Torehan joined Watsi on June 3rd, 2015. Six years ago, Torehan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Torehan's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Benson, young man from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Torehan has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 10 countries.
Torehan has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 10 countries.
Benson is a 25-year-old man from central Kenya. Benson is the first born in a family of three siblings. He and his father are mechanics, however their work is often quite irregular. Benson was riding a motorbike when it was hit by a vehicle. The accident resulted in a fractured left tibia. He was brought to the hospital and advised to have surgery before his injury becomes infected or more difficult to heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $998 to fund an open reduction internal fixation surgery for Benson, which is scheduled to take place on June 19. This procedure will realign the fractured bone and stabilize it using hardware. Benson hopes that the surgery will help his leg heal and that he will be able to go on working and living a normal life. Benson says, "I am so worried because I am still young. I really hope my leg will be healed and I will be able to walk again and hope to have my own family to care for one day.”
Maria Eluvia is a 56-year-old mother of three who lives in rural Guatemala. In October 2016, Maria Eluvia went to the clinic of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), after experiencing abnormal bleeding. The physicians discovered a small growth known as a polyp. These polyps often go away on their own, but after several months, the polyp was still present. Physicians have recommended a biopsy to remove the polyp and test for cervical cancer. If left untreated, there is a chance that the polyp could be cancerous and spread. WK is requesting $383 to perform the biopsy and to run the necessary tests to determine if the polyp is cancerous. Maria Eluvia is scheduled for a biopsy on March 11. Although cervical cancer is a slow-progressing and treatable disease, it is important that these tests are conducted to prevent any spreading or future complications.
Julia is a 46-year-old woman from a village in Malawi. She lives with her husband, and they have one child and four grandchildren. Julia lives on a small farm with her husband, and she spends most of her days taking care of her home and making meals for her family. In her spare time, Julia likes to go to church with her friends and family. For the past three years Julia has experienced bleeding and pain in a sensitive area. To relieve her of her discomfort and to restore her health, it is necessary for Julia to have a hysterectomy. Her surgery is scheduled for April 6 at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Her treatment will cost $650, and she needs help to raise this money. Once her surgery is complete, Julia is expected to return to her life in full health and have no more pain. "I need this help. I am in pain, and I thank you," says Julia.
12-year-old Dachka lives in a small town in the Dominican Republic with her mother, father, and two younger sisters. She is in the sixth grade and hopes to become a doctor one day. Dachka was born with a cardiac condition called coarctation of the aorta, in which the aorta is abnormally narrow. As a result, the heart must pump harder to push blood, resulting in high blood pressure and risking heart failure. Although Dachka is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. She will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Dachka will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 17. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Dachka also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Dachka's surgical care. "I am excited to have my surgery," Dachka says, "so that I will no longer feel tired all the time and will have the energy to play with my friends."
Angelou is a four-year-old boy living in the Philippines. He is a shy boy who always wants to be with his mother. He lives in a house made of bamboo and nipa. His father is a farmer, and his mother is a daily laborer. Angelou has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Angelou will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Angelou's mother says, "I want him to finish his studies someday. I hope he'll be healthier."
Molly is a strong, hard-working woman. She works as a farmer and has raised seven children on her own. Several months ago, Molly noticed a growth on her chest. Over time, it has gotten larger, causing her pain and discomfort and making it difficult to work. Her doctors diagnosed her with a sebaceous cyst and advised her to have it removed. Fortunately, Molly will be receiving treatment at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital, on January 14. The procedure costs $196. Molly will be contributing $4 of her own money. Once the mass is removed, Molly will be able to support her family, attend church, and socialize with friends free of pain. She expresses her gratitude, saying, “I want to tell the donors thank you so much for helping needy people. I am very grateful."
Touch is a 52-year-old woman with three sons and two daughters. She likes to watch TV, look after her children, and listen to old songs. Four years ago, Touch developed multiple masses on her neck. She was treated with medication, but her symptoms did not improve. She experienced recurring pain and was unable to work. When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two hours to seek treatment. She was diagnosed with lipoma on both sides of her neck. Lipoma is a growth of fat cells just below the skin. On December 2, CSC surgeons removed the masses. After recovery, Touch will feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $224 to fund this procedure. "I hope to have a neck that is in better condition," says Touch.
