The ladies we interviewed were gathered for us. Interviewing them after the fact has some difficulties. They were repeating from memory through an interpreter; no one was with them who had been there when they were treated.
Additionally they often had additional or ensuing problems and it was sometimes difficult to separate the ones for which they were treated by our fund.
All, except one, were treated in 2018/2019. Some had never been to a private hospital (or any hospital), or into the city. These were big and sometimes intimidating situations for them.
We informed them of the hospital/medical fund, and that churches and people in America made it possible for them to receive treatment and medication for their sickness and disease. Each person we interviewed expressed gratitude for the treatment they received.
Their photos appear below in order of their interview, with the exception of Filgona Anyanga whose daughter appeared on her behalf; so, there is no photo of Filgona.
MARGARITA OLWENY – 80 years
Margarita had paralysis in her right arm, chest pain, pain in her head, difficulty hearing.
She has been taken into Kisumu to a private hospital two times. She received x-rays. She has been receiving ongoing medication.
She is no longer paralyzed – she walked to the farm to receive distribution (but had a grandchild carry it for her). She heard us quite well, but we aren’t certain that the hearing problem was included in her treatment.
Rosemary has frequent, chronic cramps and pain, swelling in the left leg up to her hip, constipation and nausea. She was transported to a private hospital, given X-rays. No surgery is required. She is receiving medication, which is effective. It appears to be chronic. When the medication is gone and she reports it to the medical fund administrator she receives more medication. She is thankful for her medication, and is optimistic that she will overcome if she can continue the medication.
Pain in the left side of her abdomen and had great difficulty breathing. The medical fund administrator, Violet Odindo (Mama Faith) took her to the Kisumu District Hospital. X-rays resulted in the diagnosis of pneumonia. She was in the hospital for 5 days.
Monica stated that she is thankful to the Lord for her treatment; she “was dying and was saved”.
While being interviewed she said that she has blurred vision. She has been referred to Violet regarding examination and treatment of her eyes.
Filgona’s daughter, Celine Omanje came on behalf of her mother. Filgona had chest congestion, frequent fevers and joint pain.
She was taken to a hospital in Kisumu where she received X-rays. She was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. She was treated with an inhaler (at 350 Kenya Shillings per inhaler - $3.50). She has improved since then; however, the condition is chronic and once the medication is finished the symptoms return. When Filgona informs the medical fund administrator of her need she is provided with more medication.
Drugs for Malaria
Hospital admission to try to save a baby’s life
Surgery on the intestines of a widow
Hospital admission on a boy critically ill
Special glasses for a man almost blind whose wife had run away because of his condition
Hospitalisation with pneumonia
Brain scan on destitute widow
Treatment of ear infection on destitute widow
Medicine for eyes
Meds for kidney stones
Hospital visit for widow with mental illness
Treatment of orphans with eye and ear infections
Meds for arthritis
Treatment of orphans with malaria and ringworms
Surgery on a mother at conception
Help with cost of an amputation for a widow
Treatment for Mama Margarita, a leprosy victim
Drugs for blood pressure
Hospital treatment for a woman with a urinal tract infection
Kidney infection treatment
Hospital treatment for Perez after 14 years of bleeding
Treatment for one of the pastors after a motorbike accident
BLESS - John and Marty