coverage that has only approved $2,000. She is unable to raise the remaining amount. She fundraised money for travel fare to come to Kijabe and she is now being hosted in the local centre by a relative. Rhophence shared, "This swelling is so painful. My mouth is deformed and I cannot even speak clearly. It’s sadly starting to give a bad odour making people close to me uncomfortable. This is affecting my life. I need these surgeries to normalize my life.”
In late January, the Muinde family from Kenya was blessed with their firstborn child, a daughter they named Emmaculate. Emmaculate's mother works in a mobile money shop and Emmaculate's father has a small electronics shop. They live in a small rented house in Nakuru, and are able to use their income to cover most of their family's basic needs. They learned that Emmaculate was born with a rare form of craniosynostosis, which meant that her eyes were not fully formed and her pupil was not visible in both of her eyes. A few days after her birth, Emmaculate was reviewed at her local clinic, and the doctor referred Emmaculate to a nearby facility for further examination. Ultimately, Emmaculate was seen by the doctors at our Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). On March 1st, Emmaculate will undergo a craniotomy in order to release the pressure in her brain. However, Emmaculate’s parents are not able to cover the amount needed for her surgery. Emmaculate’s father says, “When I was told about my child’s condition and the treatment required, my heart sank as we could not afford any of this treatment. As a family, we are requesting financial help.”
Lay is a 45-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. His wife is a homemaker while his son and daughter-in-law work as a day laborers. He also used to work as a day laborer before he stopped two months ago due to his loss of vision in his left eye. He has blurred vision and sometimes he also feels dizzy. When the doctor checked his left eye, he was diagnosed with a cataract as well as glaucoma. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Lay. On March 17th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Lay's natural lens and replace with an intraocular lens implant in his eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Lay said, "Now I am happy that I will receive surgery with the help of donors. Thank you everyone for helping me and I pray for you all with all my heart. I know this surgery will return my vision and will be a great benefit for my family if it will allow me to go back to work.”
Makara is a 13-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and his younger sister. His father is a construction worker and his mother is a farmer. At school, Makara is in sixth grade. His favorite subject is reading, but he wants to be a soccer player when he grows up. He practices hard every day, and loves to play with his friends. In his free time, he does house chores or watches TV. In July 2017, Makara fell from a tree, causing a fracture in his left elbow. He went to a local hospital, where they installed hardware to repair the fracture. His fracture healed well, but the hardware still causes him some pain, is at risk of infection, and it is difficult for him to move his arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 13th, Makara will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will allow him to move freely without any pain. Makara shared, "I think I will be happier when this hardware is removed, and I can play soccer easily."
Sorma is a one-year-old baby girl from Cambodia and the only child in her family. Her mother is a factory worker and her father is a construction worker. Sorma enjoys playing with her mother, and eating and sleeping. In March 2020, Sorma was accidentally burned by fire. Her face and right arm were badly damaged. She received medical care and skin grafts at another hospital. Now her family has come to Watsi's medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for help with the scar contractures on Sorma's eyes, lip, nose, right elbow, and right wrist. Particularly, the scar contracture on her right arm and she cannot bend her right arm now. When Sorma's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for 90 minutes seeking treatment. On November 18th, surgeons at CSC will perform an elbow contracture release and local flap surgery to help her be able to bend her right arm. Now, she needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Sorma's mother said, "I hope she will be able to use her arm to hold objects and feel more confident."
Thu is a 11-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his mother, sister, brother-in-law, twin brother and an older brother. He and his family moved to Thailand from Burma five months ago in search of better job opportunities. Thu’s mother and older brother are agricultural day laborers. Thu and his twin brother are fourth graders at a Burmese migrant school. In his free time, Thu likes to play football with his friends. On July 12th Thu, his twin, and his friends were climbing guava trees near their school to pick up guavas. He fell out of the tree and onto his left arm. An x-ray revealed that he had broken his left elbow. Currently, his left arm is swollen, painful, and cannot be bent. He feels uncomfortable when he lays down and he cannot sleep at night. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Thu will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 15th and will cost $1,500. Thu’s mother shared, “I’m very worried and sad that I don’t have enough money to pay for my son’s treatment.” Thu also said, “I’m sad that I broke my hand and that I won’t be able to climb trees again. I don’t want to carry my hand in a sling.”
