Suresh joined Watsi on July 25th, 2017. Two years ago, Suresh joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Suresh's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Doreen, a 35-year-old farmer from Uganda, to fund a C-section so she can safely welcome her child into the world.
Suresh has funded healthcare for 101 patients in 10 countries.
Suresh has funded healthcare for 101 patients in 10 countries.
Doreen is a 35-year-old small-scale farmer who lives with her family in Uganda. Although she currently farms primarily to feed her family, she hopes to one day open a place where people can come and enjoy a meal. Doreen is currently expecting her fourth child. Her doctors are recommending that she deliver via Caesarean section because there has been only a brief interval between her current pregnancy and her most recent delivery. Additionally, because Doreen previously delivered via C-Section, her physicians are concerned that she might experience uterine rupture if she delivers naturally this time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Doreen undergo a C-Section on August 16th at their care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale. Doreen needs your support to fund this $252 procedure, which should ensure the safety of both her and her baby. Doreen says, “I hope that with your support financially, I will be able to deliver successfully.”
Aloysius is a 4-month-old baby boy, living with his parents and two siblings in a three room mud hut. His mother is a small-scale farmer, while his father is a driver around their village. Since June, Aloysius has had an umbilical hernia. He developed an umbilical swelling very soon after his birth, and his mother brought him to Maziba Health Centre, where the hernia was treated. In August the hernia reappeared, and began to rapidly increase in size. If the hernia is left untreated, strangulation could occur, jeopardizing Aloysius' health and future. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Aloysius's surgery, which is scheduled to take place on September 10th at Rushoroza Hospital. Once completed, Aloysius should be able to live more comfortably and grow up healthy. Aloysius' mother says: “My son is not well and needs treatment. I pray that he may get well through surgery so that he may grow well and live a better and healthy life.”
Yves is a young man from Haiti. He lives with his parents and sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince; they have been caring for him since he fell ill about five years ago. Prior to his illness, he worked as a clerk for a local business. Yves has a cardiac condition called severe rheumatic mitral insufficiency. One of the four valves of his heart was severely damaged by a rheumatic fever that he suffered a number of years ago, and cannot adequately pump blood through his heart and body. The care Yves is not available anywhere in Haiti, so Yves will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On September 12th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $9000 to pay for surgery. Yves's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep and travel. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It will also pay for the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Yves's family overseas, and the cost of obtaining Yves' passport. Says Yves: "I am hopeful that I can get back to a healthy and independent life once my heart problem is fixed!"
Rose is a seven-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is an only child to her mother, who unfortunately passed away when she was one year old. She is now in the care of her aunt. Her aunt's husband practices farming and grows corn, sorghum, and potatoes. Rose had not been enrolled in school prior to this year due to her aunt's concerns about her condition, but she is now enrolled in kindergarten. Rose has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition where the foot is twisted out of shape. When she was three, her aunt noticed that she would fall every time she walked and that her legs seemed to be weakening. Rose currently experiences difficulty walking, playing, and carrying out other daily activities. Fortunately, Rose and her family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Rose's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Rose’s aunt shares, “...I would love to get her condition corrected, but I have no means.”
Kidus is a five-month-old baby from Ethiopia who is his parents' first child. Some of his favorite activities include breast feeding and playing with his mother. His parents are both students and farmers. They earn their income by selling fruits from their farm; however, the weather in their area is very sunny and their land is dry, which makes their harvest limited. Kidus was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Kidus recently underwent a colostomy, an intestinal procedure that inserts a colostomy bag. His parents share that paying for this surgery was very difficult. They had to borrow the money from individual loaners, and it has been difficult for them to repay it. In the middle of these challenging times, they heard about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, and their care center, BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre. Kidus's parents decided to seek financial assistance so he could complete the series of surgeries he needs. Kidus is now scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on August 17th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kidus's procedure and care. After his recovery, Kidus will no longer experience bowel dysfunction and will be able to live more comfortably and confidently. Kidus's dad says, “We were happy that we got this opportunity. We hope that our child will get the treatment and make stool just like other people.”
Khristopher is a six-year-old boy from Malawi who attends primary school. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. To support their family, his parents work as small-scale farmers. When Khristopher was one year old, he began to experience frequent stomachaches. Although his parents thought they would go away, the stomachaches persisted. At three years old, his condition worsened and swelling began to occur in a sensitive area every time Khristopher cried, coughed, or did anything strenuous. His parents shared that these symptoms worry them as they helplessly watch their child in pain due to this condition. He was eventually diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia, and his doctor referred him to a different hospital for surgery. However, due to financial constraints that prevented their family from being able to pay for transportation and medical expenses, Khristopher’s father decided to continue trying to heal Khristopher using traditional methods. For another three years, Khristopher was treated with traditional herbs. Unfortunately, these methods were not successful, and his condition persisted. His father decided to seek medical care once more, so he brought Khristopher to our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Khristopher receive treatment. On August 4th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital. AMHF is requesting $846 to fund Khristopher's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and prevent future complications. Khristopher’s father says, “I have prayed and hoped for a solution to my son’s condition, and I now have faith that he will be cured.”
