Marlene joined Watsi on January 30th, 2014. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Marlene's most recent donation supported Elizabeth, a woman from Kenya, to fix a fracture in her leg.
Marlene has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Marlene has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Two weeks ago, Elizabeth sustained a fracture of the tibia fibula after a fall on her right leg. She was taken to county referral hospital where she was admitted and a back slab was fixed to stabilize her fracture as she waits to be operated. Ten days later, there were no signs of her being treated because the family didn’t have money needed for the surgery. The fracture site developed blisters which later ruptured and formed wounds. Elizabeth's family requested to be referred to AIC Kapsowar hospital hoping they will receive help because they were worried about her condition. Elizabeth was brought to our hospital accompanied by a few family members. An X-ray was done on arrival which confirmed the fracture of the proximal tibia fibula. After a social worker's assessment, Elizabeth was admitted as she waits to be operated. Elizabeth is a mother of four girls. Her daughters are all married and they live with their husbands in the upcountry. Elizabeth's husband Joseph is old and he cannot perform any duties at home such as farming. Elizabeth is the breadwinner of the family since she tends to the farm. She feels his husband is now suffering because they don’t have enough food in the home and they only depend on farming. Elizabeth requires urgent surgery to fix her fracture but she cannot afford medical treatment due to lack of funds. $968.00 is needed for her to continue with treatment. The family is requesting for financial support to help Elizabeth get treatment required. Elizabeth’s daughter says, “Mum is sleeping helplessly in bed, we have nothing to offer for her surgery. I hope she gets treated, she really deserves a good life.”
Jazila is a child from Tanzania. She is the oldest of three children. Her parents are small-scale farmers. Jazila has clubfoot of both her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jazila traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Jazila's clubfoot repair. Jazila’s mother says, “Please help my daughter; we never knew her condition could be treated. Now we know but we still can’t afford the treatment cost. Please, we need your help.”
Tha is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for more than thirty years. He has one son. He likes to watch TV and tend to his personal vegetable garden in his free time. Two months ago, he developed a painful mass in his mouth. It is a odontogenic myxoma. The mass is growing and now obstructing his left nostril. He experiences difficulty breathing and eating. Tha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 5, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Tha needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. He says, "After the operation I look forward to going home, spending time with my family, and going back to work."
Catherine is a housewife from Kenya. She is a mother of four children. Catherine has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Catherine. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 26. After treatment, Catherine will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Catherine says, “My prayer is to be treated, to go back and raise my family and fight off the cancer.”
To the donors helping her, Santa would like to say, “Thank you, and may the Lord give you everything you need.” A 38-year-old woman from Uganda, Santa has been having lower abdominal pain for the past year. This has seriously impacted her day-to-day life. As a result of the discomfort, Santa hasn’t been able to farm her land as much. Because she is the sole provider for her six children, her family has not had as much food to eat as they usually do. Recently, Santa traveled 36 hours by bus from her village to Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner's care center. There, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Santa needs a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove the cancerous lesions in her cervix. While she is under anesthetic, the doctors will also examine whether the cancer has spread and decide whether she will require any further treatment. Santa cannot afford to pay for this operation. But we can help. For $321, we can sponsor her surgery on November 2, as well as the related lab tests, medications, and five-day hospital stay. When she has recovered from her surgery, Santa looks forward to getting back to farming her onions and cassava, and to selling this produce to support her family.
When Joyce was born, the doctors noticed her constant agitation and the abnormal size of her head. She was immediately admitted into the nursery for further observation, where she experienced convulsions. Joyce was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a skull condition causing excess pressure on the brain. As she grew, Joyce continued to be irritable and was unable to keep anything she ate down. Joyce’s mother says, “I really hope that Joyce can get treatment.” Fortunately, Joyce will undergo brain surgery to repair her condition and alleviate the symptoms caused by hydrocephalus. Surgery is scheduled at our medical partner's care center for August 23. Joyce's father is in school and her mother stays at home to take care of her and her three-year-old brother. They need help funding this $685 operation. Joyce's mother hopes and prays that her daughter will be able to get the treatment so that she can live a healthy, normal life.
Letina is a 65-year-old farmer from rural Malawi. She has a cyst in her hand that has been causing her pain and discomfort for a long time. Letina is scheduled to undergo cyst removal surgery on July 17. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $340 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. "Thank you," Letina says.
"I want to be a teacher," eight-year-old Felista said, "but the headaches make it hard for me to concentrate in school." The headaches Felista is experiencing are caused by a tumor in her skull that is putting pressure on her brain. Felista's family, who live in Kenya, are unable to pay for the necessary surgery that will remove the brain tumor. Felista's mother is a farm worker and her father is unemployed, and despite their best efforts, they cannot afford the surgery on their own. For $1,500, we can fund Felista's craniotomy, and she will likely no longer experience the headaches she has now. Felista dreams of a day when she will no longer experience these headaches and can begin working towards becoming a teacher. Let's get Felista the funding she and her family needs!