Dilip joined Watsi on August 10th, 2020. Ten months ago, Dilip joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Dilip's most recent donation supported Felix, an elementary school student from Kenya, to fund a fracture repair surgery so he can move his arm.
Dilip has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 4 countries.
Dilip has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 4 countries.
Felix is a grade four student who lives with his grandmother. His elderly grandmother, who is a small scale farmer, takes care of him and his younger sibling, because their mother was not able to. On July 24th, when Felix was playing, he fell and caused a fracture on his right hand, so that he is now unable to move it. Felix was brought to our medical partner's care center by his grandmother. Fortunately, the surgeons there can help. On August 2nd, Felix will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Felix's grandmother said, "I love my grandchildren even if their mother left them. I want to see them happy and growing like other children. I kindly ask for help and hope his surgery will go well.”
Sophanha is a six-month-old baby who has an older brother and sister. His father and 20-year-old brother operate a coffee stand outside a factory, and his sister is a 17-year-old high school student. His mother stays home to take care of Sophanha right now. When he was born, Sophanha was diagnosed with Erb's palsy on his left arm and hand. This leads to weakness, loss of function and sensation so that the young boy is unable to lift his arm or use his hand. Sophanha traveled with his family to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 29th, he will undergo surgery that will help him be able to use his hand in the future as he grows up. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Sophanha's mother shares, "I am glad my baby can get this surgery, and I hope he can use his arm soon and grow strong."
John is a playful 2-year-old boy and the only child in his family. John's parents separated before he was born and his mom is raising him on her own. His mother does various jobs to make ends meet, and recently went to live with her elder brother in Nairobi in the hopes that she may find a better job to support John. John is staying with his grandparents for now. His grandfather is a pastor in a local church in the rural areas, and his grandmother used to do farming but has developed issues with her back. Since birth, John has had a bilateral hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain in the lower part of his abdomen. Fortunately, on June 8th, he will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $554 to fund John's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and return to normal play and movement. John’s grandmother shared, “We are very happy that we have heard that John’s condition is going to be treated but we do not have any funds to facilitate that. We are requesting for financial help.”
Him is a 71-year-old clay potter from Cambodia. He has two sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his youngest daughter and his wife who is also a potter. They take their pots to the market to sell to support their family. In his free time, Him likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio. Five months ago, Him developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and sometimes tearing. It is hard for him to make pots or travel to the market. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Him learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for an hour and a half with his wife seeking treatment. On March 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Him shared, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly so I can make more pots, go to the market to sell my products, and support my living well."
Sut is a 30-year-old who lives with his family in a refugee camp. His mother is a shop vendor who sells snacks in front of their home. Sut and his brother-in-law used to work as agriculture day laborers, but can no longer leave the camp to find work since the camp is on lockdown after the outbreak of COVID-19. Since then, Sut has been helping out with household chores and looks after his nephew. The income they receive from selling snacks in addition to the food card they receive from a support organization is just enough to cover their daily needs. He and his family receive free basic health care in the camp. Since April 2020, Sut has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain in the right side of his groin and he feels a burning sensation when he urinates. If he walks for a longer period of time, he will experience pain in the right side of his groin. Occasionally, when the pain worsens, he is not able to help out with household chores. Fortunately, on April 29th, Sut 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 Sut's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 29th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Sut shared, "Sometimes I experience such severe pain that I cannot bear it anymore. I cannot do anything and I cannot help my family with anything due to my condition. My wife left me because of my condition and I do not have anyone that can help me. When I learned that a donor could help pay for my surgery, I felt like they had saved me from death."
Vey is a 34-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Vey has been married for 14 years and has four children, three sons and one daughter. Two of his children attend school, and the other two are not old enough to attend yet. His wife works with him on their farm. Vey lives with his elderly parents, who help care for their grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to help around the house, spend time with his children, help his wife to cook, watch TV, and meet friends for interesting discussions. Two months ago, Vey fell and re-injured his right tibia. He is now suffering from pain that radiates down to his ankle. His ankle is swollen, and dorsiflexion (raising his foot upwards toward the shin) is limited. During his first injury, Vey's family took him to a government hospital for treatment, where doctors secured his tibia by inserting a nail for stability to support healing. The hardware that the government hospital doctors inserted is still in his leg. Now that the bone from the original fracture has healed, the hardware needs to be removed to facilitate healing and minimize the risk of infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 15th, Vey will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the hardware and be replaced with a cast, which will support healing and help him walk without pain. Vey shared, "I hope that after surgery, my right leg will be free of pain, the wound will heal, and I can walk without pain."
