Matthew joined Watsi on February 5th, 2015. Six years ago, Matthew joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Matthew's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Fredrick, 13-year-old student from Kenya, to fund a clubfoot repair surgery.
Matthew has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 12 countries.
Matthew has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 12 countries.
Fredrick is a hardworking student and the third born in a family of four siblings. His family comes from a town called Maua in Kenya. Fredrick is deaf and attends a special school named Ntoruba. He comes from a humble background: sadly, his mother passed away in July 2017 due to prolonged illness. His father also suffers from an illness and is currently under treatment. A neighbor expressed, “The family depends on well-wishers for their daily living.” Fredrick has clubfoot on his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Fredrick traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Fredrick's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily again. Fredrick signed that he will be happy if his leg will be corrected and able to walk normally. His brother Dennis told us, "Any help to make him happy and walk normally will be highly appreciated.”
Savat is a 51-year-old rice farmer. She has one son, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Savat lives with her husband who is also a rice farmer. In her free time, Savat enjoys spending time playing with her grandchildren. Two years ago, Savat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Savat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On June 21st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Savat shared, "I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable again so I can see clearly and go back to planting rice and taking good care of my family."
Linnly is a student from Malawi who will be taking her Malawi School Certificate final examinations this year. She enjoys biology, agriculture and mathematics and aspires to become a university lecturer when she completes her studies. She is the oldest child in a family of five. Her mother is a subsistence farmer and, sadly, her father passed away last year. Linnly’s school fees are being supported by her uncle, who is a primary school teacher. Linnly’s mother shared that Linnly has had a large umbilicus since birth and when she sought medical attention, she was told that the condition would go away as Linnly grew. However, it did not go away and for the last month, Linnly has swelling in the area along with severe pain and vomiting. She was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia and needs surgery to avoid complications. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Linnly to receive treatment. On June 15th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. After surgery, she will be able to go back to school and concentrate on her studies free of pain. Now, she needs help raising $575 to cover the cost of her procedure and care. Linnly shared, “I am the firstborn and I need to do well in school so that I can take care of my siblings. I believe after surgery, I will resume my lessons and realize my dreams of becoming a university lecturer."
Dennis is a nine-year-old boy and the oldest in a family of four children. His mother shared that she works hard on people’s farms in the villages, and his father is also a farmer. Dennis fell into a fire that unfortunately burnt half of his right arm. Since the burn, his elbow and wrist have developed a contracture, which has caused him pain. He also cannot extend his arm fully. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Dennis to receive treatment. On June 1st, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery on his right elbow, wrist, and fingers. After surgery, he will be able to use his hand without any limitations. He will also continue his education, use his hand to write, and help out his parents at home. Now, their family needs help to fund this $840 procedure. Dennis's mother shared, "my desire is to see Dennis using his hand like other boys. Any kind of help to my son to undergo surgery will be greatly appreciated."
Zipporah is jovial and keeps smiling the whole time we are talking, shared our local Watsi rep. She delivered a happy baby one month ago and she says that her child is her source of encouragement. For almost four years now she has not been able to use her right ear, a condition that has greatly affected her Mitumba business (second-hand clothes vending). She needs a hearing aid to boost hearing on her right side. She remembers it starting while she was working one day in June. She started hearing echoes on the right ear as she negotiated with her customers. It was slight at first but gradually worsened over time. She visited several health facilities seeking treatment but she never improved. She finally opted to visit our Medical Partner's Care Center Kijabe Hospital in December 2018 after being referred by a friend. She has been following-up for treatment, and recently doctors recommended that she gets fitted with a hearing aid. Her last visit to the hospital was in December last year and she has not been able to get the treatment and device due to financial strain. Zipporah currently doesn’t have a source of income and is home taking care of her one-month-old baby. She had to stop her clothes business after she started having problems with her ear. Her husband works as a data entry clerk whose income is just enough to cover basics for their family. They live in a rental house costing $50 a month. They have national insurance for health but unfortunately it will not cover this treatment and hearing aid fitting.
Veasna is a 68-year-old who earns an income to support himself and his wife through selling basic items in their community. They have been proudly married for 37 years. While driving his motorbike in his province, Veasna had an accident and fell on his right shoulder. Now, it is difficult for him to move his shoulder or use his right arm or hand, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 22nd, Veasna will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help to restore mobility to his right hand so that he can use it normally again. Veasna shared, "I hope that, after this surgery, I will have the use of my hand back as soon as possible."
Samuel is a 53-year-old fisherman. He is a father of two children aged 18 and 16 years old. He separated from his wife 5 years ago, and has been taking care of the children since the separation. In December 2020, Samuel was pricked by a poisonous thorn on his foot, which left a wound running from his foot to ankle that has become severely infected. He is in pain and unable to walk comfortably. The wound threatens his mobility and could result in amputation if not urgently attended to. Initially, Samuel tried treating the wound with herbs, but there was no improvement. He visited a nearby mission facility for a checkup and dressing, where doctors treated and washed the wound, but it continued to worsen. On April 1st, Samuel was driven by a well-wisher to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital and upon review, doctors recommended an urgent debridement and skin grafting surgery. However, the cost of care is difficult for Samuel to afford. He had been depending on support from the local missionaries to pay for his previous medical bills and medication. Samuel appeals for financial support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Samuel receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to clean off the wound and prevent further infection. Now, Samuel needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Samuel shared, “This wound is worsening by the day. I currently limp but I might lose the leg if I don’t get some surgical intervention. My fishing venture cannot even pay for the surgery.”
