Kristjan joined Watsi on April 23rd, 2018. Four years ago, Kristjan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Kristjan's most recent donation supported Savoeun, a 58-year-old Tuk-Tuk driver from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery in his left eye.
Kristjan has funded healthcare for 93 patients in 10 countries.
Kristjan has funded healthcare for 93 patients in 10 countries.
Savoeun is a 58-year-old Tuk Tuk driver. He has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. Savoeun lives with his wife who is a traditional Khmer cake baker. Savoeun shared with us that in his free time, he likes to listen to the news on his phone. One year ago, Savoeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. This affects his ability to do his job as a driver. When Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 7th, 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 $253 procedure. Savoeun says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly again so I can drive my Tuk Tuk again and earn more money to support my family."
Sajina is a sweet, smiley 5-year-old. She is the third born in her family of four children. Sajina looks forward to attending school and shared, “I have told Father to take me to school like my siblings, but he says I am still small.” Both Sajina’s parents are small-scale farmers who depend on their crop yield for food and work other’s farms, as well, for additional income. Sajina was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, as her legs bow inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she frequently complains of pain and tires quickly when walking short distances. For this reason, Sajina’s condition also makes it hard for her to attend school at this time. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Sajina receive treatment. On June 7th, she will undergo corrective surgery to help restore Sajina’s mobility, allowing her to participate in various activities and significantly decreasing her risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to fund this procedure. Sajina’s father says, “My daughter’s legs were really bad, now they look better, but she still needs another surgery.”
Mey Ching comes from Banteay Meanchey province in Cambodia. She lives with her parents - her father is a cook and her mother is a factory worker. She has a 15-year-old brother in grade seven and a 13-year-old sister in grade four. Mey Ching should be in second grade but is not currently in school because of her disability. She stays at home and likes to paint, watch TV and sit outside with her parents. Since birth, Mey Ching has had a condition with both of her legs which have become increasingly bowing outward at her knees. She cannot walk far and is in pain when she does. This has prevented her from attending school and socializing with peers. Mey Ching's parents traveled eight hours to Children's Surgical Centre for a diagnosis and treatment. Doctors have tentatively diagnosed her with a condition found in children that affects the growth plates around the knee. The disease causes the growth plate near the inside of the knee to either slow down or stop making new bone. She will need an operation to correct both of her bowing tibias. If not treated, it can lead to progressive deformities of her legs however surgical treatment will correct her bowed legs. Mey Ching's family needs help to pay for this $521 procedure at CSC to save their daughter from permanent disability. Mey Ching's mother said: "We are so worried that Mey Ching will never walk or attend school. We are hopeful that the doctors at CSC can fix her legs so she can go to school and play with friends."
Sameth is a 55-year-old proud grandmother from Cambodia. She is married with two daughters, three sons, and six beautiful grandchildren. Sameth lives with her husband, who is a construction worker. When not helping her children care for the grandchildren, she likes to listen to the news on the radio. Two years ago, Sameth developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her redness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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. As a result, Sameth has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside. When Sameth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 14th, she will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 for the total cost of this surgery, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Sameth said, "After surgery, I hope I will see better and not worry about it anymore. I hope to do housework and not be ashamed of how my eye looks."
Jovaito is a joyful woman and a wonderful mother to her four children, all of whom are in school. She is in her late forties and relies on farming to make ends meet. Her husband is a laborer who also takes up farming jobs on people's farms to make a living. Together, their income is limited, which makes paying school fees and meeting health needs difficult. For eight months, Jovaito has been experiencing uncomfortable symptoms and lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to remove her tumor and relieve her of her pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $219 to fund Jovaito's surgery. On May 12th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital. Once recovered, Jovaito will be able to resume her daily activities and take care of her family pain free. Jovaito says, “I never got a chance to study but I have worked so hard to see that my children acquire so much education. I hope to continue with farming to push them farther once given a chance to undergo my surgery successfully.”
Cheng is a retired fish seller from Cambodia. She is 61 years old and has two daughters, four sons, and three grandchildren. She and her husband live with their youngest daughter, who is a garment worker. She likes to listen to the news and to monks pray on the radio. She also enjoys visiting the pagoda with her family. Two years ago, Cheng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to experience blurry vision and eye tearing. She often sees cloudy patches, which make it difficult for her to cook and help with housework. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Cheng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform 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 $253 procedure. Cheng says, "I hope after surgery I can see better and help my daughter take care of my grandchildren."
