Russ joined Watsi on May 17th, 2014. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Russ' most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Karuma, a hotel worker from Kenya, so that he can walk again without pain.
Russ has funded healthcare for 2 patients in 2 countries.
Karuma is a strong-willed 41-year-old married man living in Kenya with his three beautiful children. Karuma's wife takes care of the kids, who are all school-aged. Karuma was a cashier at a hotel, but he had to stop working after he started experiencing severe pain in his left leg. Karuma went to the hospital and was diagnosed with septic arthritis. Doctors now advise him to have knee fusion surgery to relieve his pain and help him return to work. Karuma has been relying on his relatives and well-wishers to help support his family while he is unable to work. He says, "I just want to be able to work again so that I can support myself and my family instead of depending on others." For $440, we can fund Karuma's knee fusion surgery so that he can walk around with significantly less pain. Let's help Karuma become independent again and provide for his family!
Belaynesh is a quiet 15-year-old girl living in Ethiopia. She is currently in grade eight and enjoys reading and helping around the house. Her parents are both farmers. She has three sisters and two brothers, all of whom she gets along with well. Belaynesh also likes to play with her friends in her village. Belaynesh was born with a club foot, which prevents her from walking normally. Instead, she walks on the sides of her feet. The condition causes her pain and self-esteem problems. Belaynesh says, “I always feel inferior as a person when I compare myself with my friends and it always worries me. I am so glad and thankful that I have a chance to be healed.” For $1,000, Belaynesh will undergo a left foot triple arthrodesis surgery. She will be able to live life pain-free and without the stigma that this condition can cause. Belaynesh wants to be a doctor when she grows up so she can help kids like herself. Let's help Belaynesh achieve that goal and more!