LaughingBubba joined Watsi on November 6th, 2015. Six years ago, LaughingBubba joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. LaughingBubba's most recent donation traveled 7,000 miles to support Eunice, a mother from Uganda, to fund a safe delivery.
LaughingBubba has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 9 countries.
LaughingBubba has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 9 countries.
Eunice is a 22-year-old mother from Uganda. She and her husband, Hudu, have one daughter and are currently expecting their second child. Eunice is a student in a tertiary institution, while her husband is a driver. Eunice enjoys spending time with friends and watching her daughter play with the other children in the community. Eunice has a severe form of oligohydromnios, a condition characterized by a deficiency of amniotic fluid. She also delivered her first child through C-section. For these reasons, her doctors consider her pregnancy to be high-risk. They recommend that she receive medical attention before, during, and after labor to ensure a safe delivery. On February 6, she will begin to receive supplements and attend antenatal checkups and health education classes. She will deliver her baby in the hospital, where she will undergo a C-section. After birth, Eunice and her baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $241 to help Eunice safely deliver her baby. Eunice is looking forward to giving birth to a healthy child. She says, "Thank you so much for the help with my safe delivery."
Alex is a 44-year-old man from Uganda. He and his wife, Rosemary, have seven children, all of whom live at home. Alex provides for his family through farming. He is also the volunteer chairperson for the local savings group in his village. Alex has been living with an inguinal hernia for the past 14 years. Recently, the pain has grown severe. An inguinal hernia occurs when the intestine breaks through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. This hernia inhibits his ability to farm and walk. On January 14, Alex's doctors will perform a herniorrhaphy, during which they will repair the weakened muscle. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 to fund Alex's hernia repair surgery. “I would like to wish the donors well," says Alex, "and thank them for helping people they are not related to and don’t even know.”
Chanrith is a 30-year-old husband with one son. In his free time, he likes to visit the province where he grew up. Two months ago, Chanrith developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, burning, and extreme sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly and going anywhere outside. When Chanrith learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 12, doctors performed a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Chanrith will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see more clearly," says Chanrith, "because I want to sell goods and do any work at home. I also want to be able to go anywhere by myself easily."
Salas is a 35-year-old tuk-tuk driver with two daughters and one son. He likes to watch boxing on TV, listen to the news on the radio, and relax at home. In January 2016, Salas was in a motorbike accident. He fractured his right tibia, the larger of the two bones between the knee and the ankle. He visited a Khmer traditional healer, but his symptoms did not improve. After undergoing surgery at a military hospital, his symptoms actually worsened. Salas was in pain, and he had difficulty walking. When Salas learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for six hours to seek treatment. On November 24, CSC surgeons removed the hardware from his previous surgery. After recovery, Salas should be able to work again. Now, he needs help to fund this $411 procedure. Salas shares, "I hope to walk normally again and go home pain-free."
Jharna is a three-year-old girl who lives with her parents and siblings in Nepal. Her father works in India and is away from home most of the time while her mother cuts wood in the forest and sells it in the market to make finances easier for her family. Recently, Jharna was sleeping on the bed when she fell down and fractured her right hand. Her hand has swollen and it has been painful ever since. She cries often and needs assistance to do basic day to day work like dressing her self, bathing, and so on. Jharna's mother took a day long walk to reach the Possible's hub - Bayalpata hospital. For $195, Jharna will be given a cast to heal her fracture. Let's help her raise the funds!
John is a cute, one-year-old baby boy from Tanzania. He was born on August 18, 2015. He is the third child in the family. John is happy, active, and likes to mumble when playing with toys. He especially likes bright colored toys. John is able to sit and has started to crawl. When John was still a little baby, his mother noticed what looked like two sinuses on each side of his neck, which were draining fluid. She took her baby to the hospital and was told she should just wait and the problem would go away on its own. It is now a year later, and nothing has changed. John’s appetite is not good, he often vomits and gets fevers. If not treated, John may develop further complications such as septicaemia or a compromised airway. John’s mother has a small business of selling vegetables and his father sells fruits, mostly bananas. They are renting a house with two bedrooms and their two other children are going to school. The little that they earn is not enough to support the whole family as well as cover the cost of surgery which John needs. For $920, John will undergo a mass excision surgery at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre to remove the branchial cleft cysts from his neck. He is expected to make a full recovery with no lasting complications from his condition. “I pray my baby will get well and grow up with good health,” says John’s mother.
Marvin is just under one year old, and the youngest of three children. He lives with his siblings in a one-room cinderblock house with a tin roof in Guatemala. He loves to play with his ball, his toy cars, and his small toy motorcycle. His father works as a bricklayer and his mother works at home taking care of him and his siblings--most days they live on only a couple dollars, unable to buy even one fruit, vegetable, or egg per day for Marvin. Marvin has not been growing taller or gaining weight because he is malnourished. His body has not been receiving the nutrients and energy it needs to grow, not only leaving him very small for his age, but also weakening his immune system. In the past two weeks alone, he has suffered from diarrhea, a fever, and a bad cough--leaving him without an appetite and without the energy to play. In the long term, he could face a low IQ and chronic diseases if he does not receive treatment. Although Marvin is very sick, treatment is simple. His parents will receive in-home nutrition classes to teach them about what diet Marvin needs to be healthy. He will be a part of our growth monitoring program, ensuring he is responding well to treatment, and will receive food supplements and micronutrients to improve his diet and give him the energy he needs to play and grow. This treatment will give Marvin the chance to be a healthy baby, helping him grow, strengthening his immune system, and putting him on track to live a healthy and full life and escape the cycle of poverty and malnutrition he is currently caught in.
