lee joined Watsi on May 7th, 2014. Five years ago, lee joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. lee's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sokorn, a retired high school teacher from Cambodia, to fund a surgery to remove a tumor from his foot.
lee has funded healthcare for 55 patients in 13 countries.
lee has funded healthcare for 55 patients in 13 countries.
Sokorn is a retired high school teacher from Cambodia. He is from Phnom Penh, where he taught at a local high school for many years. He has eight children, five sons and three daughters. Sokorn currently lives with his youngest daughter who is also his caretaker. Altogether he has 21 grandchildren, and spends a lot of time visiting with them and bringing them small gifts. He also loves to watch boxing matches on TV. Three months ago, Sokorn developed a tumor on his right foot. His children took him to a clinic, where the tumor was found to be malignant melanoma. He experiences pain and discomfort in his foot, and it is difficult for him to walk. When Sokorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there hoping to access treatment. On July 7th, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform an excision and skin flap procedure to to remove the worrisome tumor from his foot, which will help him walk easily and give him peace of mind again. Now, he needs help to fund this $657 procedure. Sokorn shared, "I am excited to get back home and recover, so I can spend more time with my family again."
Lah is a 50-year-old woman from Thailand who lives with her husband and her daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Lah is a homemaker, and her daughter is a middle school student. Her husband cannot work since he was in an accident six years ago. Her neighbor pays for her daughter’s school fees and in return, Lah shares vegetables that she grows with her neighbors. Her family receives about $35 per month on a cash card, but this income is not enough to cover their daily needs. In her free time, Lah loves praying at home and she enjoys going to church every Sunday. Starting from 2018, Lah has been experiencing dizziness, back pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, and lower abdomen pain every day. If she sits for a longer period of time, she has difficulty standing up due to the back pain. Lah cannot walk longer distances because of the pain in her lower abdomen and back. Lah has been diagnosed with myoma uteri, and is advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy. If left untreated, Lah's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Lah is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on June 16th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once she is fully recovered, Lah will no longer experience pain in her back and abdomen and will be able to sit and walk without difficulty. Lah said, “I am so happy that my condition is treatable. I will be able to live with my family for a longer time. Now that I know donors may help pay for my treatment, I would like to thank them in advance for helping me. I want to live long, and look after my daughter and my husband. I prayed and God has answered my prayers, so I am very thankful to God and your organization who helped find donors for me.”
D is a 38-year-old man who lives by himself and used to wash cars in a mechanic's shop until his accident. Unfortunately, he had to quit his job because of his condition and he has had no income since. On April 2nd, his friends asked him to pick mangos. After climbing up the tree, the branch he was holding onto suddenly broke and he fell onto a rock. He broke his right lower leg in the fall. Unable to stand up by himself, his two friends supported him and arranged for his transportation to a local hospital. At the hospital, he received an x-ray and the doctor wrapped his lower leg in a bandage. He scheduled a follow-up appointment for the following week and went home. However, D did not go back to the hospital because he had no money. Two weeks later, he visited a local clinic because he was still in pain. He was referred to our medical partner's care center where an x-ray showed that he had broken both of the bones in his right lower leg and he was told that he would need surgery. Currently, he cannot walk and experiences pain in his lower right leg when he moves. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, D will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 23rd and will cost $1,500. This surgery will help D walk again and he will be able to find work after he has made a full recovery. D shared, "I lost my job after my leg was injured. I no longer have an income or a place to live. I do not have anyone I can depend on and I feel like I have no more hope living with this condition."
Nim is a retired rice farmer, who along with her husband has nine children, and many grandchildren. She has been retired for a while, so she has taken time to travel to many famous pagodas around the country, and she always loves to spend time helping to raise her grandchildren. She also loves reading religious books and listening to monks on the radio. Two months ago, Nim fell and fractured her hip. Since the fall, she has experienced severe pain and is unable to walk. She was referred to a local hospital for treatment where she received an x-ray, but was sent to another hospital afterwards and was unable to afford treatment there. Fortunately, Nim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Nim of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for May 14th, and Nim needs help raising $1,087 to fund this procedure. Nim shared, "I hope that I can walk again easily soon. There are still many things I want to do. I want to travel and play with my grandchildren, and visit my children."
Tun is a 73-year-old man who lives with his three daughters in Umpiem Mai Refugee Camp in Thailand. Each month, Tun's household receives a small cash card to purchase rations in the camp, and their monthly household income is just enough to cover daily expenses. In his free time, Tun loves to read books and loves telling stories to his neighbours’ children. He is always welcoming, giving the children snacks and telling them stories from his home. Tun also loves to grow different types of vegetables around his house, sharing the harvest with his neighbours who cannot afford to buy vegetables. Before he felt unwell, Tun used to volunteer, organising cleaning groups in the camp and helping with road repairs. Currently, Tun experiences on and off pain in his upper abdomen. He also has a slight fever and often feels nauseous. Over time, his appetite has gradually decreased, and he has lost weight. Tun has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If his condition is left untreated, Tun's symptoms will continue to worsen and he will be at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Tun is scheduled to undergo his cholecystectomy on February 16th. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Tun's procedure and care. Once recovered, he will able to resume gardening, volunteering, and socializing with others in the camp. Tun shared, “I love volunteering and I am happy to help the community with whatever I can. But since I got sick, I cannot participate, and I cannot go to the monastery to help clean nor can I meditate. If I ever feel better again, I will continue to help my community with whatever I can do and I will also continue to grow vegetables around my house for my family and for my neighbours.”
