Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Joseph from Kenya raised $750 to get healthy.

Joseph
100%
  • $750 raised, $0 to go
$750
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on January 12, 2014.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

February 12, 2015

Joseph received surgery to remove a superficial mass from his back.

“We are so thankful to all the people that helped us,” Joseph’s father said, “May God bless as you help others.”

“We are so thankful to all the people that helped us," Joseph's father said, "May God bless as you help others.”...

November 17, 2013

Joseph is a one-year-old boy living in Kenya. He has a visible superficial mass growing on his back, which, left untreated, may affect his structural and physiological growth.

His mother hopes that Joseph, the firstborn in his family, can get surgery before the swelling grows any further so that he can have a bright unhindered future. Joseph’s father is a casual farm laborer and his mother is a housewife. His family has struggled just to raise enough money to get Joseph to the hospital.

For $750, Joseph can get a mass excision to prevent any further growth so that he can lead a normal productive life. You can give him the chance he deserves.

Joseph is a one-year-old boy living in Kenya. He has a visible superficial mass growing on his back, which, left untreated, may affect his s...

Read more

Joseph's Timeline

  • November 17, 2013
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joseph was submitted by Sarah Mwangi at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 22, 2013
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Joseph 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.

  • January 12, 2014
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 12, 2014
    FULLY FUNDED

    Joseph's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Joseph. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Mercy

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."

75% funded

75%funded
$763raised
$252to go
Benjamin

Benjamin is a father of a four-year-old child who works as a motorbike (boda-boda) driver, earning about $3.70USD per day. His income is also inconsistent and depends on the availability of customers. He is the sole breadwinner for his family. Unfortunately, he has no active medical insurance coverage and has had to rely on relatives and friends to settle hospital bills. Benjamin is full of smiles but finds it difficult to sit up while sharing his story. He opts to talk while lying flat on his back. Benjamin is currently immobile, unable to sit and walk, as a result of a road traffic accident from the beginning of the month. When the 25-year-old hitched a ride on his friend's water truck, the vehicle lost control and he was thrown out the window. He immediately experienced severe back pain and lost consciousness. The accident left Benjamin with multiple fractures and wounds that will require several fracture repair and spine surgeries in order for him to sit, walk, and be able to continue with his normal routine roles again. After stays at various hospitals and numerous referrals, Benjamin arrived at our medical partner's care center, Kijabe Hospital, for care on July 17th. One of the obstacles to treatment he had faced at other hospitals was a long waiting list that meant a delay in much-needed care, but fortunately Kijabe is able to offer his needed care more urgently. At Kijabe Hospital, the doctors recommended a spinal fusion procedure for him to help regain his mobility. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,500 for Benjamin's critical surgery, scheduled to take place on July 26th. Benjamin shares, “I just sleep on my back and cannot even sit or walk. I cannot work and fend for my family. I need this surgery to get back to my Boda-boda job and raise my family."

89% funded

89%funded
$1,343raised
$157to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Mercy

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."

75% funded

75%funded
$763raised
$252to go