Caroline joined Watsi on June 17th, 2015. 18 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Caroline's most recent donation supported Vumilia, a 2-year-old girl from Tanzania, to fund knee surgery so she can learn to walk well.
Caroline has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 8 countries.
Caroline has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 8 countries.
Vumilia is a 2-year-old girl from Tanzania. She has a beautiful smile and is very charming. Vumilia is the third born in a family of four children. Her parents come from the northern part of Tanzania known as Serengeti, which is close to the Serengeti National Park. Most of the people living in this region depend on small-scale farming for a living. Vumilia's parents grow mostly maize, sorghum, and vegetables, selling part of their harvest to make a humble income to support the family. Vumilia was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, or bowleggedness. Her legs bow inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Vumilia has a difficult time walking and often feels pain after walking for a while. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Vumilia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Vumilia's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Vumilia’s mother shared, “My daughter is struggling so much that she can no longer play well with her siblings and is forced to sit by herself most times which saddens me as her mother. Please help correct her legs."
Saroeun is a mother of three from Cambodia. She's married and has one daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. She lives with her husband who a farmer, while Saroeun is a server at a restaurant. In her free time she enjoys watching Khmer shows and movies. Saroeun developed a pterygium in her left eye about five years ago, causing her itching, irritation, pain, 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 Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour by tuk tuk with her son seeking treatment. Saroeun 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 November 19th. Saroeun said, "I hope my eye gets well soon so I can earn some money to support my family."
Meet Nicodemus a 14 year-old boy. He is social and likes inventing new things. Nicodemus is the 4th born in a family of 5 children. He is class 8 candidate at Daystar Primary School in Athi River. The family hails from Athi River in Machakos County. His mother is a vendor and widowed. She sells porridge and chapatis in the construction sites. His mother noticed a sudden change in his walking style last year. Nicodemus also complained of his knees knocking each other a situation which was giving him a rough time to walk and play with her friends at school. He currently feels pain as he walks as the left knee knock the right. He is currently using crutches to walk and his condition is worsening. “I would love to walk like other people, I am not comfortable with walking using crutches and I would like to achieve my passion of becoming an engineer. Any kind of support will be highly appreciated.” Nicodemus informed us.
Patrick is a husband and father of five from Malawi. He is a farmer who grows rice, maize, and peanuts. Since January 2018, Patrick has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Patrick's surgery. On April 4, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Patrick is very happy that he will be receiving this surgery because the symptoms have interfered with his daily life and work. He says, "Thank you very much, Watsi is doing a good job because people in Malawi are lacking many things."
Kawembabazi is a 20-year-old student from Uganda. She has eight siblings, and her parents are farmers who cultivate food both for home consumption and for sale. In the future, Kawembabazi hopes to become a nurse. In December 2016, Kawembabazi felt a mass in her left breast. She shared her concern with her parents, however they didn't pay it much attention because the mass was not painful. In May 2017, our medical partner's care center ordered a scan and diagnosed Kawembabazi with a fibroadenoma, a noncancerous breast tumor. She was advised to have surgery as soon as possible in order to prevent the mass from growing and developing a malignancy of any sort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $196 to fund mass excision surgery for Kawembabazi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Kawembabazi to live more comfortably. Kawembabazi says, "After surgery I will have peace of mind because I am worried it might be cancerous."
Meet Nyabukye, a 31-year-old woman from Uganda. She is the mother of three children, and she works on the farm with her husband. After giving birth to her second child in 2013, Nyabukye developed a hernia in her left inguinal region. This condition caused her pain and discomfort, but she never received treatment. She became unable to dig, lift heavy items, or walk long distances. Recently, Nyabukye visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, after her neighbor told her about a surgical procedure that might alleviate her pain. On November 16, she underwent a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. After recovery, Nyabukye hopes to keep working to provide for her family.
18-year-old Luis lives in rural Guatemala with his mother. He has been living with epilepsy since he was two years old. Luis was a healthy child until he contracted a fever that left him unable to walk or get up from bed. The illness confined him to a wheelchair and resulted in seizures that still occur three to six times a week. Since then, Luis has tried many medications and treatment strategies with little success. On October 14, 2016, Luis began a series of diagnostic tests––including labs and an MRI––with physicians at our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), to determine the cause of his seizures. The WK medical team will develop a personalized treatment plan to reduce the frequency and length of his seizures. Hopefully, this plan will improve Luis's quality of life. Now, Luis's mother needs help to pay for this $1044 treatment. “I dream my son will get better," she shares.
