Christiane joined Watsi on February 21st, 2020. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Christiane's most recent donation traveled 3,900 miles to support Mary, a businesswoman from Kenya, to fund a mastectomy.
Christiane has funded healthcare for 134 patients in 8 countries.
Mary is a businesswoman from Kenya. She is married and is a mother of three adult children. Two months ago, while relaxing at home, Mary felt a lump in her breast with a burning sensation. She ignored it at first, but it gradually became painful. Worried, she visited Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital in mid-September for medical attention and care. After review, doctors ordered a CT scan and a core biopsy, which confirmed her worst fear - that she had breast cancer. The biopsy test found an infiltrating ductal carcinoma, but luckily she had no metastasis yet. Doctors recommend she undergo a mastectomy procedure as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the deadly cancerous cells. Although she is struggling to come to terms with the shocking news, Mary's main worry now is the high, unaffordable cost of the surgery. She runs a small kiosk that generates little profit each day. Her husband is a small-scale farmer who owns one cow. The family relies on the proceeds from their eatery and milk sales to survive. Sadly, they had to sell their only cow to raise money for Mary’s treatment. However, the money from the sale is barely enough to cover the cost of mastectomy surgery. Her kids do not have stable jobs, and Mary says they are struggling. She has no national health insurance or any medical coverage, and is thus appealing for financial help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Mary. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 23rd. After treatment, Mary will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Mary shared, “I am shocked that I was diagnosed with this deadly cancer. But I am more worried that I am unable to afford the only procedure that can stop the spread of the disease. I wasn’t prepared for a procedure of this magnitude. I appreciate any support you can provide.”
Dorcas is a young girl from Tanzania. She is a fourth born child in a family of four children. She is still in kindergarten but hopefully will continue to class one once the COVID-19 crisis improves. Dorcas was born with a condition called Syndactyly where her fingers are fused together making it hard for her to utilize them easily. Dorcas was taken to the hospital by her mother to try to correct her fingers when she was three years old but unfortunately they were unable to correct her condition. Since her parents' passing, Dorcas has been staying with her aunt. They have not been able to seek treatment for her due to the cost of hospital fees. Dorcas' aunt has four children of her own and also looks after Dorcas full-time as her parent. Dorcas' aunt was advised by her pastor to bring her to our medical partner's clinic for treatment. Dorcas has been scheduled to have both of her little fingers released, but her aunt cannot afford the cost of treatment and they are now asking for help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dorcas receive treatment. On October 14th, surgeons at our medical partner's care center will perform a hand surgery so that she will be able to use her fingers with ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Dorcas' aunt shared, "I believe this surgery will help her have more use of her hands and reduce the challenges she is going through due to her fingers being joined together."
Zawadi is an eleven-year-old girl and the firstborn child in a family of three children in Tanzania. She is a friendly and cheerful girl. Zawadi was born healthy but when she was six years old, she was involved in a fire accident that left her with severe burns on her arms, hands, and fingers. On the fateful day, Zawadi and other children were playing cooking games behind their hut. One of the children went and picked a burning piece of wood from the kitchen and was trying to make a fire for them so that they could cook. Zawadi was the one blowing the fire and while doing this her clothes caught fire. She was wearing a sweater and had wrapped herself in Maasai clothing. She was severely burned resulting in five months of hospitalization during her initial treatment. Her wounds healed but have left her unable to straighten her left arm due to the contractures on her axilla. Zawadi has been scheduled for surgery to help release the contracture on her arm so that she is able to wear clothes and make her life a bit easier when trying to use her hands. Her parents are small-scale farmers who have a few cattle that they depend on for milk. Their income is not enough for them to afford Zawadi’s treatment cost and they are asking for help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Zawadi receive treatment. On October 13th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery and skin graft so she will be able to utilize her hand with greater ease. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Zawadi’s father told us, “If my daughter is able to have this surgery she will be able to have more range of motion on her arm making her life easier than now. Please help because we can’t afford the treatment cost.”
Hasani is a young boy from Tanzania. He is six years old and the firstborn child in a family of three children. Hasani has always been a hard-working boy according to his father. He would help graze the cattle and look after his siblings when his parents were out working on their small farm where they grow maize and vegetables for their living. Hasani was burnt severely after being involved in a home fire accident that left him with very severe burns on his face. He was rushed to the hospital and stayed there for one month having his burns taken care of. Once he was stable that cetner referred him to our partner hospital for further management and treatment. Through Watsi funding earlier this year, Hassani had a skin graft surgery that helped cover up the wound that was not healing on his face. He is now completely healed, but doctors are recommended that he have another surgery to help release a burn contracture around his left eye and place a skin graft. His parents are requesting support for the cost of treatment. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Hasani receive treatment. On October 12th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. The released skin will allow his eyes to close properly and reduce the chances of severe complications. Now, his family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Hasani’s father says: “My son was able to have surgery which helped with the healing of his wound but he now needs another surgery which I can’t afford. Kindly help him.”
