Michael joined Watsi on April 11th, 2013. Six years ago, Michael joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Michael's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Thuwaibatu, a playful and talkative three-year-old girl from Tanzania, to fund corrective surgery so she can walk again.
Michael has funded healthcare for 86 patients in 12 countries.
Michael has funded healthcare for 86 patients in 12 countries.
Thuwaibatu is a three-year-old girl and the second-born child in a family of three children. Thuwaibatu is a friendly, playful and talkative girl. Thuwaibatu was diagnosed with genu varus, where her legs bow outwards and her knees do not 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 has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Thuwaibatu. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 2nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Thuwaibatu's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Thuwaibatu’s mother says "Her legs worsen each day, you can see how she walks and how big the curve is. Please help my daughter, we cannot afford the treatment cost.”
Kebirungi is a 60-year-old farmer and a mother of six children. She and her husband farm the land they own together and from the surplus they sell, they are able to support their youngest daughter who is still in school. Kebirungi loves singing in church, but has unfortunately had to stop recently due to her condition. Two years ago, Kebirungi began experiencing troubling symptoms including shortness of breath, fatigue, difficulty swallowing, and swelling in her neck. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Kebirungi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 8th at AMH's care center and now, she needs help raising $252 to cover the cost of her procedure. Kebirungi shared, “I will really be humble to have my health restored with your support. I will live to give praise to God for what you will have done for me.”
Leap is married and has a family of four children and five grandchildren. She enjoys looking after her grandchildren and visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. On April 15th, 2021, Leap fell down while pulling a cow and has had left hip pain since then. She received Khmer traditional treatment but her hip pain did not improve. She then went to a clinic where an X-ray was taken, but none of the treatment offered was one that Leap could afford. In search of treatment, finally she visited our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) where they can repair her left femoral fracture. CSC is requesting $539 for an arthroplasty that will allow Leap to walk again. Leap shares, "I hope I can be free of pain and walk again after my surgery."
Tindibakira, who is in need of thyroid surgery, told us, “I pray for a successful surgery. Farming is major for our survival and I will resume it as soon as possible.” Tindibakira is a 68-year-old woman and a married mother of four children. She and her husband are small scale farmers and they own a four-room semi-permanent house. During her free time, Tindibakira enjoys being out in the fields farming. Over two years ago, Tindibakira began experiencing troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling and difficulty breathing. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. If not treated, she will be at risk of airway obstruction. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $293 to fund Tindibakira's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 6th at AMH's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland so she can finally feel healthy again.
D is a 38-year-old man who lives by himself and used to wash cars in a mechanic's shop until his accident. Unfortunately, he had to quit his job because of his condition and he has had no income since. On April 2nd, his friends asked him to pick mangos. After climbing up the tree, the branch he was holding onto suddenly broke and he fell onto a rock. He broke his right lower leg in the fall. Unable to stand up by himself, his two friends supported him and arranged for his transportation to a local hospital. At the hospital, he received an x-ray and the doctor wrapped his lower leg in a bandage. He scheduled a follow-up appointment for the following week and went home. However, D did not go back to the hospital because he had no money. Two weeks later, he visited a local clinic because he was still in pain. He was referred to our medical partner's care center where an x-ray showed that he had broken both of the bones in his right lower leg and he was told that he would need surgery. Currently, he cannot walk and experiences pain in his lower right leg when he moves. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, D will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 23rd and will cost $1,500. This surgery will help D walk again and he will be able to find work after he has made a full recovery. D shared, "I lost my job after my leg was injured. I no longer have an income or a place to live. I do not have anyone I can depend on and I feel like I have no more hope living with this condition."
Son is a 51-year-old rice and vegetable farmer with two sons and four daughters. Son lives with her husband who is also a farmer and their youngest daughter who is still a student. In her free time, Son enjoys playing with her grandchildren, teaching her daughter to cook, and tailoring clothes for her family. Seven years ago, Son had a severe ear infection that caused a perforated eardrum in her left ear. As a result, Son experiences chronic pain, ear discharge, hearing loss, and ringing in her ears and she cannot communicate clearly with others. Son traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 16th, she'll undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Son shared, "I hope my hearing will improve and I can be free of pain."
Samuel is a 53-year-old fisherman. He is a father of two children aged 18 and 16 years old. He separated from his wife 5 years ago, and has been taking care of the children since the separation. In December 2020, Samuel was pricked by a poisonous thorn on his foot, which left a wound running from his foot to ankle that has become severely infected. He is in pain and unable to walk comfortably. The wound threatens his mobility and could result in amputation if not urgently attended to. Initially, Samuel tried treating the wound with herbs, but there was no improvement. He visited a nearby mission facility for a checkup and dressing, where doctors treated and washed the wound, but it continued to worsen. On April 1st, Samuel was driven by a well-wisher to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital and upon review, doctors recommended an urgent debridement and skin grafting surgery. However, the cost of care is difficult for Samuel to afford. He had been depending on support from the local missionaries to pay for his previous medical bills and medication. Samuel appeals for financial support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Samuel receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to clean off the wound and prevent further infection. Now, Samuel needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Samuel shared, “This wound is worsening by the day. I currently limp but I might lose the leg if I don’t get some surgical intervention. My fishing venture cannot even pay for the surgery.”
