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Neema from Kenya raised $1,500 to get healthy.

Neema
100%
  • $1,500 raised, $675 to go
$1,500
raised
$675
to go
Fully funded
Neema's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2013.

Photo of Neema post-operation

February 12, 2015

Neema received surgery to remove a tumor in her neck.

Neema’s operation was a success and she has made a quick recovery. Our medical partners described Neema having a look of pure joy in her face at her follow-up appointment as she is now able to speak and eat without pain.

“I am happy that I can pursue my dream [of becoming a] teacher so that I can help my parents,” Neema told the hospital staff. “Thank you for the new chance to live a normal life that you have made possible for me. I cannot put in words how happy and grateful I am.”

Neema's operation was a success and she has made a quick recovery. Our medical partners described Neema having a look of pure joy in her fac...

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October 18, 2013

When Neema was just ten years old, she developed a swelling mass on her neck which continued to grow in size until she had to seek medical attention. Although doctors identified the mass as a benign tumor, she underwent surgery to remove the tumor because it was causing her pain and difficulty swallowing.

Since then, Neema has had several small surgeries to slow the growth of the mass, but it has continued to grow in size. Neema still lives with her family and her health issues have put a great strain on their wellbeing. Her father earns money as a day laborer while her mother cares for Neema’s siblings. Neema can no longer attend school, or speak and eat easily because of the painful tumor but she cannot afford any more treatments.

For $1500, Neema will receive an operation to remove the entire tumor. This surgery will allow Neema to eat and speak without pain and finally return to school. She says that once she is better, she wants to become a teacher and give back to her family for supporting her so much.

When Neema was just ten years old, she developed a swelling mass on her neck which continued to grow in size until she had to seek medical a...

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Neema's Timeline

  • October 18, 2013
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Neema was submitted by Sarah Mwangi at African Mission Healthcare.

  • October 21, 2013
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Neema received treatment. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • October 27, 2013
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Neema's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2013
    FULLY FUNDED

    Neema's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Neema. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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Hser

Hser is a 38-year-old woman who lives with her parents in a refugee camp in Tak Province, Thailand. She and her family fled there many years ago from Karen State in Burma because of civil war. Hser is now a high school teacher in the refugee camp, and she earns 1,000 baht (approx. 33 USD) per month. Hser used to teach groups of students at their home due to Covid restrictions that closed schools in July 2021, but all home teaching was also stopped in September 2021 when Covid cases increased in the refugee camp. Since then, Hser teaches students online, but many of her students cannot afford to pay for mobile data to study from their family’s mobile phones. Since late 2019, Hser has been experiencing pain in the right side of her abdomen every day, especially at night. She says that she has lost her appetite and has lost some weight because of this. She feels like the mass is gradually increasing in size and feels more comfortable lying down then sitting. She also feels tired when she walks. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumour, and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, which involves surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Hser's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Hser is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 9th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, this treatment will help Hser to live free from pain and she has hope that she'll be able to live her life happily with her parents in the future. Hser said, “I love being a teacher and when I have recovered, I will continue to teach. My parents worry about me a lot and they want me to receive surgery as soon as possible. They are stressed about my condition, but I do not want to feel stressed because stress cannot help me feel better. So even though I cannot eat a lot, I try to eat as much as I can to stay strong.”

61% funded

61%funded
$921raised
$579to go

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