Shahin Khodjasteh
Shahin's Story

Shahin joined Watsi on November 9th, 2015. 18 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Shahin's most recent donation traveled 3,400 miles to support Theary, a four-year-old boy from Cambodia, for surgery to restore his vision.


Shahin has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 4 countries.

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Over four years ago, 38-year-old Nankya started feeling pain in her navel area. One year later, she was diagnosed with a supraumbilical hernia; a condition that occurs when tissues or organs bulge through a weak portion of the abdominal wall. The swelling causes her pain which gets worse when she’s carrying heavy items, during cold weather, or when she coughs. At the time of Nankya’s diagnosis, she was pregnant and medical providers advised her to wait to have the surgery after the baby was delivered. Post-delivery, Nankya was unable to save enough money for her treatment. Nankya worked in the fields for long hours, tended her garden, and weaved baskets for an income, but the hernia has hindered her from continuing. If her hernia is not treated, Nankya is at risk of serious complications such as obstruction of the intestine, incarceration or strangulation which will cause the intestinal tissue to die and can be fatal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), can provide Nankya with a hernia repair at a treatment cost of $220. With her hernia preventing her from working, she cannot save the money for the treatment alone. Watsi funding will provide for the cost of treatment, the medicines, and her hospital stay. Doctors expect that after the treatment she will no longer experience any pain and there will be no more risk of complications. As a married mother of six, Nankya is looking forward to having the surgery, regaining her strength and returning to work to support her family. “Thank you for your assistance. God bless you,” she says.

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Keya is a 70-year-old carpenter from Uganda. He currently lives with scrotal swelling and pain in his left inguinal region due to a hydrocele -- a buildup of watery fluid around one or both testicles. While hydroceles can go away on their own in younger men, they typically require treatment in older patients. If left untreated, the swelling can continue to grow, causing additional pain and discomfort. Only having attended primary school, Keya took advantage of an opportunity to learn carpentry when he was young. He used his income from his work as a carpenter to support his wife and four children. After developing the hydrocele, however, his pain became too great for him to continue going to his workshop. Unable to perform his trade, he has relied on surplus from selling produce from his garden to support his family. "Sometimes the family goes many months without getting any money when produce from the fields is little," shares our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Keya was told by a friend that sometimes some donor organizations send doctors to hospitals to give free treatment. Keya has been waiting for this to happen," reports AMHF. For $215, Keva will be able to receive surgery that will allow him to return to his carpentry work and continue to provide for his family. Keva is a devoted Pentecostal and finds strength through the power of prayer. He says, “Thank you for bringing us help. I have been sick for a long time; now I have hope that I will get help and be well again.”

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