Nop is a 60-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She works on a rice plantation. She has never married and lives with her younger sister. In her free time, Nop enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and walking in nature. She and her sister like to relax in the evening and listen to monks preaching on the radio. Two years ago, Nop developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. These symptoms have worsened in the past five months. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nop learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 11th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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. Nop shared, "I hope after my surgery I can see well and help my sister with everything, and together we can go to the pagoda and pray again."
Than is a 42-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, three daughters, three sons, son-in-law and granddaughter. Than and her family moved from Burma to Thailand ten years ago in search of better job opportunities. Her husband, her oldest daughter, one son, and her son-in-law work as day labourers on their employer’s farm, growing and harvesting tapioca, corn, and cabbage. Her two other sons go to school, while her youngest daughter and her granddaughter are too young to go to school. Than and her second oldest daughter are homemakers. On November 7th, 2020, Than discovered that she had an incisional hernia. Currently, Than experiences abdominal pain throughout the week and has to take pain medication to decrease her pain. She feels uncomfortable when she sits, and when she is in pain, she has to walk or lie down for the pain to ease. Fortunately, on January 28th, she 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 Than's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 28th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and go about her daily activities normally. Than shared, “I was so happy when I learned that I was to go to Mae Tao Clinic [and later Mae Sot Hospital] for treatment. My children are also happy that I will receive treatment with help from donors.”
Horn is 64-year-old mango and rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, seven daughters, and six grandchildren. His wife is also a farmer. In his free time he enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Three years ago, Horn developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, burning, redness, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Horn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours by tuk tuk with his daughters seeking treatment. Horn needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 21st. Horn said, "I hope the pterygium can be removed so I can feel comfortable and continue my work at the farm."
Sithuon is a 57-year-old musician from Cambodia. He has three sons, four daughters, and 20 grandchildren. Since he was young, Sithuon has enjoyed playing music. He travels from one village to one another to play music for wedding parties and other ceremonies. Besides work, he likes to spend time with his grandchildren, teaching them play piano and other instruments. One year ago, Sithuon developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him vision loss. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sithuon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 29, doctors will perform a small incision 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. "I hope that after my eye surgery, I can see everything clear again. I also hope to join my band again, because I need this job to support my family's income," shared Sithuon. His wife said, "I feel worried about his eye problem. I also hope everyone will be able return to work as normal after COVID-19. Because of this surgery, my husband will be ready to return to his favorite job as a musician when people can gather normally again."
16-year-old James is an active boy, he likes looking after his father’s cattle, digging, and playing football in his free time. He is the fourth born in a family of six children. His father has two wives and they live in a traditional grass-thatched mud house in West Pokot County in Kenya. James's father is a farmer while his mother is a housewife. At the age of four, while playing football, James fell and sustained a patella dislocation - a knee injury in which the knee cap slips out of its normal position. The condition has greatly affected his mobility to the point that he is not able to walk because of pain. He now limps as he walks, a situation which has affected his education. Fortunately, James is scheduled to undergo an open reduction surgery (with possible DFO) to return his knee's position and realign his bones so he can walk without any difficulty in the future. Their family cannot afford the treatment's bill and have requested for help meeting the cost of $1,224. "I desire to walk normally like my friends and so that I can continue helping my parents at home," James told us.
David is a seven-year-old student with one younger sister, she is six months old. His mother works in a factory and his father is a tuk tuk driver. In his free time, David likes playing with his toys, watching TV, reading books, and playing with his sister. David was born with congenital pseudartrosis of the tibia on his left side. This means his left shin bone is severely fractured and is unable to heal due to this rare orthopedic condition. He has already undergone two operations which doctors hoped would treat his condition, but they were unsuccessful at healing the nonunion fracture. The surgeries and recovery periods have been painful and his family and doctors are no longer hopeful that his bone will heal due to the pseudartrosis condition. In light of this, surgeons at our medical partner CSC have recommended a low left leg amputation to ensure he is free of pain in the future and is able to adapt at a younger age to ambulating without his lower left leg. He will not require further surgeries for his condition after this amputation and can live a better quality of life. David's mother shared, "I hope my son's leg will get better and heal quickly so he does not have to experience a painful wound any longer."