Jeff joined Watsi on January 4th, 2019. Two years ago, Jeff joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jeff's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Vedastus, a friendly two-year-old boy from Tanzania, for corrective surgery to allow him to walk again.
Jeff has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 7 countries.
Jeff has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 7 countries.
Vedastus is a two-year-old boy and the only child of his young parents. He's a friendly boy who is currently having a hard time walking because his legs bow outwards. Vedastus' mother works at a local food joint as a cook. Her income is not much, but enables her to support and care for her son. Vedastus' father is still in college studying, which leaves Vedastus' mother as the only parent with an income. Vedastus was diagnosed with fluorosis - genu varus, where his legs bowing outwards so that his knees do not 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, Vedastus cannot walk well and he is in pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Vedastus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 2nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Vedastus's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Vedastus’s mother says "I am the only person working to be able to provide for our son. The father of my son is still studying and my income is not enough to care for Vedastus and afford his treatment cost. Please help us, he needs treatment for his leg because he is struggling to walk.”
Ann is a social, jovial, and bright young girl. Ann is in currently in grade six; she likes reading and aspires to become a surgeon in the future. Ann was born with a congenital musculoskeletal malformation in her legs and started therapy when she was two years old, but eventually had to stop due to a lack of finances. As Ann has grown, her condition has continued to worsen and is now affecting her mobility, her studies, and her self-esteem. Ann was recently seen at the Cure Hospital Mobile Clinic in Embu, Kenya, and recommended for surgery. Ann's mother is a single mom who makes her living selling samosas in their hometown. Ann's mother also has from a similar untreated congenital malformation and cannot walk for long distances. On August 8th, Ann is scheduled to undergo multiple osteotomy surgery to correct the bowing in her legs. The treatment will have a great impact on her life, allowing her to walk freely again, engage with her peers, and continue her schooling. “I want my daughter to be treated so that she can be able to walk like other girls,” says Ann’s mother.
Robert is a matatu, or public transportation, driver and the father of two children aged 16 and 7 years. He recently separated from his wife, so Robert currently lives alone in their home in Magina, Kenya. On the June 26th, Robert was injured in a road accident and sustained twin fractures on his thigh and leg. Robert is now unable to walk on his own. Fortunately, our partner surgeons can help. On June 30th, Robert is scheduled to undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, to help him walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $672 to fund this procedure. Robert is anxious to return to work, "My legs are my source of livelihood. I need this surgery to be able to get back on my feet and fend for myself and my kids.”
Panha is a 14-year-old student who needs spinal surgery. His parents are both farmers, and he has one younger sister. He loves to read stories at school, and wants to be a policeman when he gets older. Panha was born with scoliosis. This condition has made it difficult for him to walk or sit up for a long time, and he often feels discomfort before going to sleep. It is difficult for him to join his friends in sports such as volleyball or soccer. He also occasionally has difficulty breathing due to pain. Panha and his parents have come to Children's Surgical Centre, where doctors will be able to perform a spinal surgery to put in place implants that will correct the curve of his spine. He will undergo this procedure on May 25th. Once he has recovered, Panha will no longer experience pain or discomfort, and will be able to walk easily. Panha shared, "I want to play sports with my friends and I will practice running and getting stronger after I am healthy from my surgery."
Jackson is a nine-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born child in a family of six children. Jackson is a hard-working boy both at home and school. He is currently in class three and his best subjects are Mathematics and Swahili. Due to his health condition, Jack is having a hard time walking and it continues to become more difficult as time goes on. When he is not at school, he helps to look after his father's cattle. Jackson's parents are livestock keepers who make a very humble income. When Jackson was two years old, he fell off his bed. As he fell, his right leg went into the fireplace, which is usually next to the bed to keep the hut warm. At the time, his parents couldn't take him to the hospital due to financial challenges and treated the burn wound using traditional herbal medication. His wound took a long time to heal. Over the years, the skin around his right foot has contracted and pulls his toes upward, which makes putting shoes on very challenging for Jackson. His parents have to buy big, soft shoes so that he can go to school wearing shoes. Jackson often complains of pain after a long day of walking. Most of the times when he is home, he doesn’t like wearing shoes due to the pain and discomfort. Through a mission organization, Jackson was referred to Plaster House at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre to seek treatment help. Doctors recommend that Jackson undergo an amputation of two toes on his right foot in order to remove the pain and difficulty that he feels when walking and wearing shoes. Jackson's parents cannot afford the treatment cost thus they are asking for help. Jackson will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on April 23rd. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,088 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will be free of pain and will soon be able to walk comfortably again. Jackson shared, "I would like to be able to wear shoes and walk without feeling pain. I will be happy if am able to have this treatment."
Tola is a 16-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one younger brother and one younger sister. His father works as a driver, and his siblings are still in school. In his free time, Tola enjoys playing football and volleyball, singing, listening to music, and meeting up with his friends. After finishing Grade 9, Tola stopped going to school and began working repairing cars in a private garage. One week ago, Tola was in an accident and damaged his left ankle. His relative, who had been to Children's Surgical Centre before, recommended him to visit the center for treatment. Tola presented with pain and swelling on his left ankle, and difficulty with walking. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is helping Tola receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a closed reduction procedure on March 9th at our medical partner's care center, which will help to reduce his pain and allow him to walk with ease again. This procedure will cost $412, and he and his family need help raising money. Tola shared, "I hope I can walk again as soon as possible after my surgery."
