Margaret joined Watsi on December 3rd, 2019. Four years ago, Margaret joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Margaret's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Rose, a 48-year-old mother from Uganda, to fund a hysterectomy so she can return to work and care for her children.
Margaret has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 11 countries.
Margaret has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 11 countries.
Rose is a 48-year-old mother from Uganda who teaches grade five at Rwengiri Primary School in Rukungiri district. She currently married to her second husband and is the sole caretaker of her two children, who are currently attending secondary school. Presently, she earns a living and sustains her family's needs through teaching. For 6 months, Rose has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pain. She was tolerating the pain until it began to affect her work performance and quality of life. For example, she cannot stand for long periods of time. Without treatment, Rose may need to quit her job because she can't concentrate due to the pain and discomfort. Rose has been diagnosed as being perimenopausal and having multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Rose is scheduled to have this surgery on August 3rd with our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH), and they are requesting $219 to fully fund the procedure. Once recovered, Rose will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Rose says, “I have been battling with this condition with no chances of operation due to my financial inadequacy. I kindly appeal for any possible support to enable me to have good health thus resuming to teaching for a living.”
Meet Maria, a one-year-old with Down Syndrome from La Paz, Bolivia, who lives with her parents; her father is a musician, and her mother is a student. Maria was born with two holes in her heart: one between the two upper chambers, and another between the two lower chambers. Because of her heart defect, blood leaks through the holes, leaving her weak and short of breath. To improve her quality of life, skilled surgeons with our medical partner, International Cardiac Alliance, will sew both of the holes closed so that blood flows normally through her heart and body. Her family is currently reaching out for your assistance in raising $1,500 to support the cost of this treatment. Your help can make a significant difference in Maria's life and her family's journey towards her health and well-being. Her mother shared: "Our family was so happy to learn that our daughter can have this chance to have her heart fixed!"
Mekides is a 2-year-old toddler and the youngest of four who lives with her family in Ethiopia. Her father is a traditional farmer, while her mother is a homemaker. She loves milk, playing ball, and laughing with her mom and dad. She feels so happy when her dad brings home a new pair of shoes and a dress for her. Mekides was born with a birth defect called Hirschprung disease. She has an abnormally functioning segment of her bowel. This condition has been a struggle for the family to cope with. Mekides previously underwent a colostomy creation and now needs a colonic pull-through, where the diseased section of her intestine will be removed and the healthy portion will be pulled down. Doctors with our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH) will perform this surgery on July 25th and are requesting $1,500 to fully fund the procedure. This surgery will help Mekides thrive with the other children in her village. Mekides' dad said “After her treatment, I believe she will heal. I will not give her the duty to do labour work as other girls have in my area. But I will educate her. I will work hard to upgrade her life and give her a quality life. I gave her to God, believing God will lead her to a better future.”
Dennis is a one-month-old baby boy and the firstborn child of his parents. Dennis and his parents live with Dennis' grandparents in Tanzania, where they rely on Dennis' grandfather for support. Dennis' grandfather- who is a construction technician and a farmer- provides for his wife, six of their children, and three grandchildren. Dennis was born with bilateral congenital contracture of his knees and bilateral clubfoot. His mother was devastated when these conditions were discovered, and she immediately started seeking treatment for Dennis. Fortunately, Dennis' mother was referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, for treatment. As a result, Dennis will undergo clubfoot repair surgery on May 9th at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. After the surgery, Dennis will be able to wear shoes and walk easily. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is requesting $935 to fund Dennis' clubfoot repair. Dennis’ mother says: "I hope my son will get treatment to get better so that he gets to enjoy his life ahead."
Thaw is a 5-year-old boy who lives with a large family in Burma. His whole family works as agricultural day labourers. He has not yet started his schooling because he is young and because of his health condition. Thaw enjoys playing with other children in their neighborhood. He also enjoys practicing writing the Burmese alphabet, which his brother has taught him. Thaw was born with a congenital condition affecting his lower digestive tract. He underwent surgery a few days after he was born and again when he was two years old. Now the doctor wants to perform a reverse colostomy, an operation to improve the function of his lower digestive tract. Our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of Thaw's surgery scheduled for June 12th. Thaw's father said, "Both us [my wife and I], have to watch him constantly because we are worried that he will get an infection... Currently, half of our income goes towards his medical expenses, which makes it difficult for our family to survive."
Melesh is a playful and smiley four year old girl who lives with her mother, two brothers and one sister in Ethiopia. She is the youngest of the four children, and loves going to school. Melesh's older siblings have finished high school, but did not proceed to university, and are currently unemployed. Her mother - who is divorced from Melesh's father - makes and sells traditional beverages for a living. Her mom shared that their family does not receive any support from the father. Melesh was born with a rare, congenital anomaly, called bladder exstrophy. As a result of this condition, the abdominal wall doesn't fully form as the bladder is developing, leaving the pubic bones separated, and the bladder exposed to the outside surface of the skin. Urine leaks directly into Melesh's abdomen, so that she suffers from infections and other symptoms. In fact, Melesh has stopped going to school because the other children insult her because of her condition. Melesh's mother is worried, as Melesh has isolated herself to avoid being stigmatized by the community. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,500 to fund the Mainz Pouch procedure which if successful, should enable Melesh to pass urine normally. Surgery is scheduled for May 16th at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre, and should allow Melesh to resume the life of a happy and healthy four year old. Melesh's mother said: “I will educate her once she gets the surgery and heals. I will work on keeping her clean. I hope she will be content and healthy."
