Rachel joined Watsi on July 10th, 2014. 191 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Rachel's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Louise, a small scale farmer and grandmother from Kenya, to treat breast cancer.
Rachel has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
Rachel has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
Meet Louise, a 75-year-old grandmother from Kenya! When she was younger, Louise worked very hard to save enough money to purchase a small plot of farmland. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), Louise now uses this land “to plant potatoes for her own consumption and sell any surplus at the local market.” However, due to breast cancer, Louise is no longer able to farm as much as she would like to. After discovering a growing lump in her right breast, Louise visited AMHF’s clinic and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women, although the exact causes of the disease are not known. This cancer—which usually originates in the innermost part of the breast (where milk is produced)—may present itself in the form of a lump, a rash, redness or other unusual changes in the breast area. In addition to her cancer, Louise is also experiencing shoulder pain that “makes it difficult for Louise to work on the farm,” AMHF states. “Luckily, tests have shown that the cancer has not progressed aggressively over the last few years,” AMHF reports. “If treated soon, there is a very high chance that all of the cancer can be removed and Louise will not be at risk of the cancer spreading to her other organs.” With $740, Louise will receive a mastectomy to remove her right breast. As Louise has locally advanced breast cancer, this is an effective treatment to remove the cancerous tissue and prevent the problem from returning. Included as part of her treatment, Louise will receive six days of intensive hospital care to ease her into a safe recovery. Following her treatment and recovery, “We expect that Louise will be able to work on her farm again,” states AMHF. Indeed, after regaining her strength, Louise fully plans to return to farming her land once again. She shares, “I like being able to take care of myself. However, with this increasing shoulder pain, I can no longer work on my farm.”
“Hannah was the only hope for our family. Her dream was to become a doctor so that she could help people and our family,” shares Hannah’s father. “I really hope Watsi will help her to undergo this surgery so that she can achieve her dreams.” Hannah is a pretty 14-year-old girl from Kenya who recently finished primary school. Earlier this month, on their way to the secondary school, Hannah and her mom had a tragic accident. Hannah’s mother died instantly and Hannah sustained injuries, including a fractured femur. Hannah is experiencing pain and is unable to walk. The surgeon at the hospital to which Hannah was admitted has recommended that Hannah undergo an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery. “If not treated, Hannah will be unable to walk. The bones may refuse to unite if treatment is delayed for too long,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Hannah's family is still in shock following the death of their mother. The family had to prepare for the funeral as well as pay for Hannah's hospital admission. They are therefore not in a position to pay for this important surgery," explains AMHF. Let’s fund this $1,125 surgery and support Hannah in attending secondary school and achieving her dream of becoming a doctor!
"I hope to get well and be able to care of my son and meet my dream of starting a shop for selling clothes,” expresses Cecilia, a 38-year-old mother in Kenya. “Cecilia is a beautiful single lady with only one child, a son, who is 17 years old. She sells clothes by the roadside near her home to earn money to meet her family's basic needs,” shares African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), our medical partner in Kenya. For about a year, Cecilia has experienced heavy bleeding, pain, and anemia as side-effects of uterine fibroids—noncancerous growths common to women in child-bearing years. “If not treated, Cecilia will continue to bleed and the fibroids will keep growing, affecting surrounding body organs. The anemia will also become severe, leading to Cecilia requiring blood transfusion and other health complications,” explains AMHF. For $790, we can fund a total hysterectomy for Cecilia, a procedure from which AMHF expects Cecilia to recover completely; “she will be relieved from the pain, bleeding and anemia.” Together, we can help Cecilia care for her son and move towards her dream!
"Hilda takes inspiration from others and has not lost hope in her ability to recover," says our medical partner, Ortho FOCOS (OF). "She is very appreciative of all of those who are assisting with the raising of funds for her treatment." 12-year-old Hilda is a girl from Ghana who currently lives with congenital scoliosis, a curvature of her spine. "While she is not currently in pain, her deformity is progressively worsening," says OF. "She has become very withdrawn and is no longer socially engaged. Walking long distances has been difficult and she no longer engages in any sort of physical activity." In order to make a full recovery, Hilda will need surgery to correct her spine. The surgery costs $1500, and Hilda's family is unable to cover the cost. Her father is a civil servant, and her mother is a petty trader. The surgery is crucial for Hilda to grow and develop normally, and without pain. She is expected to make a full recovery. Hilda is passionate about drawing and dancing. She is a respectful, intelligent girl and one day dreams of becoming a nurse. Let's help her get there, and fund this important surgery!
This is Ingrid, a 31-year-old mother of two living in Guatemala. She is a hardworking indigenous Mayan from a coastal community. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, writes, “Ingrid makes ends meet for her family by picking coffee during the harvesting season and otherwise sells small amounts of tropical fruits in the market. Nevertheless, times are really hard, and money is scarce.” “Ingrid has a precancerous spot on her cervix," WK continues. "It was picked up during her participation in our cervical cancer screening program. If removed, she will be totally cured. However, if the lesion is left, it could grow and turn into cervical cancer.” $210 will fund a colposcopy to remove the lesion, thereby preventing the growth of cancer. Ingrid says, “I'm so glad that we caught this early and that it is still curable." Let’s help Ingrid live a full and happy life, cancer-free.
