Sara joined Watsi on March 28th, 2013. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sara's most recent donation supported Tusingwire, a mother of three from Uganda, to fund treatment for uterine fibroids.
Sara has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 6 countries.
Sara has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 6 countries.
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.”
Kyogabirwe is a 32-year-old mother of two who came to our Medical Partner's Care Center Nyakibale hospital for her antenatal visits and doctors have advised her to deliver through a caesarian section to ensure her health and that of the baby. Kyogabirwe however is worried about the cost of this delivery. She lost her nursery teaching job when Covid-19 arrived and schools were closed. Their family's only source of income is her husband's small motorcycle business, but the income is not enough to meet the cost of living and medical cost. Kyogabirwe shared, “I will really be grateful for your support. COVID19 has really affected us financially. After I recovery from the c-section, I hope to continue with farming.”
Thida is a five-year-old child and her father is a blacksmith while her mother is a seller in the market. One of the things she likes to do when she is not in school is telling jokes to her mother :) For the past year, Thida has had difficulty swallowing. She does not sleep well at night because she cannot breathe well. Her parents are concerned because it is hard for her to concentrate in school when she doesn't sleep well. As a result, Thida often feels poorly and misses school. When Thida's parents learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her mother hoping for treatment. On March 30th, doctors will perform a tonsillectomy. After recovery, she will be able to breathe better and sleep more restfully at night. Now, Thida needs help to fund this $241 procedure. Thida's mother shared, “I hope after surgery that my daughter can breathe and swallow better than before. She often misses school, and she wants an education."
Tibesigwa is a shop keeper and is married with five children. He shared that one child has passed away, one is an engineer, one does welding, and the others are small scale farmers. They are all married. His wife is a small scale farmer while he is a shopkeeper since he no longer has the ability to gig. He was once a machine operator in early years but now retired. Since two years ago, Tibesigwa has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working. Fortunately, on February 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Tibesigwa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Tibesigwa says “I am tired of this condition that has affected my life and given me a hard time. I pray that the donors help me out of this situation and I stabilize to continue working in my shop for a living since I am aging.”
Pascalina is a 38-year-old mother of seven. She is a farmer and loves looking after her children, who are all in school. Pascalina was married, but her husband passed away in 2009, so she has been taking care of her family on her own ever since. Now, her brother occasionally provides financial support to her family for school fees and other basic needs. When she was 18 years old, Pascalina sustained a burn and was taken to a hospital nearby. Her wounds healed, but she developed a contracture on her right hand, which makes it hard for her to carry out her day-to-day duties normally. It has been difficult for her to look after her children with this contracture, and she has been relying on her left hand as a result. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Pascalina receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help restore mobility to her right hand. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Pascalina shared, "Please help me have this surgery because it will enable me to work and carry out my daily life activities with ease, especially taking care of my children.”
Bamwoya is a charcoal maker from Uganda and a married father to eight children, three sons and five daughters. All his children are married and are now small-scale farmers. Bamwoya shared that he wasn't able to finish school after the third grade as his family did not have funds for school fees. He currently earns a living from making charcoal and his wife is a small scale farmer. Since three years ago, Bamwoya has had bilateral inguinal hernia. He experiences pain bending or standing for a long time, which makes his day to day tasks and working challenging for him. Fortunately, on January 5th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Bamwoya's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bamwoya says: “I have faith and believe that once my surgery is done, I will be well and able to continue with making charcoal.”
Lydia is a 71-year-old woman with a mature cataract on her the left eye. She currently struggles to see and experiences ocular pain. She needs cataract surgery to enable her to restore her vision. In June 2019, Lydia underwent cataract surgery on her right eye with the support of Watsi donors and has been well. However, towards the end of December 2020, her other eye started losing vision and occasionally paining. She visited Kijabe Hospital for a review and checkup as she had previously visited the facility and had surgery. This month she managed to see a doctor who recommended that she undergo surgery as soon as possible to enable her to regain her sight. Lydia is a retired civil servant and is currently a small scale farmer in their ¼ acre piece of land. They grow crops for their family to eat. Lydia's husband is elderly and doesn’t work any longer. They rely on their two adult children who are casual laborers in their home village named Gachege for support, which is especially helpful as she is diabetic and a hypertensive patient. Fortunately, Lydia is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove and replace her blurred lens. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $231 procedure. Lydia says, “My eye is losing sight, I need this surgery to be able to see better again.”
