Carol's Story

Carol joined Watsi on December 11th, 2014. Nine years ago, Carol joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Carol's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Iwalani, a man from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.


Carol has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 11 countries.

Patients funded by Carol

At just seven years old, Asiimwe is a bright young student at the top of his class at his nursery school in Uganda. His parents support his education with the income they make from farming maize. Asiimwe was born with bilateral inguinal swellings. His mother took him to a clinic, where it was determined that he would require further medical care at a hospital for his inguinal hernias—protrusions of the intestines through weak points in the abdominal muscles. At the time, however, Asiimwe did not show signs of pain. As the family has no spare income, they put off making a hospital visit. During March of this year, Asiimwe began to complain about pain brought on by the swellings. The pain has become so unbearable for Asiimwe that he stayed home from school for the last week. He cannot sleep properly and is only comfortable when curled up in the fetal position. His mother finally decided it was time to seek help from a hospital. En route to the government hospital, a taxi driver informed Asiimwe's mother that she should take her son to Holy Family Virika Hospital and seek out a program called Watsi. Upon arriving, she managed to do just that. Treatment for an inguinal hernia is an operation to push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with pieces of synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue grows into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. The cost of surgery, $249, is overwhelming for Asiimwe's parents. With funding from Watsi, Asiimwe will undergo surgery on April 26. Let's help fund surgery for Asiimwe!

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Janella is a three-year-old girl from the Philippines who loves playing "pretend" with her cousins. She lives with her family in a house made of bamboo and metal sheets. Her father works as a farmer to support the family. Janella has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 21. Janella will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Janella's mother says that she "wants Janella to grow healthy and strong and hopes that her appetite will improve."

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