Toshiro joined Watsi on June 17th, 2015. 18 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Toshiro's most recent donation supported Kabagonza, a man from Uganda, to fund a mass removal procedure.
Toshiro has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 12 countries.
Toshiro has funded healthcare for 40 patients in 12 countries.
Kabagonza is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of nine children. Since 2016, Kabagonza has had a swelling on his right buttock that is growing in size gradually. This causes him pain and discomfort. Kabagonza traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 11, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kabagonza needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. He says, "I will resume with farming after the treatment."
Vanna is a factory worker from Cambodia. She has three brothers. She is married and has one son and one daughter. She likes to tend to her vegetable garden. Vanna has strabismus in her right eye. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. She has blurred vision and photophobia. Vanna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 1, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Vanna needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope my surgery is successful and I can return to work soon."
John is a student from Kenya. He is the third born in a family of four. John loves playing football. His father is a mechanic at the local shopping center, while his mother is a housewife. John recently got into a motorcycle accident, which left him with a fracture of the left tibia. It is difficult for him to walk without support, and he is in chronic pain Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 12, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily, and he will be able to play football again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure.
Sok is a girl from Cambodia. She has two sisters and two brothers. She enjoys reading and eating fruit. After school, she likes to play with her neighbors outside and sing. Sok was born with scoliosis, which is progressing with age, making it difficult to sit in school for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. She needs to undergo a rod expansion to improve her posture and get rid of her back pain. Surgery is scheduled for June 12 at our medical partner's care center. Now, her family needs help raising $1,500. She says, "I hope my back doesn't hurt so much after surgery and I can return to school."
Costine is a young student from Kenya. His mother is a housewife, and his father is a farmer. In May, Costine was herding their cattle when he slid and sustained a severe hip fracture. He was rushed to the nearest hospital for first aid and later referred to our medical partner's hospital. He cannot lift or touch anything with his right hand and has not been attending school. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 17, Costine will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Costine will be able to use his hand and help out his parents at home and he will be able to go back to school. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. Costine says, “I miss my friends at school, I want to get treated so that I can rejoin my friends at school."
Ngwe is a 61-year-old from Burma. She lives with her husband, grandson, and niece. Both Ngwe and her husband used to be farmers, but now her son supports the family. He is a farmer as well, but he does not live in the same village. Last month, Ngwe began to experience pain and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ngwe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ngwe is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 17. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Ngwe will be feel more comfortable and she will no longer experience pain and bleeding anymore. “I want to pray more at the Buddhist temple and give more offerings. I also want to be able to cook again, clean, and take care of my home. I do not want to go back to work; I feel that my body is too old to put up with physical work from now on," says Ngwe.
Blee is 45 years old and lives with her husband, three sons, and one daughter in Karen State, Burma. The whole family, except the youngest daughter, works on their farm, planting rice and raising chickens, pigs, and goats. About a year ago, Blee visited the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a goiter. She was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for a assistance in receiving treatment. Since she learned she has a goiter, Blee has been very worried that her family might have to spend a lot of time caring for her instead of working. Fortunately, she is now scheduled for thyroid surgery on March 19. Her family needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure. She says, "I enjoy collecting vegetables in the forest and beside plantations. I hope to get healthy soon again in order to help on my family’s farm again."
Paul is a farmer from Kenya. He is married and a father of seven. Paul plants cassava and millet for both commercial purpose and family use. Earlier this month, Paul sustained several injuries. Now, he is not able to walk and is in a lot of pain. He has been diagnosed with a bilateral tibia fracture. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 12, Paul will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure.
Chan Thou is a grandmother from Cambodia. She has two sons and two grandchildren. She works at a money exchange stall in the market. She has been experiencing pain on her right hip for more than 12 years. The pain is so severe that she cannot walk on her own or sleep at night. Fortunately, Chan Thou learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Chan Thou of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 11, and Chan Thou needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I hope I can take care of my family and walk again."
Stephanie is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and younger brothers and sisters in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She is in the tenth grade and hopes to become a doctor when she grows up. Stephanie has a cardiac condition called severe mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart was severely damaged from a rheumatic fever she suffered in childhood. It can no longer pump blood adequately through her body, leaving her in heart failure. Stephanie will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On December 15, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair the damaged valve, or replace it with an implanted artificial valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $24,000 to pay for surgery. Stephanie's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Stephanie's family overseas. She says, "I am happy to have this surgery so that I can walk to and from school without getting tired."
Evance is a five-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. He loves playing and making new friends. He is the youngest in a family of eight children. Evance’s parents are both farmers who own a small piece of land. The family lives in Tanzania. Evance has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Evance traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Evance's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Evance will be able to walk, play, and attend school without pain. Evance’s mother says, “I am grateful that my son will be able to walk and attend school. Thank you all so much for giving him a chance at a normal life.”
Meet Savannah, a 12-day-old infant from Kenya. Savannah was diagnosed at birth with spina bifida, a condition in which the formation of the spine is incomplete. This condition can lead to paralysis and infection and needs to be treated immediately. Savannah was referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, where surgery was recommended. Savannah is the first born child and her parents are very worried about her health. They are unable to pay the full cost of the procedure. The surgery is scheduled for July 20 and will cost $1,097. With this procedure, the risk of continued health problems will be minimized, and Savannah will grow to be a healthy baby. “I cried in despair when I learned that this condition had adverse effects. Being told that there were solutions made everything seem light. I really want this for my daughter,” says Savannah’s mother.