Pichamon joined Watsi on June 9th, 2017. 140 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Pichamon's most recent donation supported Muhindo, a woman from Uganda, to fund hernia repair surgery.
Pichamon has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
Pichamon has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
Muhindo is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother of six children. Her husband is a retired primary school teacher. For several years, Muhindo has had an incisional hernia. She is in pain and discomfort. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on April 11, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Muhindo's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. She says, "After surgery I will resume my farming and I will have peace of mind.’’
Bareberaho is a church catechist from Uganda. He is married with ten children. His wife is a small-scale farmer For two years, Bareberaho has had a recurrent right inguinal hernia. The hernia is painful and has restricted his movement and work performance. Fortunately, on January 4, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Bareberaho's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bareberaho says, “I hope to continue with service of God after surgery since I will be pain free.”
Solijala is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife and extended family. Solijala also raises goats. In his free time, he likes to listen to the radio. Since August of 2017, Solijala has been experiencing pain and difficulty urinating. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Solijala's surgery. On September 19, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Solijala is very happy to be receiving care. He says, "Thank you for the support."
Luis is young boy from Guatemala. Luis has a genetic syndrome called cri-du-chat, which causes cognitive and motor delays, among other symptoms. Luis is beloved by his entire family—he loves to play and sing with his older brother, and his mother works incessantly to care for Luis provide the best for him so that he can live happily. Luis needs to undergo surgery to treat cryptorchidism. Cryptorchidism—or undescended testicles—is a condition commonly found in young boys who were born prematurely, as Luis was. In order to treat this condition, he will undergo a simple surgery that relocates the undescended testicle into its proper position. If left untreated, Luis could be at risk for a variety of reproductive illnesses in the future, including inguinal hernia, infertility, and testicular cancer. On October 5, Luis will undergo a procedure called an orchidopexy, which is surgery to move an undescended testicle into the scrotum and permanently fix it there. $1,500 will pay for his laboratory testing, medication, travel, and accompaniment. This treatment will lessen Luis's chances of developing complications later in life. Luis's mother says, "Thank you so much for this support. I will fight with everything I have for my son to have a better life."
“Thank you for your help,” says Chilezi, a 60-year-old man from Malawi. Chilezi lives with his wife and extended family. A tailor, Chilezi works very hard making clothes, and he also cultivates a small maize farm to support his family. Since January, Chilezi has been experiencing pain due to an enlarged prostate. In addition to this daily discomfort, Chilezi risks developing dangerous complications, such as bladder stones and kidney damage, if his condition goes untreated. There is a surgical procedure known as prostate resection that can solve Chilezi’s problem. This operation will remove part of his enlarged gland, alleviating his pain and allowing him to urinate more easily. This surgery—as well as the necessary lab tests, medications, and travel to and from the hospital—is beyond Chilezi’s financial means. But for $733, we can pay all of these bills. With your help fundraising this total, his procedure will take place on September 5. Chilezi and his family were happy to be introduced to Watsi. He is looking forward to having his operation and being well again.
David is a 30-year-old man from Guatemala who lives with his family in the country's rural highlands. When David was just a baby, a small branch perforated his eyeball. He has had trouble with his eyesight ever since, having experienced a number of eye infections and still requiring eyeglasses in order to see. Today, his eye bothers him more than ever before, and his prescription has become ineffective in helping his vision. Having formerly never been able to afford a complete checkup, David was able to go to a free eye clinic one month ago and receive a full eye exam. The doctors at the clinic prescribed David a new pair of glasses, however he does not have the resources to purchase them. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to cover the cost of David's new glasses and prescription lenses. He is scheduled to receive these glasses on June 9 at our medical partner's care center, Intituto Panamericano. These new glasses will help David to see better, supporting him in his work and daily life. “I will forever be grateful for this support," says David.
