John is a ten-year-old student in Kenya. He aspires to be a pilot in future. John is the firstborn of two children and lives with his parents and younger sister in a one-room rental house in Central Kenya. John’s mother is a housewife while his father is a casual matatu driver. Their family’s income is only sufficient for daily needs.
Unfortunately, John was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia a week ago. This condition occurs when tissues, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. John has been doing well until recently when he developed abdominal pains. His father took him to the nearest hospital where he was examined. John was referred to Watsi’s partner BethanyKids for specialized treatment. He was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia and surgery recommended.
Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund John’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.
“My salary as a driver cannot fully cater for the needed surgery,” says John’s father.