Manuel joined Watsi on June 10th, 2015. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Manuel's most recent donation supported Akanyijuka, a 27-year-old man from Uganda, for treatment of his hernia.
Manuel has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 5 countries.
Manuel has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 5 countries.
“Akanyijuka is very grateful for any help you can give him and looks forward to getting well and helping others as you have helped him,” shares our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation (KF). Akanyijuka is a 27-year-old man from Uganda. KF tells us, “Akanyijuka and his sister were orphaned at a very young age and have been on their own since then. Because they were orphaned, they were unable to afford school fees to obtain an education. Akanyijuka has been supporting his sister as a laborer but has been unable to work for a while.” Akanyijuka was sidelined by a hernia—a condition in which an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Untreated for a long period of time, Akanyijuka’s hernia led to a blockage in his intestine. This blockage prevents the passage of fluid or digested food through his intestine, causing severe bloating, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. After living with the blockage for a period of time, Akanyijuka has become severely malnourished. KF explains, “Akanyijuka has been unable to absorb nutrients properly and is unable to work.” With $227 in funding, Akanyijuka will receive surgery to repair the tear in his tissue, thus treating his hernia. The funding will cover surgery, medication, and Akanyijuka’s 14-day hospital stay. Following surgery, Akanyijuka will be able to return to work and continue to support himself and his sister.
“John is a beautiful little boy living with his father,” shares our medical partner in Haiti, Project Medishare (PM). Just eight years old, John is in severe respiratory distress. “Twelve months ago John fell on a rock while biking in his neighborhood, and his parents did not take him to the hospital because they did not have money and it was not severe,” PM explains. “A few days later John started having difficulties breathing and his belly, face and foot started swelling.” When his father saw this, he took John to the hospital where he was given oxygen. However, pus in his right lung is still preventing him from breathing normally. In order for John to recover, he must receive surgery to remove the pus. “John's father is working very hard to raise money for him,” PM tells us. “He has to walk under the hot sun of Haiti every day, selling used stuff.” John’s father shares, “I fix stuff I find to sell in order to get money to feed my kid. I only came to the hospital with John hoping to receive free care because he was very sick; when they said to me that it is a private hospital and that I have to pay, I thought about going back home because I have no money. ” Thankfully, John’s father does not have to take his son home. With $1,500 in funding, PM explains, “Treatment will consist of a thoracic drainage by surgical intervention.” First, the pus will be drained from John’s lung. Second, John will be given antibiotics to treat the infection. Finally, he will rejoin his family and resume his healthy life. “This surgery will save John’s life,” PM shares. Let’s fund this life-saving treatment and allow John to live a normal childhood—without pain and respiratory distress.
“Sreyneang works in one of the many garment factories around Cambodia," our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. "She lives alone and sends money back to her family. She enjoys listening to Khmer pop songs.” Sreyneang is 23 years old, and was sent by a neighbor to get help from CSC. “Sreyneang has had a very stiff right knee for most of her life, a result of receiving improper injections from a very young age into her quadriceps,” CSC reports. “She has serious trouble fully extending her leg.” It is also very painful for Sreyneang to walk more than a short distance. With $378 in funding, Sreyneang will receive a quadriceplasty—a corrective surgical procedure on the quadriceps muscle and tendon that releases adhesions and improves mobility. The funding will also cover medication, post-operative care, food, and a 10-day hospital stay for Sreyneang. Following surgery, CSC explains, “Sreyneang will have more mobility in her leg and will not feel pain after walking short distances.” Let’s help Sreyneang get the care she needs to live without pain.
"Once I am healthy, I will be able to work hard and save money," Soe Win shares. "I will try to donate to the needy. I can see a brighter future ahead of me. When the rain stops a rainbow will appear in its place." Soe Win is a 30-year-old woman from Burma who “likes to spend her time outside of work at the local monastery, helping the less fortunate any way she can," says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). Soe Win has a uterine myoma -- a condition where uterine muscles develop abnormally and benign tumorous growths called fibroids grow within the uterus. The fibroids increase the pressure on the internal organs, causing abdominal pain. "Soe Win cannot sleep well and it is difficult for her to stand up and sit down," says BBP. Due to this pain, “Soe Win is unable to walk more than a short distance.” “Since she lives alone,” BBP explains, “Soe Win worries that if she does not get better, there will be no one to take care of her.” Though she currently works as a laundress, her income is not enough to pay for the operation she needs. With $1,500, Soe Win will receive a total hysterectomy—a procedure in which her uterus will be removed to prevent the fibroids from returning. “With surgery, Soe Win will not be in pain anymore, and she will be able to sleep well and move around much more easily," BBP adds. Following this procedure, Soe Win is looking forward to being healthy enough to work and go to the temple.
Meet Joshua, a 63-year-old man from Kenya. Joshua is a married man and a father of five children, and an active member of his church. “Joshua was a civil servant, but is now retired,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “All his children are educated, but none is employed." Five years ago, Joshua started to lose his eyesight. Now, he is completely blind due to a cataract in his left eye. If Joshua does not receive treatment, he will not be able to see from his left eye again. Recently, AMHF travelled to Joshua's village in Kenya to provide surgery for several cataract patients. “I thank God for this eye camp,” Joshua tells us. “I am very happy that me and my village mates will be able to get treated.” For only $230, we can provide cataract removal surgery for Joshua to help him regain his vision in his left eye.