Paul is a manual laborer from Kenya who works at a sawmill in Nyahururu. In his job, they are given duties depending on the workload so he does not have a stable income. On a good day, Paul takes home $2.50. He is a married father of one and lives in a 2 room house in Subukia, built on his father’s land. His father passed on in 2019, and his mother is elderly and depends on her children for survival. Paul was involved in an accident on the 20th of November 2020, where he works at a sawmill. He was rolled over by a wheel that caused his injury. He sustained a large lateral injury spanning from 1cm proximal to the malleolus to 15cm proximal with a large section of exposed tendon and fibular bone. He also has dislodgement of his lateral fibula. He is in chronic pain and is not able to walk on his own. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Paul receive treatment. On January 19th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help heal his wound. His hope is to be able to walk again and no longer be in pain. Now, Paul needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Paul shared with us, “Looking at the work I do, I don’t have the financial strength to pay for the surgery. I am scared and the wound looks bad. Kindly help."
Ann is a 2-year-old girl from Kenya. Ann's mother is a single parent of two children, and Ann's younger sibling is five months old. Her mother works as a casual laborer finding work to support their family. In October 2020, Ann sustained severe burns. She had been visiting her aunt in a different town to spend the holiday with her cousins. While playing in the kitchen, one of the kids accidentally pushed her, and she tripped into a cooking pot with boiling water, causing serious burns. Currently, Ann has an infection that is causing her pain and a fever. She is also not able to move her left elbow, left shoulder, and neck. Ann's family does not have medical coverage, and has been depending on aid from well-wishers to pay for Ann's hospital bills. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Ann receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help treat the infection and prevent sepsis. Now, Ann's family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Ann's mother shared: “I am sorry the wound is getting worse. I haven’t been able to go to the hospital due to a lack of funds. I am here and Ann is at your mercy.”
Jonah is a 9-year-old student from Kenya. He is a jovial and high-spirited boy. Jonah is the seventh born in a family of eight children. Under the sponsorship of a well-wisher, he is a second grade student at Mwiteria Vision Academy. Jonah's family hails from Iteria Village in Meru County. His mother is a single parent who used to be a farmer, but now stays at home to take care of her children. She recently underwent an amputation on her leg after suffering from diabetes. Jonah has clubfoot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even with wearing shoes. His mother, sister, and elder brother brought him to AIC Hospital's mobile clinic in Meru to seek treatment. Watsi donors supported surgery for his left foot and now his family has returned to help heal is right foot as well. Jonah will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Fortunately, he is scheduled to under go a clubfoot repair surgery on January 25th. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is requesting $1,286 to fund Jonah's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk and play easily again. Rosaria, Jonah's mother shared, “We are grateful for helping my two sons undergo surgery. We have seen a lot of impact on their feet. Previously, they used to complain of pain while walking and they like playing a lot. We plead for more support to ensure that their feet can be able to step on the ground and walk like other children. God bless you."
Benard is a 35-year-old man from Kiambu County in Kenya. He works as a laborer, off-loading trucks carrying construction materials. His wife is a housemaker and together they have three children aged 10 years, 9 years and 3 months old. In December 2020, Benard slipped and fell from a raised water tank he was inspecting, fracturing his right tibia and fibula. He was taken to a clinic in the neighbourhood, where first aid was administered. Afterwards, Benard went to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital for an x-ray, which confirmed a fracture of his right tibia and fibula close to his ankle joint. Surgeons recommend he undergoes a fracture repair surgery. If not treated, Benard’s fracture could heal while misaligned or be malunited, resulting in limited use of his right limb, deformity, and infection. However, this procedure is costly for Benard and his family. He is the sole breadwinner of the family, and does not have savings to pay for his care. He appeals for financial support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 5th, Benard will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will ease his pain, allow him to recover, and help him to be able to walk with ease again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Benard shared, “My head is spinning because I do not know what would happen to my family if I was unable to go to work due to my injury. I would really appreciate help with the surgery so that I can continue providing for my family.”
Tumushabe is a 38-year-old small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of five who separated with her husband in 2018 after being rejected by his parents. Her husband stayed with four of their children and she is taking care of their youngest, who is two years old and hasn’t yet started preschool. She shared that she has now lost contact with her husband and does not receive any help from him. She currently lives with her aunt who helps support her with the little she can. On June 3rd, Tumushabe had a curative laparotomy surgery that was successful and she was discharged home feeling well.. However, a few weeks later, she was in severe pain again, especially with a backache and lower abdominal pains. She went to nearby Mbarara Hospital and other health units who ran scans on her. She was diagnosed with fibroids and was given tablets to relieve her pain because she could not afford the surgery charges. She decided to return to Rushoroza Hospital to seek the medical attention she needs. Tumushabe completed up to the second grade in primary school and was growing a variety of crops in her aunt’s fields before she became sick. She currently does not work due to severe pain and cannot even sit comfortably. Her aunt and uncle are unable to fund her surgery and therefore she is seeking financial support. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Tumushabe's surgery. On October 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumushabe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Tumushabe says, “I pray for the WATSI program for assisting me and I am grateful for their kind financial support. I will resume farming as soon as possible.”
Jackline is a 13-year-old girl from Kenya and the fifth born in a family of six children. Her father works as a farmer, while her mother is a housewife. In school, Jackline is a humble and hardworking Class 8 student. She aspires to be a doctor in the future so that she can be of help to her village, where the community feels they are marginalized and lack facilities like hospitals and schools. Jackline was born with a condition known as bilateral genu valgum, or knock knees. This condition has severely affected her mobility. She cannot walk for a long distance or play with her friends, and this has greatly affected her self-esteem. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner's care center can help. On December 1st, Jackline is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on her left leg, and then will subsequently undergo surgery on her right leg. The surgery will be of great impact because, once recovered, she will be able to walk well without pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,224 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Jackline shared, "I will be very happy if my legs are corrected and I can walk to school like my friends." Hellen, Jackline's mother, added, “We are appealing for help from well-wishers so that our daughter can walk normally.”