Juliana joined Watsi on October 22nd, 2016. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Juliana's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Confidence, a 30-year-old farmer from Uganda, to fund thyroid surgery.
Juliana has funded healthcare for 45 patients in 10 countries.
Juliana has funded healthcare for 45 patients in 10 countries.
30-year-old Confidence lives with her husband and child in Uganda. She shared that because of a lack of funds, Confidence was unable to pursue her dreams of becoming a nurse. Instead, she farms food crops, primarily for their family to eat, and selling the surplus to generate some income. Her husband deals in beans and maize, although he also does some farming. One year ago, Confidence began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling leading to shortness of breath, a sensation akin to coughing, intermittent headaches, and neck paralysis. Financial constraints prevented her from seeking medical attention until her symptoms increased, at which time she consulted a physician. She's been diagnosed with a right nodular goiter. This goiter affects her thyroid's production of the hormones that are responsible for her metabolism, along with many other bodily functions, and Confidence needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Confidence receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 19th, at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland during this procedure, which will cost $252. Confidence and her family need your help to raise this money. Confidence says, “I hope that I will be relieved from all these symptoms I’ve had once I am operated on, and that I will get better.”
Dah Si is a 23-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her parents in a village. She had to stop her education in 2021 due to COVID-19 lockdowns and later the military coup in her country. Now she assists her parents with household chores while her parents are farmers. During her free time, Dah Si enjoys playing with her niece and nephew, listening to music, and watching movies on her phone. Dah Si has a heart condition that requires replacement of two heart valves (aortic and mitral) and repair of the tricuspid valve. These valves control the blood flow between the chambers of the heart and are necessary to prevent long term damage to the heart and lungs. She experiences difficulty breathing, chest pains, fatigue, a decreased appetite and a rapid heartbeat. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 for this complex surgery. The treatment is scheduled to take place at Kasemrad Prachachuen Hospital on November 21st and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and have a more active and healthy life ahead. Dah Si mentioned, "when I see my friends having fun, playing, and exploring new places, I wish I could join them. But because of my condition, I just stay at home. Even at home, I sometimes feel tired and struggle to breathe. Knowing that BCMF and donors will support my treatment, I feel very happy. Thank you so much for your kindness and support."
Samith is a 27-year-old construction worker. He and his wife have a three-year-old son and a one-year-old son. His wife sells vegetables at a local market in Prey Veng province. They live with his parents, who are both elderly rice farmers. In his free time, Samith likes to play soccer and exercise. In August 2016, Samith was in a motor vehicle accident and fractured his right femur and right tibia. He went to a government hospital where doctors fixed hardware in his leg to heal his fractures. Although the fractures are now healed, the hardware remains in his leg and is causing pain in Samith's right femur. This inhibits his ability to regain his previous strength. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 24, Samith will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will hopefully alleviate his symptoms and improve his quality of life. Samith needs help raising the $304 this surgery will cost. Samith said: "I hope the metal will be easily removed from my leg and finally stop the pain."
Lydia is a 27 year old student from Uganda. She is pursuing a certificate in medical records. She is married and has one child who is nine years old and in primary school class two. Her husband owns a retail shop and supports her financially in her studies as he takes care of their child. They rent a single-room brick house for shelter. About eight months ago, Lydia became concerned about a painless mass in her left breast. Currently, she is pregnant and worried that it may develop into cancer. She has visited Rushoroza Hospital, and an excision was recommended but she cannot afford the expenses. Lydia traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 13th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Lydia needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Lydia says, “I believe that after the surgery I will be able to live a more comfortable life, be able to proceed with studies, and be ready to breastfeed my expected baby.”
36-year-old Olive is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Due to a lack of support from her parents, she was unable to continue her education past primary school. She is now married, and has four children. She shared that her husband is confined to a wheelchair, making Olive the sole support for her family. For about one year, Olive has lived with an umbilical hernia. She first developed a small swelling around her umbilicus; however, she has recently developed severe abdominal pain, which affects her ability to eat and to work - and to provide for her family. She sought treatment at the hospital, but was unable to afford the cost of the recommended care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is seeking $170 to fund Olive's hernia repair surgery, which is scheduled for November 9th at Rushoroza Hospital. Once she has recovered, Olive should be able to live much more comfortably and confidently as she supports her family. Olive said: “After treatment I will thank God and will continue with farming to enable me to support my family.”
Tong is a 56-year-old construction worker who lives in Kampong Cham province with his wife and daughter. His wife is a rice farmer, and his daughter is a high school student. In his free time, Tong enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching Cambodian boxing. About seven months ago, Tong developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go out on his own. When Tong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On October 4th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure. Tong contributed $75 to his care. Tong said, "I hope, after surgery, my vision is better so I can do more work and support my family."
