Peggy joined Watsi on May 1st, 2013. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Peggy's most recent donation supported Deborah, a woman from Kenya, to fund a hysterectomy to treat endometrial cancer.
Peggy has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Peggy has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Deborah works as a helper at a house and for a family in Kenya. Her husband passed away 11 years ago and she has been raising their three children on her own. Her children are now adults and, although they are supportive, they don’t yet have stable jobs. One year ago, Deborah began experiencing severe lower abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She needs to have a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $794 to fund Deborah's surgery. On March 18th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Deborah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Deborah shared, “I am in so much pain and the discomfort has made me unable to work. My savings cannot cover the required cost of surgery.”
Marline is a 7-year-old boy from Kenya. He is a cheerful boy and a Grade 2 student at Jayden Academy. Marline wants to be an engineer when he grows up. Marline's mother says that he loves to dismantle and assemble electronics in the house, and is well on his way to his career dreams. Additionally, Marline has a condition called spina bifida. Earlier in April 2020, Marline was playing with his friends when his mother noticed a small pimple-like wound on his right foot. It was small at first, but slowly started to grow bigger in size. His mother rushed him to a nearby health centre in their hometown, where he has been undergoing dressing in the facility but they have not seen much improvement. Since Marline has been coming to Kijabe Hospital for his spina bifida clinic, he opted to seek review in the hospital and get this wound checked. He was reviewed a week ago by the plastic and pediatric surgical teams, who recommended that he undergoes debridement, excision of calcaneal ulcer, and flap cover surgery to clean and heal his infected wound. Currently, Marline is in pain and at risk for further infection. If left unattended, the wound may result in severe infection and possible amputation. Unfortunately, these procedures are costly for Marline's family. His mother is a single mother raising two kids on her own. Their family lives in a bedsitter house in Ruai, at the outskirts of Nairobi. Marline's father left the family and his responsibility. Marline's mother is the sole breadwinner of the family and she has a small grocery kiosk. The total profit from the venture is very small, and her close relatives are not able to assist with financial support. Their family appeals for help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Marline receive treatment. On January 6th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help heal the wound and prevent possible complications. Now, Marline's family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Marline's mother says, “This wound is worsening by the day. If left unattended, doctors say that he might lose his leg. This would be hurting all of us. Kindly help us as we really don’t have a way out."
Alex is a four-year-old playful boy. He has struggled with his hearing since birth. However, the condition became known when he has 9 months old. His parents took him to different hospitals seeking care. He had several tests run over the period. In 2020, his parents were advised to seek care at Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where Alex had hearing aids recommended. He only perceives loud noises or barely speaks. Alex’s parents are peasants from Nyeri county. His father works as a miner in a stone quarry near their home while his mother is a housewife. Their daily income is about $4 which is too low to meet the cost required. Alex has one sibling and together, they live with their parents in a two-roomed rental house. His father appeals for financial assistance. Alex’s father says, “Our hope is to see Alex being able to talk and lead a normal life.”
Ithungu is a farmer from Uganda. He is a widower and a father of four children. For ten years, Ithungu has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue death or damage. Fortunately, on April 10, 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 Ithungu's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "After surgery I will do simple work at home."
Elineris is six years old and lives in a rural community in the Dominican Republic with her parents and one older sister. Her parents are both farmers. She is in kindergarten and loves everything having to do with princesses. Elineris was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sickly and weak. Although Elineris is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. Elineris will be one of the first children to receive this care. First, Elineris will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 11. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Elineris also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Elineris's surgical care. "We would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Elineris. We never imagined she would ever have this chance" says her mother.
“Fifty-nine-year-old Cheng is married with two sons, four daughters, and 12 grandchildren,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) tells us. “She works as a rice and crop farmer. In her free time, she enjoys caring for the yard around her home and doing house work.” Three months ago, Cheng developed a cataract in each eye and a pterygium, a growth on the clear tissue of the eye. CSC explains, “This causes her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, burning, and she is afraid of the sunshine. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside on her own.” Cheng and her husband traveled three hours for treatment at CSC. Cataract treatment for both of Cheng’s eyes costs $225. With the addition of artificial implants and the removal of pterygium, “she will be able to see everything clearly again and her pain and irritation will go away,” says CSC.
Branli is a 16-month-old little boy from Guatemala who lives in an adobe home with his parents. Our medical partner, Wuku' Kawoq (WK), reports that Branli likes turtles and cars, and enjoys playing with his cousins. Branli has acute severe malnutrition and diarrhea, WK explains. Without intervention, Branli’s health will continue to worsen. He will be at risk for long term effects of malnutrition and infectious diseases. His sickness also causes him to quickly lose fluids and become severely dehydrated. With $535, Branli can receive growth monitoring, micronutrient supplementation, and medication to recoup some of his lost weight and height. "His parents will receive intensive nutrition education," WK adds, "Thus building their confidence and ability to care for Branli throughout his childhood." “I hope that he will grow strong and be able to enjoy school in the future," says Branli's mother.
Meet Daniel, a 61-year-old father from Kenya. Daniel's youngest child is currently in college studying to become a teacher, an opportunity that was made possible with the sponsorship of the family’s church. Daniel used to work for the Ministry of Health. He has since then retired and now works as a herdsman selling cattle and milk to provide for his family. For the past two months, Daniel’s eyesight has steadily declined due to a cataract in his right eye. This condition limits his vision, prevents him from working, and makes it difficult to read or write. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us, “If surgery is not done, the condition could get worse and this might lead to permanent blindness in the right eye. Daniel will not be able to work.” AMHF will be able to provide Daniel with cataract removal surgery for $230, a treatment that is expected to give Daniel back his ability to see. Let’s work together and help Daniel access the healthcare he needs.
Nemoipo is the radiant daughter of a cattle farmer and a house wife. She loves playing netball with her friends, and excels in school. She dreams of becoming a teacher. Nemoipo has been diagnosed with genus valgus, a severe deformity that makes her knees angle inward and knock together when she walks. Nemoipo experiences pain and difficulty living a normal, active life. A $500 surgery can enable Nemoipo to walk without pain. It will also prevent future early degenerative joint disease, making it possible for her to continue participating in sports and living an active life!