Tumwine is a 52-year-old teacher and a mother of four children. She is married and her husband is also a primary school teacher. They are proud of the children they are raising. Their oldest child is 25 and got married after completing a nursing degree. Their second child is studying for a certificate in teaching, their third has completed secondary school class four, and their youngest is in secondary school class three. They own a four-room semi-permanent house. Tumwine developed a small swelling on her neck 20 years ago and it has progressively increased in size. While it used to be painless, she now experiences pain and worries about what may happen if she isn't treated. She could experience difficulty eating or breathing in the future. After she was examined, she was diagnosed with a thyroglossal mass. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Tumwine to receive treatment. On July 6th, surgeons will remove the mass and now, Tumwine needs help raising $145 to fund this procedure. Tumwine shared, “I pray that I may be given a chance to look normal again and to be able to do my duties comfortably. The swelling affects me and am not comfortable in class. I will resume teaching as soon as possible.”
Phalla is a 29-year-old construction worker, who is married and has two daughters. His nine-year-old daughter is in 3rd grade and his six-year-old daughter just started school. Phalla's wife works as a farmer. On April 29th, 2021, Phalla was in a motorcycle accident that injured and dislocated his right elbow. He is in pain and unable to move or use his right arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help him. On June 2nd, Phalla will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will restore mobility to his arm so that he can use it normally again. Phalla shared, "I'm hoping I can use my arm better so I can return to work as soon as possible."
Puthiya is a two-year-old girl. She has one brother and one sister, who she enjoys playing with. Puthiya also like to paint and play games on her parent's phone. She has not yet started school but shares that she wants to be a teacher one day. Puthiya says her favorite food is soup, fried chicken, and milk. In April of 2021, Puthiya was playing in front of her house when a passing traffic accident knocked her down and caused her foot to be fractured. After the accident, she received skin grafts and other medical treatments at a hospital. However, the wound is degloving now, meaning the top layers of the skin tissue are separating from the underlying tissue. This causes pain and difficulty walking for young Puthiya. When Puthiya and her family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure for Puthiya. Now, CSC is requesting $474 to fund this treatment. Puthiya's parents shared their worries, "I hope she can get well and walk again without pain."
Chhorn is a 45-year-old food seller. He's married and has two sons and one daughter. Chhorn and his wife rent a small stall at the market where they sell food. Chhorn loves being a dad and on the weekends he enjoys talking his children to the river and teaching them how to cook. Many years ago when he was only five, Chhorn had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Chhorn experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. He is in pain and cannot communicate clearly with others. Chhorn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 15th, he will finally undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Chhorn said, "I hope that my hearing will improve and the ear discharge will finally stop."
Deng is a 18-year-old student who lives with his mother and his three siblings. His mother works at a local restaurant and in town as a cleaner. His older brother is a construction worker, and Deng plans to start working along side him soon to help support his family. In his free time, he likes to play soccer with his friends. In May, Deng was in a motor vehicle accident, where he injured his right ankle. His wound was dressed at a clinic, but now has become infected. Deng experiences constant pain and it is difficult for him to walk. When Deng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled across the country for six hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help him walk easily again. Now, Deng needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Deng shared, "I hope that I can heal quickly and begin work with my brother, so I can make more money for my family."
Than is a 44-year-old man who lives with his wife and three children in Mon State, Burma. He works hard as a day laborer and his wife sells vegetables around their neighborhood to support their family. His oldest child goes to school, while his other two children are still too young. In the future, Than hopes he can open a small shop. In mid-April 2021, Than was cutting wood with an ax to make charcoal for cooking. While cutting wood, his ax accidentally hit his left foot. He went to the nearest clinic, where the nurse stitched up his wound. After this, his wound was not painful. However, two weeks later, his left foot started to have pain and when he checked his foot, he saw pus around the area he had received stitches. Currently, the area around the injury on Than's left foot has turned black. He experiences severe pain, especially at night when the pain prevents him from sleeping. At the hospital, the doctors found that he had low blood supply, an ulcer, and cellulitis in the injured foot. In order to heal, Than must undergo wound debridement, a procedure which will clean the wound and remove the most damaged tissue to create opportunities for new skin to grow. His procedure is scheduled for May 11th, 2021 and his family needs $694 to fund his treatment. Than said, "I want the doctor to perform surgery on my foot as quickly as possible because I cannot handle the pain anymore."
