Peter joined Watsi on May 1st, 2013. Nine years ago, Peter joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Peter's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Vutha, a 4th grade student from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery.
Peter has funded healthcare for 64 patients in 11 countries.
Peter has funded healthcare for 64 patients in 11 countries.
Vutha is a 10-year-old student in the fourth grade. His father is a policeman, while is mother cares for him and his siblings. He has four siblings. At school, Vutha enjoys reading the most, but he also works hard at math. When not in class, he and his friends play soccer as much as they can. Vutha has strabismus in his right eye. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see clearly and study. It is also becoming more difficult for him to play sports with his friends. Vutha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 25th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Vutha needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure. Vutha said, "After surgery I want to see well like my friends. I think I will be even better at reading too when this surgery is done."
Veronica is a cheerful, married 29-year-old mother of two children. Veronica shared that she left school in primary school, because her parents could not afford her school fees. Her husband earns a living through helping people lift heavy luggage at a local bus station, and he also does a variety of other jobs when he has the opportunity. Veronica enjoys spending time with her two children, ages two and four; they give her joy and fulfillment as a mother. Her family lives in a one-bedroom rented house. In 2009, Veronica developed a swelling on her neck. She ignored it, thinking it would soon go away, but in 2014, the swelling grew. In 2015, she was diagnosed with a goiter, or enlarged thyroid, and surgery was recommended. As the goiter continues to grow, she has experienced coughing, difficulty breathing and difficulty swallowing. She can no longer sing in church or carry heavy things on her head, and she shared that she can no longer eat hard foods like msima, a Malawian staple. Veronica also told us that the condition has changed her appearance and has impacted her self-esteem. Veronica has visited the government hospital more than 15 times since her diagnosis, but her surgery was always rescheduled. Two weeks ago, she went to a different hospital and was referred to our medical partner's care center, where a surgeon recommended a thyroidectomy. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Veronica receive treatment. On May 25th, Veronica will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $1,015 to fund her procedure. The surgery is expected to improve her life and heal her symptoms. With a hopeful smile, Veronica shared, “I am overwhelmed with this opportunity to be sponsored for this operation. After the operation, I hope to live normally and care for my children properly. I believe I should be able to eat hard msima [the Malawi staple food] or raw cassava and potatoes which I now miss greatly. I look forward to sleeping without struggles after this surgery, much appreciation!”
Kay is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two sons in a village on the Thai-Burma border. Her husband is a day labourer at a construction site, while both of her children are students. Kay used to work in a factory but stopped last year when her health deteriorated. Kay remembers first feeling the pain she has in her abdomen in April of 2014, a month after she gave birth to her second son. Five years later, the pain in the left side of her abdomen returned. Kay also could not eat or drink anything, and vomited every time she tried to eat. At the hospital, she was given medication and was instructed to take it regularly. Though Kay felt better at a follow-up appointment, some of her symptoms were still persistent, so the medic referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At that hospital, Kay received an ultrasound, blood test and urine test, and the results revealed that she had stones in her left ureter. The doctor recommended that she undergo laser treatment to breakup these stones and treat the pain she has been experiencing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is helping Kay receive treatment. On March 2nd, she is scheduled to undergo a shockwave lithotripsy treatment at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,500, and she and her family need help raising money. Kay shared, “I really want to recover. I cannot work at the factory [because of my condition] but I want to earn money. In the future, if I recover, I want to open a small shop to sell dry goods.”
Charity is a 28-year-old woman from Kenya. She is the eldest in her family and is now married and has a newborn baby who is two months old. Her husband works as a clerk at a local dairy factory, where he earns enough to feed their family. Charity was working at the same factory, but was laid off from her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is not currently working and spends her time at home taking care of her child. Since August 2020, when Charity was pregnant, she started experiencing pain in her upper abdomen that radiated to the back. Charity had visited several different health centers but showed no improvement, and later decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital. She underwent a scan, which showed that she has a large gallstone. The doctor recommended that she undergo a cholecystectomy. Without treatment, Charity's condition may become more complicated and cause her gall bladder inflammation, or a blocked bile duct or pancreatic duct. However, Charity is unable to meet the cost of her care and appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. is helping Charity receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on March 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove the gallbladder due to the gallstone causing pain and possibly infection. This procedure will cost $788, and she and her family need help raising money. Charity shared, "The pain is too much at times and I feel some relief when I vomit. I am hoping to get support so that I can be well and be at peace to nurse my baby."
Abraham is a hopeful and hard-working auditor from Malawi. He lives with his nephew and has been experiencing both financial and health difficulties for some time. Since July 2018, Abraham has been experiencing pain and failure to urinate. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Abraham's surgery. On January 31, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He went to several government hospitals, which were unable to help him due to lack of equipment and supplies. He is relieved that he will finally be helped and should be able to go back to work soon. He says, "I have been struggling with these issues since 2016, and I am so grateful that God has blessed me with this assistance so that I can finally return to good health!"
Sophan is a farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters and two grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the news on the radio. A year ago, Sophan developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and clouded lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sophan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On January 3, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her brother says, "I hope my sister can see better and won't have vision problems anymore."
Tak is a construction worker from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son. He likes to go for walks, play sports with friends, and watch TV. Nine months ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left leg. He cannot walk and is unable to work. He is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 12, Tak will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him walk easily again. He says, "After surgery, I hope I can walk on my own and return to work."
Tin is a 29-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Koh P’long Village, Hpa-An Township, Karen State. Since 2014, Tin has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a pelvic mass. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Tin's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Tin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 16. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Tin will no longer experience lower abdominal pain and she will be healthy again.
Kyi is a 26-year-old young woman from Burma. She lives with her sister, brother, an aunt, and two cousins in Kyike Bon Village, Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. She looks after her two little cousins and also takes care of the household chores. In August 2018, Kyi experienced lower abdominal pain. She was in pain for almost a week. She also felt uncomfortable walking. She went to the hospital and received an ultrasound imaging test, and the result revealed a uterine mass. Doctors want Kyi 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 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 Kyi's CT scan and care, scheduled for September 20. Kyi says, “In the future, when I am fully recovered, I will find a job and save money to send my siblings to school. I also want a house for us.”
Aye is is a mother of eight children from Burma. She and her husband work as a day laborers and generate income for the family. Aye first noticed her symptoms when she was only 15 years old. At that time, she was combing her hair and felt a small growth on her head. Three years ago, she noticed that the growth was gradually increasing in size. She now experiences severe headaches. Aye sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery of the benign tumor on August 28. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Aye said, "I feel worried but I just keep smiling."
Nyew is a 47-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and her two sons in Noh Poe village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State. Nyew looks after her house and children at home, and her husband works as a farmer. In her free times, she loves to go out with friends to collect vegetables in the forest. Nyew has pain and tightness in her upper abdomen. When she is in pain, Nyew is not able to sleep or eat well. Nyew has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, Nyew's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Nyew is scheduled to undergo her biliary obstruction repair on July 31. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nyew's procedure and care. Nyew says, “Now, I am very happy to hear that I am going to have surgery and I will no longer be in pain after surgery. I plan to return home, take care of my house, and meet with my friends to collect vegetables in the forest after I recover."
Dorcus is a baby from Tanzania. She is the third child to her single mother. Dorcus has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Dorcus traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 8. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Dorcus's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily as she grows. Dorcus’s mother says, “I will be so happy to see my daughter walk without being in pain or discomfort. Thank you so much for helping me treat her.”