Diane Cameron
Diane's Story

Diane joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. 201 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Diane's most recent donation supported Jane, self-employed woman from Kenya, to fund surgery on her injured leg.

Impact

Diane has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Diane

Gideon is 6-year-old playful boy. Five days ago, Gideon came to the hospital with a complaint of pain in his right hand, which looked like an obvious fracture due to the deformed and swollen appearance of his arm. He was unable to lift his hand. Gideon sustained the fracture while he was playing with his friends in school. Accompanied by his mother, they walked over 16 miles to get to our hospital to see a doctor and get treated. After the doctor's assessment, Gideon was admitted for skin traction to limit movement and reduce his pain and swelling. Now he has been scheduled for Open Reduction and External Fixation (OREF) surgery on Friday, March 20th. Gideon is the second born in a family of three children. He was born and raised in a small village called Kipkaner where most of the inhabitants work on farms or perform other low-income jobs. His parents did not attend school, so they don’t speak Swahili nor English. The family lives in a small mud hut with grass as a roof. His family gets sustenance from their small farm and consists mostly of millet, sorghum and seasonal fruits like mangos. Gideon likes to spend his days looking after her grandmother's goats. He feels that his grandmother will find it hard to take care of her goats when he is sick. Gideon is in severe pain. He has a hard time sleeping. The family is requesting for financial support for their child to undergo surgery. Gideon’s father says, “I want my son to get back to his normal life. It is paining to see him lay in bed without help.”

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"Three days ago, Joseph was born to his young parents," shares our medical partner in Kenya, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). When welcoming their "new bundle of joy," Joseph's mother noticed a small swelling on his back that the doctors were cautiously observing. "It came as a shock to both parents when the doctors informed them that the swelling was a skin defect that required surgical intervention as soon as possible," AMHF adds. The swelling was diagnosed as spina bifida, a neural tube defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone, with leaking fluid causing a bulge in the skin. AMH explains that if left untreated, "Joseph is at a risk of infection, and development of a tethered cord, which can lead to scoliosis and loss of muscle function on his lower limbs." Joseph's father, who works as a driver, is the family’s only source of income. Despite the support from their families, the young couple was only able to afford transportation to the hospital. $805 funds treatment that Joseph needs to thrive and live a healthy life. It covers the cost of a spina bifida closure procedure, anesthesia, a five-day hospital stay, lab work, and medicines. "The surgery will help reduce the risk of infections, developing a tethered cord, and paralysis on his legs," AMHF shares. Joseph's parents inform AMHF that they are hopeful that treatment will help their new baby grow up healthy and achieve all he would ever want in this life. “I want our son to grow up knowing that we tried everything possible to have him treated," Joseph's mother says, "Any help accorded towards his treatment will be highly appreciated."

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