Marie-Elisabeth joined Watsi on May 1st, 2013. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Marie-Elisabeth's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Lisa, a three-year-old girl from Tanzania, to fund corrective surgery to heal her legs so she can walk and play.
Marie-Elisabeth has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 14 countries.
Marie-Elisabeth has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 14 countries.
Lisa is a three-year-old girl and the last-born in a family of three children. Lisa’s mother is currently staying at her parent’s home after her husband left her and their three children. She couldn’t pay rent and feeding her children was a big challenge thus she decided to seek help and support from her parents. Lisa was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, where her legs bow outwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Lisa walks with an unusual gait and has pain when walking due to her legs curving outwards. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Lisa. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lisa's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Lisa’s mother says “I have watched her legs worsen day by day but there was nothing I could do due to my financial problems. Please help.”
Winfred is a 50-year-old woman and a married mother of five children. She loves singing and is a member of a local choir. When she is at home, she tends to her farm to earn a living, while her husband works as a coffee trader. For 12 years, Winfred has had an umbilical hernia. For years, the swollen area on her abdomen was not painful, but over the last six months, she has begun to experience pain in the area. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Winfred receive treatment. After a visit to AMH's care center, she was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia and surgery was recommended. If left untreated, Winfred will be at risk of hernia strangulation, which could be fatal. On December 8th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $230 to fund her procedure and care. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Winfred shared, "I desire to wake up with the condition treated so that I can lead a normal life free of pain."
Ar is a 28-year-old man who lives with his wife, three sons, and two daughters in a refugee camp. Originally from Burma, his family fled to Thailand 20 years ago due to civil war. His children attend school, except for his youngest daughter, who is not yet old enough. His wife is a homemaker and Ar works as a day laborer when work is available. Ar's family shared that, in addition to his day laborer pay, they receive a monthly cash card from The Border Consortium to purchase food in the refugee camp. Overall, the family's total monthly income is just enough to cover their basic needs. On September 2nd, Ar climbed a tamarind tree to pick tamarinds fruit. When the branch he was standing on suddenly broke, he fell and landed on his right arm and experienced pain in his back. He visited the camp hospital that day, and the medic initially determined that his arm was not broken. Due to recent positive COVID-19 cases in the refugee camp, Ar could not be immediately referred to the local hospital for further testing and was kept for observation at the camp hospital. When the pain in Ar's back and arm did not subside the next day, the medic referred Ar to the local hospital. After receiving a negative COVID-19 test, Ar was finally able to visit the hospital on September 6th, where he received an X-ray for his arm and a blood test for a second COVID-19 test. The X-ray revealed that his upper right arm is broken. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Ar will undergo surgery on September 8th to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure will enable Ar to continue working in the future. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Ar shared, "I am scared to receive surgery. But I was told that I will not be able to work using my right arm if I do not receive surgery, so I gave my consent to the doctor. I hope that I will be able to work again after I receive treatment."
Peace is a 43-year-old teacher and mother of three from Uganda. Her eldest daughter finished university recently but is not yet employed while Peace's other two children are still in school. Peace graduated as a third grade teacher and has since been teaching. During her free time, she loves tending to her domestic animals and farming. Since the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, her employment has been affected. Her husband is a boda-boda (cargo bike) driver but the income is also small to make ends meet and afford sufficient medical care. Peace was experiencing lower abdominal pain for the past two years ago. She has been diagnosed with cystocele with a poorly healed 3rd-degree tear. She tried seeking treatment from a different health center but could not receive the treatment due to the cost of surgery. Her friend recommended she visit Nyakibale Hospital. She was reviewed and her doctors recommended uterine prolapse repair surgery. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 24th, Peace will undergo surgery. She will be free from the pain which she experiences daily. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting support to fund this treatment. Peace says “I am worried I may lose my family but I have hope that once I am operated on, all will be fine and I will be relieved from this discomfort and pain.”
Srey Pov is a 22-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has two brothers and two sisters. Srey Pov has been married for three years and her husband is a tractor driver. Together, they have one son. In March, Srey Pov was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of her left arm. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. She is unable to lift her left arm and she cannot work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Center (CSC), is helping Srey Pov receive treatment. She traveled to CSC's care center where, on June 14th, she will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, she will be able to use her arm again. Now, she needs help to fund this $696 procedure. Srey Pov shared, "I hope I can use my arm again so I can return to work at the garment factory and do my housework."
