United States • Born on May 27th
Amélie joined Watsi on May 13th, 2017. Seven months ago, Amélie joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Amélie's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Chanthol, is 34-year-old vegetable farmer from Cambodia, to fund a myringoplasty procedure so that he can hear clearly.
Amélie has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.
Amélie has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.
Chanthol is a 34-year-old vegetable farmer. He lives outside of Phnom Penh and has two sisters and two brothers. He is not yet married and lives with his parents. His father has retired from being a tuk-tuk driver and his mother helps him sell his vegetables at a local market. In his spare time, he likes to play football with his friends. Three years ago, Chanthol had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Chanthol experiences ringing in the ear with purulent ear discharge. He has tried medicine from the pharmacy but it has not helped. He cannot hear well anymore, and his family says his ability to communicate has deteriorated. Chanthol traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 14th, 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. Chanthol said: "I hope after this operation, I will have no pain, and I will be able to hear better when people talk to me."
Sorim is a 12-year-old student in grade five. He has two younger siblings - a one-month-old brother, and an eight-year-old sister. His parents are rice farmers in Kampong Chhnang province. In school, he enjoys Khmer literature and would like to be a doctor when he grows up. Sorim's favorite meal is fried eggs and chicken soup. At home, he enjoys playing with toys with friends, reading books, and swimming in the lake near his house. When he was six months old, the middle and ring fingers of his right hand were burned in a cooking fire. He did not receive any care, as his parents had no money for treatment. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. Now he cannot extend his fingers and it is difficult for him to carry things or hold a pencil to write in school. When Sorim's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 21st, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him to use his hand again. Now, their family needs help to fund this $495 procedure. Sorim said: "My friends make fun of my hand, and it makes me feel bad. I hope I can use my fingers after surgery and I won't have any pain."
When U Eain was 10 years old, he became a monk. Now, at the age of 33, he lives with five other monks in a monastery in Yangon, Burma. As a monk, U Eain doesn't have an income. Instead, every morning, two of the novice monks from his monastery collect food donated by followers in Yangon. In addition, worshipers who visit the monastery donate vegetables, fruits and curries to eat. When the monks preach in other villages, they may receive small cash donations, and when U Eain's parents visit him every year, they provide U Eain with a small amount of money. In this way, the monks are able to cover their basic needs. In February, U Eain went to a town in Mon State to preach. During his second day there, he felt very tired and struggled to breathe, and ultimately, he had to stop preaching. He went to a local clinic, where he received two injections that helped him to feel better. The next day, he returned to his monastery in Yangon. Once he was home, he developed a fever and felt very tired, so he went to a nearby clinic. There, he received an electrocardiogram (ECG). After his results came back, the doctor told him that there were problems with his heart, and U Eain was referred to Yangon Government Hospital for an echocardiogram. On April 19th, U Eain had the echocardiogram, and then brought the results back to the nearby clinic. Due to numerous issues uncovered by the test, U Eain will need cardiac surgery to replace two valves in his heart. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is able to help U Eain access the care that he needs. On October 21st, doctors at Pun Hlaing Hospital will replace the two valves in U Eain's heart, relieving him of the chest pains, rapid heartbeat, fatigue and difficulty breathing that he suffers from now. With his limited income, U Eain needs your support to raise the $1,500 to cover the cost of the procedure. He is hopeful to feel himself again soon and looks forward to returning to preaching and teaching. U Eain said: “I am so happy to receive treatment. I would like to say thank you so much to all of the donors.”
Nu is a 57-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and two sons in a refugee camp. Her sons go to school. She and her husband raise chickens and grow vegetables both for their own consumption and for sale. She has cataracts and her vision is blurry. She is often worried that she might slip and fall due to her poor vision, and she has to walk slowly and carefully. Sometimes, she will have a headache and a stiff neck. Since her vision has become blurry, she can no longer read, which she shared she especially likes to do to read the Bible or the lyrics for new hymns. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Nu. On September 15th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Nu's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. “When I go to church, I feel sad because I cannot participate, like reading passages from the Bible," she shared.
