Stephen joined Watsi on April 14th, 2013. Seven years ago, Stephen joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Stephen's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Erick, a seven-month-old boy from Kenya, to fund surgery for his birth condition.
Stephen has funded healthcare for 222 patients in 15 countries.
Stephen has funded healthcare for 222 patients in 15 countries.
Erick is a seven-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of two children. His mother does laundry work to help provide for the family, while his father is a veterinarian in the area. His business was doing well before the COVID-19 pandemic, but unfortunately, they had to stop paying for health insurance when they became financially strained due to the pandemic. Erick was born with an anorectal malformation, or a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He is scheduled to have corrective surgery on July 5th and now our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,393 to cover the total cost of Erick's procedure and care. After his recovery, Erick will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing severe health complications in the future. Erick’s father shared, “during this hard time of the pandemic, we are not able to raise any money for Erick’s surgery. Please help us."
Francis is a 48-year-old hawker and a married father of two children, ages 12 and 14. Francis sells a variety of items like pencils and books in Nairobi. His wife is a cook at a nearby school, but unfortunately, due to COVID-19 she has been staying home with no salary. On the evening of Thursday, May 27, Francis was a passenger on a motorbike that was hit by a speeding car as they entered an intersection. He sustained injuries to his head and mouth and fractured his right leg. He was brought to our medical partner's care center where he received stitches in his head and an x-ray showed that he has a fractured tibia and fibula. The surgeon recommended that Francis undergo a fracture repair procedure. If not treated, he will continue to experience pain, and the bones could heal in a suboptimal position. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 3rd, Francis will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Francis will be free from the pain, the fracture will heal and he will be able to resume work. Now, AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Francis shared, “I will appreciate very much any help because I have no way to raise the money needed for the surgery. I hope to get well and assist my wife in taking care of our family."
Beatrice is a three-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of five children. She is an outgoing and friendly girl who loves to play with other children. Beatrice and her siblings are being raised by their mother, who sells vegetables and fruits to make a living. She also practices small scale farming and the family grows most of the food they need at home. Beatrice went to play with a neighbor's child who is around the same age. While at her neighbor’s house, a fire had been started to prepare food. As the children were playing, Beatrice accidentally fell onto the fire. She has open wounds and a contracture behind her knee. She is at risk of infection and is not able to move her leg freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Beatrice receive treatment. On May 4th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk easily again. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Beatrice’s mother shared, "my daughter cannot stand nor walk due to the contracture. She used to walk and go out playing with other children which is something she can’t do any more. Please help my daughter."
Saidi is a 23-year-old from Tanzania who was born with spina bifida. He was able to have his spina bifida corrected when he was younger, which saved his life and allowed him to grow up to a strong young man. Saidi was able to go to school until class seven but was not able to continue with his education due to his parents' financial challenges. Saidi’s parents are small-scale farmers and have six children, of which Saidi is the third born child. Saidi used to join his parents in farming, but he had to stop and seek treatment because his legs and feet are bowed, which makes standing and walking very challenging. In 2014, Saidi came to our medical partner's care center to seek treatment because he had limb external rotation, which was causing him difficulty with walking and carrying out daily life activities. Through funding support, he was able to have his feet and legs corrected, and was able to resume normal life once more. Since then, over the last few years Saidi’s left foot has developed a serious infection that has struggled to heal. The infection would repeatedly start to heal but would return within five to six months, which makes it difficult for him to work and make a life for himself. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 19th, Saidi will undergo a left leg amputation below the knee to save him from the pain and suffering he is going through as doctors noted his foot can no longer be saved. Through this surgery, Saidi will eventually be able to use a prosthetic leg which will enable him to walk with ease and return to his daily life activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,088 to fund this procedure. Saidi shared, “Please help me as this foot has taken me through so much suffering and pain. I would like to be able to work and make a living for myself, but due to this infection I haven't been able to do that. Kindly help me.”
Neema is a 5-year-old girl and the firstborn to her mother who has three children. Neema started kindergarten earlier this year. She is a hard-working girl for her age, and looks after her siblings when her mother goes out to work on the farm. She also likes to help her mother clean their home and wash dishes. Neema was involved in a fire accident when she was one year old. She had been left in the care of an older child when her parents went out to work on the farm. As the children were playing, Neema walked into a dying fire that had been started to burn cow dung from the cattle shed. She was rescued by a passer-by and was rushed to the hospital, where she was admitted for two months. Neema's wounds healed, but contractures formed on a finger on her right-hand and the toes on her right foot. Her feet and toes are especially painful when she wears shoes and walks for a long distance. Neema's parents are not able to afford the cost of her procedure that will help to treat her contractures. They depend solely on livestock keeping and small scale farming for a living. Neema's parents had not been able to seek treatment for their daughter earlier due to the remoteness of their village, lack of proper medical facilities, and financial challenges. They appeal for help and support for their daughter's surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Neema receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo surgery to free up her thumb for better movement and amputate her littlest finger at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,088, and she and her family need help raising money. Neema's father shared, “The fire accident has left my daughter with a disability. We hope for her to get treated but we cannot afford the cost. Please help us.”
