Sara Stermenszky
Sara's Story

Sara joined Watsi on March 28th, 2013. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sara's most recent donation supported Rebecca, a friendly and caring woman from Kenya, to fund surgery for ovarian cysts.

Impact

Sara has funded healthcare for 37 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Sara

Lydia is a small-scale farmer and a mother of six. Her husband is a businessman who buys and sells dry produce such as beans around their village. They own a four-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Their firstborn is now 30 years old and their youngest is nine years old and in the second grade. She proudly shared that her other children are also in school at different class levels. One year ago, Lydia began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck pains and in October, she had airway obstruction to the extent that she could hardly breathe. She visited a health unit and managed to get relief through medication. Currently, her airway obstruction has persisted and she must have her head supported her to sleep. She has completely stopped farming due to her condition. She came to Rushoroza Hospital where tests were done after a review by the doctor she was diagnosed with a non-toxic nodular goiter. The doctor has recommended surgery but she is unable to raise the required fees. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lydia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 7th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Lydia says, “I hope to live a normal and free life again through the surgery. My family and I cannot afford the surgery and I pray that I may be considered for treatment.”

$333raised
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Lydia is a small-scale farmer and a mother of seven. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and their eldest child is now 50 years old. They own a four-room mud house and work hard to try to make ends meet for their family. Over 20 years ago, Lydia began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck pains and a small swelling which she initially thought would disappear on its own but it did not. Currently, she suffers from airway obstruction and can no longer climb hills comfortably. She very much likes playing and dancing (traditional dances) with her grandchildren but no longer does so comfortably in her current condition. She was scheduled for a surgery appointment at Kabale Referral Hospital about four months ago, but had to cancel because she was unable to raise the funds for surgery. She has now come to Rushoroza Hospital to seek treatment for her multi-nodular goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Lydia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 14th. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and Lydia and her family need help raising money. Lydia says, “I hope to finally get relieved of the goitre through surgery because I have lived in this undesirable condition for quite long. I hope to continue with farming comfortably after my treatment.”

$333raised
Fully funded

Tusingwire is a 53-year-old woman and a mother of three children. Two of her children have gotten married after completing school, while her youngest child is still in school. Together with her husband, Tusingwire cultivates a small piece of land to make ends meet. A vast part of their land has so far been sold to pay fees for their children. They have to work very hard in order to meet family demands, and struggle to also pay medical fees. For a year now, Tusingwire has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pains and other challenging symptoms. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. The condition gives her restless nights and makes her feel fatigued easily. The bleeding also worries her as it might cause anaemia. Tusingwire has tried managing her condition with medication, to no avail. At one of the facilities, she had surgery recommended and was contemplating selling her only piece of land to raise the amount required for surgery. However, she was fortunately referred to our medical partner's care center Nyakibale Hospital, where she met our Watsi partner team. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tusingwire's surgery. On June 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tusingwire will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tusingwire shared, “I humbly beg that you help me undergo the surgery since I can’t afford the cost. I hope to recover well afterwards and continue with farming so as to educate my little daughter at least up to senior four.”

$219raised
Fully funded