Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Byarugaba, a man from Uganda, to fund hernia surgery.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1617 patients in 21 countries.
Byarugaba is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He is a father to four children; all married and are causal labors. He and his wife and both practice small scale farming. Three years ago, Byarugaba has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage Fortunately, on September 17th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Byarugaba's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Byarugaba says “I can’t dream of the day I am relieved of this condition so as to continue with cultivation.”
Carolyne is a casual laborer from Kenya. Carolyne has been blessed with four children. She doesn’t have a permanent job hence she does all sorts of low income jobs to feed her family. Her husband is a small scale farmer who depend on seasonal plants like sorghum and Mangoes. Due to scarce jobs in their village, Carolyne enjoys spending her free time taking care of her children. About four months ago, Carolyne suffered an injury on her left hand after she fell from a mango tree. It is difficult for her to work and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 2nd, Carolyne will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Carolyne says, “I have been struggling with pain for these four months. Working would be very difficult at times but because I had no money for treatment, I tried to ignore the pain I was in”.
Moeun is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Two months ago, Moeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Moeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 04, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. Moeun said,"I hope that I will be able to see clearly so I can join in the ceremonies at the Pagoda and help take care of my family."
Sron is a father of two from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to watch Khmer boxing on television and help with the housework. After a debilitating accident, Sron was treated at a referral hospital for his injuries and his big toe was amputated. Since his treatment, the wound has become infected and his ankle is very swollen. When Sron learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to ensure that the wound heals properly and allow him to walk with little difficulty. Now, Sron needs help to fund this $440 procedure. "I hope that after my treatment, my wound will heal and I will be able to walk normally again."
Saorith is a 10th grade student from Cambodia. He has seven siblings, and enjoys studying chemistry and physics and hopes to become a teacher when he gets older. Three months ago, Saorith developed a mass inside his right ear. He experiences hearing loss, pain, and has trouble communicating clearly with others. Saorith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 17th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Saorith needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. Saorith's father says,"I hope that my son will feel better after his surgery and will be able to hear clearly again."
Linn is a 24-year-old seventh grader from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandmother, an uncle and three younger sisters in Myawaddy Township, Karen State. Among her family, only her father and her mother work. Her uncle stays home and looks after her grandmother and her youngest sister, while her two other sisters go to school. To support their family, Linn’s parents work as day labourers. About six months ago, while she was studying at school, Linn started to experience dizziness and severe headaches. When she looked at the blackboard and her notebook, she had blurry double vision. However, she did not say anything to the teacher as she is new at the school and she was afraid of the teacher. When her friends found out what was happening to her, they wanted to tell the teacher, but Linn forbid them from doing so. After a month of struggling with this problem, Linn finally told her mother. She had kept it from her as she knew about their financial difficulties and she did not want to become a burden. Linn's parents took her to an eyeglass shop in Myawaddy. There, they examine her eyesight, told Linn that she does not need eyeglasses and urged her to go to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) in Thailand. Doctors want Linn to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Linn's CT scan and care, scheduled for September 2nd. As for Linn, she enjoys studying a lot. She said, “English and mathematics are my favorite subjects. I’m also interested in karate as self-defense course and I want to learn it. But, when I have time, I have to help out with household chores. I also have to set aside time to studying.”
Salome is a child from Kenya. Salome is a shy girl aged six years from Uplands, Limuru Kiambu County. She likes to play a lot with friends and is also very responsible. She is the last born in a family of six children and in pre-primary class 2. Their mother separated with the father leaving the six of them under her care. Life has not been easy because this mother is just a casual laborer at neighbor’s farms. On Sunday 15th September Salome was sent to the shop by her mother, which was a normal thing for her. Unfortunately as she went to the shop she was hit by motor cycle and sustained open fracture tibia and femur of the left leg. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 23rd, Salome 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 $998 to fund this procedure. “I don’t have anyone to turn to and yet I feel for my daughter. I hope to get help so that she can be able to walk again and continue with her school. This will also relieve her from the severe pain she is experiencing” said Salome's mother.
Benard is a small scale farmer from Kenya. He is known to friends and villagers alike as the tall and slim guy. Benard is a hardworking young man. Born and bred in the valleys of Resim village (Kenya), Benard is one of the five children of Mr. Paul, a security guard at a private homestead within their home area. Benard schooled at Kaptura primary school a few meters away from home. He dropped out of school in grade seven due to insufficient funds at home. Benard is employed by a neighbor to operate his motorcycle as a taxi. Benard was well until Friday 20th of September evening when he was involved in a road traffic accident while he was heading home from work. He sustained severe injury to his right leg. Benard was brought to our hospital and after doctors’ assessment and X-ray done, he was diagnosed with proximal tibia fracture. he can not stand nor walk without support and is in chronic pain Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 26th, Benard will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Bernard will be able to walk once he has healed and he will be able to resume working. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Benard says, “I want to be able to walk again. I can’t withstand the pain in my leg."
Joy is 5 years old shy girl. Joy was well until Tuesday evening 10th September when she fell from a loquat tree and sustained an injury on her right upper limb. Joy was brought to our hospital presented with complains of pain on her right hand. On arrival, an X-ray was done which showed that Joy had broken her right radius ulna. Joy has swollen hand, she cannot lift her hand and she has discomfort accompanied by severe pain. Joy’s father is married to two wives and now has seven children. Because her mother is not able to have a good job, she does maize farming and life is difficult for her family due to low yields that have led to insufficient food in the family. Joy’s mother gets help and support from his brothers but wants to be able to be a strong woman for her and kids and provide well for them.
Chantrea is a young man from Cambodia. Chantrea enjoys listening to music, watching television, cooking for his family, and going for walks with his friends. In February 2019, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident, suffering trauma to his right leg. He sought care at a private hospital in Phnom Penh where he was placed in a bamboo splint for two months. He was then able to regain movement in his leg, allowing him to walk normally. However, the bone did not heal properly and has since become deformed and shortened. Treatment will help realign the bones in Chantrea's leg, making sure they heal properly. Treatment will also elongate the tissue and return his leg to its appropriate length. Surgery is scheduled for July 3 and will cost $390.
Julia is a young girl from Kenya. Julia lives with her elder sister and parents in a two room rental house in Central Kenya. Her parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Julia is in class one and dreams of becoming a pilot when she is older. One year ago, Julia was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes her pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on August 30th, she will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Julia's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “I want to be a pilot when I grow up.” says Julia.
Khortichas is a 36-year-old potato farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and in her free time she likes to cook for her family, take care of the housework, and watch television. In 2016, Khortichas was involved in a motorcycle accident, fracturing her lower left leg. She went to Calmette Hospital where doctors fixated hardware to help align and heal the fracture. Now, the hardware is causing her discomfort and she has pain and cannot work. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On July 9, Khortichas will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will help to relieve the pain and allow her leg to heal so she can walk normally. She says, "I hope that my surgery will be successful and the hardware will be removed so I can go back to work and walk normally."