Meet Naing, a 42-year-old former soldier in the Burmese army who lost his right leg in combat 15 years ago. He was released from duty and returned to his home in Karen State, Burma. His family consists of his wife and five daughters, and he is a patient with our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. Naing works occasionally doing a variety of odd jobs including weaving bamboo roofs, crafting bamboo products and supporting his family from income from a snack stall at his home. The income is sufficient for the family’s basic expenses but there isn’t enough for savings or health care. Naing began to experience pain some months ago. He was diagnosed with a bladder stone and Watsi and other entities supported surgery to remove the stone. However, at that time he was also diagnosed with kidney stones which now require further surgery. $1,500 funds surgery that will remove Naing's kidney stones. The cost of the treatment includes surgery and a post-operative visit. Let's help Naing get back to normal and fund this treatment.
Two years ago, Augustine was kicked by a donkey on the head as he was preparing to go fetch water at a long distance from their home in Kenya. He was immediately taken to the hospital. A scan was later to reveal that Augustine had some of the veins in his head blocked. Drugs were administered as his parents could not afford a more specialized treatment. All seemed well up until seven months ago when Augustine began complaining of headaches and blurred vision. He was referred to an eye clinic where a second scan revealed that Augustine had a growth in the brain. A surgery was required the soonest possible. A shunt was administered in the local hospital they went to, to reduce the increased intracranial pressure, but that did not help the situation as Augustine's sight was deteriorating fast. A friend recommended that they visit Bethany Kids, a Watsi partner hospital, for specialized treatment. Augustine is 14 years old, and is experiencing progressive visual loss, persistent headaches, vomiting and gait walking abnormalities. If not treated, Augustine is at high risk of increased intra-cranial pressure, which is likely to cause brain damage or even death. He will continue to have persistent headaches and not be able to resume schooling. Augustine is the last born in a family of five children. He is calm and collected and it is not until you move around that you notice he cannot see you. Augustine was not born blind, he has had the pleasure of seeing much and hopes that one day he will regain his sight. Augustine is meant to be in primary school class eight but he is way behind in school due to absenteeism. He aspires to be a doctor, a dream which he still has. Augustine’s parents are subsistence farmers and they sell very little of their produce which brings them a minimal income. They live in a two roomed house in Eastern Kenya. They have exhausted their savings, but they are however hopeful that they are at the right place and that their son will be well. If treated, Augustine will be relieved from risks associated with high intra-cranial pressure like brain damage or even death. Augustine will be free from the headaches, gait abnormalities and may possibly have his vision restored and have a longer and better quality of life. Augustine will also resume school and follow his dream of becoming a doctor.
Mark is a kindergartener from Guatemala whose favorite thing to do is play with toy cars. He drives them around with his hands everywhere he goes. Mark has has an extremely rare congenital disorder called Proteus Syndrome. This disorder causes erratic and asymmetrical growth of his bones, soft tissue, and skin. Asymmetric tonsil overgrowth is quite common in kids with Proteus Syndrome, and Mark has a very large right tonsil that has grown so large it is now touching his other tonsil. This has caused his breathing to be obstructed while he sleeps, impeding his ability to get a good night's sleep. This often makes him irritable and fatigued, slows his physical growth, and is causing him significant developmental delays, threatening his ability to learn and be successful in school. Mark needs $592 for a tonsillectomy. This treatment will allow him to sleep better at night, improve his mood, and increase his ability to focus in school. This will also get him back on track to grow and develop at a more normal rate. "My dream is for Mark to be independent, so he does not suffer and can be happy," his father said.
At 20 years old, Penelope is working through school and aspires to be a teacher some day. She recently just finished the final level of primary school, and will finish her exams and continue working at her education after delivering her first baby. Penelope is pregnant, and the baby is in breech position, meaning it is upside down in the womb. Delivering a baby in this position can be dangerous, and to ensure the safety of both Penelope and the child, doctors have recommended a C-section. A C-section will cost $303, and includes all post-operative care for Penelope and her child. This treatment will allow her to welcome her baby into the world without worrying about the possible dangers of a breach delivery. "Penelope is quite shy, but wants all the donors to know that she appreciates their support very much," shares The Kellermann Foundation. Let's support her in the happy, healthy delivery of her child.
Kriscous is a jolly, four-year-old boy from the Philippines with cleft palate. Kriscous loves playing with his grandmother and other children. However, he become very shy because other children make fun of his appearance and altered speech. The attention from other children, and the frustration he experiences when his community can't understand him constantly puts him on edge, and he often gets into fights with other children and neighbors. In addition to worrying about his health, his family worries that Kriscous will continue to be unhappy if his condition persists. With $1,464, Kriscous will receive cleft palate repair surgery and follow-up care that will help him speak with less difficulty and give him the confidence to connect with other children. According to his grandmother, "Kriscous is very excited to be treated so he can have self-confidence and fulfill his dreams."