Malai is a 34-year-old soft drink seller from Cambodia who enjoys cooking and watching Khmer movies. She has one son and one daughter, both of whom currently attend school. Malai's husband sells soft drinks with her near their home. When she was ten years old, Malai had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. Because of this, Malai now experiences ear pain, discharge, and hearing loss. She also has difficulty communicating with others. Malai traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 11th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her 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 supplies, treatment, and inpatient care. Malai says, "I hope the ear infection will stop so my hearing can improve."
George is a brave boy from a village in southern Kenya. He is the third born in a family of four children. He is in pre-kindergarten and likes to play a lot. His mother does house work when available while his father does any jobs he can find. The family faces a lot of financial challenges which made it hard for them to bring George to the hospital for help. On June 30th, George accidentally fell and fractured both the radius and ulna bones in his right hand. The surgeon found that he needs a fracture repair surgery, but George's family cannot raise the money for it. George is in pain and cannot use his hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 7th, George will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help reduce his pain and be able to use the hand once he recovers. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1049 to fund this procedure. “I am desperate and have no way to help my son. I ask for help so that he can be treated, be able to use his hand, and continue with his education. I will appreciate this help,” said George’s mother.
Dieunese is a mother of two from Haiti. She lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince where she cares for her two young children along with her husband who is a taxi driver. Dieunese has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral stenosis which makes it extremely difficult for her heart to pump blood through her body, leaving her weak and short of breath. Dieunese requires surgery, but it is not available in her country. To access care, she will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On November 17th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair her heart valve; if they are unable to, they will remove it and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, the Baylor Scott & White Heart Hospital, is contributing $20,000 to pay for this surgery. Dieunese's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep and travel. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and check-up and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social worker from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Dieunese overseas. Dieunese says, "I am hopeful that having this surgery will allow me to be alive and healthy for my children!"
Edsen is a 16-year-old tenth grade student from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He lives with his older cousin and loves computers. He hopes to have a career in information technology one day. Edsen was born with two cardiac conditions, double outlet right ventricle (DORV) and pulmonary atresia. Together, this set of complex defects severely limits his heart's ability to supply blood to his lungs and causes blood to flow back into his heart. For surgeons to understand if Edsen's condition is operable, he needs to undergo a cardiac CT scan, a procedure that is unavailable in Haiti. Edsen will be flown to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on February 7. He will be treated at our medical partner's care center, Hospital General Plaza de la Salud. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $985 to cover the cost of Edsen's travel fees, CT scan procedure, and lab work. "I am very thankful to everyone who is giving me the chance to take this trip," says Edsen. "I am hopeful that I can have my heart problem fixed."
Johnley is a nine-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives in a small village on the island's western coast. His father is a fisherman, and his mother sells the fish in the market. Johnley has three siblings and would like to be a teacher when he grows up. Johnley was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. This means that a hole in the heart, which normally closes shortly after birth, remains open. Blood enters his body through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen. This leaves him weak and short of breath. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to support Johnley's preparation for surgery. They are joining these funds with contributions from Have a Heart Cayman, who are supplying $12,000 for the surgery itself. Johnley is scheduled for treatment on May 19 at our medical partner's care center, Health City Cayman Islands. After surgery, Johnley will be able to develop normally, growing strong and healthy. "I would like to say thank you to everyone for helping my heart get better!" Johnley says.
Ronalyn is a six-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is a student and lives with her parents and two siblings. When she is at home, she helps with household chores, but also loves to play, sing, read, and dance. Ronalyn was born with a cleft palate. Her condition causes her to have difficulties eating and speaking. She is scheduled to have cleft palate surgery on May 23, which will significantly improve her quality of life and ability to eat, breathe, and talk. Her family needs help raising money. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $69 to fund Ronalyn’s cleft palate surgery. Ronalyn’s mother says "We are happy for this opportunity and thank you for your help."
Junryl is a four-year-old child from the Philippines who loves running around, playing, and going to school. Unfortunately, he was born with cleft lip and palate, making it difficult for him to eat and speak. Junryl also experiences bullying from other children because of his appearance. To correct his lip and palate, he will be receiving surgery from our medical partner's hospital, Mindanao Medical Center, on May 22. The procedure will cost $58. This surgery will help Junryl lead a more normal and comfortable life. His mother expresses her gratitude, saying, "We are looking forward to Junryl growing up normally and having a wonderful childhood without the hindrances of his condition. We also desire that he will not be bullied anymore in school and enjoy his learnings. Thank you so much in advance for the help you will be giving us."