Ben joined Watsi on May 10th, 2014. 60 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ben's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Moe, a 9-year-old girl from Burma, to fund surgery on her broken arm so it will heal properly.
Ben has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 7 countries.
Ben has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 7 countries.
Moe is a nine-year-old girl from Burma who lives with her mother, grandparents, and siblings in a camp for internally displaced people in Burma. She is a student in grade two at the school in the camp. During her free time, Moe enjoys babysitting her younger siblings. On December 6th, while playing in her classroom, Moe fell off a bench and fractured her left forearm. She has been experiencing pain, swelling, and limited mobility in her left forearm ever since. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Moe will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for December 8th and will cost $1,500. Moe and her family need your help raising the money to fund her procedure and care. This surgery will not only alleviate her pain but also restore the functionality of her arm. Moe’s grandmother said, "Thank you for helping my granddaughter. Our family is facing financial limitations, and affording her treatment has been challenging. Without your help, I wouldn’t know how to manage to get her treated."
Veun is an 82-year-old retired rice farmer from Kandal province in Cambodia. She is married and has seven children–one son and six daughters. Sadly, Veun's husband passed away 14 years ago. Now, she lives with one of her daughters who is also a rice farmer. Veun has 13 grandchildren, who she loves spending time with. Veun said that in her free time, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. For the past two years, Veun has experienced itchiness, tearing, blurry vision, and photophobia in her left eye. She also has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. After examination, Veun was diagnosed with a cataract in her left eye. When Veun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 22nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery on Veun and implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Veun shared, "I hope after surgery I can feel comfortable to go out on my own again and enjoy my life more."
Deziranta is a 51-year-old mother of seven children--four sons and three daughters. All of her children are studying at school with the eldest in senior school class five and the youngest in primary class five. Deziranta had to leave school at primary class seven because she lacked money for the school fees. She earns her income from farming, and her husband works in masonry. For six years, Deziranta has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, backache, severe bleeding, and headaches. She has been diagnosed with uterine myoma, also known as uterine fibroids or leiomyomas which are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the uterus. Deziranta needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), can help. AMHF is requesting $219 to fund Deziranta's surgery. On September 5th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMHF's care center. Once recovered, Deziranta will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Deziranta says, “The uterus is what has always been causing me all this pain. I hope that when it is removed, I will get well and will be able to continue with my activities around home in good health.”
Dinavence is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She studied up to the second grade, but had to drop out of school due to a lack of school fees when her mother died and her aunt was unable to support her. Now, she practices farming together with her husband. She is a mother of five children who also were not able to go beyond primary school with their education. For five years, Dinavence has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pains. She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease with endometriosis. She visited Rushoroza Hospital and surgery was recommended but she cannot afford it. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to fund Dinavence's surgery. On November 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Rushoroza Hospital. Once recovered, Dinavence will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Dinavence says, “I pray that I may get well through surgery because I can no longer take good care of myself and my family in my current medical condition. I pray for a successful surgery. After my healing, I will continue with farming.”
Nimol is a 16-year-old girl who lives in Kandaal province with her parents. Currently, both of her parents are unemployed and hope to find job opportunities soon. Nimol's five older siblings have left home and work in construction and factories, which helps support the family. Nimol likes spending time with her friends and eating Cambodian sour soup. Around four years ago, Nimol started noticing a flexion contracture/stiffness in her right knee. She is unable to fully straighten her knee and feels discomfort. When Nimol learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty (a leg surgery to the quadricep muscle to improve knee flexion) procedure to help her walk again and improve her quality of life. Now, Nimol's family needs help to fund this $482 procedure. Nimol shared, "I hope my knee can get better so I am not so uncomfortable and I can move more easily."
ChhunHuor is a 40-year-old father of two. He is married, and he and his wife run a small grocery store in Kampong Cham province with their 16-year-old daughter. Their younger daughter studies in grade two. The grocery store keeps them busy in their village, but when he has free time, he likes to make desserts for his family. For many years, ChhunHuor had a recurring ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, ChhunHuor experiences frequent ear infections with foul-smelling discharge, headaches and poor hearing. It is difficult for him to communicate with others and work with the public because of his chronic ear discharge and hearing loss. A relative referred him to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to determine the problem and try to fix his hearing. ChhunHuor traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 4th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $487 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. ChhunHuor said, "I hope the doctors can fix my hearing and stop the pain, so I can help my wife in our store."
Kim Huoy is a 13-year-old girl who lives in Kampong Cham province, Cambodia, with her parents and two brothers. Her mom works long hours in a factory making medical gloves, and her father works at a nearby construction site. Kim Houy's favorite subject is Cambodian history, and her dream is to get good grades so she can study to become a writer. In her free time, she likes to read and play hide and seek with her friends in the village. For the last few years, Kim Houy has had bad posture, and occasional discomfort in her back. Then, in June, she fell off the top of the stairs at the front of her house, which caused her back pain to worsen. Her parents took her to a nearby clinic, where her x-ray showed curvature of the spine, and she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Kim Houy and her family traveled 3 hours by shared taxi hoping to receive treatment at our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On July 31st, she will undergo a scoliosis correction procedure with implants to improve the position of her spine. Surgeons will realign and fuse together the curved vertebrae so that she feels comfortable and can stand straighter. Her mom shared, "I hope my daughter can feel better after surgery and go to school without any problems."
