Ben joined Watsi on August 25th, 2015. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ben's most recent donation supported Moses, a 14-year-old from Kenya, to fund testicular surgery.
Ben has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 8 countries.
Ben has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 8 countries.
Moses is a teenager from Kenya, who is doing well in school. Moses’s mother is a stay-at-home mom while his father is employed casually as a taxi driver. Moses is the oldest of three children. He lives with his parents and younger siblings in a two-roomed rental house in Central Kenya. Moses was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Moses has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Moses will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 10th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I have researched about the condition and I am quite stressed. Please help me,” says Moses.
Pheap is an eight-year-old primary school student from Cambodia. His parents are farmers, and he is the oldest of three siblings. He practices reading everyday so that he can do well in school, but he doesn't yet know what he wants to be when he grows up. He loves to eat fried noodles at lunchtime. When he was four years old, he got a fever and was treated at a private clinic. The doctors there determined he had bone tuberculosis and performed an osteotomy to remove part of his left femur. His left leg is now shorter than his right. Pheap has trouble will physical activities such as running or bike riding, feeling pain and weakness in his left leg. His condition also affects his self confidence when interacting with other children. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Pheap will undergo a procedure on his left leg, which will cost $465. After recovering, his leg will experience less pain and will be prepared for lengthening. Pheap said, "I hope that my leg will be less painful after surgery, and I hope that soon I will be able to run normally."
Bon is a fifth-grade student from Cambodia. He is ten years old and he has three sisters and five brothers. He loves to play soccer and watch funny videos, and his favorite foods are chicken soup and coconut water. He hopes to become a doctor when he gets older. Eight months ago, Bon had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Bon experiences ear discharge, itchiness, tinnitus, headache, and hearing loss. He cannot hear others clearly and is frequently distracted at school because of his hearing. Bon traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 10th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my son's surgery goes well and he will recover without anymore discharge or headaches." -Bon's Mother
Adonia is a retired reverend and farmer from Uganda. He is a married father to six children, and two have just finished university but haven’t gotten jobs yet. The other four are still in secondary school. He is a reverend by profession and retired three years ago. He currently earns a living from farming where he runs a banana and coffee plantation. He also has a few milk cows but since he uses outdated agricultural methods due to limited finances, their productions are always for only home consumption. He operated the farm together with his wife and children whenever they are in holidays. Since 2003, Adonia began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in swallowing, experiences difficulty in breathing. He was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. He needs surgery to prevent his symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Adonia receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of his thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and he and his family need help raising money. Rev Kibangira shared: “I hope that my surgery will go well, I hope to get well after surgery so that I can continue with work and health.”
Lowasa is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania and the firstborn child in his family. At two years of age, his knees started curving inwardly forming knocked knees. His parents thought it was a normal ricket condition that would end with time. With time, the swell kept worsening and made walking painful and difficult for Lowasa. He would sit most part of the days while his friends played. Lowasa was referred to our facility by a friend. He was diagnosed with knocked knees and surgery recommended. Upon successful surgery, he will be able to walk with ease and less pain. His parents are livestock keepers who rely on selling them to make ends meet. The only money they had was exhausted in a different facility to relieve Lowasa the swelling on his legs. They are not able to afford the planned surgery and are requesting help. Fortunately, Lowasa traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform surgery on December 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Lowasa's treatment. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and with less pain. Lowasa's parents say, “His legs keep worsening as days go by and we are unable to afford the cost. Please help our son if it’s possible.”
Meet Jeff a one-year-old boy from Kiambu County in Kenya. He is a jovial and friendly boy, the only child of Shadrack and Catherine, a young couple. His father operates a Boda Boda taxi along the village, while his mother is a housewife. Jeff was born through a c-section at Kenyatta National Hospital and was discovered to have multiple birth deformities including spina bifida, hydrocephalus, clubfoot, and a hip condition. He stayed in the hospital for more than 2 months in the nursery and where the spina bifida and hydrocephalus conditions were treated. He has undergone hip surgery at Watsi Medical Partner care center CURE Hospital, where an x-ray reflected that he has healed. He is now scheduled to undergo a Rt hip open reduction and pelvic osteotomy treatment which will enhance his ability to stand and later walk like other children. He will later undergo surgery to correct his clubfoot. His family is a young couple who recently got married, they cannot afford the estimated bill at the hospital and thus requested for help. “The only challenge we have is the hospital bill. We are pleading for help so that our son can walk like other children,” Shadrack and Catherine, Jeff’s parents pleaded.
Namutebi is a nursing assistant from Uganda. She is married with four children. Namutebi's husband is a primary school teacher, and together they run a small drug shop in order to supplement their income and provide for their family. Two years ago, Namutebi began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing. 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 Namutebi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 5 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. Namutebi says, “I hope to get better and continue with serving people in health and in my drug shop after surgery.”
Ramy is a girl from Cambodia. She likes studying the Khmer language and reading. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She has one brother and three sisters. She loves eating vegetables and fish. Three years ago, she had an operation to treat the haematogenous osteomyelitis in her right femur. She had a cast for one month post-operation. This month, she went to a hospital in Battambang after experiencing chronic pain in her leg for the past year. They referred her to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. She has severe leg length discrepancy and requires an osteotomy procedure to treat the femoral defect. Surgery is scheduled for June 7 and will cost $390. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter's surgery is successful and she can walk without pain and return to school."
Agape is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the last-born child in a family of four children. Agape loves watching television and coloring books. His father is a farmer, and his mother is a religion teacher in a local school. For two years, Agape has been experiencing regular fevers, difficulty swallowing, and sleep apnea. Frequent illness has caused his parents to spend a lot of their earnings on hospital visits. Agape was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Agape, which is scheduled to take place on April 12. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Agape of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Agape’s father says, “Thank you for helping my son get this treatment, he suffers throughout the night with breathing heavily and wakes up crying. Please help him get well.”
Edoso is a baby from Ethiopia. He is a smiley toddler who loves to play and laugh with his mother. His father passed away a year ago, leaving his mother with six children. Edoso's mother rented out their small farm and is barely able to meet the needs of her family. Edoso was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Edoso is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on April 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Edoso's procedure and care. After his recovery, Edoso will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Edoso’s mother says, “I was a house wife. When I lost my husband, life got difficult because he was the one who supported the family. Now I am struggling with the financial needs of my family. I am trying to raise my children with the limited money I get from my rented land."
Panha is a second grader from Cambodia. She has four sisters and one brother. She likes to draw, watch TV, and play with her friends outside. When she was three months old, Panha had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Panha experiences left ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. She cannot hear clearly and has difficulty listening and focusing at school. Panha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 5, 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. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter's hearing can improve and she can return to school soon."
Gift is a three-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Gift's mother is a single parent and works as a vendor. She sells vegetables in their village. Gift has a condition known as bilateral genu varus, also called bow-leggedness. This means his knees bend outward. Gift was born with this condition, and it has been worsening every day. Gift has difficulty walking and sometimes falls. His mother is worried that he may injure himself. Corrective surgery will improve his walking and will allow him to eventually enroll in school. Fortunately, a corrective surgery is scheduled for May 4. Now, his family needs help raising $1,165 to fund this procedure. His mother, Elizabeth, says, “I am kindly seeking for help from Watsi. I just want to see my son walking without any difficulty.”