Bee joined Watsi on February 19th, 2014. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Bee's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Jimu, a man from Malawi, to fund hydrocele repair surgery.
Bee has funded healthcare for 61 patients in 11 countries.
Bee has funded healthcare for 61 patients in 11 countries.
Jimu is a farmer from Malawi. Jimu lives with his wife, and they run a small farm. He also makes mats to sell to supplement the family income. In his free time, he likes to spend time playing with his grandchildren. Since May 2017, Jimu has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This hydrocele makes working painful and difficult. Fortunately, on September 26, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $302 to fund Jimu's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Jimu is thrilled that he will get his operation. He says, "Thank you for this support."
"Ultimately, my dream is to return to good health and to have children with my husband,” shares Kyi, a 27-year-old woman from Burma. Recently, Kyi was given an ultrasound at a local clinic. Her doctors discovered a fibroid, or benign tumor, in her uterus. These growths are known to cause miscarriages and other fertility problems, a fact that has caused much stress to Kyi and her family. If untreated, the fibroid could also cause Kyi additional symptoms, such as pain and heavy menstrual bleeding further down the line. To slow the fibroid’s growth, Kyi was prescribed medication, but it has not helped. Her doctors are now recommending that she undergo a surgical procedure to remove her fibroids. Although Kyi is eager to begin this treatment plan, she cannot afford to pay for it on her own. She and her husband earn their living by helping her parents on the family farm, but this does not leave them with much income for unforeseen expenses. Fortunately, we can bridge the gap for $960. This sum will cover Kyi’s operation on July 20, as well as the necessary lab tests, five-day hospital stay, and pre- and post-operative appointments. Let’s make sure that Kyi has the opportunity to one day become a mother.
Justine is a hardworking 45-year-old mother of seven. Justine works as a farmer growing beans and potatoes. Her husband, Owen, is also a farmer and makes bricks to sell. In her spare time, Justine enjoys weaving mats and tablecloths. With the birth of her last child six years ago, Justine suffered a fourth-degree perineal tear, which has never been repaired. This has caused her a lot of pain when working. Fortunately, Justine found out about our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. She was told she would need surgery. Our medical partner is requesting $215 to fund Justine’s surgery, scheduled for October 30. After surgery, Justine is looking forward to being able to farm and even expand her garden. Justine would like to say thank you to all the donors for their kindness.
Thi is a 29-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Ayeyarwady Division, Burma. She is a housewife, and her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver. Their son is a student in sixth grade. Their family income is enough to cover their family’s basic needs, but they are unable to save any money. For the last 15 years, Thi has periodically experienced fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain. She has been diagnosed with heart disease, and her condition requires surgery. On September 12, Thi will undergo a double valve replacement heart procedure. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for her treatment. “After I get better from surgery, I will be work as much as I can to increase my family income and I will pay back my debt," says Thi.
Ayebale is a 12-year-old boy from Uganda. He is the fifth born out of eight children. There are five boys and three girls in his family. Ayebale and his younger siblings are in government-funded schools, where education is free, because his parents are unable to pay school fees in private schools. Ayebale's parents are farmers. Ayebale was born with a swollen right scrotum. His parents kept him on local herbs for treatment. Eventually, Ayebale's parents took him to be examined at Holy Family Virika Hospital, our medical partner's care center. At the hospital, Ayebale was diagnosed with a right scrotal hydrocele. which requires surgery. If not treated, Ayebale may suffer pain and discomfort as the swelling continues growing. On September 6, Ayebale will undergo hydrocele repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $185 to fund Ayebale's procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including a three night hospital stay, labs, supplies, medications, and physician time.
Nduhukire is a 48-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a farmer, wife, and mother of one. For the past year, Nduhukire has experienced a swelling on her forearm. She thought it would go away on its own, but it has become more painful and grown over time. Nduhukire visited a local clinic and the swelling was diagnosed as a cyst. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Nduhukire is scheduled to undergo cyst removal surgery on July 6. She is requesting $187 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Nduhukire will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain.
Rose is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and two sisters in Cap Haitien, a city on the north coast of Haiti. She is in the third grade and likes going to school and participating in church. Rose has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This diagnosis involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Rose will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 13, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in her heart with a patch and remove the muscular blockage in her valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $22,000 to pay for surgery. Rose's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Rose's family overseas. Rose says, :I am happy about getting my heart fixed so I won't be tired all the time!"
Sarah is a 15-year-old woman who is expecting her first child. She is currently living with her relatives and enjoys gardening and growing beans, bananas, potatoes, and cassava. Due to Sarah's young age, she is considered to have a high-risk pregnancy and needs to be monitored carefully in case she needs an emergency caesarean section or any other complications develop during her pregnancy. The $241 requested by our medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation, will fund labs, medications, antenatal and postpartum visits, delivery, and a three-night hospital stay. After delivering, Sarah is looking forward to taking care of her baby and making sure that he or she has a good life and can attend school.
Aung is a 22-year-old living in Mae Sot, Thailand with his mother and older brother. Sadly, Aung's father passed away many years ago. Aung and his brother have been working together as blacksmiths that build roofs and chairs. A month ago, Aung got a small cut on the big toe of his right foot. Considering it to be only a small cut, Aung did not seek treatment and continued to walk. However after two weeks, his toes started to blacken. Aung tried some traditional Burmese medicine to no avail. His infection spread and his foot is now black up to his ankle, with a hole and maggots in it. The pain is so severe that Aung is unable to walk and work. There is no other choice than to amputate his leg. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund Aung's amputation. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 30 and, if all goes well, Aung will be able to recover smoothly. Aung remains optimistic, saying, "I am hoping to be able to continue working and someday being a manager after I recover."
Nelson is a two-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother in Uganda. Nelson is a joyful boy who enjoys singing, playing football with friends, and grazing goats with the neighbor’s children. His grandmother, Lydia, is a farmer in her village who grows vegetables, beans, potatoes, millet, and maize and weaves mats for domestic use. In her free time, Lydia enjoys visiting friends and relatives, teaching her grandchildren how to sing church songs, and walking around her vegetable garden. Lydia was advised to take Nelson to the hospital by the village health team in her village. At the hospital, Nelson was diagnosed with malnutrition. Nelson will receive treatment beginning on September 4. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, has requested $316 to fund Nelson's treatment. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including a ten-night hospital stay, medication, labs, and supplies. One day, Lydia hopes to start a business to support Nelson’s school fees. She is very grateful to Watsi donors for supporting Nelson's treatment.
Salome is an 89-year-old woman from Kenya. Her husband passed away 13 years ago and she lives in her ancestral home in central Kenya. She is a jovial woman who relies on her four children. She has been losing her eyesight gradually due to a cataract. It started with an itch in her left eye, but soon she could barely see. Salome got drugs from the nearest eye clinic, but they didn’t help improve her sight. Instead, her vision has continued to deteriorate. The condition has affected her lifestyle, as Salome used to be more independent and able to farm and cook for herself. Salome sought help at our medical partner's care center, and doctors at the hospital recommended that she undergo cataract surgery. If not treated, Salome will become completely blind in her left eye and rely on others for support. On August 28, Salome will undergo cataract surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $220 to fund Salome's procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including supplies, medication, labs, and physician time. Salome "will be grateful to be independent again."
Chanthorn is a woman from Cambodia. She has two sons and three daughters. She likes to watch the news and the comedy program on TV in her free time. One year ago, Chanthorn developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, pain, and an extreme sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Chanthorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On July 13, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure.