Taylor joined Watsi on April 9th, 2017. Four years ago, Taylor joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Taylor's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Boaz, a one-year-old baby from Kenya, for corrective surgery to treat his birth condition.
Taylor has funded healthcare for 57 patients in 8 countries.
Taylor has funded healthcare for 57 patients in 8 countries.
Boaz is a small baby boy and the last born in a family of three children. Boaz’s father is a teacher and his mother is a housewife. Boaz was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition he was born with. If left untreated, Boaz has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Fortunately, Boaz is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on September 6th. Boaz will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care so he can grow up healthy. Boaz’s mother says, “When we heard that we were not in a position to be covered with support for his surgery, we had no choice but to go back and gather some funds which would take a long time. We are grateful for your help.”
Robert is a 37-year-old matatu taxi driver with two children. Recently, Robert was involved in a traffic accident where he sustained multiple fractures in his legs. He has difficulty walking and can no longer work as a driver. Fortunately, with the support of Watsi donors he was able to have his first surgery and now surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), are able to help with his final repair. On August 5th, Robert will undergo a second fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow Robert to walk with more ease. AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "I am hopeful I will be able to walk again. I am halfway there. I know with this surgery, I will be able to use my legs and get back to working again,” shared Robert.
Imran is a charming and friendly four-year-old boy. He lives with his grandfather, mother, and siblings at his grandfather's home. Imran has clubfoot of the left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Imran receive treatment. He visited AMH's care center where, on July 6th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. Now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Imran's procedure. After treatment, Imran will be able to walk without difficulty and wear shoes. Imran's grandfather shared, "there is no day my grandson doesn’t say to me, grandfather I want to wear shoes like my friends. Please help my grandchild."
Justine is a talkative 18-year-old laborer from Kenya. He is the second-born child in a family of five children. He dropped out of school in grade eight after his parents were unable to pay his secondary school fees. Now, Justine drives a motorcycle taxi to help support his siblings. One week ago, Justine was involved in a road accident and fractured the second, third and fourth metatarsals on his right foot. He experiences pain and he cannot walk. He was told that his fracture would require surgery, and in the meantime, he is in a cast. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 3rd, Justine will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. Justine will no longer be in pain, and he will be able to walk and work. Now, AMH is requesting $1,016 to fund his procedure. Justine shared, “if I could be walking now, I could be out there looking for a job and supporting my family. I have faith that I will walk again."
Sean is a 31-year-old food seller--he and his wife were married eight months ago. Sean's wife is a rice farmer and is currently pregnant with their first child. They live with his parents who are retired and stay at home. On March 7th, Sean was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture on his right hand. After the accident, his parents took him to a provincial hospital where he received wound sutures and a splint for his right middle and index fingers, however this did not heal his fracture and he still experiences stiffness, pain, and can not use his right hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 7th, Sean will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him regain use of his hand. Sean shared, "I hope I can use my hand again after surgery so I can return to selling food and earn more to support my young family and our baby who is arriving soon."
Htoo is a 6-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents, brother and two sisters in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand and Burma. Htoo and his siblings were born in the refugee camp. Htoo’s mother is a homemaker, while Htoo’s older brother and sisters go to primary school and Htoo attends kindergarten. His father used to work as a day labourer, but has been unemployed since the pandemic began. Currently, they have no income and receive some financial support for their daily expenses. Luckily, Htoo's family receives free basic healthcare and education in the camp. In late October 2020, Htoo was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. If he stands up for a short period of time, or walks, the right side of his private area will swell. Around twice a week, Htoo shares with his parents that this area is hurting him and he feels uncomfortable. Fortunately, on April 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Htoo's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 8th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Htoo's father shared, “Most of the time, my son is very active and playful. He will only rest when he complains about the pain.”
Thorn is a 70-year-old woman with three sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Thorn does not work as a rice farmer anymore, now she mostly stays at home and takes care of her grandchildren. Thorn enjoys listening to the monks pray. Two years ago, Thorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her son seeking treatment. On January 20th, 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. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Thorn said, "I hope after my surgery I can see clearly so I can recognize the faces of my family, get around on my own, and help my daughter take care of her children. I would also like to join ceremonies at the pagoda by myself."
Hear is a 28-year-old rice farmer who married with one young child. Hear is the main breadwinner of his family and works hard to support them. In his spare time, Hear likes to read the newspaper and play games with his kid. Three years ago, the retina of Hear's left eye detached, causing him partial blindness, and affected his self-esteem due to an inability to see or work. When Hear learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours with his wife seeking treatment. On March 4th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Hear shared, "I hope after surgery I can see out of my eye again. I need to plant rice and raise animals to support my family. I want to fix my vision so I can work, and can read again without hurting my eyes."
Som Art is a 48-year-old rice farmer and her husband is a teacher. Together that have a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. Som Art enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching Khmer movies on TV. One year ago, Som Art developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly and being independent. When Som Art learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her husband seeking treatment. On December 23rd, 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 and continue with her full life. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Som Art said, "I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can plant rice and do housework without any problems."
Ra is a 57-year-old house painter from Cambodia. He is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Ra's wife is a garlic seller. He enjoys watching Khmer dramas and the news on TV. Five years ago, Ra developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his wife seeking treatment. On October 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ra said, "I hope I can see everything clearer than now after my eye surgery so I can do my job and drive my motorbike anywhere."
Sokhom is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for ten years and have two children together. His children recently started school. His wife farms alongside him, taking care of their pigs. Sokhom teaches his children everyday and helps them with their schoolwork. In his free time he also likes listening to the radio. In early June 2020, he cut his ankle while working. He soon developed a rash and a skin infection around the cut. He went to a local clinic where they tried to clean and dress the wound, but the infection returned. His ankle is now swollen, painful, and has discharge being released from the wound. When Sokhom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On July 10th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to to remove damaged skin and infected tissue from wound. Now, Sokhom needs help to fund this $273 procedure. Sokhom said, "My ankle is too painful to walk and work to support my family, so I hope the doctors can easily treat the wound and make my foot healthy again."
Chhoeun is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five daughters and seven grandchildren. After he has finished rice farming, he plays in a Khmer traditional music band in the village. Chhoeun also enjoys to listen news on the radio. One year ago, Chhoeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 23rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that I can see everything better, and then I want to go the rice field to plant rice and crops again," Chhoeun said.