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.
A has funded healthcare for 2183 patients in 17 countries.
A has funded healthcare for 2183 patients in 17 countries.
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.”
San is 13-year-old student from Thailand who lives with his parents on the Thai-Burma border. His parents collect materials to resell to recycling factories to earn a living for their family. San is studying in the 6th grade and shared that he likes to play games on his phone and help his mother with household chores in his free time. A few days ago, San began experiencing pain in his lower left abdomen. His father brought him to a local clinic, where the doctors noted that San may have a mass by his colon. When San continued to experience pain, he was admitted to our medical partner's hospital for further testing. The doctors want San to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose San's condition to formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of San's CT scan and care. He will undergo this procedure on November 30th. San's father shared: "I feel sad because my son cannot go to school now. I have had to stop working to look after him. I want him to get better soon. I want my son to become an educated person, and I want him to give back to his community."
Sebastiana, who is eight years old, lives with her mother and four siblings in Tanzania. Because she is separated from her husband, Sebastiana's mother works many different jobs in order to support her children. One day, when their mother was away, Sebastiana and her siblings were busy helping out with household chores. Sebastiana got into an accident, and hot water spilled all over her arm. She received treatment for her burns - which healed - but they have left her with scars that limit the use of her arm. Sebastiana and her mother traveled a long way to meet with doctors from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. As a result of their visit, Sebastiana is now scheduled to undergo contracture release surgery, and the amputation of her left thumb, at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre on October 13th. After her surgery, Sebastiana should regain full use of her hand and arm, which will be a big relief to her mother. Now we need your help to fund the $1,088 required for the surgery. Sebastiana’s mother says: “When we were leaving home, she was so happy knowing that she is going to get treatment.”
Tong is a 49-year-old soy milk seller from Cambodia who enjoys listening to the news on the radio. He is married, and his wife works in a garment factory. Eight years ago, Tong developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him to experience eye tearing and itchiness. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result, Tong has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside. When Tong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for an hour seeking treatment. Tong needs to undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The total cost of this procedure is $225, which covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care for two days. Tong is scheduled to undergo surgery at CSC on August 12th and is requesting assistance to fund the cost of this procedure. Tong shared, "After surgery, I hope my eye stops tearing and burning and I can see well."
Primer is a father of three from Haiti. He lives in a small village in southwestern Haiti with his wife and three children; he is a farmer and sells produce in the local market. Primer has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart is severely damaged as the result of a rheumatic infection he suffered a number of years ago, and cannot adequately pump blood through his heart and body. The surgery that Primer needs is not available anywhere in the country so he will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On September 13th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove the damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $9000 to pay for surgery. Primer's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also covers travel expenses for the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Primer's family overseas, as well as the cost of obtaining Prince's passport. Prince says: "I am very grateful to be having this surgery so I can take care of my family and see my children grow up."
Christine is a hardworking 50-year-old mother from Uganda. She has two sons and two daughters, with her oldest working as a teacher and the rest currently attending school. After the death of her husband 14 years ago, Christine moved back in with her parents and has been supporting her children through farming. For some time now, Christine has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pains, as well as bleeding. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine myomas, or growths that develop on the uterus wall. To alleviate her symptoms, she must undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Christine's surgery. On August 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Christine will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Christine says “I will really be grateful seeing my health restored. My children are still studying, and they need me. I am in such poor health and unable to help.”
Sokhon is a 51-year-old grocery seller. She is married and lives with her husband, her daughter, and two grandchildren. Her husband is a farmer and her daughter is a garment worker. She sells groceries from the front of their house to neighbors. At home, she likes to watch the news on TV. Six years ago, Sokhon developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing and burning of her affected eye. She has trouble seeing the local currency from customers and it is hard for her to make change. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. When Sokhon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Sokhon needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 29th. Sokhon shared: "I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I can sell groceries and not worry about my eye anymore."
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."
Toeur is a 58-year-old widowed rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three sons, six daughters, and ten grandchildren. Since his wife has unfortunately passed away, he now lives with his youngest son. Due to his condition, he spends much of his time indoors listening to the news on the radio. One year ago, Toeur developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him to experience eye tearing and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own. He shares that he is lonely without his wife and that being unable to go outside due to his poor vision makes him unhappy. When Toeur learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 1st, doctors will perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help funding this $253 procedure. Toeur says, "I would be very happy to go outside by myself and see all the faces of my grandchildren again."
Monicah is a shy four year old girl who loves being with her grandmother. She is the first born in a family of two. She hails from a village in Machakos county, Kenya. Monicah was diagnosed to have hemiplegic cerebral palsy, a condition that paralyses one side of the body. She also has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Monicah's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 25th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Monicah's clubfoot repair. The surgery will be impactful to her since she will be able to walk without pain and finally she will be able to step on the ground with her right foot. “I am pleading support for my daughter to undergo surgery. I would love to see her stepping on the ground confidently,” Monicah’s mother told us.
Meet Dian, a playful, 18-month-old boy, who lives with his parents in a two roomed shelter. Dian's parents work as small scale farmers. Three weeks ago, Dian's mother noticed a small, inguinal swelling on Dian. While it doesn't appear to cause him pain, he often touches and scratches the area. Dian's parents are concerned about leaving the hernia untreated, and worry that it may worsen. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Dian's hernia repair surgery, which is scheduled to take place on October 14th, at Rushoroza Hospital. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Dian's mother says: “His condition worries me so much and I feel uncomfortable all the time. I pray that he may get normal again through surgery.”
Mao is a loving grandmother from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and 11 beautiful grandchildren. Since her husband passed, she has lived with her youngest daughter, who is a garment worker. Mao no longer works as a rice farmer. Instead, she enjoys taking part in ceremonies at her local pagoda and cooking for her many grandchildren. One year ago, Mao developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity, blurry vision, and eye tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 14th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Mao says, "I hope after surgery I can see well enough to go outside by myself and take care of my grandchildren."