Robert joined Watsi on September 30th, 2015. 18 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Robert's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Lim, a brave second grader from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery so she can resume her studies.
Robert has funded healthcare for 85 patients in 13 countries.
Robert has funded healthcare for 85 patients in 13 countries.
Lim is a brave, seven-year-old girl. She has three older sisters, and her parents make and sell palm sugar. In school, Lim is currently in second grade and enjoys to read books. At home, she likes to play with her dolls and draw pictures with her sisters. Two months ago, Lim developed a chalazion, or inflamed cyst, in her right eye, causing her itchiness, irritation, and tearing. This makes it difficult for her to see clearly and study at school. Lim traveled for one hour and a half with her father to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On June 17th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Lim's symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Lim is optimistic, "I hope my eye is better and comfortable as soon as possible so I can do well in school and not worry about my eye."
Vivian is a fifth-grade student and the eldest of two children in her family. Vivian is a friendly and a hard working girl both at school and at home. She loves to help her mother with house chores and enjoys learning new things. In 2019, Vivian was involved in a fire accident which has left her with burns and contracture on her right side. As a result, her range of movement is limited and it is difficult for her to use her right side of her body freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Vivian receive treatment. On May 11th, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to repair her injury and increase mobility on that side of her body. Now, Vivian's family needs help to fund this $747 procedure. Vivian’s mother shared, "After her first surgery, she could use her arm well but over the year it has started contracting again. She has been scheduled for another surgery which we cannot afford. Please help."
Sabato is a 3-year-old boy and the only child of his father who is unwell and raising him alone. As a result, Sabato was left in the care of his grandparents. His grandparents are elderly and depend entirely on small-scale farming. They shared that at their age, raising Sabato was not easy, but through the help of their other children, they are able to make ends meet. Sabato was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, or knock knees. When Sabato reached two years of age, his grandparents noticed his legs were curving outwards, but they thought it was normal rickets that he would outgrow with time. The condition Sabato has is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Due to his condition, Sabato struggles to walk, to play with his fellow children, and use the bathroom comfortably. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Sabato. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Sabato's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Sabato’s aunt shared, "I really wanted to help my nephew after seeing how much he was suffering, but didn’t expect that the treatment cost would be this expensive. I have no source of income, and his father is dependent on our parents who are also old. Please help to correct my nephew's legs."
Esupat is a 10-year-old girl and the third-born in a family of six children. Esupat is a friendly, social, and hard-working girl. Since she was young, her mother says she has always wanted to give a helping hand to anyone she saw working hard. When Esupat was younger, she was involved in a fire accident. Esupat’s grandmother was about to start a fire when Esupat offered to help instead, so her grandmother went out to clean a pot. When Esupat started the fire, it caught on her clothing around her chest and neck. The resulting burns healed and left her with skin contractures, which limit her neck mobility. It is difficult to move her neck, and she has not attended school since the accident. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Esupat receive treatment. On March 8th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to restore her neck mobility. Now, she needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Esupat’s mother shared, “Please help my daughter. She feels different because other children make fun of her, and we are even scared to send her to school. Please help her get this treatment."
Niwabiine is a 46-year-old farmer from Western Uganda. She has four children and is solely in charge of providing for them since she lost her husband in 2010. Through farming passion fruit, carrots, and cabbage, she is able to provide for her family. For over 15 years, Niwabiine has had a lipoma on her left hand. Initially, it was growing gradually and was painless. Recently though, she has experienced pain and swelling, limiting the use of her left hand. Efforts to seek treatment were difficult initially and Niwabiine managed with medicine. When she was examined at a local hospital, she was diagnosed with a left axillary lipoma that requires excision. Without treatment, she will continue to have persistent pain and the lipoma will continue to grow. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Niwabiine to receive treatment. Niwabiine traveled to AMH's care center and on March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, she needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Niwabiine shared, “I always found it hard to have surgery since I never had the money, but now I kindly request for your support to make my surgery possible so that I can keep up with farming.”
