Ryan joined Watsi on February 11th, 2016. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ryan's most recent donation traveled 7,000 miles to support Aimukama, a young boy from Uganda, to fund a mass excision procedure.
Aimukama is a 4-year-old child and the youngest in his family with seven siblings. Both of Aimukama's parents are farmers who sell the surplus of their harvest to support the family. Two years ago, Aimukama developed a neck swelling that has gradually been growing in size and has become painful. The area is sensitive when pressed and limits his ability to sleep well. His mother brought him to Nyakibale Hospital, where scan imaging indicated that he had a thyroglossal cyst. Doctors recommended that Aimukama undergo surgery, but his family cannot afford the cost of his care. His parents appeal for financial support so that their son can be treated and be free from pain and further complications. Aimukama traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Aimukama needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Aimukama's mother shared, “I only pray to God to help me and open a way to your support so that my child may receive his surgery and continue growing up well.”
Katungye is a laboratory assistant from Uganda. For one year, Katungye has had a right inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him discomfort and pain. Fortunately, on March 5, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Katungye's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Katungye says, “I am hopeful for restoration of my hope after the surgery and I continue with my business until I get a job.”
Marjorine is an active five-year-old from Uganda. She lives with her parents and two siblings. She is in first grade and enjoys learning English and playing jump rope with friends. When not learning, Marjorine likes to help her mother around the house and sing songs. Her parents, Evas and Richard, work as farmers to support their family. For the past three days, Marjorine has been sick. Doctors have diagnosed her with severe malaria. On April 23, Marjorine will receive fluids and antimalarials at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $120 to cover the cost of her treatment. Her family has contributed $7 towards her care. Marjorine's mother, Evas, looks forward to taking her daughter back to school and is very grateful for the donors' help.
Meet Musiime, a 13-month-old boy from Uganda who was recently diagnosed with a hernia, or an abnormal protrusion of tissue or organs. “When Musiime was two months old, his mother noticed a swelling in his grown region," explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "She took him to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hernia and advised to have surgery.” Musiime’s parents have tried to save enough money for their son’s surgery many times, but they have not been able to do so. Musiime has four other siblings. His father is a casual laborer and his mother is a housewife who weaves baskets in her spare time to make some extra money for their household. $220 will cover the cost of the hernia repair operation that Musiime needs. "The treatment will eliminate the risk of intestinal incarceration, obstruction and/or strangulation," AMHF shares. Let's help Musiime get healthy!
Han is 61 years old and works as a rice farmer in Cambodia. She is married with five children and nine grandchildren. Han has been diagnosed with pterygium in her eye. Her condition, which is a non-cancerous growth of conjuntiva covering the cornea, developed seven years ago. Han experiences tearing, burning, irritation, itchiness, and blurred vision. "She can't see clearly or do her work well," the staff at our medical partner shares. As a rice farmer, pterygium has made it difficult for her to continue working, and she hopes to get back to it after treatment. As of right now, Han spends her time listening to the radio and working around the home. $150 will cover the cost of pterygium excision surgery. The surgery consists of scraping the conjuntiva from the surface of the cornea and placing an autologous conjunctival graft to cover and prevent recurrence. Han's husband accompanied Han to the clinic for surgery. "I hope I don't have to worry about her eye having any more problems," he told the CSC staff.
At three years of age, Brian's parents realized that something was not okay; he cried when passing urine. When swelling appeared on his groin, he was rushed to the nearest hospital and treated for an inguinal hernia. The swelling did not disappear, but the pain was gone. Brian is now 11 years old and lives with his family in Kenya. He still has the inguinal hernia, which is again causing pain and discomfort, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting anything. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), "if Brian is not treated, it can result in painful restriction of blood supply to his intestinal tissues that could be life-threatening." Weeks ago, Brian felt a sharp pain and his doctors determined that the hernia had re-occurred. Brian’s parents were distraught as they pondered where to get the funds they would need for his surgery - they work as casual laborers and cannot afford his care. They tell AMHF, "we will do anything to see to it that our son gets treated and fulfills his future dreams of becoming a pilot." For $430, Brian can have surgery to correct his hernia. This operation will prevent the hernia from growing and obstructing Brian's blood supply, interfering with his intestinal tract, and causing pain. Brian's mother says, "I am in need of your help because raising such an amount is completely out of reach for us. We want our son to grow normally and have a bright future.” Let's support Brian and his family achieve the future they desire.
At 20 years old, Penelope is working through school and aspires to be a teacher some day. She recently just finished the final level of primary school, and will finish her exams and continue working at her education after delivering her first baby. Penelope is pregnant, and the baby is in breech position, meaning it is upside down in the womb. Delivering a baby in this position can be dangerous, and to ensure the safety of both Penelope and the child, doctors have recommended a C-section. A C-section will cost $303, and includes all post-operative care for Penelope and her child. This treatment will allow her to welcome her baby into the world without worrying about the possible dangers of a breach delivery. "Penelope is quite shy, but wants all the donors to know that she appreciates their support very much," shares The Kellermann Foundation. Let's support her in the happy, healthy delivery of her child.
Ahumuza is a six-year-old nursery school student from Uganda. About seven months ago, a swelling developed on his right arm. His grandmother (his primary caretaker) did not inform his mother, and the swelling kept on growing until it was very painful. Ahumuza stays with his grandmother since his parents separated and the burden of looking after him was put on his paternal grandmother. When the pain was worse, his mother was called to take him to hospital. The swelling has enlarged and needs an excision. Ahumuza's father does not support his care and his mother re-married and her new husband would not give her money to pay for Ahumuza's treatment. The mother came to Nyakibale Hospital (a Watsi partner hospital) to seek for any assistance and was told that there were donors who were willing to pay the bill of her son. If not treated, the mass - diagnosed as a lipoma - could continue to grow progressively and become more painful. $120 will fund a mass excision surgery and allow Ahumuza to be pain-free. "I feel a lot of pain at night," Ahumuza shares. "I want to be well."