Emily joined Watsi on November 1st, 2019. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Emily's most recent donation supported Kemirembe, a teacher from Uganda, to fund a hysterectomy.
Emily has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 4 countries.
Emily has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 4 countries.
Kemirembe is a teacher and a mother of four, with two daughters and two sons, all of whom are in school. She loves coaching and teaching her children especially now as schools are closed due to Covid-19. Together with her husband, they are primary school teachers in a school close to their home. They have a small farm which they use to harvest produce for their own family. For 6 months, Kemirembe has been experiencing abnormal bleeding, along with headaches and back pains. She is afraid she could become anemic. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Kemirembe's surgery. On July 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kemirembe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kemirembe says, “I hope that once I'm operated under your support, I will regain my health and teach with even more efforts after our schools open."
Beata is a nun and a college student from Uganda. Beata likes very much singing along in fellowship and reading novels during her free time. She shared with us that she comes from a poor family that cannot fund the surgery that she needs. For the last 10 years, Beata has been experiencing chronic pelvic pain associated with menorrhagia. She has been diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Beata's surgery. On September 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Beata will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Beata says, “I am in severe pain, something that has affected my life. I hope to return to school once the government lifts the COVID-19 ban on secondary schools in the country.”
Gathoni is an 18-month-old girl from Kenya. She is the second-born in a family of two. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom while her father is a fruit vendor in a nearby market. The family lives in a two roomed rental house. On July 15th, Gathoni tripped on boiling water while playing with her 7-year-old brother. Doctors have recommended a debridement to reduce chances of further infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gathoni receive treatment. On July 20th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help ensure that her wounds heal without an infection. Now, Gathoni needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Gathoni’s mother shared, “I just wish that I can find help for my little baby so that she a grow into a successful young woman in future."
Owoyesiga is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother to five children who are all in school, both in primary and secondary levels. She earns a living through small-scale farming were she mostly grows food crops like beans, maize, cassava, and potatoes for home consumption and at times sells off the supplies to earn an income. When Owoyesiga is in need of an urgent income like when her children are sent home for lacking school fees and when her family is in need of essential needs like paraffin, soap, and salt, she works as a casual laborer in other people’s farms to get money more quickly. She operates their small farm together with her husband. Almost five years ago, Owoyesiga began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing and pain when swallowing. She was diagnosed with an abnormal enlargement of her thyroid gland and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Owoyesiga receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 14th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $264, and she and her family need help raising money. Owoyesiga says, “I hope that once I undergo surgery, I will be healed from my condition. I will live a healthy life and continue with cultivation to support my family.”
Kwehangana is a small-scale farmer from Uganda who has had a swelling on the back of his neck for a year making it difficult for him to sleep. Kwehangana traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 20, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kwehangana needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kyehangana says, “I will be humbled seeing my surgery making me a new person and hoping to continue with cultivation. May God bless you.”
Widline is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and three sisters on a small farm in central Haiti. She enjoys going to school and church. Widline has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart was severely damaged by a rheumatic fever she suffered in childhood, and can no longer adequately pump blood through her body. Widline will fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On October 29th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair her valve; if they are unable to do so, they will implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $7500.0 to pay for surgery. Widline'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 Widline's family overseas. Widline's mother said, "Our family is praying for everyone who is helping our daughter get better!"
Sokmy is a 41-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three daughters, and enjoys helping with the housework and feeding the animals nearby the house. In April 2019, Sokmy was involved in a motorcycle accident, fracturing his right femur. His right leg is now shorter than the other, and he has difficulty walking without support and has limited flexibility in his knee. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 7, Sokmy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will help to realign the femur bones and allow them to heal properly. He will be able to walk easily again and relieve the pressure on his knee. He says, "I hope that my condition will improve and that I will no longer have anymore pain, and I can return to work and help my family."
Bahenyangi is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with six children. She has had a painful swelling on her left knee for over 20 years. She cannot kneel down and experiences discomfort and disfigurement. Bahenyangi traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 23, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Bahenyangi needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Bahenyangi says, “I will be glad after the relief of this condition that I have had for long time but I trust in you since you opted to support me to get better life style that before after surgery.”
Vichhai is a 31-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time he likes to go on walks with his family, watch television, feed the animals, and help his family with the work around the house. In March 2019, Vichhai suffered injuries to his right ankle resulting from an accident at work. He is unable to walk without support and often experiences pain. When Vichhai learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for over ten hours seeking treatment. On July 10, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse his right ankle and will help him walk again without difficulty. Now, Vichhai needs help to fund this $480 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will have no pain and can walk again and return to work."