Taylor joined Watsi on April 9th, 2017. Nine months ago, Taylor became the 2774th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 562 more people have become monthly donors! Taylor's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Vireak, a man from Cambodia, to fund a hip replacement.
Taylor has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Vireak is a father of three from Cambodia. He used to be a soldier. He likes watching boxing and spending time with his family. For the last two years, he has been experiencing hip pain and difficulty walking. He's stopped working, and it's painful to walk. Fortunately, Vireak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Vireak of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 8, and Vireak needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I hope I can get better on my hip and go back to work."
"Since my condition began to worsen, I've had to stop working,” shares Khin, a 52-year-old woman from Burma. “This has been emotionally hard for me, as I want to help support my family.” Khin’s entire family lives and works on their rice farm. They are able to harvest about 100 tons of rice each year. They use their harvest to feed themselves, and sometimes are able to use the surplus to trade for other items they need. About 20 years ago, Khin noticed a small lump on her neck. At the time, she did not think anything of it. However, a couple months ago she began to experience serious pain in her neck and upper back. She also noticed that the lump on her neck was getting larger. Khin was eventually diagnosed with thyroiditis, and told she would need surgery to remove part of her thyroid. Without this procedure, she will continue to live in pain. However, her family is barely able to get by on their rice harvest from day to day, and does not have the money necessary to pay for this operation. That’s where you come in. By contributing to our $1,500 fundraising goal, you can help sponsor Khin’s thyroid removal on December 11, as well as the necessary lab tests and week-long hospital stay. “My family are all extremely stressed and worried about my health and future,” says Khin. Let’s put their worries to rest.
Khin is a 41-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Burma. She works as a day laborer making jaggery, a kind of sugar, from palm trees. Her eldest son works in a city, while the other children are still in school. Khin became aware of her heart disease several years ago, when a doctor diagnosed her at a private clinic. Khin currently experiences exhaustion, palpitation, and insomnia. This prevents her from working. Four months ago, she was informed that she needed to have surgery. Khin visited our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, and learned about Watsi. She is now scheduled to have surgery on November 3rd. Watsi is requesting $1,500 to help fund her procedure. Khin said, “After I recover from heart surgery, I want to own a small grocery shop."
Thi is a 29-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Ayeyarwady Division, Burma. She is a housewife, and her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver. Their son is a student in sixth grade. Their family income is enough to cover their family’s basic needs, but they are unable to save any money. For the last 15 years, Thi has periodically experienced fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain. She has been diagnosed with heart disease, and her condition requires surgery. On September 12, Thi will undergo a double valve replacement heart procedure. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for her treatment. “After I get better from surgery, I will be work as much as I can to increase my family income and I will pay back my debt," says Thi.
Angela is a two-year-old little girl from Kenya. She is the youngest child in her family. She lives with her mother and grandparents. Her grandfather works as a barber, and her grandmother works as a farmer to support their family. In early 2017, Angela sustained burn injuries on her hand from a fire accident. She was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries. However, now she is having difficulty using her hand, and so has been recommended for contracture release surgery. On March 7, Angela will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,176 in funds to cover the cost of her procedure and accompanying lab, hospital, and medicine fees. "After treatment, I want my child to be able to utilize her fingers as she grows up," says Angela's mother.
Sophal is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia who is married and has four daughters and four grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio, watch the news and boxing on TV, and go to the pagoda in his free time. About one year ago, Sophal developed a cataract in his left eye, which has caused him to experience blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, work, and go anywhere by himself comfortably. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $211 to fund small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in Sophal's left eye. Sophal is scheduled to receive this treatment on June 19, and the procedures will hopefully restore the function of Sophal's former natural lens, allowing him to see clearly again.
Robson is a 64-year-old farmer from Malawi. He spends his days tending his crops and performing household duties, such as fetching firewood. He is a widower with three grown children, and he lives with his brother. When not working, Robson likes to sit back and listen to the radio. Robson was recently diagnosed with an epigastric hernia and needs surgery to correct this condition. On March 28, Robson will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 for the procedure. Once his surgery is completed, Robson is expected to make a full recovery and return home to live a healthy life.
Anna is a 56-year-old widow from Kenya. She has one son who is in high school. They live together in a relative's home. Anna supports her family by washing clothes and fetching water. About one year ago, Anna noticed that her hearing was worsening. Referred to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, Anna sought treatment. At AIC Kijabe Hospital, she was tested by an audiologist, who recommended she get hearing aids. Due to financial hardship, Anna cannot afford treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $712 to cover the cost of the hearing aids. She will receive them on March 29. Anna is looking forward to being able to hear again!