Carol joined Watsi on December 11th, 2014. Eight 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.
Carol has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 11 countries.
Iwalani is a farmer from Malawi. He is a retired police officer who now runs a small farm with his wife. They have two children and many, many grandchildren. Iwalani enjoys tending his land, attending church with his family, and playing games with his village friends. Since January 2018, Iwalani has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Iwalani's surgery. On March 8, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Iwalani was thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded. He is ready to have his procedure and get back to his normal life. He says, "Thank you."
Nengai is a young student from Tanzania. She loves school and enjoys playing football. Her mother passed away when she was only eight years old. Nengai lives withe her brother, who works as a welder. Since she was two years old, Nengai has been experiencing difficulty breathing. Frequent illness causes Nengai to miss school. Nengai was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Nengai, which is scheduled to take place on February 8. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Nengai of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Nengai says, “I will be glad if I will no longer be sick regularly. Thank you for helping me get this treatment.”
Sophan is a 54-year-old government worker from Cambodia. He loves to read text books and watch TV, especially boxing channels. He has had severe pain in his left hip for over a year, and he is now limping. He has difficulty walking. He can no longer work. His wife is worried about his pain. Fortunately, Sophan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sophan of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 9, and Sophan needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "After surgery, I hope I can walk pain-free."
Titus is a 37-year-old father from Kenya who lives with his wife and four-year-old child. Titus used to provide for his family as a bus driver, however he has been unable to work since a bus accident caused a fracture in Titus's left tibia. His wife now works on farms whenever she can. Because Titus's fractured leg has rendered him unable to walk, doctors have advised that he receive a bone transport. For his first bone transport, Titus organized a fundraiser with friends and family, however he unfortunately could not generate enough money to foot his hospital bill. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund a second bone transport for Titus, which is scheduled to take place on June 23. Without treatment, Titus will be at risk of malunion of his tibia, meaning that the fracture may heal improperly and permanently impede his mobility. “I want to be treated and be a providing father to my child," says Titus.
Jonalyn is a four-year-old girl living in the Philippines with her aunt. Jonalyn's biological parents have separated, and her aunt is her primary guardian. During the day, she helps her aunt do household chores, such as washing the dishes and cleaning the house. When Jonalyn was two years old, she was diagnosed with Hirshsprung's Disease, a congenital disorder where there are missing nerve cells in the muscle tissue surrounding the colon, causing bowel dysfunction. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, has scheduled a procedure to correct this condition. The total cost of the procedure is $1,500, and covers supplies, medications, transportation, and six days of inpatient care. The procedure is scheduled for July 26.
Chaw is a 13-year-old girl from the Mogok town of Mandalay Division, Burma. She lives with both of her parents, and her father works as a miner. Both Chaw and her brother are currently attending school. When Chaw was born, her family noticed that her right arm and leg were much weaker than her left side. Whenever she tried to walk, her right leg's muscles would tense up and prevent her from walking properly. She frequently has to walk on her tiptoes as her right foot cannot sit flat on the floor and her ankle mobility is limited. Chaw connected with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), at a local clinic and was diagnosed with a congenital foot deformity. This malformation will require an Achilles tendon lengthening procedure. The goal of this procedure is to stretch a tight Achilles tendon to allow increased motion at the ankle joint. As Chaw's father's work is inconsistent and depends heavily on the season, his income alone is not enough to cover the surgery. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help Chaw walk properly again. Her procedure is scheduled for June 27.
Sialu is a four-year-old girl from Sierra Leone. She lives with her parents and large extended family. Sialu is always smiling and making new friends in her neighborhood. Sialu was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, where there exists a hole between two chambers of her heart and a muscular blockage in one of her valves. On August 10, Sialu will be traveling from her home in Sierra Leone to our medical partner's care center, Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, in Bangalore, India. Although Sialu is not from Haiti, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with other partners to make her surgery possible, and so is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Sialu's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $12,000 towards her treatment. We are also fundraising for her [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/b11f126fa2d5-sialu). "We feel like our prayers are being answered now that we know our daughter is able to have surgery soon!" says Sialu's mother.
Kabazinguzi is a 39-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a single mother to four children. For work, Kabazinguzi farms cabbage and occasionally earns extra money by working at a nearby banana plantation. The father of her children is a carpenter. He helps pay for the children's school fees, but is otherwise absent from their lives. For the past two years, Kabazinguzi has been experiencing a burning sensation. Her menstrual cycles have also been irregular and unusually heavy. She sought advice from a local health clinic, but the medicine they gave her didn't work. Clinic after clinic, she received similar medicine, with the same result. Two of Kabasinguzi's siblings had received healthcare support through Watsi at our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, and encouraged her to pay a visit. The doctors diagnosed Kabasinguzi with premalignant cervical cancer, and recommended that she have a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove her uterus and cervix as soon as possible. Without the surgery, the cancer will advance to other parts of her body. Kabasinguzi cannot afford the surgery, so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $268 to fund the treatment. Kabasinguzi hopes that the hysterectomy will help her beat her cancer so that she can get back to farming and take care of her children. She's grateful to Watsi for helping support her treatment.
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!
Kem is a 66-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She is married and has one daughter and two grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys reading. Two years ago, Kem developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. Kem has trouble seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and working on her own. When Kem learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour to seek treatment. On March 29, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Kem will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure.
Meet James, a playful and talkative five-year-old boy. He lives with his family near Nairobi, Kenya. James's mother works at a hair salon, and his father is a carpenter. When James was two years old, his mother noticed swelling in a sensitive area, which caused James considerable pain. He was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a medical condition where the testes remain undescended, and an inguinal hernia. As James was too young to have surgery, he was prescribed pain medication to alleviate his symptoms. Without surgical intervention, James is at risk of developing infertility and testicular cancer. Now that he is of age, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has scheduled James for corrective surgery on April 27. We can help James's family by raising $535 in donations.
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."