Stephen has funded healthcare for 207 patients in 15 countries.
Alice is a 49-year-old woman from central Kenya. She is married with four children. Alice is a housewife and her husband is a subsistence farmer. Their eldest daughter who accompanied Alice to the hospital is a street vendor. One year ago, Alice began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in swallowing and a swelling on the neck. 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 Alice receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on August 25th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. "It would be very good to see myself normal again without the swelling. I believe through God’s mercy Watsi will come to my aid,” said Alice.
Da is a 43-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. She and her husband have four children and three grandchildren. They work together on construction sites. She enjoys watching Thai dramas on TV with her kids, and often cooks for her whole family. One year ago, Da developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Da learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 $229 procedure. Da shared, "I know my family is worried about my vision and they want to help me, but I hope this surgery can help me be independent and recognize where I am and see my grandchildren."
Deab is a 19-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has been married for two years and has a five-month-old daughter. Deab's husband is a construction worker. She enjoys watching TV, cooking, taking care of her daughter, and listening to music. In 2019 she was in an accident that caused a closed fracture of her left femur. First she went to Vietnam for treatment but the surgery she received there did not heal her leg. It is painful and difficult for her to walk. A neighbor told Deab to come to CSC for help. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On September 2nd, Deab will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Surgeons at CSC will insert a nail and complete a bone graft. This procedure will allow her to walk easily again. Deab shared, "I hope after surgery my left leg can have full and normal function again so I can feel better and start my job again with no pain."
Kamusiime is a 38-year-old mom-of-3 and farmer from Uganda. She came to Nyakibale Hospital with supra-umbilical pain that has been persistent for 5 years. She reports feeling pain especially if she needs to bend for long hours or lies on her stomach. Kamusiime had never been to the hospital citing financial challenges. However, as her swell worsened and the pain has become more severe, she sought treatment at Nyakibale Hospital. A scan at the hospital has helped doctors to diagnose a supraumbilical mass that requires excision. She and her husband are both farmers and are unable to find the funds for her surgery. She requests support to pay for her treatment so that she can lead a more comfortable life. Kamusiime traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 13th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kamusiime needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Kamusiime says: “I hope I will recover from this pain I have been having for all this time. I plan to continue with farming after I have fully recovered.”
Makara is a 13-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and his younger sister. His father is a construction worker and his mother is a farmer. At school, Makara is in sixth grade. His favorite subject is reading, but he wants to be a soccer player when he grows up. He practices hard every day, and loves to play with his friends. In his free time, he does house chores or watches TV. In July 2017, Makara fell from a tree, causing a fracture in his left elbow. He went to a local hospital, where they installed hardware to repair the fracture. His fracture healed well, but the hardware still causes him some pain, is at risk of infection, and it is difficult for him to move his arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 13th, Makara will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will allow him to move freely without any pain. Makara shared, "I think I will be happier when this hardware is removed, and I can play soccer easily."
Eustase is a 40-year-old man from Kenya. He is married and has three children aged 16, 10, and 5 years of age. All of his children are currently in school. Eustase was involved in a tragic road accident while on a boda-boda (motocycle taxi) drive. Rushing to pick up a client, Eustase was sandwiched between a lorry and a matatu (public service van) on a highway a few kilometres from his home town. The driver was trying to pass Eustase when the lorry hit him. He sustained serious injuries that rendered him unconscious. Well-wishers rushed him to a nearby hospital for first aid and review and later to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital. After several tests and an x-ray, he was diagnosed with a right tibia fracture. Doctors recommended a series of surgeries by both orthopaedic and plastic surgery teams. So far, Eustase has gone through three surgeries. Unless he undergoes the complete series of surgeries scheduled, he is at risk of not being able to walk or work. Eustase has already undergone right femur IM nailing and tibia ex-fix; debridement of his wounds and skin grafting; and 1st stage bone transport surgeries in an attempt to normalize his life. Currently, he is able to walk with crutches, and has been under close review by the plastic and orthopaedic teams. Next, Eustase is scheduled to undergo a second stage bone transport to enable his bones to heal normally and allow him to gain strength to walk. However, these procedures are very costly for Eustase and his family. He runs a boda-boda business to make a living and feed his family, but his daily wage is low and he does not have enough to pay for the surgeries. Their family depends on this sole source of income for survival. He has not been able to work since his motorbike was destroyed during the accident. Eustase has been relying on his national health insurance medical coverage, but has depleted his funding allocation and is therefore unable to get additional help. His friends and relatives have helped supplement his rising medical costs. Eustase requests for assistance to meet the cost of his planned surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eustase's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to regain his ability to walk and significantly improve his quality of life. Eustace shared, “This procedure will help me be able to get back to normal and even walk again. My family depends on me, and with this fracture, I am not able to work or even take care of them.“
Samnang is a 28-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He enjoys exercising and going for walks with his family around the village. In July of 2019, Samnang fell off his motorcycle. He suffered injuries to his arm and went into a coma for one day, receiving initial treatment at a nearby hospital. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He cannot move his arm or hands, and has pain in his shoulder and only a little feeling in his arm. He is unable to return to work. Samnang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 9th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again and return to work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. "After my surgery, I hope that I will be able to move my wrist and elbow without any pain, and I will be able to return to work normally again," he shared.
