Nell joined Watsi on May 24th, 2021. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nell's most recent donation supported Sylivia, a 50-year-old mother from Uganda, to fund surgery to remove her thyroid gland.
Nell has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Nell has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Sylivia is a 50-year-old mother of four children who are all in school. She is a farmer and the sole breadwinner of the family since separating from her husband. Her income barely enough to meet all their daily needs and her hospital bills. Four years ago, Sylivia began to experience worrisome symptoms, including neck swelling, trouble breathing, swallowing problems, and she lost weight. She was diagnosed with obstructed goitre. She had a scan and a thyroid test and upon review, surgery was recommended. She is not able to raise the money needed for surgery, which she needs to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sylivia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 24th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money to pay for it. Sylivia says, “I love singing in the church, but I have lost my voice. I hope with your support, I will get well and be able to resume my activities.”
Gebre is a ten-year-old boy who lives with his family in Ethiopia. He loves playing football with his friends, and eating injera (a traditional Ethiopian food.) Gebre's father is a farmer, but as he is currently unwell, he can no longer work and maintain his family financially. Instead, Gebre’s two older brothers support the family. One brother works as a teacher, while the other brother manages the family farm. However, the area of Ethiopia where the family lives is significantly affected by war and poor climate, and their whole community currently needs support the government and from local NGOs for survival and basic needs. Gebre was born with an anorectal malformation, which is a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. In November 2022, Gebre had a colostomy, to prepare him for the additional procedures he will need to resolve his condition. Gebre is now scheduled to undergo surgery on December 6th, at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Gebre's procedure and care. After his recovery, Gebre will no longer experience bowel dysfunction, or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Gebre's brother says: “I hope my brother gets as normal as other boys. I hope he will be educated and have a bright future.”
Edita is a hardworking Ugandan nurse and wife. She currently runs a small drug shop as a nurse assistance with the support of her husband, who runs a neighboring store. Edita visited Nyakibale Hospital with severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and other serious issues. She first went to a clinic where she was then recommended to get another opinion. After further review by a doctor, Edita had been recommended a curative surgery for a newly discovered cyst, for which the doctor expects a complete recovery. She is unable to fund the cost of her surgery and therefore she is requesting support. Edita says “With your support, I will be treated. I know the pain I have will go by Gods mercy.”
Sothan is a 38-year-old motor taxi driver, living with his wife and son. In addition to listening to the radio, in his free time, Sothan enjoys taking walks with his wife along the beach near their village. A month ago, Sothan developed an inflamed cyst in the tear gland of his left eye. The cyst causes itchiness, irritation and swelling, and it is also unsightly. Most important of all, however, it makes it difficult for Sothan to see clearly, which impacts his ability to drive, and to earn a living for his family. Sothan traveled a great distance to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. With their help, he is now scheduled to have surgery on October 3rd, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. During this procedure, surgeons will remove the cyst, enabling Sothan to regain clear vision. Sothan needs your help to raise the $210 needed to fund his operation. Sothan said: "I hope after surgery the cyst will go away, and I won't worry about being able to safely drive my taxi."
Yong is a 64-year-old farmer with two sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his wife who also works as a farmer. When he is not out in the fields, he likes to listen to the monks pray and to the news on the radio. Five years ago, Yong developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him to have an unsteady gait, blurry vision, and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Yong shared, "I hope after surgery I will see well again. I can go to the rice field to feed my family and go to the pagoda by myself again."
Paw is a 21-year-old who lives with her parents, a brother, three sisters, a daughter and a niece in a refugee camp. Her father used to be an agricultural day laborer, but had to stop working due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Her sisters go to school and her brother is unemployed. Paw looks after her daughter and niece, who are too young to go to school, while her mother looks after the household chores. In her free time, Paw likes to play with her daughter and visit her friends. On March 9th, Paw left the camp alone to collect firewood. While climbing a hill, she slipped, falling onto her right shin. She was in so much pain that she could not stand up. She got herself to a nearby road where a motorcyclist drove her back to the camp. At home, Paw was treated by a traditional healer, and a couple of days later, a second traditional healer told her family that Paw had fractured her leg. Paw's father made a bamboo brace for her leg, and carried her to the hospital in the camp run by International Rescue Committee (IRC). Knowing that she would need surgery, IRC staff referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund to receive treatment at a local hospital. Currently, Paw experiences a lot of pain when moving her right leg. She cannot stand up by herself and she cannot sleep at night when the pain is severe. Since she injured her leg, she feels more tired and she has lost her appetite. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Paw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure will help her walk and live pain-free. The procedure is scheduled for March 12th and will cost $1,500. Paw shared, "once recovered, I will take care of my parents. I will work and save money for my daughter, so that I can make sure that she has food and clothes."