Alexa is a two-year-old girl that the only child in her family. Her mother is a housewife who has dedicated her time to raising her and taking care of their home and family. Her father is a casual laborer. The family lives in their three room ancestral home. Alexa was born with a facial condition that required medical and surgical attention. The reconstruction procedure she underwent exhausted the savings that her parents had and she is now prone to infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Alexa receive treatment. On March 31st, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent further infection and help her heal. Now, Alexa needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Alexa’s mother shared, “Alexa is usually cheerful, but now she is dull and in pain. The infection is clearly making her uncomfortable and she needs this surgery. Sadly, we are unable to raise the required amount."
Florence an 11-year-old girl from Kenya, and she is the firstborn in a family of three children. Florence was born with cerebral palsy, which is a condition that affects her muscles, primarily her legs. In addition, Florence also has clubfoot, and as a result she is not able to independently walk from one place to another by herself, so she currently uses a wheelchair to get around. The team from our Medical Partner's Care Center AIC Cure International Hospital met Florence at one of their mobile clinics near her home village. Florence needs to undergo triple arthrodesis surgery, which will relieve pain in her foot and provide her with more stability. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Florence to receive treatment and needs help raising $1,224 for her surgery. Florence's mother is excited that after the surgery, Florence will "be able to walk and continue with her life like other children." She added, “We are appealing to people of goodwill to help our daughter undergo surgery."
Dominick is a 4-year-old child from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of three children. Because he has difficulty walking, his mother has been unable to enroll him in school yet. Dominick was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, or bowleggedness. His legs bow outward when he walks. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he physically struggles to walk and cannot walk for a long time. However, Dominick's parents cannot afford the cost of the treatment he needs to cure his condition. They are subsistence farmers who make a humble income to support the family, and they appeal for financial help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dominick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Dominick's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Dominick's mother shared, "I believe our prayers were answered when we met one of Watsi's colleagues who directed us here. We are not able to afford Dominic's treatment and we had lost hope, but we just thought of taking Dominick for prayers that week and God led us here."
Roeun is a 80-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia, with two sons, three daughters, and twenty grandchildren. Roeun likes to spend most of his time with his grandchildren at home, telling them stories and teaching them about farming. Two years ago, Roeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Roeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for more than three hours seeking treatment. On May 12th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, 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. Roeun said, "I can't see the faces of my grandchildren with my bad eye, and I can't watch them grow up. After the surgery I hope I can see them perfectly again, and play with them more."
Kruy is a 40-year-old rice and vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and two daughters, and enjoys doing the housework and watching movies. Twenty years ago, Kruy had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Kruy experiences discharge, tinnitus, and itchiness. She cannot hear clearly and has a difficult time communicating well with others. Kruy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 24th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that after surgery, my wife's ear infection will stop and she will no longer have any ear discharge and her hearing will improve." -Kruy's Husband
Oeun is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Oeun has been married for ten years and has one daughter and one son who are both in school. Oeun's wife is also a rice farmer along with him. In his free time, Oeun enjoys spending time with his children and meeting up with his friends to drink beer. Two weeks ago, Oeun was burned by acid on his forehead and shoulders. He first went to a provincial hospital where they dressed his wounds for nine days but he developed an infection and the wound grew larger. His neighbor told him to come to Watsi's Medical Partner CSC for treatment. He is in pain and the wound infection is spreading, threatening his healthy skin. When Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 14th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to help remove the dead skin and clean the area. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Oeun said, "I hope my skin will get better soon and my pain will go away."
Our local Watsi rep shared that Monica strains to hear and requests to pull down my mask so that she can read my lips and follow the conversation. She is 33 years old and has had hearing loss for 8 years now. This condition has given her torment, pain, and driven her to near depression. She is unable to hear properly and occasionally gets irritating buzzing noises. She requires bilateral hearing aids that will help her to regain her sense of hearing and boost her self-esteem. In August 2012, it was all blissful and love was in the air for Monica, she shared. She had just settled down into marriage with the love of her life. She remembers vividly on the 23rd day of that month, Monica was doing her daily chores when she felt a billow of wind blowing through her ears. This marked the beginning of her hearing problem and an end to a normal life. At first, Monica thought it was just wind but she started getting nervous when her ears began producing endless buzzing noises that caused her discomfort. She visited a health center in her home town in Mwea where she was reviewed and treated. However, due to the severity of the condition, doctors referred her to a facility with ENT specialists. She has since visited several facilities but the condition keeps recurring. At one point, Monica felt that medical interventions were not working and opted to abandon seeking health care and try prayers. In 2016, she even tried to assembled elders from both sides of the family to help break what they believed was a curse. Nothing worked. Seeing their frustration, a friend of the family referred them to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital earlier this year. They were unable to visit the facility because they didn’t have money. But in the first week of September, a friend volunteered to give her fare and a little money for a consultation. She was reviewed by the ENT team at the hospital and hearing aids are recommended. Monica is married to a supportive husband who has always stood by her, even at moments when her marriage was going through turmoil. Together, they have three children aged between 4-9 years. They currently live in Ruai in a single room rental house that costs $20 a month. She is a manual laborer who earns daily wages depending on the availability of work. She told us that her income is unpredictable and at times, she goes for days without earning. Her husband works in building sites. On a good day, he makes an average of $4. They depend on this income to pay rent, upkeep for their kids, and medical trips for Monica. They are requesting assistance to make this treatment possible. Monica says, “This condition has frustrated me to a point of threatening my marriage. I know the aids will help to restore my hearing. The buzzing noises are so irritating and uncomfortable. At some point, I felt so low and disappointed that I wanted doctors to shut down my hearing so that I cannot hear the noises.”