Stephanie joined Watsi on January 29th, 2015. Five years ago, Stephanie became the 880th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,128 more people have become monthly donors! Stephanie's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Susan, a mother-of-two from Kenya, to fund a surgery to remove her gallstones.
Stephanie has funded healthcare for 65 patients in 11 countries.
Susan is married and a mother of two who are still in school. Currently, she sells food to neighbors and drivers. Susan shared that the last five years have been very challenging because her husband has been serving jail time for something which he did not do. He was released in January of 2020 and was not able to find work before the COVID-19 lockdown. Over the last two years, Susan has been experiencing pain and fullness in her abdomen. At times the pain gets severe and causes vomiting. She has been diagnosed with gallstones. Her doctor adviser her that she needs a cholecystectomy. If Susan is not treated she will continue to experience pain, her vomiting may get worse, and she may also experience gall bladder inflammation. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are requesting $788 to help fund the cost of this surgery. Susan shared, “My husband is currently recovering from his time in jail and so I have no one to turn to. I pray that I may get help so that I am able to support my family and help my husband find a job. Then, we can support each other. I would appreciate Watsi's support."
Muiruri is an elderly man from rural Kenya. He has 7 children and one who has passed away. He lives on his farm in Muranga with his family. His children do farming for subsistence, and none make earnings enough to help raise funds for their father's medical bill. Muiruri was able to raise funds for his previous surgery and also used his National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). Unfortunately, he has exhausted his NHIF limit due to his previous treatment. In 2019 he was involved a motorcycle accident and had a femur fracture on his left leg. He underwent an ORIF surgery and he was healing well. Early this year, as he was walking home, he slid and fell. The same leg that had an earlier femur fracture was fractured again and now doctors need to carry out an ORIF surgery so he can walk again. Currently, he is not able to walk on his own and he is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 29th, Muiruri will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "I will be happy to be able to walk without struggle and also assist my wife with farm work," Muiruri told us.
Mary is a young student from Kenya and the third born in her family of four children. She comes from a humble background, where her parents are small-scale farmers relying on subsistence farming to make ends meet. Their income is split between school fees for Mary’s elder siblings and feeding the family. Two days ago, Mary fell from a tree while attempting to harvest some fruits, landing on her hand. She sustained a closed left humerus fracture that was painful. She had first aid in a local hospital but due to the COVID-19 police curfew, they could not take her to a better-equipped facility for imaging. Mary had an x-ray the following day revealing the humerus fracture. She is in a lot of pain and cannot move or use her hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 21st, Mary will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her hand heal correctly and he will no longer be in pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $704 to fund this procedure. Mary’s mother says, “My daughter is in pain and we are not able to raise the funds needed. Please help us.”
Duncan is a 30-year-old young man. He is the 3rd and last born in his family. Duncan completed his studies last year and hopes to gain meaningful employment with the Kenyan government. While on his daily routine and walking through town dropping his CV, he encountered an accident on the road, and the vehicle that hit him disappeared. He was taken to Kenyatta National Hospital (the main referral hospital in Kenya) where he underwent multiple surgeries. Due to financial constraints, he was discharged without further interventions. Duncan then was able to connect with Watsi's medical partner and received fracture treatment with Watsi donor support earlier this year. Duncan underwent his surgery and it was successful. The treatment has helped him improve his ability to walk and be out of a wheelchair. During his follow-up appointment, the doctors have determined that unfortunately he will need to undergo another surgery to correct his proximal ulna fracture. This is because Duncan is still experiencing pain and discomfort. We are hopeful that this fracture repair surgery will finally deliver Duncan from the pain and suffering he is currently undergoing and are requesting $1,165 to cover the treatment costs. “I'm in a lot of pain and discomfort in my right hand and any kind of support accorded to me will be highly appreciated,” Duncan expressed.
Byron is a 10-month-old baby from Kenya. Byron’s mother is a part-time a teacher with a monthly income of $150. His father left them long before Byron was born. Byron was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Byron has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Byron will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 9th. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help my son get treated,” says Byron’s mother.
John is a farmer from Kenya. John was born and raised in a small village called Sabot in the Southern region of Kenya. In this area many villagers work in farms or in other small, not very stable jobs. John is married with seven children age between 31 and 15 years old. On 20th January, John fell on a hard surface while walking and sustained injury on his left side. He is in pain and is not able to walk on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 3rd, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk on his own again and no longer suffer pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. His son says, “My father is in pain, we have nothing as a family to pay for his surgery. Just wishing well for my father.”
