Ramona joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Two months ago, Ramona became the 5868th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 97 more people have become monthly donors! Ramona's most recent donation traveled 3,700 miles to support Kato, a 4-year-old from Uganda, to fund a cyst removal.
Ramona has funded healthcare for 287 patients in 10 countries.
Kato is a young child from Uganda. He is a twin and last born in a family of four children. His mother operates a small roadside canteen where she sells items like sugar cane, potatoes, and avocados. His father is a police man and they stay all together in a single-roomed rental home. Kato was accompanied by his mother to hospital presenting with a swelling around the proximal intergluteal region for about eight months. He feels pain whenever sitting on the affected side, spends sleepless nights crying due to pain, and also presents with mild fevers. Kato traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 21st, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kato needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kato's mother says, “I hope that my child will be healed from his condition after his surgery is done.”
Veha is a 3-year-old boy from Cambodia and the only child in his family. His mother is a construction worker and his father is a tuk tuk driver. Veha enjoys reading cartoon books, playing games, and watching TV. One month ago, he developed a mass in his left nostril, and over time it has become increasingly painful and produces a foul odor. In addition to the bad smell, he experiences nasal obstruction. His family traveled three hours to bring him to the hospital for care. Veha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 20th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Veha needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. "I hope that doctor will perform the surgery successfully so my son's nose will not cause him pain anymore," Veha's father said.
Elimlim is the oldest in a family of three children. He and his siblings depend on their mother because their father passed away in 2019. They live together in a single traditional Masai house made of mud, sticks, and grass. He is currently a full-time student and his healthcare would normally be covered by his university, but due to COVID-19 he is no longer receiving those benefits. In 2017, Elilim was hit by a stray bullet during a school shooting. Since then, he has undergone a series of surgeries to repair his fractured leg. Now, Elimlim has to undergo another bone transport surgery in order for him to walk again. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are requesting $1,500 to help fund the cost of his surgery and care. We need your help to cover the cost of his treatment. This life-changing surgery will significantly improve Elimlim's quality of life. "I will be happy to get well so that my whole family does not have to take care of me anymore," shared Elimlim.
Malis is a ten-year-old student from Cambodia. She is the youngest of three children. She is in third grade and at school her favorite activity is writing stories. In her free time she likes reading fairy tale books and playing jump rope. A year ago, Malis developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Malis' family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 6th, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Malis shared, "I hope that my eye surgery can get better so I can read my books and go to school. I want to study more so I can have a good job one day."
Phayuok is a 10-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and younger sister. His parents are construction workers. Phayouk is in grade three of elementary school and wants to be a policeman when he grows up. For now, he enjoys reading books to his sister and playing soccer. Eight years ago, Phayouk suffered burns on both of his hands. Since then his fingers have been contracted, and he has always found it difficult to pick things up or use everyday tools such as a spoon or a pencil. When Phayuok's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to release the contracture of his fingers and help him use his hands well again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure. His mother said, "I hope after this surgery he can have a normal life using his hands, pick things up easily, and write well at school."
Sambo is a 4-year-old student from Cambodia. He has recently started elementary school. He lives with both of his parents and his older brother. His parents sell goods at the local market to earn a living for their family. Sambo shared that he likes to play ball with his friends and go for walks with his family. In July 2019, a snake bit Sambo on his right hand. His mother took him to a local hospital where they performed a fasciotomy and skin graft. However, the wound did not heal properly. The fingers on his hand have contracted and he can no longer easily move them. When Sambo's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to help him regain good use of his hand and fingers. Now, Sambo's family needs help to fund this $474 procedure. His mother said, "I am worried he will miss a lot of school because he cannot write with his hand that way. I hope this surgery can make his fingers work well again."
Kunthea is a 49 year-old woman who is married with one son and three daughters. She works in construction. Kunthea has been diabetic for many years. Last month she cut her foot on a sharp stone and ever since her blood sugar was so high that she could not control the bleeding. She experiences pain, swelling, and redness on her left foot. The wound has become infected and she cannot walk. A chopart amputation of her left foot will remove the infected area and allow her to walk again and not be in pain. Kunthea says, “I hope that I will get better and be able to walk after surgery. I want to be able to work and cook in my free time." “I hope that the doctor will help us with a treatment and I hope my wife will get better soon and not be in pain,” Kunthea’s husband said.
Nickson is a 3-year-old boy from Kenya. Nickson is the youngest in a family of four children. He lives with his parents and siblings in a one-room house in the Northern region of Kenya. His mother is a full-time mom while his father recently landed a job as a teacher. For some time, Nickson has had an incarcerated umbilical hernia. Prolonged incarceration can lead to tissue ischemia (strangulation) and shock when untreated. Fortunately, on April 16th he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Nickson's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “Please help us,” says Nickson’s mother.
Hannah is a housewife from Kenya. She lives with her family in a two-bedroom house. As a housewife she is fully dependent on her husband who used to work as a draughtsman before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that he is unable to find work they are relying on Watsi for help. Hannah began experiencing abdominal pain five months ago and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus to avoid the life-threatening spread of cancer to other parts of her body. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $832 to fund Hannah's surgery. On June 26, she will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Hannah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. "I am positive that I will be free from pain soon and be able to help my husband in providing for the family," shared Hannah.
Titus, a happy 7-year old boy, was born and raised in Kapsabaa Village in Kenya. He is in first grade. He was well until the 8th of April, when he was pushed by a friend when they were playing together and hit the hard ground, injuring his left hand. Accompanied by his mother, Titus had to travel for several hours to get from their home to Watsi's partner hospital to be seen by doctors. His family was referred from a government hospital because they were unable to treat him due to lack of financial means. Very quickly after arriving at our partner hospital, an X-ray was done and confirmed a left supracondylar fracture. Due to pain and discomfort, Titus was admitted and scheduled for surgery. Titus is the second born in a family of four children. His mother is a grocer while his father is a mason. They both work hard to better their young family despite the fact that his father does not have a stable job as he only can wait for construction, which is rare in the village. The family has not been saving any money because they earn a little, which is enough to feed their family and gather for a few basic needs for their children. The young family lives in a rental house in the village centre. The injury has caused Titus’s parents a lot of worry about their son’s future because the fracture has made it difficult for Titus to use his hand. The young family is requesting for financial support to help their son undergo surgery to fix his broken hand and reduce chances of complications of healing badly and persistent pain. Gladys, Titus's Mother, says: “We were lacking means but we were given hope of finding treatment for our son when we came here. I am looking forward to seeing him not in pain again.”
Blessed is a 7-year-old boy from Kenya. Blessed’s parents are both casual laborers and his mother stopped working so that she could take care of Blessed. His father is not able to raise enough as his work is not reliable. Blessed underwent an earlier colostomy procedure, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may need closure. In Blessed's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $681 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Blessed. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 12th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Blessed’s mother says, “I just can’t wait to see Blessed treated and playing like other kids.”
Kyarisiima is a farmer from Uganda. She is married mother with two children who are in school; one in nursery and the other in second grade. Kyarisiima's sustenance is met through practicing small scale farming and she mostly grows beans and millet for home consumption specifically. She at times works in other people’s farms to earn a living. Her husband is a construction worker. For eight years, Kyarisiima has had a scalp swelling. This has disfigured her scalp and causes her discomfort. Kyarisiima traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 14th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kyarisiima needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kyarisiima says, “I hope that when treated, I will be relived from this condition and will be able to go on with farming.”