Edward joined Watsi on December 9th, 2014. Six years ago, Edward became the 723rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,703 more people have become monthly donors! Edward's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Emma, a joyful young woman from Kenya, to fund gallbladder treatment.
Edward has funded healthcare for 68 patients in 13 countries.
Looking jovial, 26-year-old Emma walks into the office wearing a broad smile. However, behind the joy and smile are recurring stomach pains that give her sleepless nights. Emma was diagnosed with symptomatic cholelithiasis - a gall bladder disorder that requires laparoscopic cholecystectomy analgesia surgery. If left untreated, cholelithiasis can lead to serious complications such as tissue damage, tears in the gallbladder, and infection that could spread spreads to other parts of her body. In Mid-April 2020, Emma started experiencing recurring pains burning in nature. She tried managing the pains using over the counter pain killers but the pain kept recurring. About a week later she was forced to visit a health centre in her home town Kayole for medical checkup. Emma was treated for suspected ulcers at the facility and was discharged with anti-acids. The pains seemed under control for over a month but they recurred in July. She went back to the same facility where a scan, x-ray, and further tests were recommended. Results indicated that she had cholelithiasis and she required urgent surgery. Doctors from the facility recommended she go to Kijabe Hospital for treatment. Emma is a single mother of one. She shared that she is raising her 6-month-old baby on her own after the father of the child left them and declined responsibility. She works as a shop attendant about 10km from her home and earns a total of $100 monthly income as her salary. To enable her to fend for the family, she has a house helper who takes care of her little child while she out looking for their daily bread. She pays the house help $35 a month. The three live in a single room rental which costs $50 a month. The remaining less than $20 is not enough to buy food and basic needs and still cover the cost of surgery. Emma is the oldest in a family of three. Her siblings are unemployed and live with their mother in the village. They depend on produce from their ¼ acre farm for survival. Emma’s employer and few close relatives contributed a small amount for the surgery but she still needs $616 in financial support to fund the treatment. Emma shared, “I need this surgery to get better and take care of my small family. I am the father and the mother to my little kid and my siblings depend on me. The small salary I get I barely make enough for our family and we basically live from hand to mouth. I have to spend all the income I make.”
Chanthou is a two-year-old child from Cambodia. She lives with her parents and her older brother. Her mother takes her everywhere, and she enjoys going for walks outside, listening to the radio, and playing with dolls. She is excited to start school someday. At birth, Chanthou developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blindness and irritation. When Chanthou's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled there by taxi seeking treatment. On August 7th, doctors will perform lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. Chanthou's mother said, "I have been so worried that my daughter will be blind for her whole life, so I am really happy to find this hospital that can help us with no cost. I think she will be so happy when she can see better."
Eddy is a student from Kenya. He is in the seventh grade and the firstborn in a family of three children. His mother is separated from their father which has left her to take charge of her children's upbringing. Eddy likes to play a lot but his condition is hindering him from playing and it has become a concern for his mother. Eddy was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Eddy is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 7th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $710 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Eddy's mother shared, "I have struggled with my son since he was a few weeks old. I have seen him struggle with his social life and hope I can get him help and pray that this time his surgery will be successful. He is my firstborn and my hope for the family."
Joshua is a two-month-old baby and the youngest in a family of three children from Tanzania. His parents are small-scale farmers; his father owns a few cattle and they also have a small farm where they plant food for home consumption. Joshua has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Joshua has been experiencing challenges since birth. Without treatment, Joshua will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,362 to cover the cost of surgery for Joshua that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 20th and will drain the excess fluid from Joshua's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Joshua will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Joshua's father shared, "Please help treat our baby, he needs to undergo a surgery which due to financial challenges, we are not able to afford. Please help us."
Gift is 6-month-old baby from Kenya. We met Gift at Watsi's Partner Care Center with her mother Silvia. She was sleepy and looked tired after traveling for over 6 hours from their home just to get a doctor's check-up. She is youngest in their family of two kids. Her mother is a housewife, while her father is a farmer and a casual laborer in construction sites. Gift has clubfoot of both feet. She has been on casting since birth and tenotomy was done when she was two months old however the deformity has never corrected. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes as she grows up. Fortunately, Gift traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Gift's clubfoot repair. After treatment, the bones will realign so that her feet can face in the right direction and she will be able to put on shoes and walk uprightly when she is older. “My joy would be to see my daughter walking well like other children and I would request you to help my daughter undergo surgery,” Gift’s mother told us.
