Andra joined Watsi on April 15th, 2013. Seven years ago, Andra joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Andra's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Vangilista, a farmer from Uganda, for a hysterectomy.
Andra has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 12 countries.
Andra has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 12 countries.
Vangilista is a 55-year-old mother of three daughters. In her younger years, she was not able to study and thus started farming at an early age. She got married, and together with her late husband, they continued farming on their small piece of land. Their income is limited and only manages to meet the cost of daily needs. Vangilista told us how much she loves going to church and attending mass anytime it's available. Three months ago, she noticed a mass protrusion that was causing her pain. On visiting a clinic near her place, Vangilista was referred to Nyakibale Hospital and diagnosed with uterine prolapse. Vangilista is in need of a transvaginal hysterectomy but the cost of surgery is too high for her to afford. She appeals for help. Vangilista says, “I no longer go to the garden, I can’t stand for long and even sitting is a problem, I have no posture that gives me comfort but I hope that surgery will end this all and I will be healthy once more.”
Fredrick is a hardworking student and the third born in a family of four siblings. His family comes from a town called Maua in Kenya. Fredrick is deaf and attends a special school named Ntoruba. He comes from a humble background: sadly, his mother passed away in July 2017 due to prolonged illness. His father also suffers from an illness and is currently under treatment. A neighbor expressed, “The family depends on well-wishers for their daily living.” Fredrick has clubfoot on his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Fredrick traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Fredrick's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily again. Fredrick signed that he will be happy if his leg will be corrected and able to walk normally. His brother Dennis told us, "Any help to make him happy and walk normally will be highly appreciated.”
Nshabomwe is an eight-year-old student who is does well in school and enjoys playing football. Sadly, he lost his father last year and he is being raised by his grandmother. His mother sells fruit to travelers along the road and sends money back for their living expenses. For four years, Nshabomwe has had an inguinal hernia and hydrocele. He experiences pain, especially when he walks or plays, and the hydrocele has caused him uncomfortable symptoms in a sensitive area. If not treated, the hernia could become strangulated and Nshabomwe could be at risk of infertility in the future. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Nshabomwe to receive treatment. On July 6th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, AMH requesting $230 to fund Nshabomwe's procedure. Nshabomwe's mother shared, “my son is in a difficult situation and really needs your support for the sake of his happiness. I will be happy seeing him able to smile again and in good health after surgery.”
Tugumisirize is a 16-year-old student and the youngest in a family of six children. She lives with her mother who is a subsistence farmer. Her mother grows beans, maize, tomatoes and cabbage, and also raises pigs to feed her family. Sadly, Tugumisirize lost her father when she was three months old. Tugumisirize has had a mass on her abdomen for two years. She often experiences a feeling of fullness in her stomach, backaches, loss of appetite and other uncomfortable symptoms. She is not able to do strenuous work or sleep on her stomach due to the pain. She visited our medical partner's care center where she was examined and diagnosed with a large mass that requires surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Tugumisirize to receive treatment. On July 7th, she will undergo a curative laparotomy at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $242 to fund her procedure. Tugumisirize's mother shared, “I will be extremely happy and will appreciate the support given because am really hoping to see my daughter in good health and hope she will be able to proceed with school.”
Hong is a 27-year-old man who works as a truck driver. He is married and has one son. In July 2020, Hong was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his left proximal ulna and his left femur. Now it is difficult for him to use his hand and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 18th, Hong will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him use the left hand easily again. Hong said "I hope I can use my hand better than before so I can return to work."
Channy is a 58-year-old mother of three sons. She also has four grandchildren now. Every day, Channy sells fish at the market. In her free time, she enjoys watching the news and Khmer dramas on TV. Five years ago, Channy developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going places outside on her own. When Channy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled with her son seeking treatment. On May 27th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Channy shared, "I look forward to seeing well so I can work at the market again and take care of my grandchildren easily."
Mary is a 78-year-old woman and a married mother of ten children. Since her husband is elderly, she depends on her children for day-to-day support. Mary used to have a small business selling cereals, but now that she is older, she mostly stays home and does some farming. In the mid-2020, Mary began experiencing pain in the upper left part of her abdomen, abdominal fullness and lack of appetite. She was taken to a few different hospitals, but the medicines prescribed did not help her condition. An ultrasound scan showed that Mary has gallstones, and a cholecystectomy was recommended to help her fully heal. If not treated, she could experience complications like gall bladder inflammation or blockage. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mary to receive treatment. On May 6th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a cholecystectomy to remove Mary's gallbladder. Now, AMH is requesting $788 to fund Mary's surgery. Mary shared, "if that is the only way to make me well, I plead for your help so that I can be ok and continue mentoring my children and taking care of my husband."
