Deborah joined Watsi on July 21st, 2013. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Deborah's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Santrina, a 51-year-old farmer from Uganda, to fund a hysterectomy.
Deborah has funded healthcare for 64 patients in 10 countries.
Deborah has funded healthcare for 64 patients in 10 countries.
Santrina is a small-scale farmer who needs surgery to live pain free. After giving birth to her daughter in 2000, Santrina separated from her husband, who died shortly thereafter. She then decided to return to her maternal home, where she continues to live, supporting herself and her daughter through farming. Three months ago, Santrina began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains. She has also had abnormal and heavy bleeding, which she thought was because of her age. While she hoped that this would normalize over time, she has instead experienced more symptoms including dizziness, and severe pain, which resulted in her being hospitalized. Ultimately, she was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids and abnormal uterine bleeding, and doctors have told her that she needs surgery to correct her condition. Because of everything that has gone on, Santrina has had to give up farming, which was her only source of income. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to fund Santrina's surgery, a hysterectomy, which is scheduled to take place on June 9th at Rushroza Hospital. After this procedure, Santrina will be able to resume her life, free from pain. Santrina says, “My family cannot afford the surgery and I ask for assistance. I hope to get well through surgery and be able to live a normal life again and continue taking good care of my family.”
Agrey is a five-month-old baby boy, and the first child born to his parents. Agrey was born with spina bifida and bilateral clubfoot. Agrey's father, who is a truck driver at a local sand quarry, was able to find enough money to take Agrey to a referral hospital for assessment of his spina bifida. But their family could not afford to pay for the surgery necessary to correct this condition, which put Agrey at risk of losing the ability to use his lower limbs, and endangering his life in the event of a serious infection. They were referred to the Plaster House for help, and through Watsi funding, Agrey had his spina bifida corrected. Agrey's bilateral clubfoot also means that both of his feet are twisted out of shape, which would make it difficult for Agrey to walk when he gets older. Fortunately, Agrey's family brought him to Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, our care partner's health center. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund this procedure and his care. After treatment, Agrey's feet will be straightened and he will be able to wear shoes and to walk easily as he grows up. Agrey’s mother says: “My son has had his first surgery of his back and it was successful. He now needs to start treatment for his feet. Thank you for your help.”
Thu Zar is a 21-year-old woman who lives with her parents, three sisters, and three nieces in Mae Sot near the Thailand-Burma border. Her family moved from Shan State in Burma to Thailand in 2008 in search of better opportunities. She used to work at a logistics company until two weeks ago when she quit due to her condition. Her parents run a small shop from their home, and her oldest sister is a cleaner at a restaurant. One of her other sister’s is unemployed and her third sister as well as her three nieces all go to school. In 2015, Thu Zar felt a small mobile mass in her chest. She did not feel any pain at the time and forgot about the mass. In 2019, she attended a workshop about reproductive health at her school, run by Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). During the workshop she remembered the mass and later when she was alone, she checked to see if it was still there. She felt the mass and thought that it had increased in size, but she did not experience any pain. The next day, she told the workshop trainer about the mass. The trainer told her to go to MTC for treatment. However, Thu Zar decided she did not want to take time off from school to go to the clinic, since she thought the mass was not causing her any pain or discomfort. Now, Thu Zar's condition has worsened and causes her great pain. She can only sleep on her back, because if she sleeps in any other position she experiences immense pain. Thu Zar sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on June 9th to heal her condition. She is raising $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Thu Zar is very worried about her health and told us, "I feel very sad and depressed with this condition."
Agnes is a quiet, 49-year-old farmer and mother of six, living in the Rift Valley region in Kenya. Currently, her family lives on a small piece of land that was given to them, after they were displaced from their original home. The family depends on Agnes, as her husband is unable to work. In order to provide for her family, Agnes does casual jobs within the community, and also travels to neighboring villages to do farm work. While carrying a heavy load on one of her jobs, Agnes fell, fracturing a bone in her ankle. She suffers from joint pain and swelling, and is unable to bear weight on her right leg. This injury prevents Agnes from being able to work, which jeopardizes the well being of Agnes and her family, as she is the sole breadwinner for them all. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. On June 28th, Agnes will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, at AIC Kapsowar Hospital. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure, which will enable Agnes to continue to support her family, and to resume her life as it was prior to her injury. Agnes says: "I am living because of my children. They always look up to me for their needs. My hope is to be well again and continue supporting my family.”
