Ann-Marie joined Watsi on January 30th, 2022. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ann-Marie's most recent donation traveled 7,000 miles to support Edivina, a 31-year-old woman from Uganda, to fund hernia repair surgery.
Ann-Marie has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Ann-Marie has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Edivina is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Edivina is a mother of three children in primary school and junior class. Edivina completed primary school class seven, but could not proceed due to financial challenges. Edivina farms with her husband and they own a three room mud house for shelter. For three years, Edivina has had an umbilical hernia. Edivina first developed mild abdominal pains around the umbilical region but thought it was a temporally condition that would heal with time. When the pain started increasing, Edivina was forced to seek medical assistance. Unfortunately, Edivina could not afford the recommended surgery at that time. Currently, Edivina feels severe pain when carrying heavy loads, coughing and sometimes eating. Edivina has to walk gently to avoid aggravating the pain. Edivina will undergo hernia repair surgery on May 12, 2022 at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Edivina's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Musiimenta says, “My condition has affected my way of life negatively. I can no longer do my day to day duties especially farming comfortably. I wish to live a normal life once again through surgery.”
Da is a 70-year-old widowed rice farmer. She has one daughter and two grandchildren. Da lives with her daughter's family, since her husband passed away many years ago. Most of the time, she stays home to help with housework, and she enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Da developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces. She is also worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Da learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 17th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Da shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well. I want to go to the pagoda but right now I can't see."
Naw Khu is a 25-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents and two brothers in a village. Naw Khu is a homemaker, while the rest of her family works as farmers growing beans and nuts on their land. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and the Burmese military takeover, Naw Khu's family has had difficulty selling their crops. In early September 2021, Naw Khu started to experience edema in her whole body, and especially in her face, legs, and hands. Her abdomen has also become enlarged and she has experienced a loss of appetite. She has had abnormal bleeding and feels tired when walking long distances. At night, she often has a fever and has difficulty sleeping. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Naw Khu receive treatment. On December 9th, she will undergo a CT scan, or a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Now, Naw Khu needs help raising $414 to cover the cost of Naw Khu's CT scan and care. Naw Khu shared, "sometimes I want to give up, but I feel bad for my mother. She tries very hard to help me. She spends all her time with me. I feel sorry for her."
Salume is an elderly farmer who grows coffee and bananas alongside her husband. They have five adult children who also work as farmers. Salume shared that their income is only enough to meet their daily needs. For about six months, Salume has been experiencing lower back pains and bleeding, which has affected her output on the farm as she cannot bend for prolonged periods. She visited the hospital for anemia, but doctors determined she has abnormal uterine bleeding and an endometrial polyp with a premalignant cervical lesion upon further testing. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Salume receive treatment. On December 28th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at the care center. Once recovered, Salume will resume her daily activities free of pain. AMHF is requesting $219 to fund Salume’s procedure. Salume shared, “You will really have done a great job making my surgery possible, and I hope God will bless you for saving a life because the pain I have passed through is really too much.”
Taing is a 60-year-old farmer who is married with one daughter, four sons, and six grandchildren. Taing lives with her husband and their daughter, who is a farmer. Taing shared that she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Taing developed a pterygium in her right eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. They occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result, Taing experiences tearing, burning, blurry vision, and discomfort with her appearance. She also has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside. When Taing learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 4th, Taing will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft. CSC is requesting $216 for the total cost of Taing's procedure, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Taing says, "I hope I don't have to worry about my eye anymore, and I will be able to feel comfortable and see well."
Savy is 50-year-old rice and mango farmer. She's married and has three daughters. Her children are students and her husband is a farmer too. When she is not farming or taking her produce to the market, she likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV. Three months ago, Savy developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She cannot see in low light or bright light and has difficulty walking outside by herself. When Savy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 5th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Savy said, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well. I can go out easily and go to plant rice and can drive my motorbike well."