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Bilal Abdul-Nabi

MONTHLY DONORSoftware engineer looking to make the world a better place

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Bilal's Story

Bilal joined Watsi on December 16th, 2014. Three years ago, Bilal became the 743rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,429 more people have become monthly donors! Bilal's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Mekides, a baby from Ethiopia, to fund corrective surgery.


Bilal has funded healthcare for 33 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Bilal


Yohana is an infant boy from Kenya, and is the last-born in a family of four children. He lives with his siblings and parents in their small, traditional house. They own four goats, and they hope that Yohana’s older siblings will get an education. Yohana’s mother is a stay at home mom. His father is a middle-man in a goat market, and the little he makes is barely enough to sustain their basic needs. Yohana was born five days ago with a mass swell on his back known as spina bifida, which is a congenital defect of the spine in which part of the spinal cord and its meninges are exposed through a gap in the backbone. Yohana's parents sought for help from the nearest local dispensary. Yohana was confirmed to have spina bifida and advised to see a specialist at Bethany Kids Hospital. If left untreated, the effects would include paralysis on the lower limbs, and development of tethered cord syndrome that can result in curving or bending of the spine. Yohana was reviewed by a specialist, and surgery has been recommended. Unfortunately, the surgery is at a cost that Yohana’s parents cannot afford. For $1,097, Yohana will undergo the spina bifida closure surgery he needs to be healthy. “I will be happy if I get help towards Yohana’s treatment. This was so unexpected but I believe we will get through. My husband was opting for traditional treatment but I refused because I believe he will get great and quality treatment here,” shared Yohana’s mother.

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72-year-old Mutahi started feeling lower abdominal pain about five years ago, and later developed scrotal swelling on his left side, which keeps increasing in size. Since then, Mutahi has had on and off pain and backaches. His discomfort increases when he walks so he is unable to travel long distances. In 2015 Mutahi visited a health centre close to his home in Uganda, where he was told he had a scrotal cyst, but was advised to report his condition to a hospital for further diagnosis. He visited a hospital at the beginning of 2016 and was diagnosed with hydrocele, a condition causing an excess amount of fluid to build up. He was unable to pay for his surgery because he has no income so his condition has gone untreated. If Mutahi does not receive surgery he will continue living in discomfort and pain. With $215, Mutahi will undergo surgery to release the excessive scrotal fluid. This operation will relieve the pressure and pain Mutahi has experienced for the past several years and make it easy for him to walk and farm again. Mutahi is married and the father of 14 children. Most of his children are also poor; married and taking care of their own families with little additional resources. His wife is also sick; she is unable to do anything without straining. Mutahi is usually supported by his children, who feed both him and his wife and give them money to buy soap, salt, and sugar. “After surgery I hope to regain my strength and continue working in my fields,” shared Mutahi.

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