Ramona joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,775 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ramona's most recent donation traveled 3,900 miles to support Jane, self-employed woman from Kenya, to fund surgery on her injured leg.
Ramona has funded healthcare for 97 patients in 10 countries.
Jane, a self-employed woman, was unfortunate to fall in a latrine in July 2018, severely breaking her leg. Upon the accident, she was rushed to Nakuru Hospital, where she was admitted and had surgery in which a metal plate was inserted. She went for clinics in the same hospital after being discharged, but the leg was not improving at all. Her uncle came to her rescue in June 2019 and brought her to Kijabe Hospital. Jane was admitted, had the metals on her leg replaced with lighter ones, and was discharged. She has been coming for clinics to monitor her leg. An x-ray was done and it was decided that another surgery was needed. Due to lack of funds, Jane went home helpless. Being a divorced woman and self-employed (selling second-hand clothes), Jane is the breadwinner of her family of five children. With her mobility being hindered by her broken leg, she cannot do as much as she would have if she’d be on both feet. This surgery will definitely improve Jane’s and her children’s quality of life.
Meet David, a 23-year-old from Kenya. David relies on casual labour to make ends meet. He takes up jobs such as digging pit latrines, tilling, or any other work that comes along. His family background is poverty-stricken. David shared that his father is an alcoholic and has sold most of the family properties including even cooking utensils. His mother separated from his father. David and his 6 siblings did not manage to go to school as their parents could not manage to raise school fees. David currently struggles to pass urine. Six years ago, David was started developing problems and his condition worsened in 2017. He was reviewed at Maua Hospital and referred to Watsi Partner Kijabe Hospital. Through national health insurance funding, he had first stage urethroplasty in 2018 and doctors advised him to return for follow up and second stage surgery. However, due to financial difficulties, he could not manage to come back to the hospital. In 2020, he returned after fundraising for transport and hospital appointment charges. He now requires surgery but is not able to raise the funds required and is still has difficulties due to his condition. David had to be supported with bus fare to travel to Kijabe, 6-hour journey from his village, and he appeals for financial assistance. David says, “My hope is to be treated fully. I want to marry but I feel any lady would not want to settle down with me in my current condition.”
Ruth is the sole breadwinner to her three children after separating with the husband after becoming ill. Ruth has complained of abdominal pains for some time now. She has had numerous tests to diagnose the pains, been under different medications that only reduce pain from time to time. In 2018, she was hospitalized with complains of persistent abdominal pains. In November, she complained again and this time they sought care in Watsi's partner facility AIC Kijabe Hospital. CT scanning revealed a gall bladder mass necessitating urgent surgery. Without the surgery, Ruth will be in constant pain and chances of further complications from the mass might imminent. Ruth sells second-hand clothes to make ends meet. Ruth is not able to meet the cost of surgery. She appeals for help.
Tugumisirize is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with seven children, with the youngest still home and doesn’t know whether she will make it to continue with education due to lack of money in their family. Though she is married, Tugumisirize lacks social support from her husband as he went to a faraway place. Since 2015, Tugumisirize began to experience troubling symptoms, including loss of weight, neck pain and chest pain. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tugumisirize receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Tugumisirize says, “I hope to get a better quality of life after surgery so I can continue with farming, and if I work I will support the education of my child beyond the primary level.”
Mary is a bright eight-year-old girl in nursery school in Kenya. She was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, a condition where the spine doesn’t fully form and leaves an opening. She had surgery early and later a shunt insertion from hydrocephalus. Children born with spina bifida are prone to decubitus and wounds resulting from too much pressure, unfortunately Mary has not been an exception. She had been doing fine until she joined school this year. As a result of sitting on the same spot for long hours, Mary developed pressure ulcers in her gluteal region and this prompted the doctors to create a colostomy to aid in passing stool. It’s been close to four months now, and the created opening has healed up. A colostomy closure is now needed. If not closed, Mary is at risk of acquiring infections at the colostomy site and scarring due to occasional leakages. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Mary. The surgery is scheduled and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. “I hope she will not go through what she has been again. The pressure ulcers were quite painful,” says Mary’s mother.
Lucy is a small business operator from Kenya. She is a single lady and has two children who are in school. Lucy does small business of selling cereals to support her family. Four years ago, Lucy began to experience troubling symptoms, including sore throat and a bit of wheezing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lucy receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 02 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money. “This condition is making it difficult for me to serve my customers to get money for my family. I plead for help so that I can be treated and be able to earn for my children,” said Lucy.
Prince is a young boy from Kenya. He’s jovial and out playing with the new friends he’s has made during this hospital visit. Prince is excited to join school next year. Prince is the only child to his mother a single mother. His father abandoned them way before Prince was born but occasionally checks on them. His mother on the other hand is employed casually as a waitress in local hotel close to where they live. The family resides in Githurai 45 a suburb in Nairobi. Early this year, Prince has had a hernia. This hernia causes him pain and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on November 28th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Prince's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I have been so worried about the swelling and to know it is something that exists and can be treated is a relief,” says Prince’s mother.