Margaret is a university student in her second year of studies. However, since 2018, she has not been to school after suffering a road accident in the capital, Nairobi. She was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road, fracturing her right femur and suffering body lacerations. She spent a lengthy stay in a national hospital and received surgery. She required physiotherapy sessions which she could not start due to financial constraints. Last July, she noted an open wound on her surgical site which was painful and septic. Since then, she had been cleaning it with salty water. Margaret was brought by her friend to Watsi's partner Kijabe Hospital and diagnosed with chronic osteomyelitis, a bone infection. Doctors recommend she have a sequestrectomy and hardware removal surgery to treat her condition. Successful surgery will allow Margaret to be able to ambulate with ease and less pain. Margaret is the firstborn child in her family. Her two siblings and parents live in a three-roomed rental house in the city’s outskirts. Her father is a construction site laborer while her mother relies on casual jobs such as laundry in the estate. The family is not able to pay the required hospital bill of $1,500. Margaret says, “My hope is to go back to school once treated so that I can help my younger siblings.”
Hasani is five-year-old boy and the first born child in a family of three children in Tanzania. Hasani has always been a hard working boy according to his father. He would help graze the cattle and look after his siblings when his parents were out working in their small farm where they grow maize and vegetables for their living. Hasani has been burnt severely after being involved in a fire accident that has left him with very severe burns on the face. One fateful Sunday, Hasani woke up complaining of a headache so his father gave him pain relief medication and asked him to rest and not go out to graze the cattle while his father took the cattle out for grazing. His mother prepared breakfast for them and left the fire place with a few charcoal burning and went for church leaving Hasani and his siblings at home. His father returned at around one in the afternoon only to find Hasani with facial burns. His father says it took him time to realize it was really Hasani due to how severely he had been burned. No one knows how it happened, but Hasani’s grandfather says he just heard someone crying in the hut and went in to check only to find Hasani hiding in a dark corner crying in pain. He is in pain and at risk of infection. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Hasani receive treatment. On March 9th, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help him heal and prevent infection. Now, Hasani needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Hasani’s father says, “Please help my son get this treatment which will help close up his wound and help him heal.”
Jane works as a house help in western Kenya and has struggled with her hearing for the past 5 years. The hearing loss started when she had Quinine medication administered. The gradual hearing loss has affected her social lifestyle and most of the time she misses out on conversations. Jane has not been to any hospital previously. She was referred to our facility where an audiometry test was done and hearing loss diagnosis made. Her small income of $30 per month is all she earns to care for her late sister’s children. Jane requires $929 for the hearing aids. She appeals for financial assistance. Jane says, “My hope is to be able to socially converse with people without having to ask them to repeat what they said."
Ezra is a four-year-old from Tanzania who is the first born to a family of three children. His parents are small scale farmers who depend on what they harvest for their daily living. Ezra has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ezra traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 7th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ezra's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Ezra’s mother says, “We had no idea that our son’s condition was treatable but through education and seeing other children who had similar condition getting treatment, this has given us hope but our biggest challenge now is that we can’t afford the treatment cost please help us.”
Years back, Samuel noticed that over time, his hearing dwindled. It all began with him tuning on high TV/ Radio volume and speaking very loudly. He recently decided to visit Kijabe hospital for a review. After his tests were completed, the doctors confirmed loss of hearing and recommended he be fitted for hearing aids. The cost to acquire them was however too high for Samuel to afford. The former public transport driver was forced to quit his job as he could not manage. He currently doesn’t attend church. Samuel and his wife tend to their small farm to sustain their needs. They live in their two-room rental house in a suburb in Nairobi. Their two children are grown and living off on their own. They are not able to raise the funds needed and thus appealing for help. “I will be more than happy to get my life back. I would lie to attend church and family gatherings comfortably,” says Samuel.
Juma is a child from Kenya. He is the second born of two children. He lives with his elder sister and parents in a two-room house in Nairobi slums. Juma’s mother is a hair dresser while his father is a motorcycle taxi rider. For some time now, Juma has had a hydrocele. This causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on September 12th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Juma's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to ride a motorcycle like my father when I grow up,” says Juma.
Susan is a housewife from Kenya. She is a mother of six children who are grown up with their own families. But since she could not give them a good education they are also struggling to sustain their families. Susan does not work she is a house wife and the husband is a small scale farmer. Susan has been alright until 26th July 2019 when she slipped and fell. She was taken to hospital and an x-ray done showed she had closed fracture right radius/ulna bones. It is difficult for her to use her hand and she is in chronic pain Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 03, Susan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her work again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I love my wife and she has been very helpful to me and the family. I hate to see how she is suffering and kindly ask for help” said Susan’s husband.