Samy joined Watsi on March 4th, 2015. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Samy's most recent donation traveled 4,600 miles to support Lemson, a man from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.
Samy has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 12 countries.
Samy has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 12 countries.
Lemson is a 58-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife and has three children and two grandchildren. Since November 2017, Lemson has been experiencing difficult and painful urination. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Lemson's surgery. On December 4, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He says, "“This is a very good program because it is helping people."
Mirriam is a young student from Kenya. She is the oldest in a family of three children. Mirriam has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Mirriam traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Mirriam's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk and stand on her own. Her mother says, “I will be grateful to see my daughter walking, my joy would be restored. God bless you.”
Ann is a young girl from Kenya. She is the youngest of two children. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after birth. She also has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ann traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 3. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Ann's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. "If you can help my granddaughter undergo for surgery, I will be very grateful and I will praise God for the help,” Ann’s grandmother says.
Grace is a single mother from Kenya. She is a middle-aged woman from the central region of Kenya. She earns a living picking tea. Grace has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Grace. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 3. After treatment, Grace will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Grace says, “I wish to be treated and fight off this cancer. I want to join other people who have fought against cancer and want to campaign on its awareness.”
Nam is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae Sot. Nam was born with a lumbar meningocele and bilateral club foot. While she has received treatment for both, the symptoms of the meningocele have returned. Doctors want Nam to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Nam's MRI and care, scheduled for August 3. Nam says, "I want to continue my studies at university after my high school. I hope that I will get treatment and recover from my symptoms."
Esther is a pre-school teacher from Kenya. She is a mother of three children. She is the sole provider for her three children. In February, Esther decided to attend a free cancer screening camp, where she was unfortunately diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Esther's surgery. On July 5, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Esther will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Esther says, “I wish that soon I will be treated and return to my job. I miss the children I teach in the school."
Anaya is an infant from Kenya. She has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Anaya will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Anaya that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 28 and will drain the excess fluid from Anaya's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Anaya will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “Your help is a miracle," shares Anaya’s mother.
Joseph is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. He is a father of two children. In November 2017, Joseph was ferrying a client on his motorcycle when he was involved in a road accident. He fractured his right tibia and had a cast put on the fracture. Since then, he has not managed to get further treatment. He is unable to walk without assistance and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 15, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Joseph says, “My wish is to be able to go back to work and provide for my young family."
Nyo is a 16-year-old student from Burma. Her parents are farmers. Two of Nyo's older sisters work in Bangkok, and they send money to help pay for Nyo's school fees. Nyo 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. Nyo experiences chest pain, difficulty breathing, fatigue, and discoloration of her lips. Her symptoms have caused her to miss school, and to frequently be late. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Nyo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on April 2 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "I would like to become a doctor someday, and help low-income patients in need," said Nyo.
Wadson is a student from Haiti. He lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger sister. He is taking the year off of university because of his illness, but hopes to continue studying to become an engineer. Wadson has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart does not function properly because it was severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered several years ago. As a result, his heart cannot adequately circulate blood through his body, and he is weak and in heart failure. Wadson will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 27, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair his valve so that it opens and closes more normally. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery. Wadson'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 Wadson's family overseas. He says, "I am very excited to regain my health so that I can continue my studies later this year."
Benard is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of eleven children. The family lives in a two-roomed house in the Eastern region of Kenya. His mother is a subsistence farmer, while his father is a carpenter. Benard has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Benard has been experiencing an increased intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Benard will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Benard that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 2 and will drain the excess fluid from Benard's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Benard will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I am really happy that somehow we might get help to facilitate Benard’s treatment,” shares Benard’s mother.
Fro is a baby from Ethiopia. She is a cute baby girl who loves to play and laugh with people. Her father is a traditional farmer, and her mother a housewife. They have five children. Fro was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Fro is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on February 22. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Fro's procedure and care. After her recovery, Fro will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her father says, “It is our hope that we get the next surgery and to see our child in a healthy and good position by your support.”