Milvia was born only a week ago--but was premature. Milvia is also a twin--a surprise her parents got when they were born! Unfortunately her and her sister Yolanda are both underweight, and her mother is having trouble producing breastmilk--leaving both babies with dangerous weight loss and failure to grow. Without sufficient breastmilk during this delicate time, Milvia's brain development could be permanently affected, she could be at risk of seizures because of hormonal imbalances due to her mother giving her sugar water, and if she gets sick now, it could be life-threatening. Milvia and her sister are constantly crying because they are hungry--making her whole family distressed and feeling powerless to help their daughters. Milvia lives with her 6 brothers and sisters and her parents in a humble home made of adobe with a tin roof. Millie's mother weaves typical Mayan textiles to make money at home while taking care of her children. Her father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops for long hours. Between the two of them, they bring in only a couple dollars per day for the whole family--nowhere near enough to purchase the life-saving formula she and her sister need. Despite being dangerous, this condition is incredibly easy to treat. Milvia will be enrolled on November 16 to receive formula and her parents will receive nutritional education, giving Milvia the treatment she needs now to grow big and strong, and giving her family the tools to recognize and prevent future cases of malnutrition. Her mother said, "I hope that my daughters grow big and healthy without health problems. I want to see my daughters grow to be healthy, intelligent, and in the long term be able to study."
Saturday is a 27 year old single farmer from Uganda. He enjoys listening to music and traveling. One year ago, Saturday developed a swelling in his right inguinal area. Due to the pain, he works with difficulty and is unable to lift heavy items. Any straining increases the swelling and the pain. Saturday visited a hospital and was diagnosed with a hernia. He was advised to have surgery, but he has been waiting for a long time and has not been given a date for the surgery. He cannot afford to pay for his surgery at a private hospital. For $249, Saturday will undergo the hernia repair surgery he needs to be healthy. After surgery he hopes to continue farming and to look for a job. “Thank you for bringing us help that will save us from pain,” Saturday shared.
Meet Edwin, a young father of one from Kenya. Currently, Edwin is struggling to walk due to a fracture in his leg. Edwin fell over a fence in July 2016. He was rushed to our facility where he had an operation on his right leg. His medical cost was met by his parents. However, on further review, an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery was recommended to complete treatment. Edwin and his family are unable to meet this much more expensive cost - $1,410. Edwin is a mason working at construction sites, though not permanently employed. His wife is a tailor who until August had been employed at a local tailoring shop. However, she stopped working to care for Edwin. Edwin stays in a single house in his parent’s compound. His parents are teachers but face the burden of providing for their three children, one who is in high school and the other who is also married but not employed. Let's help fund this important treatment for Edwin. “I want to get well to continue providing for my young family," he shared.
Ann is a middle aged woman from Nakuru, Kenya. She is a mother to two children. Her husband has hip problems and has not been able to work since 2013. The family relies on help from neighbors, and they live in a four roomed house, which is incomplete as the husband got sick before its completion. He was the sole provider of the family. Ann used to sell cakes to supplement her family income. She has since stopped as she is not able to walk with ease. In 2013 September, Ann complained of back pains and made several visits to the hospital. She was given pain management drugs. She needed an x-ray which she took after several months due to financial burdens. The images indicated swollen veins and muscle on her back and legs. In 2015, after several clinical visits, she had an MRI done which indicated that Ann had arthritis. Ann is not able to walk or move with ease and has thus stopped working. She has to rely on friends to assist her as her husband is bedridden. If not treated, Ann will continue having a lot of pain and numbness. She risks having permanent disability. Surgery was recommended but she has not been able to raise the amount needed. A spinal fusion will cost $1500, and is expected to significantly improve Ann's condition. “I want to be well to work and provide for my family," Ann shared.
Meet Musa, a cute, four-year-old boy from a loving family in Tanzania. He is a happy and active boy, who loves to talk and ask many questions. At home, he enjoys playing with cars and playing balls with his little brother. Musa was a healthy boy growing normally until the age of five months. After a bout of pneumonia, Musa began to have a growth on his head that was slowly increasing. When Musa’s parents failed to take their son for treatment, his acquired hydrocephalus grew and continues to grow to this day. Without surgical intervention, the swelling will place extreme pressure on his brain, resulting in vomiting, dizziness, blindness, and cognitive impairment. Because his mother works as a small-time farmer and his father is an evangelist, they are unable to provide financial means for Musa's medical treatment. $775 will cover costs for a shunt to be surgically inserted. This shunt will redirect the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in Musa's skull and prevent further brain damage which can cause blindness. With rehabilitation and medicine, Musa will be healthy and strong again. Musa's mother shares, "It hurts to hear my son asking to be taken to school and for me to be unable to do so. I hope he will gain the ability to walk, so that he can walk to school like the other children."