murat joined Watsi on January 14th, 2014. Seven years ago, murat joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. murat's most recent donation traveled 2,100 miles to support Sumeya, a baby girl from Ethiopia, to fund life-saving surgery for her birth condition.
murat has funded healthcare for 191 patients in 15 countries.
murat has funded healthcare for 191 patients in 15 countries.
Sumeya is a baby girl from Ethiopia who loves music. She also loves sweets and playing with her mom. She is her parents' first child, and her mom is a housewife while her dad is a teacher in a mosque. They all live together in his parents’ house, who help support them with their basic needs. Sumeya was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Sumeya is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on April 20th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Sumeya's procedure and care. After her recovery, Sumeya will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing serious health complications in the future. Her mom said “ It is my hope that my baby will heal and get in to school.”
Lat is a 73-year-old potato farmer. She lives with her niece who works as a seamstress. In her free time, Lat enjoys listenings to the monks preaching on the radio. Two years ago, Lat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her niece seeking treatment. On January 5th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Lat said, "I want to be able to see well so I can join ceremonies near my home and go places by myself."
Roth is a 30-year-old salon employee from Cambodia. She has been married for four years and has two daughters. Her eldest daughter is in the 5th grade and her younger daughter is not yet in school. Roth's husband is a farmer. In her free time, Roth enjoys watching TV, listening to music, taking care of her children, and cooking outside with family. In June 2019, Roth fell and fractured her right forearm. She underwent an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery at a local hospital. Plate screws were put into her forearm bone to heal the fracture. The bone has healed and the hardware needs to be removed so that she does not develop an infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 15th, Roth will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. The procedure will ensure Roth has no complications in the future due to the hardware such as pain or infection. Roth said, "I hope my arm is fully healed and I no longer have to worry about any problems."
Kabare is a farmer from Uganda. Kabare is married and a father to three children. He has two girls and one boy, all are married and are also small-scale farmers. He earns a living from his small banana and coffee plantation but at a one time he also grew small gardens of beans, maize and millet for home consumption. But he no longer does this because of pain which he experiences while cultivating. Three years ago, Kabare developed a right inguinal hernia. His hernia causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working. Fortunately, on July 21st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Kabare's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kabare says, “Once my surgery is done, I hope to recover from this condition and resume with farming to provide for my family.”
Susana is a 62-year-old farmer from Kenya. She is a talkative and happy grandmother who lives in along the Kerio Valley. Susana is a mother of four and is a subsistence farmer in the upcountry. She plants millet and sorghum in her small farm along the valley to meet her daily needs. She lives in a mud house with her husband. She shared that her four children did not finish school due to lack of money and are in the village doing casual jobs like working in hotels, while her two daughters are married. Susana was well until the Sunday, August 9th when she accidentally fell and injured her left hip. She is currently in pain and unable to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 13th, Susana will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Susana shared, “I want to get back on my feet and resume my normal duties of farming and taking care of my husband."
Phannith is fourteen years old. He is a student in the ninth grade. He has one younger sister in fifth grade. His parents are factory workers and work long hours, so he takes care of his sister everyday. His favorite subject at school is math and he wants to be a computer programmer when he grows up. Since he was born, Phannith has had torticollis. The muscles on the left side of his neck are involuntarily contracted, causing his head to tilt to that side, and he has difficulty moving his head or looking around. It can also cause recurrent neck pain and make it difficult to sleep. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) can perform a tenotomy to release the tension in those muscles and allow Phannith to gain normal movement of his head once he has recovered and completed physiotherapy. Now, Phannith needs your help to fund this $541 surgery. Phannith shared, "I hope that soon my neck will feel better and look better. I hope I can play sports with all my friends and not have to worry about neck pain."
Esther is a small-scale farmer from Kenya. She used to work in her small village farm for subsistence and her husband worked as a chef in a city restaurant. However, with the closure of businesses currently due to COVID, they have limited finances. Two years ago, Esther has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, back pain and fatigue. She has been diagnosed with a swollen abdominopelvic mass. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $832 to fund Esther's surgery. On June 12th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Esther will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Esther shared hopefully, “My desire is to be treated and regain back my strength.”
