Christiane joined Watsi on February 21st, 2020. One year ago, Christiane joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Christiane's most recent donation traveled 4,700 miles to support Samuel, a 38 year old hardworking man from Malawi, to fund thyroid surgery.
Christiane has funded healthcare for 606 patients in 15 countries.
Christiane has funded healthcare for 606 patients in 15 countries.
Samuel is a 38 year old casual laborer and single father of one son, who is six years old. As Samuel's income is modest, both he and his son live with Samuel's parents in Malawi. Samuel enjoyed good health until April 2022. He was visiting relatives at a distance from his home, when he developed a cough and lost his voice. He was treated for his cough, but in June, he noticed a small, painful swelling on the right side of his neck. Although he went to a local hospital, nothing was done, and the swelling continued to grow, causing Samuel more pain, difficulty swallowing, and occasional breathlessness. After visiting numerous hospitals, Samuel finally went to Partners in Hope Medical Center, where tests revealed the existence of a goiter on his thyroid gland. As the goiter was fast growing, the surgeons informed Samuel that he would need to have a thyroidectomy, to remove all or part of the thyroid gland. Thanks to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Samuel is scheduled to have surgery on October 4th, at Partners in Hope Medical Center. After the procedure, Samuel will be able to return to his work, and to caring for his child, which he has been unable to do since falling ill. Samuel and his family are seeking $1,015 to help fund Samuel's care. “I wish to get better and look after my child,” said Samuel while looking worried.
Foster is a 70-year-old father of nine, from Makwenda Village in Malawi. He lives with his wife and grandchildren. To support his family, he solely depends on farming where he grows maize, groundnuts, and soya beans. Foster is a village headman and he is a member of the Church of African Presbytery. Foster was well until 2020 when he noticed a swelling on the right side of his groin. The swelling was very painful and made passing stool and urine very difficult. The swelling would disappear and reappear after a while, especially when it is cold, and when he coughs or strains himself. Foster decided to seek medical help at a health center in his area where he was referred to Nkhoma Hospital, but at the time surgeries were limited due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was told to come back another time. As the condition persisted, Foster went to seek medical help at Dedza District Hospital where he has been visiting up to now and had been given pain medication. Last week, Foster visited Nkhoma Hospital once again, and he presented that the swelling has now been appearing on both sides. After assessment in the surgical clinic, Foster was diagnosed with Bilateral Inguinal Hernia. The doctor advised that he needs to undergo Hernia Repair surgical procedure and this was scheduled for October 5th. This hernia condition has impacted Foster’s life negatively. Since the condition surfaced, he experiences pain that hinders him from doing his daily activities and he fails to work on his farm. Additionally, he cannot walk a long distance or ride his bike as the swelling appears when he strains himself. Treatment will be a welcome development in Foster’s life. He will be able to work on his farm and continue taking care of his family as he is the sole breadwinner. In addition to that, treatment will prevent Foster from developing complications that a hernia can cause, such as enlargement, incarceration, small bowel obstruction, and strangulation of the hernia, which can be fatal. Foster shared that he does not have enough money to pay for his surgery and other expenses so the medical team referred him to Watsi and our medical partner African Mission healthcare. He has been able to contribute $15 to his care and our medical partner is requesting $500 to cover the cost of Foster's surgery. Foster says, “I was afraid that this condition will start affecting my duties as a village headman, I am thankful that there is hope for me through my donors.”
Getrude is a farmer, a widow, and a mother of five grown children. Her two sons are in small scale business, while her three daughters are married and practice small scale farming themselves. Although Getrude lost her husband 20 years ago, she has been able to raise her children by her small scale farming work. She earns an extra income through weaving mats, but is not in a position to pay her upcoming hospital bill. For three years, Getrude has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and other difficult symptoms. She shared that after suffering unbearable pain, she decided to seek health assistance. She visited Karoli Lwanga Hospital Nyakibale, where she was diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion. If her condition is not treated, chances are that the lesion may become cancerous. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Getrude's surgery. On September 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Getrude will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Getrude says, “I hope I will get better once I am treated. I wish to continue with farming and sustain my family.”
Zion is a playful and active baby girl from the Philippines. She loves to eat, dance, and play! Her mother stays home taking care of her, and her father works as an online seller. Zion was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. While her parents share that her father's income is enough to support their day-to-day needs, they cannot fund another surgery, especially since they are still working to pay off debt from Zion's previous surgeries. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), can help. Zion is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on July 16th at WSFP's care center, Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Now, her family needs support in raising $434 to cover the total cost of the procedure and care. After her recovery, Zion will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Zion's mother shares, "This will be her third and last surgery. After the surgery, Zion will be able to play and move comfortably. As a parent, I don't want her to get bullied and be hurt when she grows up. Thanks to Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines, she can now grow as a normal kid."
Quinter is a nine-year-old only girl who needs surgery to heal her clubfoot. She's in the third grade and likes reading and helping with household chores. Quinter's mother passed away when she was young, and later her father left the family, so Quinter is now under the care of her aunt, who works as a tea picker. Quinter has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition where the foot is twisted out of shape. This makes it difficult for Quinter to walk or to even wear a shoe on that foot. Fortunately, Quinter traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,286 to fund Quinter's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Quinter will be able to walk well and play with her friends both at school and at home. Quinter’s aunt told us, “My joy is to see Quinter walking well and excelling in life.”