Sophea is a 5-year-old student from Cambodia. He has two older brothers and his parents are both farmers. Sophea is in the first grade at school, and loves to make crafts. At home, he likes playing with his brothers, reading books, and watching TV. When he was one-year-old, Sophea burned a finger on his right hand. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his finger. Now it is difficult for him to use his hand to hold anything, and he often feels soreness in his finger. When Sophea's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On September 25th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him use his hand easily again. Now, his family needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Sophea's mother said, "I want my son to use his hand well when he gets older in school. He will not be able to do many activities without his hand, so I hope this surgery is successful."
Kennedy is a kindergarten student from Kenya. He is five years old and likes to play and look after his family's cattle. He is the first-born in a family of two and his mother notes that he is very active and observant both at home and at school. However, his clubfoot has greatly affected his mobility as he falls often. Kennedy was born with club foot which is severely hindering his mobility, he is also experiencing pain when he walks. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. But his mother, a church secretary, and father, a farmer, are unable to raise the estimated bill and so are asking for your help to fund this $1,286 surgery. This surgery will enable Kennedy to wear shoes and walk with ease. “We are appealing for support so that our son can walk well like other children, continue with his education, and play with other children. Currently he is feeling pain when he walks and so surgery will be of great help to him,” shared Kennedy’s mother.
Jayden is a 2-month-old baby from Tanzania. Jayden has an older sister who is five years old and she loves to be close to Jayden most of the time. Jayden's father works as a driver in public transport while his mother sells food during the day at the local market. They shared that their income is not much but it enables them to make ends meet. Jayden was born a healthy baby but after two weeks, his mother noticed he had a swelling on his head. The mass is increasing in size and may cause him pain and discomfort, and become more serious if not treated. Jayden traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 3rd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Jayden needs help to raise $724 to fund this procedure. Jayden’s mother says, “We would love our baby to have this surgery but we are unable to afford the cost. We are concerned if we keep waiting it could lead to complications later on. Please help.”
Angel is a 6-year-old student from Kenya. Our medical partner shared that they met Angel’s mother in the hospital corridors crying, she looked depressed and they drew in closer to inquire for more information. She showed our team her invoice and explained that she cannot raise the estimated bill. Angel is 6yrs old, the second and last born in her family. She is a nursery school pupil and likes the company of small kids. Their family hails from Gilgil in Nakuru county. Angel's mother is a single parent and she is a waitress at a small hotel. They live in a one-roomed rental house. Angel 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, Angel traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 8th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,347 to fund Angel's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and hopefully enjoy a full, active life. “Any kind of support to make my daughter walk well is highly appreciated,” Angel’s mother told us.
Leah is a proud mother of six-year-old twins. Leah and her husband are casual laborers who earn a daily wage from manual labor. Leah 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 remove the breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Leah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 20th. After treatment, Leah will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. In disbelief, Leah says, “This came as a shock to me, I was not financially prepared and the cost of the surgery is too high for me to afford. I need this surgery to fight this cancer and raise my beautiful twins”.
Mom is a four-year-old girl from Cambodia. She lives with her mother and her grandparents and her mother works at a local factory. Her father passed away before she was born. She is the only child in her family. Mom likes to draw pictures, eat rice porridge, and play outside with her friends. She also watches cartoons with her grandmother. She is excited to start school soon. Mom was born with polydactyly of both hands. This means that she has two extra thumbs, one on each hand. It is difficult for her to use her thumbs, and she experiences mild pain in her fingers. Fortunately, on August 11th, surgeons will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digit. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $256 to fund this procedure. After surgery, she will feel more comfortable and will be able to use her hands easily. Mom's mother said, "I am hopeful that my daughter will enjoy life when she can easily pick things up and play well. She won't have to worry about this problem ever again."
Twijukye is a preschool student from Uganda. He likes playing with other children but his condition and pain makes it difficult for him to play. He is the third born in a family of four children, the two older children are in school while the youngest is still breastfeeding. His parents are small-scale farmers but oftentimes they work on other people's farms as a casual laborers. Four years ago, Twijukye developed a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This hydrocele causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on July 14, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $146 to fund Twijukye's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Twijukye's mother shared, “I pray that my child gets relief from this condition so that he can have a better life and grow up healthy.”
Tabby is an 8-month-old girl from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of three children. She was born with a congenital birth defect that required a colostomy, a surgical operation where a piece of the colon is diverted to an artificial opening in the abdominal wall so as to bypass a damaged part of the colon. Now, Tabby needs a follow-up surgery that will remove her colostomy and enable her to pass stool normally. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the ability of Tabby's parents to work and they are unable to pay for her surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are asking for your help to fund this $743 surgery. Tabby’s mother shared, “I will be happy to see my daughter treated.”