Stephanie joined Watsi on November 6th, 2014. Seven years ago, Stephanie joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Stephanie's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Agrey, a special baby boy from Tanzania, to fund surgery on both of his feet.
Stephanie has funded healthcare for 86 patients in 12 countries.
Stephanie has funded healthcare for 86 patients in 12 countries.
Agrey is a five-month-old baby boy, and the first child born to his parents. Agrey was born with spina bifida and bilateral clubfoot. Agrey's father, who is a truck driver at a local sand quarry, was able to find enough money to take Agrey to a referral hospital for assessment of his spina bifida. But their family could not afford to pay for the surgery necessary to correct this condition, which put Agrey at risk of losing the ability to use his lower limbs, and endangering his life in the event of a serious infection. They were referred to the Plaster House for help, and through Watsi funding, Agrey had his spina bifida corrected. Agrey's bilateral clubfoot also means that both of his feet are twisted out of shape, which would make it difficult for Agrey to walk when he gets older. Fortunately, Agrey's family brought him to Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, our care partner's health center. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund this procedure and his care. After treatment, Agrey's feet will be straightened and he will be able to wear shoes and to walk easily as he grows up. Agrey’s mother says: “My son has had his first surgery of his back and it was successful. He now needs to start treatment for his feet. Thank you for your help.”
Boniface is an 8-year-old student who is in the fourth grade. His mother shared that he is an avid learner, and his best subjects are Swahili and Mathematics. Boniface is the youngest child in his family of four children. He comes from a community where they practice small-scale farming and keep livestock. Where he lives, children around the age of three to five start looking after the baby goats and lambs around their home to help contribute to the family's daily chores. Boniface also enjoys going out with his older sibling to collect firewood. Boniface has clubfoot in his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, which causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Boniface's family was able to travel to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for treatment at their care center. On April 22nd, surgeons will perform a clubfoot repair procedure to help Boniface walk easily. AMH is requesting $935 to fund this surgery. Boniface is hopeful that he will be able to be more active soon!
Khoem is a loving grandmother and a widow with two sons, two daughters, and several grandchildren. Her husband passed away several years ago, so she lives with her youngest daughter, who works in a local factory and supports her mother. Over the past several years, her greatest joy is playing with her grandchildren when they come to visit. Due to her age, she mostly stays home and listens to the radio. Earlier this month, Khoem tripped in her house and fell, fracturing her left hip. Although she experienced a lot of pain and was not able to walk, she did not seek any medical help because she was worried she could not pay. A relative visited her and suggested she go to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for diagnosis and treatment. She is in constant pain and cannot walk so is using a wheelchair to get around. Fortunately, Khoem took her relatives advice and came to CSC. There surgeons can perform a surgery to relieve Khoem of her pain and allow her to walk more easily again. Her treatment is scheduled for March 15th, and Khoem needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. "I hope that I can walk without pain, and play with my grandchildren again," shared Khoem.
Daw Moo is a 58-year-old woman. She moved to Thailand from Burma and lives with her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She helps with household chores and looking after her granddaughter. She has three other children that study in schools in Burma. In her free time, Daw Moo loves to meditate and pray for her children and her family. In late December, Daw Moo was diagnosed with a cataract in her left eye. She has blurry vision and it is difficult for her to do her daily activities, like cooking, cleaning and washing clothes. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Daw Moo receive treatment. On March 2nd, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Daw Moo's natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly and go about her daily activities. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund her procedure and care. Daw Moo shared, "I feel uncomfortable seeing with only one eye. I will be very happy to do my daily chores after I have regained vision in my left eye. Thank you to the organizations who found donors for me. Without your help, I could never afford to pay for my surgery. My daughter also cannot pay for me as she has to support her younger siblings’ school fees."
Vincent is a jovial and playful five-year-old boy. He is the third of four children in his family. Vincent's parents plough farms and fetch water to earn a living. Work is hard to come by where they live, in turn forcing his father to go to neighboring communities to look for employment. About a year ago, Vincent had a left inguinal hernia with pain in his abdominal area. His father noticed that there was swelling, and applied some ointment on the spot, which made the swelling and pain disappear. Vincent never experienced the pain again until two months ago. His family has been seeking help so that he can feel well again. Fortunately, on February 4th, Vincent will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $585 to fund Vincent's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live a more comfortable life. Vincent's father says, “It has been a stressful time for us as a family. I feel sad for my son that he has to undergo this.”
Chambani is a boy from a large family in Tanzania. His father shared that he likes to keep to himself and is quite shy. Chambani’s parents are small-scale farmers and they do not earn enough to cover the day-to-day needs of their family and fund the medical treatment that Chambani needs. Chambani has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Chambani's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 3rd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Chambani's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be healthy and able to wear shoes and walk easily. Chambani’s father says, “I believe that it is by luck that I have found this place. I want the best for my child. I do not have any money but I have been fortunate enough to find people who have contributed to my traveling expenses and now his treatment. Please help me accomplish my dream of having my son treated.”
