Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Horn, a rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1605 patients in 21 countries.
Horn is a 66-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to listen to the radio, watch Khmer movies on television, and visit the pagoda. One month ago, Horn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Horn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 04, doctors will perform a 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 $211 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see clearly again so I can return to my work on the rice farm."
Mary is a child from Tanzania. She is the third born child in a family of five children. She is a friendly girl and very playful. Mary’s parents depend on small scale farming which they solely depend. His father says what they are able to harvest at the end of farming season is usually not enough to take them through to the next harvest season forcing him to seek day job to be able to supplement their income. Mary was diagnosed with genu valgus. 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 is not able to walk comfortably. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Mary. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 27. Treatment will hopefully restore Mary's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Mary’s father says “You are the my only hope of my daughter getting her leg correct, I have no means of affording her treatment cost please help my daughter.”
Thon is an 83-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has ten children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Three months ago, Thon developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 09, doctors will perform a 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 $211 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see clearly and can recognize my relatives"
Michael is a motorcycle rider from Kenya. Michael was involved in a road accident in which he suffered femur and mandible fractures. He is experiencing pain in his mandible, and he is unable to eat solid meals. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 7, Michael will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. Michael says, “I am in great pain and would wish to have my mandible fixed to ease off the pain."
Migel is a young boy from Kenya. Since birth, Migel has had an umbilical hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result into intestinal tissue damage or death. Fortunately, on August 2, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Migel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I am kindly asking for your help to finance my son’s surgical care,” says Migel’s mother.
Ampeire is a high school student from Uganda. Both his parents are small scale farmers using poor farming methods hence lesser yields a reason why she is lacking the necessary support for her health restoration Ampeire reported with painful submental fibroma with a progressive mass for eight years. She is unable to carry on her head and has difficulty in swallowing Ampeire traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 20, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Ampeire needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Ampeire's mother says “I am looking forward to completing my studies and becoming an important person in future, may God bless you.”
Mary struggles with ambulation due to a spinal complication she is having. This has been the struggle for the past 12 months and continues to strain her daily life. Mary complained of fatigue and back pain in October of 2018 and sought treatment in a nearby hospital and was given no conclusive diagnosis. She was then referred to a more advanced facility and came to Kijabe. Mary had MRI and X-ray imaging done and was diagnosed with TB of the spine. Her surgeon recommended spinal decompression and fusion surgery to correct the condition. If not treated, Mary will continue experiencing much pain and ambulation struggles. Mary is a mother of 4 children and together, they live in her parent's house. Mary used to sell second-hand clothes but stopped in October when she could not bear the persistent fatigue and pain. Currently, her needs and those of her children are met by her relatives. She is not able to raise the full amount required for surgery.
Alphatina is a mother of two children from Kenya. She loves their presence and since leaving the hospital, she has grown even more fond of them. Alphatina used to trade in second-hand clothes as well as potatoes supplementing what his husband brought from his carpentry job. Alphatina suffered burns when the kerosene stove she was using blew up in July 2016. She had burns on part of her trunk, hands and neck. She suffers from frequent infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Alphatina receive treatment. On August 22nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help her heal well and reduce the risk of sepsis. Now, Alphatina needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Alphatina says, “I am grateful for continued help from Watsi. I want to fully recover and be able to raise my children”.
Rachna is a girl from Cambodia. She is an only child from Svay Reang province, four hours from Phnom Penh. Since May 2019, Rachna has had a sinus infection on the right side and underwent surgery at Angdong Hospital in order to drain the sinus, but her condition did not improve. Rachna experiences a fever and swelling of her sinus, as well as pus and drainage from her nostril. Surgery will help to relieve the pressure in her sinus and and drain the pus from her nose so she can breathe normally and comfortably again. Surgery is scheduled for July 15 and will cost $286. Rachna enjoys spending time paying with her toys and watching cartoons on television.
Srey Nich is a 24-year-old university student from Cambodia. She likes to listen to music, read books, and hopes to become an electrician after completing her studies. When she was ten years old, Srey Nich had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Nich experiences hearing loss, discharge, tinnitus, and itchiness. She finds it difficult to participate in her normal activities and lacks focus at school. Srey Nich traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 1, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope that after my operation, I will be able to hear again and the ear infection will stop."
Suon is a 48-year-old mother from Cambodia. She has one daughter, and enjoys cooking Khmer desserts and taking care of the housework in her free time. When she was seventeen years old, Suon had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Suon experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, and hearing loss. She has a difficult time communicating with others, and consistently suffers from a chronic ear infection. Suon traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 1, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.
Salesa is a young boy from Kenya. He 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, Salesa is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 2. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please assist my son get treated. He is growing up fast,” says Salesa’s father.