Dominic joined Watsi on February 12th, 2015. Five years ago, Dominic became the 905th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,128 more people have become monthly donors! Dominic's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Nigel, a 2-year-old from Kenya, to fund hypospadias surgery.
Dominic has funded healthcare for 61 patients in 10 countries.
Nigel is a small boy from Kenya. Nigel’s mother used to work in people’s homes before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the financial strains that COVID-19 has caused, work is now very hard to come by. His father is a casual laborer in a construction site near their home. They only make just enough money for their family to live on. Nigel 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, Nigel is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 7th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Nigel’s mother shared, “Since we are unable to raise any money for my son’s treatment, the financial help offered would be of great help.”
Joseph is a brave 8-year-old boy from Karanjee Village in Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of 3 children and he is in seventh grade. He and his siblings live with their mother who is a casual laborer working in neighbor’s farms to earn an income for their family. Joseph was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Joseph has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Joseph will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 11th. AMH is requesting $506 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "My boy is now getting big and I would not like to risk his future with infertility. Kindly support us as I am the breadwinner with no one to turn to. I hope my son will have successful corrective treatment so that he can be like other boys,” said Josephs’ mother.
Alex is a second grade student from Kenya. He is the second born in a family of three chidlren. Our medical partner came to learn that Alex and his siblings stay with their grandfather, who is a widower; he helps to feed them, clean them, and prepare them for school every day. Alex’s father separated from his mother and she subsequently left him with their three children. Having challenges with alcoholism, Alex's father could not care for them and so their grandfather decided to take the children to his house and tend for them. Alex’s grandfather does hawking for a living; selling artificial flowers with little income. In December 2019, Alex fell while playing on the bed and sustained closed fracture left elbow joint. He is in pain and cannot use his hand freely. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 18th, Alex will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow him heal and not develop a deformity. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I look at this child and would not like to see him with a deformed hand. May God touch those people of Watsi to help him and I will appreciate it,” said Alex's grandfather.
Tunai is a farmer from Kenya. Her smile and her optimism about life despite the many challenges she goes through will make you appreciate every little thing about life. As a wife and a mother of 7 children, Tunai does so well taking care of her large family and especially her last born child who is physically challenged. Tunai and her husband are small-scale farmers. They plant vegetables and potatoes for consumption. Her husband does casual jobs for other people earning approximately $75 a month. Their last born child who is physically challenged and in a special school also requires a lot of care. Since 38 years ago, Tunai began to experience troubling symptoms, including a large neck mass and difficulty swallowing. 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 Tunai receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 9th 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. Tunai says, “I am appealing to anyone to help me pay for my surgery so that I can continue taking care of my family and especially my youngest child who needs absolute care.”
Tumusiime is a 52-year-old single mother to four children. All her children are now married and practice small scale farming since they were not able to receive enough education. Tumusiime presented with lower abdominal pain feeling a mass in her abdomen for two years. This has reduced her work performance and caused discomfort as she gets heavy bleeding also. If not treated, she may have persistent pain, develop complications like anaemia and stands a possibility of becoming cancerous. Tumusiime had never been to any hospital for medical treatment because she had no money but was feeling the pain. After hearing of Watsi partner's SAFE program at Nyakibale hospital, she was seen by the gynaecologist who diagnosed her with tube ovarian mass and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia recommending total abdominal hysterectomy and cystectomy to improve her quality of health. She can’t afford the costs of her surgery and needs support. Tumusiime says, “I hope for a good outcome from my surgery and continue with cultivation.”
Vivian was born with congenital hearing loss that was only noted when she was 3 years old. She also suffers from delayed milestones that affect her growth process compared to other children of her age. Vivian had an audiometry test done at Watsi Partner Kijabe Hospital in December 2019 and doctors recommend hearing aids. Vivian is not able to perceive low volume sounds and this concerns her parents. She is the firstborn child with one other sibling who is four years her junior. Her family lives in a two-roomed house at the capital’s outskirts. Her father works as a mechanic in an industrial area while the mother is a mobile money agent. The family’s income is quite little to raise the total amount required for hearing fittings. They appeal for financial assistance. Vivian’s father says, “My hope is that Vivian will get hearing aids and be able to talk with ease like any other child.”
