Peter joined Watsi on December 9th, 2014. Four years ago, Peter became the 1444th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,144 more people have become monthly donors! Peter's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Damaris, an elderly woman from Kenya, to fund cataract surgery.
Peter has funded healthcare for 122 patients in 13 countries.
Damaris is an elderly woman from Kenya. The map of wrinkles on her face told of the most incredible journey. Her eye lines told of laughter, warm smiles and affection. Her forehead told of worries past and worries present. But mostly they were so deeply engrained they told of a woman who had travelled through eight decades to that moment. From the inky folds of her heavy cardigan extends a withered dark brown hand, clasping a bamboo cane that clacks onto the floor to help her walk. Damaris struggles to find a chair right in front of her before her son quickly directs her to it. She has been diagnosed with a left eye cataract. This began in 2016 when Damaris's sight dwindled over time. Upon review, the doctor revealed that she had an immature cataract and would need time before she could undergo surgery. The doctor has now confirmed that surgery is needed. She has unable to afford the cost of surgery as she depends on her six children for her living expenses. Damaris’ husband passed on back in 2000 and she is a grandmother to more than 20 grandchildren. Fortunately, Damaris is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove and replace the blurred lens. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $220 procedure. “Please help me get treated,” says Damaris.
Chakriya is a fifth-grade student from Cambodia. She has four siblings and enjoys watching television, reading books, and playing with her siblings. Chakriya was born with bilateral clubfoot and over the last few years, has since undergone several surgeries to correct both of her feet. It is difficult for her to walk and she often has pain in her feet and legs. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 09, Chakriya will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. She will be able to walk normally without difficulty and pain. Chakriya's mother said, "I hope that my daughter's operation will go well and that she can walk again thought any difficulty."
Arobo is a student from Ethiopia with three siblings who are also students. He is a nice boy who is outgoing and playful. Arobo loves to play football with his friends and loves to read books. Arobo’s mother is a widower and their family lives in a remote area. Her income is very limited even to sustain the basic need of the family. Arobo was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Arobo is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Arobo's brother said “We hope he will be healed from his condition after this surgery. And if he heals our mother, I and our sisters will be relived from worry. And he will also be well psychologically.”
Tibandeba is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother of 12 children. Four are married but not employed while others are still studying. Her and her husband are small-scale farmers. Tibandeba presented with a long standing scapular solid swelling for two years now. This disfigurement brings her discomfort and at time painful. Tibandeba traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 03, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Tibandeba needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Tibandeba says, “I will be glad to have my condition treated, continue with farming and so as to support my family after surgery.”
Rebecca is a two-week-old baby girl from Tanzania who was born with spina bifida. She was delivered in a local hospital and referred to the district hospital for better management. Rebecca has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Rebecca has been experiencing a swell on her back. Without treatment, Rebecca will experience severe physical and developmental delays. She had surgery recommended but her family was not able to raise the money needed. Rebecca's parents were referred to our facility by a friend where she was enrolled in the program for surgical funding. Rebecca's parents are peasant farmers. Their reliance on small scale farming limits their ability to raise sufficient funds for her treatment. They appeal for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Rebecca that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure will drain the excess fluid from Rebecca's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Rebecca will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Rebecca’s mother says, “our daughter needs this surgery but the cost if very high for us to afford please help us.”
Tumwijukye is small scale farmer from Uganda. She is a wife and mother to five children; one in school and others married. She was born in the family of nine siblings and no one has money. 20 years ago, Tumwijukye began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing and breathing with shortness of breath especially during sleep. 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 Tumwijukye receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 08 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. Tumwijukye says, “I will be glad after the relief of my condition and I will continue with cultivation.”
Nareth is a 15-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has two sisters, one brother, and hopes to become a tailor when she gets older. When she was eight years old, Nareth had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Nareth experiences discharge, itchiness, pain, and hearing loss. She has difficulty communication clearly with others and can no longer attend school. Nareth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 17th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Nareth's mother says,"I hope that my daughter's surgery goes well so I won't have to worry about my daughter's condition and she will feel better."
Rochel is a school principal from Haiti. He lives with his wife and six children on an island off the coast of Haiti; he is the principal of a local elementary school, and also a church pastor. Rochel has a cardiac condition called degenerative mitral valve disease. One of the four valves of his heart has gradually become weaker and less able to perform his function as he gets older; as a result, his heart cannot adequately pump blood through his body. Rochel will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On September 16th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair the valve so that it functions more normally. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $40000 to pay for surgery. Rochel'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 Rochel's family overseas. Rochel says, "I am thankful to God and to everyone who is helping to make this surgery possible for me!"
Keminagano is 63 years, a widow with six children who are all are married but unemployed. Her husband passed away in 1993 and she doesn’t have any other support apart from the small scale farming she does. Keminagano reports lower abdominal pain associated with long-standing uterine prolapsed for 13 years. She has had difficulty in passing urine and has had poor quality of life and uncomfortable movements. If not treated, she may have persistent prolapsed of the uterus thus complicating her life. Keminagano has never visited a hospital for treatment but luckily she heard of the programs at Nyakibale Hospital and was diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. We expect to improve on her quality of life and halt symptoms.
Bo is a 42-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his two daughters and his wife in Sagaing Division. Bo and his wife are teachers and his two daughters are students. In his free time, he likes to study and read literature related to the subject he teaches at the private school. But this has also been affected by his poor health, as he can no longer study as much as he did in the past. Bo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Bo is anxious and worried about his cardiac condition. He stopped running tuition classes from his home, and he has had to reduce the number of hours he teaches at the school. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Bo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 26th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “After I recover from surgery, I will continue to teach, and I will increase the number of tuition classes I run. I will attend some training to increase my teaching skills. I would also like to play cane ball with my friends again,” said Bo.
Kelvin is a student from Kenya. For two years, Kelvin has had a hernia. This hernia causes him pain in his groin. Fortunately, on June 28, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Kelvin's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to be a captain engineer when I grow up,” says Kelvin.
Nal is a boy from Cambodia. He is an only child and loves to play outside with friends and watch TV. He wants to be a police officer when he grows up. For the past four months, he has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breathe and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve his quality of life. He will be able to sleep again and focus better at school. His tonsil procedure is scheduled for June 17 and will cost $221. He says, "I hope that after my operation, I will be able to breathe better and my parents won't have to worry."