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Daniel Vivarelli

MONTHLY DONORFounder Starloop.com.

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Daniel's Story

Daniel joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Four years ago, Daniel joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Daniel's most recent donation traveled 8,400 miles to support Vumilia, a 2-year-old girl from Tanzania, to fund knee surgery so she can learn to walk well.

Impact

Daniel has funded healthcare for 76 patients in 14 countries.

All patients funded by Daniel

Eunice

Eunice is a 41-year-old shopkeeper from Uganda. She is a mother of three children, two in primary school and one who has yet to enter school. Two years ago, Eunice began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath and neck swelling. The swelling causes her breathing problems and fatigue, especially when she does strenuous activities such as carrying things on her head. Eunice had been to different hospitals before and treated with pain medication, but her condition did not improve. She eventually came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nyakibale Hospital and had a scan. The doctor has diagnosed her with a goitre, an abnormal swelling of the thyroid glands. Now, Eunice needs a thyroidectomy surgery to correct the condition and reduce instances of further complications. However, this procedure is costly for Eunice and her family. She operates a small retail shop in one room of her two-roomed house, and shares the other room with her children. Her husband is a taxi conductor. They have limited income to meet daily needs and cannot afford the cost of surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Eunice receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 20th 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 are appealing for financial help to fund the cost of surgery. Eunice shared, “I have hopes that once my surgery goes well as planned, I will be able to regain my health and continue with my business.”

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Johnelson

Johnelson is a young boy from Kenya. His mother brought him and his sister to Nandi County, Kenya, to live with his grandmother while she looked for work. In August 2020, while at home playing with other children in the kitchen area, Johnelson accidentally fell in the three stone firewood cooking stove where his grandmother had just removed boiling water and left the fire to cool. Having fallen with the back of his head first in the fire, Johnelson was unable to pull himself out. Hearing Johnelson's playmates' cries, his grandmother rushed back from helping a local medical practitioner who was attending Johnelson’s sick grandfather. Johnelson suffered severe scalp burns. Though she was advised to take him to the hospital, his grandmother was not able to raise the funds required to take him to the hospital for care. One month later, after talking to friends and some relatives, she took him to a nearby facility. She had not yet informed Johnelson's mother, fearing she would be angry. Upon arrival, Johnelson was admitted for a few days for washing and dressing to reduce the risk of infection as the wounds were in a bad state. A few weeks later, during the burial of his grandfather, Johnelson’s mother and other relatives learnt about his worsened condition. His mother brought him to Watsi's Medical Partner's Care Center Kijabe Hospital, where the doctor examined him and recommended a debridement and skin grafting surgery to be performed on the back of his head. Without treatment, he will remain in constant pain and his wounds may become infected. Johnelson's surgery is a large financial burden for his family and they are unable to personally raise the amount needed to fund the procedure. His mother mostly does laundry for people. When she can’t find work, she does any other work she comes across to support her mother and her two children. Johnelson’s grandmother is a farmer and relies on the produce she gets from the farm and from Johnelson’s mother. They are appealing for financial help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Johnelson receive treatment. On October 19th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure on his scalp. This will help limit the risk of wound infection. Now, Johnelson needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Johnelson’s mother says, “Having to take care of my son in this condition, it really pains me to know that I cannot do anything for him to get the required treatment. Any financial help will be very much appreciated.”

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Megan

Megan is a 3-month old baby girl from Tanzania, and the only child to her single mother. Megan was born with clubfoot and spina bifida, which contributed to her acquiring hydrocephalus. Megan’s father left their family when her mother was five months pregnant and they lost any contact with him. Megan's grandmother, who was also a single mom after her husband passed away at a young age, depends on selling second-hand clothes. Her income is very limited to be able to provide for her children and be able to afford school fees. Due to this, Megan's mother was not able to continue with her studies due to financial challenges and joined her mother in selling second hand clothes. Megan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Megan has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Megan will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Megan that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 21st and will drain the excess fluid from Megan's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Megan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Megan’s mother says, “I have no one to run to for help and support, all my relatives have told me they can no longer support us in any way and yet my daughter is suffering. Please help save my daughter.”

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