Catrine joined Watsi on January 13th, 2018. 22 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Catrine's most recent donation traveled 4,300 miles to support Shallon, a 31-year-old businesswoman from Uganda, to fund Caesarean section surgery for a safe and healthy delivery of her child.
Catrine has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 9 countries.
Catrine has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 9 countries.
Shallon is a 31-year-old businesswoman from Uganda. She is a mother to three school-aged children. She runs a small-scale retail shop with her husband and lives in the back room of their business premise. During her free time, she enjoys listening to the radio. She is currently expecting another child. Her doctors recommended that she deliver via a caesarean section because of her three previous scars from previous deliveries. An attempt to deliver without caesarean section may result in a fatal uterine rupture. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Shallon undergo a C-Section on March 21st. This procedure will cost $252, and Shallon needs your support. With a caesarean section, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and child. Shallon says “I am looking forward to a successful delivery and I hope I will get your support to actualize it.”
Salong is a 15-year-old student from Cambodia. He is in 6th grade and has a younger brother in 2nd grade. His father works in construction, and his mother works in a clothing factory nearby. Salong enjoys studying math and would like to be an engineer when he is older. His favorite food is beef lok lak, and he enjoys playing football with his friends when he is not at school. Eight months ago, Salong developed a lump in the space behind his right knee joint (called the posterior popliteal fossa). The mass has continued growing, and he is experiencing pain, redness, and swelling. Consequently, Salong cannot play football with his friends and sometimes does not want to attend school. His family brought him to our medical partner’s care center for treatment. On April 24th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. CSC is requesting $273 to fund this procedure. Salong’s family contributed $100 to his care. His mother said: “We are worried about this lump behind Salong’s knee. After surgery, we hope that the lump and his pain will be gone.”
Meet Fernanda: an 11 year old who is in need of heart surgery. She lives with her parents and younger brother in La Paz, Bolivia. Her father works for a paper company, while her mother is an eldercare social worker. Fernanda was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart, and blood leaks through this hole without passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her weak and short of breath. She needs surgery to correct this condition. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is seeking $1,500 to fund Fernanda's cardiac surgery, which is scheduled for May 17th, at Hospital del Niño Dr. Ovidio Aliaga Uría. After she has recovered from her surgery, Fernanda will be able to resume her schooling, and even to return to playing sports which she loves to do. Fernanda's mother said: "Our family has been waiting for this surgery for many years, and we are glad the opportunity has finally arrived!"
Madelyn is a loving wife and grandmother from the Philippines. She currently lives with her husband and five-year-old grandchild. Ten years ago, Madelyn discovered a lump on her breasts. She had it examined by a healthcare professional and was informed that it appeared to be a fluid-like cyst with a chance to be resolved on its own. Unaware of the potential severity of her condition, she opted to discontinue follow-up checkups. As the years passed, she experienced intermittent, yet tolerable pain. This past March, the pain intensified significantly, accompanied by a palpable mass. These changes alarmed Madelyn to seek medical attention once again. She underwent a thorough assessment and diagnostic tests and was ultimately 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. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Madelyn receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a mastectomy on May 31st at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising $1058 to cover the remaining cost. After treatment, Madelyn will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. "We are just relying on my husband's income as a driver, which is barely enough to sustain our needs. On our own, we will not be able to afford my needed treatment", Madelyn shared. "I'll be eternally grateful to Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for helping me!"
Junior is a happy and playful five-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother in Dodoma, Tanzania. Junior's mother, who is a single parent, works as a housemaid in Arusha- 450 miles from Dodoma- and sends her earnings to her mother, who cares for Junior. Junior was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, a condition where his legs bow inward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which is often a byproduct of consuming contaminated drinking water. As a result, Junior has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Junior. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 17th at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. Treatment should restore Junior's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Junior’s mother says: “I am constantly worried about his future because his legs keep getting worse over time. I hope he will get better with this treatment.”
Sok Khuon is a 32-year-old construction worker from Kampong Speu province in Cambodia. He is married and has one son and one daughter, both of whom are in school. His wife works in a local garment factory. When he isn't working, Sok Khuon likes to listen to music and play volleyball. Five years ago, Sok Khuon developed a pterygium in his right eye, resulting in declining vision, irritation, redness, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is damaged by excessive sun exposure, causing cells to grow abnormally over the pupil. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is seeking $225 to fund treatment for Sok Khuon. On April 25th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, Sok Khuon will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the surface of the cornea, replacing it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The $225 will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Sok Khuon shared: "I hope after this surgery my eye stops being irritated and tearing. I want to go to work outside with a comfortable eye."