Zerida is a widow, living in southwestern Uganda. She is a mother of 11 children, who lost her husband in 1999. While she does small scale farming, this is becoming increasingly difficult for her, given her advanced age and health issues. A year ago, Zerida began experiencing episodes of lower abdominal pain, backaches, and other symptoms. She has been diagnosed with uterine myomas. Without treatment, she is at risk of anaemia, and persistent back and lower abdominal pain. The doctors have told Zerida that she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, in order to resolve her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Zerida's surgery, which is scheduled for May 19th, at the Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale. Once she has recovered, Zerida should be able to resume her daily activities, free of pain. Zerida says: “I am a widow and have no support since the death of my husband. I really need the surgery, but I am not able to pay for the cost.”
Nelvis is a very playful baby boy and the only child in his family. He was born when his mother was still a student in secondary school, form three. She had to take a break from her studies for some time to take care of her newborn baby. They do not receive any support from his father. Early this year, she resumed schooling and Nelvis is under the care of her aunt. When he was born, Nelvis' mother first noticed that something seemed different for Nelvis and his aunt also shared the concern. Nelvis’ grandmother advised them to bring him to BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival, he was examined and diagnosed with cryptorchidism where one or both of the testes fail to descend. The medical team has recommended surgery to cure his condition. If left untreated, Nelvis has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Nelvis will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 21st. Now, Nelvis and his family need help raising $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Nelvis' mother says, “When I learned that my son needed surgery, I was very much worried and stressed out as I have no money to cater for the surgery.”
Sai lives with his parents and sister in a village in Karen State in the border region of Burma where there is currently a lot of violence and instability. His sister is a teacher, while both he and his parents run a shop from their home, selling various items such as snacks, drinks, dry goods, and cement. In his free time, he loves to play cane ball with his friends. In early November 2021, Sai received treatment for COVID-19. While getting treatment, doctors also discovered that he was born with a hole in his heart, and he was diagnosed with atrial septal defect. A doctor in Yangon confirmed his diagnosis and told him that he needs surgery. He recommended he go to Thailand as the only other option was to receive surgery at a military hospital in Burma, which have been impacted in the recent humanitarian crisis. Sai's aunt suggested he seek treatment at a clinic in Thailand and he was referred to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for financial support to make his care possible. Now, Sai is raising $1,500 for his Atrial Septal Defect Closure procedure, which is scheduled for July 12th. Sai said, “I would like to receive surgery as soon as possible so that I can help my parents like before. Now, my father has to do all the hard and heavy work, which is not good for him as he is getting old.”
Ngok Yiv is a 19-year-old who sells fish along with her husband. In her free time Ngok Yiv enjoys playing games on her phone and listening to music. On May 17th, Ngok Yiv fell and fractured her right femur, making it difficult for her to walk and do her daily work. She went to a private clinic for treatment, but could not afford the cost of repair surgery. Her neighbor told her about our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) and she traveled there hoping to get the care she needs to be out of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 1st, Ngok Yiv will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $483. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Ngok Yiv says, "I hope I can get around easily without a wheelchair after this surgery and I can return to work."
Evalyn is a 51-year-old farmer living in Uganda. She shared with us that she had to drop out of school at a young age, because her family did not have the money to pay for the school fees but she has worked hard to make a good life for her and her family. Five years ago, Evalyn's husband died, leaving her without the support she needs to care for the four children that are still living at home. She has two older children are grown up and now married. Three years ago, Evalyn began to experience troubling symptoms, including swelling in her neck, and difficulty with swallowing and breathing. Evalyn was seen by doctors at the Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale, where she was diagnosed with a goiter, which needs to be surgically removed to prevent her symptoms from worsening. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Evalyn receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 17th, when doctors will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Evalyn and her family are seeking $252 to fund her procedure. Evalyn says: "As a widow, I'm finding it hard to raise money for my surgery. I will be delighted if you support me so that I can resume farming and provide for my family."
Baraka is a teenager and the oldest in his family of four. He currently studies in class six. Bakara's mother practices small-scale farming of maize, sorghum, and millet to provide food for the family. Baraka and his mother both experience epilepsy, and Bakara had a seizure that led to an accident. He suffered severe burns to his right leg and is unable to straighten his leg at the knee due to the burn contractures. Bakara can only walk with the use of a walking stick. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Baraka receive treatment. On June 7th, surgeons will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him walk easily. AMH is requesting $874 to help fund this procedure. Baraka says, “I would be so happy if I can have a chance to walk normally.”