Stephanie is a seven-year-old student from Haiti. She lives with her aunt, uncle, and three cousins in a rural area in far southwestern Haiti. She enjoys going to school and church. Stephanie has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Stephanie will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On April 9th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in Stephanie's heart with a patch and remove the blockage from her valve. Another organization, Akron Children's Hospital, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. Stephanie'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 Stephanie's family overseas. Stephanie's aunt shared, "we have been waiting a very long time for this surgery and are relieved it can finally happen!"
Teresiah is a teenage girl from Kenya who has special needs. She was born into a family of 3 girls and hails from a very humble background. Her studies Limuru Cheshire Home were partially sponsored by a compassionate organization. Since she left school last year, the organization has helped her family settle in a small two-roomed iron-built house, which is a real milestone. Her dad has a health condition that requires surgery but it has been postponed several times due to funds. Her dad cannot do heavy manual jobs and so he mostly remains at home with Teresiah while her mother goes to search for casual work. Teresiah has clubfoot that has rendered her walking difficult. She was reviewed by specialists at Cure International Hospital and surgery is recommended. The surgery will be of great impact as she will finally be able to walk comfortably and help her parents at more home. She will be able to be more independent as she grows. Fortunately, Teresiah traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Teresiah's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. “Any assistance accorded to our daughter will be highly appreciated. God bless you," Teresiah’s mom told us.
Mary is a 77-year-old single woman from Kiambu County in Kenya. On September 12th, she slipped and fell sustaining a closed tibia/fibula fracture of the right leg. Her son brought her to Nazareth Hospital and an x-ray done confirmed the fracture. The surgeon recommends an ORIF procedure, but their family could not raise the money required. If not treated Mary may never be able to walk again and will continue depending on others. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 12th, Mary will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. She will be able to again walk with ease and with minimal chances of complications. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. With a heavy heart, Mary’s son said, “No one wanted to assist, but I kindly request for her support so that at least she can be able to walk around on her own.”
Chamnan is a 33-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He and his wife have two children. His wife works at a nearby factory while their kids are at school. Chamnan enjoys playing soccer with his fellow soldiers, reading the news, and travelling around the countryside. In 2013, Chamnan had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Chamnan experiences ear discharge and hearing loss. He cannot communicate clearly with others, and has had to spend money on medicines for his infection. Chamnan traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 5th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Chamnan said, "I am hoping that my surgery will let me hear well enough to talk with my co-workers more, since they like to talk with each other a lot."
Ampumuza is a tailor from Uganda. She is a widow who lost her husband three years ago. She has four children and all are still studying. Unfortunately as a widow, she doesn’t have any support. Ampumuza earns a living through tailoring sweaters for the survival of her family. Two years ago, Ampumuza began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing, often experiencing palpitations, and more so the disfigurement makes her feel uncomfortable in public. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ampumuza receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 4th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Ampumuza says “I hope for the best out of my surgery and to continue with my work as a tailor for the survival of my family.”
Kyoheirwe is a 60-year-old married mother to seven children, but with only three living. One child is a tailor and the rest are married and small scale farmers. She also earns a living through small scale farming however the money she earns from her farm can’t enable her to undergo her surgery. Kyoheirwe arrived at the hospital with a history of postmenopausal bleeding. Her condition is associated with lower abdominal pain, backache and uterine prolapse. This has made her have a poor quality of life and if not treated, there may be a persistence of symptoms and complications like anaemia. At Nyakibale hospital, she was advised to have an obstetric scan whereby a diagnosis of uterine prolapse was confirmed and a trans vaginal hysterectomy treatment was recommended as a treatment for the betterment of her health. She decided to come for help because she couldn’t afford the cost of her surgery.
Monica is a farmer from Kenya. She is a widow and a mother of four ranging between 11 and 2 years of age. Sadly, she lost her husband in February 2018 after he was attacked by bandits and his cattle raided. Monica didn’t go to school when she was young, so she can’t write, read or talk the national language of Swahili. Since her cattle were taken, Monica embarked on farming millet and sorghum in the farm left by her late husband. Monica arrived at the hospital after she was assaulted by someone she knows two weeks ago and sustained injuries to her right hand. She is not able to work and is in persistent pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 28th, Monica will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal and use her hand again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. Monica’s brother says, “Or hope is for her to get treated, she is the sole breadwinner to her family.”