Nganizi is a 57-year-old farmer from Uganda. He came to Nyakibale hospital with complaints of swelling around his inguinal area over the past two years. This is painful especially when he strains, coughs, or bends. Being a farmer, most of the time he is doing strenuous work and it becomes painful for him. Nganizi had not sought treatment before but when he heard of the surgical program in the hospital, he opted to be seen by the surgeon. He was diagnosed with a bilateral inguinal hernia after a scan was done and herniorrhaphy surgery is recommended. This surgery will help reduce instances of hernia strangulation and even intestinal obstruction which may be fatal. His other hurdle is financing the surgery. As a father of 7, he relies on farming to pay fees for his children who are still in school. His wife joins him on the farm to make ends meet. Their family is not able to meet the cost of surgery and appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, on October 13th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Nganizi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Nganizi says, “I am hopeful that the surgery will go on well and I will thereafter continue with farming so I can continue sustaining my family.”
Tumuhirwe is a 65-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to two children: a boy and a girl. Both never completed school due to lack of school fees for their family. She currently earns a living from farming where she grows food crops for home consumption and she sells off the surplus to get some money to buy soap and paraffin. She shared with us that her husband died in 2018. Since two years ago, Tumuhirwe has been experiencing lower abdominal pain accompanied by discharge and dyspareunia. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesion. She 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 Tumuhirwe's surgery. On September 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumuhirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tumuhirwe says, “I hope to get better after my surgery because it’s the only hope I have after trying out everything and failing. I will resume with farming after I have completely recovered.”
Margaret is a 65-year-old woman from Kenya. She is a happy lady with two adult sons, whom she raised as a young, single mother. Margaret initially sought care due to excruciating pains in her knee and right leg. Her knee problems started back in late 2017, and she visited a health facility in her hometown, Kiambu, for medical attention. However, after that first treatment, her condition has only deteriorated. After visiting several health centers, she was referred to our medical partner's care center, Kijabe Hospital. In early October, she was reviewed by their orthopedic team, who recommended a total knee replacement surgery. Margaret underwent a knee replacement procedure and was finally discharged after a lengthy stay in the hospital. Unfortunately, during her follow-up clinical review visits, her doctors continued to discover infections and fluctuant swelling that require further attention and treatment. Margaret has undergone additional treatment including draining and debridement on the area that was operated on during her total knee replacement surgery. Now, she will need another debridement and skin graft procedure, in addition to a total knee implant hardware removal, to prevent possible infections that could result in amputation or even death. She is currently ambulating on crutches. In the past, Margaret relied on national health insurance funding to support her medical and surgical treatment costs. However, the money has been depleted over time, and they are unable to cover any additional surgical bills for her. Margaret does not work and has been relying on her sons for physical and financial support. They do not have have stable jobs and are responsible for monitoring her treatment and care. Margaret and her sons have tried to raise funds from friends and relatives, to no avail. They are appealing for financial help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Margaret receive treatment. On November 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal the infection and allow her to walk more easily. Now, Margaret needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Margaret shared, “I have been through a lot with this leg. Anytime it heals, the pain starts again. I can’t even sleep because of the pain. I appreciate any support you can provide."
Tuhirirwe and her husband are small-scale farmers from Uganda. She is a mother to four children with two boys and two girls, all are married and are small scale farmers. She dropped school at primary six but never proceeded due to lack of school fees. Three years ago, Tuhirirwe began experiencing abnormal abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with cervical polyp, premalignant cervical lesion, and left oophritis. She 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 Tuhirirwe's surgery. On August 18th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tuhirirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tuhirirwe says, “I hope that all will be well once I undergo surgery with your support. I expect better health and hope to resume with farming after I have fully recovered.”
Naw Khu is a 18-month-old baby girl from Burma who lives with her parents and grandparents. Her mother wants her to become a medic when she grows older so that she could help people in her village. About a month ago, Naw Khu started to have difficulty passing urine. Her parents took her to a hospital where she had the catheter inserted. Since then she has been living with the catheter on because whenever the catheter was removed she had difficulty. The family arrived at our partner hospital last week and Naw Khu received an ultrasound. The result revealed mass-like object which is pressing onto her bladder. Doctors now want Naw Khu to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Naw Khu's CT scan and care, scheduled for December 9th. Naw Khu’s father said, “We do not have money and could not speak Burmese well, so it was very difficult for us to go Yangon. We were very sad because we don't have any money. I just cried. I want her to be healthy and I also want her to grow up healthy like other children.”