Alvin joined Watsi on May 14th, 2014. Three years ago, Alvin became the 2645th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,302 more people have become monthly donors! Alvin's most recent donation supported Pheap, a boy from Cambodia, to fund leg surgery.
Alvin has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 11 countries.
Pheap is an eight-year-old primary school student from Cambodia. His parents are farmers, and he is the oldest of three siblings. He practices reading everyday so that he can do well in school, but he doesn't yet know what he wants to be when he grows up. He loves to eat fried noodles at lunchtime. When he was four years old, he got a fever and was treated at a private clinic. The doctors there determined he had bone tuberculosis and performed an osteotomy to remove part of his left femur. His left leg is now shorter than his right. Pheap has trouble will physical activities such as running or bike riding, feeling pain and weakness in his left leg. His condition also affects his self confidence when interacting with other children. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Pheap will undergo a procedure on his left leg, which will cost $465. After recovering, his leg will experience less pain and will be prepared for lengthening. Pheap said, "I hope that my leg will be less painful after surgery, and I hope that soon I will be able to run normally."
Meet Sharon, a 5-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the second born in a family of four children. Sharon was brought to Medical Partner's clinic by her grandmother. Her mother has stayed at home and according to Sharon’s grandmother, she is mentally impaired. Both Sharon's mother and grandmother do not work and only depend on farm products and well-wishers. Their family hails from Makengi village in Embu county. Sharon has a burn scar deformity that she sustained at home when paraffin poured on her and unfortunately, she caught fire, severely burning her feet. She healed with contractures on her hands and feet as well. She currently cannot walk or hold things on her hand and she is in great pain at the moment. Surgery will be of great impact to her as she will be able to stand, walk, and hold things. Her family is not able to raise the estimated cost of surgery and thus requested for support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Sharon receive treatment. On May 20th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to better allow her to use her hands easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $799 procedure. “We cannot be able to raise the estimated cost of surgery and if there are any means that you can support us, we will be grateful.” Sharon’s grandmother told us.
Vuthy is a 45-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons and one daughter. His favorite activities include exercising, feeding the farm animals, growing vegetables, and watching television. Last year, Vuthy fell four meters from the roof of his house and fractured his left leg. Vuthy received initial treatment for his injuries at a clinic, but his fracture has still not healed properly and he often has pain and difficulty walking without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 18th, Vuthy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Surgery will allow Vuthy's injuries to heal and he will be able to walk easily again. "I hope that my fractured leg will finally heal and I will no longer have any pain and can return to work," he shared.
Alvin is a baby from Tanzania. He is a charming and very playful little boy and the only child to his young parents. His father is in a different city seeking casual electrical jobs to be able to make a living while his mother stays at home caring for him. Since December 2019, Alvin has had inguinal hernia. This causes him pain making him to cry a lot and often not sleeping at all. Fortunately, on March 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Watsi's medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Alvin's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Alvin’s mother says “We are unable to afford our son’s treatment cost kindly help us and save him from the discomfort and pain he goes through when the swelling appears.”
Win is a 49-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and four sons. Two of her sons are distant learners at university while her husband and two other sons work as masons. However, her husband had to stop working to look after the housework when she was no longer able to do so. Win was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Win feels tired, has no appetite, cannot sleep well nor walk longer distances. She also has a headache, chest pains, and tingling and numbness in her extremities. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Win. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 11th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Win said, “When I recover from my illness, I will go back to doing the housework so that my husband can also go back to work.’’
Godwin is a toddler from Kenya. His single mother of two children is employed casually as a retail shop attendant. Godwin and his elder brother are both enrolled in learning institutions and doing well. Her daily average pay is $2, which can barely sustain their basic needs. Godwin was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Godwin is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 3rd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be an engineer in future,” says Godwin
Tam is an 18-year-old student from Cambodia. He has seven brothers, four sisters, and enjoys reading books and helping his father with his work in his free time. When he was a child, Tam had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Tam experiences discharge, itchiness, hearing loss, and tinnitus. He is unable to hear clearly and does not communicate well with others. Tam traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 6th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that after my surgery, my ear discharge will stop and I will be able to hear clearly again," Tam said.
Yeat is a 65-year-old grandmother of ten from Cambodia. She has four daughters, one son, and enjoys visiting the pagoda in her spare time. Three months ago, Yeat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yeat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On August 6, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that I will be able to see more clearly than before, and return to the pagoda and attend the ceremonies."
Genet is a playful cute baby from Ethiopia. He is the only child to his mother, a finance officer at an insurance company in the capital. Genet has hypospadias, a congenital malformation where the urinary opening is not in the usual place. This challenges the young child from peeing while standing like any other boy. If not treated, Genet will continue experiencing difficulties urinating, suffer social discrimination and reproductive challenges when he grows up. He was reviewed in our facility and surgery to correct the defect recommended. Genet's mother is a single mom with limited income to meet all the demands of city life including basic needs and that of healthcare. She was shocked to learn about the required surgery and afraid as she is not able to meet the cost of treatment. She appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, Genet is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Genet's mother says, "I am here with a hope that he gets the surgery."
Henry is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. He is was the sole breadwinner and father of five children with four school-going children. After the accident, his wife who was formerly a stay-at-home mom, now does laundry in the neighborhood to provide for the family. Some time ago, Henry was involved in a head-on-collision with another motorbike resulting in a mandibular fracture. He is in pain and not able to chew solid foods. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 3rd, Henry will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. “That was a dark day for me. It pains to see some of my children home because I cannot afford to buy them some of the things they need for school. I hope through God’s help, everything will be made right again,” shares Henry.
Paw is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, five sisters, two brothers and one nephew in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State. They all work as subsistence farmers growing rice on their own farm. This year her older sister started to work as a cow herd, looking after her aunt’s buffalos. In her free time, Paw likes to work on the farm with her family. Once she has fully recovered, she will go back home and continue to work on their farm and help her family. In May 2019, Paw has been experiencing sharp pain in her lower abdomen as well as back pain and dizziness. She has been diagnosed with dermoid cysts. She has been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her ovaries. Fortunately, Paw is scheduled to undergo her oophorectomy on August 29. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw said, “I want to receive treatment and get better soon. I don’t want to suffer from this pain anymore and I don’t want my family to worry about me. I worry for my family as well, because one of my sisters is unwell.”
Woodmylens is a preschooler from Haiti. He lives with his mother and father on a farm in the mountains of central Haiti; he likes playing with toy cars and listening to music. Woodmylens has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in his heart was severely damaged due to a fever he suffered earlier in childhood, and cannot adequately pump blood through his body. Woodmylens will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On July 29, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will first attempt to repair the damaged valve; if this is not possible, they will implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Mitral Foundation, is contributing $6,000 to pay for surgery. Woodmylens's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Woodmylens's family overseas. His mother says, "We are looking forward to this surgery so that our son can start school as a healthy boy."