Deborah joined Watsi on July 21st, 2013. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Deborah's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Khoem, a loving grandmother from Cambodia, to fund hip surgery so she can walk again.
Deborah has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 10 countries.
Deborah has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 10 countries.
Khoem is a loving grandmother and a widow with two sons, two daughters, and several grandchildren. Her husband passed away several years ago, so she lives with her youngest daughter, who works in a local factory and supports her mother. Over the past several years, her greatest joy is playing with her grandchildren when they come to visit. Due to her age, she mostly stays home and listens to the radio. Earlier this month, Khoem tripped in her house and fell, fracturing her left hip. Although she experienced a lot of pain and was not able to walk, she did not seek any medical help because she was worried she could not pay. A relative visited her and suggested she go to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for diagnosis and treatment. She is in constant pain and cannot walk so is using a wheelchair to get around. Fortunately, Khoem took her relatives advice and came to CSC. There surgeons can perform a surgery to relieve Khoem of her pain and allow her to walk more easily again. Her treatment is scheduled for March 15th, and Khoem needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. "I hope that I can walk without pain, and play with my grandchildren again," shared Khoem.
Ken is 68 years old and has one son, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. Ken's husband passed away a long time ago, and she currently lives with her eldest daughter who is a rice farmer like she is. Ken likes to listen to monks pray on the radio, as well as visit the pagoda. Two years ago, Ken developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, she is not able to go places on her own. When Ken learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 17th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Ken needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ken says, "I want to see well so I can help my daughter with housework and go to the pagoda all on my own."
Savoeun is a 61-year-old grandmother. She has one son, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. Savoeun lives with her husband who earns his income working on a rubber farm. She likes to watch the news on TV, and listen to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Savoeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, Savoeun is not able to go places on her own, and has lost much of her independence. When Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment. Fortunately, on February 23rd, doctors at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, will perform a small incision cataract surgery, as well as an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again, and go back to living her life fully. Our medical partner is asking for $229 to help fund Savoeun's procedure. Savoeun says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well. I would like to cook, go outside on my own, and take care of my grandchildren."
Son is a 77-year-old retired rice farmer who lives with his wife. Together that have two sons, five daughters, and seven grandchildren, all of whom are farmers. Son likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and to visit the pagoda. Two years ago, Son developed a cataract in his left eye, which causes sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and he is worried about falling when walking, so he does not go places on his own. When Son learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours to seek treatment. On May 9th, doctors will perform cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly, allowing Son to se clearly, and to move about independently. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $253 to help fund this procedure. Son says: "I hope I can see well again so I can get around on my own and go back to the pagoda for ceremonies."
Than is a 68-year-old who works as a weaver and creates and sells scarves and other textiles. Than enjoys listening to the news on the radio in her free time. Two years ago, Than developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. Than shared that she can no longer weave due to her poor vision and has difficulty doing her other day-to-day tasks. When Than learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 16th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Than says, "After surgery, I hope my eye can see well. I want to easily go outside on my own and take better care of myself."
Huon is a 62-year-old grandmother. She is married and has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. She lives with her husband who is a farmer and her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. When she is not caring for her family, she likes to watch movies on TV. Two years ago, Huon developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and poor vision. 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 and doing things on her own like she used to. When Huon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Huon needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for March 14th. Huon shared, "I hope after surgery my eye stops tearing and burning. I want my eye to feel better so I can really see faces again and do housework well."
Tabitha is a mother of four children and shared that her husband passed away few years ago. She works hard to find jobs, mostly doing laundry for people, to provide for her family. Over the years, she has managed to take care of her four children with the limited income she gets from her work. Last November, Tabitha noticed a worrisome bump and consulted with her daughters who advised her to visit a hospital. She gathered some funds and visited a hospital nearby, but was not able to receive any help. She went to another facility that referred her to our Medical Partner's care center Kijabe Hospital. There doctors have told Tabitha that she needs an urgent surgery. Tabitha has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been advised to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,110 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Tabitha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 14th. After treatment, Tabitha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Tabitha says, "I was very shocked when I learned about my condition and up to now, I do not know what to do as I cannot afford the surgery.”
Alice is 60-year-old woman who is married with five children; three are married and her youngest are still in school. Alice and her husband both do farming to have food for their family, and are able to sell any extra. Over 20 years ago, Alice began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, tiredness, and difficulty in breathing. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and needs surgery to finally heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Alice receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 22nd 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. Alice says, "I have a lot of pain in my heart as I have suffered quite a number of conditions at once. I almost lost hope, but through the AMH support I hope to have my health restored, enabling me to resume farming."
Edrian is an active and talkative 4-year-old boy. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Both of his parents work as teachers, and one of his parents secured a new job recently which they are feeling optimistic about. A few months after Edrian was born, his mother noticed a birth condition. She consulted with his father, and they decided to raise funds to take Edrian to a local hospital. After examination, Edrian was diagnosed with left undescended testes, and surgery was done to address this condition. However, his surgery was unsuccessful and the doctors referred their family to our medical partner’s care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH) for additional care. At BKKH, Edrian was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Edrian has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Fortunately, Edrian will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), and will undergo corrective surgery on November 1st. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Edrian’s mother shared, “It has been a long and stressful journey for us since he was diagnosed with the condition, but we are still hopeful that all will be well.”
Lim is an elderly woman with one son, six daughters, and 15 grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. Lim's husband passed away many years ago during the Khmer Rouge time in Cambodia. She likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Around five years ago, Lim developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 1st, doctors will perform a small incision 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. Lim says, "After surgery I hope my eye can see better so I can go outside easily and I want to see the faces of all my grandchildren when I take care of them."
Phionah is a 33-year-old married mother of one who is expecting a new baby. She studied nursing, but unfortunately has not yet found a job in her field. Instead, she has a small pharmacy that helps to support her family. Her husband worked as a primary school teacher, but lost his job due to the pandemic. He is considering working as a farmer to help support the family. During one of Phionah's pregnancy care visits, she was told that her baby is in a breech position, or feet first. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Phionah deliver her baby safely. It was recommended that she deliver via Caesarean section to ensure a healthy and safe delivery for her and her baby. On November 4th, she will deliver her baby via C-Section at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $252 to fund her delivery and care. Phionah shared, ''I am not financially stable to afford the surgery. The little income I make is only enough to sustain my family. Your support will be very much appreciated.''
Tuok is a 48-year-old farmer. He is married and has one son and one daughter. His wife also works as a farmer, while his son works in construction, and his daughter is a student in the 11th grade. Many years ago, Tuok served as a soldier and lost his left hand and eye when a bomb went off. Recently in September, Tuok was in a motor vehicle accident that caused trauma to his right shoulder. Now he cannot use his right arm as a result of his swelling and pain. Tuok visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), and an x-ray revealed that he has a dislocated shoulder. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) will perform a procedure to treat his injury, allowing Tuok to use his right arm again. Tuok shared, "I hope my shoulder pain will stop so I can use my hand again as soon as possible."