Data joined Watsi on February 24th, 2015. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Data's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Nita, a sixth grader from Cambodia, to fund myringoplasty ear surgery.
Data has funded healthcare for 226 patients in 13 countries.
Nita is a sixth-grade student from Cambodia. She has two brothers, and her favorite subjects in school are Khmer literature and English. She hopes to become a doctor when she gets older. When she was just one year old, Nita had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Nita experiences discharge, itchiness, and hearing loss. She struggles to concentrate at school and cannot hear others well or communicate easily. Nita traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 26th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will go smoothly and her ear drum will heal and she will have good hearing again." -Nita's Mother
Martha is a peasant farmer from central Kenya. She relies on small-scale farming to make ends meet for her five children and herself. Her husband also tends to the farm with her. The family’s income is divided to meet the family's demands especially school fees for two of her children. Since 10 years ago, Martha began to experience troubling symptoms, including pain and discomfort. She was diagnosed with a multi-nodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Martha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 10th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $653, and she and her family need help raising money. Martha says, “My prayer is to be treated to reduce the persistent pain on my right side of the neck.”
Kemigisha is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother of seven children. She has two sons and two daughters who are still in school. Her other three daughters are married and also work as small scale farmers. She and her husband operate a banana and coffee plantation. Ten years ago, Kemigisha began to experience troubling symptoms, including pain while swallowing, persistent headaches and fatigue. She was diagnosed with a goitre, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kemigisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 23 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. Kemigisha shared, “I am hopeful for a better life after surgery as I will be relieved from this condition. I will continue farming and hope to age well.”
Mashokye is a farmer from Uganda. He is a married father of nine children, with three of them boys who are bodaboda drivers, two are builders, and all of his daughters are married and are small-scale farmers. He earns a living through farming and mostly grows beans, sweet potatoes, and maize. Unfortunately, he says the yields are often poor. Three years ago, Mashokye has had an epigastric hernia. This hernia causes him severe pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on March 10th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Mashokye's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Maskokye says, “I hope I get fine after my surgery and be relieved from pain after surgery."
Katwiire is a farmer from Uganda. She is a widowed mother to five children, all of which are still in school. She grows food crops to feed her family and sells the surplus to generate income. Katwiire has experienced swelling on her back for the past three years. She experiences a lot of discomfort and cannot sleep on the side of the mass. She traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 23, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Katwiire needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure. Katwiire shared, “I hope that my health will improve after surgery so that I can sleep comfortably because this condition had really given me sleepless nights.”
Sokleang is a 34-year-old craftswoman from Cambodia. She has three children. She likes to prepare dessert for her family to enjoy and help with housework. Ten years ago, Sokleang had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sokleang experiences tinnitus, hearing loss, discharge, and itchiness. She cannot hear others clearly and is unable to concentrate at work. Sokleang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. She will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure and cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sokleang said, "I hope that my hearing will improve and that the infection will stop."
Laban is a 16-year-old boy from Tanzania who enjoys studying history, math, and social studies. He is third born in a family of six and suffers from a congenital clubfoot on the right leg, making his movement difficult and painful. When he was born, his mother used herbs and warm water to correct the defect but ended up developing sores. When Laban was reviewed by our outreach program, he had manipulation and casting surgery recommended. However, the family is not able to raise the money needed as Laban's parents are peasant farmers with limited income. They struggle meeting daily needs and medical care for their children. Laban struggles to walk but remain hopeful that soon he will be able to walk with less pain and difficulties. Fortunately, Laban's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery and our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Laban's treatment. Laban's sister also suffers from clubfoot. Laban’s father says, “I have always felt hurt and that I failed my children every time I see them walking with difficulty due to their leg condition that I couldn’t afford the treatment. Please help.”
Meet Orikai, an 8-year-old student from rural Kenya. He is the second born in a family of five and his family hails from a small village in Southern Kenya. Orikai comes from an underprivileged background in the interior side of Maasai land. His mother is a housewife while his father a herdsman. The family lives in a grass-thatched house (Maasai Manyatta) in their village. Orikai 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. He underwent serial casting every week to correct the deformity at a young age. After the serial casting of one year, there was a conflict between his parents concerning his condition and they stopped returning to the clinic. This led to the reoccurrence of his clubfoot condition. Orikai was now brought to our Medical Partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital, by Joshua, a social worker at Kajiado Child Center near his home. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 29th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Orikai's clubfoot repair. After treatment, surgery will be of great impact to him as he will be able to walk well, wear shoes and to play football--his favorite sport. "If you can help Orikai undergo surgery, that will be my joy. I want to see him walk like other children," Joshua, a social worker at the Childcare center told us.
Miriam walks slowly with the aid of crutches. She was overly active until the year 2017 when she began complaining of back pain and numbness on her feet. Miriam formerly an active farmer would tire easily from her farming activities and small house chores. From the nearest hospital, pain medication was administered but with time, her condition deteriorated. She thought maybe she had gained weight and that was the reason for the back pain. Dieting did not help either and over time, she couldn’t walk without the aid of a stick. Frustrated, Miriam resigned to fate as she thought she was a burden to her young children who were building their homes. A friend recommended that they visit Kijabe hospital for specialized treatment where Miriam was diagnosed with a spine disc dislocation and a spinal fusion surgery recommended. Miriam was glad that there is a solution to her condition and she looks forward to getting treated. If treated, Miriam will regain her ability to walk, resume work and become independent again. Miriam and her husband are subsistence farmers with four grown children. She lives with her husband in Central Kenya. Miriam is appealing for financial help. “I look forward to walking again,” says Miriam.
Sary is a 35-year-old waiter from Cambodia. He has one son and one daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and taking care of his children. In 2018, Sary was in a motorcycle collision, suffering injuries to his left foot. He initially received treatment at a local hospital, where he underwent a series of four operations to treat his injuries. However, he still experiences pain in his ankle, has pain after walking only 10 meters, and his shoes are unable to fit his foot properly. When Sary learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there seeking treatment. On January 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse his left ankle and to help his walk easily again. Now, Sary needs help to fund this $518 procedure. "I hope that I will get better after my operation, and I will be able to walk without pain and return to work," he said.
Muslim is a 2-year-old child from Ethiopia. He is a beautiful baby boy who loves sweets and rice. He also loves to play with a ball. Muslim has one brother and one sister. He loves to play with his mom and siblings. His father is a farmer and his income is very limited and insufficient for the family’s daily needs. He also does hard labor work to support the family. His mom is a housewife and she raises her children full time. Muslim was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Muslim is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on May 5th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Muslim's procedure and care. After his recovery, Muslim will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Muslim’s mom said, “I hope he will be operated and heal completely.”
Misgune is a 3-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia with one older brother. He loves to play and laugh with his mom. He's exclusively fed by breast milk. Misgune’s mom is a house wife; she dropped out of school at grade 9 when she got pregnant. She used to do a bit of small business before she gave birth to him. Misgune's dad is a daily laborer. They live in a rented house and their family's income is unpredictable and limited for the expenses of the basic needs of the family. Misgune was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Misgune is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on March 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Misgune's procedure and care. After his recovery, Misgune will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Misgune's mom said, “It is my hope that my baby will get healthy and as normal as other boys. I hope I will raise him well and educate him. I hope I will start working again and support my children. ”