Zachary joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Zachary's most recent donation supported Chaw, a 35-year-old woman from Burma, to fund a wound debridement on her foot.
Zachary has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Zachary has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Chaw is a 35-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two children in Burma. Her husband is a fisherman, who earns 10,000 kyat (approx. 10 USD) per day selling his catch at the market. However, she shared that since the coup d'état in February, he cannot work because he is afraid of being taken away. Her husband has tried to find other work, but nobody wants to hire him because they also have the same problem. About a year ago, Chaw was diagnosed with diabetes. She could not always afford to pay for medication, and only able to purchase it occasionally. One day, while she was doing household chores, she accidentally injured her left foot with a knife. The wound worsened, until she sought treatment at a local clinic, where it was recommended that she seek treatment at a hospital. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) is helping Chaw to receive treatment. Chaw visited BCMF's care center where a doctor examined her foot. While examining her, the doctor diagnosed her with a diabetes-related cellulitis ulcer and recommended surgery. Currently, the skin around Chaw's ulcer is red, she has a fever and experiences severe pain in her left foot, especially at night. On May 11th, she will undergo a wound debridement procedure, and now she needs help to fund the $694 procedure. Chaw shared, "our family has low income during these difficult times and we cannot pay for treatment. Our two children are staying with their grandmother because my husband has to take care of me while I am admitted at the hospital."
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.”
Chhang is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has seven children, twenty grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Five months ago, Chhang developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 09, 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 $211 procedure. Chhang said, "I hope that I will be able to return to the ceremonies at the pagoda and I will be able to recognize my relatives's faces."
Ruth is the sole breadwinner to her three children after separating with the husband after becoming ill. Ruth has complained of abdominal pains for some time now. She has had numerous tests to diagnose the pains, been under different medications that only reduce pain from time to time. In 2018, she was hospitalized with complains of persistent abdominal pains. In November, she complained again and this time they sought care in Watsi's partner facility AIC Kijabe Hospital. CT scanning revealed a gall bladder mass necessitating urgent surgery. Without the surgery, Ruth will be in constant pain and chances of further complications from the mass might imminent. Ruth sells second-hand clothes to make ends meet. Ruth is not able to meet the cost of surgery. She appeals for help.
Meet Sefania, a class four pupil who loves playing football. He is confident to be as good as Ronaldo in football. Unfortunately, his feet limit him from being the best player! He has bilateral clubfoot, a condition that affects the positioning of his feet. This makes it hard for him to walk or run. Despite the condition, Sefania enjoys playing football with his friends. He was reviewed in our facility and surgery to correct the deformity recommended. However, his parents are not able to raise the funds needed for the surgery. With the right surgery. Sefania will be able to walk with ease and less fatigue. He will enjoy playing football with his friends. Sefania is the second born in a family of three children. His parents are small scale farmers, relying on subsistence output to meet their daily needs. They are not able to provide for their family and save some more for their child's surgery. They appeal for help. Fortunately, Sefania traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 09. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Sefania's clubfoot repair. After treatment, He will be able to walk easily. Sefania says, “I would be so happy if I could walk like my friends and not have to struggle to have them help me.”
Tushemerirwe is a woman from Uganda. She is married with two children. Tushemerirwe has had severe lower abdominal pain for three years. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and needs to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy. The procedure is scheduled for February 18 and will cost $208. Tushemerirwe says, “I will be grateful when my condition is treated.”
Kibira is a photographer from Uganda. He is a father of three children. For two years, Kibira has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on December 12, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Kibira's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "I like watching films during my free time."
Hoem is a farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has seven daughters. He has nine grandchildren. He likes to listen to the news on the radio. A year ago, Hoem developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hoem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On January 3, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope I can return to work soon."
Akankunda is a tailor from Uganda. She is married with three children, and all are studying in school. Four years ago, Akankunda began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath, inability to swallow, and an irritating cough. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Akankunda receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 19 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Akankunda says, “I will continue with tailoring after surgery as I will be relieved of this condition that has given me a hard time.”
Megan is a baby from Kenya. Her mother named her after Meghan Markle. Megan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Megan will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Megan that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 28 and will drain the excess fluid from Megan's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Megan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.
Kemitarango is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with six children. Kemitarango has had a swelling on her abdomen for three years. This causes her discomfort. Kemitarango traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 11, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kemitarango needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kemitarango says, “I hope to continue with small scale farming after surgery as I will be fine.”
Ester is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of two children. Her parents are small scale farmers. Last summer, Esther sustained burns across her body. Her arm has become rigid, and she can no longer straighten it. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ester receive treatment. On November 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her regain function of her arm. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Ester’s mother says, “I wish may child could get the needed surgery so that she can be able to use her right hand.”