Adam joined Watsi on July 8th, 2016. 19 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Adam's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Letina, a hardworking student from Tanzania, to fund corrective surgery so he can walk and return to school.
Adam has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 8 countries.
Adam has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 8 countries.
Letina is a bright sixteen-year-old student. He's from a large family with ten children with Letina being one of the oldest. At school, Letina's best subjects are math, Swahili, and social studies. He is a hard-working student and helps look after his father's cattle when he is not studying. About three years ago, Letina's legs began curving as he grew. At first, it was a slight curve but has worsened over the years. As a result, Letina has had to stop his studies in search of treatment for his legs. Due to the family's limited income, they could not previously seek treatment for their son. Letina visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), where he was diagnosed with bilateral valgus, a condition in which the bone joint is angled outward away from the body's midline. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, walking is painful and near impossible. Letina shared he is now unable to walk a long distance and feels pain when he does walk. On October 26th, Letina will undergo corrective surgery. Treatment should help restore Letina's mobility, allow him to participate in various activities, and significantly decrease his risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to help fund Letina's surgery. Letina shared, "Walking has become very hard for me due to pain and how deformed my legs are. My friends have been making fun of me at school."
Annet is a 46-year-old small-scale farmer. She is married and has one child. Her husband lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has also ventured into farming as a result so they can take care of their small family. For a year now, Annet has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, backache, and bleeding. She was unable to visit a doctor previously due to limited financial resources but recently visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). After examination, Annet was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids and will need to undergo a hysterectomy surgery. On November 4th, Annet will undergo surgery at AMH's care center. After recovery, she will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $219 to help fund Annet's surgery. Annet shared, "I will be grateful when I receive the surgery. May God bless you for your kindness."
Monday is a 60-year-old farmer and mother of eight. Her firstborn is now 40 years old, while her youngest is 17 years old. Two of Monday's children have completed degrees in different programs, but she shared they do not yet have jobs. Monday generally receives limited support from her children at this point. Her husband passed away in 2003 and left her an incomplete house, which she has worked hard and struggled to complete and make a comfortable home. In addition to small scale farming, Monday buys and sells second hand clothes to earn an income. Six years ago, Monday began to experience troubling symptoms, most notably neck pain when swallowing. She was diagnosed with a multi-nodular toxic goitre. Monday needs a thyroidectomy to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Monday receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Monday and her family need your support. Monday shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. After treatment, I believe I will be able to resume my usual farming duties along with my business and be able to further support my family.”
Abdela is a 23-month-old boy from Ethiopia. He is a strong boy who loves to tease, run, and play with others. He is an only child, and his mother lost her husband in a car accident when she was eight months pregnant. Abdela's mother was a housewife and when her husband passed, his friend bought her a Tuk Tuk. She stays at home and she raises Abdela with the income she gets from the Tuk Tuk. The family lives in a rented house. Abdela was born with hypospadias, a condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Abdela is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mom shared, “after the treatment, I hope my boy will heal. I am sure he will be smart and reach a big position. His mind is very quick and he is smart.”
Tumwesigye is a 37-year-old from Uganda and mother of three. Together with her husband, Tumwesigye earns a living from farming. Their family lives in a two-roomed semi-permanent house. During her free time, she enjoys attending to her small farm. For the past three years, Tumwesigye has had a progressive neck swelling that is associated with airway obstruction. When she came to Rushoroza hospital for medical care, she was diagnosed with multi-nodular goitre and it was recommended that she undergo a thyroidectomy. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. After treatment, Tumwesigye will no longer be at risk of further swelling, airway obstruction and chances of malignancy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Tumwesigye receive treatment. On March 6th, surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Tumwesigye and her family need your support. Tumwesigye shared with us, “My condition scares me if not treated. I feel uncomfortable. I will comfortably resume farming once given treatment.”
Vibol is a 53-year-old tuk tuk driver. He has been married for 25 years and he and his wife have nine children together. His wife is a farmer. Vibol's oldest child was recently married, while the rest of his children are still at home or in school. He also recently became a grandfather, and loves to spend time taking care of his grandchild. In his free time, he meets with friends and watches boxing matches. Two years ago, Vibol developed a small mass in his salivary gland. The mass has been growing in size ever since then. While Vibol has not felt pain, the mass has grown large and is interfering with his ability to eat and speak. Vibol traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 6th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Vibol needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Vibol shared, "I am happy I got this opportunity for treatment. I thought that I would have to live with this mass, but I am excited for it to be gone now."
Kevin is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. He is the oldest in a family of five children. In October, Kevin fractured his left hand. Now, he is not able to use his hand and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 1, Kevin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow his hand to heal well, and Kevin will be able to go back to operating the motorcycle taxi. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. Kevin says, “I pray that I will be treated and resume my work. I will be grateful for the support."
Sirila is a young student from Tanzania. She is the fourth born in a family of seven children. She is currently in second grade. Her best subjects are mathematics, Swahili, and social studies. She wishes to be a doctor when she grows up. Both of Sirila’s parents are small-scale farmers of maize, beans, and vegetables. Sirila was diagnosed with genu varus. Her legs bow outward at the knees. 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 cannot walk to school without pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Sirila. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Sirila's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Sirila’s mother says, “Please help my daughter. Her condition keeps worsening every day. We don’t know what to do.”
Nak is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. She likes to watch TV in her free time. Three years ago, Nak developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, burning, photophobia, and clouded lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 11, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope my eye surgery is successful so I can continue my work at the farm, feed the cows and chickens, and I can go outside by myself easily."
Karamagi is a 70-year-old man from Uganda. He is married and a father of ten children. For two weeks, Karamagi has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This hydrocele causes him discomfort and has affected his work. Fortunately, on October 17, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund Karamagi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "After surgery I will be happy and resume with my work."
Korn is a vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has a daughter. She likes to cook for her family and spend time with her grandchildren. In February 2017, she developed a painful mass and swelling around her left ankle. She experiences pain and swelling. Korn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 4, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Korn needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope I can move and walk without pain again."
Benard is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of eleven children. The family lives in a two-roomed house in the Eastern region of Kenya. His mother is a subsistence farmer, while his father is a carpenter. Benard has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Benard has been experiencing an increased intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Benard will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Benard that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 2 and will drain the excess fluid from Benard's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Benard will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I am really happy that somehow we might get help to facilitate Benard’s treatment,” shares Benard’s mother.