Jay joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Seven years ago, Jay joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jay's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Isaack, an energetic young man from Kenya, for fracture repair surgery.
Jay has funded healthcare for 92 patients in 13 countries.
Jay has funded healthcare for 92 patients in 13 countries.
Isaack is an energetic 21-year-old from Kiambu County in Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of seven. His mother works as a housewife and his father works as a small businessman and lives in western Kenya. Isaack works on construction sites and enjoys playing football during his free time. Last Sunday, Isaack was playing football with his friends when he bumped into a fellow player and fell. Instantly they knew his injury was serious because his tibial shaft assumed a C-like shape and begun to swell. Isaack was brought to Nazareth Hospital. The fracture was stabilized with a splint. Isaack was instructed to go home and await for potential surgery while the swelling went down. Upon review by the surgeon, an implant is recommended to ensure he heals. When Isaack was informed of the money required for surgery he asked the surgeon if there was any other treatment option because he had no way to raise the funds necessary and his family was not in a position to contribute to his bill. The surgeon explained that the nature of the fracture requires surgery for proper healing and referred him to the Watsi-AMH program. If not treated the fracture on Isaack’s left leg may heal with a deformity leading to reduced functionality of his left lower limb, thus affecting his mobility, which is an important for allowing him to work and earn money to support himself and his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner AMH can help. On September 2nd, Isaack will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. If treated, the fracture on Isaack’s left leg will heal without any deformity and allow him to walk with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Isaack remarked, “I look forward to the day I will be able to play on the football field again and go to work with ease so that I can fend for myself as I am used to.”
Meun is a 57-year-old bicycle mechanic. He has one son, one daughter, and three grandchildren. He lives with his wife, who is a farmer, and his youngest daughter, who is a garment worker. In his spare time, Meun enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Three years ago, Meun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and sometimes tearing. It is hard for him to see during the day, so he cannot work. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Meun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Meun shares, "I hope after surgery my eye will be better, I can plant rice with my wife and earn extra money by repairing bicycles."
Kishimwi is a playful and friendly young boy who is currently having a hard time walking. Kishimwi has a younger sibling, and his parents are small-scale maize and vegetable farmers who grow food for their family. His father also works as a hawker selling Maasai beads, belts and sandals in order to make extra income. Kishimwi was diagnosed with genu valgus, causing his legs to bend inward to form knock knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Kishimwi's parents noticed a slight bent in his leg when he was three years old, but became alarmed when the problem worsened over the past year to the point where walking became difficult. Kishimwi experiences pain when participating in daily activities, so his parents decided to seek treatment for him at a local hospital in their village. The family was advised to give Kishimwi foods containing high calcium and calcium supplements to strengthen his bones and prevent his legs from bending further. However, the effects were negligible and Kishimwi's legs became more bent. Fortunately, an older patient's parent told the family about Watsi's medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), and the family traveled to the hospital hoping for treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Kishimwi. The procedure will take place on June 29th. Treatment will hopefully restore Kishimwi's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Kishimwi’s father hopes his son's pain will be alleviated after this care, "We have used medication and foods containing high calcium but none has helped. Please help treat my son because as you can see his legs are badly affected."
Gavin is a sweet 2-year-old boy. Earlier this year, Gavin’s mother found a job as a house help and before this job, she used to do laundry for her neighbors to help support her family. Gavin’s father works as a security guard in a rental flats house. Gavin was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Gavin's family does not have National Health Insurance Fund coverage and are not able to raise the required amount for Gavin’s surgery. His parents are appealing for financial help. Fortunately, Gavin is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 27th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Gavin’s mother shared, “As a family, we cannot raise the money required for our son’s surgery as we both earn very little.”
Beatrice is a three-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of five children. She is an outgoing and friendly girl who loves to play with other children. Beatrice and her siblings are being raised by their mother, who sells vegetables and fruits to make a living. She also practices small scale farming and the family grows most of the food they need at home. Beatrice went to play with a neighbor's child who is around the same age. While at her neighbor’s house, a fire had been started to prepare food. As the children were playing, Beatrice accidentally fell onto the fire. She has open wounds and a contracture behind her knee. She is at risk of infection and is not able to move her leg freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Beatrice receive treatment. On May 4th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk easily again. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Beatrice’s mother shared, "my daughter cannot stand nor walk due to the contracture. She used to walk and go out playing with other children which is something she can’t do any more. Please help my daughter."
