Karen Cannady
Karen's Story

Karen joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. 201 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Karen's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Anisha, a child from Uganda, to fund hernia repair.


Karen has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Karen

Meet eight-year-old Komuhangi, a third grade student who lives in Uganda with her single mother. She loves flowers, and her favorite subject in school is English. She dreams of one day becoming a nurse so that she can help people. Komuhangi has an umbilical hernia--causing a loop of her intestines to abnormally protrude in her abdomen. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), explains, "After birth, Komuhangi's umbilical cord took long to heal. The belly button was bigger than normal but her mother thought it was ok." A year ago, Komuhangi began experiencing on and off again abdominal pain. Sometimes the pain was so severe that she was even unable to eat her meals. Komuhangi also developed painless umbilical swelling. Komuhangi’s condition puts her at risk of further health complications. "If not treated, Komuhangi is at a high risk of getting intestinal obstruction." Komuhangi’s mother works as a store assistant at the hospital and "is unable to fund her daughter's surgery because her salary is their sole source of income and it cannot cover all their needs." For $220, doctors will perform surgery to treat her umbilical hernia. This operation will reposition the displaced loop of Komuhangi's intestine and repair the damaged section of her abdominal wall. By closing off the site of the defect, Komuhangi will be pain-free and without risk of obstruction. AMHF states that after her recovery, “Komuhangi will be able to concentrate on her studies and hopefully achieve her dreams." "Thank you for the help," Komuhangi says. "I wish I could see you and give you flowers."

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