India • Born on August 14th
Sonam joined Watsi on October 3rd, 2020. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sonam's most recent donation traveled 1,800 miles to support Horn, a grandmother from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly and travel without worry.
Sonam has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Sonam has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Horn is a grandmother from Cambodia who is 87 years young. She has four sons, one daughter, and fifteen grandchildren. She and her husband live with their daughter, who is a teacher. For many years, Horn worked selling groceries from their house, but she has had to stop due to poor eyesight. At home, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Six years ago, Horn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity and poor vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. She previously enjoyed walking to the pagoda with her husband, but she now fears that she will trip and fall because she is unable to see well. When Horn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Horn says, "I hope my vision improves and I can get around easily by myself."
Srey Net is a beautiful three-month-old newborn. She is the youngest of four siblings. She has a 15-year-old sister who dotes on her, a 9-year-old sister, and a 7-year-old brother. Her parents are farmers and grow rice. She loves to be rocked asleep in her mother's arms. Srey Net has clubfoot in her right foot, which is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and wearing shoes, with pain and other complications arising later in life if the condition goes untreated. Fortunately, Srey Net traveled two and a half hours to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). There, surgeons will perform Achilles tendon tenotomy repair on September 19th. CSC is requesting $444 to fund Srey Net's clubfoot repair, which will improve her ability to learn to walk when she is older. Her mother said, "I am worried that Srey Net will have problems with her foot and I hope the doctors can help her."
James, a hardworking father of three children, works on casual labor jobs as a builder and often complements that with farming to earn a living for his family. His wife is a farmer. James desires to have his children go to school to the highest levels, which he missed out on while growing up. For about a year now, James has had a left inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain that he describes as needles and pins and this prevents him from working well. He visited Nyakibale Hospital and doctors have recommended surgery. He is not able to raise the funds needed and appeals for help. Fortunately, on May 4th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund James's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to work more comfortably and confidently. James says: “I am the breadwinner to my family but with poor health, I am unable to work well. I hope to regain my health and continue providing for them.”
Mic is a 5-year-old, jovial boy, and the last born in a family of two children. When Mic was 3 years old, his mother noticed that one of his testicles was missing. However, due to insufficient funds, Mic was not taken to the doctor. Early last year, his grandmother then managed to gather some funds, and took Mic to a hospital. Mic was examined and diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Mic has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. He was referred to BethanyKids Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival, he was examined and booked for surgery. Mic's mother is a house helper abroad who unfortunately often doesn't get paid by her employer. Mic’s grandmother, who brought him to the facility had a shop in a nearby town but had to close it down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She now sells charcoal in their home area where the income is very little. She can not raise the required funds for Mic’s surgery and is seeking for financial assistance. Mic will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 9th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Mic’s grandmother says, “I would really like to help my grandchild so that he cannot have problems in future."
Dinnah is a hardworking farmer and a middle-aged mother of 8 children: 7 sons and a daughter. Some of her children are still in school while the older ones are now working. Dinnah loves rearing animals and has three cows and 10 goats, however her major source of income is from her sale of bananas and coffee. Recently, Dinnah began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling along with a headache, shortness of breath and general body weakness. She went to Nyakibale hospital and had a scan done, where she was diagnosed with euthyroid goitre. It was recommended that she undergo thyroidectomy surgery. Initially, at a different facility, she was told it would cost $850 for her surgery, but she could not raise that amount. Then Dinnah came to Nyakibale Hospital as she worried her symptoms were getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is now helping Dinnah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 5th 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. Dinnah says: “I really hope to be well and resume my duties of supporting my husband in raising our children."
Panha is a 64-year-old journalist. He has two sons, three daughters, and three grandchildren. Panha lives with his wife and their youngest daughter. Nowadays, Panha can not go to work because of his poor vision. He enjoys listening to the news from his phone. Three years ago, Panha developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Panha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Panha said, "I hope I can see clearly so I can work well, read, write, and drive my motorbike well."
Julieta is a five-month-old baby girl from Colombia with an infectious smile and laugh. When she was born, she was diagnosed with amniotic band syndrome, which has limited functionality in her hands and feet. Fortunately, our medical partner, Clínica Noel, is helping Julieta to receive treatment. On June 28th, she'll undergo corrective surgery at Clínica Noel's care center. After surgery, the functionality of Julieta's hands and feet will improve, and the procedure will prevent vascular congestion in her fingers. Now, Clínica Noel is requesting $1,500 to fund her procedure. Julieta's mother shared, "as a mother, you wish your kids never suffer from any problems, but knowing they need treatment and you can't pay for it just kills you. When I visited Clínica Noel and they told me that Watsi could help us get the money to pay for her surgery, I felt my prayers were heard."