Meet Davis, a playful, six year old boy, living with his parents and three siblings in Uganda. Both of his parents are small scale farmers, who own a three room mud house where the family lives. Davis developed a hernia in March 2020. When his mother noticed the hernia, she brought Davis to a local health center where he was treated, and discharged with medication. Recently, the swelling around the hernia has increased, causing Davis to have severe pain. If his hernia isn't surgically resolved, Davis risks strangulation of the hernia, which could have a significantly negative impact on his quality of life. With help from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Davis is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on October 3rd, at Rushoroza Hospital. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is seeking $170 to fund this procedure, so that Davis can go on to live a healthy, active, and comfortable life. Davis' mother says: “I pray that my son gets well through surgery so that he may be able to live a normal life once again and take on his studies comfortably.”
Abigael is a bright seven-year-old from Kenya. She is the firstborn in a family of two children. Her mother is a single mom who works to support her family by doing a variety of work on other people’s farms. Abigael attends school, and one of her favorite ways to spend time is playing with her friends, both at school and at home. Abigael was born with clubfoot on her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Abigael's mother noticed the condition and took her to the nearest hospital when she was two weeks old. She underwent a series of casting there; however, over time, her clubfoot became progressively worse rather than improving. Fortunately, Abigael and her family traveled to our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital, to seek treatment. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Abigael's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to put on shoes, walk comfortably, play with her friends freely, and continue with her education uninterrupted. Abigael’s mom shares, “I request support for my daughter's clubfoot to be corrected so that she can be able to put on her shoes and walk like other children.”
A couple from Tanzania visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), with their adorable newborn baby boy. Their two-day-old baby was born with clubfoot of both feet, which is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This condition can cause difficulty walking or wearing shoes. The couple is concerned that their son may have difficulty walking in the future as he grows, and they are seeking assistance with surgery. The baby's father works full-time at a timber factory and shared that his income only covers their basic needs. They are overjoyed with their new son and are hopeful he'll receive the care he needs. Fortunately, AMH can help! On November 4th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery that will allow the baby to walk easily and wear shoes as he grows up. AMH is requesting $935 to fund this procedure. Rebecca, the baby's mother, shared, “I am glad to know that my baby’s condition is treatable.”
Abdara is a sweet four-month-old Venezuelan girl who was born in Colombia. Abdara's mother moved to Medellin, Colombia around four years ago in search of a better life. Abdara lives with her mother and her four aunts. Abdara's Aunt Gabriela is the sole provider for their family and she works hard to meet all of their daily needs. Abdara has been diagnosed with cereberal cysts that need to be removed. Fortunately, she will undergo surgery on July 13th and our medical partner, Clinica Noel, is raising $785 to fund Abdara's medical care. Her mother shared, "Please help my little princess. I just hope she has a better future than I. Everyday I pray for a miracle, not being able to pay for her treatment is always in my mind. I feel guilty but then I remember that I'm trying my best and continue fighting in this new country to work and move forward."
Erick is a four year old boy, living with his parents and five siblings. He is a charming and playful fellow, who loves football. Erick was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, a condition which causes his legs to bow outward, making it difficult for him to walk, and causing him pain. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, has stepped up to help Erick access the corrective surgery he needs. They are requesting $880 to fund this procedure, which is scheduled to take place on June 7th at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, and which should restore Erick's mobility. After he heals, he will be able to engage in a variety of activities, and the risk of future complications will be greatly diminished. Erick’s father says: “We have hope that our son could have his legs corrected here.”
Phearun is an 18-month-old toddler. He has three siblings - two older sisters, and one older brother. His parents are farmers in Kampot province, about three hours from the capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. He enjoys playing with toys with his siblings, taking long naps on his mother's lap, and drinking milk. Phearun was born with polydactyly of his right hand. This means that he was born with an extra digit on his hand, but is otherwise healthy. As he has grown, it is difficult for him to use his hand, and this may affect the function of the other fingers as he becomes more active. Fortunately, on October 18th, surgeons will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digit. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $299 to fund this procedure. After surgery, the appearance of his hand will improve and he can develop normally. Phearun's mother said: "I hope my son will be able to use his hand more easily and will not be ashamed when he goes to school."
Sebastiana, who is eight years old, lives with her mother and four siblings in Tanzania. Because she is separated from her husband, Sebastiana's mother works many different jobs in order to support her children. One day, when their mother was away, Sebastiana and her siblings were busy helping out with household chores. Sebastiana got into an accident, and hot water spilled all over her arm. She received treatment for her burns - which healed - but they have left her with scars that limit the use of her arm. Sebastiana and her mother traveled a long way to meet with doctors from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. As a result of their visit, Sebastiana is now scheduled to undergo contracture release surgery, and the amputation of her left thumb, at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre on October 13th. After her surgery, Sebastiana should regain full use of her hand and arm, which will be a big relief to her mother. Now we need your help to fund the $1,088 required for the surgery. Sebastiana’s mother says: “When we were leaving home, she was so happy knowing that she is going to get treatment.”