Jag joined Watsi on February 7th, 2017. 63 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jag's most recent donation supported Thu Zar, a 21-year-old woman from Thailand, to fund surgery to remove a large tumor.
Jag has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 9 countries.
Jag has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 9 countries.
Thu Zar is a 21-year-old woman who lives with her parents, three sisters, and three nieces in Mae Sot near the Thailand-Burma border. Her family moved from Shan State in Burma to Thailand in 2008 in search of better opportunities. She used to work at a logistics company until two weeks ago when she quit due to her condition. Her parents run a small shop from their home, and her oldest sister is a cleaner at a restaurant. One of her other sister’s is unemployed and her third sister as well as her three nieces all go to school. In 2015, Thu Zar felt a small mobile mass in her chest. She did not feel any pain at the time and forgot about the mass. In 2019, she attended a workshop about reproductive health at her school, run by Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). During the workshop she remembered the mass and later when she was alone, she checked to see if it was still there. She felt the mass and thought that it had increased in size, but she did not experience any pain. The next day, she told the workshop trainer about the mass. The trainer told her to go to MTC for treatment. However, Thu Zar decided she did not want to take time off from school to go to the clinic, since she thought the mass was not causing her any pain or discomfort. Now, Thu Zar's condition has worsened and causes her great pain. She can only sleep on her back, because if she sleeps in any other position she experiences immense pain. Thu Zar sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on June 9th to heal her condition. She is raising $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Thu Zar is very worried about her health and told us, "I feel very sad and depressed with this condition."
Monicah is a widow and a mother of six children, who lives in Kenya. Her husband died in 1999, and she has struggled to bring up all their children on her own. Monicah had a small business of buying and selling chicken. She developed ulcers and was being treated for her condition. About one year ago the pain became so severe that she could not live alone. So she decided to visit and live with her sister who is older than her but is strong and healthy. Since then, her sister has been taking care of her. Before visiting Nazareth hospital, Monicah had gone to different hospitals without getting much relief for her pain. At Nazareth, a scan confirmed that she had gallstones (cholelithiasis). She was advised to have laparotomy to treat the condition. Monicah is in much pain, and she cannot fund her treatment. Once she has the laparotomy, she will be able to live on her own and better support her children. She needs $788 to cover her surgery. Monicah says, “I am just there bothering my sister. I am unable to take care for my children, yet they need my support. I beg for help so that at least this pain will go away, and I may resume my usual life. I shall thank God for his intervention and pray for it."
Sorann is a 35-year-old teacher from Cambodia. She teaches elementary school students, and loves her work very much. She has four siblings, and her parents are farmers who live outside Phnom Penh. Outside of school, she loves to walk in nature and to take photos on her phone. Three months ago, Sorann developed nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. As a result, she experiences nasal obstruction, loss of smell, and sometimes headaches. It is difficult for her to breathe and sleep. When Sorann learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour and a half seeking treatment. On March 10th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, she will be able to breathe more easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $291 procedure. Sorann shared, "I have a hard time sleeping and it makes it more difficult to do my job well. I hope that I can get better so I can be the best teacher I can be again."
Mom is a 64-year-old mother of four with one son and three daughters. Mom is a rice farmer and her husband is a retired teacher. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Mom developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her husband seeking treatment. On January 8th, 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 $229 procedure. Mom said, "I hope I can see well after surgery so I can go outside and take good care of my grandchildren."
Laiyorie is a three year old baby boy and the last born child in a family of seven children. Unfortunately, Laiyorie's father passed away last year leaving their mother with seven children to take care of all by herself. She was able to start a small business which sells kerosene, sugar, and a few other commodities to make a living and help her provide for her children. Laiyore was born with deformed fingers of the right hand due to amniotic banding and webbed toes on his right leg. His parents could not seek treatment for him due to financial challenges. But when his mother learned about African Mission Healthcare from the doctors who visited her church she decided to seek treatment for him with our medical partner. But his mother cannot afford her son’s treatment cost. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Laiyorie has been scheduled for surgery to remove his deformed index finger which will help him use the remaining fingers with ease in carrying out his daily activities. Now, Laiyorie's mother asks for your help and support in funding this $1,088 surgery. Laiyorie’s mother shared, “With all the responsibility I have to provide and care for my children I will not be able to afford my son’s treatment cost. Please kindly help my son have this surgery.”
Alvin is a baby from Tanzania. He is a charming and very playful little boy and the only child to his young parents. His father is in a different city seeking casual electrical jobs to be able to make a living while his mother stays at home caring for him. Since December 2019, Alvin has had inguinal hernia. This causes him pain making him to cry a lot and often not sleeping at all. Fortunately, on March 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Watsi's medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Alvin's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Alvin’s mother says “We are unable to afford our son’s treatment cost kindly help us and save him from the discomfort and pain he goes through when the swelling appears.”
Joselyn is a peasant farmer from Uganda who was diagnosed with goitre. She has suffered for the past five years, complaining of difficulty breathing, headache and consistent palpitations. She is not able to perform most of her daily work. Joselyn was not able to get funds for surgery previously so continued struggling with the condition. She came to our facility and had surgery recommended. With successful surgery, Joselyn will be able to lead a normal life. Joselyn is a mother of 10 children. They are not in any formal employment and thus unable to help their mother. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Joselyn receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 10th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Joselyn says, “I hope to have a successful surgery so that I continue with cultivation at my farm.”
Kansiime was received at the hospital as a referral from a clinic in Rukungiri town with an abdominal scan revealing a pregnancy with a frontal brain cyst to be reviewed by a specialized doctor for further management. Having been reviewed by the gynaecologist, an emergency scan was re-done which indicated a single fetus at 35 weeks of gestation. She further gives a history of two previous c-sections and was recommended to deliver by caesarean section for a better delivery outcome and to save both the baby and mother's life. Kansiime says she has been receiving treatment in a nearby clinic but by the time she was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner care center Nyakibale Hospital for further management, she had used all the money she had for her treatment. Kansiime is a married mother to two children delivered by emergency caesarean section and is expected to deliver her current pregnancy by caesarean section due to two previous deliveries. We expect to restore her lost hope by enabling her to successfully undergo her surgery. Kansiime says, “I pray to the Almighty to enable me have a successful surgery.”
Son is a 79-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children, two grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Two years ago, Son developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her tearing, photophobia, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Son learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours ago seeking treatment. On October 08, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. Son said, "I hope I will be able to see clearly again so I can take care of my husband and grandchildren."
Horn is a 66-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to listen to the radio, watch Khmer movies on television, and visit the pagoda. One month ago, Horn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Horn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 04, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left 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 clearly again so I can return to my work on the rice farm."
Enelo lives in a small town in southwestern Haiti with his mother and father; he is their first child. Shortly after birth, he was diagnosed with two holes in his heart: atrial septal defect, between the two upper chambers; and ventricular septal defect, between the two lower chambers. During surgery, doctors will use patches to close both of these holes so that his heart can pump blood normally.
Furtu is an infant from Ethiopia. She loves to play with her mother. Furtu was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Furtu is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on December 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Furtu's procedure and care. After her recovery, Furtu will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her father says, "We came here after being informed by a relative that we might receive help. It is our hope that we can get the surgery for our baby and to see our child healthy.”