Solomon is a jovial and social 12-year-old boy, living with his family in Oldaraja village in Kajiado County in Kenya. He is clever, innovative, and aspires to be an engineer. Solomon's mother sells Maasai blankets at a small shop in the village, while his father passed away last year. Solomon also has two siblings. Solomon was healthy at birth. However, at five years of age, his mother noticed that his knees knocked against one another when he walked and that he would sometimes fall down as a result of the positioning of his legs. Due to a lack of information and finances, the family could not get access to a hospital. A doctor in Kajiado, who spotted Solomon in the village, referred the family to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. On April 18th, Solomon is scheduled to undergo an angular deformity correction procedure at AIC Cure International Hospital, which will cost $1,224. This life-changing surgery will enable Solomon to walk easily, play with his friends, and continue with his education. Now Solomon and his family are looking to you to help raise the necessary funds. “I will appreciate your help in correcting my legs so I can walk well without knees knocking each other,” Solomon told us.
Negash, who is five years old, is the youngest of the six children in his family. Their family lives in rural Ethiopia, where his parents are farmers who grow wheat and barley. Additionally, they work as daily laborers on government construction projects to earn extra money to support their family. A few years ago, Negash's parents learned that he had been born with hypospadias, a congenital condition that causes urinary dysfunction. The doctors at the hospital in Sekota told the family that Negash would need to return for treatment when he turned four years old. As the hospital in Sekota could not perform the procedure required to address Negash's condition, a social worker accompanied the family to Addis Ababa, helping to cover all of their travel costs. However, the family needs money to pay for the surgery that Negash must have in order to prevent him from higher risk of cancer and infertility, and other worrying symptoms in the future. Fortunately, Negash is now scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 30th at BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Negash's father said: “I want my son to be completely well. I hope he will be well educated and become a president.”
Khin is a 65-year-old woman who lives with her daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren in Tak Province, Thailand. Three years ago Khin, who is retired, moved to Thailand from Burma in order to live with her daughter. Currently, the vision in Khin’s right eye is blurred as a result of a cataract. Khin finds it difficult to help with household chores, as she has to rely on her left eye alone. She finds that if she tries to focus on something, she develops a headache. She worries she might lose the vision in her left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Khin. On February 23rd, doctors at Mae Sot General Hospital will perform cataract surgery, implanting an intraocular lens in Khin's eye, restoring her vision. Khin said: “I feel like I am losing an eye since I cannot see with my right eye. I am also worried about losing vision in my other eye. I am afraid to undergo surgery, but I want my vision back so that I can see people’s faces again. I feel sorry for my children, and I pity them since they need to help me with everything. I felt really happy when I learned that a donor will support my treatment cost.”
Sunn is a 71-year-old widower and retired farmer, living in Kandal province in Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. Except for his youngest daughter - who lives with him - all of his other children are married and live elsewhere. Ten years ago Sunn fractured his left forearm in a work accident. He underwent surgery at a local hospital to correct his injury, and plates and screws were placed to stabilize the fracture. Five months ago, after lifting a heavy weight, his arm became deformed and swollen. He has insufficient funds to return to the local hospital, but the metal from the implanted plates and screws is visible, and he is living with constant pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 11th, Sunn will undergo debridement and a hardware removal procedure, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. This surgery will decrease the risk of further injury, and allow for proper healing. Now Sunn needs your help to fund the $304 cost of the operation. Sunn shared: " I hope after surgery my left forearm will have no pain, no swelling, and no infection. I need to use my arm to watch my grandchildren and help my family."
Kimberly is a 5-month-old baby girl. She lives in a small city in central Bolivia with her parents, who work in the mining industry, and three siblings. Kimberly was born with several defects in her heart, including a hole between the two upper chambers as well as a second hole between the two lower chambers. As a result of these conditions, her heart struggles to pump blood through her body. During surgery, doctors will be able to sew these holes shut so that her heart functions well and is stronger. Her surgery is scheduled for January 19th. Fortunately, the organization, Gift of Life International, is subsidizing part of Kimberly's medical care, but her family still needs help to fund the remaining $1,500. Kimberly's mother says, "Our family is very hopeful that this surgery will be a success!"
Angelika is a caring daughter from the Philippines. The eldest of 5 children, she stopped studying due to inadequate finances, and also to support her younger siblings. Her mother works as a part-time laundress, while her father is still recovering from tuberculosis. Despite her eagerness to support her family, she failed to land a job because of her medical condition. In 2021, Angelika began to experience troubling symptoms, including sudden weight loss, bulging eyes, and amenorrhea. Worried about her condition, she decided to be checked by a doctor. She was advised to undergo series of tests. She was diagnosed with Papillary thyroid carcinoma, which appears as an irregular solid or cystic mass or nodule. It is the most frequent thyroid neoplasm and carries the best overall prognosis. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Angelika receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 17th at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $890 to cover the cost of Angelika's procedure and care. Angelika shared, "Once treated, I'd be able to apply for jobs and will be able to support my family again. Thank you for this opportunity, WATSI, and World Surgical Foundation Philippines. May the Lord bless you."