G's Story

G joined Watsi on May 5th, 2015. Two years ago, G joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. G's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Kiya, a two-month-old infant from Ethiopia, to fund surgery to restore bodily functions.

Impact

G has funded healthcare for 83 patients in 13 countries.

Patients funded by G

Kiya is a beautiful two-month-old baby girl, the only child of her parents who live in Ethiopia. She enjoys playing with her mum and breastfeeding. Kiya's father works as a day laborer at a construction site, and her mother also worked as a day laborer before Kiya's birth. Both her parents did not complete their education as desired; her mother completed high school but was unable to pursue further education after her own mother passed away, and her father went to school up to grade seven. Their combined income is barely enough to meet the family's basic needs, often leading to skipped meals. Consequently, they struggle to afford medical bills. Kiya was born with an anorectal malformation, a condition in which the anus and rectum (the lower end of the digestive tract) do not develop properly, and can lead to a partial or complete intestinal blockage. Upon learning of Kiya's condition, her parents were devastated. They sought help at a local hospital, and were referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Center. Despite their fears of traveling a long distance, a social worker from BKMCM guided them. The community rallied to support them with transport funds, and a kind stranger helped them with motel expenses, allowing them to reach the hospital for Kiya's treatment. They were warmly received at the hospital and underwent immediate assessment where it was determined that Kiya needed to undergo a series of procedures to correct the condition. Kiya has undergone a colostomy which has significantly eased her discomfort. She is scheduled to undergo another procedure to correct her condition on June 6th. After recovery, Kiya will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kiya's procedure and care. Her parents are hopeful for a full recovery. Kiya's mother says, "I am optimistic that she will make a full recovery from her condition and we can return to our home. After recovery, I hope to take the time to educate her and help her build a promising future."

$864raised
$636to go

Enita comes from Ntcheu District and is a widow who lost her husband in 2011. She has 6 children of which the first four are married while the last two are aged 18 and 16 respectively. She is a farmer who is also supported by her last two children. Enita is grateful when she has time to rest and enjoys eating anything available. Enita was well until 10 years ago when she noted a small lump on the right side of her neck that was not painful. She did not bother visiting the hospital since this problem did not affect her daily activities. As time passed, the lump kept on growing bigger and bigger though without pain up until December 2023 when she shared that things got out of hand with her condition. She noted a blister that was very painful and affected her daily activities. She decided to visit her son who lives in the city of Lilongwe where different tests were done, and a diagnosis of goiter was made at Kamuzu Central Hospital. She was then referred to our medical partner's care center Partners in Hope Medical Center (PIH) for further management. Currently, she is experiencing pains from the scratched wound on her neck, neck heaviness, and frequent coughs that have affected her daily activities. On January 19th, Enita met the surgeon who confirmed the diagnosis of right goiter and the need for surgical intervention called thyroidectomy, which is the removal of part of the thyroid gland. Enita was referred to the Watsi program for assessment due to her financial instability. After a thorough assessment, she was eligible and thanks everyone for their consideration. Her daughter-in-law is helping commit some funds for her treatment support and their family needs help raising $1,015. Enita believes that the surgery will help her get better and continue to live a normal life. She shared, “Kindly help me. I need my peace of mind.”

$1,015raised
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Jecinta is a delightful 4-year-old girl from Kenya. She is playful and jovial. Born with a birth condition her journey began at Kiambu Hospital, where dedicated healthcare professionals initiated a treatment plan to address the condition. She was prescribed braces as part of her comprehensive care to correct her clubfeet. With the support of her mother, she embarked on a hopeful journey towards improved mobility and a future filled with possibilities. The braces played a role in maintaining the corrections achieved through casting and other interventions. However, along the way, and because of the hardships, Jecinta, like many children, faced challenges in using the braces. Unfortunately, she lost to follow-up at Kiambu Hospital, and the regular monitoring and follow-up appointments ended. Over more than a year with no follow-up, Jecintas deformity recurred. Currently she tiptoes as she walks and feels pain. Fortunately, Jecinta and her mother traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,286 to fund Jecinta's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she be able to walk well, with no pain and discomfort. Her self-esteem will also improve, and she will continue with her education without any hardship. “I will appreciate if consider my daughter to undergo surgery so that she can stand on her feet and walk confidently like other children,” Glory, Jecinta’s mother, told us.

$1,286raised
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Emelyn is a 34-year-old mother of two from the Philippines. She works as a health worker, while her husband works as a traffic enforcer. In May 2022, during her pregnancy, she noticed a palpable mass in her left breast. After a few months, she experienced frequent bouts of pain in the area. She was advised to consult a surgeon. Following an assessment, it was recommended that she undergo an operation to remove the mass and have a biopsy. Due to potential threats to her pregnancy, the operation was deferred. In December 2022, one month postpartum, she was advised to undergo an ultrasound to assess the progress of her condition and have a biopsy. Unfortunately, Emelyn has now 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 (spreading to other sites in the body). Fortunately, our medical partner World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP) is helping Emelyn receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a mastectomy on August 12th. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is requesting help to raise $1,058 to cover the remaining cost. After treatment, Emelyn will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Emelyn shared, "Thank you, Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! Thank you for having a good heart and being willing to help people. You are a testimony that God truly provides."

$1,058raised
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