william joined Watsi on January 10th, 2014. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! william's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Ann, a child from Kenya, to fund brain surgery.
william has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 7 countries.
william has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 7 countries.
Ann is a six-year-old who lives in Kenya with her family. Ann's father passed away, and her mother works as a farmer to support her seven children. Last April, Ann began complaining of a persistent headache. Ann’s mother took her to the nearest local hospital, where she underwent a CT scan and an MRI. Ann was diagnosed with a brain tumor and referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, for specialized treatment. If not treated, Ann is at a risk of suffering brain damage and not achieving her dream of becoming a teacher. Thankfully, she is scheduled for surgery on December 4. Ann's mother exhausted all her savings on the CT scan and is not able to raise the funds needed for her daughter's surgery. She is appealing to Watsi for financial aid to raise the $1,500 that is necessary for Ann's surgery. “I would like to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Ann. After surgery, Ann will hopefully be able to get back to her schooling and become the teacher she aspires to be.
Bonthoeun is a retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She likes playing with her grandchildren and going to the pagoda. Four years ago, Bonthoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her vision loss and itchiness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Bonthoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On November 15, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her sister says, "I hope my sister can see again."
Byabagambi is 76 years of age and married. He and his wife are small-scale farmers in Uganda. They have six children. Five are married, and one is in grade six of secondary school. A year ago, Byabagambi began experiencing left inguinal scrotal swelling. Byabagambi visited a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a reducible left inguinal scrotal hernia. On September 7, Byabagambi will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $219 to help Byabagambi fund his treatment. Byabagambi says, “I hope to resume working on my farm with peace of mind when I recover from surgery.”
Years ago, when Marcelo was just 15 and working as an agricultural laborer in the local countryside, he suffered an accident that caused him the loss of his leg. Now, Marcelo still works in agriculture, but he struggles in his work because of his lack of mobility and inability to walk. Marcelo lives with his wife and children in Guatemala’s rural highlands. He and his wife have nine children together. Marcelo’s wife works weaving and selling traditional Mayan textiles in order to contribute to the family’s income, and Marcelo can still provide a bit for his family in his work as a day laborer. On June 9, Marcelo will receive a specially molded leg fit just for him. Receiving this prosthesis will change Marcelo’s life. He hopes that he will be able to walk again and move freely so that he can be able to support his family. Marcelo says, “I am very happy to have found this help. My desire is to be able to walk well, to be able to go up and down stairs with ease. I wish to open a business so that I can continue to maintain my family.”
Nan is a 42-year-old farmer from Burma. Nan supports herself and her husband by planting and harvesting corn. In May of last year, Nan felt a mass in her lower abdomen. Since then, the mass has been growing in size. Due to the back and abdominal pain Nan experiences, she recently had to stop working. Doctors at a hospital affiliated with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, have now diagnosed Nan with an uterine myoma. Nan requires a total abdominal hysterectomy, which is scheduled for September 20. As the sole breadwinner of her family, Nan needs our help to pay for her $1,500 medical bill. "I just want to get better," says Nan.
Meleka is a 78-year-old farmer from a village in Malawi. He lives with his large family and farms soybeans and groundnuts. Meleka enjoys making toys for his many grandchildren. He is also a leader in his village, so he spends much of his time responding to village issues. Recently, Meleka developed a hernia. He underwent repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Nkhoma District Hospital, on November 15. Now, he needs help to fund this $327 procedure. Meleka is excited to recover and return to his family, farm, and village duties. "Thanks to God and Watsi," he says.
Piyele is a 69-year-old man from Malawi. He has three children and seven grandchildren. Piyele has always been an active man, sweeping around the house and collecting firewood. He also loved to spend time with his family. However, he recently began to experience uncomfortable urinary symptoms that have prevented him from working. Piyele visited our medical partner's hospital, Nkhoma Hospital. He was diagnosed with a prostate condition and underwent surgery on November 3. His family needs help to fund this $726 procedure. After recovery, Piyele and his family hope that he can resume his normal life.
This is Indra! He is a hard-working family man who lives in Nepal and has devoted his life to providing education to others. Indra spent his career working as a primary school teacher, and now acts as chairman for a school management committee. He has three sons, all of whom currently work abroad. While working outside one day, Indra accidentally stepped on a piece of glass. The glass is now lodged in his right foot. The wound site is very painful and will likely become infected without treatment. As a teacher and social servant, Indra doesn't make a lot of money. For $935, we can help him have the piece of glass removed from his foot and make sure he receives antibiotics to help prevent infection. Let's help Indra get past this accident and get back to serving his community!