Alejandro joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Four years ago, Alejandro joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Alejandro's most recent donation traveled 7,800 miles to support Grace, a shy eight-year-old from Kenya, to fund hernia repair so she can go about her daily activities.
Alejandro has funded healthcare for 68 patients in 15 countries.
Alejandro has funded healthcare for 68 patients in 15 countries.
Grace is a shy young girl from Kenya. Because her father has mental health challenges, Grace’s mom is the sole breadwinner, working any job available to support her family. She often tries to look for animal farm feed for their neighbors cattle to provide for them. A few weeks ago, Grace was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. This condition causes her to experience weakness and pain, thus preventing her from doing daily activities. Fortunately, on July 22th, she will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $444 to fund Grace's surgery. Grace’s mother says, “Despite the fact that we are financially needy, I’m hopeful that Grace will receive the required treatment.”
Kembabazi is a teacher from Western Uganda. For the past three years, she has had lower abdominal and back pains and other troubling symptoms. As a result of these pains, she is unable to stand for extended periods and walk for long distances. Kembabazi came to Nyakibale Hospital and was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids, requiring a total hysterectomy to heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Kembabazi's surgery. On May 11th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kembabazi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kembabazi shared, "I hope to be treated and the condition clears so that I can resume my teaching job and support my family again."
Phuon is a 27-year-old tuk tuk driver. He's married and has three sons. In his free time, Phuon shared that he enjoys listening to romantic music and pop songs, playing volleyball, and relaxing at home. On March 14th, Phuon was shocked on both hands in an accident with electrical wires. This badly damaged the tissue and after three days in a government hospital he ran out of money to cover treatment. He is in pain and cannot use his hands to hold anything. When Phuon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 22nd, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a debridement procedure to remove the dead tissue to preserve and return the function of his hands. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Phuon shared, "I hope after surgery I can use my hands again and get back to work to support my family."
Victor is a student and the oldest of six in his family who live together in a grass thatched house. His parents are farmers in the village, and they grow maize and beans for their family’s upkeep. Victor was born with a complete absence of fingers on his left hand, which has forced him to learn how to do all tasks with his right hand including cooking and laundry. On March 11th, 2021, eighteen-year-old Victor was injured in a motorcycle road traffic accident. He was a passenger when the motorcycle slid on mud and fell. He sustained an injury on his lower leg, and his leg was placed in a cast shortly after the accident. A few weeks later, his condition worsened and his wounds started having signs of infection. His parents brought him to the hospital, where doctors conducted an X-ray which revealed a left tibia-fibula fracture. Victor is in pain and unable to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 25th, Victor will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After healing, Victor will be able to walk again and engage in his normal activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,014 to fund this procedure and his family has been able to contribute $100. Victor is a diligent student, and he scheduled his surgery to begin after he sits for his final exams. He says, “I would have wished to undergo the surgery as soon as possible but I am sitting for my exams this coming week. My prayer is that I won’t be in so much pain so that I can sit for my exams comfortably.” Victor’s mother is appealing to anyone reading his son's story to help her raise money for a successful surgery.
Sabel is a 5-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the third born in a family of four children. Sabel’s father is a small scale farmer and his mother is a homemaker. They work hard to meet their family's basic needs. Sabel was born a healthy child, but when he was born, his umbilical cord was wrapped around his thigh and knee. As a result, he had to undergo a below-the-knee amputation, and the surgery was successful. However, the operation site is not closing properly. If not treated, Sabel could develop a severe infection in this area so the medical team wants to make sure he heals well. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sabel receive treatment. On February 9th, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure. This treatment will allow Sabel's wound to heal well and, once he is fully recovered, he will be able to be fitted for a prosthetic. Now, Sabel's family needs help to fund this $747 procedure. Sabel’s mother shared, “His wound has taken a long time to heal and the doctors have advised he needs a skin graft surgery which we can’t afford. Please help him."
Akaturwanaho finished senior four and went to train in a tailoring course. She also trained in hairdressing and opened her own hair salon. Unfortunately, during lockdown she has been unable to work because her salon is closed due to COVID-19 prevention measures. Akaturwanaho is married with three children and she is expecting her fourth. All the children are in school; primary four, primary two and nursery. Her husband is a technical teacher as he teaches building and construction and because schools are closed, he also is unable to work. Akaturawnaho has sought care at our medical partner's care center. She delivered her firstborn by normal delivery in 2010, her second was delivered by cesarean section in 2013, and the third by cesarean section due to oligohydramnios in 2016. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $252 to help fund the cost of her cesarean. Akaturwanaho says, “I hope to have a smooth delivery and will be glad to have your support. Once I recover and the COVID-19 situation improves, I will continue with my salon.”
Meakea is a 20-year-old construction worker with one brother and one sister. Meakea is the middle child in his family. His brother is also a construction worker and his sister works in a factory. Their parents are farmers. In his free time Meakea enjoys listening to music, playing games on his phone, meeting up with friends, and playing football. On December 4th, Meakea was electrocuted at work and sustained electric burns on his hands and feet. After the accident he went to a provincial hospital for 10 days for treatment. He still has bad wounds on his hands and feet. It is difficult for him to use his hands and he is in pain. When Meakea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to help him recover on both hands and both feet. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Meakea said, "I hope after my surgery my hands and feet are stronger and healed so I can be finally free of pain."
