Katherine joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Katherine's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Ner, a man from Burma, to fund hernia surgery.
Katherine has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 12 countries.
Katherine has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 12 countries.
Ner is a 56-year-old man from Burma. He is a subsistence farmer, and he likes to listen religious sermons in his free time. Ner has had a hernia for five years. Fortunately, on June 28, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Ner's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Ner said, “When I am completely healed, I will work on my farm again. I will continue to go to the temple and do some merit activities.”
Soksomaly is a 19-year-old college student from Cambodia. She is a hotel and tourism student and hopes to become a translator in the future. Five years ago, Soksomaly 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, Soksomaly experiences headaches, hearing loss, discharge, and itchiness. It is difficult for her to hear, and she often experiences difficulty communicating with others. Soksomaly traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 3, 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 hope that this operation will allow me to hear properly and for the infection and discharge to stop."
Cherenet is a toddler from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with kids in his age. His mom is a single mother. Cherenet was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Cherenet has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Cherenet will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 2. AMHF is requesting $1,021 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mothers says, “All I want is for him to be cured. I hope my child will get the treatment and be healed.”
Victor is a young boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Unfortunately, his father passed away last year. He is being raised by his mother. Victor was born with an unusual condition in both feet. He underwent surgery on his left foot in 2017, and his foot has healed well. He now needs to undergo the same surgery on his right foot to help him walk comfortably. Surgery is scheduled for March 11 and will cost $1,165. His mother says, "I am humbly requesting for further support from Watsi for my son to walk well without any difficulty."
Alex is a young student from Kenya. Alex’s mother sells groceries to support her family. Alex has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Alex is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Alex. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 11. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Alex to grow up healthy. “The swell was really worrying us but we are happy to know so many people have had the same issue and got treated,” says Alex's mother.
Alex is a baby from Kenya. Alex lives with his two siblings and parents in the Eastern region of Kenya. Alex underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Alex's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Alex. The surgery is scheduled to take place on February 1 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. “Please help us once again and we will appreciate,” says Alex’s mother.
Yoeung is a grandfather from Cambodia. He has one daughter and two grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. He used to be a rice farmer when his vision was better. A year ago, Yoeung developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yoeung learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On December 5, 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 look forward to going for walks on my own and feeding my chickens at home. I hope my vision is much improved."
Austine is a farmer with six children from Malawi. He enjoys doing home crafting work in his free time and playing with his 12 grandchildren. Since before 2014, Austine 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 Austine's surgery. On September 25, 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. He is expecting good results from the surgery. He says, "I am thankful for this program which will finally help me after I was turned away by several other hospitals; I hope this program can continue to help others like me. Thank you very much!"
Rashid is a farmer with a large family from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have eight children and more than 20 grandchildren. Since last month, Rashid has been experiencing pain and coughing. 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 Rashid's surgery. On September 6, 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. He says, "I am accepting this help with both hands open; I am ready to have the operation and return to good health! Thank you!"
Onesiforo is a student from Tanzania. He is eight years old and the second-born child in a family of two. Last year, Onesiforo was sitting next to a fire. Suddenly, the cloth in which he was wrapped caught fire. He sustained burns across his body. Now, the burns on his hands have turned into contractures, limiting his ability to move his hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Onesiforo receive treatment. On August 7, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help him regain motion. Now, Onesiforo needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Onesiforo’s father says, “Please help my son if you can, he has stopped going to school due to the stares other kids give him. This other wound has refused to heal. If you can help us please do.”
Bryson is a young student from Tanzania. He is a very friendly boy. Unfortunately, he has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Bryson traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Bryson's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. His guardian says, “Bryson is such lovely boy and I wish I could help him more with his condition but I don’t have the power."
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."