Sunday is a hardworking father of five from the countryside of Uganda. At 53 years old, he has worked as a farmer most of his life to support his family. He and his wife, Jennifer, grow beans, potatoes, and cassava. For the last eight years, Sunday has lived with an inguinal hernia—a protrusion of the intestines through a weak point in the abdominal muscles that presents as a bulge in the groin. Treatment for an inguinal hernia is an operation to push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with pieces of synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue grows into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. In the last year, Sunday has not been able to work due to the pain from the hernia. He has difficulty walking even a few meters and prefers to rest most of the time. He has gone to different health facilities seeking medicine for pain relief because he cannot afford the cost of the surgery that he needs. Without having Sunday to work with her on the farm for the last year, Jennifer has not managed to grow enough food to support the family or to have extra to sell for school fees of their five children. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, requests $229 to pay for Sunday's surgery, five days of hospital care, lab tests, pain medicine, and antibiotics. Sunday is scheduled to undergo surgery on June 5. After his recovery, Sunday hopes to join his wife on their farm to grow more food for the family. "I thank the donors for the support to be able to get this surgery," shares Sunday. "I have suffered with pain for many years due to failure to raise money to have a surgery. May God bless the donors abundantly and continue this program for helping the needy."
Marcela is an 11-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. Her favorite foods are pasta, rice, and beans, and she loves playing with her cousin. Marcela was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Marcela has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Marcela to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 22, Marcela will receive micronutrients and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $492 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age. "I am thankful to the program for the support we will get," says Marcela's mother. "I did not know that my child was malnourished, but now that I know, I will do all possible to help her recover a healthy weight.”
Flavio is a nine-year-old boy who needs a wheelchair. He has Down Syndrome and cannot walk without support. Currently, Flavio's parents carry him, but this is becoming increasingly difficult as Flavio grows and gains weight. Flavio lives with his parents, little brother, and older sister in rural Guatemala. His father is a farmer, and his mother takes care of their home. She carries Flavio to physical and language therapy, which was [funded](https://watsi.org/profile/4136f70e9432-flavio) by Watsi. Unfortunately, Flavio is becoming increasing confined to his home. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,034 to fund a wheelchair for Flavio. Flavio will continue going to therapy and will once again be able to participate in community life outside the home.
Ramon is 55 years old and a father of four. He lives with his wife and children in a humble home in Guatemala. His favorite sport is soccer, and his favorite food is watermelon. Ramon was diagnosed with diabetes eight years ago. He used to have government-sponsored health insurance working as a day laborer, but after Ramon retired three years ago, he lost his health benefits. Now, with uncontrolled diabetes, Ramon's family cannot afford to pay for treatment. Diabetes causes frequent urination, weight loss, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. If left untreated, it can also cause cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot damage and amputation, and an early death. Funding of $1,500 will give Ramon the support he needs to finally manage his diabetes. On February 13, he will begin to receive the medicines and education he needs to adequately manage his condition in the future. Once his glucose levels normalize, he will no longer be at risk of dangerous blood sugar highs, and his energy will improve. The treatment will give him energy to participate in family life. “I want to be able to do all the things I used to, like playing soccer," he says. "I want to be better so that I can work without worrying about health complications.”
Benita is a 55-year-old mother of four who stays home and cares for her grandchildren while her children are at work. She prepares meals for the whole family and does chores. She lives in the Philippines. After the birth of her fourth child, Benita experienced difficulty swallowing and a heavy feeling in her chest. She avoided seeking care because she knew the cost would be a burden on her family. Over time, her condition has gotten worse, and she now has a lump on her neck that is tender and painful. She has had this condition for six years. After a series of lab tests, Benita was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter, a thyroid condition in which the gland is swollen and produces excess hormones. She needs surgery to remove her thyroid gland and prevent her symptoms from getting worse. The cost of Benita's surgery, scheduled for February 8, is $1,500. Her husband works as a farm laborer and cannot afford this procedure, so they are seeking help from Watsi. "I really don't deserve this kind of blessing, but I am very grateful that I was given a privilege to be treated," Benita says. "Though we are not that rich, the simple joy and happiness given by my family, especially my grandchildren, are more than enough for a lifetime. This gift was just a bonus in my life, and I am thankful that you are giving me a chance to enjoy life more."