Hafez joined Watsi on May 1st, 2017. Four years ago, Hafez joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Hafez's most recent donation supported Klyn, a bright 12-year-old boy from Haiti, to fund surgery that will finally heal his heart condition.
Hafez has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 10 countries.
Hafez has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 10 countries.
Klyn is a 12-year-old boy who lives in a small town in central Haiti with his parents, grandparents, and several other relatives. He likes school, especially science and math. Klyn was born with a condition called atrial septal defect. The defect means there is a hole between the two upper chambers of Klyn's heart. Blood leaks through this hole, which leaves him often weak and short of breath. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, has arranged for Klyn and his mother to travel to the Dominican Republic for surgery since this treatment is not available within Haiti. On May 24th, doctors will first attempt to use a catheter to close the opening between Klyn's upper cardiac chambers. If that's not possible, they will need to perform open-heart surgery and use a patch to close the hole in Klyn's heart. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 for Klyn's care. His family is raising $1,500 to help cover remaining costs of the procedure and related care, including travel expenses for Klyn. Klyn's mother says, "We are very thankful to everyone who is making this surgery possible for our son!"
Evaline is a charming, smart seven-year-old girl. She knows a lot a fun facts! Evaline is being raised by her grandmother, after her father was upset when she was born with a birth condition impacting her left leg. Her mother decided to have Evaline grow up in the care of her grandmother out of fear of discrimination. Evaline thinks of her grandmother as her own mother and they are very close. Evaline’s grandparents are small-scale farmers who depend entirely on what they harvest for their food. They are able to make small amounts of money by selling vegetables. Evaline was born with a condition on her left leg called amniotic banding and left clubfoot. She has undergone treatment for clubfoot but is in need of care for her amniotic banding condition. As a result, she has a hard time walking and carrying out daily life activities. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Evaline to receive the life changing treatment she needs. On March 2nd, surgeons at their care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, will perform corrective surgery on her left leg, which will allow her to walk more easily. Evaline and her grandparents needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Evaline’s grandmother says,"This far my granddaughter has gotten through your treatment is a miracle."
Kelvin is a shy, 14-year-old sixth grader. Kelvin was born to Ugandan parents who later abandoned him in Kenya. Kelvin was adopted by a potato farmer who gave him work on his farm and helped him enroll in school. Kelvin and his guardians live in a semi-permanent house in the West Pokot region of Kenya. Two weeks ago, Kelvin was struck by a motorbike in a hit and run accident. Kelvin was rushed to a nearby health facility for immediate care. Kelvin was then brought to Kapsowar Hospital for x-rays and further treatment. At this time, Kelvin is unable to walk and is in a great deal of pain. On April 1st, Kelvin will undergo a fracture repair procedure that will allow him to walk again and return to school. Our medical partners, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Kelvin raise $1,145 to fund this life altering procedure. Kelvin shared, “I miss home, I want to get treated and be well again.”
Isaac is a 32-year-old man from Kenya. He is married and his wife works at a saloon, while Isaac often works as a truck driver when he can find work. The couple has two children. Last week, Isaac visited a petrol station to fill his tires with air. Unfortunately, one of the wheels burst and the rim hit his leg, fracturing bones in his right leg and injuring his right hand. He is now in pain and unable to walk due to the fracture. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On March 2nd, Isaac will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. After recovery, he will be able to walk well. Now, he needs help raising $1,049 to fund his procedure and care. Isaac shared, "the pain I am having is too much to bear. I kindly requested assistance so that I could see my leg whole again. I also need this leg to be well so that I can go back and work to sustain my family."