Nelson, who is 29 years old and unmarried, lives in Kenya and works as a casual laborer on construction sites. In October 2023, Nelson fell from a tree where he was working. His right leg was injured and he was taken to a hospital in Kiambu, where an X-ray showed he had a closed ankle joint fracture. He was admitted to the hospital and put in traction. The surgeon there told Nelson that he would need a procedure that requires surgical plates for implanting in his leg to stabilize the fracture. Nelson and his family could not afford this, thus Nelson has been trying to go about his life and his work, despite the fracture and the pain it causes him. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, can help. On March 20th, Nelson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, at Nazareth Hospital. This procedure will mean that Nelson will no longer be in pain; he will heal well, and resume working. Now, African Mission Healthcare Foundation is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. “I have almost given up since I cannot pay for treatment. I would greatly appreciate the help so that I may be well and resume my job. I also hope to have a family of my own soon.” Nelson said.
Victoria is a 22-month-old baby girl that lives in Port-au-Prince with her parents. She is a happy child that enjoys dancing and playing dress-up. Victoria was born with a condition called Patent Ductus Arteriosus, where an extra blood vessel (passageway) called the ductus arteriosus (DA) allows blood from the right side of the heart to flow to the aorta and back out into the body without going through the lungs. This leaves Victoria feeling weak and short of breath. Fortunately, our medical provider, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (ACH), has diagnosed Victoria and created a treatment plan involving surgery to repair the issue. During the procedure on April 17th, doctors will use a device attached to a catheter to plug the hole so that blood can no longer leak. ACH is requesting $1500 to fund the procedure. Victoria's mother says, "Our family is very thankful to everyone who is making this possible for our daughter!"
Sanyu is a farmer and a mother of eight children. Her oldest three daughters are married and the rest are still in school. Sanyu is a widow, whose husband died in 2015, but with farming, she has been able to raise her children and sustain a living. Sanyu and her family live in a three-room, unfinished, semi-permanent house, which her husband was building at the time he passed. Eight years ago, Sanyu began to experience troubling symptoms, including heart palpitations, persistent headaches, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sanyu receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 10th 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. Sanyu says “This is my only hope of getting better. My hope is in your support; without it, I have no other way of undergoing my surgery.”
Derrick is a pre-teen student who is being raised and cared for by a guardian. Unfortunately, his guardian has financial constraints and cannot afford more than the basic necessities for Derrick. As a result, Derrick has limited access to healthcare and needs financial support to improve his health. We expect that after treatment, his quality of life will improve, and he will be able to resume his studies. Since October last year, Derrick has had supra-umbilical hernia. The swelling has been progressively increasing in size and causing him pain, which made it difficult for him to concentrate while at school. If left untreated, the condition could progress and lead to intestinal obstruction. Fortunately, on April 12th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Derrick's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Derrick's guardian says “I am helping this little boy because he has no parents and I have no money to take this big step for his health. We hope he will resume school if he gets support for his surgery.”
Saron is a 60-year-old Khmer traditional musician. He lives in Cambodia with his wife, who is a singer. As artists were targeted during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, the few surviving traditional musicians are well-respected in Cambodia. Together, they have one daughter, two sons, and eight grandchildren. In his free time, Saron likes to listen to music and take care of his grandchildren. About six months ago, Saron developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him to experience itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go out independently. When Saron learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On April 5th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this surgery. Saron shared: “After surgery, I hope I can easily go out, recognize things well, and play music again.”
Sok Na is a third-grader from Cambodia. She is nine years old and lives in Kampong Cham with her grandmother. Her mom and dad live about two hours away in order to be near their factory jobs. Sok Na loves reading, and she dreams of being an English teacher! She also loves playing with her neighbors and being outside in her free time. Four years ago, Sok Na developed a small mass on her ear. Since then, the mass has grown larger and is sometimes itchy. She also worries her classmates are looking at it when she is at school. Sok Na traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 2nd, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. CSC is requesting $273 to fund this procedure. Sok Na's family contributed $100 to her care. Her grandmother said: "I hope she can feel comfortable and go back to school soon."