Benjamin joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Six years ago, Benjamin joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Benjamin's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Mary, a farmer from Kenya, to fund life-changing thyroid surgery.
Benjamin has funded healthcare for 348 patients in 14 countries.
Benjamin has funded healthcare for 348 patients in 14 countries.
Mary is a quiet and hardworking farmer. Mary and her husband plant maize on their one-acre farm and have four children aged between 33 and 24 years old. Their family is having a hard time financially due to the high bills needed to cater for their grandmother's hospital bills and she undergoes chemotherapy for breast cancer. Her children do not have sustainable jobs and are unable to pay for the treatment that Mary now needs. One evening, while Mary was listening to the radio , she heard about a medical camp that was organized by our medical partner's Kapsowar Mission Hospital in their area. She decided to seek medical advice from the doctors. After being seen, the doctors diagnosed her with a multinodular goiter that needed to be removed surgically. Before Mary sought medical care, she resorted to herbal medicine as she could not afford to go to a hospital. Years later, her condition did not improve and her general well-being has not been getting any better. She's become weak and cannot perform her daily duties of farming and house chores. Mary is unable to raise money for her surgery and is seeking financial assistance to get the surgery and lead a normal and painless life. Mary has had a long journey with her condition. In 2008, Mary began to experience troubling symptoms, including a mass on the neck, rapid heartbeat, increased sensitivity to heat and sweating. She visited the nearest healthcare facility where there were no diagnoses made. They advised her to go to a better facility for further investigations. But still many years later she hasn't been able to undergo the treatment she needs to heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mary receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 17th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Mary says, “I want this mass to be removed for two reasons; so that I can continue with my daily chores and also, for my community to learn from my experience that herbalists cannot cure and should seek medical care at a hospital.”
Eunice is a mother of two children: one in kindergarten while the other one is yet to join school. She managed to complete college but never proceeded further due to a lack of school fees. Eunice now earns a living through farming and helping neighbors, while her husband is a builder. The family stays in a single-roomed rental house in a trading center near our medical partner's care center Nyakibale Hospital. Eunice is carrying her third pregnancy and has received antenatal care at Nyakibale Hospital. The doctor advised her to deliver by cesarean section as she has a breech presentation. A vaginal delivery would put her life or that of the twins she is carrying in danger. Her income is not enough to help fund the delivery and is therefore appealing for financial assistance. Eunice says, "Our family is not in a financial position to fund the surgery. Please help us."
Nita is a 31-year-old seller of Khmer beverages. She has a 6-year-old daughter. Her husband works for a company in the capital city of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. When not caring for her family, she likes to exercise, read books, and listen to music. A year ago, a mass started growing on Nita's right mandible, which she originally thought was a wisdom tooth. She visited a local hospital for a biopsy, and she was diagnosed with a low-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma. She experiences pain and discomfort. She is scared she will be permanently disfigured or might die. When Nita learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a mandibulectomy and extensive facial reconstruction to to rid her body of the tumour and avoid permanent disfigurement. Now, she needs help to fund this $657 procedure. She is hopeful that the tumor will be removed and she will quickly heal.
Ny is a 63-year-old grandmother. She's married and has two daughters, three sons, and ten grandchildren. Her husband is a retired policeman. She is a full-time homemaker and likes to cook her family delicious Khmer meals and play with her grandchildren. Her favorite pastime is reading the news on her phone. Four years ago, Ny developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her difficulty focusing, tearing, and photophobia. She is afraid to walk outside, because she has an unsteady gait, and does not want to fall. When Ny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 14th, 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. "I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I will be able to read on my phone, recognize my family's faces, cook, and do housework again to help my family."
Phalla is a 54-year-old who is married and has three sons. All her boys are in public school. She lives with her family and her husband, who is a construction worker. When she is not busy cooking, she likes to watch movies on TV. Four years ago, Phalla developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her light sensitivity and blurry vision. It is becoming hard for her to use the stove to cook because she cannot see well. When Phalla learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled far for six and a half hours over many dirt roads seeking treatment. On December 15th, doctors will perform a 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. "I hope after surgery I will have good eyesight," says Phalla, "I can then take care of my children, take my children to school, and can do more housework to help out."
