KAren LEncoski
KAren's Story

KAren joined Watsi on January 20th, 2016. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! KAren's most recent donation supported Suon, a grandmother from Cambodia, for vision-restoring cataract surgery.


KAren has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 2 countries.

All patients funded by KAren

Gidion is a two-year-old boy living in Tanzania with his parents and four siblings. “He used to be very active; he enjoyed playing with wooden cars, mud and running around with other children,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Gidion was born without any problems. He was growing well – able to crawl, sit, stand and walk. When he turned twenty months, he got sick. He was severely vomiting and lost his appetite,” shares AMHF. “He was taken to different hospitals and was treated only to get some relieve and then back to being sick again. Slowly Gidion lost his ability to walk and, “The last two months his mother noticed the circumference of his son’s head was increasing. He now has trouble supporting his head. If not treated, Gidion’s health will continue to deteriorate; he will lose his eyesight and completely become dependent,” adds AMHF. He developed hydrocephalus, a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. Treatment will cost a total of $775, and consists of draining the CSF buildup. Gidion will be able to get surgery, recover in the hospital for five days, and stay at a rehabilitation center for two weeks. Gidion’s parents are small scale farmers and cannot afford the cost of this surgery. AMHF expects that after surgery, “Gidion’s head circumference will not continue to increase, he will retain his vision and he may be able to walk again.” “I pray that my son will get well, be active again, and continue to grow up normally like his siblings,” says Gidion’s mother.

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Veronica, a quiet four-year-old girl, lives with her grandmother in Tanzania. Following a visit to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), Veronica was diagnosed with a ventral hernia. “The hernia is getting bigger with time preventing Veronica’s ability to walk,” shares AMHF. “Veronica is able to sit, crawl and stand with support, but lately crawling has become a problem because the hernia is so big that when Veronica tries to crawl she ends up bruising herself.” A ventral hernia causes intestinal tissue to push through a weakened section of the abdominal cavity, causing a palpable bulge to form. Without medical intervention, Veronica is at risk of developing intestinal obstruction, a condition that blocks part of the intestine and prevents food and fluids from normally channeling through the digestive tract. Veronica is dependent on her grandmother’s income earned as a small scale farmer. “[Her grandmother] plants and sells some green bananas, maize and beans,” AMHF explains. “Even with extra support that she gets from her children, the little that Veronica’s grandmother earns from farming is not enough to cover the cost of the operation which Veronica badly needs.” $610 will fund Veronica’s hernia repair operation. This procedure will place the affected tissue back into its proper position. After surgery, Veronica will spend one week at Plaster House--a specialized surgical rehabilitation program--to allow doctors to closely monitor her progress during the most crucial part of her recovery. With the proposed treatment, Veronica will benefit from overall improved quality of life. “Veronica will be out of the risk of developing intestinal obstruction and with time she will be able to walk,” AMHF states. Veronica’s grandmother says, “I just hope that my grandchild will get better and have the ability to walk and perform different activities.”

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