Agnes joined Watsi on April 27th, 2019. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Agnes' most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Emma, a joyful young woman from Kenya, to fund gallbladder treatment.
Agnes has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 3 countries.
Agnes has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 3 countries.
Looking jovial, 26-year-old Emma walks into the office wearing a broad smile. However, behind the joy and smile are recurring stomach pains that give her sleepless nights. Emma was diagnosed with symptomatic cholelithiasis - a gall bladder disorder that requires laparoscopic cholecystectomy analgesia surgery. If left untreated, cholelithiasis can lead to serious complications such as tissue damage, tears in the gallbladder, and infection that could spread spreads to other parts of her body. In Mid-April 2020, Emma started experiencing recurring pains burning in nature. She tried managing the pains using over the counter pain killers but the pain kept recurring. About a week later she was forced to visit a health centre in her home town Kayole for medical checkup. Emma was treated for suspected ulcers at the facility and was discharged with anti-acids. The pains seemed under control for over a month but they recurred in July. She went back to the same facility where a scan, x-ray, and further tests were recommended. Results indicated that she had cholelithiasis and she required urgent surgery. Doctors from the facility recommended she go to Kijabe Hospital for treatment. Emma is a single mother of one. She shared that she is raising her 6-month-old baby on her own after the father of the child left them and declined responsibility. She works as a shop attendant about 10km from her home and earns a total of $100 monthly income as her salary. To enable her to fend for the family, she has a house helper who takes care of her little child while she out looking for their daily bread. She pays the house help $35 a month. The three live in a single room rental which costs $50 a month. The remaining less than $20 is not enough to buy food and basic needs and still cover the cost of surgery. Emma is the oldest in a family of three. Her siblings are unemployed and live with their mother in the village. They depend on produce from their ¼ acre farm for survival. Emma’s employer and few close relatives contributed a small amount for the surgery but she still needs $616 in financial support to fund the treatment. Emma shared, “I need this surgery to get better and take care of my small family. I am the father and the mother to my little kid and my siblings depend on me. The small salary I get I barely make enough for our family and we basically live from hand to mouth. I have to spend all the income I make.”
Tukahirwa is a small-scale farmer from Uganda and mother to an 18-year-old. She and her husband separated in 2017 and she now lives with her father, helping to care for him. For the last 3 years ago, Tukahirwa has been experiencing lower abdominal pains. She has been diagnosed with multiple intrauterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Tukahirwa's surgery. On August 5th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tukahirwa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Tukahirwa shared, “I hope to have a successful surgery that will help me live a normal and painless life again so that I can carry on farming successfully to sustain my family.”
Sokcheat is 11 years old and in the fifth grade at school. Her father is a welder, and her mother is a farmer. She is the youngest child in her family, with two sisters and one brother. She shared that her favorite subject at school is reading, and she loves to read at home as well. She also has many friends living near her house, and they often explore together outside. Since last year, Sokcheat has experienced chronic tonsillitis. She has had difficulty breathing and speaking. She feels a strong pain in her throat, making eating and drinking difficult as well. Her parents have spent money on medicine for her throat, but nothing has been effective, and they cannot keep paying for treatment. Now, Sokcheat has come to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) with her family. Doctors will be able to perform a tonsillectomy procedure to remove her inflamed tonsils, which will relieve her of her symptoms. She will be able to do her daily activities comfortably and return to school. Sokcheat's mother told us, "I am so happy that we came to CSC, and that my daughter can get the surgery she needs. She will not have to feel this pain in her throat after the surgery and she will be able to speak easily."
Theav is a 24-year-old Khmer teacher from Cambodia. She has six siblings and is the third child. Since finishing high school, she has gone to teach Khmer language in her community everyday. She enjoys listening to music and planting flowers around home in her free time. When Theav was just a child her leg had a swelling and redness that caused her mom to take her to a Khmer traditional healer. They were able to improve the condition of her leg so she could walk, but about 14 years later she noticed problems with the same leg. It became painful and she had to start walking with a crutch. Doctors have examined her leg and discovered a non-union tibia fracture. Going in public with her condition is upsetting to her and makes her shy. Presently, the pain is bad enough to prevent her from walking at all. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 28th, Theav will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. The procedure will help her leg straighten allowing her to walk without any pain in the future. "I hope that I will be able to walk better. I will continue my study at university and want to become a teacher of Khmer literature when I graduate," Theav said.