Mary is a 46-year-old mother with two children aged 28 and 25 years old. Mary takes care of her family, while her husband is a casual laborer at construction sites. Mary was generally in good health until a few years ago, when she started having upper abdominal pain. To treat her condition, Mary visited many hospitals that provided her with pain medication. She also underwent a scan that showed she had gallstones, but was told treatment would not remove them. Fortunately, Mary's pastor and other friends advised her to come to Nazareth Hospital for another opinion, where a surgeon confirmed she had gallstones and advised that she undergo a cholecystectomy procedure for treatment. If not treated, Mary will continue to experience pain, and her condition could develop into bladder inflammation and bile duct inflammation. Mary will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. She is scheduled to undergo a laparotomy to start treatment for her gallstones on April 1st, and the procedure will cost $788. Once recovered, she will hopefully be free of pain and able to return to her daily life activities. Mary shared, “I have had a lot of pain and have gone to very many places seeking treatment for the last four years. I kindly hope and plead for help so that I can be well and regain my normal life."
Jeria is a hairstylist from Kenya. Since her separation from her husband, Jeria has been a single mother, and she says it has taken the hand of God to manage to care for her two children who are now 16 and 10 years old. Jeria goes to her clients' homes for hairstyling on demand, so her workload and schedule can be unpredictable. Two years ago, Jeria began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Jeria receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. “I am worried because now I see the goiter growing fast. I am so worried since I cannot raise the money required. This condition has affected my relationships and interactions with friends and relatives. It has also affected my work and so I hope I can get help. I will appreciate and hope for successful surgery so that I can continue taking care of my children,” Jeria quietly shared.
Mach is a 70-year-old grandmother with one daughter, one son, and four grandchildren. She lives in a remote province of the northwest of Cambodia with her nephew. Mach used to be a bacon seller, but now she cannot work because she cannot see well. Her husband passed away in the Khmer Rouge regime. In her spare time, she likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio. One year ago, Mach stopped seeing normally out of her left eye. The retina of Mach's left eye had detached, causing her partial blindness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mach learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 4th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Mach shared, "I hope I can see well again, I am afraid now. I want to take care of myself, and go back to join ceremonies at my pagoda."
Huor is a farmer from Cambodia. He has been married to his wife for 40 years, and his wife is also a farmer. Huor has two sons, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys taking care of his grandchildren, listening to the radio, reading books, and watching TV. For the past year, Huor has had a chronic ulcer on the 5th toe of his left foot. He went to a local hospital to treat his toe, but this unfortunately caused a neighboring toe to also develop an ulcer. Now, the 3rd and 4th toe on his foot have become gangrene and necrotic with pus discharge. Huor was sent by another NGO to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for an amputation of the left foot before the infection spreads any further. Surgeons will perform this amputation procedure on November 16th. Now, he needs help raising $446 to fund his surgery. Huor shared, "I hope that after the amputation my left foot will get better and I can be healed of this problem."
Naomi is a 6-year-old girl from Tanzania and the youngest to her mother who has five children. Naomi's father is polygamous with three wives with a total of thirteen children in their family. Her parents have a few cattle which they depend on for daily living. Naomi is a playful girl and always wants to take part in daily home activities, but most of the time she can't due to her disability and how much she struggles using her hand. At the age of four months, Naomi was left by her mother sleeping as she went outside. She had left a fire burning close to the bed to keep their hut warm when Naomi rolled and fell into it. Her mother heard her cry and ran to her rescue. She sustained severe burns around her head and face, left hand, left foot, and around her stomach. Currently, she can’t use her left hand because it has contracted from the burn scar making it impossible for her to straighten and use it. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Naomi receive treatment. On December 1st, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. She will be able to straighten her hand and use it after she heals from surgery. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Naomi’s mother shared: “My daughter is very hard working but her hand limits her a lot and I feel bad seeing her struggling to carry out her daily life activities. Please help treat her.”
David is a 2-year-old baby boy from Kenya. David is a very happy and active child. He is an only child to his single-parent mother, and they live with his mother's parents. David's mother runs a small tea kiosk to earn a living and shared that she did not complete her college education when she had David. On October 17th, while David was playing, he slipped and fell and fractured his hand. He is in pain and cannot move his hand freely. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 3rd, David will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal well and he will be able to use this hand without pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. David's mother shared, “I am very worried because of my baby. My parents and I are not able to pay for the operation he requires. I am pleading for support so that he can be well and continue playing and growing normally. God bless you.”
Phalla is a 60-year-old vegetable seller from Cambodia. She is a widow with six children, two sisters, and four brothers. She goes to sell vegetables at the market every day, and enjoys cooking and watching movies on TV at home. In January 2020, Phalla was in an accident when an animal ran into her while she was driving her motorcycle. She endured a left ankle fracture and the treatment provided to her at her local referral health center did not help her much. She is still walking with a crutch. She is in pain and cannot walk well. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 29, Phalla will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. With this procedure, she will be able to walk again without a crutch "I hope that I can walk better without any pain and not have to rely on the crutch. Also, I hope to drive my motorcycle and return to selling vegetables at the market again," Phalla said.