Kathryn joined Watsi on June 2nd, 2017. Two years ago, Kathryn became the 2889th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,375 more people have become monthly donors! Kathryn's most recent donation supported Denis, a student from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Kathryn has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 2 countries.
Denis is a student from Kenya. He is the third child in a family of four. His mother is a single mother and works as a farmer. In early August, Denis was traveling home on a motorbike taxi when it was hit by another vehicle. Denis was rushed to hospital with severe injuries on his face and right leg. He is unable to walk and can barely sit. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 23, Denis will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After treatment, Denis will be able to walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. His mother says, “My son is bedridden, all I can do is just watch him lay in bed and feed him. I hope he will undergo the surgery soon to put away my worries."
Kyi is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his sister's family in Kawkareik township, Karen state. He used to work as a chef in restaurant in Bangkok but returned to Burma after he got into a motorbike accident. Kyi underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for reversal. In Kyi's case, his colostomy requires reversal in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of a reverse colostomy for Kyi. The surgery is scheduled to take place on August 20 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.
Trevin is a child from Kenya. He is the second born in a family of two children. His mother is a single parent who sells boiled eggs at their local market. Trevin was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Trevin is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 26. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $676 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I have worried for my son for the past four years. I hope he will get help and be treated. I hope to see him passing urine normally and growing up like a normal child," says his mother.
Princess is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of seven children. The family lives in a two-roomed rental house in Western Kenya. Princess has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Princess has been experiencing an increasing head circumference and irritability. Without treatment, Princess will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Princess that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 30 and will drain the excess fluid from Princess's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Princess will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.