Aung is a 34-year-old man from Burma who lives with his wife, son, and daughter. Both he and his wife work as government officers. In his free time he likes to read books. Aung was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Aung feels tired, has chest pains, and has difficulty breathing. However, he can eat and sleep well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Aung. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 27th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to go back to work [as a] healthy [person] and support my family,” said Aung.
Siphilina is a 68-year-old talkative grandmother. On 25th of October, 2019, Siphilina fell, sustaining severe left femoral neck fracture. She was taken to the nearest health facility but could not get treatment due to the severity of the condition. She spent some days at home as she was unable to afford medical care. She was in great pain, could not walk and had difficulties sitting or lying in bed. Fortunately, Siphilina went to Kapsowar hospital whereupon diagnosis, she had an ORIF surgery recommended. The surgery will relieve her of the pain, reduce the chances of ambulation problems and further closed fracture complications. Siphilina, a humble millet farmer lives with her daughter and three grandchildren in the village. She lost her husband years ago. Her only source of income is from subsistence farming which has very low-income yields. This limits her ability to raise the required hospital fee for the surgery. Siphilina appeals for help to be able to meet the cost of surgery. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 30th, Siphilina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will reduce the pain, fix the fracture reducing chances of further complications on her left leg. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Siphilina says, “I want to be able to walk sit and even feed by myself like other people.”
Kyu is 38-year-old-woman from Burma. She owns a farm which she is able to rent out for 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) for each season. In her free time, she enjoys doing housework such as cooking and cleaning. Kyu was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle that controls the flow of blood. Currently, Kyu has difficulty breathing, chest pain as well as pain in her neck. She also cannot walk fast or for long distances because she gets tired easily. Kyu is unable to sleep well for she worries about her condition. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Kyu. Once her treatment is completed, it will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I want to work and save money for my daughter,” said Kyu.
She lives with her parents in Karen State, Burma. She now works at Kyaw Hta Rural Clinic, 45 minutes away by motorbike from her village and earns 70,000 Kyat (approx. 70 USD) per month. Her parents are farmers and their total income is 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) per month. Their income is just enough for their daily needs. Around eight years ago, Cherry developed pain in the right side of her abdomen. She went to the clinic near her village. At the clinic, the medic thought that she was suffering from normal stomachaches. Since the clinic did not have the necessary equipment to run diagnostic tests, the medic treated her for the pain. She received pain killers and when the pain was worse, a stronger does of pain killers through an injection. In May 2019, she was completing her training with Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), when the pain in her abdomen became worse. She received an ultrasound and painkillers at the clinic, before she was diagnosed with a renal stone in her right kidney. MTC then referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation and treatment. At the hospital, she received an X-ray, ultrasound and a blood test, as well as oral medication for the pain. After checking her results, the doctor confirmed her diagnosis and told her that she needs to receive laser treatment two to three times, to break up the stone in her kidney. She received her first round of laser treatment on 7 August 2019. To pay for that, she had to borrow money from her supervisor and her neighbor. She was scheduled to undergo a second round of treatment on 18 September 2019, but she could no longer afford to pay. Luckily, MTC referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing further treatment. Currently, Cherry still has pain in the right side of her abdomen. She is interested in the field of medicine and enjoys learning new things related to this field in her free time.
Shin is a 15-year-old novice monk from Burma. He lives and studies with his brother in Aung Damar Zinyone Learning Centre Monastery in Insein Township, Yangon Division. His father is a government officer for the ministry of religious affairs and culture and his mother is a shopkeeper and sells rice and curry. Although his parents send them pocket money, they cannot always do so. Instead, Shin and his brother are supported by the monks, and he collects donations of food from the community with the other monks, during morning alms collections. In his free time Shin like to play football with his friends. Sometimes, he likes to read books and study to learn new things. Shin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Shin has difficulty breathing, is unable to sleep at night and sometimes he has a fever during the night. He cannot walk long distances and he has difficulty walking up stairs. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Shin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 21 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “When I grow up, I want to become a monk to help those in need as well as children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school,” said Shin. “This has been my dream since I was a child.”
Bernard is a young boy from Kenya. Since birth, Bernard has had an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes him pain and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on August 2, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Bernard's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.