Vijay has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 11 countries.
Akankwatsa is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She separated from her husband 16 years ago. She has seven children; five who are small-scale farmers and married. The other two still live with her at home. Twelve years ago, Akankwatsa began to experience postmenopausal bleeding and discharge. She has been diagnosed with cervical polyps. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Akankwatsa's surgery. On July 21st, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Akankwatsa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Akankwatsa says, “I have lived with this condition for so long, but now I will be glad to be relieved of it so that I may continue with farming.”
Neng is a 54-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Her husband of 24 years unfortunately passed away five years ago from illness. Neng has two sons and one daughter, and her daughter is married and has one child. In her free time, Neng enjoys watching Thai movies on TV and taking care of her grandchild. Neng slipped and fell on October 21st, fracturing her right elbow. She received initial treatment from a Khmer healer, but the treatment did not improve her closed elbow fracture. Neng came to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) with right elbow pain, swelling, and inability to flex her arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 10th, Neng will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will allow her to use her right arm easily again. Neng shared, "I hope my right arm is better after surgery so I can be free of pain and continue my work as normal."
Myint is a 52-year-old father from Burma. He lives with his wife, two sons and daughter. Myint used to work as a construction manager, and his wife is a homemaker. In his free time, Myint likes to search for building design ideas on Facebook and likes to read books. He also enjoys helping a charity group that drives patients to hospitals in an ambulance. Myint was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, which is the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle that controls the flow of blood. Malformations of this sort may cause blood to flow backward, or cause the valve to narrow. Currently, Myint has difficulty breathing and chest pains. He cannot sleep well at night and has to take medication to help him fall asleep. He also feels tired when he talks for a long time. Myint needs a mitral valve replacement surgery to improve his quality of life. Since April 2020, he has been unable to work due to his poor health. When his eldest son's university classes did not resume this year, his son found work as a truck driver to make additional money. However, due to government imposed COVID-19 restrictions, his work ceased around August. Myint's family now lives off of their savings and borrow money when needed. They are appealing for financial help for Myint's health. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Myint. The treatment is scheduled to take place on October 25th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Myint shared, “After I have recovered fully, I will go back to work. But if I cannot do that same job anymore, I will look for something else that I can do. I will save money for my family’s future. I want my daughter and my sons to successfully complete their studies.”
Sharon is a shy eighth grade student from Kenya. Sharon was born and raised in a village in the highlands of Elgeyo Marakwet County. Sharon is the firstborn child in a family of five. She is partially orphaned after her mother died due to a short illness. Sharon was raised by her aunt as they shared that her father is unable to provide for them due to poverty and alcoholism. Her aunt is a farmer depending mostly on maize farming as their main source of income. Being the firstborn child and the only girl, her roles have been defined at an early age. She took care of her siblings when her father could not. Her aunt says that she plays the role of the mother because she acts so maturely and responsible. On Friday September 25th, Sharon sustained a severe injury to her right lower limb after she fell from a high place while she was carrying firewood on her back. She is in pain and is not able to walk on her own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 30th, Sharon will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal and walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Sharon says, “I want to receive treatment to walk again so that I can continue helping my aunt and go to school when it resumes.”
Emmanuel is a small baby boy from Kenya. Emmanuel’s father is a casual laborer in Kayole and sometimes goes out his way to carry luggage for people so that he can provide for his family of two children. Because of the extra care Emmanuel needs, his mother is not able to go look for work. Emmanuel was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Emmanuel is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on August 27th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,393 to cover the total cost of Emmanuel's procedure and care. After his recovery, Emmanuel will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Emmanuel’s mother says, “I am very hopeful that our son will be treated.”
Alex is a 22-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest of two children. His parents depend entirely on small-scale farming for a living. Alex’s father decided to travel to neighboring Kenya to seek small jobs in order to supplement the little harvest they are able to currently get from their farm. Alex was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Alex is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,063 to cover the cost of Alex's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 15th. This procedure will hopefully protect Alex from the risks associated with his condition, allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Alex's mother says, “I will be very happy to see my son walk by himself like his sibling. Please help us as the cost is too high for us to afford."
Win is a 49-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and four sons. Two of her sons are distant learners at university while her husband and two other sons work as masons. However, her husband had to stop working to look after the housework when she was no longer able to do so. Win was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her 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, Win feels tired, has no appetite, cannot sleep well nor walk longer distances. She also has a headache, chest pains, and tingling and numbness in her extremities. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Win. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 11th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Win said, “When I recover from my illness, I will go back to doing the housework so that my husband can also go back to work.’’
