Trevor joined Watsi on November 13th, 2015. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Trevor's most recent donation traveled 6,200 miles to support Tina, a 31-year-old food seller from Cambodia, to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.
Trevor has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 12 countries.
Trevor has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 12 countries.
Tina is a 31-year-old food seller who is married and has two young sons. Her sons are two years old and eight months old. For the past year, Tina has been experiencing a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. Frequent illness interrupts her work and makes her upset and feel down. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and worsen over time. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Tina to receive treatment. On September 7th, surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Tina of her symptoms and helping her live much more comfortably. Now, CSC is requesting $241 to fund Tina's procedure and care. Tina shared, "I hope my throat pain will go away and I can feel much better after surgery."
Sarat is a 61-year-old rice farmer with two daughters, four sons, and 10 grandchildren. Sarat lives with her youngest son who is a garment worker. Sarat's husband passed away five years ago from lung cancer. Now, she stays at home and helps her son with cooking and caring for her grandchildren. Sarat likes to listen to the monks on the radio. Four years ago, Sarat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia (sensitivity to light), and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sarat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours hours to seek treatment. On August 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. However, Sarat needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sarat said, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can recognize people, go outside on my own, and take good care of my grandchildren."
Orineitwe is a 53-year-old farmer and a mother to five children. She and her husband work as small scale farmers to make ends meet, and they own a three-room semi-permanent house. 16 years ago, Orineitwe began experiencing troubling symptoms including neck pain and swelling, mild headaches and weight loss. She was diagnosed with multinodular goiter. Because of her condition, she can no longer carry heavy loads on her head and she is no longer able to bend down comfortably while farming. She sought treatment at our medical partner's care center, and learned that surgery is required to treat her condition. She is concerned that without treatment, her symptoms will worsen and the goiter could become malignant. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Orineitwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at AMH's care center where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, she needs help to raise $293 to fund the procedure. Orineitwe shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I'm hopeful that after surgery I will be able to farm and to take good care of my family.”
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."
Sabel is a 5-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the third born in a family of four children. Sabel’s father is a small scale farmer and his mother is a homemaker. They work hard to meet their family's basic needs. Sabel was born a healthy child, but when he was born, his umbilical cord was wrapped around his thigh and knee. As a result, he had to undergo a below-the-knee amputation, and the surgery was successful. However, the operation site is not closing properly. If not treated, Sabel could develop a severe infection in this area so the medical team wants to make sure he heals well. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sabel receive treatment. On February 9th, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure. This treatment will allow Sabel's wound to heal well and, once he is fully recovered, he will be able to be fitted for a prosthetic. Now, Sabel's family needs help to fund this $747 procedure. Sabel’s mother shared, “His wound has taken a long time to heal and the doctors have advised he needs a skin graft surgery which we can’t afford. Please help him."
Rim is a widow with one son. She has always farmed, as does her son, though she no longer works in the rice field due to her age. She shared that her husband passed away over 40 years ago. She lives with her son and his family and enjoys listening to the monks preaching on the radio. Two years ago, Rim developed a cataract in her on her left eye eye, causing her photophobia, tearing, and blurred vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours and half with her son seeking treatment. On February 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her on her left eye eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. She said, "I am hopeful that after surgery I will be able to see well and can go to join ceremonies at the pagoda by myself. I want to help my son to take care of the grandchildren."
Fidelica is a third grade student from Haiti. She is an only child and enjoys learning to play piano and guitar. Fidelica has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect, which means a large hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart. This condition may have serious risk factors for heart failure or stroke. In order to receive treatment, Fidelica must fly from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. On March 15th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, as surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in her heart. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for her surgery. However, Fidelica's family needs help raising an additional $1,500 to fund related costs such as labs, medicines, and follow-up appointments. This funding will also help the family cover travel costs for the procedure, such as obtaining a passport and having social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, accompany Fidelica's family overseas. Fidelica's mother says, "I am excited for this surgery so that I can let my daughter run and play with other children!"
