Amit joined Watsi on January 25th, 2017. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Amit's most recent donation traveled 8,400 miles to support Saumu, a 3-year-old from Tanzania, to fund leg surgery so she can walk and play as she grows up.
Amit has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 9 countries.
Amit has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 9 countries.
Saumu is a three-year-old girl from Tanzania. Saumu is the second born child in a family of three children. She has a twin brother by the name of Ramadhani. They love playing together though Saumu's mother shared that Saumu has a hard time keeping up with her brother due to her health condition. Both of Saumu's parents are small-scale farmers who get their daily food from what they harvest. Her father also seeks day jobs which helps to get a little additional money to support his family. Saumu has been diagnosed with Genu Varus, where her legs are bowed outward so that her 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, she cannot walk well. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Saumu. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Saumu's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Saumus’s mother says, “Please help my daughter she is struggling to walk.”
Tea Cheng is a 16-year-old student in grade 11. He has two siblings, an older brother, and a younger sister. He lives with his father who is a fisherman. Tea Cheng's mother passed away when he was only 3-years-old. He likes to play football with his friends when they are not in school. Tea Cheng has ptosis in his right eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He feels uncomfortable going to school because his eye looks funny. His friends tease him because of his condition. Tea Cheng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 25th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision and restore his self esteem. Now, Tea Cheng's family needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure. His father said, "I want to see his eyelid look like other boys and to see well, so Tea Cheng can go to school."
Lai Sim is a 69-year-old grandmother with one daughter, three sons, and seven grandchildren. Lai Sim sells vegetables at the market and lives with her eldest daughter who works in a garment factory. Her husband passed away 15 years ago. Lai Sim likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Lai Sim developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lai Sim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 24th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and will implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Lai Sim said, "After surgery I hope my eye can see clearly as a young person again. I want to take care of my grandchildren more."
Kenema is a hard working farmer and a mother of five children who are all in primary and secondary school. She practices small scale farming together with her husband to provide for their family. Kenema laments the difficult struggles they face to raise enough for the school fees for their children and meet their other basic needs. Given this, she has put off being able to take care of her own health. About four years ago, Kenema began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling, general body malaise and obstructed breathing. She had tried managing the condition with drugs given in different hospitals. However, the condition still remains. She came to Nyakibale Hospital hopeful to finally feel better. Doctors have diagnosed her with an obstructed goitre. She needs surgery but is afraid of its cost and appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Kenema receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 26th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Kenema says “I cannot afford private hospitals for treatment yet I need the condition to be treated. Please help me."
Noemi is a cheerful three-year-old girl from Venezuela. Her family moved to Colombia two years ago, and she will start school soon. Noemi loves playing with dolls and painting. Noemi has clubfoot of both feet, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Noemi's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 28th. Now, Clínica Noel, is requesting $1,500 to fund Noemi's bilateral clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk more easily and wear shoes. Her mother shared, "it breaks my heart when she tells me she wants to walk and I see that she is not able to... she is starting school soon and I would love to see her walk and play with her new friends."
Vincent is a six-year-old boy and the oldest of three children. Vincent and his siblings live with their grandmother in Southern Kenya. Vincent has bilateral equinus deformity, which means he has difficulty walking and often tiptoes as he walks, or even crawls. He has visited clinics in the past and undergone casting, but there has been no significant improvement. To correct his condition, Vincent is scheduled to undergo Achilles Tendon Lengthening (ATL) surgery on April 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,224 to fund Vincent's life-changing procedure. Vincent's grandmother shared, "I would love to see my grandson walk on his own. Any help will be highly appreciated.”
Ponleu is the youngest in a his family with three siblings. His parents are both farmers. Ponleu's mother brought him to the hospital to help treat his swollen nose and nasal obstruction. Ponleu is having difficulty breathing for the past two weeks. They've tried treatments at home, but he did not get better. His family is requesting $241 to support Ponleu's surgery at Watsi's Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre. After surgery, Ponleu will be able to breathe easily again. His parents are hopeful that he will be all better soon.
