roger joined Watsi on December 28th, 2015. 31 other people also joined Watsi on that day! roger's most recent donation supported Julian, a student from Uganda, to fund a mass removal.
roger has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 3 countries.
Julian is an 18-year-old student in her third year of secondary education in Uganda. She was diagnosed with a fibroadenoma, a benign breast mass that has been present for the past two years. The lump has affected her psychologically as she often thinking of it as a malignant tumor that may result in painful breast cancer. Julian could not proceed with treatment in a different facility after being reviewed due to financial strain. She heard of Nyakibale Hospital and the surgeon recommended surgery and linked her with Watsi's Partner for possible funding. Julian hopes to have the surgery done and resume her studies with a settled mind. Julian is the second born child in a family of 6 children. Her eldest brother could not proceed with university education due to lack of school fees. Her parents are smallscale farmers. They plant cassava and beans to make ends meet. Her mother takes up tailoring in shops sometimes to earn a living for the family. Julian's father says he is not able to afford the cost of surgery for her daughter and they appeal for help. Julian traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Julian needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Julian's father says, “I hope that my daughter’s condition will improve after her surgery so that she can continue with her studies effectively.”
Kemirembe is a farmer from Uganda. She is married as a second wife, and is a mother to three children and stepmother to four after their mother passed. All her children are still schooling at different levels but they experience a problem with school fees due to the family’s low income. Kemiremebe’s husband works as a builder but at times he may go a while before finding work. She earns a little through practicing small-scale farming to supplement what her husband earns. Since two years ago, Kemirembe has been experiencing persistent lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with uterine myomas. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Kemirembe's surgery. On February 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kemirembe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kemirembe says, “I hope to get well after my surgery."
Kukundakwe is a single mother of three children from Uganda. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration but has not gotten a job of her profession. She was married and had three children with her husband before they separated after her husband moved abroad for greener pastures and he hasn't communicated with their family for the last five years. Kukundakwe earns living by working as an attendant at a mobile money center. With her income, she can tries hard to meet her children’s school fees, provide basic needs, and pay house rent. Almost three years ago, Kukundakwe began to experience troubling symptoms, including headaches, she often feels excessive thirst and throat congestion which makes her breathing difficulty. She was diagnosed with a goitre, 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 Kukundakwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 14th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $264, and she and her family need help raising money. Kukundakwe says, “I will give thanks to the Lord when I am relieved from this condition and will always pray to bless my donors for the good work they will have done for me.”
Kabubirigi is an older widow from Uganda, with her husband passing away twenty years ago. She has four children and all are now married. They all are small-scale farmers as they never studied because there was no money to aid their education. Kabubirigi also does some farming although she said she is too old to do well in her gardens. Kabubirigi reported to our Medical Partner's Care Center with multiple painful and progressive swellings in her right axilla for over two years. She is unable to raise her arm up and doesn't move it because of pain and disfigurement that is around the affected area. Kabubirigi traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 19th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kabubirigi needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure. Kabubirigi said: “I am so glad as I have heard that Watsi donors may support my surgery because I never had any money and I really hope to get better after surgery."
Savoeun is a 52-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two daughters, four grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer boxing on television and looking after his grandchildren. One year ago, Savoeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 10th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see again and I can return to my work as a construction worker," he shared.
For about four years, Morgan has had recurrent pain in his abdomen and in February the pain became severe. He sought treatment at Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nyakibale Hospital in Uganda. Morgan says that due to the recurrent pain, his eating has worsened, he has lost weight, and is his productivity at work is down. He had tried managing the pain with hospital visits, however upon review in Nyakibale Hospital, doctors diagnosed him with cholecystitis and curative laparotomy surgery is recommended. With successful surgery, Morgan will be able to lead a comfortable life with fewer complications. Morgan is a prison officer in western Uganda. The father of one laments that currently, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he is not able to access medical help from the prisons medical centre and is in need of care. His wife is a business lady and their income not enough to meet the cost of surgery ($230) and their daily needs. Morgan shared, “I pray hard that I could be supported to undergo my surgery, get healthy once again, and continue serving my country.”
Timbaganya is a construction worker from Uganda. He is a married father to four children. One is a primary teacher and the rest are still studying in both secondary and primary levels. His wife is a subsistence farmer who relies on a small piece of land where she grows crops and rears some animals. Since ten years ago, Timbaganya has had an inguinal hernia. He feels pain on lifting heavy loads and can’t stand for long. Fortunately, on April 21st, 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 Timbaganya's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Timbaganya says, “I hope that I will get fine after my surgery is done.”
Friday is a widow and a mother of three. She arrived at the hospital with two months’ history of pelvic pain associated with difficulty in movement and loss of weight. She is in severe pain with right and left iliac masses of different measurements. Doctors completed scans/tests and she was diagnosed with ovarian masses. If not treated through curative laparotomy, Friday will not be able to do her work due to severe pain, and her pelvic masses may develop into carcinomas. Friday is a small-scale farmer who grows beans and potatoes for home consumption. Her husband died in 2011 and left her with two children. One is now 15 years old and in primary school class six and another one who is 9 years old is in primary school class five. She later had another child who is 5 years old and in preschool. Friday managed to construct a two-room semi-permanent house to shelter her family, and is on her own to raise her children. She gets their school fees through selling part of what she produces from farming, but cannot afford additional surgery charges. Friday shared with us, “I had planned to stop my children from going to school because I cannot afford their school fees in my condition. Given the opportunity with the surgery, I look forward to resuming farming to be able to take care of my children.”
Ranny is a 33-year-old in Cambodia who sells bags online to earn income. Ranny has one son, and enjoys listening to music, and playing on Facebook. Five month ago, Ranny developed a chalazion in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, irritation, and discomfortable look. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. She shared, "it is irritating me and makes it difficult for me to see clearly and get my work done." Ranny traveled to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On May 5th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Ranny's symptoms should improve drastically. She needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my eye will look much better after my operation, so I can go anywhere, especially I can continue to sell bags and other products online," Ranny said.
Seng Hour is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys watching television, cooking for her family, and taking care of her daughter. In 2017, Seng Hour stepped near an open flame and burned her right foot and ankle. The burn has caused the skin around her ankle to tighten. She is unable to walk without support, and has difficulty fitting her shoe on her foot and bending her ankle. When Seng Hour learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours seeking treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to walk and move her foot and ankle easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure. Seng Hour said, "I hope that I will no longer have any pain in my foot and I can walk without any difficulty again."
Cheb is a 68-year-old Khmer noodle seller from Cambodia. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the local pagoda. One month ago, Cheb developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and headaches. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Cheb learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On January 13th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that I can help take care of my grandchildren and be able to help with the housework and go outside on my own," she said.
John is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest of three siblings. John has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, John will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for John that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 28 and will drain the excess fluid from John's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, John will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. John’s mother says, "I am hoping somehow he will get better."