Ann joined Watsi on February 3rd, 2018. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ann's most recent donation supported Ngam, a widowed farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.
Ann has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 3 countries.
Ann has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 3 countries.
Ngam is a 72-year-old widowed farmer. She has five children and fifteen grandchildren, and lives with her daughter who also works as a farmer. Ngam shared that her husband died several years ago. To earn a living, she grows bean sprouts on her farm. When she has free time, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio, or visit her local pagoda. Four years ago, Ngam developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and difficulty seeing in bright or low light. Now, she is reluctant to do things on her own, like walking alone to the pagoda because she cannot see the path well. When Ngam learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 14th, doctors will perform 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. Ngam shared, "I hope after surgery I can see better and make bean sprouts to sell. This will help to support my family."
Yvonne is a 15-year-old student and the youngest in a family of two children. She's in grade eight in primary school. Her favorite subjects in school are social studies and mathematics. She enjoys reading and would like to be a lawyer in the future. Her mother is a single mom and works as a farmer. Yvonne has clubfoot of her left foot, 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 Yvonne receive treatment. She traveled to visit AMH's care center, where, on November 22nd, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. After treatment, she will be able to walk without pain, wear shoes, and her self-esteem will improve. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Yvonne's procedure and care. Yvonne shared, "please help me undergo the surgery. I hope after this, I will be able to walk normally like others with no pain. I will be very grateful."
Savdey is a 24-year-old machine repairman. He's married and has 2 children, a son who is 6 years old and in first grade, and a daughter who is 3 years old. His wife is a factory worker in a clothing factory. In his free time, he enjoys playing games on his phone, playing volleyball, watching TV, and taking his children for a walk. When Savdey was young, he suffered a severe burn on his right leg. The scar has been bothering him for many years. Now he cannot bend his leg, and an open wound has developed behind his right knee. He is in pain and unable to work currently. When Savdey learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there hoping for treatment. On November 30th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to heal his open wound and allow him to walk more easily and work again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Savey shared that he hopes his surgery will help him feel better and be able to work.
Marian is a seven-year-old student and the youngest child of three children in her family. Her mother is a housewife, while her father is a small-scale farmer. Marian has clubfoot of the right foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Marian tiptoes when she walks, has difficulty walking for long distances, and often falls. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Marian receive treatment. On November 22nd, she will undergo clubfoot repair surgery at AMH's care center. After treatment, she will be able to walk well, run, and play with her peers in school. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Marian's procedure and care. Marian's mother shared, "I would love to see my daughter walking like other girls, and any support to make her surgery possible will be highly appreciated by our family."
Kobilo is a farmer from Kenya. She has five children. As a farmer, she plants millet and sorghum for her family’s consumption. This month, Kobilo was involved in a road traffic accident while she was crossing the road. She lost consciousness for hours, and she was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Kobilo sustained a severe tibia fibula fracture. She is now unable to walk or stand using her right leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 23, Kobilo will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Kobilo says, “I want to be able to walk, sit, and even feed by myself like any other person.”
Loyford is a young man from Kenya. He is the oldest child in his family. He sells bananas in the coastal town of Mombasa. His younger brother is a student in university. Recently, Loyford was in a road traffic accident. The impact caused fractures on his spine. Loyford was referred to our medical partner's facility for specialized treatment after CT scan imaging. Loyford needs to undergo a spinal fusion and decompression. Surgery is scheduled for January 18 and will cost $1,500. Loyford says, “My prayer is to be treated and resume my work. I want to provide for my brother and mother."
Salman is a young boy from Kenya. He is a happy and curious boy. Salman’s parents are pastoralists and live in the North Eastern region of Kenya. He is the second born of three children. Salman 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, Salman is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I do not know what I will do should my nephew gets assistance. It will be an answered prayer for me and for his parents,” says Salman’s uncle.
Kateba is a gatekeeper from Uganda. He is married and a father of three children. For three years, Kateba has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on January 16, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Kateba's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "I like being with others during my free time."
Lucy is a student from Kenya. She is the youngest in her family. Her parents are farmers. In late December, Lucy was hit by a public transport vehicle and suffered left tibia fractures. She has had multiple surgeries and is scheduled for more. Right now, Lucy walks with difficulty and without treatment, she risks further infection in the wound. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lucy receive treatment. On January 15, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal her chronic wound. Now, Lucy needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Lucy says, “I feel that my life has lagged behind. I wish to be treated and at least continue with my education and help my parents.”
Beatrice is a saleswoman from Kenya. She is a single mother of one child. In December, Lucy was involved in a road accident, in which she sustained bilateral tibia and femur fractures. She considers herself lucky and blessed to be alive, as only two people out of 19 survived the accident. She is currently unable to use both her legs. Beatrice has undergone a debridement on the open fractures and a repair of the left tibia and femur. She now needs a repair of the right femur and tibia. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 2, Beatrice will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. We hope after this surgery, she will regain full function of both her legs. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Beatrice says, “I would like to be able to walk again and continue providing for my son, two siblings, and dad as I used to before. Kindly help me."