Vutha is a 16-year-old monk from Cambodia. He lives at a pagoda in his local village and both of his parents are farmers. He also has three younger brothers who are living at home. Vutha keeps a busy schedule of daily chores, and when he has free time he likes reading books with other monks, and helping out the nuns who live in the pagoda as well. Two years ago, Vutha had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Vutha experiences ear discharge and hearing loss. He can't communicate clearly with others, and has consistent ear pain. Vutha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 5th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear 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. Vutha said, "I hope that my ear can be healed, so that I can do my duties well. It is difficult to do my daily work when my ear is hurting too much."
Noeun is a 54-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, four daughters, and six grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys spending time taking care of her family, feeding the chickens nearby her house, and watching television. In May 2019, Noeun was in a motorcycle accident and fractured her left leg. She is unable to walk or do any work, and experiences pain and swelling daily. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 9th, Noeun will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Surgery will allow her injuries to heal properly and help her to walk easily again. "I hope that my wounds will heal and I will no longer have any pain and can walk well again," she shared.
Vanna is a 64-year-old government employee. He and his wife have six children together, all of whom are grown and started their own families. His wife was a rice farmer, but recently retired. He reads a lot of books, and has started to collect books to give to his grandchildren. He also enjoys watching news on TV. Vanna has had chronic back pain for over ten years. He has managed the pain with painkillers and light exercise, but recently it started to get worse. He experiences numbness in his legs, and has difficulty sitting and standing. He came to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) on recommendation from a friend, and has been diagnosed with lumbar stenosis, a condition in which spinal nerves are pressured by the bone. Doctors will perform a laminectomy in order to relieve that pressure. This will allow him to walk easily with out pain. Now, CSC needs your help to fund this $1,027 procedure. Vanna shared, "I can't imagine life without back pain, so I am simply excited to feel what it will feel like when the surgery is done."
Sean is a 64-year-old farmer who makes a living selling her crops locally. Her husband died four years ago from heart disease, but she has nine children in the area. She lives with one of her daughters, and together they help take care of her nine grandchildren. In her free time she loves to visit the local pagodas and take part in celebrations and ceremonies. 2 years ago, Sean started to experience back pain. She was able to work despite this pain, but the condition got worse over time. She was able to obtain painkillers which helped her continue to function. However, she recently has felt her pain increasing again. She experiences too much pain to be able to walk or stand for longer than a few minutes, and has difficulty sleeping. Luckily, Sean has come to Children's Surgical Centre, for help and doctors will be able to perform a laminectomy to relieve pressure on the nerves in her spinal cord. She will feel immediate pain relief and will have a much easier time doing all of her daily activities. She will also be able to return to her work and take care of her grandchildren.
Regina is a 46-year-old woman from Kenya. She works as a secretary at the Kiambu County Offices with limited income and shared that she has not been paid for some months. Since five years ago, Regina has been experiencing lower abdominal pains and abnormal uterine bleeding. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $791 to fund Regina's surgery. On June 5th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Regina will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. “I have been paying for national health insurance hoping it would help me and also if my salary was paid I would have tried to cater for this operation. Now I plead for support so that I can undergo this surgery and at least get back to my normal life,” said Regina.