Sen is a 60-year-old carpenter with two daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren. Sen lives with his wife and their youngest daughter, who works in a garment factory. When he has a free moment, he likes to listen to news on the radio. Four years ago, Sen developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, blurry vision, and itchiness. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. On May 27th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sen shared, "I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable so I can return to my job and get around outside on my own."
Stanley is a fifth-grade student. He's the third child in his family of three other siblings and his single mother. His mom sells tomatoes in the market to support their family. Stanley was brought to the hospital by his concerned and worried mother, where the 12-year-old was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Stanley has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Stanley, wearing his woolen hat, remains positive about his condition. Fortunately, Stanley will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 28th. AMH is requesting $483 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I have been taking him to another hospital but we were facing delay in treatment. I am seeking help because my son is feeling pain, is not able to go to school and I just want to see him having his normal life,” said Stanley’s mother.
George is a young boy in grade six who loves playing football. George is the youngest of three children. Both of his parents are farmers. To earn a living, his mother sells their farm's produce, which earns a small amount to support their needs. To supplement their earnings, his father does whatever work he comes across. George was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, George has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. George will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 12th. AMHF is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. George’s father says, “It is very difficult for us as a family to raise the required amount for his surgery. Any help offered to us will highly be appreciated.”
Jayden is an active, curious 9-month-old baby. He is the only child in his family. His father is a laborer in a construction site, but work is hard to come by due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, his mother found a job as teacher in a private school but also lost her job as a consequence of the pandemic. The family currently lives in a rented house on the outskirts of Nairobi. When Jayden was born, his mother noticed that he was not passing urine properly. Before they were discharged home from the hospital, she shared her concern with the doctor who assured her that it was only a temporary condition. Despite the assurance from the doctor, she still had her own doubts. Five months later, there was no improvements in how Jayden was passing urine. So she took him to a local facility for examination and the doctor diagnosed him with hypospadias, or urinary dysfunction, and Jayden was referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Hospital, for treatment. Upon arrival, he was examined again and the doctor scheduled him for a hypospadias repair surgery. Jayden's parents have National Health Insurance (NHIF), but their request for coverage was rejected. The hospital's social worker then referred their family to Watsi to get help for his treatment. Jayden is now scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 28th to address his uncomfortable symptoms and possible future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Jayden’s mother shares her concern, “It was a hard time for us when NHIF rejected our request. We had started to learn to live with the fact that Jayden may stay for a long time before he could be treated as we are not financially stable.”
Besigye is a 51-year-old farmer and a married mother of three children. She and her husband are small scale farmers. Their oldest child is 30 years old and married, while their youngest is 18 years old and in secondary school class six. They work hard to have paid for school fees for their children through their farming, and they own a three-room semi-permanent house. Nearly 20 years ago, Besigye began experiencing troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, airway obstruction and mild headaches. She was diagnosed with an enlarged goiter, or enlarged thyroid. She visited our medical partner's care center where surgery was recommended to treat her condition and to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Besigye receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 6 at AMH's care center where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. The procedure will cost $293, and she and her family need help raising money. Besigye shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. I am not able to carry luggage with ease and am having airway obstruction. I hope to resume farming as soon as possible.”
Orineitwe is a 53-year-old farmer and a mother to five children. She and her husband work as small scale farmers to make ends meet, and they own a three-room semi-permanent house. 16 years ago, Orineitwe began experiencing troubling symptoms including neck pain and swelling, mild headaches and weight loss. She was diagnosed with multinodular goiter. Because of her condition, she can no longer carry heavy loads on her head and she is no longer able to bend down comfortably while farming. She sought treatment at our medical partner's care center, and learned that surgery is required to treat her condition. She is concerned that without treatment, her symptoms will worsen and the goiter could become malignant. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Orineitwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at AMH's care center where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, she needs help to raise $293 to fund the procedure. Orineitwe shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I'm hopeful that after surgery I will be able to farm and to take good care of my family.”