Christiane joined Watsi on February 21st, 2020. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Christiane's most recent donation traveled 4,200 miles to support Janet, two-year-old from Tanzania, to fund knee surgery.
Christiane has funded healthcare for 100 patients in 8 countries.
Janet is a baby from Tanzania. She is the third born child in a family of three children. She is a cheerful and curious little girl. Janet's parents own a small shop which sells small home stuffs. Janet was diagnosed with genu valgus. Her legs bow inwards so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she can not walk without rubbing her knees together and this is causing her pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Janet. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 28th. Treatment will hopefully restore Janet's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Janet's mother says, "I see that my daughter has a problem with her legs, I do not understand much about her condition but it worries me that she may grow up and become disabled if I do not do anything. Please help my daughter."
Bethwel is 9-year-old shy boy in Grade 3. Bethwel was well until last week when he fell on a hard ground while playing with his friends in school and sustained an injury on his right upper limb. Bethwel was brought to Watsi's Medical Partner's hospital with complaints of pain on his right hand. On arrival, an X-ray was done which showed that Bethwel had broken his right radius ulna. He has a swollen hand and he cannot lift nor use his hand. Bethwel is the second born child of his family. His mother is a single parent and dropped out of school at grade seven. She does maize farming and life is difficult for her family due to low yields that have led to insufficient food in the family and low income. Bethwel’s mother gets help and support from her brothers but she wants to be able to be a strong woman for her kids and provide well for them. Bethwel’s mother says, “I want my son to be treated so that he is not in pain anymore and can join his friends at school.”
Hannah is a mother of two children, the firstborn being eight years old and the youngest is two years old. Hannah is a housewife, caring for their children. Her husband, the only breadwinner in the family, works in a butchery to make ends meet. Last November, after weaning her baby, Hannah noted a breast lump but dismissed it as a result of weaning. However, with the lump persisting, Hannah sought medical consult. She went to Kijabe Hospital where she had a series of tests, including a mammogram, biopsy, and ultrasound imaging. She was finally diagnosed with breast cancer and mastectomy is recommended. If not treated, Hannah risks having metastatic cancer which would further endanger her health and cause premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Hannah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 11th. After treatment, Hannah will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Hannah says, "I have full confidence of completing my treatment and being cancer free. Please help me."
Mbegesi is nine-year-old student from Tanzania and the second born in a family if three children. His parents are small-scale farmers with very limited income. Mbegesi 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, Mbegesi traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Mbegesi's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Mbegesi’s father says, “His age mates are ahead in school. I would love to see him be able to walk like other normal children and be able to study with ease."
Lazaru was diagnosed with an anorectal malformation a day after birth. This is a condition where Lazaru was born without an anal opening. While changing his diapers, his mother noticed that Lazaru had not passed stool since he was born. His abdomen was distended and he was quite irritable. A closer look confirmed that their son lacked an anal opening. This was unheard of and discreetly, his parents rushed him to the nearest hospital. Lazaru was further referred and a colostomy put in place when he was three days old. A second surgery would be needed later on to create an anal opening. The funds they had were exhausted and thus could not afford to pay for the subsequent surgery. A previous Watsi beneficiary from their village advised them to visit BethanyKids Hospital where they could get assistance. With hopes high, they set out. The creation of an anal opening is needed without which, Lazaru risks scarring at the colostomy site due to occasional leakages and infection. Lazaru lives with his parents and elder brother in a one-room traditional house in the Rift Valley region of Kenya. His parents are subsistence farmers and own a few goats. His family was also advised to apply for national health insurance to support future needs, which they did not know was possible. They are appealing for help towards their son’s surgical care. “A friend told us that we would get help from here and we are happy even for the warm reception,” says Lazaru’s mother.
Adrian is a baby boy from Kenya. Adrian’s father, the family's only breadwinner, is a driver at a lodge in Masai Mara and currently, they have been sent home for sometime because there are no guests visiting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adrian has an elder sibling and together with their parents, they live in their ancestral land. Since birth, Adrian has had a bilateral hernia. If not treated, Adrian may suffer intestinal twisting and blockage and that may result in tissue damage. Fortunately, on May 22nd, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $581 to fund Adrian's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Adrian’s mother says, “I will be happy to see Adrian’s condition rectified.”
Sareat is a 5-year-old kindergarten student from Cambodia. She is the middle child of three children in her family and her parents are rice farmers. At school, her favorite subject to study is English. She likes to paint, play with her dolls and sisters, and drink orange juice. Three weeks ago after an accident with a pair of scissors, Sareat developed a traumatic cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss and tearing. When Sareat's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for more than eight hours seeking treatment. On May 14th, doctors will perform a lensectomy cataract removal procedure, and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Her father said, "I hope that her surgery will be done well so she is not in pain anymore. I want her to be able to study hard in school."
Theng is a 2-month-old baby boy from Cambodia. His parents are rice farmers. Theng is the youngest with two older siblings in his family, a ten-year-old brother and a six-year-old sister. When he was born, Theng developed a painful mass in his armpit. It gets bigger and bigger every day, causing Theng to have redness and swelling. Theng and his mother traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 8th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Theng needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Theng's mother said, "He often cries from pain, so I am always worrying about him. Once the doctor removes the mass, his pain will be gone."
Len is a nine-year-old boy from Kenya, who is the 2nd born of three children. He lives with his parents and sibling in a one room house outside of Nairobi. Len’s mother is employed as a hair stylist, while his father takes up any construction work to supplement the family’s income. Since one year ago, Len has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes causes him pain and if not treated it may result into intestinal tissue damage or even death. Fortunately, on February 25th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Len's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I would like to be an engineer in the future and help people,” says Len.
Nahurira is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother to two children, both young and in school. She is a small-scale farmer who relies on her small piece of land to earn a living. She often times works on other people’s farms to earn an additional wage and to provide domestic essentials like soap and paraffin, and so does her husband. She lives in a small rental semi-permanent house around Kitanda town together with her husband and two children. Two years ago, Nahurira has had a supra umbilical hernia. She feels severe pain after eating, abdominal discomfort, and the umbilical mass increases in size on coughing. Fortunately, on April 7th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Nahurira's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Nahurira says, “I hope that my surgery goes on well, I will be healed from my condition, and be able to continue with cultivation in order to support my family.”
Sarah is a student from Kenya who lives at a girls’ rescue center together with her two sisters. They escaped from forced circumcision that their parents were pushing for and the rescue center secured their child custody rights. However, the center does not have health insurance for the children living there. In 2018, Sarah suffered a snake bite but it was never treated. She healed with contractures on her left wrist and elbow, which has strained her ability to utilize her left hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sarah receive treatment. On June 19th, surgeons at their care center will perform a contracture release surgery. With successful surgery, she will be able to use her hand with a lot of ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,176 procedure. Sarah’s guardian says, “Sarah is limited in her left-hand functions. Please assist her.”
Sa is a retired member of the military. He enjoys taking care of his five grandchildren, listening to the radio, and visiting the pagoda in his free time. He has two sons and two daughters. In 1992, Sa was injured in the thigh from a gun shot and he lost sensation in his left leg. Since then, the wound has never been treated. In the last two years, his injuries have gotten worse after he accidentally stepped on a sharp object while on his family's farm. He is now unable to walk without support and he experiences swelling, pain, and further numbness in his left foot. Surgery will remove his left foot and relieve him of any pain or further worsening of the condition. He looks forward to returning to his family and no longer having to worry about his foot injuries. Sa shared, "I hope that my surgery goes well and my wounds will finally heal and I will no longer be in any pain."