Greg joined Watsi on December 23rd, 2014. 108 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Greg's most recent donation supported Ath, a grandmother from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Greg has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 7 countries.
Greg has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 7 countries.
Ath is 70 years old. She is married and has one son, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to look after her grandchildren and go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray. Two years ago, Ath developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and headaches. Ath has trouble seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and working on her own. When Ath learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On April 25, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Ath will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure.
Kim Su is 18 years old. He has three sisters and four brothers. In his free time, Kim Su likes to play football and sing songs. One year ago, Kim Su developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and cloudy lenses. Kim Su has trouble seeing things clearly, going anywhere on his own, and playing football. When Kim Su learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours to seek treatment. On March 29, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Kim Su will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure.
Elineris is six years old and lives in a rural community in the Dominican Republic with her parents and one older sister. Her parents are both farmers. She is in kindergarten and loves everything having to do with princesses. Elineris was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sickly and weak. Although Elineris is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. Elineris will be one of the first children to receive this care. First, Elineris will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 11. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Elineris also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Elineris's surgical care. "We would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Elineris. We never imagined she would ever have this chance" says her mother.
Kunthea is a 35-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has two daughters. He likes to play soccer, watch TV, and go fishing in his free time. When he was 10 years old, Kunthea developed an ear infection in his left ear, and the infection spread to his right ear. He developed chronic otitis media when both of his eardrums perforated. Kunthea has tried to use ear drops from a pharmacy, but his symptoms have not improved. He experiences ear discharge and hearing loss. It is difficult for him to work, and his wife is worried about him. Kunthea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Care (CSC), from a relative. He traveled with his wife to reach CSC and get treatment. ENT surgeons at CSC will perform a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear on January 19. CSC is requesting $399 for the procedure that will repair Kunthea's eardrum and improve his hearing.
Moreen is a 14-year-old expectant mother from rural Uganda. Moreen is married to Justus, and they are expecting their first child. Moreen and her husband are small farmers who grow cassava and beans. Her husband also picks tea. In her free time, Moreen likes to jump rope with children in the community and listen to music over the radio. Because she is young, Moreen’s doctors consider her pregnancy to be high-risk. They recommend that she receive medical attention before, during, and after labor to ensure a safe delivery. On January 30, she will begin to receive supplements and attend antenatal checkups and health education classes. She will deliver her baby in the hospital, and she will undergo a C-section if necessary. After birth, Moreen and her baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. Moreen has subsidized her payment by $8. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting an additional $241 to fund her care. The requested $241 pays for antenatal visits, lab tests, medication, and three nights of hospital stay. Moreen hopes to nurse her baby and send the baby to school. Moreen’s mother-in-law says, “I thank the people that are supporting and donating."
Emiliana is a 38-year-old woman from Guatemala. She recently received Watsi donor support to undergo a [colposcopy](https://watsi.org/profile/4d3c786fcbfb-emiliana) following the results of an abnormal pap smear. Unfortunately, the colposcopy showed that she needed to undergo a more invasive biopsy. On December 21, Emiliana underwent a cone biopsy to remove the cancerous tissue and rule out the need for chemotherapy or radiation. This treatment is simple and will likely remove all or most of the cancerous tissue. Emiliana says she is prepared to begin her fight against cancer. Now, she needs help to fund this $471 procedure.
“I am looking forward to getting well and appreciate so much all the donors helping me," shares 54-year-old Lucia. Lucia and her husband work as small farmers on their own land in Uganda. They primarily grow cassava, beans, millet, and bananas. Her husband owns a stall in the local market and sells the surplus food. Lucia has experienced uncomfortable gynecological symptoms for the last five years. Since March, the pain and bleeding have become so severe that she cannot perform her daily activities. She is tired, dizzy, and worried about her health. Fortunately, Lucia underwent a hysterectomy on October 31. $321 will completely fund this procedure, including five nights in the hospital. After recovery, Lucia can re-establish her small business selling millet and bananas. She also looks forward to spending more time with her friends and other women in the community.
