Sergey joined Watsi on October 15th, 2015. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sergey's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Nabasa, a maize and bean farmer from Uganda, to fund hernia repair.
Sergey has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 8 countries.
Nabasa is a farmer from Uganda. He is married with five children, all in primary and secondary schools. Nabasa earns a living through practicing small-scale farming growing maize and beans mostly, along with his wife. Since one year ago, Nabasa has had an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes him an extended abdomen and pain. Fortunately, on February 20th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Nabasa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Nabasa says, “I hope all for a better life after my surgery so as to continue with my farming.”
Viden is a 7th grade student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of four siblings and enjoys playing soccer, swimming, and listening to music. He hopes to become a police officer when he grows up. In April 2019, Viden was in a severe motorcycle accident and was in a coma for three days. Afterwards, the accident left Viden with injuries to his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He has pain in his arm and is unable to flex his wrist or move his shoulder or elbow. Viden traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 6th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I will be able to move my arm normally again and I will be able to return to school without difficulty."
Korukiiko is a subsistence farmer from Uganda, and her husband is elderly (about 80 years old) and no longer is able to help at home. She is married with eight children, one is a teacher, three others are married but self-employed as they never reached far in their education, and four are small-scale farmers as they too did not study well due to lack of money for school fees. She tries to care for her family and grandchildren through her framing. Korukiiko reports with persistent and progressive swelling in her left popliteal fosse for about six months. This has limited her movements and she no longer can go long-distance as she used to. Korukiiko came to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 12th, surgeons will remove the mass that has been affecting her. Now, Korukiiko needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure. Korukiiko says: “I hope that when I am relieved of this condition, I will be able to do all that I used to do in my farm where I earn a living for our family.”
Ivan is a baby boy from Tanzania. He is a healthy and jovial little baby, the only child to his parents. His father denied Ivan's pregnancy when his mother informed him and since then, offers no support to Ivan's mom. Upon delivery, Ivan's mother was informed of a congenital condition of her son. Through a Facebook post of Plaster House, his mother decided to bring him for review and Ivan was diagnosed with bilateral clubfoot. Doctors recommend a treatment plan of clubfoot manipulation and casting. Ivan's mother is a small business operator selling bananas near her village to make a living. Without financial assistance, Ivan's mother will not be able to pay for her son's surgery. She appeals for financial support. Ivan has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ivan traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ivan's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Ivan will be able to walk easily. Ivan’s mother says, “I would love to see my son walk like other normal children and not have to go through difficulty in walking or discriminated due to disability. Please help treat my him since the cost is too high for me to afford."
John is a farmer from Kenya. John was born and raised in a small village called Sabot in the Southern region of Kenya. In this area many villagers work in farms or in other small, not very stable jobs. John is married with seven children age between 31 and 15 years old. On 20th January, John fell on a hard surface while walking and sustained injury on his left side. He is in pain and is not able to walk on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 3rd, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk on his own again and no longer suffer pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. His son says, “My father is in pain, we have nothing as a family to pay for his surgery. Just wishing well for my father.”
Salman is a young boy from Kenya. He is a happy and curious boy. Salman’s parents are pastoralists and live in the North Eastern region of Kenya. He is the second born of three children. Salman was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Salman is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I do not know what I will do should my nephew gets assistance. It will be an answered prayer for me and for his parents,” says Salman’s uncle.
Sokkhouy is a university student from Cambodia. He likes listening to pop music, reading books, and spending time with friends. He is studying banking at univeristy. In February 2018, Sokkhouy was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left femur. He cannot walk, is in chronic pain, and is unable to attend classes since the accident. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 27, Sokkhouy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him walk easily again. He says, "I hope after surgery I can walk without pain and return to university."
Thue is a 40-year-old famer from Burma. Thue lives her husband, three sons, and one daughter. She and her husband work on their farm along with their eldest son. They also raise chicken and pigs, which they sometimes sell if the crops were not good. Two months ago, Thue started experiencing abdominal pain, and she could not sleep and eat well. She lost consciousness several times because of the pain. She visited to the hospital, and the doctor diagnosed her with a gallstone. Thue has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Thue's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Thue is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on April 18. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Thue's procedure and care. Thue says, “After I recover, I want to look after my children again and take care of my household."
Anna is a 49-year-old woman from Kenya. She is the mother of seven children, all of whom are in school. Her husband recently lost his hand in a road accident, which has taken him out of work. Recently, the family has been having difficulty earning enough money to meet their needs. In July 2015, Anna slipped and fell. Since then, she has had a dislocated ankle. She has spent three years in pain and has undergone several unsuccessful attempts to get treatment. Finally, she was referred to our medical partner's care center. On April 9, Anna will undergo ankle fusion surgery. Now, her family needs help raising $793 to fund this procedure. Anna says, “I want to be there for my family which desperately needs me. I hope that soon I will be able to ambulate with ease."
Marko is a young boy from Tanzania. He lives in an extended family of twelve people. Marko’s father is a security guard, and his mother is a stay-at-home mother. Marko has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Marko traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Marko's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk without difficulty. Marko’s mother says, “I would really like to see Marko get treated and attend school and reach up to university level."
Mosses is a student from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of seven children. Mosses has just completed his primary school education. Mosses started getting sick almost a year ago when he noticed a bump on his upper right thigh that kept growing gradually. It was painful for him to walk to school, and he could not play or help at home with chores. He was expecting to enroll in secondary school this year, but the pain got worse, to the point where he could not sleep and would complain of pain throughout the night. Mosses traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 11, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mosses needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Mosses says, “I hope I will be able to walk, play, and attend school. Thank you for helping me get this treatment.”
Nwet (BB) is a 23-day-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. When he was born, the nurses noticed a protrusion on the back of his skull, a neurological condition called encephalocele. The protrusion is very sensitive. Nwet (BB) was born with encephalocele, a type of neural type defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of nervous tissue through openings in the skull. Both incomplete bone fusion in the skull and incomplete closure of the neural tube contribute to this condition. If left untreated, the lump will continue to grow, heightening the risks of developmental delays and permanent neurological impairment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help cover the cost of corrective cranial surgery for Nwet (BB), which is scheduled to take place on January 15. Surgeons will remove the protrusion and correct the skull defect, hopefully eliminating the risk of future neurological complications and allowing Nwet (BB) to develop along a healthy trajectory. Nwet Yee, his mother says, "I am worry for my son but I cannot do anything for him. I hope that the surgery will make him well and become a normal person like other children."