Irja joined Watsi on April 17th, 2014. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Irja's most recent donation traveled 5,400 miles to support Ohin Zain, a future teacher from Thailand, to fund fracture repair surgery so he can use his arm again.
Irja has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 8 countries.
Irja has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 8 countries.
Ohin Zain is a six-year-old boy who lives with his parents and his brother in a refugee camp. Ohin Zain and his brother usually study in the refugee camp but all schools have been closed since July 1st due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the refugee camp. Ohin Zain's mother is a homemaker and his father works as a construction day labourer in the camp. Every month, Ohin Zain’s household receives 1,300 baht (approx. 43.33 USD) on a cash card from an organisation The Border Consortium. Their total monthly income is not enough for their daily expenses and sometimes, they have to borrow money with interest from their neighbour. In his free time, Ohin Zain shared that he enjoys playing with friends and drawing pictures. On the afternoon of October 24th, Ohin Zain and his friends went swimming in a stream outside of the refugee camp. While playing in the water, Ohin Zain slipped on a stone and hit his right arm against the stone. He went home and immediately his mother brought him to the clinic in the refugee camp, run by International Rescue Committee (IRC). At the clinic, a doctor examined his right arm and referred him to a nearby hospital. When they arrived at the hospital, Ohin Zain received an X-ray. The doctor explained that his lower arm is broken and that he will need to receive surgery. Currently, Ohin Zain’s right lower arm is very painful and swollen. He cannot grab nor lift anything. He cannot play nor sleep well because of the pain. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ohin Zain will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for October 27th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Ohin Zain be free from pain and will enable him to extend his arm and move it around. Ohin Zain said, “When I recover, I will try to study hard because I want to become a teacher. I would like to teach children.”
Nuriya is 2-year-old toddler from Ethiopia who loves his mom and dad very much and always wants to be with them. Nuriya enjoys chatting and playing with his parents. Now he also has a three-month-old baby sister. His parents are working hard to raise them both. They shared that they went through a lot as a previous immigrant in Saudi Arabia and their family now decided to stay in their home country to raise a family and support it from their homeland. Nuriya's grandparents gave his parents a small piece of land that they are now farming. However, the fruit that they farm is only enough to maintain the daily needs of the family. Nuriya was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Nuriya is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Nuriya was also born with another birth condition that Watsi donors supported for treatment and his family is tremendously grateful for support. Nuriya's mother is inspired by the care he is receiving, “I hope he will be a doctor in the future. Just as the doctor who treated him and changed his health in the past, I want him to grow and treat so many kids with sickness and disability.”
Lucy is a farmer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of an 11-month-old baby. Lucy has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Lucy. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 12. After treatment, Lucy will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Lucy says, “I wish to be there and see my child grow. I appeal for assistance.”
Sky is a child from Uganda. He has one older brother. His father is a driver, and his mother sells charcoal. Sky was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Sky has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Sky will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 13. AMHF is requesting $199 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Sky's mother says, "My son was born without testis. This condition needs surgery and I am unable to pay for it."
Komurere is a 63-year-old farmer and mother of six from Uganda. Komurere has been living with a painful swelling on her left buttock for the past five years that has grown and become more painful over time. Komurere says that due to her condition, she feels uncomfortable and often experiences pain when sitting. On June 29, Komurere will undergo mass removal surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $187 to fund surgical materials, medication and three nights of hospital stay. After her recovery, Komurere will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Komurere says, “I hope to have peace of mind and continue with farming to make sure I care for the children I was left with by my husband.”
Natukunda is a 36-year-old primary school teacher from Uganda. She lives with her two children and her husband, who works as a carpenter. As she and her husband have been taking out loans and paying rent on their house, they cannot afford the cost of the surgery that Natukunda needs. For the past four years, Natukunda has had a mass on her neck that has progressively grown in size. She was recently diagnosed with a multinodular goitre, and a thyroidectomy was recommended. Without treatment, the mass will continue to grow and Natukunda will experience further medical difficulties, like trouble swallowing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $240 to cover the cost of Natukunda's surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 27 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "I hope to continue teaching after treatment," says Natukunda.
Meng Leang is a 25-year-old bank teller. He has three sisters and two brothers. He likes to watch Thai movies, read magazines, and relax at home. In September, Meng Leang was in a motorcycle accident, and he injured his right shoulder. He was treated with Khmer traditional medicine, but his symptoms did not improve. It became difficult for him to use his right shoulder, and he was in pain. When Meng Leang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for four hours to seek treatment. There, he was diagnosed with chronic shoulder dislocation. On December 7, surgeons at CSC performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure in Meng Leang's right shoulder to relieve him of pain and allow him to use his arm comfortably again. CSC is requesting $411 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I can use my right shoulder better and without any pain," he shares.
