Amanda joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Seven years ago, Amanda joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Amanda's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Augostino, a sweet and playful boy from Kenya, to fund surgery to heal his burns.
Amanda has funded healthcare for 99 patients in 13 countries.
Amanda has funded healthcare for 99 patients in 13 countries.
Augostino is a playful boy in kindergarten, who hails from Samor village in Western Kenya. One year ago, Augostino suffered severe burns to the left side of his face when he was trying to fetch food. As a result of his injury, Augostino developed scar contractures, which have tightened the skin around the burns. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Augostino receive treatment. On May 1st, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him heal. Now, his family needs help to fund this procedure, which will cost $1,478. Augostino's father says, “I want my child to have a good look just like other children. I always ask myself why this happened to him."
Darensky is a 10-year-old student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and grandparents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the third grade and likes building things and making crafts. Darensky has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus and tracheal ring. Two holes exists between two major blood vessels near his heart; blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs, leaving him weak and oxygen-deprived. The treatment that Darensky needs is not available in Haiti, so he will fly to United States to undergo surgery. Many years ago he had one hole closed so this is the second surgery he needs, and his family has been waiting for this moment for a long time. Fortunately, on March 10th, Darensky will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the remaining hole that leaks blood between his two main blood vessels at the same time. During the surgery, he will also have a muscular blockage removed from his trachea that affects his ability to breathe. Another organization, Akron Children's Hospital, is contributing $12,000 to help pay for surgery. Darensky'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 Darensky's family overseas. HIs mother told us: "I am very happy to know that after this surgery my son will finally be able to run and play normally!"
Langeda is a charming 23-month-old boy and the only child to his mother. Langeda’s parents work as livestock keepers who sell cattle to provide for their family. When he was five months old, Langeda was in bed while his mother was outside doing chores. He woke up and rolled off the bed, and his hand went into a bedside fire. He sustained severe burns and was treated at home using traditional medicine, however, he now has limited use of his hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Langeda receive treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons will perform a burn contracture release surgery so that he can use his hand freely. Now, he and his family need help raising $874 to fund his procedure and care. Langeda’s mother was grateful that support for her son was now possible and shared, "we have never sought treatment for our son due to lack of money."
Marimar is from Samar, an island approximately 530 km away from the capital city of Manila. She's been diagnosed with cholelithiasis, also known as gallstone disease. She saw several doctors in her province after experiencing shooting pains in her stomach whenever she walked. Eventually, her condition has gotten severe to the point that she had to stop working due to her worsening symptoms. Due to the lack of equipment and specialists in their province, she has needed to travel to Manila to get the surgery she needs to heal. If left untreated, her condition may lead to tissue damage, tears in the gallbladder, and infection that can spread to other parts of her body. Luckily, her brother who works in construction in Manila is able to host her to stay with him until she undergoes surgery and afterward as she heals. Her surgery is scheduled for February 1st and our medical partner World Surgical Foundation Philippines is raising $1,253 to fund her procedure and care. After recovering, Marimar will be able to work again to support her family in Samar. Looking forward to a better future, Marimar shared, "after the surgery, I hope to be able to live and work again without the excruciating pain."
Lesina is a married mother of two. Her firstborn was born in 1995 and has special needs that require a lot of support from Lesina. Lesina likes spending a lot of time with her and ensures her safety all the time. Her other child is 13 and is a 5th grade student. Lesina sells tomatoes at a nearby market while her husband is a driver. They own a three-bedroom iron sheet-roofed house for shelter. She also raises some local chickens with free-range farming, but shared that most of them were stolen. Currently, her family has no land where they can do farming and usually has to buy food from the market. Lesina was well until 2019 when she started having a lot of abdominal pains and other symptoms. She went to a clinic and was given medication which helped for while. But, her condition kept recurring. In 2020, she started feeling a hard mass on the left side of her abdomen and when she came to the hospital again the clinician ordered a cancer screening for her. During the procedure, the nurse felt a mass that is suggestive of uterine fibroids. She was referred to a gynecologist who after scanning and examination confirmed the diagnosis of uterine fibroids and ordered surgical intervention of a procedure called total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) which is the full removal of the uterus. Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman's uterus. Sometimes these growths become quite large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy bleeding. If left untreated, fibroids can continue to grow, both in size and number and the symptoms will become worse. The fibroids' pain may increase and the heavy bleeding may become worse leading to anemia which may be fatal. After the surgery, it is expected that Lesina will stop having abdominal pains and heavy bleedings and will lead a full, healthy life. She is scheduled for surgery on January 3rd and is appealing for financial support. Lesina says, “I have heard that some uterine fibroids can burst and cause serious problems, I don’t want that to happen to me. My handicapped firstborn needs me in sound health to continue caring for her. Kindly support my surgery.”
