A joined Watsi on October 12th, 2015. Six years ago, A joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. A's most recent donation supported Hor, an elderly rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery so he can see and do more in life.
A has funded healthcare for 2072 patients in 15 countries.
A has funded healthcare for 2072 patients in 15 countries.
Hor is a retired rice farmer who lives with his wife. Hor's three sons and five daughters - and numerous grandchildren - all support Hor and his wife through farming. His favorite pastimes are walking to the local pagoda with his wife, and listening to monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Hor developed non-cancerous growths in his left eye, which cause itchiness, tearing and blurry vision. These growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun, and cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Hor has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Hor learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours to seek treatment. Hor needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the surface of his eye, and to replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The total cost of this procedure - which covers medications, supplies and two days of inpatient care - is $225. The surgery is scheduled for May 10th. Hor says: "I hope after surgery my eyesight won't be blurry and itchy. I want to see well and go outside with my wife to visit our children."
Then is a 49-year-old widow with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Then lives with her oldest daughter, who, unfortunately, just lost her job in a garment factory. Then's family has a small rice farm that she manages with her other children to support their family. In her free time, Then likes to teach her grandchildren. One year ago, Then developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light and poor night vision. Then has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own. When Then learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 6th, doctors will perform cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is helping raise $253 to fund this life altering procedure. Then shared, "I hope after surgery I can see better to work. I want to be able to work outside and care for my grandchildren."
Oeun is a 73-year-old retired rice farmer. She has two sons and four grandchildren. She lives alone near one of her sons since her husband passed away. Due to her poor vision, she stays at home and takes care of her grandchildren while her sons work. At home, she likes to cook for her grandchildren and listen to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Oeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and difficulty walking outside in bright lights. When Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, 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 $253 procedure. Oeun says, "I hope after surgery I can see again and go outside and take care of myself. I want to continue to take care of my grandchildren."
Kamsort is a 28-year-old vegetable farmer, living with his wife and their two-year-old son. Kamsort's wife is a garment worker. In his free time, Kamsort enjoys listening to music and playing with his son. In January 2021, Kamsort was involved in a traffic accident that caused an open fracture of his right tibia. After the accident, his family took him to a hospital where he had surgery. Six months later he had the hardware from the surgery removed. But Kamsort remains in pain, he has swelling around his right ankle, and his fracture has not healed properly, making it difficult for him to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 2nd, Kamsort will undergo a fracture repair procedure at Kien Khleang Rehabilitation Centre. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $483 to fund this procedure, which will enable Kamsort to walk without pain. Kamsort says: "I hope my leg will finally be healed after this surgery and I can walk again."
Faith is a 12-year-old student from Kenya. Her father is a farmer, while her mother works hard to raise their family and care for their home. Faith is the only girl and the second-oldest in her family of four. She is in fourth grade and likes reading and playing with friends. She has a big heart and hopes to one day become a surgeon to help children who are neglected because of their medical conditions. Faith has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition where the foot is twisted out of shape. This condition makes it difficult for Faith to walk or to even wear shoes. Fortunately, Faith and her mother traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons are scheduled to perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Faith's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she should be able to put on shoes and walk well at home and school. Her self-esteem also will improve, and she'll be able to continue with her studies and hopefully achieve her dream career of becoming a surgeon. Faith's mother said, “I hope to see my daughter walking normally like other children. That’s why I am requesting support to facilitate her surgery."
Scovia is a jovial 41-year-old farmer from southwestern Uganda. She is a married mother to five children, including a son who is a mechanic and four daughters who are all in school. Scovia is the local counselor for her family's parish. She also farms for a living, growing crops for for her family to eat, rearing pigs, and selling the surplus for extra income. Her husband works as a casual laborer getting jobs where he can. Three years ago, Scovia developed a painful cyst on her right arm. She can barely bend it, and her condition did not improve with pain medication. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Scovia receive treatment. On March 23rd, surgeons at AMH will remove the mass. Now, Scovia needs help raising $137 to fund her procedure and care. Scovia shared, "I'm hoping for better health and life after my surgery so I will be able to resume farming to sustain my family."
Debora is a young student and the last-born child to a single mother of two. She is charming and friendly. Her father left her family when Debora was very young. Debora’s mother has worked hard to raise her two children by herself ever since. She practices small-scale farming and grows bananas, maize, beans, and other vegetables as food for her children and to sell to others for money. Debora has clubfoot on her right leg. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Debora and her mother traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 22nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Debora's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily when she heads back to school. Debora’s mother shared, “I have watched my daughter turn from a normal child to a disabled child and all because I cannot afford her treatment cost. Please help.”
