Neera joined Watsi on March 24th, 2013. 2 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Neera's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Phorn, 63-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Neera has funded healthcare for 67 patients in 11 countries.
Neera has funded healthcare for 67 patients in 11 countries.
Phorn is a 63-year-old retired rice farmer. She has one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. She lives alone near her son. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Phorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her discomfort (photophobia), itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, impacting her independence and ability to go places and do things alone. When Phorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for over three hours seeking treatment. On September 5th, 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. Phorn says, "I hope that after surgery I will see better. I want to recognize people’s faces and go to the pagoda by myself."
Chantha is a six-year-old student from Cambodia in the first grade. She lives with her parents, who are rice farmers, and her three-year-old brother. When she is not in school, Chantha enjoys playing with her little brother and neighbors. Since birth, Chantha has had left hip pain and difficulty crawling and walking. As she grew, her parents and doctors noticed her left leg was shorter than her right leg. To correct this, surgeons fixated plate screws to her left leg. Since the screws were placed, she has been able to walk well, and can even run. Now that her left leg has been corrected, the screws need to be removed to prevent future complications as she grows. Surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On November 17th, Chantha will undergo a hardware removal procedure. Now, she and her family need help raising $304 to fund her procedure and care. Chantha's mother shared, "I hope my daughter can continue to walk easily and without pain after this procedure."
Meet Asanas: she is a social and confident 28-year-old Ugandan woman who lives in a muddy three-roomed semi-permanent house with her husband, child, and two foster children. To make a living, she does farming on her small piece of land with her husband. They usually grow simple food crops for home consumption but often sell the surplus to generate income for their family. During high school, she had a passion for journalism, but she was unable to pursue her dream because she couldn't finish school due to a lack of school fees. She stayed at home for a few years before getting married when she was 22. Asanas was brought in to the hospital with severe left-sided pain whenever she lies down to rest. She also experiences abdominal pain, even when eating small amounts of food. When her symptoms became severe, she came to see a doctor and was recommended to undergo a scan. The scan results indicated a left cyst, and she was recommended for cystectomy treatment for a complete recovery. However, her income is not enough to enable her to raise the money needed for her surgery, and she therefore appeals for your support to pay the $220 required for her cystectomy. Asanas says, "My life had always been well until I was hit by this pain. It's hard for me to do anything at home, but I hope that with your help to undergo surgery and I will get well."
Lout is a 70-year-old retired rice farmer. Lout has two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. Five years ago, her husband passed away due to hypertension. She lives with her eldest daughter who manages the ancestral farmland. When Lout is not cooking or helping her daughter care for the grandchildren, she enjoys listening to monks chant on the radio. Two years ago, Lout developed a cataract in her left eye, causing light sensitivity, blurry vision, and tearing. She 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 Lout learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On September 30th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Lout say, "I hope I can see better so I can take care of myself. I want to go to the pagoda by myself and visit with my neighbors without being afraid I will fall."
Alexia is a first-year student nurse from the Philippines. Alexia's mother is a stay-at-home mom, and her father works as a ride operator abroad. Despite working hard, her father's income is only enough for the family's basic needs. In March, Alexia began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe abdominal pain radiating to her back. Alexia was brought to a nearby hospital to be treated. Upon having her ultrasound test, it showed that she was suffering from a gallstone. Alexia has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Alexia is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on September 5th. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $820 to cover the cost of Alexia's surgery make her care possible. Alexia's mother shared, "We are financially incapable to pay for her medical bills. With this surgery, we don't have to worry about it anymore. I'd like to thank WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! We're so fortunate to be one of your beneficiaries."
Esther is a beautiful seven-month old baby girl from Haiti. She has two older sisters, and loves to smile and play with her mom. Esther has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Esther has been experiencing an increase in head circumference. Without treatment, Esther will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $897 to cover the cost Esther's surgery, which she will have on February 24th at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Bernard Mevs. This is the only site in Haiti that currently provides this critical type of treatment, which will drain the excess fluid from Esther's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Esther will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Her parents shared with us that they hope she'll have the opportunity to grow up and be able to play with the other children.
Lydia is a 47-year-old woman and the mother of four children (three daughters and one son). One of her daughters is married, while her other children are still in school. Lydia shared that she was unable to continue her own schooling after the seventh grade as the loss of her caretakers meant she could not afford the fees. Lydia works as a farmer and sells vegetables at the local market, and her husband works in the motorcycle taxi business. Over two years ago, Lydia began experiencing backaches, lower abdominal pain, and other worrisome symptoms. Doctors diagnosed the condition as a premalignant cervical lesion and determined that Lydia needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Lydia finally heal. On March 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Upon recovery, Lydia will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $219 to fund this procedure. Lydia says, "In support of what the doctor said, I think that when I am operated on, the bleeding will stop, I will get healed and be in a position to continue with my work activities."