Reaksmey is a 38-year-old rice farmer and musician from Cambodia. He is married and his wife works in a garment factory. The couple has two daughters, ages 19 and 13. In November 2014, Reaksmey was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of both hips. After the accident, he visited a government hospital where doctors fixated hardware to heal the fractures. Now that the fractures are healed, the hardware needs to be removed to prevent future complications. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On November 16th, Reaksmey will undergo a hardware removal procedure. After the procedure, he will be fully recovered from his accident. Now, he needs help raising $304 to fund his procedure and care. Reaksmey shared, "I hope I can recover quickly so I can return to work to support my family."
Meet Katweensly, a 16 year old student, living with her mother and siblings in a small town in Haiti, near the border with the Dominican Republic. Katweensly, who is a junior in high school, particularly enjoys her math and science classes. As a young child, Katweensly suffered a bout of rheumatic fever, which damaged one of the four valves in her heart. As a result, her heart cannot pump blood efficiently through her body, leaving her feeling weak and short of breath. Thanks to the help of our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, Katweensly is scheduled to travel to the Dominican Republic for surgery, which is scheduled for November 10th, at Hospital CEDIMAT. There, doctors will first try to repair the damaged valve. If they are unable to do this, they will implant an artificial valve. Another organization, Mitral Foundation, is helping supporting the cost of the surgery, but Katweensly's family needs an additional $1,500 to pay for lab tests, medicines, and follow up appointments that are a part of her overall treatment. In addition, support will help cover the travel costs and ensure a social worker from Haiti Cardiac Alliance can support the family during treatment in the Dominican Republic. Katweensly said: "I am feeling very happy to finally have the chance to have my heart repaired after waiting for so long."
Vibol is a 38-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has one son and one daughter who are students at the local public school. He and his wife work as rice farmers and own several cattle. Vibol used to work in construction, but switched to farming after his accident. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, fishing, and listening to the news on the radio. Ten years ago, Vibol fell off of scaffolding while working in construction. He fractured his mandible and both legs in several places. He had an open reduction internal fixation procedure, but has developed subtalar arthritis secondary to the fracture of his left heel bone. He experiences chronic pain in the foot, is unable to walk well, and has difficulty helping his family. When Vibol learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 14th, surgeons at CSC will perform a subtalar fusion of the left heel. After surgery, he will be able to walk without pain and work to support his family. Now, Vibol needs help raising $600 to fund his procedure and care. Vibol shared, "I am in pain and feel helpless because I cannot do many things. I hope to walk again to support my wife and children."
Sem is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Kampong Speu province. She is married with three sons, one daughter, and seven precious grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her youngest son, who are both rice farmers. In addition, her husband likes to fix houses in the off-season to make extra money for their family. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio, and help to care for her grandchildren. One year ago, Sem developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her difficulty seeing in bright or low lights, and blurry vision. Sem shared she has trouble doing simple household tasks because of her poor eyesight. When Sem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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. Sem said: "I hope after surgery I can see again. I want to go outside to help my family plant rice and cook for them again."
Kidus is a five-month-old baby from Ethiopia who is his parents' first child. Some of his favorite activities include breast feeding and playing with his mother. His parents are both students and farmers. They earn their income by selling fruits from their farm; however, the weather in their area is very sunny and their land is dry, which makes their harvest limited. Kidus was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Kidus recently underwent a colostomy, an intestinal procedure that inserts a colostomy bag. His parents share that paying for this surgery was very difficult. They had to borrow the money from individual loaners, and it has been difficult for them to repay it. In the middle of these challenging times, they heard about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, and their care center, BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre. Kidus's parents decided to seek financial assistance so he could complete the series of surgeries he needs. Kidus is now scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on August 17th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kidus's procedure and care. After his recovery, Kidus will no longer experience bowel dysfunction and will be able to live more comfortably and confidently. Kidus's dad says, “We were happy that we got this opportunity. We hope that our child will get the treatment and make stool just like other people.”
Hser is a 38-year-old woman who lives with her parents in a refugee camp in Tak Province, Thailand. She and her family fled there many years ago from Karen State in Burma because of civil war. Hser is now a high school teacher in the refugee camp, and she earns 1,000 baht (approx. 33 USD) per month. Hser used to teach groups of students at their home due to Covid restrictions that closed schools in July 2021, but all home teaching was also stopped in September 2021 when Covid cases increased in the refugee camp. Since then, Hser teaches students online, but many of her students cannot afford to pay for mobile data to study from their family’s mobile phones. Since late 2019, Hser has been experiencing pain in the right side of her abdomen every day, especially at night. She says that she has lost her appetite and has lost some weight because of this. She feels like the mass is gradually increasing in size and feels more comfortable lying down then sitting. She also feels tired when she walks. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumour, and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, which involves surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Hser's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Hser is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 9th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, this treatment will help Hser to live free from pain and she has hope that she'll be able to live her life happily with her parents in the future. Hser said, “I love being a teacher and when I have recovered, I will continue to teach. My parents worry about me a lot and they want me to receive surgery as soon as possible. They are stressed about my condition, but I do not want to feel stressed because stress cannot help me feel better. So even though I cannot eat a lot, I try to eat as much as I can to stay strong.”