Rob's Story

Rob joined Watsi on September 3rd, 2015. Nine months ago, Rob joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Rob's most recent donation supported Stefano, a 5-year-old boy from Tanzania, to fund leg surgery so he can walk well.


Rob has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Rob

Alex is a social seven-year-old boy and the oldest child in a family of three children. His parents rely on small scale farming for food and other basic needs. Alex has been diagnosed with left varus and right valgus on his legs. When Alex learned to walk, his parents noticed his condition and they thought it would subside as he got older. The larger bone, or tibia, in his left calf is misaligned with the larger bone in his thigh, or femur, while the bone at the knee joint of the right leg is angled out and away from the body's midline. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Alex experiences pain and difficulty in walking. He has not yet joined school, mainly because the only school in his family's village is far from home and he cannot walk all the way there due to his condition. When Alex and his parents visited his grandfather, he was deeply concerned by Alex's condition and brought him to the care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for treatment. Alex is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on September 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Alex's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Now, AMH, is requesting $880 to fund Alex's surgery. Alex’s grandfather shared, "I felt really bad seeing how my grandson‘s legs have been deformed. I know his parents are not financially stable and neither am I. I remember the team from your hospital that visited our village to educate us on treatable disability and the possibility of him getting treatment and I am hopeful that he will be well. Please help him."

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Komugasho is a single 28-year-old who lost her parents. She was raised by her grandmother and is the firstborn in a family of six children. Komugasho never went to school at all because she never had anyone to pay for her school fees. As she is the firstborn, she decided to stay at home cultivating with her grandmother and taking care of her younger siblings who are still studying. To better provide for her family Komugasho opted to go to Kampala where she has been working as a housemaid which has enabled her to pay for her sibling's school fees. However, Komugasho had to resign from the job due to her condition and she is currently at home working on a banana plantation, but her condition does allow her to work well. Komugasho has been experiencing severe abdominal pain which often worsens when she coughs and whenever she is farming. She at times feels this pain when she is walking long distances or when she lifts a heavy load. She reports paralysis of one side of the body. This has hindered her quality of life in that she no longer is able to tend to her farm as she used before. If not treated, the presenting symptoms may persist or worsen with further complications. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Komugasho will undergo surgery to remove a large tubo ovarian mass. However, she isn’t able to afford the cost of her surgery, and appeals for your support with this $220 surgery. Komugasho says, “I know that with your support for my surgery, I will have a new life and be able to continue supporting my siblings as they depend on me.”

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