Win is a 46-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife and two sons in a village in Kyain Seikyi Township in Karen State. His elder daughter is a health worker where she works at a clinic in another village in Burma. His two youngest sons are students. Both he and his wife are a subsistence farmers. In his free time, he sometimes helps his communities with building a bridge or road as much as he can. In January 2020, he developed a painful urination, itchiness, and also difficulty urinating. He feels like something is blocking his urinary and also feels stomach pain in his right side. Doctors want Win to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Win's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 28. Win said, “I keep myself strong and I hope if I receive proper treatment I will be better.”
Kyat is a 34-year-old female refugee from Thailand. She is a mother of three, and she loves to look after her son and play with him, while her daughters go to school. About 10 years ago, Kyat noticed a mass in her belly after her second child was born. She thought it was normal to have a mass after birth, and what she felt, she thought, was her uterus. As the mass does not cause her pain, Kyat thought the mass would disappear after some time. A little less than two years ago, Kyat became pregnant again. She then found out during her antenatal care session at the refugee camp hospital that the mass she had was still there. The doctor then told her she needs surgery, but only after she delivered her baby. Kyat has been experiencing discomfort in her abdomen. She has been diagnosed with uterine myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Kyat's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Kyat is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on December 13th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Kyat said, “My children are still young, especially my son. I want to be healthy, with no mass inside my belly, so that I can support my children and live my life to the fullest.”
Ly is a 48-year-old street noodle vendor from Cambodia. He's married with one son and one daughter. He and his wife work together as street noodle vendors near their home. He shared with us that he enjoys helping his children with their homework and doing activities outdoors with his family on the weekends. His relatives live in the province so he sends money to his parents and takes his children to visit them from time to time. In 2018, Ly started experiencing ear discharge and hearing loss in his right ear, Ly had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Ly experiences ear discharge, itchiness, tinnitus, and hearing loss. He can't communicate clearly with other people. Ly traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 24th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Ly said, "I hope after my surgery is done the ear discharge and infection will go away and some of my hearing will return."
Khin Htay is a 26-year-old-Araknese woman who lives with her younger sister in Yangon, Burma. She is in her final year of university. Her sister works as a seamstress in a shop and earns 200,000 kyat (approx.200 USD) per month. Their parents and their eldest sister are rice farmers in Rakhine State. Every year, they sell half of their harvest to earn an income. Htay's sister in Yangon sends their parents money occasionally, while their parents support Htay's medical expenses. The income that Khin Htay's sister earns is enough to cover their daily expenses and pay for basic health care. In 2018, Khin Htay started to feel very tired and could not sleep well at night. She also experienced chest pains if she walked anywhere far. She took traditional medicine which helped her feel and sleep better. However, she continued to feel tired and experience pain. One day in 2019, a neighbor who has a heart condition, told her that she could have a heart disease like her; the neighbor had also experienced the same symptoms. The neighbor advised her to seek treatment at Pinlon Hospital in Yangon, where the neighbor had undergone heart surgery. She decided to follow the neighbor's recommendation and also moved in with her sister in Yangon for extra support. In December 2019, Khin Htay went to Pinlon Hospital to see a cardiologist. After receiving an echocardiogram (echo), the doctor told her that two valves in her heart no longer work and that she would need to receive surgery to replace those valves. The doctor also told her that because her condition is not severe, she did not need surgery yet. She received six month's worth of medication and a follow-up appointment for June 17th, 2020. When she came back for her appointment, she received another echo and an x-ray. After checking her results, the doctor told her that her condition had progressed and she now needed surgery, which would cost 15,000,000 kyat (approx.15,000 USD). When they learned about the price of the procedure, Khin Htay and her sister lost hope of ever getting Khin Htay treatment; they could not afford to pay such a large sum of money. When she told a nurse at the hospital called Sandar Ko about their financial situation, the nurse told her about an abbot who might be able to help her. The abbot heads Kyaung Gyi Parahita Monastery and is a partner of Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Khin Htay called the abbot and asked for help accessing surgery. The abbot then referred Htay to Watsi's Medical Partner BCMF for assistance receiving treatment at Pinlon Hospital. Currently, Khin Htay feels tired and suffers from chest pains when she walks a lot. She cannot sleep very well at night and she feels short of breath at least twice a week. To try and cope with her symptoms mentally, she prays or recites Dhamma. She also tries to help her sister with household chore such as cooking and sweeping. She hopes that she will be able to continue her studies after surgery and she would like to work for the government as a civil servant once she graduates. Khin Htay shared, “When I graduate, I will work and support my parents because they are getting old and they will not be able to work on the farm in the future.”
Ezekiel is a baby from Uganda. Ezekiel’s parents are both small-scale farmers and they keep a few goats. They depend entirely on their harvest to meet their day to day basic needs Ezekiel has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Ezekiel has been crying a lot, vomiting, and experiencing seizures. Without treatment, Ezekiel will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Ezekiel that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 22nd and will drain the excess fluid from Ezekiel's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Ezekiel will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Ezekiel’s mother shared, “Please help my son, he was a happy boy before he started getting sick. Please help him get better.”