Muhammad Haris
Muhammad's Story

Muhammad joined Watsi on April 13th, 2014. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Muhammad's most recent donation traveled 2,400 miles to support Rashidi, a nine-year-old boy from Tanzania, so he can walk without pain.


Muhammad has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.

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“Rashidi is a soft spoken, but energetic, nine-year-old boy,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He “is confident and likes to keep busy, either doing his homework or helping out at home. Rashidi likes science classes and enjoys playing football.” Rashidi has a long history of foot-related injuries. AMHF explains that three years ago, Rashidi “went to play at their neighbor’s house with other children. As they were running around, Rashidi stepped on what he thought was just ashes, but underneath were [remnants] of burning shells of peanuts.” The accident caused severe burns throughout his foot and leg. Although the burn has healed, Rashidi was left with a contracture on his right ankle—causing the skin to tighten and restrict his movement. The contracture causes Rashidi to be unable to walk properly or wear shoes. AMHF informs us, “Rashidi’s parents are small scale farmers relying on growing and selling peanuts, maize and sunflower seeds. Their income is not enough to cover the cost of operation which Rashidi needs to straighten his ankle.” With $550 in funding, Rashidi will undergo surgery to release the contracture in his right ankle. After surgery, Rashidi will receive corrective splints to support the injury as it heals. Following three days under close hospital supervision, Rashidi will be admitted to Plaster House—a specialized children's rehabilitation program. During his recovery at Plaster House, Rashidi will work closely with a physiotherapist to regain full use of his ankle. “My wish is to become a medical doctor when I grow up,” Rashidi says.

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Meet Elvis, a 2-month-old baby boy from Kenya. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us, “Elvis lives with his parents and three siblings in a grass-thatched mud-walled house.” Since birth, Elvis has faced health challenges due to congenital hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up within the brain. This fluid causes an increase in intracranial pressure, which can contribute to long-term health complications and interfere with important stages of childhood development. According to AMHF, without surgical intervention, Elvis' condition “may cause permanent brain damage, which could cause convulsions and visual impairment.” Elvis’ mother used to sell vegetables to earn an income, but now stays at home to take care of Elvis. His father “does any manual job that comes along on a casual basis” in hopes of being able to support the family. Despite their efforts, AMHF shares, “Most of the family income is spent taking care of Elvis, but it is not sufficient to cater for Elvis’ surgical care.” With $980, Elvis will undergo surgery to drain the excess CSF from his brain, reducing the intracranial pressure in his head. As part of his treatment, Elvis will receive five days of hospital care in addition to all of the necessary medical examinations—including ultrasounds and CT scans—to facilitate a successful operation and recovery. AMHF shares, “Elvis’ surgery will help reduce the excessive pressure in the brain and prevent visual impairment.” After surgery, Elvis will be able to resume normal childhood growth and development, paving the way for a healthier future. “I came here with faith because although I have no funds, I could no longer stand to see Elvis suffer. I am hoping that we will get help and he can be treated,” Elvis’ mother expresses.

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