Tricia is a one month old baby girl. She is being raised by a single young mother who completed high school and is planning to attend beauty college to become a hairdresser. Tricia and her mother live with Tricia's elderly grandmother who is a small-scale farmer in a one-acre ancestral home. Tricia and her mother do not have active medical insurance and have been dependent on support from relatives since her birth. Tricia has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Tricia's head started swelling at birth and has been increasing in size over time causing her family to worry. Due to complications, Tricia was referred to our medical partner's care center Bethany Kids Hospital for a neurosurgical review. Doctors diagnosed Tricia with hydranencephaly; a central nervous system disorder that requires Tricia to undergo surgery to eliminate the risk of severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Tricia's mother raise the $720 to cover the cost of the surgery scheduled for March 3rd. This procedure will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve Tricia's quality of life. With proper treatment, Tricia will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Tricia's mother says, “I am a new mother learning to raise a sick baby by myself. I have been left with all the responsibilities. I have hopes that this surgery will help with the increasing size of my baby’s head which is giving me worries.”
Shisena is a fun-loving 8-year-old girl from Haiti. She lives with her parents and four older brothers and sisters in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Shisena likes playing with her older siblings and listening to music. She goes to a special school program that she enjoys very much. Shisena was born with Down Syndrome and a condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart; blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her weak and short of breath. Our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) is helping Shisena undergo the cardiac surgery she needs for a healthy life ahead. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole with a small device. HCA is contributing $5,000 to make her treatment possible and needs to raise $1,500 to fully cover her medical care. Shisena's mom told us, "We are very thankful to everyone who is making this miracle possible for our daughter!"
Rosemary is a loving grandmother and a single mother of five children, who have all grown now. Because of Rosemary's medical condition, she has not been able to work and therefore has no current source of income. She is currently staying with her sister who is taking care of her. Four months ago, Rosemary was hit by a car and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. An X-ray revealed that her femur/thigh bone that connects to the hip socket is broken affecting her mobility. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 14th, Rosemary will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, to help heal her condition and hopefully be able to walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure and care. Rosemary shared, "I used to be well, and I could use my legs well. But after the accident, I am just confined to this wheelchair and cannot do anything without help. I hope this treatment will help me get back to my feet.”
Kheng is a 69-year-old widow and a retired farmer. She has one son and three daughters, and lives with her youngest daughter. Sadly, her husband died several years ago and she took over the work of the farm, which has been difficult. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and visiting the local pagoda to pray with the monks. In January 2019, Kheng was in a motorbike accident where she fractured her left femur and lost consciousness for several days. At the time, she visited a Khmer traditional healer, and eventually, she had a pin placed in her femur to aid in healing, but she continues to experience pain and cannot walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 11th, Kheng will undergo a fracture repair procedure where she will have a bone graft and a pin replacement. The procedure should alleviate her pain and allow her to walk again. Now, she needs help raising $465 to fund her procedure and care. Kheng shared, "I am thankful I will be able to have this procedure so I can walk again and help my family."
Irene is a beautiful baby girl and the only child in her family. Irene's mother is young and was still in school when she was born, so they are living with her grandmother. Her grandmother sells charcoal to earn a living and it is hard for them to make ends meet each month. Irene has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. When Irene was one month old, her mother noticed that her head was increasing in size. She took her to a nearby facility for examination, and was then referred to another facility who admitted her for a few days; however despite medication, her condition did not change. Irene was discharged and sent home, but a few days later she developed a fever so her mother took her back to the previous facility. After another examination, Irene was finally referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Hospital. Irene’s mother did not have the funds to cover their transport to BethanyKids, but with help from medical staff they were able to make it to the hospital with a social workers accompaniment. On arrival, Irene was booked for a shunt insertion surgery to help treat her condition. Without treatment, Irene will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of Irene's surgery to treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 9th, during which surgeons will drain the excess fluid from Irene's brain to reduce the pressure inside her head. This will greatly improve her quality of life, and allow her to develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Irene’s mother says, “It is a difficult moment for us for the past few months and we did not know if she will be treated as we do not have funds for the surgery.”