Melissa Kay Schmitz
Melissa's Story

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.

All patients funded by Melissa

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.”

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