Ann is a 2-year-old girl from Kenya. Ann's mother is a single parent of two children, and Ann's younger sibling is five months old. Her mother works as a casual laborer finding work to support their family. In October 2020, Ann sustained severe burns. She had been visiting her aunt in a different town to spend the holiday with her cousins. While playing in the kitchen, one of the kids accidentally pushed her, and she tripped into a cooking pot with boiling water, causing serious burns. Currently, Ann has an infection that is causing her pain and a fever. She is also not able to move her left elbow, left shoulder, and neck. Ann's family does not have medical coverage, and has been depending on aid from well-wishers to pay for Ann's hospital bills. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Ann receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help treat the infection and prevent sepsis. Now, Ann's family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Ann's mother shared: “I am sorry the wound is getting worse. I haven’t been able to go to the hospital due to a lack of funds. I am here and Ann is at your mercy.”
Touch is a 31-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has been married for 15 years and has one son and two daughters. Touch's daughters are in school, and his son is nine months old and not yet in school. His wife is a factory worker but does not make enough money to support their family's needs. Currently, he and his family live with his mother due to his inability to work. He describes his general health as very poor, especially since his accident. In 2019, Touch was hit by a car and his left tibia was fractured in the accident. His family took him to a government hospital, where they treated him with a skin flap, but the bone was not stabilized and remained unhealed. When Touch returned home, the wound appeared to heal, but he still couldn’t walk. His left knee is very painful, and the wound scars appear infected. Touch now has a knee flexion contracture and can only walk with support. He takes pain medication to ease his symptoms, but it is still too painful for him to walk. When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On February 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform knee fusion procedure to help him to walk without pain, secure his left knee, and restore pain-free range of motion in his left knee. Now, Touch needs help to fund this $518 procedure. Touch shared, "I hope that after surgery, my left leg will have no pain, and I can go back to work to support my family."
Saw Ki is a 10-year-old boy living with his parents, sister and a brother in Mae Ra Ma Luang Refugee Camp in Thailand. Saw Ki is in grade two and his siblings also attend school in the camp. At school, Saw Ki’s favorite subject is Koraen literature. In the future, he would like to become an agricultural day laborer and work hard like his father. On the morning of January 30, 2021, Saw Ki was playing with his friends when he slipped on some rocks and fell onto his left arm. Right away, his left arm became extremely painful and his left arm looked deformed. Saw Ki was brought to the refugee camp’s hospital run by Malteser International (MI) Thailand. After a medic completed a physical examination, the medic told him that they thought his left forearm was broken. Saw Ki was referred to Mae Sariang Hospital to receive an x-ray. There, the doctor confirmed that his left forearm was broken and referred him to Chiang Mai Hospital for surgery right away. Currently, Saw Ki cannot move his left hand and he is in a lot of pain. He has been receiving pain medication while waiting for surgery. This surgery is costly for Saw Ki and his family. Saw Ki's father used to work as an agricultural day laborer in nearby villages, but he can no longer work since the refugee camp went into lockdown following the outbreak of Covid-19. His mother is a homemaker. Although their household receives a cash card with 2,200 baht (approx. 74 USD) every month to purchase rations, this amount is not enough. Their family struggles to make ends meet without Saw Ki’s father’s income, and they appeal for financial support. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Ki will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Saw Ki will no longer be in pain and he will be able to return home, play with his friends and also continue his studies. Saw Ki shared, "I want to play a lot of games with both of my hands, like before. I am not scared of receiving surgery."
Collins is a young boy from the northeastern slopes of Mt Kenya in Meru County, Kenya. He is 5 years old and is the firstborn in a family of two children. His mother is a housewife, while his father is a mason. Collins was born with clubfoot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. Since birth, he has had serial casting treatment, but his condition has yet to improve. Both his mother and his sibling also have neglected clubfoot conditions. Collins has difficulty with walking and wearing shoes, and is unable to play with other kids. In January 2020, he was able to undergo a left posterior medial release (PMR) with Watsi support, and his foot has corrected well. As a result of the surgery, he is able to wear his left shoe and his walking has improved. However, his right foot is still deformed and requires surgery for him to be able to walk comfortably and confidently on both feet. Fortunately, Collins' family traveled back to our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on his right foot on January 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Collins's clubfoot repair. This surgery will be very impactful for Collins because he will be able to walk, play, and enjoy life like other children. His mother is grateful for the support for his first surgery, and again appeals for support for this procedure as their income level is not high enough to afford his needed care. Collins' mother shared, “I would like to thank CURE Hospital and AMH-Watsi who made possible my son’s first surgery. May the almighty God bless you. I continue to plead for support for the planned surgery on his right foot so that he can fully walk without any difficulty.”
Agnes is a housewife from Kenya and a mother of 2 children aged 2 and 10 years old. Agnes' husband is a stonemason who earns a daily wage, and his income is dependent on the availability of work. Because she does not work, their family depends solely on him for income and to pay medical bills, which is only enough to cover their basic needs. Agnes has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. She needs to undergo a mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Agnes. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 2nd. After treatment, Agnes will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Agnes shared, “My family is my greatest motivation, I need to get this surgery to be able to raise my young kids and take care of my husband."