Thomas joined Watsi on December 11th, 2017. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Thomas' most recent donation traveled 5,600 miles to support Micaela, a woman from Guatemala, to fund gynecological surgery.
Thomas has funded healthcare for 2 patients in 2 countries.
Micaela is a mother of eight from Guatemala. She loves to make traditional tapestries and dresses. Micaela underwent a pap smear test with the nurses in our medical partner's women's health program, and the results of her pap came back positive. Though Micaela does not currently have symptoms, she still needs to undergo a colposcopy, which is a guided biopsy procedure that removes affected areas of the cervix. A colposcopy is often curative for cancerous or precancerous lesions of the cervix, and it is therefore is the best way to prevent the spread of cervical cancer. With $218 in funding, Micaela will consult with a specialist who will perform the colposcopy. Even if cancer or pre-cancer is found in her biopsy results, this procedure is often curative. Following the procedure, she will be able to understand her condition better and return to taking care of her children. The procedure is scheduled for November 29. She says, "I am very grateful for the support your organization has provided in financing my procedure, but also the accompaniment to the capital to go to the hospital. I could not do it alone."
Kisembo is a five-year-old boy from Uganda. He is the eldest of two children, and he has a younger brother. Kisembo currently attends nursery school. His father is a builder, and his mother is a farmer. About three months ago, Kisembo developed a swelling around his umbilical region. A nurse at his school gave him treatment, but the swelling did not subside. Kisembo could not sleep because of the pain, and the painkillers were not working. At the end of the school term, Kisembo's father took him to the hospital, where Kisembo was diagnosed with an epigastric hernia. If not treated, Kisembo may experience intestinal tissue twisting and blocking. On September 6, Kisembo will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $249 to fund Kisembo's procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including a three-night hospital stay, supplies, labs, medication and physician time.