Hannah joined Watsi on January 5th, 2019. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Hannah's most recent donation supported Saidi, a 23-year-old man from Tanzania, to fund an amputation of his left foot.
Hannah has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 2 countries.
Saidi is a 23-year-old from Tanzania who was born with spina bifida. He was able to have his spina bifida corrected when he was younger, which saved his life and allowed him to grow up to a strong young man. Saidi was able to go to school until class seven but was not able to continue with his education due to his parents' financial challenges. Saidi’s parents are small-scale farmers and have six children, of which Saidi is the third born child. Saidi used to join his parents in farming, but he had to stop and seek treatment because his legs and feet are bowed, which makes standing and walking very challenging. In 2014, Saidi came to our medical partner's care center to seek treatment because he had limb external rotation, which was causing him difficulty with walking and carrying out daily life activities. Through funding support, he was able to have his feet and legs corrected, and was able to resume normal life once more. Since then, over the last few years Saidi’s left foot has developed a serious infection that has struggled to heal. The infection would repeatedly start to heal but would return within five to six months, which makes it difficult for him to work and make a life for himself. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 19th, Saidi will undergo a left leg amputation below the knee to save him from the pain and suffering he is going through as doctors noted his foot can no longer be saved. Through this surgery, Saidi will eventually be able to use a prosthetic leg which will enable him to walk with ease and return to his daily life activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,088 to fund this procedure. Saidi shared, “Please help me as this foot has taken me through so much suffering and pain. I would like to be able to work and make a living for myself, but due to this infection I haven't been able to do that. Kindly help me.”
Rith is a mother of five with two sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. She and her husband are farmers but they do not go to the rice field anymore because of their age; they stay at home to look after their grandchildren. She lives with her son who is a farmer too. Three year ago, Rith developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and frequent tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rith learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On January 11th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. She told us, "I hope after surgery I will see well, help my son take care of our grandchildren, cook, and will be able to go to the pagoda near our home."
Resrida is a student from Tanzania. Her parents are farmers. Resrida has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Resrida traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Resrida's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk and work. Resrida says, “If am able to get treatment of my foot I will be able to work without any limitations because of my foot and be able to follow my dream of owning a business."