Mary joined Watsi on April 3rd, 2020. 24 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mary's most recent donation supported Jeremiah, a student from Kenya, to fund gallbladder surgery.
Mary has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Jeremiah is a young man aged 18 years from Limuru Kiambu. He is a form two student and is the second born in a family of two children. He stays with his grandparents because his mother is a single parent and traveled to Dubai where she is trying to make a living with little income. His grandparents are peasant farmers and his mother is not able to send them any money. Jeremiah has for the last five years been visiting many hospitals because of a headache and abdominal pains. He has taken many recommended drugs and undergone many tests without positive results. This has greatly affected his learning, and that is why at the age of eighteen years he is still in form two. Eventually, his grandfather decided to bring him to Watsi Medical Partner's care center Nazareth Hospital and an ultrasound showed he has a big gallstone. The surgeon advised a laparotomy but the family is not in a position to meet the surgery cost. If not treated Jeremiah will continue to experience the pain as the stone will continue to grow and may cause complications like inflammation or blockage of the gallbladder and pancreatic duct. “It has been years of pain and frequent visits to different hospitals, at one time I was even being told that I am not eating well. I really plead for help so that I can get back to my normal life and continue with my studies,” said Jeremiah.
Yon is a 66-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, but unfortunately he passed away. Yon and her husband work on a rice farm and plant vegetables surrounding their house. She likes to listen to the news on the radio and go to the pagoda to join in Buddhist ceremonies. About nine years ago, Yon developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation and tearing that prevented her from working in the rice field. 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Yon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for more than four hours seeking treatment. Yon 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 11th. "I hope that my wife's eye irritation will go away after surgery so she will be able to better take care of herself and travel anywhere easily," Yon's husband said.
Laban is a 16-year-old boy from Tanzania who enjoys studying history, math, and social studies. He is third born in a family of six and suffers from a congenital clubfoot on the right leg, making his movement difficult and painful. When he was born, his mother used herbs and warm water to correct the defect but ended up developing sores. When Laban was reviewed by our outreach program, he had manipulation and casting surgery recommended. However, the family is not able to raise the money needed as Laban's parents are peasant farmers with limited income. They struggle meeting daily needs and medical care for their children. Laban struggles to walk but remain hopeful that soon he will be able to walk with less pain and difficulties. Fortunately, Laban's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery and our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Laban's treatment. Laban's sister also suffers from clubfoot. Laban’s father says, “I have always felt hurt and that I failed my children every time I see them walking with difficulty due to their leg condition that I couldn’t afford the treatment. Please help.”
Kyobutungi is a student from Uganda. She is the third born in a family of four children. Her mother operates a ladies’ hair dressing salon, which she says is located deep in the village. Because of the location, she gets few customers thus earning little profit. Her father is a private primary school teacher who teaches in a small nearby school and his salary can only enable him to sustain a living for the family. Kyobutingi lives in a family-owned three roomed semi-permanent house in which she stays together with her parents, two brothers, and one baby sister. She came to the hospital with her mother. She has a mass over her right eye for the past two years. The mass is painful on touch and causes her eye to itch. Kyobutungi traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 14th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kyobutungi needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kyobutungi's mother shared, “I hope that my daughter will be well after her surgery is done.”
Mary is a middle aged woman from Kenya. She used to work as a house helper until November of last year when her employer passed away. Since then, she has been living with her sister in the pro-poor estate of the capital. Together with her three children and those of her sister, the family is reliant on daily wage from odd jobs to meet their needs. Mary has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Mary. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 8th. After treatment, Mary will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Mary says, “I wish for treatment. I am in severe pain and the swell keeps on increasing.”
Byamugisha is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He was once married but separated ten years ago due to overgrowth of keloids, which she was not pleased with. They have one child together who is in school studying, but being supported by relatives as Byamugisha is not working. Byamugisha is not settled in his mind and he feels helpless because he is laughed at by everyone in public places and as a result, he now avoids going out. Byamugisha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Byamugisha needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Byamugisha says, “I don’t know how much I will praise the Lord once I am relieved of this condition.”