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Bee's Story

Bee joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Bee's most recent donation traveled 3,700 miles to support Robert, a mechanic from Uganda, to fund a hernia repair surgery.

Impact

Bee has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Bee

At 14-months-old, Jaime “loves to play with his brother and sister," says our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "His sister loves to put him their little hammock and swing him back and forth." The youngest of four children, Jaime lives with his family in a village in Guatemala. After his mother noticed that he was not growing well, Jaime was brought to WK’s clinic. They diagnosed him with acute malnutrition, a condition that results from a nutrient deficiency over an extended period. Children with malnutrition face the possibility of stunted mental and physical development, setting limitations later in life. With treatment, "Jaime will avoid the long term effects of malnutrition and develop the ability to concentrate and eventually succeed in school," WK says. WK explains, “Jaime’s mom weaves blouses, while his dad is a day worker in the next village over.” With their income, they are unable to pay the expenses for Jaime’s treatment. With $535, Jaime will undergo a three-month micronutrient support program to treat his malnutrition. During this period, Jaime’s nutrient levels will be gradually restored through food supplements. Jaime’s mother will work with a nutritionist to receive an intensive course on healthy eating. WK states that this program, “will give [Jaime’s mother] the background to better provide healthy, nutrient-dense options for her children.” Jaime’s mother shares, “It is so good that you want to help my baby.”

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Meet Florence, a 46-year-old wife and mother of five children from Kenya. Florence lives with her husband and children in a rural Kenyan village. While Florence takes care of the children at home, “her husband and first born son work in a butchery,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). According to AMHF, over the past year and a half Florence has experienced “lower abdominal pain, discomfort and difficulty in passing urine.” Florence and her husband visited several hospitals hoping for successful treatment, but her condition was never properly diagnosed. After each hospital visit, Florence would be prescribed medicine only to have her symptoms reappear shortly thereafter. Eventually, “a CT scan revealed that Florence has adenomyosis” — a typically benign condition that is diagnosed mainly among middle-aged women. The condition occurs when the innermost part of the uterus, the endometrium, extends into the muscular wall of the uterus. Despite having moved into the muscular wall, the endometrial tissue continues to act as it did before being displaced, which usually results in an enlarged uterus and abdominal discomfort, as is the case with Florence. To treat her adenomyosis, $790 will cover all of the necessary costs for Florence to receive a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). This operation will remove her uterus and cervix, ensuring that the problem will not return in the future. The total cost of treatment also includes five days of hospital care and the necessary laboratory tests for a successful surgery. “We expect that a TAH for Florence shall alleviate her of the chronic pain she currently experiences," adds AMHF. Relieved by the prospect of receiving treatment, Florence shares, “This problem has made my life very difficult. I hope the operation will be successful so that I can continue serving my family.”

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