Farshad joined Watsi on May 11th, 2014. 60 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Farshad's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Medard, a three-year-old boy from Tanzania, to fund leg surgery to increase his mobility and decrease his risk of future complications.
Farshad has funded healthcare for 200 patients in 13 countries.
Farshad has funded healthcare for 200 patients in 13 countries.
Medard is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is his mother's only child, but he lives with his grandmother because his mother's health is currently compromised. While she was pregnant, his mother experienced a difficult pregnancy and was constantly on medication to help ensure healthy brain growth for Medard. He arrived before his due date and had to spend a few weeks in nursery. As he grew older and began walking, his grandmother noticed his leg bowing. Medard was diagnosed with genu valgus, a condition that causes his right leg to bow inward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Medard struggles to walk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Medard. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore his mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. His grandmother shares, “I believe that by helping Medard I will be helping his mother heal too."
Kim Ly is a 70-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. She lives with her husband and their youngest daughter, who works as a waitress in a local Chinese restaurant. She spends much of her time at home, where she helps care for her grandchildren or visits the local pagoda to join in the ceremonies. One year ago, Kim Ly developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her cloudy vision. She is unable to see well in the dark or in bright light and feels unhappy that she cannot be more independent. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Kim Ly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 18th, 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 raising $253 to fund her procedure and care. Kim Ly shared, "after surgery, I hope I can see better and visit the pagoda for ceremonies."
Chan Tho is a 16-year-old student in grade nine from Cambodia. She is an only child, and her parents grow rainy-day rice and vegetables. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, doing homework, listening to music, and watching TV. Three years ago, she noticed a lump on her right leg above the knee. In the past two months, it has grown quickly, causing her to walk more slowly due to progressive pain. Doctors have diagnosed it as osteochondroma, an overgrowth of cartilage and bone that happens at the end of the bone near the growth plate, and is the most common noncancerous bone growth. Chan Tho traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 29th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Chan Tho's family needs help to raise $469 to fund this procedure. She shared: "I hope the tumor will be removed quickly and my pain will stop."
D. is 52-year-old homemaker from Burma. She lives with her husband and son, who are farmers. Occasionally, her husband will work as a driver and her son as a day laborer, and they both go fishing and forage for vegetables when they have time. D. also raises chickens and goats for their family to eat, and cows and pigs to sell. Ten years ago, D. started to experience occasional back pain. By the end of July 2022, the pain was severe in both her back and abdomen. The first time she was admitted to Mae Sot Hospital in September, she was diagnosed with bilateral kidney stones and received a catheter in her left kidney. Now her doctors want D. to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help her doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of D.'s CT scan and care, scheduled for November 11th. D. said, "I don't want to be a rich mother. I just want to be a healthy mother who is happy and devoted to her children. I've been depressed most of the time since I was diagnosed with kidney stones. But when I learned that the organization may pay for my CT scan, I felt relieved and like I still have hope that I would remain alive."
Deab is a 65-year-old retired rice farmer. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her younger daughter, who helps to support her. Her daughter is a garment worker in a local factory. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio, and walk her grandchildren to school. Three years ago, Deab developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. 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 Deab learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 1st, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and implant a new lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Dear said: "I hope after surgery I can see better. I hope to go outside without problems, take care of my grandchildren, and join the ceremonies at my pagoda."
Titus is a hardworking 24-year-old from Kenya. He is the only child to his single mother, who sells tea and porridge at the market. Due to their financial situation, Titus was compelled to drop out of high school and do casual labor jobs to support his mother. Together with his mother, they live in his uncles’ home who is a small-scale farmer. Titus also helps his uncle with farm work. A month ago, Titus fell at work and his hand was cut by a sharp object. Titus went to a nearby facility where his wound was sutured because the fracture was open, and a splint was applied in order to stabilize the fracture. Now he cannot work using his hand and therefore he depends entirely on his mother. When he realized that there was no improvement of his injury, Titus visited a nearby facility where he was referred to our medical partner's care center Kapsowar Hospital. On physical examination, the surgeon told him that he required an urgent surgery in order to repair his tendon and fix his fracture which had taken time to heal. Titus has no medical insurance and is worried about how he can pay for the care he needs. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 27th, Titus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Titus will be able to go back to his work and continue to earn a living. He will be able to assist his mother. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $941 to fund this procedure. Titus says, “I get my income through working with my hands. Now that I cannot use them, I feel so bad. I don’t want to burden my mother who is also struggling. Kindly help me.”
