Yegor joined Watsi on December 22nd, 2020. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Yegor's most recent donation supported Yi, a 67-year-old woman from Burma, to fund a lens replacement procedure so she can regain her vision.
Yegor has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Yegor has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Yi is a 67-year-old woman from Bruma who lives in a monastery with 40 other monks, nuns, and villagers. Although she does not have an income, all of her basic needs are met by the monastery. Yi enjoys spending most of her time reading religious books. Over 15 years ago, Yi's vision in her right eye became blurred, but she did not seek treatment because she thought it was simply something that was destined to occur due to her aging process. However, she eventually sought medical care at a hospital with the support of donors because her vision progressively worsened. There, she was diagnosed with a cataract and was scheduled to undergo repair surgery. On the day she was supposed to receive treatment, her son unfortunately passed away, so she did not return to the hospital for the procedure. Over the next couple of years, Yi began to also experience blurred vision in her left eye. The vision in both of her eyes deteriorated to the point where she could no longer recognize people. Fortunately, she was able to undergo cataract surgery of her left eye two months ago with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Now, she is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on August 10th. During this procedure, surgeons will perform a lens replacement on her right eye. BCMF is requesting $769 to cover the total cost of Yi's procedure and care. Yi shares, "As long as I am alive, I want to see and I do not want to depend on others to help me. I felt so happy when I learned that donors will pay for the cost of my surgery. Thank you so much to all the donors.”
Jacentah is a farmer and a mother of eight; three are married and also do small-scale farming and the rest are still in school. Jacentah and her husband are both small-scale farmers, selling the farm products to earn a living and sustain their family. Jacenta needs treatment for her medical condition but their family cannot afford to fund it. Three years ago, Jacentah began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing and swallowing, heart palpitations, and a mass on her neck. Being a farmer, the condition has greatly affected her work performance as she feels tired easily when she starts working. She was diagnosed with euthyroid goitre. Before coming to Nyakibale Hospital, Jacentah visited a national referral hospital where a diagnosis was made but she could not afford the surgery. The condition was worsening so she chose to come to our medical partner's care center after she heard about a support program there for people in need of financial support. After a few tests were run, she was scheduled for surgery, which will prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Jacentah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 28th 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. Jacentah says, "I was hoping that one day, I would get treatment to enable me to continue supporting my family. If you help me, I will be so grateful."
Vicheka is the eldest of two children in her family and loves her younger sister who is three years old. Their family lives in Preah Vihear near the Thai border of Cambodia. Her father is a soldier and her mother is a potato farmer. At school, she is fond of math and Khmer literature and would like to be a teacher when she is older. She likes reading books, painting, playing with her little sister, and taking walks with her parents. When Vicheka was five, she was diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine—a sideways curvature of the spine that most often is diagnosed in adolescents. She has uneven shoulders, a bump in her lower back, difficulty standing up straight, and shortness of breath. It has become difficult for her to breathe, she tires easily, and she is having difficulty walking. This can be very difficult for young girls, they are often hidden at home because other children make fun of the way they look. A neighbor told her parents about our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre, so they traveled over 10 hours for a diagnosis and surgery. Surgeons plan to put in expanding rods along her spine. The expanding rods will allow her to grow and keep her spine from curving further, which could cause her more health problems if left untreated. Their family needs $1,500 for the surgery, which will cover medications, implants, and post-operative care. Vicheka said, "I hope the doctors can fix my spine so I can play with my friends and my back will be straight. I want to continue in school but it is hard for me to keep up, and I miss school."
Heng is a 31-year-old nurse at a government hospital in Cambodia. His wife works as an accountant and together they have a young son who is five-years-old. When Heng himself was five-years-old, he had a severe ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in his ear. Due to the abnormal growth, he experiences ear discharge, pain, and hearing loss. It is difficult for him to hear and communicate with others Fortunately, Heng has now traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 28th, he will undergo a procedure to surgically remove the cholesteatoma in his right ear. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Heng is excited about the prospect of hearing again, "I hope the infection will go away so I can regain hearing and my ear drum will heal."
Nan is a 70-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Nan has two sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his wife who is also a farmer and all of their children are now married. Nan shared that he likes to listen the news on the radio. One year ago, Nan developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On December 15th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Nan said, "As I get older, I want my eyes to see well so I can look after my grandchildren and support them having a good future."
Tok is a 69-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She live is Kampongthom Province, farming by herself. She has three sons and six grandchildren, but they live in other areas. Her husband passed away six years ago due to malaria. Her farm requires a lot of work, but when she has free time she also volunteers to do tasks at the local pagoda. Six years ago, Tok developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and irritation. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Tok learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours by taxi seeking treatment. Tok needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 8th. Tok said, "I live alone, so I need to have my good eyesight so I can do everything. I hope my eye surgery is successful so I can work in the fields, do housework, and go outside on my own."
Tumuramye is a farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother to one who had reached senior high school but then dropped from school due to lack of funds and is at home helping with farming now. Tumuramye lost her husband 12 years ago and has struggled to bring up her child alone. She earns a living from small-scale farming and often time works in other people’s garden in case she needs urgent money to provide to her child. For some time now, Tumuramye has been experiencing severe lower abdominal pain and discomfort, abnormal per vaginal discharge and bleeding. She has been diagnosed with cervical polyp. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tumuramye's surgery. On July 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumuramye will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tumuramye shared: “I know once my surgery goes on well, I will regain my health and resume with farming.”
Meet Diana: a 17-year-old bright, social, and jovial girl at our partner's clinic in Voi, Kenya. Diana is the second born in a family of three children. Their family hails from Sofia village in Taita Taveta county and her single mother is a small business lady. Diana was born healthy, however, when she was seven months old, her mother noticed her condition when she started crawling. She could not stand or walk, and her left part of the body was weak. It is then that Diana's mom learned that she has a condition known as Hemiplegic CP, causing paralysis of one side of the body. Diana's left hand is greatly affected and she cannot hold things or engage in household duties like washing clothes and dishes. Her desire is to have her hand straight and functional so that she can be independent and do her own things at home and in her future. Diana's mother is unable to raise the estimated cost of $1,224 and has requested for support for her daughter's surgery. “I would like to request for support so that my hand can function well and I can help my mother at home. If my hand functioned normally, I will be happy,” Diana told us.