MICHELLE joined Watsi on January 31st, 2017. Four years ago, MICHELLE joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. MICHELLE's most recent donation supported Brian, a 12-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund a hernia repair surgery.


MICHELLE has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 11 countries.

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Brian is a 12-year-old boy from Kenya and the last born in a family of three children. Eleven months ago, Brian started experiencing some pain in his lower abdominal area. The pain would come and go after a few minutes. After a few weeks of enduring the pain, he opened up to his elder brother about what he was experiencing. Though Brian was hesitant to tell his father, Brian's brother talked to their father so that Brian could seek treatment for his condition. Upon visiting a nearby facility for examination, the doctor diagnosed Brian with a right inguinal hernia. However, the facility could not offer the surgical intervention required, so the physician referred Brian to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. The hernia repair surgery Brian needs will relieve him of the pain and help him return to his normal life activities. This procedure is too costly for Brian and his family. His father is a bodaboda (motorcycle taxi) driver and his mother operates a small grocery shop. The income generated from both businesses is not enough for the family to pay for his surgery, so their family appeals for financial help. Fortunately, on December 31st, Brian will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $444 to fund Brian's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Brian’s father shared, "Knowing about Brian’s condition, I am afraid that without the surgical intervention, my son will not be well again. From our side, we are not able to raise any amount of money to cater for his surgery, so we have requested financial support."

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