Beatrice is a 51-year-old farmer and the mother of six children. Beatrice has a great passion to educate her children as she shared that she does not wish for them to suffer as she did due to a lack of education. She is soft-spoken, calm, and humble. Beatrice and her husband practice farming for their daily food and sell off the surplus to cover basics for their family. Three years ago, Beatrice began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling. At first, this was painless, but with time, she started experiencing shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, and persistent headaches. Beatrice can barely turn her neck and has difficulty sleeping. This has limited her work performance as she no longer attends to her farm like she used to and she gets fatigued easily whenever she tries to work. Doctors have diagnosed her with a nodular goiter and she needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Beatrice receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 14th 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. Beatrice says, “I would really love to see my children have a successful future. I have always worked so hard but this condition has affected my health. When given your support, I will undergo my surgery, get well and continue with farming to sustain my family.”
Keti is a 50-year-old woman and mother of five children, four sons and one daughter. Keti operates a retail shop with her husband to make ends meet. They took a loan to service their business so they can continue to operate. Keti loves education, but could not afford high school and now works hard to see her children excel in school. Two of her sons completed university, and Keti hopes all of them will complete this as well. She is proud and hopeful for her children's lives. Ten years ago, Keti began experiencing troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath, anterior neck swelling and issues swallowing. Keti was diagnosed with bilateral goitre. Keti had tried managing the condition with pain medication, but could not resolve it and opted to come to our medical partner's care center. Keti now requires surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Keti raise $252 for her treatment. Keri is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 6th where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Keti hopes to heal quickly post-surgery. Keti shared, “I think when operated, the pain will be no more, and I will get relief from these symptoms that have been my problem over the past years."
Joshua is a 7-year-old student from Tanzania who is in grade two and enjoys Mathematics and English. He also loves to play soccer. He comes from a family of seven children. His hardworking mother practices small-scale farming, as well as livestock keeping, in order to support their family since she is the sole provider. Joshua has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, a condition that causes his legs to bow outward. 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 is unable to fully enjoy games and sports with his classmates and siblings. This condition has also affected his day-to-day activities around the house. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Joshua. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Joshua's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Joshua's mother shares, "As a mother, seeing my son play and walk freely gives me joy, and that is what I desire."
Erlinda is a hardworking 54-year-old woman from the Philippines. She earns money to support her family by washing and ironing clothes. In 2019, Erlinda began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing and swallowing. Eventually, she noticed a growing mass on her neck. Because of this, she decided to seek medical treatment, but the doctor notified her that due to the progression of her mass, medication would not be enough to treat her condition. Erlinda was diagnosed with Thyroid Carcinoma, a type of cancer that begins in the thyroid gland. It occurs when healthy cells in the thyroid change and grow out of control, forming a tumor. She now needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Erlinda receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 16th at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $890, and she needs help raising money for this life-changing care. Erlinda tearfully shared, "Where else would I find money to pay for my surgery? We can't afford it. I'm really thankful that Watsi, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, and Our Lady of Peace Hospital are going to help me."
Samorn is a 22-year-old soldier with one younger sister who is currently in the 10th grade at public school. Samorn's mother is a farmer and his father repairs houses in order to earn a living. In his free time, Samorn enjoys singing, listening to music, exercising, and playing football. On April 10th, Samorn was in a motorcycle accident. He hit a tree and fractured his right clavicle and ulnar, as well as injured his right shoulder. As a result of the crash, Samorn has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to move his right arm, and cannot work. Fortunately, Samorn traveled to our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, to receive treatment. On June 7th, Samorn will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery. After he has recovered, he will be able to use his arm again and get back to work in order to help his family. Samorn was able to contribute $100 towards his medical care. Now, our partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $709 to help fund his procedure. Samorn says, "I hope I can use my arm so I can drive and work again."
Ron is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer. She is married and has two daughters, three sons, and seven grandchildren. She enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio and going to the pagoda. A year ago, Ron developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to experience itchiness, light sensitivity, eye tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Ron learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 12th, 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. Ron says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I want to easily go outside and visit the pagoda by myself."