Hilario is a 23-year-old man from Guatemala. He works as a shoemaker in a local workshop to support his young children, wife, and grandfather. He lives with his family in a cinderblock house with a tin roof and a dirt floor. Hilario's loves to play soccer and go to church. Recently, however, his vision began to worsen. He could no longer play soccer, and he worried that he would become unable to work. In October 2016, Watsi donors funded Hilario's cataract surgery. However, when Hilario arrived for his scheduled surgery, his doctor realized that he did not have cataracts. He simply needed glasses to correct his poor eyesight. On December 5, Hilario received a new pair of glasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $552 to pay for Hilario's transportation from his rural village, his evaluation by an ophthalmologist and an optometrist, a custom pair of glasses, and follow-up care to adjust and correct his glasses. "I need glasses to help improve my vision because I cannot recognize people or things from far away, which makes it hard to work and even go out and walk on my own," says Hilario. "I appreciate the support because I don't have the resources to buy glasses."
“Hassan has been experiencing on and off scrotal swelling,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “He has recently started to cry when urinating.” Four-month-old Hassan lives with his mother and grandmother in Tanzania. He has a hernia, a condition in which pressure pushes part of his intestines through an opening, or weak spot, between his abdomen and scrotum. “If not treated,” says AMHF, “it may cause intestinal obstruction and endanger Hassan’s life.” Hassan’s mother works on a farm to earn money to take of her son, but she does not earn enough to pay for the surgery that Hassan needs. $610 will pay for surgery in which doctors suture the herniated tissue back in place. Funding for Hassan’s treatment also includes three days of post-operative hospital care and a one-week stay at The Plaster House, a home where children from all over Tanzania can recover after surgery. “I hope my son will get better. I wish to see him grow up like other children, go to school and live an independent life when he grows up,” says Hassan’s mother.
“Anna is shy around people she doesn’t know, but she quickly makes friends and becomes comfortable being around strangers,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Meet Anna, a four-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of five children, and her parents work as small scale farmers, growing and selling maize and beans. At the age of two, Anna’s legs started bending inward, causing knock-knees. Today, “Anna is unable to walk without knocking her knees, affecting her gait and the ability to walk or ran fast," AMHF tells us. If untreated, “Anna will be at risk of developing early osteoarthritis.” “Despite her condition, Anna likes to run around with her brother who also has the same problem,” shares AMHF. “She enjoys pulling a car made out of wire and wooden tires, competing with her brother to see who can ran faster while pulling the cars.” Anna requires treatment that will straighten her legs through a combination of casting, surgery, and realignment. This surgery will cost $940, and will help her to “have better gait and ability to walk long distance without feeling pain on the knees.” “My wish is for my daughter to be able to walk properly, so that when it is time to go to school she will have the ability to walk the long distance to school," her mother shares.
"I hope my baby becomes a teacher when she or he grows up," says Jackline, a 20-year-old expecting mother from Kenya. Jackie is training to be a dressmaker right now and hopes to one day own her own shop. Her husband is a youth peer. "Jackline and her husband go to the farm together, cook together and clean their house together as a lovely and healthy family," Lwala tells us. "She likes eating fresh unripe mangoes because of the vinegary taste which prevents her from feeling nausea." "Her husband earns a stipend by the end of the month which they use in provision of basic requirements and cannot support the safe delivery cost," Lwala continues about Jackline. Here's how we can help. With $290 Lwala will be able to provide Jackline with prenatal care, a safe delivery, as well as postnatal care. Let's help this couple bring their baby into the world safely and ensure Jackline is provided all of the care she requires to be a healthy mother.
With eight children and eight grandchildren, 56-year-old Vin is a busy man. Vin worked as a rice farmer to support his large family, but had to stop three years ago when his vision began to blur. This was very difficult for Vin, who takes pride in his role as the family's breadwinner. Vin has mature cataracts in both eyes. He now relies on his wife to help him move around, and he misses watching the news and reading. Fortunately, there is treatment available at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to restore his vision. "He hopes he can see clearly again so he can return to work and be the breadwinner of the family again," a staff member from CSC reports. For $150, Vin can have cataract surgery to significantly improve his vision. He will be able to return to the farm, and begin to support his family again. He will also be able to live without relying on others to guide him. Let's help Vin receive the treatment he needs!