Issack is an 18-year-old student from Garissa County in Kenya. He is the last born child in a family of five siblings. His mother is the sole provider for the family and sells farm products in the market. Issack’s father lost his sight in 2007 and later, he was affected by stroke, making it difficult for him to support the family. Issack started complaining of pain in his ankle in 2012 and he later fell and broke his right leg. He has since not been able to go to school because he cannot bend his right leg and experiences pain and numbness. Issack had previous surgeries on this leg, supported by crowdfunding, but now he requires an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery. If not treated, Issack will not be able to walk comfortably with his right leg. Chances of the condition developing further infections are possible. For $1,410, AIC Kijabe Hospital will be performing an ORIF surgery to correct his fractured right femur. Issack says, “Once I get well I want to go back to school and study hard to be an engineer."
Dee Mu is a 39-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, parents, sister, and two sons, aged six-years-old and 7-months-old. Dee Mu works as a farmer with her husband and sister, harvesting beans and rice all year round. However, in her current condition, Dee Mu is not able to contribute to the farm work. She is currently living with uterine prolapse - a condition that causes her a great deal of pain and discomfort. She feels better when she is lying down, but she cannot participate in daily activities. Dee Mu’s quality of life has diminished greatly in recent months due to her prolapsed uterus. Dee Mu really wants to return to work because she is not able to contribute to the household income in her current condition. She stays at home cleaning and keeping house and taking care of the animals. For $1,500, Dee Mu can receive the treatment she needs to get healthy and return to work. In her free time, Dee Mu enjoys relaxing and napping in her home and growing vegetables on the side of her house. She wishes to be happy. "I want to feel better and after surgery I want to go back to work with my husband and sister on the farm," she said. "I want to send my children to school to be educated."
Catherine is a 24-year-old woman from Kenya. "Her mother separated from her father and thus has been raising Catherine and her siblings alone," reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Catherine dropped out of school after completing eight classes due to lack of school fees. She works as a house help to earn a living." "Catherine has been having hearing problems since she was a little girl of age five. She was not able to access hearing aids due to lack of funds," continues AMHF. "Catherine has difficulty communicating. She is not able to perceive sound well and often requires one to shout or repeat conversations. This affects her daily interactions with people. When Catherine came to the hospital for treatment, hearing aids were recommended, but Catherine is not able to meet the full cost." With $712, Catherine can receive the hearing aids necessary to improve her hearing capability. "If not assisted with the hearing aids, Catherine will have poor sound perception and will continue having poor communication and social interactions," explains AMHF. Catherine shares, “My wish is to get the hearing aids and be able to establish my own tailoring shop." Let's help make it possible!
Simon is a shy, three-year-old boy from Kenya who never lets his mother out of sight. Simon was born with a cleft lip and spina bifida. At six months, Simon underwent spina bifida repair and a cleft lip repair. Weeks later, Simon’s head had increased in size and he had a shunt insertion to drain the excess fluid in his brain. However, he now requires a shunt revision surgery to ensure the continued function of the shunt. Due to his condition, Simon has had delayed milestones and he cannot do some of the tasks children his age can, such as walking. Recently, Simon has been experiencing headaches and is also irritable. Simon is experiencing the headaches due to the increased intra-cranial pressure from the extra fluid in the brain. If not treated, he is at risk of brain damage, blindness and even death. Simon, the last born in a family of five children, is now back to hospital requiring a shunt revision. Simon was lucky enough to get funding for the previous surgeries he underwent. Unfortunately, his parents are not yet financially stable to cater for this other surgery that Simon requires. They make a menial income from the sale of second hand clothes and this income is also used to support the larger family. Simon's family lives in a two roomed house in the Coastal region of Kenya. After a shunt revision, Simon will be relieved from the excessive intra-cranial pressure in his brain. This will reduce the chances of brain damage, blindness or even death. The total surgery cost is $600. “I hope Simon gets relief from the pain he is in," his mother shared. "We will appreciate any help towards his treatment."
“Lencer is a young child with a long medical history,” reports our medical partner in Kenya, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). When he was nine months old, he fell sick with meningitis; he has contracted pneumonia six times since his birth; and now, at three years old, Lencer has contracted tuberculosis. “Lencer has battled his previous medical complications with zeal,” AMHF tells us. However, fighting these near-constant illnesses “has drained his family’s income,” leaving them unprepared to cope financially with the most recent medical problem that has beset Lencer: severe hearing loss in both ears. Lencer’s hearing problems are sensorineural, meaning they originate in his inner ear, and could have been caused by a variety of factors, from disease to head trauma. According to AMHF, “if not assisted with the hearing aids, Lencer may not be able to communicate effectively”—a deficiency that could have profound implications for the child’s social life, language learning, academic abilities, and career. $920 will purchase two hearing aids—one for each of Lencer’s ears. With these devices in place, “Lencer will be able to use speech and hearing for communication,” AMHF tells us. “I feel emotionally weak that my child has to pass through all these medical complications,” shares Lencer’s father. “My only wish is to have God heal him and for him to grow as a healthy child.” Let’s help make that wish a reality for this family.