Kun joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,776 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kun's most recent donation traveled 5,200 miles to support Katusabe, a girl from Uganda, to fund hernia repair surgery.
Kun has funded healthcare for 363 patients in 16 countries.
Katusabe is a young student from Uganda. She is in nursery school, and she is studying hard because she wants to become a teacher in the future. Her parents are farmers. Since the beginning of this year, Katusabe has had an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may cause intestinal tissue damage and blocking. Fortunately, on May 16, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Katusabe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Her mother says, "After surgery I will go for a thanks giving mass in church to thanks God for my second chance.’’
Losio is a young student from Uganda. She is the sixth out of seven children in her family. Her best subjects are mathematics, chemistry, and English. In the future, she wants to be a biostatistician. About one year ago, Losio developed a swelling on her left forearm. Although it’s not painful, it is increasing in size, making her uncomfortable. Losio traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 23, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Losio needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. She says, "After surgery I will continue with my studies."
Joseph is a farmer from Kenya. He is a father of two children. Last month, Joseph fell from an avocado tree, fracturing his left ankle. He is not able to walk or work to provide for his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 15, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After recovery, Joseph will be able to work and walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. Joseph says, “I wish that soon I will be able to walk with a lot of ease and provide for my family."
Upendo is a young girl from Tanzania. She is an only child in her small family. Upendo is currently in kindergarten, and she hopes to enroll to primary school next year. Upendo is a happy child who loves her friends and enjoys singing. Her mother sells cloths, and her father is drives a motorcycle. For three years, Upendo has been experiencing difficulty breathing and frequent fever. This has caused her to miss school often. Upendo was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Upendo, which is scheduled to take place on May 3. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Upendo of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Upendo says, “Please help me get treatment so that I can be able to breath okay.”
Jospina is a farmer from Kenya. She is 66 years old and resides in a small village in a very hilly region of the Rift Valley. About a week ago, Jospina was fetching wood to use while cooking. She tripped on a rock and sustained a fracture in her left hand. Although she has received first aid care, Jospina is currently experiencing pain and cannot concentrate on her responsibilities. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 19, Jospina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. We hope this treatment will relieve Jospina of pain so she can return home to take care of her family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I am in need of treatment because this pain is so severe," says Jospina.
George is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have eight grown children who help on the family farm. To supplement the family income, George raises goats. In his free time, he likes to worship with his family at his local church. Since January 2018, George has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund George's surgery. On March 13, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. George and his family were very relived to hear that his surgery would be funded. He is looking forward to no longer dealing with the pain associated with his condition. He says, "Thank you for this support."
Ort is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son and two daughters. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Ort developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ort learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On March 5, 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 son says, "My mom cannot go outside alone, she needs someone to help her get around. She is looking forward to having restored sight and living an independent life again after surgery."
Pai is a ten-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his parents, brother, and sister. His father helps around the house, while his mother works as a shopkeeper. His siblings had to stop attending school when they were younger to help support the family. His brother now works as a daily laborer, while his sister works as a seamstress. In his free time, Pai likes to play football with his friends. In February, Pai hit his head against a wooden post at school. When he went home that night, Pai vomited and developed a fever and a headache, and his eye started to swell. Currently, Pai is suffering from a severe eye condition and has to cover his eye with an eye shield. His family is really worried about his health and their financial situation. Doctors want Pai to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Pai's CT scan and care, scheduled for March 12. "I want to become a professional football player when I grow up," said Pai.
Denis is a young student from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. Denis is currently in first grade and enjoys mathematics and drawing classes. He is a loving and caring brother to his sister and loves playing different games with his friends. Denis’s mother is a businesswoman who sells snacks at the bus stand. His stepfather is a painter. When he was two, Denis sustained serious burns. His mother was boiling beans in the kitchen, and Denis walked to the hot cooking pot and put his right hand in the boiling beans. Now, Denis cannot easily move his right wrist, which affects his performance in school. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Denis receive treatment. On March 6, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to give him full use of his right wrist. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Denis says, “I will be happy if I will be able to use my hand to hold a football and play with my friends. Thank you very much for helping me and my family by paying for this surgery.”
Sam is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son and enjoys spending time with her family. 43 years ago, Sam 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, Sam experiences inactive ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. It is difficult for her to hear, and she often experiences ear discomfort. Sam traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 19, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I really hope my hearing is improved and I can more easily listen to my family members and return to work."
Son is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, one daughter, and ten grandchildren. She enjoys reading the Bible and listening to monks pray on the radio. Four years ago, Son developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, irritation, tearing, clouded lens, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Son learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 8, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see better so I can clearly read the Bible and can recognize the faces of my loved ones."
Njebela is a boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. He completed grade seven and now helps his parents with farm work. When he can, Njebela enjoys playing soccer. Njebela has a keloid, or a mass of scar tissue, on the back of his neck. It has been there since he was a small child. It itches and sometimes grows painful. Njebela traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Njebela needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.