Elisante is a three-week old baby and the second born in a family of two children. Elisante’s father is a dressmaker and his mother takes care of their home and family. They do not earn enough to be able to afford Elisante’s needed treatment and need support. Elisante has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Elisante's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 3rd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Elisante's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he'll will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. Elisante’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he may be able to walk. I fear that when people will see his leg they might talk badly of my son.”
Tea Cheng is a 16-year-old student in grade 11. He has two siblings, an older brother, and a younger sister. He lives with his father who is a fisherman. Tea Cheng's mother passed away when he was only 3-years-old. He likes to play football with his friends when they are not in school. Tea Cheng has ptosis in his right eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He feels uncomfortable going to school because his eye looks funny. His friends tease him because of his condition. Tea Cheng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 25th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision and restore his self esteem. Now, Tea Cheng's family needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure. His father said, "I want to see his eyelid look like other boys and to see well, so Tea Cheng can go to school."
Taw is a 16-year-old boy who lives with his family in a village in Tak Province, Thailand. Everyone in his family works as a farmer and he's a student in the eighth grade. In September 2021, there was an outbreak of COVID-19 cases around his area and his school was closed. Since then, he helps out his family on the farm. Occasionally, he also helps out in their village to earn pocket money. On November 21st, Taw was riding a motorbike on a small dirt road to his family's fields. He was driving quickly, when suddenly another motorbike appeared driving straight towards him. He tried to move to the side of the road to let the other driver pass, but his motorbike slipped and his left ankle hit a stone beside the road, breaking his ankle in the process. At first he was in a lot of pain, but now the pain has lessened thanks to medication he is taking. However, the area around his left ankle hurts if he tries to move his left foot. Currently, Taw cannot put pressure on his left ankle and has to use crutches to do anything. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Taw will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 26th and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Taw will be able to walk again and he will no longer be in pain. Taw said, "I want to get better. My teacher told me that my school will reopen soon. Thank you so much to the donors and the organization who are willing to help me. Without your help, my family could never come up with enough money to pay for my treatment."
Allen is a 33-year-old mother of two children. Allen sells vegetables for a living, while her husband operates a motorcycle taxi. Their family lives in a single rental room. For two years, Allen has had an umbilical hernia. The hernia causes swelling near her abdomen, that gets especially painful when she strains. She has visited hospitals in the capital city, but could not afford the surgery costs. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Allen to receive treatment. On September 15th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, she needs help raising $230 to fund her procedure and care. Allen shared, "I will really be blessed to benefit from the support and will live to testify the goodness of God after am supported to undergo my surgery."
Daphine is a 37-year-old businesswoman and a married mother of three children. She is a family-oriented woman who finds joy in caring for her family and spending time with her children. She runs a small-scale retail shop, while her husband works in construction to earn a living. Their family lives in a single-room rental home. Two years ago, Daphine began to experience troubling symptoms, including excessive salivation, difficulty breathing, coughing, drowsiness and fatigue. She was diagnosed with a nodular goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Daphine receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 4th at AMH's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Daphine shared, "I had lost hope of getting treatment until I heard about your support. I wish to continue with my business and continue supporting my family."
Phionah is a 33-year-old married mother of one who is expecting a new baby. She studied nursing, but unfortunately has not yet found a job in her field. Instead, she has a small pharmacy that helps to support her family. Her husband worked as a primary school teacher, but lost his job due to the pandemic. He is considering working as a farmer to help support the family. During one of Phionah's pregnancy care visits, she was told that her baby is in a breech position, or feet first. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Phionah deliver her baby safely. It was recommended that she deliver via Caesarean section to ensure a healthy and safe delivery for her and her baby. On November 4th, she will deliver her baby via C-Section at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $252 to fund her delivery and care. Phionah shared, ''I am not financially stable to afford the surgery. The little income I make is only enough to sustain my family. Your support will be very much appreciated.''
Tindimwebwa is a 55-year-old farmer and a married mother of seven children. All of her children are married and she lives with her husband and two grandchildren. She farms cereals such as sorghum, millet, beans and maize. To earn extra income, she sells a traditionally made porridge called Bushera. For three years, Tindimwebwa has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and bleeding. She is not able to do any strenuous work due to her condition. She has been diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion and surgery was recommended. The surgery will reduce the chances that the lesion will become malignant. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Tindimwebwa to receive treatment. On July 6th, she will have a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Tindimwebwa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Now, AMH is requesting $219 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Tindimwebwa shared, “I wish my health gets better after surgery so that I can resume farming to sustain and keep my family happy as it has always been.”