Shirley joined Watsi on October 14th, 2013. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Shirley's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Byarugaba, a hardworking carpenter from Uganda, to fund hernia repair surgery.
Shirley has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.
Shirley has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.
Byarugaba is a married 43-year-old carpenter and a father to five children, including two sons and three daughters who are all in school. He has a small carpentry workshop where he crafts handles for hoes, wooden machetes, and other goods. His dream is to see his children excel in life, so he works very hard. His wife is a small scale farmer who raises chickens. In his free time, he enjoys watching football and his favorite team is Manchester United! For eight months, Byarugaba has had a right inguinal hernia and bilateral hydrocele. He has difficulty standing or walking long distances and his condition has affected his work. He was examined at a local health center and surgery was recommended. If not treated, the hernia could become strangulated. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Byarugaba to receive treatment. On July 6th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. After surgery, he will hopefully live more comfortably and confidently. Now, AMH is requesting $230 to fund his procedure and care. Byarugaba shared, “I am looking forward to surgery which I hope that with your support will be successful. I will be able to continue with my carpentry work to see that my children get a brighter future.”
Matoro is a hardworking farmer from Uganda. He shared that he has three wives and among them 18 children. Matoro's oldest child is 53-years-old, and his youngest just completed their bachelor's degree in information science. 15 years ago, Matoro had an inguinal hernia and now he can no longer bend down and has difficulty walking long distances. Fortunately, on September 2nd, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Matoro's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Matoro says, “I am in pain and I seek medical assistance. I want to be normal again and continue my day to day activities like I used to before. I wish to continue taking care of myself and my family.”
Sandra is a 14-year-old 7th grade student. He lives near the capital city of Phnom Penh with his parents and his older brother, who is in 8th grade. Sandra's parents sell rice near their home. In school his best subjects are physics and math. Sandra enjoys playing sports and reading books. In the future, he wants to be a police officer. When playing volleyball, Sandra sustained a closed fracture of his right distal tibia and fibula. Now it is difficult for him to walk and he is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 11th, Sandra will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him walk easily again. His family hopes he can walk easily again and be free of pain.
Nim is a retired rice farmer, who along with her husband has nine children, and many grandchildren. She has been retired for a while, so she has taken time to travel to many famous pagodas around the country, and she always loves to spend time helping to raise her grandchildren. She also loves reading religious books and listening to monks on the radio. Two months ago, Nim fell and fractured her hip. Since the fall, she has experienced severe pain and is unable to walk. She was referred to a local hospital for treatment where she received an x-ray, but was sent to another hospital afterwards and was unable to afford treatment there. Fortunately, Nim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Nim of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for May 14th, and Nim needs help raising $1,087 to fund this procedure. Nim shared, "I hope that I can walk again easily soon. There are still many things I want to do. I want to travel and play with my grandchildren, and visit my children."
Komujuni is a 24-year-old homemaker. She completed secondary school and received a certificate in tourism but has not been able to use her degree yet. Her husband is an electrician who recently started his new job and she shared that he currently earns little income. She and her husband have a four-year-old child, and Komujuni is pregnant with their second child. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. On May 17th, Komujuni visited our medical partner's care center for examination after experiencing some mild pain at home. A C-section was recommended for safe delivery because her baby is post-term and in a breech position. If Komujuni does not deliver her baby through C-section, she could rupture her uterus and the health of both mother and baby would be at risk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Komujuni undergo a C-section on May 18th. Now, Komujuni needs help to fund this $207 procedure. Komujuni shared, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery. I plan to continue searching for a job of my profession in order to assist my husband in supporting our family.”
Phuon is a 27-year-old tuk tuk driver. He's married and has three sons. In his free time, Phuon shared that he enjoys listening to romantic music and pop songs, playing volleyball, and relaxing at home. On March 14th, Phuon was shocked on both hands in an accident with electrical wires. This badly damaged the tissue and after three days in a government hospital he ran out of money to cover treatment. He is in pain and cannot use his hands to hold anything. When Phuon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 22nd, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a debridement procedure to remove the dead tissue to preserve and return the function of his hands. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Phuon shared, "I hope after surgery I can use my hands again and get back to work to support my family."
Alejandro is a 16 year old teenager from Guatemala; he has six sisters and one older brother, who, like Alejandro, was born with club foot. In addition to the club foot, Alejandro also has a currently undiagnosed genetic condition that has caused tumors on his face and in other parts of his body. Approximately one infant in every 1000 live births will have clubfoot, making the condition a common one. Most cases, however, are successfully treated shortly after birth with nonsurgical methods such as stretching and casting. “His parents are extremely caring and want what is best for their youngest child, but he lives in an extremely rural area in northern Guatemala, and so they cannot afford nor do they have access to the care he needs or a prosthesis of any kind,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). For all of Alejandro’s life, “he has never been able to walk and so his father carries him everywhere that he goes, or he crawls on his hands and knees,” says WK. Two months ago, Alejandro received surgery to correct his club foot. $1252 will help Alejandro obtain prosthesis which will enable him to walk on his own. With this new independence, the shy teenager will finally begin to have the confidence and ability to attend school and make friends in his community. “He was born with his disability,” said Alejandro’s father, “But we were lucky that he was a good boy-he slept and ate well.” He adds, “we just want what is best for him."
Lencer is a 19-year-old mother of two from Kenya who's looking forward to the birth of her third child. Lencer and her family are farmers who grow corn and sugarcane to provide for their family. Lencer is due to give birth early in the new year. However, she's been having some difficulties with her pregnancy. She is experiencing chronic nausea and abdominal pain. Unfortunately, Lencer cannot afford basic maternal healthcare. Such care can reduce the risk of complications during her pregnancy and delivery. It can also provide invaluable prenatal and postnatal care for Lencer and her baby. For $215, Lencer will receive maternal healthcare services to ensure a safe delivery for her baby. Let's help give this young mother a safe and successful delivery in a health facility with a skilled healthcare professional.
Rechel is a hardworking woman from Kenya who is doing her best to take care of her three children after being widowed recently. She used to sell second hand clothing to make a living, but has had to stop due to cervical cancer. Rechel's condition gives her terrible lower abdominal pain, bleeding, and weight loss. If she is not treated immediately, the cancer will spread, eventually causing organ failure. For $885, we can help Rechel receive a total abdominal hysterectomy, which her doctors expect will prevent the cancer from spreading and let her live a normal life. Rechel "hopes to regain her strength and resume her business." Let's help Rechel recover so that she can continue to support her family!
Jessa is a vibrant 23-year-old woman who lives in the Philippines with her parents and seven siblings. She has experienced severe abdominal pain for more than two years now — sometimes so severe that she collapses. Recently, Jessa received an ultrasound which showed she has a 22 cm ovarian cyst that is at risk of rupturing. Jessa's father is a farmer. He earns less than $550 per month, which he uses to support their entire family. Because of her cyst, Jessa is now unable to help around the house like she used to, and her father can't even come close to affording the treatment she needs. For $640, Jessa will receive an ovarian cystectomy to completely remove the tumor, allowing her to help support her family and enjoy a normal, pain-free life. Let's do this!
Oul is a 33-year-old rubber farmer from rural Cambodia. As a single father, he works hard to support his daughter. About a year ago, Oul began to feel discomfort in his hip and soon noticed a growth on this thigh. He sought treatment from a traditional healer at first, but the pain worsened and now impedes his day-to-day life. When Oul visited the clinic, the doctors diagnosed him with an osteochondroma, a benign but painful tumor that can be easily removed with surgery. For $300, Oul can have his tumor removed and return to his favorite pastime -- playing with his daughter. Let's help Oul live pain-free!