Meet 25-year-old Maureen, an expecting mother from Kenya. "Maureen is a jovial mother of three children, two girls and one boy," Lwala Community Alliance tells us. "She is married to a farmer who plants sugarcane in small scale that they sometimes sell to the locals who do the sugarcane milling to pay their children's school fees and also to buy food for their family." As she prepares to welcome her fourth child, Maureen is concerned about having a safe delivery. Many women in her community die or lose their babies during childbirth. But with $290, the Lwala team will be able to provide critical pre and post natal care for Maureen, as well as a delivery attended by medical professionals to ensure everything goes smoothly. Let's help them do what they do best and give Maureen a safe delivery!
Pamela is a hardworking 29-year-old woman from Kenya who supports her five school-aged children. “Pamela is married to a tailor who also farms to provide for the family,” shares our medical partner, Lwala Community Alliance. In her spare time, “Pamela enjoys listening to gospel music.” Pamela is pregnant with her sixth child and is having a difficult pregnancy. “Pamela's lower limbs are sometimes so painful that she cannot walk, hence she has to spend most of her time in bed. She also feels lower abdominal pain,” says her doctors. Watsi donors can help Pamela receive prenatal care and a safe delivery in a healthcare facility for $290. After the delivery, Lwala says, “Pamela will join her husband in the farm and also hopes to start a small business so that she can help her husband to provide for the family.”
Danie is a hardworking 46-year-old dressmaker from Haiti who is also the sole breadwinner and caretaker for her husband and their child. When Danie noticed an itching sensation on her breast and painful periods, she went to see a doctor. After a biopsy, she discovered she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy to remove the affected breast. However, she still needs chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from returning. “If she does not obtain the sessions she has high chance to experience resurgence of the cancer," our medical partner, Project Medishare, explains. "Treatment will allow her to save her life and provide chances for her to resume her activities and rejoin her family.” “I would love to recover from my bad health situation and get back to normal," she says. "If I could I would spend everything I have to get healthy and rejoin my family.” But at $1500, chemotherapy costs are simply more than Danie can afford to pay. Let’s help Danie get better and stay cancer-free!
Santos is a 63-year-old man from Guatemala who gets up at 4am every day to farm a variety of crops including corn, berries, and tomatoes. According to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, Santos has recently “been having serious seizures that cause loss of consciousness.” These seizures are dangerous because they cause Santos to fall and they also impact his ability to care for his family and continue to farm. Wuqu’ Kawoq shares, “Given how healthy he is with no issues like heart disease or diabetes, we are strongly suspicious that his seizures are from an infection of the brain with a tapeworm parasite. This is an extremely common issue here in Guatemala.” For $745, Santos will receive the imaging to define the extent of his illness and medications to kill the parasites and control his seizures. His doctors expect “a complete resolution of his symptoms” allowing him to return to work and spending time with his family. Santos says, “This is the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.” Let’s help him get back to the active lifestyle he led before!
Natacha is a lively, outgoing girl, known for making people laugh with practical jokes. She is eight-years-old and lives in Haiti, where she loves dancing and playing with her friends. Natacha was born with a heart condition in which the walls between her heart chambers did not form correctly. This led to circulation problems, and eventual heart failure. “When she was four-years-old, Natacha went to Miami for donated surgery to correct the condition. The surgery was successful, but she experienced a complication called complete heart block, which required them to implant a pacemaker that she will need for the rest of her life," our medical partner explains. Now that she’s older, Natacha’s pacemaker needs to be refitted, and have new batteries implanted so it will continue to work well for her. It is expected that this procedure will keep her safe into her teenage years. By then, hopefully, medical technology in Haiti will have advanced enough that she will no longer need to travel for surgery. "I want to say thank you to everyone who is helping us, and I am so glad they have not forgotten about my Natacha!" says her mother. Caromont Health Center in North Carolina has contributed $6,000 towards Natacha’s procedure, but she’s counting on Watsi donors for $1,500 to fund her prep work and transportation. Let’s help Natacha get the care she needs!
Samai is a 62-year-old woman living in Cambodia. She is a mother to one daughter and three grandsons, and enjoys spending her time listening to monks at the pagoda near her home. But blurriness in her vision due to a cataract has prevented her from caring for her family and working on her farm. A cataract has been developing in Samai's right eye for about two years, causing her vision to gradually decline and making her depend on her daughter to help move her around the house. For only $100, we can provide Samai with a cataract extraction surgery that would remove the damaged lens fibers and restore her vision. By preventing her vision from declining further, Samai will have the chance to go back to work and take care of her family!
This handsome face belongs to Elvis, a one-year-old little boy from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and older brother, Henry. Interestingly, this family is no stranger to Watsi! Henry was a patient in the past, and Watsi is excited to continue to provide “family based care” to this deserving family! Like his brother, Elvis was born with blocked tear ducts in both eyes. This means that his eyes are constantly irritated and that his tears do not drain properly. In addition to being a cosmetic issue, this leads to frequent painful infections of the tear ducts. For $1,500 Elvis can receive bilateral tear duct surgery, as well as the associated lab work, medications and transportation to and from the hospital. Successful surgery should allow Elvis’ tear ducts to drain normally, which will alleviate the pain and discomfort he is experiencing. Additionally, his appearance will improve. Let's help this family for a second time and give Elvis the same care we gave to his older brother!