Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Rem, a 65-year-old grandmother and widow from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 2038 patients in 25 countries.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 2038 patients in 25 countries.
Rem is a 65-year-old widow. She has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago, so she lives with and is supported by her youngest daughter who works in a local garment factory. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda. One year ago, Rem developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. She spends most of her time in the house because she does not see well enough to walk outside. When Rem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 13th, 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. Now, she needs your help to fund this $253 procedure. Rem says, "I hope after surgery I will see clearly again. I hope to go outside and visit places on my own."
Heab is a 52-year-old rice farmer who lives with her husband. Heab and her two daughters and sons-in-law farm the same land, while Heab's husband, who is disabled, is unable to work. After a long day outside, Heab likes to listen to the news and to the monks praying on the radio. One year ago, Heab developed a cataract in her left eye, resulting in poor vision and light sensitivity. When Heab learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours to seek treatment. On May 5th, doctors will perform cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens will be implanted in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly, and to go places on her own again. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $253 to help fund this procedure. Heab says: "I hope after surgery I can see clearly again. I can go back to help my daughters plant rice and take care of my husband as well."
Kamsoth is a 39-year-old construction worker. He's married and his wife works in a local garment factory. The couple has one son and two daughters. In his free time, Kamsoth enjoys meeting friends for coffee, exercising to improve his health, listening to the news on the radio, and watching boxing on television. Kamsoth is diabetic and receives treatment from a local medical center. Since January, his left foot has been swollen and showing signs of severe infection. He underwent a wound debridement procedure, but his foot did not heal well, and the wound has reopened. Kamsoth experiences pain and it is difficult for him to walk. When Kamsoth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there hoping to undergo treatment. On April 25th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to allow his foot to heal. Now, Kamsoth needs help raising $487 to fund his procedure and care. Kamsoth shared, "I hope my pain will stop and the wound will heal so I can return to work."
Ryan is a handsome three-year-old boy and his mother's only child. He and his mother are supported by his grandmother, who works washing clothes for neighbors. In mid-2021, Ryan was frequently contracting common colds, and experienced difficulty sleeping and swelling of the tonsils. He visited many hospitals, and finally an ENT clinic where a doctor recommended that he undergo an adenotonsillectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove his adenoids and tonsils. If left untreated, Ryan will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of complications like nasal obstruction, infection, difficulty swallowing or even heart problems. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ryan receive treatment. On April 8th, he will undergo an adenotonsillectomy. After treatment, his symptoms will subside, his quality of life will improve, and he will be able to join school with no challenges. Now, he and his family need help raising $565 to fund his procedure and care. Ryan's grandmother shared, "we have seen our child suffer for a long time. We have tried all we could and our boy continues to suffer. We kindly seek sponsorship so that our boy can be happy and be ready to start school."
Song is a 63-year-old retired rice farmer with one daughter, two sons, and seven grandchildren. Song lives with her husband and their youngest daughter who is a garment worker. Song likes to watch the news and Khmer dramas on TV. Two years ago, Song developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. Song has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own. When Song learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 10th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund Song's surgery. Song said, "I hope after surgery my vision improves so I can travel, see things clearly, and visit the pagoda."
Hai is a 34-year-old who is married with one daughter in the 8th grade. Hai's wife works in a garment factory. In his free time, Hai enjoys watching TV and spending time with his family. Five months ago Hai noticed a mass on his right ankle. It has grown and caused pain since then. He traveled two and a half hours to reach our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). A biopsy of the mass showed pleomorphic sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. Surgeons plan perform a below knee amputation to prevent the cancer from spreading and Hai's family needs help raising $446 to fund the urgent treatment.
Ruth is a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, which is the capital of the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. She is her parent's first child. Ruth was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus, which causes blood to leak through a hole between two major blood vessels near her heart. The condition makes it difficult for Ruth's small heart to fully function. Fortunately, her condition is highly treatable with surgery. The care she needs is not available in Haiti, so our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance has arranged to take Ruth and her mother to the Dominican Republic, where doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole near her heart. The treatment, scheduled for May 25th, will stop blood from leaking into her blood vessels and should allow her to live a full life ahead. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 toward the surgery cost. Her family is raising $1,500 to help cover the rest of her treatment and related care, including travel for Ruth and her mother. Her mother shared, "Our family is very hopeful that after the surgery, our daughter will have more energy and a better appetite."
Alpha is a recent graduate from her internship in medicine and surgery and is currently volunteering at Ruhija Health Centre in southwestern Uganda where her husband works as a nurse. Alpha is a mother to a four-year-old girl who is currently in preschool. Their family does not have a house of their own yet, but are able to stay in the facility's staff quarters. During her free time, Alpha enjoys spending time with her daughter. Four years ago ago, Alpha began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe lower abdominal pains. Alpha was first treated for infections twice after the delivery of her daughter. Alpha then started experiencing pain that was so severe that at times it leads to fainting. Alpha has been diagnosed with a right complex ovarian cystic mass. Alpha's day-to-day duties have been greatly impacted due to persistent abdominal pain. If not treated, Alpha could develop ovarian cancer and could fail to conceive again. Alpha needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Alpha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a surgery to remove cancerous tissue on June 7th and AMH is raising $284 to fund Alpha's procedure. Alpha shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I can no longer practice my profession comfortably due to severe pain. I hope to get well again through surgery.”
Jonah is a 50-year-old farmer and a mother of three. She is a small-scale farmer along with her husband. Two years ago, Jonah began to experience neck swelling causing her fatigue and affecting her speech and breathing. She was diagnosed with Nodular Goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Jonah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 17th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Jonah says “I humbly appeal for your support for my surgery since I have tried all I could but in vain. I will be glad for your support and to be able to resume my activities after treatment.”
Zainab is a charming and beautiful 19-month-old girl. She and her two older siblings are being raised by their single mother after they separated from their father. Zainab's mother works as a fruit seller so that she can put food on the table for her children. Zainab was diagnosed with Bilateral Varus, a condition that causes her legs to be bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. It also leads to knee pain and osteoarthritis. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Zainab. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Zainab's mobility and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Zainab’s mother says, “Her legs keep widening I can’t even dress her in trousers because people stare at her legs.”
Alex is a student and is a very ambitious and active teenager from Kiambu, Kenya. He is the only child of a single mother, who is a hawker of different items. He is in high school and his mother shared that he has a passion for football and running. After schools were closed in March, Alex decided to go and visit his aunt who lives near Nazareth Hospital. Being playful as he is, he took a bicycle from his aunts’ house and decided to have a ride on last Saturday. Unfortunately, while riding, he tried to avoid a collision and he fell. He sustained an injury to his left hand. Now Alex is in pain, unable to use his hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 12th, Alex will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Alex's fracture will heal, he will be able to use his hand and also resume school. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. “I am feeling for my son, and hope he could receive the sponsorship so that he can be well before the school opens,” said Alex’s mother.
Jordan is a charming and playful three-year-old boy. He has a twin brother and they love playing together. Jordan comes from a family of five children who are being raised by their single mother. Jordan’s mother is working hard to raise her children by herself since her husband left home when Jordan and his twin brother were one year old. Jordan’s mother sells fruits in order to provide food for their family. Jordan has been diagnosed with right varus, where his right leg bows outward so that his knees do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has difficulty walking and playing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Jordan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 8th. Treatment will hopefully restore Jordan's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, keep up with his twin brother, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Jordan’s mother shared her hope for Jordan's care and said: “I am only able to get very little money through my fruit business; I will not be able to afford his treatment cost.”