hill's Story

hill joined Watsi on April 20th, 2013. Three months ago, hill joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. hill's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Ly, a 48-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund a mastoidectomy.


hill has funded healthcare for 171 patients in 15 countries.

patients you have funded

Kyomuhangi is a 45-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to four children; three sons and one daughter. One of her sons is in the capital Kampala working, and the rest are still in school. Her eldest daughter is married and is a small scale farmer. Kyomuhangi herself dropped out of school at primary seven and never proceeded due to lack of school fees. Currently, she and her husband both earn a living from small scale farming. They grow food crops like beans, maize and groundnuts both for consumption and sale to earn for their family. Four years ago, Kyomuhangi started experiencing lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with chorionic pelvic uterine myoma undergoing degeneration. A myoma is a non-cancerous tumor, and Kyomuhangi needs to have it removed. As such, she will undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kyomuhangi's surgery. On February 2nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyomuhangi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain she has been experiencing. Kyomuhangi shared, “Over the past four years, I have been suffering, but am now glad that I was oriented to the support [Watsi] offers. I pray that you can help me undergo my surgery so that I can have good health once again and resume with farming so that I can support my family.”

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Naw Ree is a 49-year-old woman from Thailand. Naw Ree has lived by herself in a refugee camp in northern Thailand since 2009. As a camp resident, Naw Ree receives 243 baht (approx. $8 USD) each month from an organization that supports refugee camp residents. She also works as a maternal and child health worker, receiving 900 baht (approx. $30 USD) per month. Naw Ree raises chickens and grows vegetables. Despite receiving free health care services in the camp, Naw Ree is struggling to make ends meet. On December 16th, 2020, Naw Ree went to see a woman who had recently given birth, to remind her about vaccinating her baby on time. After sitting and talking to the woman in her home, Naw Ree stood up to leave but felt light headed and fell. She put out her left hand to stop her fall, and hurt her left arm. She went to the hospital in the camp, run by Malteser International [MI] Thailand, and received pain medication and her arm was put into a sling. The next day, she was referred to Mae Seriang General Hospital for further treatment. At the hospital she received x-rays and the doctor told her that she had fractured one of the bones in her left forearm. She was then referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment, but her transfer was delayed for over two weeks due to an outbreak in COVID-19 cases in northern Thailand. Since Naw Ree lives by herself, she has to cook, wash her clothes, and feed her chickens without anyone's help, a difficult feat with her broken arm. Currently, she is in pain but has no fever. She can only fall asleep if she takes pain medication. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Ree will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for January 6th and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Ree will no longer be in pain. She will be able to go back to work as a health worker and she will be able to complete her household chores without pain or discomfort. Naw Ree shared, "My greatest wish is that I recover and that I may be able to use my left arm again."

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