MR's Story

MR joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! MR's most recent donation supported Robert, a hardworking father from Kenya, to undergo surgery so he can walk again.


MR has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 7 countries.

patients you have funded

Owembabazi is a bursar from Uganda and a single mother of a 4-year-old. She is not married yet because, she shared, she has not yet met a suitable man. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and works as an assistant bursar at a secondary school in Uganda. She currently lives with her mother and likes listening to Gospel music during her free time. Three weeks ago, she developed severe abdominal and back pains that restrict her from even bending down easily and sleeping. She decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. At Rushoroza, she presented with a history of left severe pain associated with an ovarian mass that has been progressively increasing in size. If not treated, severe pain could stop her from doing her day to day activities. It could also be cancerous thus spreading to other body organs. Owembabazi has been sidelined by the COVID19 situation because she no longer receives a salary since the schools closed in March. She is currently on her own and seeks financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Owembabazi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy, a surgery to remove cancerous tissue, on October 7th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284, and Owembabazi needs your support. Owembabazi says, “I pray that I get well through surgery because I am in severe pain. I will resume my usual duties as an assistant bursar once the government lifts the ban on secondary schools.”

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B. Kuma, a beautiful and adorable six-month-old girl, lives about 500 kilometers from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Her parents are poor farmers and their income is not enough to feed the family well. Thus far, B. Kuma has been fed exclusively on breast milk. B. Kuma was born with an anorectal malformation called imperforate anus, which means she has no opening where the anus usually should be. As a result, she cannot pass stool in a normal way. Due to her condition, B. Kuma developed a bowel obstruction and had to have an emergency colostomy. A colostomy is a surgical procedure in which a piece of the colon is redirected to an alternative opening in the abdominal wall so that waste material can exit the body. However, B. Kuma has had numerous issues with the colostomy, including complications such as leakage and irritation. Her family has suffered throughout this process. They went to a number of hospitals in search of treatment, and they are very worried about their daughter's condition. Children born with birth defects-- and indeed, their parents too-- often fall victim to social stigmas and discrimination. For these reasons, B. Kuma and her parents risk social and psychological problems if she cannot be treated. "I can't pay for my child's medical bill and that worries me for the past six months," says B. Kuma's father. "I did not know what to do. But we heard from another hospital that our child can get the treatment for free at Bethany Kids (a facility run by Watsi's medical partner), and we came here hoping for help." Fortunately, we can help fund B. Kuma's $1,500 procedure, during which doctors will surgically repair her malformation. After her surgery, B. Kuma should be able to pass stool normally, eliminating the risk of future health complications and social barriers.

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