Alexandra joined Watsi on July 2nd, 2020. Nine months ago, Alexandra joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Alexandra's most recent donation traveled 5,600 miles to support Naw Lah, a 24-year-old pregnant woman from Thailand, to fund a safe Caesarean section for her new baby.
Alexandra has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 5 countries.
Alexandra has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 5 countries.
Naw Lah is a 24-year-old woman who lives in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. She is 40 weeks pregnant with her first child. She recently went into labor and was brought to our medical partner's care center by Malteser International (MI) Thailand staff. The doctor there initially expected her to deliver the baby vaginally, but when labor stopped progressing, the obstetrician suspected that her baby was in distress. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) is helping Naw Law to deliver her baby safely. On August 25th, she will undergo an emergency C-Section at BCMF's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund her procedure and care.
Lucy is a 31-year-old preschool teacher and a mother of two children. Her husband is a boda boda taxi driver who earns about two dollars a day, and the family lives together in their ancestral home. In June 2021, Lucy sustained a vertebral fracture and was admitted to the hospital for observation and spinal decompression. She underwent spine surgery and was discharged back home. At a follow-up appointment, doctors noticed that she was having difficulties breathing and walking, and that her surgical wound was infected. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Lucy receive treatment for the infection. On July 28th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help her heal and prevent sepsis. Now, Lucy needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Lucy shared, “I am unable to walk and even stopped working due to my condition. I need the surgery to be able to recover and get back to normal.”
Joseph is seven-month-old baby and the youngest of 3 children in his family. His parents are small scale farmers of corn, vegetables, and rice so that the family can grow food and sell some of the harvest to earn money for other necessities. Joseph was born with spina bifida, a type of nerve defect that puts Joseph at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Joseph's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 23rd. This procedure will hopefully spare Joseph from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop into a healthy boy. Joseph’s mother shared her concern, "Ever since we were informed about the risk our baby is in, we have never been at peace. Please help our son."
Claire is an eight-month-old baby girl and the youngest of three children in her family. Claire’s mother is a farmer and her father is a preacher at gospel churches in Kenya. Claire was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. As she grows, this causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Claire to receive treatment. Claire traveled to visit AMH's center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 9th. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Claire's surgery. After treatment, she will be able to walk like other children without any difficulty. Claire's mother shared, “I would request support for my daughter to undergo surgery so that she can walk like other children."
Saw Moo is a seven-year-old boy who lives with his parents and older sister in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Saw Moo is a student in kindergarten and his sister goes to primary school. In his free time, Saw Moo enjoys playing hide and seek outside. Around mid-May 2020, Saw Moo began to experience blurry vision in his right eye, making it increasingly difficult to for him to see clearly. Saw Moo was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely. Saw Moo is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina and our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is raising $1,500 for his treatment. After his surgery, there is hope for Saw Moo's vision to be restored so that he is able to resume his daily activities comfortably. Saw Moo's aunt shared, “My nephew is a hard-working student. You do not need to tell him to read [or study] because he loves to do it. He is amongst the top 10 students in his class. I want him to regain vision in his right eye and to continue his studies so that he can become a medic. His mother is ill and cannot accompany him [during his treatment]. If my nephew becomes a medic or health worker, he can look after his mother and his community.”
Bagazonzya is a 74-year-old small scale farmer. He has two children with his current wife and has twelve other children from past marriages. Some of his children are now married and self-employed, while others are still in primary and secondary school. He and his wife are small scale farmers. For the last four years, Bagazonzya has had a hydrocele, or a swelling in a sensitive area. This hydrocele causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working. Bagazonzya and his wife are unable to afford the treatment he needs to improve his quality of life. Fortunately, on February 2nd, Bagazonzya will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $146 to fund Bagazonzya's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently, and return to work. Bagazonzya shared, “I have spent much time with this condition and it has reduced my work performance. I dream of the day I will be relieved of this condition so that I can get better again. I will resume farming after I have a successful surgery.”