Visa is a 24-year-old soldier from Cambodia. She is also married to a soldier and they have a 3-year-old daughter. When she is not at work, she likes to watch movies on TV. Visa had an earlier ear infection that caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Visa experiences frequent pain and ear discharge. For the past 3 months, she has had ear discharge, pain, and occasional bleeding. It is difficult for her to hear at work; which she shared makes her feel embarrassed, frustrated and upset. Visa traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 24th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She told us, "I hope after surgery I will be able to hear clearly, the discharge will stop, and I will no longer have this pain."
Shedrack is a social 12-year-old boy. He's is cheerful and fun, and is the last born in a family of three children. Shedrack joined school earlier this year and he can now recite all the vowels. He is in a special needs school due to cerebral palsy. Shedrack's parents are small-scale farmers of maize and vegetables which they use mainly for their own food for their family. They also buy maize from fellow farmers and resell at a small profit at their local market. Through this, they are able to get money to support their family. Shedrack 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, Shedrack traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 26th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Shedrack's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk and be active more easily. Shedrack’s mother says: “My son is a determined boy who despite his cerebral palsy condition does not want to be left behind by his age mates. With his feet bending, walking has started being challenging for him and is affecting his daily life activities.”
Soy is a 66-year-old rice farmer. She and her husband have three sons, six daughters, and many grandchildren. They live with their oldest daughter who is also a farmer. Due to her age and poor vision, she no longer works in the rice field. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Soy developed a cataract in her right eye causing her sensitivity to light and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 15th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Soy shared, "after surgery I hope my eye can see clearly again. I want to go to the rice field to help my husband. And I want to plant vegetables around my house for sale to earn money to support my family."
Salha is four year old girl and the last born in a family of three children. Salha is a playful and friendly girl. Salha’s father does welding work for a living while her mother sells clothing. Her parents' income is not enough to care for their family and afford Salha’s treatment cost. They are asking for help. Salha was diagnosed with Left Valgus, where her left leg is bowed inward so that her knees 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 feels pain and cannot walk long distances. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Salha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 2nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Salha's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Salha’s mother says "My daughter walks with a gait and she complains of pain, please help her.”
Chon is a 55-year-old farmer with three sons and four grandchildren. She lives and works seasonally with her husband and her youngest son. When not working, Chon likes to travel to religious ceremonies, cook, and watch dramas on TV. Three years ago, Chon developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, sensitivity to light, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 20th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, Chon will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure. Chon cheerfully shares, "I hope that after my surgery I will see everything clearly, so that it is easier for me to work and take care of my family. I also want to be more independent."
Kelvin is a 12-year-old boy and the youngest of nine children in his family. Two of his older siblings have already finished high school and are now married. His mother is a small-scale farmer who sells maize and beans. His parents separated a long time ago and his father does not support their family. They rely on help from their local church. Kelvin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Kelvin will have an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, or fertility problems in the future. Kelvin is receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 8th and AMH is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Kelvin’s mother shared, “I am happy that one of my sons noticed this early enough, but at the same time I’m sad that I cannot afford to cater for his surgery. I am requesting any financial help that can help my son get treated.”
Mugyenzi is a 65-year-old married father of nine children. Two of his children are nurses, one is a teacher, and the others are all married and work as small scale farmers. He and his wife earn a living through small scale farming too. They have bananas, coffee, and raise two cows from which they get milk for home consumption. Mugyenzi came to the hospital with a left scrotal swelling that he has had for four years. It started as a small swelling with no pain, but it has gradually grown. Recently, he has experienced pain, and has difficulty sitting or lying down. Mugyenzi was introduced to a surgical support program at our medical partner's care center by a friend. After examination by the doctor, he was diagnosed with a bilateral hernia and an excision treatment was recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mugyenzi to receive treatment. On May 25th, he will undergo a cystectomy at AMH's care center and now AMH is requesting $220 to cover the cost of his surgery. Mugyenzi shared, “I hope of getting better and recovering to continue with farming to sustain my family.”