Miriam walks slowly with the aid of crutches. She was overly active until the year 2017 when she began complaining of back pain and numbness on her feet. Miriam formerly an active farmer would tire easily from her farming activities and small house chores. From the nearest hospital, pain medication was administered but with time, her condition deteriorated. She thought maybe she had gained weight and that was the reason for the back pain. Dieting did not help either and over time, she couldn’t walk without the aid of a stick. Frustrated, Miriam resigned to fate as she thought she was a burden to her young children who were building their homes. A friend recommended that they visit Kijabe hospital for specialized treatment where Miriam was diagnosed with a spine disc dislocation and a spinal fusion surgery recommended. Miriam was glad that there is a solution to her condition and she looks forward to getting treated. If treated, Miriam will regain her ability to walk, resume work and become independent again. Miriam and her husband are subsistence farmers with four grown children. She lives with her husband in Central Kenya. Miriam is appealing for financial help. “I look forward to walking again,” says Miriam.
Jane, a self-employed woman, was unfortunate to fall in a latrine in July 2018, severely breaking her leg. Upon the accident, she was rushed to Nakuru Hospital, where she was admitted and had surgery in which a metal plate was inserted. She went for clinics in the same hospital after being discharged, but the leg was not improving at all. Her uncle came to her rescue in June 2019 and brought her to Kijabe Hospital. Jane was admitted, had the metals on her leg replaced with lighter ones, and was discharged. She has been coming for clinics to monitor her leg. An x-ray was done and it was decided that another surgery was needed. Due to lack of funds, Jane went home helpless. Being a divorced woman and self-employed (selling second-hand clothes), Jane is the breadwinner of her family of five children. With her mobility being hindered by her broken leg, she cannot do as much as she would have if she’d be on both feet. This surgery will definitely improve Jane’s and her children’s quality of life.
So is a 40-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family in Myawaddy Township, Karen State. He is a carpenter while his wife is a homemaker. His mother is retired, and his son goes to school. In his free time, So loves to read the newspaper and magazines, as well as going to the pagoda. In mid-2016, So felt lightheaded one day while working. His friend rushed him to the nearest clinic where the doctor completed a physical examination. He was told that his lightheartedness was caused by the hot weather and he was told to drink more water. The following day, So felt lightheaded and developed a headache. He went to the clinic near his house, where he received an injection and oral medication. This time the doctor told him that his symptoms were due to hypertension and told him to come back to the clinic if he did not feel better. So underwent MRI on 14th of September 2019. The result of MRI shows that there is extraaxial mass with rim calcification along right frontal convexity. The doctor told So that he requires surgery to remove the mass. Presently, So still experiences frequent headaches and bouts of dizziness. He cannot sleep well, and he has trouble focusing. So sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. he is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on October 24th. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. So said, "I am ready for surgery. I believe that I will be healthy after that. Now, after taking medications from the hospital, I feel like I have less headache and less dizziness."
Elisha is a child from Kenya. Elisha is the last born in a family of 5. He is currently a nursery school boy and likes reading and scribbling things on a paper. He also likes playing with other children both at home and at school. The family used to live in Marakwet but fled as a result of ethnic clashes. They now live in a village called Kachibora at a farm. Elisha has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Elisha traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 07. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Elisha's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear closed shoes. “Your help will be highly appreciated. Continue doing good.” Elisha’s father noted.
Thu is a 27-year-old man who lives in Dala Town, Yangon Division, Burma. He lives with his 25-year-old wife, who take care of their five-year-old daughter who goes to kindergarten. Thu works as a security guard in a tower in Yangon. His total income is just enough to cover all their general expenses, such as food and clothing, as well as pay for his daughter’s school fees. Five years ago, Thu started to experience chest pains while he ate lunch. He continued to suffer from chest pains but he worked through the pain until June 1, 2019, when he suddenly developed severe back pain. He was brought to Yangon General Hospital (YGH) and was admitted for 13 days. While he was admitted, he received a blood test, chest X-ray and an injection to help alleviate the pain. When doctor listened to his chest with a stethoscope, Thu was advised to receive an echocardiogram (echo). After he received the echo on June 16th, the result showed that he has aortic regurgitation, a heart condition caused by problems with the aortic valve. Currently, Thu is suffering from chest pains. He has had to temporarily stop working. Thu is looking forward to receiving surgery soon and getting back to work so that he can continue to support his family.
Chan Leap is a 20-month-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child, and loves playing with her toys and watching television. In October of 2018, Kry Chan accidentally came into contact with an open flame. Since the skin has scarred over the burn site, she finds it difficult to extend her fingers and move her hand properly. When Chan Leap learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 6, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her to flex her fingers easily and regain normal movement in her hand. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure. Her mother says, "I hope that after my daughter's operation, she will be able to move her fingers without any difficulty."