Meet Noitomai, a 70-year-old Kenyan woman struggling to walk due to cataracts that prevent her from seeing clearly. Noitomai is a mother of five children, though her husband and one son are deceased. Her other children are grown and have families of their own. Noitomai lives in a traditional hut made of mud and thatched with grass. She relies on her daughter, Lina, for her daily upkeep. Noitomai began experiencing vision loss in 2014. She has problems performing her daily tasks and worries that she may end up blind. "I wish to be treated, as being blind will bring poverty to me," she says. Owing to the rural location and marginalization of the area where she lives, Noitomai has not had a chance to visit the hospital. However, she is the beneficiary of a hospital-organized eye camp. She is scheduled to have cataract surgery but is not able to meet the $230 treatment cost. Once Noitomai's cataracts are removed, she will be able to see clearly again and perform tasks that currently give her difficulty. Let's help fund Noitomai's surgery!
Anley, a 17-month-old boy, was born in Haiti with a cardiac condition called single ventricle, in which there is no wall between the two lower chambers of the heart, resulting in one large chamber. Oxygen-rich and oxygen-poor blood mixes freely in this chamber, depriving his body of the oxygen it needs. If untreated, this would be fatal. Anley lives in Port-au-Prince with his mother and grandparents. He is an only child. His mother is not presently working, though hopes to do so when Anley is healthier. He is a curious and happy child, and enjoys playing with toys and especially bouncing balls. Anley will require a diagnostic catheterization followed by an open-heart surgery to partially repair the problem, and then a second surgery one to two years later to complete his treatment. For $1,500, Anley will be transported overseas to the Cayman Islands, where Health City Cayman Islands will perform his surgery, in addition to subsidizing the $15,000 surgical cost. His mother shares, "When I first heard what was wrong with Anley's heart I was very scared, but now I have faith that he will be able to be a normal boy."
Chhe is a 59-year-old housewife from Cambodia who is married with two sons and two daughters. She enjoys watching movies, staying at home, and cooking for her friends and family. Last year, Chhe fell down and fractured her left elbow. Although she received a surgery at another clinic a month ago, she cannot afford to return to complete her treatment. Her fracture is mobile but she needs to have a pin removed and screws added to her left elbow. She is also in mild pain. Chhe traveled five hours with her son to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. For $405, surgeons will remove the pin in her elbow and add screws during an open reduction internal fixation procedure. This will keep her bones in place while the fracture heals properly. After recovery, Chhe will be free of pain and able to return home and use her arm again to take care of her family and friends.
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