Mary is a 33-year-old woman and arrived to meet with our local Watsi rep having a lot of pain. She has a cancerous tumor in her abdomen that requires surgery. Over the past year she has been through a lot and, while she has insurance coverage, they will no longer cover her treatment. She is currently scheduled for a laparotomy surgery to help with the removal of the tumor and relieve her stomach pains. Mary is a mother of one child who is six years old. She used to work as a shop steward but stopped due to her condition so no longer has a source of income. Her husband works as a motorbike ‘boda-boda’ driver and income from this venture is inconsistent and can't cover the cost of her surgery. She has been relying on friends and relatives to raise money for travel fare and medication. Mary says, “I have been through a lot. My stomach keeps swelling and it is very painful. I need to get better so as to raise my little kid and family.“
Bancy shared with us that she has been a widow since 1990 when her husband passed on. She raised her children on her own and they are all adults now. Bancy does small-scale farming on her one-acre ancestral piece of land. Bancy looks uneasy and eager to get treatment. She's had stomach pains for the last ten years. She says the prolonged stomach upsets are making her uncomfortable and in pain. The pain has been on and off but worsened this year. She was diagnosed with Pyloric Stenosis, a condition in which the opening between the stomach and small intestine thickens. Last month before visiting Kijabe Hospital, she had a series of painful instances. She visited a national referral hospital in Nairobi where she was reviewed and an endoscopy requested. She was scheduled for surgery but the cost was too high. She opted to try our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital where the same surgical operation can be carried out. There she can undergo a procedure called gastric antiectomy to finally heal her condition. Bancy is appealing for financial assistance. She shared, "For the last ten years, I have had prolonged stomach pains that are so uncomfortable. I have sought several interventions but so far have not received any help. I'm hopeful this surgery is my likely solution to my decade-old problem."
Mic is a 5-year-old, jovial boy, and the last born in a family of two children. When Mic was 3 years old, his mother noticed that one of his testicles was missing. However, due to insufficient funds, Mic was not taken to the doctor. Early last year, his grandmother then managed to gather some funds, and took Mic to a hospital. Mic was examined and diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Mic has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. He was referred to BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival, he was examined and booked for surgery. Mic's mother is a house helper abroad who unfortunately often doesn't get paid by her employer. Mic’s grandmother, who brought him to the facility had a shop in a nearby town but had to close it down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She now sells charcoal in their home area where the income is very little. She can not raise the required funds for Mic’s surgery and is seeking for financial assistance. Mic will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 9th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Mic’s grandmother says, “I would really like to help my grandchild so that he cannot have problems in future."
Rorng is an elderly rice and vegetable farmer. Rorng lives in Kampon Speu province in Cambodia. He and his wife have 5 children; 3 daughters and 2 sons. All of their children are now married. In his free time, Rorng likes to watch the news and Khmer boxing on TV. In October, Rorng was in a bicycle accident that caused a fracture in his left humerus. He received a Khmer traditional treatment but his hand has not improved. He is in chronic pain; it is swollen and difficult to use now. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 25th, Rorng will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him to use his hand again. Rorng says, "I hope that I can use my hand without pain. I want to return to farming."
Khom is a 48-year-old farmer with one daughter, three sons, and one grandson. Khom lives with his wife who is also a farmer. He likes to watch Khmer boxing on TV, but this is getting harder for him along with other things he needs to do. One year ago, Khom developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled across Cambodia for seven and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 27th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and will place 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. Khom says, "I hope after surgery my eye can clearly again. I want to work in the field and plant vegetables around my house to be able to make more money again."
Tuok is a 48-year-old farmer. He is married and has one son and one daughter. His wife also works as a farmer, while his son works in construction, and his daughter is a student in the 11th grade. Many years ago, Tuok served as a soldier and lost his left hand and eye when a bomb went off. Recently in September, Tuok was in a motor vehicle accident that caused trauma to his right shoulder. Now he cannot use his right arm as a result of his swelling and pain. Tuok visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), and an x-ray revealed that he has a dislocated shoulder. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) will perform a procedure to treat his injury, allowing Tuok to use his right arm again. Tuok shared, "I hope my shoulder pain will stop so I can use my hand again as soon as possible."
Heng Ly is a 37-year-old math teacher. He is married and has one son and one daughter. When he was around six years old, Heng Ly had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in his right ear to perforate. As a result, Heng Ly experiences pain, ear discharge, and hearing loss, as well as recurrent ear infections that make it difficult to work due to frequent illness. Heng Ly traveled to the care center at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On October 26th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear to close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to help fund this procedure, including medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Heng Ly shared, "I really hoping my hearing will improve after my surgery, and that the ear discharge will stop happening."
Nasasira is a 31-year-old wife and mother of four children, two of whom are twins. Two of her children are in school, while the younger two are still too young. Nasasira's husband is a small businessman and sometimes is also able to help her with farming. Nasasira is pregnant and doctors have recommended that she deliver her baby via Caesarean Section to ensure a safe delivery for her and her baby. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Nasasira to deliver her baby. On September 9th, she will undergo a C-Section at AMH's care center. Now, Nasasira needs help to raise $252 to fund her procedure and care. Nasasira shared, “I am so grateful to have met you generous people willing to help me.”