Tushar joined Watsi on November 15th, 2014. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tushar's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support San, a seamstress from Burma, to remove a uterine myoma.
Tushar has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Tushar has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Meet San! San is 42 years old, and works as a seamstress in Burma to help support her husband and elderly parents. A few months ago, San visited her local midwife because she was experiencing abdominal and back pain, fatigue, and joint pain. All of these symptoms were causing her a great deal of stress as well. San’s midwife referred her to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects, where she was diagnosed with a uterine tumor known as a myoma. San is grateful for this access to care -- she tells us, “the poor always have to struggle to get food daily and at the hospital there are not enough health workers.” San has not been able to work due to the pain and swelling caused by the myoma, and has been additionally distressed because her husband’s truck broke down, making it impossible for him to work as a driver and earn enough to support their family. For $1500, San will have surgery to remove the uterine myoma. After this surgery, her pain and distension will subside and she will be able to return to work and supporting her family. Let's help ensure that San gets the care she needs to alleviate her discomfort and stress.
“It has been a trying time for me, but now I have hope that my son will be well and grow to be normal like every other child,” Simon’s mother says. This is Simon, a two-year-old boy from Kenya. Simon has no father or siblings. His mother works in a hair salon and lives with her mother, who helps take care of Simon. Simon was diagnosed with hypospadias. “Simon does not pass urine normally because the opening of the urethra is on the underside of his penis instead of the tip,” his doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation explains. “If the surgery is not done, Simon will be at risk of urinary tract infections, and he may not be able to have his own children when he grows up.” “Simon's mother has taken him to different hospitals with hopes of getting him treated despite not having the money needed,” AMHF continues. “Simon's mother is not in a position to raise the amount required for surgical care. She held on to hope that one day someone will hear her plight and support her son's care.” With $655, we can help Simon receive the hypospadias repair surgery he needs. AMHF explains that after treatment, "Simon will be able to pass urine normally and the risk of urinary tract infections will be reduced."
"Fernando is a shy but very intelligent boy," shares our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). "He knows how to read and is starting to do math by himself." Five-year-old Fernando has a congenital heart disease called ventricular septal defect. "Fernando was born with a hole between the two ventricles (lower chambers) of his heart," says HCA. "Because of this hole, blood can flow back to his body without first obtaining oxygen from the lungs, leading to fatigue and heart failure." "He has not yet started kindergarten because of his illness," HCA continues. "But his family is eager to send him to school after his surgery. He would also like to learn how to speak English!" Health City Cayman Islands has contributed $7500 toward surgery that will close the hole in his heart, and $1500 will cover the remaining costs, which includes overseas transportation from Haiti. "We tried many, many hospitals who all told us it wasn't possible for him to have surgery," Fernando's mother shares. "But we kept praying and our prayers were answered!"
Meet Jane, a 50-year-old widow with three children in one of the biggest slums in Kenya. "It is by God’s grace that Jane is alive today. Jane slipped and fell down the stairs of a building from the seventh floor to the fourth floor,” explains our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “She broke her leg at the thigh. Jane was taken to Kenyatta National Hospital (the number one government hospital) where plating was done about two weeks ago. As Jane tried to walk with crutches, the plate dislodged and came out.” Jane has been experiencing a lot of pain and is unable to walk. If not treated, Jane will continue to be in pain and the bones in her right leg may fail to unite, leaving her disabled. She needs ORIF [open reduction and internal fixation surgery] to re-align the right femur so it can heal properly. Unfortunately, she works as a casual laborer doing jobs such as laundry at people's homes and drawing water at construction sites, and her wages are barely enough to feed herself and her family. ''It has been very difficult for my children since I got sick,” shares Jane. “I just received a message that they have no food to eat. I really pray that I may get help so that I can be able to walk again and fend for them.” For $1,125, Jane will receive ORIF surgery which will unite the bones, allowing Jane to walk, work and care for her family again. Let's help her get back on her feet!
This is Eunice, a 23-year-old woman from Kenya! Eunice is a fantastic cook, a mother of two children, and works as a chef at a primary school. Eunice's husband is a maternal care worker at Watsi's medical partner in Kenya, Lwala Community Alliance. Eunice teaches her children to always respect their elders, and she promotes going to church and eating together as a family. Eunice says, "I hope to save money and start a business for family upkeep during school holidays." Eunice is pregnant with her third child. Her pregnancy has been causing her heartburn and fatigue, so she has stopped working as a school cook. With this pregnancy, Eunice hopes to deliver her baby at the Lwala facility, where she will be provided prenatal care and a skilled attendant during labor. Checkups for her and her new baby will also be included. Eunice and her husband's salary cover just enough for their children's school fees and their basic needs, but they need help covering the cost of delivery. For $290 we can make sure Eunice has the safe pregnancy and delivery she deserves!
This is 42-year-old Rosemary from Kenya. She's married and has three children -- the youngest is just three-years-old. "Rosemary and her husband are peasant farmers, earning very little which is barely enough to meet their basic needs," African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) tells us. For the last three months Rosemary has experienced heavy menstrual bleeding. It has increased over time and she is now anemic. "Rosemary cannot even walk around because of the dizziness," AMHF says. Clinicians have determined that Rosemary has uterine fibroids. She's already been transfused two pints of blood due to her condition at this time. They have recommended a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) to ensure that Rosemary will come back to full health. "We expect that after a TAH, Rosemary will be relieved from bleeding and recover from anaemia," they write. $790 would cover the cost of Rosemary's care and this procedure. “I am still young and my children need me as they grow," says Rosemary. I am hoping that I can get help so that I will be well and go back home to take care of my family.” Let's come together and ensure that Rosemary can regain her full strength to be there for her family in the way she'd like to be.