Noah joined Watsi on December 24th, 2021. 19 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Noah's most recent donation supported Pich, a hardworking farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery to help him see again.
Noah has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 7 countries.
Noah has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 7 countries.
Pich is a 61-year-old farmer. He has three sons, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. Pich lives with his wife and likes to listen to the news and monks praying on the radio. Five years ago, Pich developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Pich learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On January 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Pich says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can see my grandchildren well and can visit the pagoda by myself."
Salume is an elderly farmer who grows coffee and bananas alongside her husband. They have five adult children who also work as farmers. Salume shared that their income is only enough to meet their daily needs. For about six months, Salume has been experiencing lower back pains and bleeding, which has affected her output on the farm as she cannot bend for prolonged periods. She visited the hospital for anemia, but doctors determined she has abnormal uterine bleeding and an endometrial polyp with a premalignant cervical lesion upon further testing. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Salume receive treatment. On December 28th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at the care center. Once recovered, Salume will resume her daily activities free of pain. AMHF is requesting $219 to fund Salume’s procedure. Salume shared, “You will really have done a great job making my surgery possible, and I hope God will bless you for saving a life because the pain I have passed through is really too much.”
Mark Gabriel is a two-year-old boy from the Philippines. He loves singing the alphabet and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. He is the oldest son of his parents. His father works as a call center agent, while his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Mark Gabriel was born with a birth condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needed to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Mark Gabriel receive treatment. On December 8th, he will undergo colostomy closure surgery to correct his condition. After his recovery, Mark Gabriel will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Now, World Surgical Foundation Philippines is requesting $1,279 to cover the total cost of Mark Gabriel's procedure and care. Mark Gabriel's mother shared, "after his surgery, we hope that he will live a life without carrying a colostomy bag."
Patrick is a 31-year-old laborer and the fourth born child in a family of eight children. He grew up with his mother and siblings, and sadly, his father passed away when he and his siblings were young. He is married and he and his wife have three children, including two children in public primary school and another who is not yet school aged. He makes a living by digging and weeding on farms. His wife works as a casual laborer, but currently stays at home with their youngest child. The family has a small piece of land where they grow maize, beans, and potatoes for the family's consumption. Recently, Patrick was hit by a motorbike. He injured his right foot in the accident and was taken to a local clinic where an x-ray was taken and a cast was applied. However, over the next few days, his leg became swollen and he was in pain, so he visited a hospital for further evaluation. He was diagnosed with a complex distal tibia fracture and requires surgery. He is currently using crutches because walking is difficult. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On December 23rd, Patrick will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help the fracture in his leg to heal properly. After his foot heals, he will be able to return to work. Now, he needs help raising $1,079 to fund his procedure and care. Patrick shared, "I kindly ask for treatment so that I can go back to my daily activities for I'm the breadwinner for my family."
Jacinta is a 38-year-old woman. She's the third born child in a family of four children, and has one child who is 15 years old. Jacinta is separated from her husband, and is the sole breadwinner of her family. She studied hotel management and was working in a big hotel, but unfortunately, she lost her job due to the pandemic. She now runs a small food kiosk to care for her family. In 2015, Jacinta began experiencing pain in her upper abdomen. She was diagnosed with gallstones and a partial cholecystectomy was performed. However, last year, she began experiencing pain again, which is sometimes severe. After an ultrasound, she was diagnosed with gallstones again and admitted to the hospital with severe pain. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Jacinta receive treatment. On December 7th, she will undergo a laparotomy to remove the gallstones. If left untreated, she could experience complications such as inflammation of the gall bladder, or obstruction or infection of the bile duct. Now, she needs help raising $788 to fund her procedure and care. Jacinta shared, "I am so worried this problem is back, but I know with surgery I will be okay. At this time, I am not able to raise the fees required and have not been able to get the national health coverage card. I request help so that with this treatment I can go back to my small business and at least be able to take care of my family."
