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Joseph from Tanzania raised $800 to live cancer-free.

Joseph
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  • $800 raised, $0 to go
$800
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$0
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Fully funded
Joseph's treatment was fully funded on September 8, 2014.

Photo of Joseph post-operation

February 12, 2015

Joseph received a below-the-knee amputation for a cancerous tumor in his foot.

“He is continuing with daily dressing while waiting for the wound to heal completely,” our medical partner writes. “He is currently using crutches to support him while walking. After full recovery, Joseph will have a prosthesis made for him so that he can walk without using crutches and continue with his education.”

“Although I have lost part of my leg I feel so much better,” says Joseph. “I am no longer in constant pain. I will forever be thankful to all those who have made it possible for me to have the surgery done.”

"He is continuing with daily dressing while waiting for the wound to heal completely," our medical partner writes. "He is currently using cr...

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July 3, 2014

Joseph is resilient. Both of his parents died when he was young. He lived with his uncle for a few years, but was chased away because of his poor health. After leaving his uncle’s care, with nowhere to go, Joseph lived on the streets until a social worker arranged for his care at an orphanage.

Now, Joseph has a Kaposi’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the connective tissue, on his foot. The tumor makes it difficult and painful for him to walk, and risks serious complications if the cancer spreads.

“I dream of becoming either a doctor or an engineer,” Joseph, who is currently in secondary school studying science, shares. “If God will bless me financially, I will give back to the orphanage that has been taking care of me with great love.” Although the orphanage is fully supportive of Joseph’s education, there are not enough funds to provide for his medical needs.

For $800 we can pay for Joseph to undergo a below-knee amputation and receive a prosthesis so he can still walk. With this treatment, doctors expect that Joseph will be pain free, able to walk normally, and no longer at risk of cancer. Let’s pull together for Joseph’s bright future!

Joseph is resilient. Both of his parents died when he was young. He lived with his uncle for a few years, but was chased away because of his...

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Joseph's Timeline

  • July 3, 2014
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Joseph was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • July 10, 2014
    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.

  • August 31, 2014
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Joseph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 08, 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 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

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Witness

Witness is a student from Tanzania who is the first born child in a family of four children. She is smart, intelligent, and very hard working girl. Witness has completed her form four education and is currently waiting for her results to be able to join form five and six. She wishes to be a laboratory technician when she completes her studies and be able to support her parents and siblings. Witness’ father used to work as foreman at a construction site but after the project matured he has not been able to get any other job thus he is now forced to seek any casual day jobs to be able to support his family. The mother sells vegetables and the little income she gets she helps her husband to support her family. Witness was diagnosed with right genu varus. Her leg is bowed so that her knees cannot touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Witness. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 24th. Treatment will hopefully restore Witness's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Witness says, “My secondary education has been really challenging for me due to my leg’s condition. If you can help correct my leg I would be able to continue with my further studies with ease without all this challenges I am going through.”

52% funded

52%funded
$436raised
$402to go

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