Babikyengyire is the mother of one child who is 7 years old and in first grade at primary school. Her husband died in an accident in 2012. She later managed to buy a piece of land and constructed a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. A long time ago, in 1989, she thought she was gaining weight with an expanded neck because it was painless. She got married in 2009 and when she got pregnant in 2012, she developed neck pains especially after walking long distances. After delivery, the swelling increased as well as her pain. She is a member of the church choir, but she could no longer sing because it was too painful. Currently, she feels much pain when she wears a mask due to the ongoing COVID-19 regulations in the country. She is hopeful to find a solution from Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital. At Rushoroza, she presented with long-standing history of bi-nodular neck swelling. Thyrotoxicosis, airway obstruction, difficulty in breathing could be the end result if not treated through a thyroidectomy. Babikyengyire is a businesswoman who carries clothes around town to her customers, though she shared that she is finding it challenging now due to her condition. She feels uncomfortable being in public because of her neck swelling. She seeks financial support for her surgery because her small business can hardly raise a fraction of the total surgery charges. Babikyengyire shared, “I hope for a successful surgery. After the surgery, I believe that I will be able to travel long distances that will help me reach out to more customers and improve my business.”
Thida is a 9-year-old student from Cambodia. Her parents are factory workers, and she has one younger sister. She is in the third grade at school and her favorite subject is Khmer literature. She likes to read, listen to rock music, and play outside. She also helps her sister with homework. In May 2020, Thida developed a mass on the left side of her jaw. The mass has grown bigger everyday. As it grows larger, it becomes more painful, and Thida has started having difficulty eating and speaking. Thida traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 5th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Thida needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Thida's mother said, "I am worried that this mass will be very dangerous if it is not removed. I hope that she can get healthy soon and go back to school."
Jane is a nursing assistant from Uganda who came to the hospital with complaints of lower abdominal pains and heavy irregular bleeding that has been persistent for three years. From previous hospital visits, she had myoma diagnosis and surgery recommended. However, she could not afford the cost of surgery and was discharged home with pain medications. In recent months, the pain became severe and she came to our Medical Partner's facility, where she was diagnosed with subserosal posterior myoma and advised to have a hysterectomy. If not treated, Jane is at risk of anaemia and a worsened state of health. Jane is a 45-year-old mother of 3 children. Her children are all in school and most of her earnings go towards their school fees. Jane works as a nursing assistant at a small mission dispensary, while her husband is a peasant farmer, growing cabbages, tomatoes and carrots for a living. Jane is not able to meet the cost of surgery and appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Jane's surgery. On May 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Jane will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Jane says, “I hope to get fine after my surgery is done because am in deep pain.”
Brian is a 4-year-old playful preschooler from Kenya. Brian’s mother is a single parent from a very humble background. When Brian was born with scrotal swelling, his parents separated because they believed it was a curse. When he was a baby, Brian was taken to the hospital with complaints of a congenital right scrotal swelling. A repair was done at a different hospital when he was 20 months old but did not cure his condition. His condition has gradually persisted prompting his teacher and grandmother to take him to Watsi Medical Partner's Care Center Kapsowar Hospital. Brian has discomfort while walking. He also has pain on micturition which has always affected his general well-being. He has been raised largely by his older grandmother who hadn't taken him for treatment and never spoke about Brian’s condition. It was not until his class teacher noticed a swelling when he informed well-wishers in the village and he was brought to the hospital to be seen. Brian was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia after undergoing several lab tests and an ultrasound. Brian is a lovely boy who needs all our help so that he can be happy just like other children. Fortunately, on March 16th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $384 to fund Brian's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Brian’s grandmother says, “I am happy that his condition can be treated surgically. Brian needs to be like other children and play with friends without stigmatization.”
Francis is a ten-year-old from Kenya. He is a very playful boy who lives with his grandmother and sister. Francis' grandparents are small-scale farmers. In November of 2019, Francis developed an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage that could prove fatal Fortunately, on June 16, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $465 to fund Francis's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Francis’ grandmother says, “I will be happy when Francis is treated.”
Atuheire is a 6-year-old student from Uganda and the last born in a family of three children. He lost both parents due to HIV/AIDS and had been brought up along with his sisters by his grandmother. His elderly grandmother is a small-scale farmer and a widow who has managed to bring up the children all by herself through farming. Since he was born, Atuheire has had umbilical hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on September 8th, 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 Atuheire's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Atuheire's grandmother shared hopefully: “I pray for blessing to whoever will stand in to help my grandson to undergo his surgery because I personally can’t do anything now for him. I hope he will regain his normal health and continue studying well.”