Meet Kanha, a 10-year-old student in grade five. She has two younger sisters, who are both in public school. Her parents sell groceries in front of their home to earn a living for their family. When she isn't studying, Kanha likes to play with her younger sisters, and to help her parents with housework or with the grocery store. For the past three years, Kanha has been experiencing a sore throat, and difficulty with swallowing and eating. Her parents have purchased medicine from a local pharmacy, which hasn't helped. She has trouble breathing at night, and doesn't sleep well, which makes it hard for her to be attentive in school. Kanha 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 $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Kanha, which is scheduled to take place on September 15th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. During this procedure, surgeons will remove Kanha's tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Kanha of her symptoms, and helping her to live a healthier and more comfortable life. Her mother said: "I am hoping the operation will make Kanha feel better and she will not miss school anymore."
Lekitony is a kind 13-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of nine children. He and his family are from a Maasai community in a remote village where people mainly practice livestock keeping to support themselves. He is very hardworking and helps his parents look after the cattle in search of pasture and water. Lekitony was diagnosed with right genu valgum, meaning his right leg is bowed inward, causing his knees to touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, often stemming from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has a difficult time walking and experiences pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Lekitony. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lekitony's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Lekitony shares, “When I run, my knees knock and I fall. Also, most of the time my knees hurt.”
Latifa is a beautiful young girl and the second born of three children. She is charming and bright, and joined the first grade earlier this year. Latifa loves to sing the vowels and to color. Latifa's father is a casual laborer working at construction sites while her mother sells deep fried cakes outside their home every morning. Latifa was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus which causes her legs bow outward at the knees. Latifa's mother says she noticed the problem when Latifa was learning to walk. 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 walks with a challenging gait and has exhaustion and pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Latifa. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Latifa's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and decrease her risk of future complications. Latifa’s mother shared, “My daughter is struggling to walk, and her legs get worse every day. Please help her.”
Ei is a 15-year-old girl from Thailand who enjoys reading books and playing soccer! She lives with her grandparents, her parents, and her two brothers. She and her younger brother are both students. Her father is a construction worker, her mother is a homemaker, and her grandparents are both retired. On August 11th, Ei broke her right lower leg while playing soccer with her friends at school. As she went to kick the ball, she unfortunately slipped on the wet, muddy ground. She is currently experiencing a lot of pain, cannot put any weight on her leg, and is unable to stand up. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ei will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for August 11th and will cost $1,500. The goal of this treatment is to allow her leg to heal in the proper position and help her walk again. Her father says, "I want to say thank you so much to the donors for agreeing to support my daughter's treatment cost."
Khoem is a loving grandmother and a widow with two sons, two daughters, and several grandchildren. Her husband passed away several years ago, so she lives with her youngest daughter, who works in a local factory and supports her mother. Over the past several years, her greatest joy is playing with her grandchildren when they come to visit. Due to her age, she mostly stays home and listens to the radio. Earlier this month, Khoem tripped in her house and fell, fracturing her left hip. Although she experienced a lot of pain and was not able to walk, she did not seek any medical help because she was worried she could not pay. A relative visited her and suggested she go to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for diagnosis and treatment. She is in constant pain and cannot walk so is using a wheelchair to get around. Fortunately, Khoem took her relatives advice and came to CSC. There surgeons can perform a surgery to relieve Khoem of her pain and allow her to walk more easily again. Her treatment is scheduled for March 15th, and Khoem needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. "I hope that I can walk without pain, and play with my grandchildren again," shared Khoem.
Ken is 68 years old and has one son, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. Ken's husband passed away a long time ago, and she currently lives with her eldest daughter who is a rice farmer like she is. Ken likes to listen to monks pray on the radio, as well as visit the pagoda. Two years ago, Ken developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, she is not able to go places on her own. When Ken learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 17th, 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. Ken needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ken says, "I want to see well so I can help my daughter with housework and go to the pagoda all on my own."
Savoeun is a 61-year-old grandmother. She has one son, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. Savoeun lives with her husband who earns his income working on a rubber farm. She likes to watch the news on TV, and listen to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Savoeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, Savoeun is not able to go places on her own, and has lost much of her independence. When Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment. Fortunately, on February 23rd, doctors at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, will perform a small incision cataract surgery, as well as an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again, and go back to living her life fully. Our medical partner is asking for $229 to help fund Savoeun's procedure. Savoeun says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well. I would like to cook, go outside on my own, and take care of my grandchildren."
Son is a 77-year-old retired rice farmer who lives with his wife. Together that have two sons, five daughters, and seven grandchildren, all of whom are farmers. Son likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and to visit the pagoda. Two years ago, Son developed a cataract in his left eye, which causes sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and he is worried about falling when walking, so he does not go places on his own. When Son learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours to seek treatment. On May 9th, doctors will perform cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly, allowing Son to se clearly, and to move about independently. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $253 to help fund this procedure. Son says: "I hope I can see well again so I can get around on my own and go back to the pagoda for ceremonies."