Emmanuel is a three-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He has one older sibling. His parents are Olkokola Center volunteers, who dedicate their time to helping those in need. However, they face challenges in finding jobs that would offer them a stable income to provide for their family. Emmanuel has clubfoot of both feet. This is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, making it difficult for the individual to wear shoes and to walk. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. Emmanuel's family brought him to AMH's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. On August 4th, AMH's surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on Emmanuel's feet. AMH is requesting $935 to fund Emmanuel's clubfoot repair. This procedure is the first step of Emmanuel's treatment, and will ultimately help him run, walk, and play like other children. Emmanuel’s mother says: “I hope my son's treatment will go smoothly, and his legs won't have a permanent condition.”
Ly Huor, who is 14 years old, lives in Takeo province with his parents and two siblings. Ly Huor's parents work as rice farmers. Ly Huor was born with hemiplegia, a type of cerebral palsy that results from damage to the part of the brain that controls muscle movements. As a consequence, patients suffer from paralysis of one half of the body. Recently, Ly Huor has struggled to use his right arm and hand. Ly Huor and his family consulted with physicians at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On November 2nd, he will undergo a nerve and tendon procedure at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre to improve the position and function of his right hand. Now the family needs your help to fund the $572 procedure and post-op care. Ly Huor's mother shared: "I hope my son can move his arm and hand better and we don't have to worry so much anymore."
Narin is a nine-year-old student from Cambodia. He lives with his mother, who is a factory worker, and his father, who is a construction worker. Narin has two younger siblings, who he enjoys looking after. He also loves to play football with his friends. His favorite meal is fried chicken and orange juice! For the past year, Narin has been experiencing a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and snoring at night. His frequent illness also causes him to miss school. Narin was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time if not treated. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Narin, which is scheduled to take place on August 15th. During this procedure, surgeons will remove Narin’s tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving him of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably. Narin's mother says, "I hope he gets better after surgery so he can go school again."
Saw Kyaw is a 25-year-old man living in Thailand. He currently lives with his older sister, younger sister, mother and her niece. He moved from Burma to Thailand for job opportunities three years ago. He was working in a shop and was able to support two younger siblings who are studying in Karen State in Burma. Around the end of July, he was playing football with friends when he slipped trying to kick the ball. His lower right leg was very painful, but he was still able to bear weight lightly on that leg. At the time, Saw Kyaw didn’t have health insurance, so he went to a clinic instead of the hospital. There they examined his leg, gave him some medication for the pain and advised him to go to the hospital for an X-ray if the pain persisted. Saw Kyaw rested for two days and then went back to work. That day at work, Saw Kyaw was carrying a heavy load when he slipped again. This time, the pain was severe, and he was unable to stand on his right leg. He went to a hospital in Bangkok where they X-rayed his lower right leg and told him that the tibia was fractured. The doctor recommended surgery where they would use a metal rod to connect the bones and set them in the correct position to heal. Saw Kyaw was told that the surgery would cost between 40,000 to 50,000 baht (approx. 1,330- 1,660 USD). He told them that he did not have insurance and was unable to afford the surgery, so they gave him pain medication and bandaged up his leg. He returned to the hospital three times and each time the doctor recommended surgery, but Kyaw was unable to figure out how he could get that kind of money. His employer was not helpful and refused to assist with the cost of the surgery. Since Saw Kyaw didn’t have the money, he decided to just rest and see whether the bones would heal on their own. Saw Kyaw recalled that he had fractured his femur when he was young, and he had used a traditional medicated oil to help heal the injury. He hoped that he could use this on his new fracture. But now he cannot walk properly and cannot work since his accident. He is stressed about his condition and his future. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Kyaw will finally undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for December 7th and will cost $1,500. He will able to go back to work after surgery Saw Kyaw said, “I would like to go back to Bangkok and find work again so I can go back to helping my family; my siblings who are studying in Burma, and also my mother who is getting older. I also want to save some money for my future. I will not work at the same place though as they have not been kind or caring since I had the accident.”
Srey Roth is a bright ten-year-old student. She lives with her parents in Pursat province and attends grade two in school. She has one younger sister who does not attend school yet. Her father drives a tractor, and her mother sells drinks from the front of their home to support their family. Her favorite subjects in school are English, mathematics, and the Khmer language. When she is older, she would like to be a doctor. At home, her favorite meal is fried pork. When she is not doing homework, Srey Roth likes to play with her sister or read books. Since over a year ago, Srey Roth has been experiencing difficulty swallowing. She often has difficulty breathing at night and high fevers and a sore throat. She is unable to eat solid foods when she feels poorly, and doesn't sleep well. This makes it difficult for her to stay awake at school. Srey Roth was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Srey Roth, which is scheduled to take place on December 13th. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Srey Roth of her symptoms and helping her live much more comfortably. Her mother said: "I hope this operation will help Srey Roth, so she can feel good, eat well, and have no more pain."