David joined Watsi on November 23rd, 2016. 41 other people also joined Watsi on that day! David's most recent donation supported Peace, a teacher from Uganda, for uterine prolapse repair surgery.
David has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
David has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Peace is a 43-year-old teacher and mother of three from Uganda. Her eldest daughter finished university recently but is not yet employed while Peace's other two children are still in school. Peace graduated as a third grade teacher and has since been teaching. During her free time, she loves tending to her domestic animals and farming. Since the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, her employment has been affected. Her husband is a boda-boda (cargo bike) driver but the income is also small to make ends meet and afford sufficient medical care. Peace was experiencing lower abdominal pain for the past two years ago. She has been diagnosed with cystocele with a poorly healed 3rd-degree tear. She tried seeking treatment from a different health center but could not receive the treatment due to the cost of surgery. Her friend recommended she visit Nyakibale Hospital. She was reviewed and her doctors recommended uterine prolapse repair surgery. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 24th, Peace will undergo surgery. She will be free from the pain which she experiences daily. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting support to fund this treatment. Peace says “I am worried I may lose my family but I have hope that once I am operated on, all will be fine and I will be relieved from this discomfort and pain.”
Vannak is a 67-year-old retired Buddhist archbishop. He and his wife have two daughters, three sons, and seven grandchildren. They live with two of their grandchildren who work as laborers. He spends his free time helping monks take care of the community pagoda and, at home, he likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Vannak developed a cataract in his left eye causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Vannak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 8th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Vannak shared, "I hope I can see clearly again after surgery. I can go to the pagoda by myself, and can read and write well."
Thida is a 9-year-old student from Cambodia. Her parents are factory workers, and she has one younger sister. She is in the third grade at school and her favorite subject is Khmer literature. She likes to read, listen to rock music, and play outside. She also helps her sister with homework. In May 2020, Thida developed a mass on the left side of her jaw. The mass has grown bigger everyday. As it grows larger, it becomes more painful, and Thida has started having difficulty eating and speaking. Thida traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 5th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Thida needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Thida's mother said, "I am worried that this mass will be very dangerous if it is not removed. I hope that she can get healthy soon and go back to school."
Dina is a 69-year-old mother of seven from Kenya. She plants maize and beans on her farm left by her late husband. She lost her husband in the year 2014 after suffering from stomach cancer. Despite all the challenges she faced, Dina has been a strong woman for her children. She has worked hard to educate her children and provide basic needs for them through farming. The family stays together in a grass-roofed house. Dina came to our hospital recently with a severe fracture on her right femur. X-ray imaging confirmed a closed femur fracture. Dina, who is unable to walk and has severe pain, was admitted for skin traction and requires an ORIF surgery with a plate to heal her broken femur. Dina is unable to attend to her daily duties because of her broken leg. She is worried about being dependent on her children who also need her. She is requesting anybody reading her story to support her raise funds for her surgery of $968.00. On January 22nd, Dina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow Dina walk with ease and reduce chances of further complications. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Dina says, “I want to get back on my feet and resume my normal duties farming so that I can be able to raise school fees for my son who is in college.”
Dalin is a third grade student from Cambodia. She enjoys reading books and playing with her two sisters. When she was five years old, Dalin had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Dalin experiences hearing loss, discharge, infection, and headaches. She frequently has difficulty focusing in class and has trouble communicating with others. She has undergone five days of antibiotic injections in her ear to attempt to clear the infection prior to operation, and now requires surgery. Dalin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 13th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my daughter's ear issue will be resolved and that I won't have to worry about her anymore." -Dalin's Mother
Khin is 38-year-old woman in Thailand. Originally from Mon State, Burma, Khin went to one of the refugee camps in Thailand to visit her cousins and search for job opportunities four years ago. However, Khin met her husband there and ended up moving in with her parents-in-law, four brothers-in-law and a nephew in the camp. Since 2016, Khin has been experiencing abnormal bleeding, pain in her back and suprapubic area which increases whenever she walks long distances. She has been diagnosed with uterine myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Khin's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Khin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain or discomfort and will be able to return to work full-time.
Rith is a 58-year-old chef from Cambodia. She enjoys looking after her grandchild and listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. One year ago, Rith developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing, photophobia, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rith learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there seeking treatment. On December 11th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see so I can help look after my grandchild again," Rith shared.
Nob is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two children, three grandchildren, and enjoys visiting the pagoda in her free time. Two years ago, Nob developed a cataract in each eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nob learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 14, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that I will be able to help my daughter take care of her children, and help out around the house."
Hon is a 63-year-old cashew nut farmer from Cambodia. She has one son and two grandchildren, and enjoys Khmer movies on television in her spare time. Five years ago, Hon developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurred vision, burning, itchiness, irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On August 1, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that my eye surgery is successful so I can see everything clearly and so I can continue my work in the farm field as well as take care of the house work and my grandchildren. I also hope that I will be able to go anywhere outside by myself more easily than before."
Jackson is a young student from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of five children. His father says he is a hard-working working boy at home and school. Jackson helps look after his siblings when his parents are not around and he also goes out with his father’s cattle to seek green pasture during the weekends when he is not at school. His parents are small scale farmers and livestock keepers with a limited income. For the past week, Jackson has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and if not treated may result in intestinal tissue damage Fortunately, on October 16th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Jackson's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Jackson says, “The swelling is causing me so much pain at night and walking has been difficult. I look forward to feeling better.”
Ngwanali is a farmer, husband, father, and grandfather from Malawi. He works on his farm and really enjoys reading books in his free time. Since 2012, Ngwanali has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Ngwanali's surgery. On October 25, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He is very thankful and excited for this surgery so he can live the rest of his life pain-free. He says, “I am so thankful for this help because I need this surgery and am unable to afford it on my own.”
Veha is a boy from Cambodia. He has one sister and one brother. He likes to eat fried fish. He likes studying literature and wants to be a police officer when he grows up. In infancy, he received multiple poorly administered injections in his thigh and buttocks. In time, this has resulted in difficulty walking. He needs to undergo a tendon and nerve procedure to release his knee and allow him to walk normally. Surgery is scheduled for September 6 and will cost $497. His father says, "We are worried about him and he cannot walk well."