Daniel is a two-year-old from Tanzania. Daniel’s father is a tailor and his mother is a stay at home mother. Their family does not earn enough to be able to afford Daniel’s needed treatment which will allow him to be able to walk without difficulty. If not treated Daniel will continue to have challenges when walking. Daniel was diagnosed with genu varus where his legs bow outward so that his knees do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he feels pain after walking for a while. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Daniel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Daniel's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Daniel’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he can be able to walk.”
Phalla is a 54-year-old who is married and has three sons. All her boys are in public school. She lives with her family and her husband, who is a construction worker. When she is not busy cooking, she likes to watch movies on TV. Four years ago, Phalla developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her light sensitivity and blurry vision. It is becoming hard for her to use the stove to cook because she cannot see well. When Phalla learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled far for six and a half hours over many dirt roads seeking treatment. On December 15th, 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. "I hope after surgery I will have good eyesight," says Phalla, "I can then take care of my children, take my children to school, and can do more housework to help out."
Nyo is a 46-year-old homemaker. She lives with her mother and her son in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand and Burma. Her mother is retired and her son is unemployed. Her husband recently left to work in a factory in Bangkok, while her daughter is a domestic worker also in Bangkok. In her free time, Nyo likes to go to the nearby monastery and pray. Since April 2021, Nyo has been experiencing abdominal pain and other worrying symptoms. She's been diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst. Surgeons have recommended that she undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Nyo's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk of further health complications in the future. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Nyo receive treatment. On December 8th, she will undergo a hysterectomy at BCMF's care center. Once recovered, she will no longer experience abdominal pain, bloating, back pain and discomfort, and her abdomen will stop swelling. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Nyo said, “I am very scared to have surgery and I am also worried about how I will answer the doctor if they ask me something because I cannot speak Thai. But I am happy that I will receive free surgery with the help of donors and that I will be able to live a longer life thanks to the surgery."
Scola is a 60-year-old farmer. She is married and has one child who is twenty years old. Scola and her husband work as farmers to support themselves. For a few years now, Scola has been experiencing post-menopausal bleeding. She visited a local hospital for examination and was diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Scola receive treatment. On November 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Scola will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Now, she and her family need help raising $219 to fund Scola's procedure and care. Scola shared, "it is my hope that the donors will consider sponsoring my surgery. My wish is to regain my health."
Roth is a 39-year-old construction worker with two children. His son is 14 years old, and studies in grade 5; his daughter is 17 years old, and she is a farmer. In his free time, Roth likes to go fishing with his friends. In December 2020, Roth was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right tibia. After the accident, he went to a local hospital for help. The fracture has not healed and his leg is now infected. He needs surgery so that his fracture will heal properly and he will have no more pain. It is difficult for him to walk, he feels poorly and has chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 6th, Roth will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This surgery will repair the fracture, reduce the risk of reinfection, and help him to walk easily again. Roth shared, "I hope that I can walk as soon as possible. I need to work so I can send my children to school and feed them."
Chrob is a 48-year-old rice farmer. She has one daughter and three sons; they are all students in the local public school. She lives with her family, and they are all farmers. When she is not cooking or cleaning around their house, she likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch movies on TV. Five years ago, Chrob developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itchiness, blurry vision and tearing. She is self-conscious about her eye and avoids eye contact with others. 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. When Chrob learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Chrob 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 December 15th. "I hope after surgery my eye feels better, stops burning and tearing, says Chrob. "I will be able to plant rice and not worry about this anymore."
Christina is a 12-year-old student and the fifth born in a family of nine children. She is currently in grade four and her best subjects in school are mathematics and science. Christina has been diagnosed with left genu valgus, meaning that her left knee is bent inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, walking is difficult and painful, and it has been more challenging for Christina to attend school. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Christina to receive treatment. On December 10th, she will undergo corrective surgery at AMH's care center. Treatment will hopefully restore Christina's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Now, AMH is requesting $880 to Christina's procedure and care. Christina shared, "walking to school is really tiring and painful. I can’t walk as fast as my school mates."