Ko Kyaw lives with his wife and two daughters in the border region of Tak Province in Thailand. He is a homemaker while his wife works as a day laborer. He plans to send his older daughter to a Thai school in the new school year, but his younger daughter is still too young to go to school. In early 2021, Kyaw was still living in his village in Myawaddy Township in Burma but it has been a very challenging time for his community ever since the military coup. He and his wife were injured in an emergency involving the local soldiers who came to their area. Luckily other villagers came to their rescue and Kyaw was treated for fractures on both his upper and lower leg, where a metal rod was inserted to help him heal. Now the bone in his thigh is misshapen and doctors have diagnosed osteomyelitis (infected bone). His doctor told him that in order to heal, he would need to have the metal rods replaced in both his upper and lower leg. Currently, Kyaw’s left leg is in a lot of pain. He can only bend his leg slightly and needs to use crutches to get around. With his leg in pain, Ko Kyaw spends most of his time helping out with household chores he can do and teaching his oldest daughter how to read and write in Burmese. He feels frustrated that since his leg was broken, he cannot support his family. Our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is helping to pay the cost of his treatment and is raising $1500 to cover his surgery, which will take place on May 10th. “I feel upset that I cannot support my family as the head of the house,” he said. “We only have my wife’s income. We do not have our own house to live in. I want to say a lot of things but I cannot express what I want to say. I never thought that I would lose my house, my possessions and that my leg would be in pain.”
Jemimah is a 45 year old business woman who lives with her husband and five children in Uganda. She runs her family’s small furniture shop, where her husband works as a carpenter, to earn a living for their family. They have no house of their own, and live in their friend’s house as caretakers. Earlier this year, Jemimah began experiencing severe back pain, accompanied by other worrisome symptoms. As a result of her condition, she no longer feels able to take an active part in their family business. Jemimah has been diagnosed with abnormal uterine bleeding and endometrial hyperplasia. If her condition is left untreated, Jemimah could be at risk for developing uterine cancer. In order to treat her condition, Jemimah needs to undergo a hysterectomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to fund Jemimah's surgery, which is scheduled for May 13th at Rushroza Hospital. Once she has fully recovered, Jemimah will be able to resume her daily activities, free of pain. Jemimah says: “I am troubled because I can no longer do my duties like I used to before. I am in pain. I pray and hope to get well through surgery so that I may get back to my duties and continue taking care of my family.”
Edivina is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Edivina is a mother of three children in primary school and junior class. Edivina completed primary school class seven, but could not proceed due to financial challenges. Edivina farms with her husband and they own a three room mud house for shelter. For three years, Edivina has had an umbilical hernia. Edivina first developed mild abdominal pains around the umbilical region but thought it was a temporally condition that would heal with time. When the pain started increasing, Edivina was forced to seek medical assistance. Unfortunately, Edivina could not afford the recommended surgery at that time. Currently, Edivina feels severe pain when carrying heavy loads, coughing and sometimes eating. Edivina has to walk gently to avoid aggravating the pain. Edivina will undergo hernia repair surgery on May 12, 2022 at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Edivina's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Musiimenta says, “My condition has affected my way of life negatively. I can no longer do my day to day duties especially farming comfortably. I wish to live a normal life once again through surgery.”
Yaing Dong is a 32-year-old motor mechanic. He is married and his wife works in a garment factory. The couple have a five-year-old son and a ten-year-old daughter. In his free time, Yaing Dong likes to play volleyball. Last October, Yaing Dong was in a motor vehicle accident where he injured his right hand. He has a large scar contracture on his hand that makes it difficult for him to flex his hand, carry things, and even work. When Yaing Dong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure so that he can regain full use of his hand. Now, Yaing Dong needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Yaing Dong shared, "I am thankful that this surgery can help me get well. I would like to return to work as soon as I can."
Vicheth is a 40-year-old man who works along side his wife as tailors. Together they have one daughter. Vicheth enjoys listening to music while he works and spending time at home with his family. About twenty years ago, Vicheth had a severe ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the eardrum, in his right ear to perforate. As a result, Vicheth still experiences ear discharge and tinnitus. He has tried different medicines but none have alleviated his pain or symptoms. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Vicheth receive treatment. On May 4th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $487 to fund this procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Vicheth's family was able to gather $100 to contribute to his medical care. Vicheth says, "I hope my ear heals quickly and I am able to hear well and not have any more discharge."