Kyaw is a 23-year-old young man from Burma. He lives with his mother, younger brother, and sister in Mawlamyine City. He and his mother own a small plot of land where they plant different fruit trees, such as mango, rambutan, durian, lime and others. They sell the fruit at the market and in total make around 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) per month. His younger sister is in her final year as a university student, while his younger brother is in grade nine. Kyaw used to work as a day laborer sometimes when he was well, but now his symptoms prevent him from working. In his free time, he loves to read newspapers and listen to music at home. Kyaw was born with a ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him feeling sick and short of breath. Kyaw is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on June 14th to correct his condition and improve her quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kyaw's procedure and care. Kyaw's mother said, “My son is a good man and he always works hard for the family. When he gets sick, he hides it because he is worried that I would feel stressed about him. He does not go out much and enjoy himself. He always helps me in the garden.”
Leng is a 33-year-old mother of four from Cambodia. She has two sons and two daughters, and enjoys cooking for her family and watching television in her free time. Five years ago, Leng started to develop a cancerous-like bump on her nose, and has been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. She experiences pain near the bump, along with discharge and bleeding. Leng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, and on December 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform an excision and bilobed flap procedure to remove the cancerous tissue and help her feel comfortable again. Now, she needs help to fund this $606 procedure. "I hope that my wife's operation will go well and remove the cancer from her nose so that I won't have to worry about her condition anymore."-Leng's Husband
Sokleap is a fourth-grade student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of four siblings, and enjoys playing soccer with his friends after his studies. His favorite subject is math, and he hopes to become a doctor when he grows up. In 2017, Sokleap had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sokleap experiences hearing loss, discharge, and tinnitus. He cannot hear others clearly and has a difficult time focusing in class. Sokleap traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 4th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my son's ear will finally feel better and I won't have to worry about it anymore." -Sokleap's Mother
Mebruka is a cute baby girl from Ethiopia who loves people and to play with others. She loves eating spaghetti. She has one older sister and she loves to play with her. Her mom is a house wife and her dad is a daily laborer. They live in a rented house and the dad’s income is very much limited for the expenses of the family. Mebruka was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Mebruka is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on November 5th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mebruka's procedure and care. After her recovery, Mebruka will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mother said, “It is my hope that my baby will heal and that makes me happy even now.”
Patricia is a mother of three from Kenya. Patricia noted a breast lump 16 years ago which had been dismissed as fatty tissue. Fast forward to 2019, the lump size increased and was painful. She had a mammogram done followed by a breast lumpectomy in our facility. Pathology report indicated a malignant tumor which if not treated will result into metastasis. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Patricia is a single mother of three children. Two of her children are out of school due to lack of school fees. She used to work as a house keeper but her contract ended 2 years ago. She had to close her grocery shop 2 months ago after persistent pain. Currently, her daily needs are met by her sister. She is not able to raise the funds needed for surgery and appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Patricia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 10. After treatment, Patricia will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Patricia says, “My hope and prayer is to be treated and be able to engage in some business to sustain my children”.
Yamin is a 13-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her family, and her parents work in a garden as day laborers. Unfortunately, her family cannot afford to send her to school. One morning, Yamin woke up with headache and neck stiffness. After one week, she had the same symptoms again. Since then, her condition has worsened. Her doctor suspects that she has a brain tumor. Doctors want Yamin to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Yamin's CT scan and care, scheduled for December 20. Yamin says, “I like to do make-up to others and sew clothes for my toys. I sometimes try to put make-up on my youngest sister, who always refuses, but my younger brother likes to wear make-up and some of my stuff, such as skirts and dresses. When I grow up, I want to be a make-up artist and fashion designer.”