Meet Thib, a 21-year-old who has two brothers and two sisters. All of his siblings are married, except for his youngest sister. Thib's parents are farmers. In his free time, Thib enjoys playing football, going fishing, and helping his family do housework. Last November, Thib was in a motor vehicle accident, where he sustained multiple injuries. He arrived at our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) with a heel laceration and a tibia fracture. The tibia fracture is now infected, and the wound on his heel remains open. Thib requires surgery to clean the wound and to repair the fracture. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is seeking $991 to fund the necessary procedure, which is scheduled for June 14th at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. After he has recovered, Thib should be able to resume all of his daily activities, free from pain. Thib says: "I hope after surgery my leg is healed and I have no more infection or pain. I want to walk well enough to return to work."
Dismas is a boda boda taxi driver from Kenya. He is a bright and hardworking young man from a highland region in Elgeyo Marakwet County. Dismas is the third born in a family of four. He studied up to the 7th grade in primary school, but then had to stop attending due to the school fees. Now he lives in a rental house with his wife and their son. His parents live in a place far from him in a semi-arid area, and he moved to look for work and to earn a living. Before his recent accident, Dismas was employed as a motorcycle driver and his limited wages enabled him to sustain his family and give his parents a little support. After a severe road traffic accident about three weeks ago, Dismas was taken to the hospital on a stretcher and is still unable to walk. The bill for his care has been accumulating and he had no funds to pay due to his current state and inability to work. Well-wishers helped him pay the bill and he was discharged home with his fracture stabilized on a splint. One of his brothers reached out to a friend who knew of our medical partner's care center, Kapsowar Hospital, and he was brought in to see if they could help him. An x-ray found that he sustained fractures of the distal tibia and fibula. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 26th, Dismas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After he heals from this surgery, he will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1145 to fund this procedure. Dismas says, "It really hurts when I see my family suffering. I am worried about their future if my condition doesn’t change. Kindly help me get well so that they may not be impacted even more.”
Nora is an eleven-month-old baby who likes to smile and play with toys and dolls. She is the first child in her family. Nora was born with syndactyly of both hands. This means that her ring fingers are fused together, making it difficult for her to grasp or hold items. Fortunately, on September 8th, surgeons will perform a syndactyly repair procedure to separate and release her fused digits. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $444 to fund this procedure. After surgery, Nora will be able to use her hands fully as she grows up. Nora's mother hopes the surgery will allow her to grow up without discomfort and do everything she wants to do in life.
Edita is a hardworking Ugandan nurse and wife. She currently runs a small drug shop as a nurse assistance with the support of her husband, who runs a neighboring store. Edita visited Nyakibale Hospital with severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and other serious issues. She first went to a clinic where she was then recommended to get another opinion. After further review by a doctor, Edita had been recommended a curative surgery for a newly discovered cyst, for which the doctor expects a complete recovery. She is unable to fund the cost of her surgery and therefore she is requesting support. Edita says “With your support, I will be treated. I know the pain I have will go by Gods mercy.”
Alexia is a first-year student nurse from the Philippines. Alexia's mother is a stay-at-home mom, and her father works as a ride operator abroad. Despite working hard, her father's income is only enough for the family's basic needs. In March, Alexia began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe abdominal pain radiating to her back. Alexia was brought to a nearby hospital to be treated. Upon having her ultrasound test, it showed that she was suffering from a gallstone. Alexia has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Alexia is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on September 5th. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $820 to cover the cost of Alexia's surgery make her care possible. Alexia's mother shared, "We are financially incapable to pay for her medical bills. With this surgery, we don't have to worry about it anymore. I'd like to thank WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! We're so fortunate to be one of your beneficiaries."
Dorcas is an adorable one-month-old baby from Tanzania who loves being close to her mother. Her mother practices subsistence farming, and she is their family's sole source of income. Dorcas was born with clubfoot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. Because of this, her right foot is twisted both downwards and inwards. This has made standing up, walking, and wearing shoes very difficult for her. Her mother shares that due to financial difficulties, she is worried about the cost of Dorcas's needed surgery. Fortunately, her family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. On August 9th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on Dorcas. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund this procedure. After treatment, she will be able to walk without straining. Dorcas's mother says, "I will tell my daughter about the help she got here and how it changed her life."