Kome is a 15-year-old student and his parents fish to earn a living for their family. In December of 2020, Kome's left leg became swollen and later ruptured exposing the bone. He has since developed a severely infected wound. He is in pain, unable to walk, and has since stopped walking to school. He was undergoing treatment and wound cleaning in his hometown, but unfortunately, his condition has worsened. After being examined by both general and orthopedic surgeons, he is now scheduled for surgery as an urgent case. Kome requires debridement and a possible sequescretomy to avoid amputation of his infected leg. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Kome receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure. After treatment, Kome will no longer be at risk for a severe bone infection and possible amputation. Now, Kome's family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Kome's father shared, “Kome has not been going to school or playing because of the wound. The best we could do is the herbal treatment, but it seems it wasn’t working. He can lose the leg if it is not treated, and that is very sad.”
Fulgence is a 3-year-old boy and the fifth born child in a family of six children. Fulgence is a charming, friendly, and playful child. His parents are small scale farmers who grow maize, vegetables, and sunflowers. They depend entirely on what they harvest for their food and daily living. In 2019, Fulgence dipped his right hand in a pot of hot cooking oil, sustaining severe burns on his palm. His mother had been making mandazi, a morning snack, and left the hot oil unattended in a different room after she was done. Due to the family's income, Fulgence's parents were only able to take him to a local dispensary for treatment, where he had the burn dressed and continued with home treatments afterwards. His wounds eventually healed with contractures, which limit him from holding items comfortably. When Fulgence's mother heard about the plastic surgeons working at our medical partner's care center, she decided to seek treatment help for her son. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Fulgence receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery, which will help him to be able to use his right palm with ease. Now, he needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Fulgence’s mother shared, “The Watsi program has been of great help to me and my family through the funding of my daughter’s treatment cost, which we couldn’t afford. I am kindly asking for help for my son as well who is unable to hold things using his right hand. Please help him.”
Rosina is a 24-year-old teacher from Cambodia. She was married two years ago and has a one-year-old daughter. Her husband is also a teacher. Rosina and her family live with her parents. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and reading. When she was 5 years old, Rosina fractured her right elbow. She followed Khmer traditional medicine, and it proved to be an effective treatment for her elbow until last year. Then, Rosina started experiencing numbness on her right forearm, as well as muscle atrophy on her palm. Doctors diagnosed her with an old fracture of right elbow and compression of the ulnar nerve. Rosina will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a corrective nerve and tendon procedure on February 4th. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $541 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be free of pain and will be able to use her arm normally again. Rosina shared, "I hope that the numbness of my right hand will disappear, and I will have no pain. I would like to be able to return to my day-to-day activities soon."
Zakayo is a 6-year-old from Tanzania. Zakayo is a firstborn child in his family. He is currently in nursery school, he just started school this year and his father says he loves school and he has made so many friends. He has not been able to read or write yet, but he is eager to learn. Zakayo got into a fire accident when he was one year old, his mother had cooked a meal and left the fire burning. He walked to the fire and touched the burning firewood with both his hands and he then fell into the fire burning both his hands and his stomach as well. His mother rushed to get him and got him out of the fire. He was treated using the traditional medications (honey, tree leaves and eggs). He healed but his hands now have a contracture limited his ability to use them. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Zakayo receive treatment. On December 4th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so he will be able to use his hand and fingers well and this will help him in school. Now, his family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Zakayo says, "I really want to be able to use both my hands like my friends and be able to do things for myself. My father says I need this treatment so that when I grow up i will not have trouble using my hands."
Debora is a three-weeks-old beautiful baby girl and the firstborn child to her young parents. Both parents are small-scale farmers and depend fully on what they harvest for their daily living. Debora was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Debora is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Debora's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 2nd. This procedure will hopefully spare Debora from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Debora’s mother shared with us, “Please help my daughter I am scared. I would love to see my daughter grow up into a big girl but this condition is putting her life at risk.”