Gemlog joined Watsi on May 21st, 2018. 57 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Gemlog's most recent donation supported Isaac, a 23-year-old hardworking man from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery so he can walk again.
Gemlog has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 5 countries.
Gemlog has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 5 countries.
Isaac is a 23-year-old from Kenya who works as a manual laborer, loading and off-loading sand in the Maai Mahiu area. His father passed away while he was young, and he has been living with his mother and sister. A few weeks ago, during work, Issac slipped into a ditch and broke his right femur. His colleagues came to help him and brought him to Kijabe hospital. It is difficult for Isaac to walk, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 11th, Isaac will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure so he can walk again. Isaac shared, “I am in pain and can’t walk without support. I am out of options since I cannot afford the cost of the treatment.”
Tina is a 39-year-old mango farmer. He's proudly married with three sons who are all in school. Since Phnom Penh has been on a COVID lockdown for a month, he has been unable to travel to sell his mangos, so he is currently staying at home with his family. Two years ago, Tina developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him itchiness and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Tina learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there seeking treatment. Tina needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The procedure is scheduled for May 4th, and the total cost of his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Tina shared, "I hope after surgery my eye's irritation stops and when I return to work I am feeling well."
Twinomugisha is a 46-year-old farmer and a mother of five children. Her firstborn is 25 years old, while her last born is 13 years old and in primary school class four. Twinomugisha started feeling lower abdominal pains three years ago, and the treatment she received initially did not improve the condition. Currently, her lower abdominal pains have become so severe that she is not able to farm. Twinomugisha came to our medical partner's care center Rushoroza Hospital for review, where she has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain with a cervical intraepithelial neoplasm. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, Twinomugisha's quality of life and productivity will be greatly compromised due to the chronic pelvic pain. She is also at significant risk of cervical carcinoma. However, her family is not able to afford the cost of her care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Twinomugisha's surgery. On May 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Twinomugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and worry. Twinomugisha shared, “I pray to be considered for treatment because I have been through a lot in this condition. I will continue with farming as soon as I get better.”
Kembaga is a 55-year-old farmer and a married mother to twelve children - four sons and eight daughters. Most of her children are self-employed as small scale farmers, like herself and her husband. They earn a living from their small banana plantation and also own a few cattle. Fourteen years ago, Kembaga began to experience troubling symptoms. She finds difficulty in swallowing, breathing and sometimes experiences shortness of breath. Kembaga was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kembaga receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Kembaga shared, “I have surely had difficulty in my life because this condition has given me a poor quality of life, but I will surely be thankful to you once I undergo a successful surgery. I hope to continue with farming once I have fully recovered."
Huon is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has seven daughters, three sons, and fifteen grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Five months ago, Huon developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Huon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On April 29th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that I will see everything better so I can do my housework well and help take care my grandchildren," Huon said.
Isaya is a nine-year-old student from Tanzania and the fourth born in a family of six children. He is active and friendly. He struggles with walking due to a bilateral clubfoot condition. Due to his condition, Isaya was not able to join the school at the appropriate time. His parents fear him being discriminated. He requires treatment but the parents are not able to raise funds needed. They rely on subsistence farming in the village. Their harvest is not sufficient for the planned surgery. With successful surgery, Isaya will be able to walk with ease. The family appeals for help. Fortunately, Isaya traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Isaya's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Isaya's father says, “If there is a chance for my son to have his legs corrected to make them normal please help him he is struggling so much and we don’t have the money to afford this kind of treatment.”
Eliud is a quiet boy aged 15 years from Kimende Kiambu. He is the first born in a family of three. He is in class seven going to class eight next year. Eliud is born of a single mother who is a casual laborer and works at neighbors farms and washing clothes to make ends meet. On 21st October, Eliud fell from a ladder and sustained closed fracture humerus of the right hand. He was brought to hospital and the surgeon ordered ORIF. The income of the single mother is not sufficient to meet the cost of this treatment. If not treated, it may result in malunion and he would not be able to use his hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 31st, Eliud will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him use his hand again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “Eliud is my first born and my hope. I ask for your support so that he can be treated and be able to support our family," said Eliud's mother.
Srey Noch has three siblings and loves to play outside with friends and watch television. She wants to be an accountant when she grows up. For the past year, she has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breathe and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve her quality of life. She will be able to sleep again and focus better at school.
Samson is a maize and groundnut farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife and six kids. Since December 2018, Samson has been experiencing failure to urinate and back pain. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Samson's surgery. On February 14, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He says, "This program is going to help us so much because when I am in good health and return home, I plan to fix the roof on our home!"
Geofry is a young man from Kenya. He is the fifth of six children. Currently he works on construction sites. Earlier this month, he slipped and fell and sustained a closed fracture on the radius and ulna of his left hand. It is difficult for him to use his hand, and he is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 21, Geofry will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal and use his hand again to work. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. He says, “I plead for help because my income is very little and I have no one to help me. I hope to be well and go back to my job to support myself."
Monday is a farmer from Uganda. He is a father of eight children. For three years, Monday has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on February 20, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Monday's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "After surgery I will resume working in my fields."
Salman is a young boy from Kenya. He is a happy and curious boy. Salman’s parents are pastoralists and live in the North Eastern region of Kenya. He is the second born of three children. Salman was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Salman is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I do not know what I will do should my nephew gets assistance. It will be an answered prayer for me and for his parents,” says Salman’s uncle.