Nasiti is a young girl from Tanzania. She is a four-year-old girl and the firstborn child of two children. Nasiti was unfortunately involved in a fire accident when she was two years old, due to the spillage of hot water from a cooking pot over the fire. She was rushed to the hospital and admitted for a month, and then advised to continue home care and visit a dispensary for local treatment. Nasiti sustained severe burns, and is not able to fully stretch her right hand. She also has contractures on her right axillar and elbow that severely limit her arm movement. This makes it hard for her to use both of her hands in daily life activities. Her parents are small-scale farmers with a few cattle, and they depend solely on what they harvest for their living. Due to financial challenges, they could not continue her inpatient treatment nor seek additional treatment for her contractures. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Nasiti receive treatment. On October 14th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help release bother her axilla and elbow to give her more range of motion. She will also be able to utilize her hand with ease. Now, Nasiti needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Nasiti’s mother says, “My daughter is unable to use her right hand in her day-to-day activities. Please help her as the cost is too high for us to afford.”
Leak is a 17-year-old student from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings. Her father is a motorcycle taxi driver and her mother is a cleaner. She is in grade eleven at school and enjoys studying math. She wants to be a teacher in the future. Leak has had dysplastic nevi syndrome since birth. This means that she has many small moles all over her skin. Some grow larger than others. One appeared on her left waist and leg area. This mass has grown large and makes it difficult for her to sit or lie down comfortably. Leak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 9th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Leak needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Leak shared, "I hope that the mass will be gone forever and that my leg will feel good and look good."
Sophaiyath is a 9-year-old girl who lives with her family in Kratie Province. She has one brother who is only one-year-old. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up, so she studies very hard at school. She loves to eat mangoes, play jump rope, and take care of her little brother. One year ago, Sophaiyath's father began to see that she was walking abnormally. They brought her to a local hospital and found that she had developed Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP) disease. This disease is a rare childhood disease in which blood flow to part of the hip socket is cutoff, and the bone begins to die. Now Sophaiyath experiences pain and stiffness, and cannot walk normally. She has missed school due to the condition, and her parents are worried that she will have permanent mobility issues. Luckily, the doctors at CSC can perform an osteotomy to repair Sophaiyath's hip. Once she recovers, she will no longer experience pain and will regain her mobility. She will also have increased confidence in her physical abilities. Sophaiyath's mother shared, "I want to see my daughter run and enjoy playing with the other children, so I hope this surgery is successful and finally fixes her hip."
Mary is a peasant farmer from Kenya. Three years ago, she felt a painless lump on her left breast which was dismissed as a fatty lump at a local clinic. In 2018, the lump became painful and she sought medical care. She was still advised to wait. However, in 2019, she sought treatment from a different hospital. She had a biopsy done and cancer was suspected. She came to our facility where an x-ray was done and surgery recommended. Mary and her husband tend to their small farm to eke out a living. The mother of 4 children does not have any medical insurance and was not able to raise the funds required in the previous facility. Her children are not in any employment making it hard to consolidate funds needed. Mary has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Mary. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 3rd. After treatment, Mary will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Mary says, “My hope is to have the cancer treated so that I continue providing for my family.”
Kemirembe lost both her parents and was raised by her stepmother. She has two siblings, both are married and earn a living through small-scale farming. Kemirembe and her husband are also small-scale farmers who mostly grow sugarcane and tomatoes. Kemirembe has two children and is expecting her third. She delivered her previous two via cesarean and now needs to deliver her third via cesarean as well. This will help avoid complications like uterine rupture, fetal distress or possibly maternal death. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Kemirembe will undergo surgery on July 7th. She needs your help to fund this $252 surgery. Kemirembe shared, “I hope to deliver a healthy baby and to regain my health once again after surgery so I can continue farming.”