Phanith is a 31-year-old photography assistant from Cambodia. He currently lives with his father and his three siblings, and he is the second child in his family. His mother passed away ten years ago. Phanith has been unable to work since his injury. On November 3rd, 2020, Phanith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused injury and paralysis of his right arm. He was taken to a provincial hospital, then transferred due to the seriousness of his injuries. Phanith was released after a month but is still unable to move his right shoulder or lift his arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. As a result, Phanith is unable to lift his hand or flex his elbow, and has no movement in his fingers. Although his arm has no movement, he has paresthesia (burning or prickly sensations) of the hand and forearm, which are often quite painful. Phanith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use this hand again and be physically able to find work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Phanith shared, "I hope after surgery, my right shoulder will return to full function as soon as possible."
Leon is a 20-month-old boy from Kenya. His mother, who is raising Leon on her own, does not have a stable job but works hard to make ends meet. She does laundry work and sells groceries to provide for their family. From the work she does, she is unable to afford a rented house and stays with her mother (Leon’s grandmother). Leon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Leon has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Leon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 21st. AMHF is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Leon’s mother says, “As a parent, I would like my child to have a family of his own but his condition is hindering that if untreated. I am requesting for the financial support for Leon to be treated.”
James is a 14-year-old boy and the second-born in a family of five children. James is a hard-working boy who helps to look after his father’s cattle, requiring him to walk a long distance in search of green pasture. James has not had a chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. His parents are small-scale farmers and livestock keepers. They work hard to make ends meet, and are living in a very difficult environment. James was diagnosed with left genu varus, also known as bowleggedness. This condition causes his left leg to bow inwards so that his knees touch when walking. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. James is having difficulty walking because his left leg curves as we walks, affecting his gait. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for James. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 5th. This treatment will hopefully restore James's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. James shared, "Please help correct my leg because I can’t walk well anymore and am even unable to go out and graze my father’s cattle. I appreciate any support you can provide.”
Yar is a 18-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her parents, three younger sisters and three younger brothers in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Yar and her parents are all too ill to work and are homemakers, while her siblings are students. Her family relies on the monthly food allowance they receive from an organization to get by. They also grow vegetables for themselves to supplement this income. Yar completed grade nine, but felt too ill to return to school this year. In her free time, she likes to weave traditional Karen bags for her siblings and help her mother with household chores. One day in early January 2020, Yar started to experience neck pain, fevers, and chills. When she went to the refugee camp’s hospital, run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), she was diagnosed with tonsillitis and was given oral paink medication and antibiotics. During her follow-up appointment, the medic gave her more of the same medications. After her follow-up appointment, Yar felt a small growth with her tongue inside her bottom left jaw behind her front teeth. She told the medic about this at her next appointment, but it was not checked out and she received more oral medication each week until the beginning of June 2020. During this time, the mass increased in size. In June, she was referred to Umphang Hospital, which then referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for surgery. IRC brought Yar to MSH, where she received a physical examination, a CT-scan, and a biopsy of the mass. The CT result indicated that the mass was benign. In July, when she went back to MSH for her follow-up appointment, the doctor removed the mass in her mouth as well as five of her lower front teeth during surgery. Since the surgery, Yar has experienced swelling where the mass was removed. Daily, she experiences an achy pain in her lower left jaw, her neck and her back. The mass has also returned and is increasing in size. IRC referred Yar to Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing treatment in Chiang Mai Hospital. After reviewing a CT scan to confirm her diagnosis, the doctor in Chiang Mai recommended she move forward with surgery to remove the tumor. Now, she is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on December 3rd. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Yar shared, "I am scared to receive surgery but I believe that I will be recovered after that so I am happy."
Elias is a 10-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the third born in a family of four children. Elias is a third grade student at St Mary’s Catholic School and his favorite subject is Swahili. He likes to play with toys and is very innovative! His family hails from Kaptibor village and Elias' father is a cook at a school, while his mother is a housewife. Their family lives in a two-roomed rental house together with their children. Elias was born healthy without complications. However, when he was three years old, his father noticed he had developed an unusual walking style where the right foot bent inside. At the time, their family did not seek further care for his condition. Later on, Elias' father heard about our medical partner's care center, CURE Hospital, through a friend and learned about what we do. Upon the doctor's review, Elias has been scheduled to undergo surgery on November 2nd to correct the deformity on his right foot. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,224 to fund his procedure. Currently, Elias drags his foot and is not able to walk well, so the surgery will be very impactful for him. Once recovered, he will be able to walk well and comfortably. Elias' father, Samson, shared, “Any kind of support to help our boy walk comfortably will be highly appreciated.”