Rose is a 40-year-old woman. She is married and was blessed with six children, two sons and four daughters. Rose and her husband are not financially stable. Her husband is a Khat farmer while Rose is a small-scale farmer who plants maize and beans for home use. She sells the rest for additional income. Last year, Rose began to experience swelling in her abdomen. An x-ray revealed that she has an epigastric hernia which needs to be repaired. She explained that she cannot afford the hospital bill now because her husband's Khat business is heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are asking for $768 to fund the cost of her surgery. Rose shared, "I am pleading for help."
Pheanith is a 19-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Phearith and his wife have been married for two years and they have one young son. Everyday Phearith and his family go for a walk in the evening. He also likes playing football, listening to music on his phone. Two years ago, Pheanith injured the big toe on his left foot when a heavy object fell on it. He received treatment at a local hospital, but his wound did not heal. He received a second round of treatment at a local hospital two months later, but it was once again botched. The wound has become infected, and the infection is spreading through his foot. It is difficult for him to walk, and he experiences pain throughout his leg. He cannot currently work. When Pheanith learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On May 12th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to heal his chronic wound, and help him to walk more easily again. Now, Pheanith needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Phearith said, "I want so much to finally heal this wound and walk again. My family cannot do well if I cannot work and make money, so I am excited for the surgery."
Catherine is a 17-year-old student from Tanzania, the youngest in her family of three children. She is currently in Form Four and hoping to graduate secondary school this year. She is a shy but bright young girl. Catherine’s father is a construction worker and her mother owns a shop at their home where she sells day-to-day household stuff. Catherine has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Catherine has been experiencing headaches for the past two weeks continuously. She was originally taken to the hospital and was tested for a UTI and malaria but found to have nothing wrong. Her headaches got more severe, followed by vomiting and irritability and could not control her urination. Her family was told to do a CT scan test but the surgeons were not satisfied with the results and needed to do an MRI. The MRI showed that there is build up of CSF fluids causing pressure in her brain and the doctors shared that Catherine needs surgery as soon as possible. Without treatment, Catherine will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Catherine to treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 29th and will drain the excess fluid from Catherine's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Catherine will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Catherine says, “I would really like to get better and continue with school. Please help me get well.”
Abdiaziz is a child from Ethiopia. He is a beautiful baby boy. Abdiaziz has two brothers and a sister and he loves to play with his mom. Abdiaziz is exclusively breastfeeding. His father is an English teacher in a language school with a limited income while his mother is a house wife. They live in a rented house and Abdiaziz’s father's income is only enough for their basic needs. Abdiaziz was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Abdiaziz is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on February 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Abdiaziz's procedure and care. After his recovery, Abdiaziz will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Abdiaziz's mom said “I hope my child will heal completely after the coming surgeries. I believe he will lead a bright future and a quality life.”
Philomena was diagnosed with ARM at birth. With this condition, the little one was found to lack an anal opening and instead was passing stool through her vagina. A few hours after birth, Philomena, one in a set of twins, was noted to have a distended abdomen. The doctor quickly checked on the baby and discovered she lacked an anal opening. To keep Philomena from getting a fistula, the doctors put in a colostomy at three days. Philomena’s parents paid for this through some family savings they had. When they left for home, Philomena’s twin sister developed a persistent cough which was later found to be a hole in the heart. "I have never felt this drained ever in my life. Since I gave birth I am always in hospitals with either one of my two babies,” says Philomena’s mother. Due to lack of finances, Philomena’s parents shared their plight with their church members and one of them advised that they visit Watsi Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital. At BethanyKids a surgery to create an anal opening has been recommended. If not treated, Philomena will not lead a normal life and will be forced to use a colostomy for life. The surgery is a cost Philomena’s parents cannot bear. Philomena’s father is a carpenter while her mother closed her grocery store to tend to the children. Together they have five children with three currently in school. With very limited income and having exhausted their savings, Philomena’s parents are not able to raise the funds needed. They had defaulted on paying the national health insurance premiums as they could not keep up, but they’ve been advised to try to maintain this coverage in the future given their family's health needs. “Please help us. It is quite a stressful time for us but we believe we will come from it as victors,” says Philomena’s mother.