Doto is a 10-year-old boy who is a very social and cheerful child. Doto has a twin brother by the name of Kurwa. His parents are small scale farmers who grow maize and vegetables to make a living. Doto's father also seeks day labouring jobs to supplement his income and provide for their family. Doto was diagnosed with left genu varus, or bow-leggedness. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he cannot walk to school comfortably or for long periods of time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Doto. His treatment is scheduled to begin on February 11th. Treatment will hopefully restore Doto's mobility, return to walking and playing normally, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Doto’s father shared, “I would love my son to lead a normal life like his twin without his leg being a challenge. Please help correct his leg.”
Bamwoya is a charcoal maker from Uganda and a married father to eight children, three sons and five daughters. All his children are married and are now small-scale farmers. Bamwoya shared that he wasn't able to finish school after the third grade as his family did not have funds for school fees. He currently earns a living from making charcoal and his wife is a small scale farmer. Since three years ago, Bamwoya has had bilateral inguinal hernia. He experiences pain bending or standing for a long time, which makes his day to day tasks and working challenging for him. Fortunately, on January 5th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Bamwoya's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bamwoya says: “I have faith and believe that once my surgery is done, I will be well and able to continue with making charcoal.”
Benard is a 35-year-old man from Kiambu County in Kenya. He works as a laborer, off-loading trucks carrying construction materials. His wife is a housemaker and together they have three children aged 10 years, 9 years and 3 months old. In December 2020, Benard slipped and fell from a raised water tank he was inspecting, fracturing his right tibia and fibula. He was taken to a clinic in the neighbourhood, where first aid was administered. Afterwards, Benard went to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital for an x-ray, which confirmed a fracture of his right tibia and fibula close to his ankle joint. Surgeons recommend he undergoes a fracture repair surgery. If not treated, Benard’s fracture could heal while misaligned or be malunited, resulting in limited use of his right limb, deformity, and infection. However, this procedure is costly for Benard and his family. He is the sole breadwinner of the family, and does not have savings to pay for his care. He appeals for financial support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 5th, Benard will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will ease his pain, allow him to recover, and help him to be able to walk with ease again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Benard shared, “My head is spinning because I do not know what would happen to my family if I was unable to go to work due to my injury. I would really appreciate help with the surgery so that I can continue providing for my family.”
Thon is a 42-year-old father of two from Cambodia. He drives a tuk tuk to earn a living for their family. Thon has two sons and one grandchild. His elder son is married and his younger son is a student who still lives at home. Thon's wife works in a factory. One year ago, Thon developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, difficulty driving, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly and recognizing faces, and his condition is impacting his ability to work. When Thon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his brother-in-law hoping for treatment. On December 7th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Thon said, "I just want my eye to see normally again because I need to earn money to support my family well."
Kemigisha is a farmer and a mother to three children, with two daughters and one son. Her son is a teacher, and both of her daughters are married and are small-scale farmers. When Kemigisha was younger, she dropped out of school at the seventh grade as her family could not afford school fees. She and her husband both earn a living for their family from small-scale farming. Three years ago, Kemigisha was diagnosed with a recurrent excisional hernia. This hernia causes her weakness and pain and prevents her from working. Fortunately, on January 4th, Kemigisha will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund her surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live and work more comfortably and confidently. Kemigisha shared, “I hope to recover all the way from this condition once my surgery is done, and I will resume with farming after I am feeling better again and have fully recovered.”
Paul is a 52-year-old hardworking man from Kenya. He mainly works in building sites in his home village Magumu, earning a daily wage of $4 when he is able to find work. Paul's income is inconsistent because it depends on the availability of work. His wife is also a laborer who washes clothes to earn a bit more to and support the family. Paul and his wife have six children and live together in a three-room house in their ancestral home. Their kids are aged between 12 and 26 years old. On January 9th, Paul was hit by a motorbike along the Magumu highway. He sustained many injuries, including on his maxillomandibular. Paul is not able to eat and is in a lot of pain. He needs multiple surgeries to repair his fractures, but he cannot afford the cost of his care. Paul's and his wife's earnings are limited, and he already sold his cattle to raise some funds for his surgeries, but it is not nearly enough. Paul is appealing for financial support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 28th, Paul will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal and eat comfortably again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Paul shared, “I am not able to eat well and I am always in pain. I need help with the surgery so as to be able to get well and fend for my family, who depend on me."