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Mary from Kenya raised $1,205 to treat a brain tumor.

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Mary's treatment was fully funded on August 17, 2015.

Photo of Mary post-operation

September 17, 2015

Mary received life-saving surgery to remove her brain tumor.

“Mary’s craniotomy was successful,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “The brain tumor was successfully removed and she is recovering very well. Mary has regained feeling in her legs and can now walk using crutches. She and her family are very happy with the outcome of the treatment.”

AMHF adds that Mary’s husband could not hide his joy as he saw Mary move her legs. “I was afraid that I would never see her walk again or worse, that the tumor would take her from us before we could raise the money needed for her treatment. THANK YOU!! Watsi is God sent,” he shares.

"Mary's craniotomy was successful," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "The brain tumor was successfu...

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July 27, 2015

“I always wanted to go into the beauty industry. I dream of one day owning a small beauty shop,” says Mary, a 29-year-old wife and mother of two from Kenya.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us, “Mary started losing feeling in her legs a couple of years ago. She is now no longer able to walk or feel her legs.”

Mary’s condition is the result of a brain tumor compressing the area of her brain that controls leg movement. The recommended treatment for Mary is a craniotomy—a surgical procedure in which doctors open the skull to access the brain and them remove the tumor.

“If the surgery is not done soon,” explains AMHF, “Mary is likely to suffer permanent brain damage and/or death.”

For $1,205 in funding, Mary can undergo the needed surgery. Mary’s family members and friends have raised $325 to cover any additional medical costs.

“We expect that after the surgery and treatment, Mary will regain use of her legs, and she will be able to work towards her dream of becoming a small business owner,” AMHF shares.

Let’s help Mary get the surgery she needs!

"I always wanted to go into the beauty industry. I dream of one day owning a small beauty shop," says Mary, a 29-year-old wife and mother of...

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Mary's Timeline

  • July 27, 2015

    Mary was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 28, 2015

    Mary 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.

  • August 03, 2015

    Mary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2015

    Mary's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2015

    We received an update on Mary. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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Naw Ree

Naw Ree is a 49-year-old woman from Thailand. Naw Ree has lived by herself in a refugee camp in northern Thailand since 2009. As a camp resident, Naw Ree receives 243 baht (approx. $8 USD) each month from an organization that supports refugee camp residents. She also works as a maternal and child health worker, receiving 900 baht (approx. $30 USD) per month. Naw Ree raises chickens and grows vegetables. Despite receiving free health care services in the camp, Naw Ree is struggling to make ends meet. On December 16th, 2020, Naw Ree went to see a woman who had recently given birth, to remind her about vaccinating her baby on time. After sitting and talking to the woman in her home, Naw Ree stood up to leave but felt light headed and fell. She put out her left hand to stop her fall, and hurt her left arm. She went to the hospital in the camp, run by Malteser International [MI] Thailand, and received pain medication and her arm was put into a sling. The next day, she was referred to Mae Seriang General Hospital for further treatment. At the hospital she received x-rays and the doctor told her that she had fractured one of the bones in her left forearm. She was then referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment, but her transfer was delayed for over two weeks due to an outbreak in COVID-19 cases in northern Thailand. Since Naw Ree lives by herself, she has to cook, wash her clothes, and feed her chickens without anyone's help, a difficult feat with her broken arm. Currently, she is in pain but has no fever. She can only fall asleep if she takes pain medication. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Ree will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for January 6th and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Ree will no longer be in pain. She will be able to go back to work as a health worker and she will be able to complete her household chores without pain or discomfort. Naw Ree shared, "My greatest wish is that I recover and that I may be able to use my left arm again."

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