Mike joined Watsi on August 14th, 2013. Seven years ago, Mike joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Mike's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Ivan, a three-year-old boy from Tanzania, for contracture release surgery to enable him to play again.
Mike has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 12 countries.
Mike has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 12 countries.
Ivan is a three-year-old boy and the only child of his single mother, though his father has three other children with his wife. Ivan and his mother live at his grandparent’s home. Ivan’s grandparents are small scale farmers growing mainly maize, vegetables, and green bananas. Ivan’s mother helps her parents in farming to be able to also provide and care for her son. Ivan was born with a congenital deformity of his toes where they are webbed together. This year, it has been hard for Ivan to play and do all the things his friends like to do. Fortunately, our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation is helping Ivan receive treatment. On September 2nd, surgeons at their care center will perform a surgery so he will no longer be in pain. Now, his family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Ivan’s mother says,"I am not able to afford my son’s treatment cost please help him have his toes corrected. He is complaining of pain more as days go by.”
Soy is a 54-year-old construction worker. He and his wife have six children together, and he works alongside one of his sons. Recently, he has not been able to work, so he stays at home and takes care of his grandchildren. He enjoys listening to the news on the radio and telling stories to his grandchildren. Three years ago, Soy developed a cataract in his left eye causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On July 8th, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $229 procedure. Soy shared, "my wife has to work a lot to support our family, so I hope I can also return to work after this surgery. I hope I can take care of my family well."
Omar is a 14-year-old student and the youngest of eight children. He is in grade 5 and likes reading. His father is a farmer and his mother died last year after a long illness. Omar has clubfoot in both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Omar and his father traveled over a day to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 28th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Omar's clubfoot repair. He is scheduled to undergo right foot triple arthrodesis surgery to first correct his right foot. After treatment, he will be able to walk and be able to put on shoes. “Any support rendered to make my son walk like other children will be highly appreciated,” Omar’s father told us.
Gavin is a sweet 2-year-old boy. Earlier this year, Gavin’s mother found a job as a house help and before this job, she used to do laundry for her neighbors to help support her family. Gavin’s father works as a security guard in a rental flats house. Gavin 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. Gavin's family does not have National Health Insurance Fund coverage and are not able to raise the required amount for Gavin’s surgery. His parents are appealing for financial help. Fortunately, Gavin is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 27th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Gavin’s mother shared, “As a family, we cannot raise the money required for our son’s surgery as we both earn very little.”
Thy is a 61-year-old farmer who is married with one son, two daughters, and many grandchildren. They live with their youngest daughter and both he and his wife are rice farmers. Because of his poor vision, he cannot go to the rice field right now. He cares for the grandchildren and likes to watch boxing and the news on TV. Three years ago, Thy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, photophobia, inability to recognize faces. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On March 29th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Thy shared, :I hope after surgery I can see well, it will be easy to recognize people. I can help my daughter to take care of the grandchildren and can go to the rice field with my wife to plant rice again."
Weyneshet is a 15-month-old baby girl from Ethiopia who is active and playful. She loves to play with her mom and other children, and she loves eating and breastfeeding. Her mom is a single parent, and they live with the support of family members. Weyneshet was born with an anorectal malformation, a condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Weyneshet is scheduled to undergo her first surgery to correct her condition on April 8th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After her recovery, Weyneshet will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Weyneshet's mother shared, “after receiving treatment, I will educate her by working hard in any job I get.”
Dany is 29-years-old. She is married and her husband is a farmer. Together they have one son. When Dany's not caring for her very active child, she likes to go through Facebook and watch TV. For the past ten years, she has had consistent right ear discharge and pain. When she was a child, she had surgery for an abscess near her right ear. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Dany experiences hearing loss and ear discharge. It is difficult for her to hear or communicate with others. Dany traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 14th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I really hope that after the operation my ear will be better, the hearing will be normal, the ear discharge and pain will all be gone," Dany said.
Antony is a 36-year-old motorbike taxi operator. He is married and has three children. Antony is the sole breadwinner of the family. In his line of work, his income depends on the availability of customers and is somewhat inconsistent. He lives with his family in a two-roomed rental house. On February 9th, Antony was riding a friend to a funeral on a motorbike, when he got into an accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. His bike lost control when he tried to avoid an oncoming vehicle that was speeding on the wrong side of the road. Antony hit a ditch on the side of the road and sustained multiple injuries. He is in pain and is not able to use his left hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 5th, Antony will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal well and he will be able to use his arm normally again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Anthony shared, “I am the sole breadwinner and my family is looking upon me for survival. I cannot work without the use of my hand, and my hand needs surgery to heal. I am unable to get the money to raise the amount needed for my care."
Paul is a 52-year-old hardworking man from Kenya. He mainly works in building sites in his home village Magumu, earning a daily wage of $4 when he is able to find work. Paul's income is inconsistent because it depends on the availability of work. His wife is also a laborer who washes clothes to earn a bit more to and support the family. Paul and his wife have six children and live together in a three-room house in their ancestral home. Their kids are aged between 12 and 26 years old. On January 9th, Paul was hit by a motorbike along the Magumu highway. He sustained many injuries, including on his maxillomandibular. Paul is not able to eat and is in a lot of pain. He needs multiple surgeries to repair his fractures, but he cannot afford the cost of his care. Paul's and his wife's earnings are limited, and he already sold his cattle to raise some funds for his surgeries, but it is not nearly enough. Paul is appealing for financial support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 28th, Paul will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal and eat comfortably again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Paul shared, “I am not able to eat well and I am always in pain. I need help with the surgery so as to be able to get well and fend for my family, who depend on me."
Yusuph is a young boy from Tanzania. He is three years old and the last born child in a family of six children. Yusuph is very playful and already very social with his friends. Currently, Yusuph experiences pain when he walks for a long-distance or after a long day of play. He was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, also known as bowleggedness. The condition causes his legs to bow inward so that his knees touch. Genu varus is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Yusuph. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 5th. Treatment will hopefully restore Yusuph's mobility, decrease his risk of future complications, and improve his quality of life. Yusuph’s mother shared, "Please help my son. He is struggling a lot and the cost of treatment is too high for us to afford."
Humphrey is a young boy from Tanzania. Humphrey is four years old and an only child to his single mother. He has been staying with his aunt because his mother works at a local food joint commonly known as "mama ntilie" (mum serve me) and can't afford to get help to stay with him. Humphrey's father tries to offer support whenever he can, but doesn't have a regular income as he is a small-scale farmer. Humphrey was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Humphrey. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Humphrey's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Humphrey’s mother shared, “Please help my son so that he can be well and be able to walk without difficulty."
Kabula is the fifth born child in her family and was born with Spina Bifida. Her parents were referred to a more advanced hospital for treatment but they could not afford to travel to there or the cost of treatment that would be needed. They returned home tried to raise money but months kept passing by and they still could not afford it. Kabula kept getting sick every now and then with fever and vomiting, and her family took her to the nearby clinic where they were given medications. Kabula's parents separated two months ago, her mom shared, as Kabula's father was blaming her mom for giving birth to a child with Hydrocephalus. He also felt he could not afford any treatment for her with his living as a subsistence farmer, so Kabula's mother has been caring for her alone. Kabula's mother has now returned back to her parent's house to live. Kabula has been scheduled for Spina Bifida repair surgery and a VPS insertion and her mother is requesting financial support. She said, “I have been left with no support from my husband due to our child’s condition. Please help save her life.”