Zack's Story

Zack joined Watsi on November 25th, 2013. Seven years ago, Zack joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Zack's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Lekitony, a hardworking and kind 13-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund corrective leg surgery so he can walk easily.


Zack has funded healthcare for 99 patients in 12 countries.

All patients funded by Zack

Rose is a retried woman who used to work as a junior officer at the county government in Machakos in Kenya. Her husband is also retired, and they both now spend their time farming at their ancestral home to provide food for their family. Together, they have one daughter who is currently attending secondary school. Their family does not have a stable source of income. Rose was involved in a motorbike accident two weeks ago, and she was rushed to a nearby facility. There, she was treated for pain and discharged, but she later developed a blister on her right leg which burst and worsened into a wound. After attempting to clean the wound at home with no improvement, one of Rose's relatives advised her to visit Kijabe Hospital. On June 21st, she visited the facility and underwent two debridement surgeries where they removed damaged and infected tissue in her leg. However, her wound still needs care, as well as skin graft surgery. Due to financial constraints, Rose has not been able to pay for her medical coverage since she retired. She accrued a bill that she has been unable to clear, and as a result, she cannot afford her third procedure. Rose currently experiences pain due to her injury, and she is unable to use her right leg or walk. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Rose receive treatment. On July 4th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to get rid of the infection and help her walk again. Now, Rose needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Rose shares, “I haven’t been able to walk since the accident. The leg was so swollen and infected. I am scared I might lose my leg if not treated.”

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Daw Khin is a 45-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, who are retired and supported by Daw Khin's sister, who earns an income from renting out their land. Daw Khin used to work as a teacher before her condition made it difficult for her to continue teaching her students. Around June 2020, Daw Khin began to feel very tired and experienced heart palpitations. She shared that it felt like she could not breathe while teaching. Because these episodes happened infrequently, she did not seek treatment at the time; however, in December 2020, her condition worsened, and she went to a local hospital. After receiving an electrocardiogram, doctors determined she has an enlarged heart and an abnormal heartbeat and prescribed medication to help Daw Khin feel better. Since Daw Khin's symptoms continued, her sister brought her to a cardiologist in April 2021. Upon review, Daw Khin's condition was diagnosed as an atrial septal defect, a birth condition in which there is a hole in the wall that divides the upper chambers of the heart. The cardiologist informed her that she would need surgery, but the cost was too high for Daw Khin's family, so they returned home with medications. Daw Khin currently experiences headaches, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue and heart palpitations when talking or walking short distances. Fortunately, a friend visited Daw Khin in June and told her about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Daw Khin contacted BCMF and learned that BCMF will be able to help her finally heal. On February 6th, she will undergo an atrial septal defect (ASD) closure. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help fund her procedure. Daw Khin shared, "I would like to teach all my students again in the future. I like teaching students."

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EdithMary is a primary school teacher and the loving mother of five children. She has a diploma in primary education. Her husband is also a teacher, but both of them have been laid off from work for a while due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Three of their children have graduated from higher education institutions but none of them has been employed yet to support the family. They have always managed to pay school fees for their children through the acquisition of manageable loans along with their small salaries. They are now relying on small-scale farming as they await the reopening of schools. For three years, EdithMary has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pains. She once visited a health facility where she was treated for a urinary tract infection. Three months ago, she was diagnosed with blood brucellosis and had it treated but still, the lower abdominal pains persisted. Currently, she can no longer do farming due to her pain. She experiences severe backache and can no longer bend down. She also has menorrhagia. EdithMary has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and the surgeon at Rushoroza Hospital has recommended surgical treatment. However, EdithMary is unable to afford this surgery. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $319 to fund EdithMary's surgery. On November 2nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, EdithMary will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. EdithMary says, “My condition has always affected my performance in class and has always kept on worsening over time. I pray and hope that I may get normal again through surgery so that I may continue teaching comfortably and live a better and improved life.”

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