Melissa joined Watsi on May 26th, 2014. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Melissa's most recent donation supported Kyokusiima, a small businesswoman from Uganda, to fund a hysterectomy.
Melissa has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Melissa has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Kyokusiima is a 44-year-old small businesswoman and a single mother to one daughter who is in the seventh grade. Her husband left their family many years ago. Kyokusiima operates a small retail shop to make ends meet for her and her daughter. For the last two years, Kyokusiima has had lower abdominal pain, menorrhagia and associated back pains. The condition has grown more severe with time, and efforts to manage with painkillers have not been fruitful. Kyokusiima has been to several health centres and was referred to a gynaecologist for further review, but could not visit them due to financial hurdles. When Kyokusiima was able to visit our medical partner's care center Nyakibale Hospital, she underwent scans that indicated she had multiple myomas. She was recommended to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy surgery, where surgeons would remove her uterus. Without this procedure, she might suffer from anaemia in the future. However, Kyokusiima is not able to raise the funds needed for surgery and appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kyokusiima's surgery. On April 23rd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyokusiima will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kyokusiima shared, “I hope that once I undergo this operation, I will be relieved from bleeding and other symptoms like backache which have made my life miserable. I will continue with my shop so that I can educate my daughter not to suffer as I did.”
Siphan is a 66-year-old father with two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. Siphan lives with his wife and their youngest daughter. He used to work as a laborer but now his vision prevents him from working. Siphan's wife and daughter both go into the city near their home to work. Five years ago, Siphan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience blurry vision, photophobia, tearing, and itchiness. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Siphan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for one hour with his wife to seek treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and implant an intraocular lens in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Siphan shared with us, "I hope I can see clearly again so I can drive my motorbike and get around easily outside."
Rickshadez is a young student and the third of four children. He's a very active and clever boy. His parents sell clothes in Nairobi to earn a living. They live in a small house on the same property where they work. In the middle of last year, Rickshadez began to experience swelling on one side of his lower abdominal area, and his father brought him to the doctor. Rickshadez was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Rickshadez has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. This condition can be healed through corrective surgery, which will help prevent these potential complications. Rickshadez will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 25th. AMHF is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Rickshadez’s mother says, “We are not blessed enough to raise the required amount for Rickshadez’s surgery.” With some financial help, Rickshadez can undergo this surgery to heal the swelling and protect against future risks.
As their first and only child, Mohamed is the love of his parents’ life. Despite being born with hydrocephalus—a medical condition in which abnormal accumulation of fluid around the brain causes increased pressure in the head—this five-month-old is quite healthy. With early diagnosis and timely treatment, most children with hydrocephalus recover successfully and go on to lead normal lives. If left untreated, however, this condition can lead to brain damage, a loss in mental and physical abilities, and even death. Mohamed needs $650 for a shunt placement that will drain the excess fluid around his brain. His family is very poor and traveled several hours to bring him to the hospital so let’s do our part to make sure he gets well!
When she was younger, in order to help her family, Me Maw dropped out of school and stayed home to look after her siblings while her mother was at work. Without a high level of education, Me Maw now relies on work to support herself. However, she recently had to stop working when she started experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. Doctors diagnosed her with rheumatic heart disease, a serious condition that is can be fatal if left untreated. Without an income, Me Maw cannot afford healthcare on her own. But for $1,500, we can pay for her to receive a procedure called a cardiac-mitral valve repair. This procedure will repair the part of Me Maw’s heart which makes sure that blood keeps circulating. Doctors say that she will be able to move around much more easily, without shortness of breath, and hopefully return to work. Let's give her a chance to live a normal, healthy life!
This is Christine, a 55-year-old woman from western Kenya. She lives in a rural village with her husband and eight children. She and her husband are hard workers who support their large family by working as farmers. Two years ago, after experiencing heavy bleeding and abdominal pain, Christine found out that she had uterine fibroids, noncancerous tumors on her uterus. Due to this condition, Christine has become increasingly weak and uncomfortable. Christine says, “I want to get my strength back so that I can take care of my children.” For $885, we can help Christine to get a full hysterectomy, a procedure that will remove her uterus and the tumors in it, and decrease the risk that she will develop future tumors. Let’s help decrease daily pain for this hardworking, caring mom!
Say hello to Paul, a 51-year-old husband and father of five from Kenya. Paul works as a teacher while his wife takes care of the children at home. Last year, Paul was in a car accident that led to several injuries, including a fractured femur and leg infection. He is in severe pain and cannot walk without help. Paul took out a loan to pay for the initial treatment he received after the accident, but does not have enough to afford the additional healthcare needed. Paul now needs $1,500 to treat the fracture and infection in his leg. Without it, his leg may need to be amputated. Paul says, “I thank God that I did not die in the car accident. My prayer is that I get well so that I can go back to work and take care of my family." Let's help answer Paul's prayers by getting him the care he needs!
Five years ago, after having her second child, Njeri was diagnosed with ovarian cysts. She feels abdominal pain every day now. For the past year she and her husband, who own a business together, have been searching for assistance. It's been hard to run their business through her pain. So far, Njeri has raised $125 for surgery to remove the cysts. She says, "I hope to get surgery so that I can be able to focus my efforts and energy on growing our business and raising our children." With $695 from us, Njeri will receive surgery to remove her cysts. She will be able to move around with less pain and live a healthy life. Let's help Njeri take care of her family and run her business!