John Utterback
John's Story

John joined Watsi on January 29th, 2015. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! John's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Joan, a future teacher from Kenya, to fund a fracture repair procedure.


John has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 8 countries.

patients you have funded

Joan is a 15-year-old student from Kenya. She is the third born in a family of five children, and is very calm and tends to be quiet. Joan is a hard-working, optimistic girl who hopes to excel in school, and she is currently in Grade Seven. Her dream is to become a teacher in future. In the second week of December, Joan was involved in a road accident as a pillion passenger which almost cost her her life. Her vehicle came into a head-on collision with a car, and she lost consciousness for more than three hours. Ultimately, Joan suffered a severe femur fracture and skin lacerations. Because she could not lift her leg, she was put on traction to bring stability to her leg. She is in pain on her right leg and unable to walk. Now, she needs to undergo a fracture repair procedure to heal her injury and avoid risk of further complications. Unfortunately, this procedure is costly for Joan and her family. Her mother is a potato farmer, while her father is ill and currently unable to work in the farm. Joan's mother is the sole breadwinner of the family, and she has found it hard to educate her children due to the family's income. Joan and her family live in a mud-built house that is not in good condition and they are unable to repair it due to lack of money. The family has raised some money for the surgery thus far, but needs more financial support to raise the total cost. They appeal for financial help. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 17th, Joan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After she is fully recovered, Joan will be able to walk with ease and will be able to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Joan shared, "My prayer is to finish school, have a good job and support my mum and my siblings."

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Moses is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. His mother does not know the exact date of birth because women in her village are not able to go for pregnancy clinics and delivery is mostly done at home by the help of midwives. Our local rep tried to inquire whether any of her children have ever had any immunization vaccines and she shared that none of them have, but they are all healthy and well. Moses is the last born child in a family of four children from his mother. Moses's father is a polygamous man with three wives and a total of eleven children. They live in a remote area where getting to a local hospital requires traveling for a long distance. If they leave home at dawn, they arrive around 2:00pm walking on foot. Moses's parents are livestock keepers and are able to sell a goat or a sheep once in a while to be able to buy other commodities. Moses has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Moses's family was able to make the journey to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 29th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Moses's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when he grows up. Moses’s mother says, “I would be very grateful if my son is able to have his foot corrected. We are not able to find the money needed to cover his treatment cost, please help us.”

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Lyamuleme is a 65-year-old husband and father who cultivates beans and groundnuts in Uganda. He sometimes works as a casual laborer to supplement his farm income. One year ago, Lyamuleme developed a swelling in his scrotum that continues to increase in size. He experiences occasional pain and a great deal of discomfort because of the swelling. As result, he is unable to walk long distances, and he has to wear larger trousers. Lyamuleme has a hydrocele, a sac of watery fluid around one or both testicles that causes swelling in the scrotum or groin. The fluid comes from the abdomen and travels along the same paths that the testes follow when they descend into the scrotum before or shortly after birth. Hydroceles can occur at any age, and their cause is generally unknown. At the start of 2016, Lyamuleme visited a health center and was advised to have surgery. He could not afford to pay for the procedure, as the swelling and his advancing age prevent him from working as much as he used to. On the advice of his younger brother (who underwent surgery funded by Watsi earlier this year), he came to Holy Family Virika Hospital to seek assistance for his condition. For $215, Lyamuleme will undergo a hydrocele repair to decrease the scrotal swelling. The surgeon will make a small incision in his scrotum to remove the sac of fluid and then use stitches to close the path between the scrotum and abdomen so that no more fluid can accumulate. Funding also covers the cost of a two-week hospital stay and medicine to prevent infection. "I feel uncomfortable because of my condition," shares Lyamuleme. "After surgery, I hope to [feel comfortable again] and to continue working to produce food."

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