George is a 35-year-old truck driver from central Kenya. A week ago, he fell from the second floor of his rented flat while trying to fix an antenna. He fractured his mandible, right humerus and neck of the right femur. He had first aid in a nearby general hospital but beyond that, he was not given any other assistance. His family opted to bring him to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where he had x-ray imaging done and surgery recommended. He is in pain and unable to eat anything but hopes to get well soon. George is a father of two children, with his last born 4 months old. He used to work as a truck driver but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been out of work. His wife is not in any employment making George the sole breadwinner of the family. He does not have any medical insurance yet he would be required to pay a deposit for his surgery. George appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 15th, George will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow him to walk again easily, reduce the chances of further complications, and be free from pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. George says, “My hope is to be able to walk again and with less pain.”
Titus, a happy 7-year old boy, was born and raised in Kapsabaa Village in Kenya. He is in first grade. He was well until the 8th of April, when he was pushed by a friend when they were playing together and hit the hard ground, injuring his left hand. Accompanied by his mother, Titus had to travel for several hours to get from their home to Watsi's partner hospital to be seen by doctors. His family was referred from a government hospital because they were unable to treat him due to lack of financial means. Very quickly after arriving at our partner hospital, an X-ray was done and confirmed a left supracondylar fracture. Due to pain and discomfort, Titus was admitted and scheduled for surgery. Titus is the second born in a family of four children. His mother is a grocer while his father is a mason. They both work hard to better their young family despite the fact that his father does not have a stable job as he only can wait for construction, which is rare in the village. The family has not been saving any money because they earn a little, which is enough to feed their family and gather for a few basic needs for their children. The young family lives in a rental house in the village centre. The injury has caused Titus’s parents a lot of worry about their son’s future because the fracture has made it difficult for Titus to use his hand. The young family is requesting for financial support to help their son undergo surgery to fix his broken hand and reduce chances of complications of healing badly and persistent pain. Gladys, Titus's Mother, says: “We were lacking means but we were given hope of finding treatment for our son when we came here. I am looking forward to seeing him not in pain again.”
Hour is a 48-year-old grocery seller from Cambodia. He has two children, one daughter and one son. He likes to watch television and he also likes to play games with his children. Ten years ago, Hour had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Hour experiences smelliness, ear discharge, itchiness, and hearing loss. He has a difficult time hearing and he finds it challenging to communicate well with his family and people at the market. Hour traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 11th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my ear infection stops, my ear drum heals, and my hearing improves," he shared.
Ngoun is a 43-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time. Ten years ago, Ngoun developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. 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 Ngoun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. Ngoun 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 January 13th. "I hope that the irritation in my eyes will go away and I will be able to see better and go back to planting rice and crops again," she shared.
Niwasiima presented to the hospital with an ultrasound scan indicating a pregnancy at 39 weeks of gestation with a history of one previous c-section delivery. Having been examined by the doctor, she was recommended to deliver by emergency caesarean section due to one previous scar and scar tenderness for a better delivery outcome. Niwasiima still has both parents who are small scale farmers. She is the oldest in a family of five siblings and the rest are still studying. She never went to school at all and along she has been working as a domestic housemaid in Bushenyi town where she was got into a relationship with a fellow workmate, a gateman at her workplace. After she informed him about the pregnancy, he remained neutral about it, provided no support and no longer communicates with her. She was fired from work after being known to be pregnant and is now reaching term, but has no support at all. She can’t afford the costs of her surgery. Niwasiima is a 20-year-old single mother to one child delivered by caesarean section and is expected to also deliver her current pregnancy by caesarean section due to one previous scar and scar tenderness. We expect to restore her lost hope by enabling her to successfully deliver her baby. Niwasiima says “I really hope that with your support, I will be able to have a healthy baby.”