Marylin is a street vendor from Kenya. She is a single lady with three children; two of whom are in school and one who works as a street vendor of beauty products. Marylin herself is not formally employed and also works as a street vendor of food at construction sites. Twelve years ago, Marylin began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, and throat irritation. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. Marilyn needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Marylin receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. Marilyn shared, “I thank my friend for directing me to Nazareth Hospital, though it is hard for me to meet the cost of the treatment. I pray for help so that I can be well, regain my beauty, and also be strong again to continue taking care of my children."
Gabriel is a 46-year-old refugee from South Sudan. He is a father of six children aged between 2-19 years old. Currently, Gabriel and his family are staying in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya fleeing civil conflict in their home country. In June 2020, Gabriel had an accident and broke his arm. He underwent surgery in his hometown of Juba in the same month and was discharged home from the hospital. However, his left arm started developing further complications, and he was forced to seek treatment in Kenya after his family left Sudan. Gabriel has chronic osteomyelitis of the left humerus and infected hardware in his arm. Gabriel has undergone 3 surgeries, including humeral debridement, hardware removal, and bone cementing. Doctors recommend another urgent sequestrectomy surgery on his left humerus to remove the infected hardware. If left untreated, he risks impediment of blood circulation within the bone leading to bone death and even amputation. Unfortunately, this procedure is costly for Gabriel and his family. He does not currently have a job, nor any medical coverage. Due to the support of well-wishers, friends, and family, Gabriel has been able to raise some money for his earlier medical and surgical concerns. However, he was forced to postpone his surgery due to lack of funds. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gabriel receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a sequestrectomy on December 2nd at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,500, and he appeals for financial help to fund the cost of his care. Gabriel shared, “I am in so much pain and there have been so many surgeries for me. I need assistance on this one.”
Meng Huot is a four-year-old boy who lives with his four older siblings and parents. His father works in construction, and his mother is a seller at the market. Meng Huot enjoys watching TV, playing with toys, and playing games with his siblings. In the future, Meng Huot wants to become a policeman. For the past month, Meng Huot has had difficult swallowing and breathing. Eating food has become painful, and he is unable to eat many of his favorite foods like fried eggs and soy milk. Doctors at Children's Surgical Centre discovered that Meng Huot's tonsils are enlarged, which is causing the discomfort he feels. On November 11th, surgeons will perform and adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy on Meng Huot to ensure that he can return to breathing and swallowing with ease. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $241 to fund his procedure. Once recovered, his quality of life will significantly improve and he will once again be able to eat his favorite foods. Meng Huot's mother shared, "I hope after this surgery my son can be back to normal and in good health again."
Korugyendo is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of ten children; five of whom are still in school. Three of her children are married and are small scale farmers, and two dropped out of school and are casual laborers. For the last three years, Korugyendo has experienced pain and discomfort in her chest. Upon seeking care, she has been diagnosed with a mass on the left side of her chest that needs to be removed. Unfortunately, this procedure is costly for Korugyendo and her family. She and her husband are both farmers. Despite having a low income, the couple still has a lot of responsibilities in terms of care and school fees for their children. With their youngest child at 6 years old, they will continue to need to support their children as they grow up. Korugyendo appeals for financial help for her procedure. Korugyendo traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 13th surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Korugyendo needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Korugyendo shared, “I will resume farming as soon as possible to be able to take good care of my family.”
Sokunkanha is a 3-year-old girl from Cambodia. Sokunkanha has two older brothers who are in the 3rd grade. Her father is a factory worker and her mother is a farmer. Sokunkanha enjoys playing with toys with her brothers, painting, watching TV, and spending time outside with her mother. One year ago Sokunkanha received multiple injections in her right thigh as a treatment for bronchitis. After the injections, her mother noticed she was having trouble walking and running. Standing for long periods causes Sokunkanha pain and she is unable to walk easily. When Sokunkanha's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On September 29th, surgeons at CSC will perform a right patella realignment to realign the patella of her right knee allowing her to walk easily again. Now, Sokunkanha's family needs help to fund this $518 procedure. Sokunkanha's mother said, "I hope her knee and leg will be fixed now so she does not have to have more surgeries later on to fix this problem."