Esther is a 61-year-old widow from Malawi who needs $1,015 to fund a thyroidectomy.

Esther
$420
raised
$595
to go

Esther's story

June 3, 2024

Esther's Timeline

  • June 3, 2024
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Esther was submitted by Ruth Kanyeria, SAFE Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • June 4, 2024
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Esther's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 5, 2024
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Esther was scheduled to receive treatment at Partners in Hope Medical Center in Malawi. 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.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Esther is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    UPDATE IN PROGRESS

    Esther's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare is in progress.

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