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Grace's Story

Grace joined Watsi on November 4th, 2015. Two years ago, Grace became the 1586th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,750 more people have become monthly donors! Grace's most recent donation supported Fro, a baby girl from Ethiopia, to fund corrective surgery.


Grace has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 12 countries.

All patients funded by Grace


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."

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Meet Htoo, an 11-month-old baby boy from a village in Burma. He lives with his parents, sister, and his grandmother on a small piece of land that his grandmother owns. When Htoo was four days old, he developed a high fever and stroke-like symptoms. His mother took him to their local hospital, where Htoo was admitted and given intravenous medication over eight days before he was discharged. At four months of age, Htoo's mother noticed that his head was growing abnormally on the left side. She took Htoo back to the hospital and was given prescriptions for specialized medication. However, Htoo's head continued to swell. Htoo's mother took him to a private clinic to seek help. Doctors at the clinic referred Htoo to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Htoo's mother traveled with her son for five days to reach our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, in Thailand. Once there, Htoo had a [CT scan](https://watsi.org/profile/37dbedd6b2b6-htoo) funded by Watsi and was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus. This is a medical condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in the brain cavities. Htoo will undergo brain surgery on March 4. Surgeons will perform a ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion to remove the excess CSF and relieve pressure on the brain. BCMF is asking for $1,500 in donations to cover the costs of Htoo's surgery, hospital stay, and medication. This has been a difficult time for Htoo's family, but they look forward to Htoo recovering from his surgery. Htoo's mother says, "I hope he will be like a normal boy."

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