A's Story

A joined Watsi on October 12th, 2015. Seven years ago, A joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. A's most recent donation supported Irine, a hardworking grandmother from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery to heal an injury she sustained while working.

Impact

A has funded healthcare for 2183 patients in 17 countries.

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Irine is a hardworking 76-year-old grandmother and widow from Kenya. She lives in a semi-permanent house and works as a small-scale farmer, growing food to feed herself. She receives other basic necessities from her children. Irine's home is located in an area with many hills, which become very slippery when it rains. One rainy day, Irine was doing her daily duties when she unfortunately slipped and fell. As she fell on the side of her hip, the load she was carrying also fell on top of her. She could not get up or move due to her right lower limb being in pain. Since she was home alone, she had to shout for help, and a neighbor eventually came to her rescue. A family member later took her to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fracture of her right femur. Irene currently experiences pain and is unable to use her leg. Although she was previously among the beneficiaries who received health insurance paid for by the government, the government eventually stopped providing payment. This meant Irine had to pay for her own monthly bill, a cost she could not provide. Due to financial constraints and not having insurance, Irine cannot fund her needed treatment. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 2nd, Irine will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After the surgery, she will hopefully be able to walk and care for herself again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,247 to fund this procedure. Irine says, "I know how my children struggle to earn a living. Kindly help me so that I may not be a burden to them.”

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$522to go

Benson is a 66-year-old man who is married to a loving and supportive wife, and they both earn a living through small-scale farming. They shared that farming such as theirs is hampered by poor farming methods, a lack of capital for expansion, and rapid weather changes, which makes it hard to make ends meet. Benson is blessed with two children: a daughter and a son. His daughter is a nurse at a clinic, and his son is a casual laborer getting work where he can. Six years ago, Benson began to experience troubling symptoms, including swelling, which caused disfigurement of his neck and caused shortness of breath due to compression of the airway. He experiences fatigue even with minor physical activity. In the past month, Benson has experienced scapula pain, which he associates with the condition. He has not sought treatment at any medical facility due to a lack of finances. After learning about Nyakibale Hospital in his community, Benson decided to visit. He was diagnosed with thyroid goiter and thyroidectomy was recommended. He needs surgery to prevent his symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Benson receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 8th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of his thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and he and his family need help raising money. Benson says, "I have suffered a lot with this condition and am afraid it will take my life one day. I appeal for your support to enable me to receive treatment and live my life again."

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$18raised
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