Grant joined Watsi on September 9th, 2013. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Grant's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Tumuhairwe, a farmer from Uganda, to fund a hernia surgery.
Grant has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 11 countries.
Tumuhairwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda and is a widow since 2000. She was left with nine children; all are now married and self-employed but unable to help out financially for her surgery. Since six months ago, Tumuhairwe has had a supraumbilical hernia on the anterior rectus abdominus. The hernia causes her pain and discomfort and she is not able to work on her farm as she used to. Fortunately, on August 11th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Tumuhairwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Tumuhairwe shared: “I have pain and discomfort. If I can be treated, I will be grateful and resume cultivation since it’s where I earn my living.”
Ry is a 62-year-old carpenter from Cambodia. He has one son and two daughters. In his free time he watches the news on his phone. Five months ago, Ry developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, pain, and hard to recognize something. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ry learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On April 27th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ry said, "I hope my eye pain and poor vision will improve so I can work as a carpenter again."
Chhoeun and his wife have three daughters, all in primary school. In addition to working at construction sites, Chhoeun raises chickens to sell at the market. He is used to being active, taking his daughters to school, and helping his wife with housework. Four months ago, Chhoeun suffered a fall, causing his left shoulder to dislocate. He first went to a traditional Khmer healer to get treatment, but his shoulder developed an infection shortly afterwards. Since then, his shoulder has become swollen and painful, and he has lost the use of his left arm. His wife has become worried that a loss of income while Chhoeun cannot work could affect their daughters' education. After getting a recommendation from a neighbor, Chhoeun traveled four hours to Watsi's Partner Children's Surgical Centre to receive treatment. At Children's Surgery Centre, doctors will perform open reduction surgery, in order to realign his shoulder, properly heal his dislocation, and clean up the infection. After recovery, Chhoeun will regain use of his arm with no pain. Chhoeun said, "I am so excited to have my arm back. I hope that I can start my work again soon. I do not want to see my wife and children get worried about my shoulder anymore."
Dinah is an elderly woman from Uganda who is suffering from lower abdominal pain, headache and occasional vaginal bleeding. She was reviewed in our facility and diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia and a total hysterectomy surgery is advised. Previously, Dinah had been to several hospitals to no fruition of treatment. Her major concern was the required hospital fee. At our hospital, she was linked with our program for support with funding treatment. The 81-year old mother of 8 children lives at home relying on her children for upkeep. With the cost of surgery high, the family is not able to raise sufficient funds for Dinah's treatment. They appeal for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Dinah's surgery. On January 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Dinah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Dinah says, “I expect to have a better health after my surgery.”
Su is a 43-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and four-year-old son in Shwe Pyi Thar Township in Burma. Her husband works as a day laborer at a construction site while she does all the household chores. Su 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 cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. In 2010, Su started to experience severe coughing so she went to see a doctor at Tun Foundation Clinic in Yangon. The doctor noticed that she has abnormal breathing and told her that she has a heart problem and she would not be able to have baby. The doctor also provided her with three days’ worth of medication and suggested she go to Yangon General Hospital (YGH) to meet with a cardiologist. The next day, she went to YGH and she received an echocardiogram and x-ray. Following this, the doctor told her that she would need surgery right away. She was told that the surgery would cost around five million kyat (approx. 5,000 USD) but she could not afford to pay such a large sum. When she told the doctor this, she received medication to stabilize her heart condition and was provided with a follow-up appointment. In 2015, she started to feel tired whenever she walked for more than 10 minutes or if she used the stairs. She went back to Tun Foundation Clinic where she received medications to stabilize her condition. Currently, she cannot sleep or eat well. She also suffers from fatigue and rapid breathing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Su. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 27th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Su said, “I worry a lot that I will have a stroke if I do not take my medication daily. But it is had for my husband to come up with money [for my medication]. I want to live long with my family. When I talked to Watsi's partner BCMF, I felt like I had been released from the worry of paying for my surgery. Thank you so much!”
Tun is a 33-year-old man from Burma. He used to work as a day laborer at a construction site until he fell sick. During his free time, he enjoys playing billiards with his friends. Tun 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, Tun is experiencing tiredness, fast heartbeats, sharp chest pains, and he is unable to sleep well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Tun. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 16th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Tun said, "I am very happy that I received this chance of getting treatment. It is impossible if I must fund my own treatment. Thank you very much for your support.”
Philemon is a farmer from Kenya. Philemon is a 22 year old father of one and himself is the first born child of a family of four. Being the first born child in a less fortunate family, Philemon’s roles were defined so fast that he dropped out of school so that his younger siblings could get a chance to proceed with their studies. He opted to do farming with his dad so that they can improve their humble background. Philemon is hardworking and energetic man who is depended by the family for its daily needs. Philemon was well until 9th August when he fell from a tree and sustained injury to his left leg and was diagnosed with an open proximal tibia fracture. Philemon was brought to our hospital and was received by our doctors. He underwent his first surgery to clean and close his wounds. He was then admitted to wait for ORIF surgery. He is unable to stand with his left leg. He can only walk with the able of a walker or being wheeled on a wheel chair. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 15th, Philemon underwent a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to walk normally after treatment. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Philemon says, “I need to walk again, I don’t have a sustainable job to feed my parents and siblings. I also want to make sure that they finish school and get proper education."
Arobo is a student from Ethiopia with three siblings who are also students. He is a nice boy who is outgoing and playful. Arobo loves to play football with his friends and loves to read books. Arobo’s mother is a widower and their family lives in a remote area. Her income is very limited even to sustain the basic need of the family. Arobo 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, Arobo is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Arobo's brother said “We hope he will be healed from his condition after this surgery. And if he heals our mother, I and our sisters will be relived from worry. And he will also be well psychologically.”
In June 2019, Seyha suffered injuries to his left hand after improperly handling a knife. His wound has since healed, but he often feel numbness in his hand and cannot flex two of his fingers. Surgery will reconstruct and repair the damaged nerves and tendons, allowing Seyha to fully flex his fingers and regain feeling in his hand. He enjoys playing soccer and listening to music, and is looking forward to returning to his work and home so he can take care of his two daughters.
David is a child from Kenya. He is the third born in a family of three children. David’s mother does not work she is a house wife while the father is a driver and has to meet all their basic family needs. David was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, David has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. David will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 03. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I have become so desperate and have been going to hospital for almost one year. I was told the risks of this problem and I am worried if my baby is not treated soon there may be problems. Kindly assist me" said David’s mother.
Hai is a 20-year-old monk from Cambodia. He has two brothers, four sisters, and enjoys reading Balinese books in his free time. Six years ago, Hai had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Hai experiences ear drainage, irritation, infection, and hearing loss. It is difficult for him to hear properly, affecting his communication with others. Hai traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 15, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have any ear discharge or infection, and my hearing will improve."
Kerhi is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two brothers in Gonaives, a city on the west coast of Haiti. His father is a bus driver, and his mother works in the market. He is in the fifth grade and enjoys math and science. Kerhi has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A blood vessel between the pulmonary artery and the aorta that normally closes soon after birth instead remains open. Blood flows through it, bypassing the lungs and depriving the body of the oxygen it needs. Kerhi underwent a surgery two years ago to tie off the duct, but unfortunately the defect has re-opened; he will now undergo a different type of procedure called cardiac catheterization to close it in a way that makes it very unlikely to ever reopen again. Kerhi will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 2, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a device attached to the tip of a catheter to block the leaking duct. Another organization, Gift of Life New York, is contributing $6,000 to pay for surgery. Kerhi's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Kerhi's family overseas. He says, "I am excited to fly on a plane for the first time and visit a new country!"