"I hope that my son will finish his studies, have a good job, and own a house and car someday," says Jan's mother. Jan is a three-year-old boy from the Philippines who loves playing with toys. He lives with his family in a house made of plywood and half-hollow blocks. Jan's father works as a laborer, and he struggles to provide the family's basic needs. In communities served by Watsi's medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), one out of five children under the age of five is either moderately or severely acutely malnourished. As a result of his family's lack of income, Jan is moderately acutely malnourished. This means that his diet lacks adequate calories and nutrients. Without proper treatment, Jan risked delayed physical and mental development. Fortunately, he began malnutrition treatment on October 17, 2016. ICM's home-based feeding program will provide Jan with nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure that he gains weight and achieves optimum physical and mental development. His family needs help to pay for this $184 treatment. Staff members and volunteers at ICM will make weekly visits to Jan to monitor his progress in the program. In addition, they will educate his parents about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. This education will help Jan's parents provide for a healthy childhood.
Gumisiriza is a 24-year-old young man from Uganda. His father passed on and he lives with his mother. Gumisiriza went to school up to Senior Four. He has no formal employment, but he volunteers at church as Sacristan. He is happiest when he is serving and praying at Church. Gumisiriza developed a swelling in the epigastric region (upper abdomen) seven years ago. Due to the pain, he is unable to dig, carry heavy items, or walk long distances. He visited a hospital in 2011 and was advised to have surgery, but his mother couldn’t afford to pay for it. Gumisiriza was given medicine which provided him a little relief, but after some time the pain came back. If not treated, the hernia (part of the intestine protrudes through the abdominal wall) could become stuck, leading to damage to the intestine or even the stomach. $249 will cover the cost of the surgery and care Gumisiriza needs. After recovery he hopes to be able to work in the gardens.
David was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which involves a hole between two chambers of the heart as well as a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Blood flows through the hole in his heart without first passing through the lungs to get oxygen, leaving him sickly and short of breath. Because of the severity of this condition, he first had to travel to Dominican Republic for a diagnostic catheterization to determine whether he was operable at all. Fortunately, the results of that procedure were positive, and he can now proceed to have his surgery. David lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with his mother and father; he is their first child. He attends preschool and likes making drawings, especially of Mickey Mouse. $1,500 in Watsi funding, and an additional $10,000 subsidy from Have a Heart Cayman Islands will fund the life-saving heart surgery that David needs to grow up healthy. "We were so happy to learn that David would be able to have surgery," his mother shared. "We are praying that everything will go well for him."
23-year-old Zin Oo lives in Thailand with his wife, one-year-old daughter, four younger siblings, and his parents. They recently moved from Burma to Thailand three years ago seeking better job opportunities. Zin Oo's parents are no longer able to bring in an income, so his entire family depends on Zin Oo and his wife as the only source of financial support. Earlier this year, Zin Oo was in an accident while driving his motorbike to drop off a friend. Pieces of roofing from an unfinished construction site blew onto Zin Oo and his motorbike, causing him to crash into a small channel in the side of the road. The crash broke a bone in Zin Oo's lower leg, so he went to the local hospital where doctors were able to surgically secure his bone back into place with rods. Zin Oo was able to pay for this operation with the little savings he had working on a potato farm, but now he needs another surgery to remove the pins that the surgeons had used-- surgery he cannot afford. Zin Oo used to be able to save some money, but after his accident and visits to the hospital all the money that he saved is gone. Zin Oo can no longer work because of the pain and discomfort in his leg, so his wife now has to work most of the time as a day laborer. This sole income is not enough for even just everyday expenses. “It has been hard for the family since Zin Oo got in an accident because he is the one that the family depends on”, shares Zin Oo's mother. Zin Oo feels like he has become a burden on his wife and his family due to his leg condition. Let's help him raise $1500 for his operation so that he can complete the full procedure to heal his broken leg. After treatment and recovery, he will be able to walk again free of pain. Zin Oo and his family are very grateful for his treatment, and he is excited to return to supporting his family. “I want to recover quickly, continue my work and then I can help my family," Zin Oo shares.
"Touch is very excited to have his leg healed and be back to working for his children, so his wife doesn't have to shoulder the load of supporting everyone,” reports our medical partners at Children’s Surgical Centre. Touch is a 38-year-old father of five children and nine months ago, he was in a serious motorcycle accident in his town in Cambodia. Touch severely broke his leg in the accident several months ago. He has not been able to walk well or work in his auto shop since then, causing him to be extremely dependent on his wife. Touch has been on bed rest for months and loves when his friends and neighbors come to visit him, but is looking forward to being able to leave his house soon! For $405, Touch will have his leg operated on to properly set his fracture. After this surgery, Touch's leg will heal properly so that he can walk once again without pain and return to his active life as a husband, father, and friend!