Nary is a 79-year-old retired soldier from Cambodia. He has three sons, four daughters, and five grandchildren. Nary lives with his wife and two of his daughters. He shared that he likes to listen to the news and monks praying on the radio. Around three years ago, Nary developed a cataract in his left eye, causing blurry vision, photophobia, tearing, and pain. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nary learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On November 23rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Nary said, "At this age I just want to go to the pagoda and look after my grandchildren. I hope my eye gets better so I can do this."
Sokha is a 60-year-old mother of nine. She has two sons, seven daughters, and nine grandchildren. All of her children are now married. She lives with her husband who is a farmer and she used to work in the rice field with her husband, but for the last five years she has not gone because she cannot see. She stays home to help look after her grandchildren instead. She likes to watch Khmer movies on the TV and listen to the radio. When she was about fifty, Sokha developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itching, irritation, burning, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sokha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Sokha needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for February 4th. She told us, "I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I want to help my husband to plant rice to earn money to support our family."
Danika is a 24-year-old nurse from Cambodia. Danika has been married for five years and has one son. She lives with her husband in Phnom Penh near both of their work sites. Danika enjoys preparing food for her son and spending time with her family. In 2018, Danika had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Danika experiences pain, discharge, and hearing loss. It is difficult for her to communicate clearly with others because of the hearing loss. Danika traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 2nd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Danika said, "I hope my hearing will improve after surgery."
Iv is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons and seven grandchildren. Her husband passed away three years ago, so she is living with her second son, who is also a farmer. She used to help him with the farm work, but since her vision has deteriorated, her ability to work is limited. In her free time she cooks and listens to the radio. Four years ago, Iv developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Iv learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure. Iv shared, "I want to see well so I can be more independent and travel by myself."
Kemirembe lost both her parents and was raised by her stepmother. She has two siblings, both are married and earn a living through small-scale farming. Kemirembe and her husband are also small-scale farmers who mostly grow sugarcane and tomatoes. Kemirembe has two children and is expecting her third. She delivered her previous two via cesarean and now needs to deliver her third via cesarean as well. This will help avoid complications like uterine rupture, fetal distress or possibly maternal death. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Kemirembe will undergo surgery on July 7th. She needs your help to fund this $252 surgery. Kemirembe shared, “I hope to deliver a healthy baby and to regain my health once again after surgery so I can continue farming.”
Musinguzi is a second-hand shoe vendor from Uganda. He's a married father to four and his wife is a primary school teacher. They own a three-room permanent house for their family's shelter. His eldest child is 16 years old and in secondary school, the second born is 8 years old and in primary school, the third born is 5 years old and in preschool while his youngest is 4 years old and hasn’t started school. Musinguzi is a second-hand shoe vendor and shared that it is challenging to gather school fees for his children and their family's other basic needs. Ten years ago, Musinguzi developed a small swelling on his left wrist that has been progressively increasing in size over time. At a certain point, he decided to use herbs but this did not help him. Two months ago he visited a physician who made a simple cut through the mass but this also did not help his condition either. He has pain whenever something presses on the swollen part of his wrist or whenever he twists his hand. He came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. If not treated with a mass excision surgery, he will continue experiencing the pain stopping him from comfortably doing his work. Musinguzi traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 15th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Musinguzi needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Musinguzi shared, “I have the fear that anything could come out of the swelling if not treated on time, I feel uncomfortable. I look forward to resuming my business as soon as possible.”
Tumwebaze is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and is a mother to five boys and one girl, all of whom are studying at different levels in school. Tumwebaze and her husband earn a living from small scale farming, growing food crops like beans, tomatoes, and maize for home consumption and selling the surplus to make a living. Two years ago, Tumwebaze started experiencing lower abdominal pain. Upon seeking care, she was diagnosed with a chronic pelvic adhesion. The adhesion causes tissues and structures to stick together that otherwise would not, which causes the pain she is experiencing. Tumwebaze needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tumwebaze's surgery. On November 17th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumwebaze will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tumwebaze shared, “I hope to have a new life after my surgery to continue with farming after I have fully recovered.”