Salome is a jovial but very timid student. Her mother does most of the talking as she lovingly clings to her. Currently a fourth-grade student, and she aspires to be a teacher in the future. Salome is the second born in a family of four. Her older sibling is 17 years old, and the youngest is 8 years of age. Her father is a casual laborer who transports meat to butcheries around the Kagwe area in Kenya. Her mother is also a casual laborer and tends to farms for a living. They live in their ancestral home on a quarter an acre farm. Since birth, Salome has had an umbilical hernia. If not treated, the hernia could result in intestinal tissue damage and/or death. Fortunately, on August 26th, she will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $585 to fund Salome's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and to continue her studies. Salome’s mother says, “My baby has had this condition since birth. We have not been able to take her to a hospital because we are financially struggling. I hope her condition does not threaten her life.”
Piseth is an eight-year-old student, with one sister and one brother. His best subject in school is reading, and in his free time he enjoys playing football with his friends. Two months ago, Piseth developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst in the tear gland, in his left eye. The chalazion causes him pain, itchiness, and irritation, and it is difficult for him to see clearly and read in school. Piseth traveled with his father to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On May 20th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Piseth's symptoms should improve. Now, his family needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Piseth shared, "I hope my eye gets better so I can study easier at school and play with my friends."
Niwabiine is a 46-year-old farmer from Western Uganda. She has four children and is solely in charge of providing for them since she lost her husband in 2010. Through farming passion fruit, carrots, and cabbage, she is able to provide for her family. For over 15 years, Niwabiine has had a lipoma on her left hand. Initially, it was growing gradually and was painless. Recently though, she has experienced pain and swelling, limiting the use of her left hand. Efforts to seek treatment were difficult initially and Niwabiine managed with medicine. When she was examined at a local hospital, she was diagnosed with a left axillary lipoma that requires excision. Without treatment, she will continue to have persistent pain and the lipoma will continue to grow. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Niwabiine to receive treatment. Niwabiine traveled to AMH's care center and on March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, she needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Niwabiine shared, “I always found it hard to have surgery since I never had the money, but now I kindly request for your support to make my surgery possible so that I can keep up with farming.”
Son is a 51-year-old rice and vegetable farmer with two sons and four daughters. Son lives with her husband who is also a farmer and their youngest daughter who is still a student. In her free time, Son enjoys playing with her grandchildren, teaching her daughter to cook, and tailoring clothes for her family. Seven years ago, Son had a severe ear infection that caused a perforated eardrum in her left ear. As a result, Son experiences chronic pain, ear discharge, hearing loss, and ringing in her ears and she cannot communicate clearly with others. Son traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 16th, she'll undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Son shared, "I hope my hearing will improve and I can be free of pain."
Rebecca is a 1-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of two children and has started to grow into a strong and beautiful girl. Both of her parents depend on small scale farming to support their family. Rebecca was initially brought to the hospital by her parents seeking treatment to help correct her spina bifida condition. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord fail to form properly. This puts a child in danger of limb paralyses or death in case of a severe infection. At the time, Rebecca's parents could not afford the proposed surgery. Luckily, one of their friends advised them to seek help at our medical partner's care center, ALMC Plaster House. Through Watsi funding, Rebecca’s life was saved and she has been growing well since then. However, a few weeks ago, Rebecca's mother noticed her daughter's head was increasing in size at a very fast rate and she was complaining of headaches. Her parents had worked hard to save some money and got a health insurance card for their baby, so they decided to take her to the hospital to seek treatment. There, Rebecca was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. She needs to have an ETV surgery that will help relieve her of the pressure build-up, which would otherwise lead to brain damage. Unfortunately, their insurance has not matured enough to cover this kind of major surgery, so Rebecca's parents are appealing for financial support to help her. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Rebecca that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 25th and will drain the excess fluid from Rebecca's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Rebecca will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Rebecca’s mother shared, “My daughter’s head is increasing in size and it is making her sick. She needs surgery but the insurance we got for her cannot cover the cost. Please help once more if it is possible because we don’t know where to run to for help besides all of you.”
Song Heu is a 28-year-old man from Cambodia. He has three older sisters and to support their family, Song Heu's mother sells vegetables in the market and his father is a tuk tuk driver. In his free time, Song Heu enjoys exercising, listening to music, playing games on his phone, meeting with friends to discuss problems, and doing house work. Last month, Song Heu was attacked by someone trying to steal his motorbike. The thief cut Song Heu's left arm and neck with a knife, causing paralysis. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left arm side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Now, Song Heu has a scar on his left neck and has no control of his left shoulder, elbow, or hand. He cannot lift his arm at all and therefore is unable to work. Fortunately, Song Heu traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 17th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, Song Heu will regain use of his left arm. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Song Heu shared, "I hope I can use my arm again with full function so I can resume my normal life activities."
Lim is a 73-year-old rice farmer in Cambodia. She has three daughters, four sons and 30 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys going to the pagoda, participating in ceremonies, and listening to the monk's prayers. Five years ago, Lim developed a cataract in her right eye eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside. When Lim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Lim's husband says, "I saw my wife having eye pain, so I worry about her and I want to her to see better."