Laban is a 16-year-old boy from Tanzania who enjoys studying history, math, and social studies. He is third born in a family of six and suffers from a congenital clubfoot on the right leg, making his movement difficult and painful. When he was born, his mother used herbs and warm water to correct the defect but ended up developing sores. When Laban was reviewed by our outreach program, he had manipulation and casting surgery recommended. However, the family is not able to raise the money needed as Laban's parents are peasant farmers with limited income. They struggle meeting daily needs and medical care for their children. Laban struggles to walk but remain hopeful that soon he will be able to walk with less pain and difficulties. Fortunately, Laban's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery and our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Laban's treatment. Laban's sister also suffers from clubfoot. Laban’s father says, “I have always felt hurt and that I failed my children every time I see them walking with difficulty due to their leg condition that I couldn’t afford the treatment. Please help.”
Samnang is a second grade student from Cambodia. He enjoys playing games with his two brothers and two sisters, and he hopes to become a teacher when he grows up. Three months ago, Samnang had an accident and hit his right knee on the floor He dislocated his knee cap, and is now unable to flex his leg and walk without difficulty. When Samnang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 20, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his right leg to help Samnang walk easily again without any pain. Now, Samnang needs help to fund this $413 procedure. "I hope that my son will recover from his surgery and that I will no longer have to worry about him or his condition." - Samnang's Mother
Philemon is a farmer from Kenya. Philemon is a 22 year old father of one and himself is the first born child of a family of four. Being the first born child in a less fortunate family, Philemon’s roles were defined so fast that he dropped out of school so that his younger siblings could get a chance to proceed with their studies. He opted to do farming with his dad so that they can improve their humble background. Philemon is hardworking and energetic man who is depended by the family for its daily needs. Philemon was well until 9th August when he fell from a tree and sustained injury to his left leg and was diagnosed with an open proximal tibia fracture. Philemon was brought to our hospital and was received by our doctors. He underwent his first surgery to clean and close his wounds. He was then admitted to wait for ORIF surgery. He is unable to stand with his left leg. He can only walk with the able of a walker or being wheeled on a wheel chair. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 15th, Philemon underwent a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to walk normally after treatment. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Philemon says, “I need to walk again, I don’t have a sustainable job to feed my parents and siblings. I also want to make sure that they finish school and get proper education."
Lucy, an elderly lady from central Kenya, has been diagnosed with a right eye cataract. Two years ago, she had a left eye cataract surgery funded by Watsi. Recently, she had the right eye cataract matured and after review, surgery was recommended. Lucy, a very lively lady used to work in Kijabe Hospital over 3 decades ago until she retired. Currently, she gets support from her children to meet her daily needs. Her children are, however, not in formal employment and so meeting health cost for her is hard for them. They have families to provide for as well. After the treatment, Lucy will be able to see with better clarity and reduced chances of further vision loss. Fortunately, Lucy is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove and replace the blurred lens. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $220 procedure. “I will appreciate financial help accorded towards my surgery,” says Lucy.
Nan is a 22-year-old woman from Burma. She works as a medic at a clinic near her village. In her free time, she enjoys reading health-related books to gain more knowledge on the work she does. In 2014, while she was attending the medic training at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), she had a fever which was followed by pain in her back and her right abdomen. Although she had ultrasound done at the clinic, the result showed normal. She was just treated for urinary tract infection, and she felt better after five days. In 2016, she again experienced pain in her abdomen but this time was on the left side. She went to a clinic in Taunggyi, Burma, where she again had an ultrasound imaging test. The result this time revealed a stone in her left ureter. The doctor told her to undergo surgery to remove the stone but because she could not afford the surgical cost 800,000 kyat (approx. 800 USD), she just asked for medication. Since then she had a few episode of severe abdominal pain, and she went to different hospitals in Burma to seek treatment but the doctors kept telling her that she needed surgery. One day in 2019, Nan ran into a friend who also had the same kind of health condition as hers. Her friend told her about the assistance she received at Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and advised her to ask for help there. Nan then went to MTC, a partner organisation of BCMF. After confirming Nan's diagnosis, MTC referred her to BCMF. Nan still is experiencing back pain at the moment. She worries that her pain will increase when she has to travel. She has pain at her back and at suprapubic area, especially when she sits for a longer period of time and/or when she drinks insufficiently. Although Nan wants to continue learning and attending more training on medical and health, her health problem has limited her ability to finish her trainings. Nan said, “After I recovery from this condition, I will save money so that I can open a small shop, for my parents, to sell dry foods."