Consolata is a shy, eight-year-old girl. She is the third born in a family of three children. She loves going to school and proudly wears her school uniform. She lives with her single mother, two siblings, and her grandmother. Her grandmother works in a support staff role at a local hospital to support her family. For the last two years, Consolata has suffered from bouts of tonsillitis, pain, infections, and fevers that make it difficult for her to concentrate on her studies. After examination, an ENT surgeon recommended that she have a tonsillectomy. If left untreated, Consolata will continue to experience pain and fevers, and could be at risk of complications. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Consolata to receive treatment. On December 3rd, she will undergo an adenotonsillectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she and her family need help raising $565 to fund her procedure and care. Consolata's grandmother shared, "I love my grandchildren, especially Consolata. It pains me to see her struggle with this condition. I kindly request assistance so that she can live a normal life and continue with her education."
Naw Blut lives with her husband, toddler son, and parents in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. She is a homemaker, her parents are retired, and her husband works at the Water and Sanitation Department in the refugee camp. Their family's monthly income of 2,694 baht ($89.80 USD) is just enough to cover their daily needs as they currently have to buy formula milk for Naw Blut's toddler. Naw Blut has been receiving a antenatal care at the clinic at the refugee camp. Earlier this month, Naw Blut went for her follow-up appointment and since she was 37 weeks pregnant and had previously had an emergency C-section, she was told she would need to see a specialist about her delivery. The next day, staff from the organization that helps run the camp (Malteser International (MI) Thailand), brought her to Mae Sariang Hospital. After she met the doctor, the doctor said she could not give birth vaginally because of the status of her pregnancy and her last delivery. The team has scheduled her to undergo a c-section to safely delivery her baby. As Naw Blut cannot afford to pay for the procedure, MI staff referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for financial support.
Hort is a 25-year-old ice seller. He was born in a remote province and moved to the capital city of Cambodia for work. He has one older brother who he currently lives with. In April 2017, he was in a motor vehicle accident and fractured his left femur. He went to a government hospital where doctors inserted hardware to heal his fracture. He was then seen at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in June 2019 where he received a bone graft. Now, Hort has returned to CSC because the fracture has healed and he needs the hardware removed from his leg to limit future complications and have full mobility. On August 30th, Hort will undergo a hardware removal procedure. Now, he needs help raising $230 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Hort shared that he hopes the hardware will be removed and his wound will heal quickly.
James is a hardworking man coming from the outskirts of Nairobi and is a father of two daughters, one in college and the other having completed high school recently. He is separated from his wife and takes up casual labour to make ends meet. He is a jovial man. In August, James was involved in an accident when a motorcycle hit him as he walked on a footpath. The motorcycle driver escaped leaving him in pain. He was taken to a local hospital for first aid and then to a district hospital. He had an x-ray done but was only given pain medication and advised to wait for the bone to heal on its own. However, James' mother decided to bring him to Nazareth hospital. His leg is painful and swollen and he is not able to walk at all. James was recommended to undergo an ORIF surgery to repair the fracture. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 30th, James will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow the fractured bone to heal with ease allowing him to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. James says, “I am glad there is hope for my leg to be treated so that I can go back to my normal life.”
San is a proud mother of four with two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. San lives with her youngest daughter who is a cleaner at a restaurant. San used to sell bread in front of her house but nowadays she stays inside due to her poor vision. She enjoys listening to music and news on the radio. Five years ago, San developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When San learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there hoping for treatment. On July 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. San said, "I hope I can see clearly again after surgery. I want to take care of my grandchildren well and return to selling bread in front of my house."
Kishimwi is a playful and friendly young boy who is currently having a hard time walking. Kishimwi has a younger sibling, and his parents are small-scale maize and vegetable farmers who grow food for their family. His father also works as a hawker selling Maasai beads, belts and sandals in order to make extra income. Kishimwi was diagnosed with genu valgus, causing his legs to bend inward to form knock knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Kishimwi's parents noticed a slight bent in his leg when he was three years old, but became alarmed when the problem worsened over the past year to the point where walking became difficult. Kishimwi experiences pain when participating in daily activities, so his parents decided to seek treatment for him at a local hospital in their village. The family was advised to give Kishimwi foods containing high calcium and calcium supplements to strengthen his bones and prevent his legs from bending further. However, the effects were negligible and Kishimwi's legs became more bent. Fortunately, an older patient's parent told the family about Watsi's medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), and the family traveled to the hospital hoping for treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Kishimwi. The procedure will take place on June 29th. Treatment will hopefully restore Kishimwi's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Kishimwi’s father hopes his son's pain will be alleviated after this care, "We have used medication and foods containing high calcium but none has helped. Please help treat my son because as you can see his legs are badly affected."