Simon joined Watsi on May 28th, 2020. 104 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Simon's most recent donation supported Annastasia, a small businesswoman from Kenya, to fund a mastectomy to heal her breast cancer.
Simon has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 6 countries.
Simon has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 6 countries.
Annastasia is a very joyful lady. The 47-year-old is married and has five children. Two of her children have already finished school and are not yet financially stable. Her husband does not have a job but is sometimes able to get work as a bus driver when they need more help. Annastasia used to sell charcoal but she stopped the business three months ago when she fell ill and started her treatment process. In September of this year, she noticed a mass in her right breast. Three days later, she went to a facility near her home area, was examined, and told that she had mastitis. She was immediately admitted, put on medication and a few days later, she was discharged. While at home, she noticed that the swelling was getting bigger. She went back to the facility, was examined again, and referred to another nearby facility. In the facility scans and test were done and she was immediately referred to Kijabe Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival at Kijabe hospital, Annastasia was scheduled for urgent surgery. However, she is not in a financial position to cater for the surgery and is appealing for financial aid. Annastasia has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been advised to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1110 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Annastasia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 30th. After treatment, Annastasia will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Annastasia says, "When I was told that the mass could be cancerous if not removed, I felt helpless and knew that it was over for me.”
Phan is a 47-year-old rice farmer. She's divorced and lives with her two sons and two daughters. She often stays at home, and enjoys listening to the news on the radio in her free time. Two years ago, Phan developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She only sees shadows and has difficulty performing her daily routine. With increasingly poor vision, she is unable to go to the rice field to work. When Phan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On December 9th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Phan shared, "I hope after surgery I will see better. I can go back to planting rice and earn money to support my children."
Ro is a 69-year-old widow with five children. She has one son, four daughters, and many grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a farmer. Her husband passed away 15 years ago, and it has been difficult for her to manage the family farm. When not caring for her family, she likes to go to the pagoda and join in ceremonies with the monks. Five years ago, Ro developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing, blurry vision, and difficulty walking or eating. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ro learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope after surgery I will be able to see again. It is hard to care for myself and I want to go outside, see family, and go places by myself."
Movin is a 14-year-old social and jovial boy. Movin likes playing football with his friends. His favorite subject in school is English; he aspires to be a doctor in the future to help those who need surgical care, mostly those with physical conditions. Movin is the 5th born in a family of seven children. His mother is a housewife while his father is a farmer. Their family lives in a two-roomed grass-thatched and mud traditional house in a village in Kenya. Movin was born with bilateral clubfoot deformity. This condition has affected his mobility, he gets tired easily, feels pain out of straining, falls whenever he plays football, and cannot put on shoes well. Movin needs surgery, however, his family is not in a financial position to finance the surgery and they are appealing for financial assistance. Fortunately, Movin traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Movin's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will continue with his education uninterrupted in pursuit of his dream of being a doctor. Movin says, “I would like my foot to be treated so that I can walk like my friends and continue with my education.”
Seanghai is a 62-year-old farmer. He's married and has four daughters and now five grandchildren. When he is not working, he likes to listen to the news on the radio. Five years ago, Seanghai developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Seanghai learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, he will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Seanghai shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better and I won't be ashamed of how my eye looks any longer."
Saitabau is a fifteen-year-old student. He's the second born out of four children from their mother who passed away three years ago. Saitabau is a hard-working boy who is currently in class three and his best subject is mathematics. Saitabau was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His knees tilt inward and his ankles are far apart. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Saitabau's legs have worsened, making walking exhausting, painful and difficult for him. He has trouble walking to school and playing sports, which he loves to do. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Saitabau. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Saitabau's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Saitabau says “Walking to school has now become very difficult because I feel pain on my knees and I get tired easily."
Evalyne is a farmer and is married with eight children; the youngest of whom are still in primary and secondary schools. Her husband is a primary school teacher while Evalyne works on her small piece of land to make ends meet. For the past six months, Evalyne has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and back pain. She had a subtotal hysterectomy previously due to the fibroids. However, the symptoms persisted and she came to Nyakibale Hospital hoping to be helped. She has been diagnosed with severe uterine fibroids. She is afraid of the cost of surgery and appeals for help so that she can undergo a total hysterectomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Evalyne's surgery. On October 26th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Evalyne will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and symptoms. Evalyne says “I cannot wait to have my condition treated because it has made me have low self-esteem and I no longer feel I can do anything productive. I request for the support to enable me to resume farming after surgery.”
Rayuth is an active 5-year-old with two sisters. They all live with his mother. His older sister is 14 years old, and studies in grade 8, and his other sister is 12-year-old and studies in grade 7. His mother works in a massage shop and she shared that she has been divorced for 5 years and is raising her children on her own. Rayuth enjoys playing with toys with his sisters, painting, and looking at the pictures in books. At home, he likes to eat fried chicken and drink soda! When he grows up, he said he would like to be a policeman. Rayuth has had a mass on the right side of his neck for a year; growing slowly and with mild pain. Rayuth and his mother traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 2nd, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Rayuth's family needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Rayuth's mother said, "I want him to get well after surgery. I hope he can go to school with other children and have no more pain."
Chhay is a 76-year-old rice farmer who is married and has one son, one daughter, and one grandson. Chhay lives with his wife and his children, who are garment workers. In his free time, Chhay likes to listen to the monks pray and the news on the radio. One year ago, Chhay developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him sensitivity to light and blurry vision. When Chhay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled across the country for seven hours seeking treatment. On October 29th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Chhay shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly again so I can see my grandson's face well and can go to the pagoda with my wife."
Gech Ing is an eight-year-old student. She lives in the capital city of Cambodia with her siblings and parents. For a year now, Gech Ing has been experiencing a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. Frequent illnesses have caused her to miss school and skip meals. Gech Ing was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Gech Ing, which is scheduled to take place on October 19th. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Gech Ing of her symptoms and helping her live much more comfortably. Gech Ing's mother shared, "after surgery I hope my daughter will be better and be able to eat comfortably again."
Loth is a 51-year-old rice farmer. She is married and has one daughter and two sons. Loth lives with her husband, who works as a farmer, and their youngest son, who works as a construction worker. In her free time, Loth likes to watch movies on TV and listen to the news on the radio. Around one year ago, Loth developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Loth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour and a half seeking treatment. On October 28th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Loth shared, "I hope my eye can see clearly again so I can go back to helping my husband at the rice field."
Veronica is a 50-year-old small-scale farmer. She has a contagious smile and an optimism for life despite the challenges she has encountered. She is a mother of six children and lives with her husband who is a boda boda (motorcycle taxi) driver. She grows maize for home consumption and sells the surplus for additional income. 10 years ago, Veronica began experiencing troubling symptoms, including a small mass on her neck. She visited several hospitals for lab tests and medication, but nothing seemed to help and the mass has grown. She has also gained weight and experiences shortness of breath and a fast heart. A friend told her about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) and she visited AMH's care center hoping for a clear diagnosis and treatment. She was diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery is recommended to prevent her symptoms from worsening. On October 19th, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Veronica shared, "this condition is making me weak and I can’t work like before. I want to be strong for my children so that they can receive education and get their daily needs."