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Malaso is a six-month-old baby girl and the youngest child in a family of three children. Her mother stays home with the children and her father is the sole breadwinner of their family. He sells maize and beans to provide for the family. A few days after Malaso was born, she was diagnosed with an anorectal malformation. She cannot pass stool and needs a needs a colostomy, or a procedure where the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Malaso to receive treatment. On October 14th, she will undergo a colostomy at AMH's care center. Once complete, Malaso will hopefully be able to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, she and her family need help raising $1,152 to fund her procedure and care. Malaso’s father shared, "it has been hard for us to raise the transportation fees to the hospital for her treatment. It was a big blow for us financially when she developed a complication during her first surgery."
Meet Aidah, a 56-year-old widow, a mother to three children, and a farmer. She lost her husband thirty years ago and has been the sole breadwinner of their family. Aidah's eldest son is a taxi driver while her other children are mechanics. As a Western Ugandan lady, Aidah has a love for cattle and has a few that she keeps for her daily upkeep. She also plants ground nuts and beans so that she can sell them to compliment the income she has from selling milk. For some years now, Aidah has had supraumbilical hernia. She has lower abdominal pain, discomfort after eating, and long-standing swelling which often appears when standing and disappears when she sits. Upon coming to the hospital, Aidah was examined and surgery is recommended to correct the hernia. However, the cost is too high for her to meet and thus she appeals for help. Fortunately, on October 14th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Aidah's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Aidah says “I hope that maybe when operated on, I'll get better and be able to continue with my activities of farming with good health."
Kong is a 69-year-old mother of six daughters. Sadly, Kong's husband passed away five years ago. When she was younger, Kong worked as a farmer. Nowadays, she lives with her daughters who work in the rice field. In her free time, Kong enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Five months ago, Kong developed a cataract in her right eye causing her pain, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 12th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. Kong shared, "I hope after surgery my eye feels better and I can see well. I want to visit the pagoda by myself and help my daughter take care of her children."
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.”
Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."
Ellon is a 22-year-old mother with one child. After graduating from high school, Ellon studied to be a secretary before getting married. She then separated from her husband. Ellon now works at her brother's shop to earn a living. Around one year ago, Ellon began to experience troubling symptoms, including breathing difficulties, neck swelling, and heart palpitations. She was diagnosed with nodular goitre, which affects her breathing and swallowing. Ellon went to a local hospital, and a scan confirmed the goitre diagnosis. Since the cost of care is high and above her means, our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital, referred her for Watsi's support to help her with the medical expense. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on August 6th. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland in this procedure, which will cost $252. Our partner African Mission Healthcare is requesting $252 to fund her care and restore her health. Ellon shares, “I wish to continue providing for my child and with poor health, that might not be possible. Please help me.”
Sroeun is a 71-year-old woman with one daughter and three grandchildren. Sadly, her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime many years ago. Sroeun lives with her daughter, who works as a farmer, and with her grandchildren. In her free time, Sroeun likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Sroeun developed a pterygium in her right eye causing her irritation, tearing, and burning in the eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sroeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 11th, Sroeun will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. Now, she needs help raising $216 to cover the cost of her procedure, medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Sroeun shared, "I hope after surgery my eye irritation and tearing stops. When I am better, I can help my daughter take care of my grandchildren and help her cook."
Michela is a 6-month-old baby from Haiti. Michela's family shared that she was born healthy and they are very worried about how to help her condition now since they have limited ability to pay for hospital costs. Michela has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. When Michela was two months old, her parents noticed Michela's head looked bigger that it should be. They have not known how to help without money for her care. Without treatment, Michela will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Fortunately, our medical partner, Project Medishare, is teaming up with Watsi to raise $897 to cover the cost of surgery for Michela at Hospital Bernard Mevs that will treat her hydrocephalus. This is the only site in the country where this care is currently available and the procedure is scheduled to take place on October 15th. This critical treatment will drain the excess fluid from Michela's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Michela will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Their family has been so sad but now are very happy that their baby will get the surgery that she needs. They shared, "Thank you Jesus! Bless this organization who is so good to us and bless Bernard Mevs Hospital and it's team."
Susan is a 59-year-old homemaker who together with her husband have five children. Unfortunately, her husband had a stroke and Susan is unemployed, so their family depends greatly on their land. For two months, Susan has been experiencing heavy bleeding. She has been diagnosed with uterine cancer, and she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $755 to fund Susan's surgery. On September 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Susan will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Susan shared, "I am very scared because the doctor said I have cancer, but I trust in God and hope to see my tomorrow. Please plead for help on my behalf so that my life can be saved and I can continue caring for my family."
Thidar is a 43-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two daughters in Burma. She is a homemaker while her two daughters are students. However, the school in their village is closed due to the teachers being on strike following the country's coup earlier this year. Thidar was diagnosed with diabetes 13 years ago, and recently noticed that her toe on her left foot was becoming black. After visiting a local clinic, Thidar was diagnosed with having an ulcer and was prescribed medication as treatment. Unfortunately, the ulcer was not responding to medication and various treatments. Thidar then was advised to visit an hospital where the doctor's further noticed more of her toes were swollen and black as well. Thidar was diagnosed with gangrene, a rare infection where blood flow does not reach your extremities. Our medical partner, the Burma Children Medical Fund is requesting $694 for surgery on Thidar's foot to treat the gangrene. Currently, Thidar is in pain especially at night. She is unable to sleep well and is worried about her foot and her family's financial situation. She told us, "In the future I want to open a shop in my home,” she said. “Thank you so much to all the donors and supporters.”
Thun is a mother of two. She lives with her husband and their two children. At home, Thun enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. A month ago, Thun fell and fractured her right femur. Initially she sought treatment at the government hospital but her condition did not improve. It was difficult for her to walk or travel and she continues to be in pain. Her neighbor recommended she come to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On October 14th, Thun will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This fee includes five days of recovery and physical therapy at the hospital. Most importantly, the procedure will allow her to walk easily again. Thun said, "I hope I can stand up and walk by myself after surgery."
Jane is a 49-year-old farmer and a married mother of four children. She takes care of their home and along with her husband they do small-scale farming. Neither of them are formally employed. About one year ago, Jane began to experience troubling symptoms, including on-and-off severe headaches and, as of two months ago, neck swelling. She was diagnosed with multinodular goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Jane receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 27th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. “I am so worried because the swelling on my neck is increasing and this may affect my life more. I kindly request to be helped; we cannot get that kind of money required for surgery. I will be very grateful if I am assisted so that I can continue with my normal life and continue serving my family and be out socializing with friends,” said Jane.