Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Malai, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1511 patients in 21 countries.
Malai is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, two grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Malai developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing, blurry vision, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Malai learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 6, 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. She says, "I hope that my surgery goes well so I can take care of my grandchildren and be able to go outside on my own."
Samuth is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has eight children, eighteen grandchildren, and enjoys reading religious texts in her spare time. Nine years ago, Samuth developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her irritation, 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Samuth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Samuth 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 her procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 7. She says, "I hope that after my operation, I will be able to attend ceremonies at the pagoda and go back to cooking for my family."
John is a farmer from Malawi. John lives with his wife and eight kids. He enjoys doing handicraft work when he is not busy working on his farm. Since about a year ago, John has been experiencing pelvic pain and failure to urinate. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund John's surgery. On April 16, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He says, "We thank you so much, and we hope that this program can go on assisting others as well!"
Dany is a 29-year-old mother from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to play with her son and follow updates on Facebook. Seven years ago, Dany had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Dany experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, itchiness, and headaches. It is often difficult for Dany to hear, and she has a difficult time understanding and communicating with others. Dany traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 13, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to hear clearly again and my ear will heal."
Dorica is a mother of two from Malawi. She lives with her children, two grandchildren, and her husband. She does a lot of cooking at home and likes to rest in her free time. Since December 2018, Dorica has been experiencing prolonged bleeding. She has been diagnosed with unspecified abnormal vaginal bleeding. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Dorica's surgery. On March 28, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She looks forward to getting better after this surgery and hopes to start a business of selling doughnuts when she recovers.
Yoeun is a teenager from Cambodia. Three years ago, Yoeun was in a motorcycle accident that fractured his left femur. He was treated for an open fracture at the Children's Hospital in Phnom Penh, but now his leg is stiff and deformed. Surgery will help to release the tight muscles and realign the bones in Yoeun's leg so he will be able to move and walk without difficulty. Surgery is scheduled for May 10 and will cost $390. Yoeun is the youngest of six siblings, and he hopes to one day become a police officer.
Sovannavin is a first grade student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of thee siblings, and likes to paint and watch videos on You Tube. When he was three, Sovannavin had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sovannavin experiences ear discharge, itchiness, and hearing loss. He has a difficult time focusing in class and cannot understand or communicate with others. Sovannavin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 9, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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. His mother says, "I hope that after my son's surgery, he will be able to hear again and I won't have to worry about his ear infection."
Chandy Lina is a 25-year-old mother of two from Cambodia. She likes to watch television, take care of her children, cook, and go for walks with her family. In February 2019, Chandy Lina was involved in a motor vehicle accident, fracturing her left thigh. It is difficult for her to walk, and she often experiences pain and cannot walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 29, Chandy Lina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help to realign the bones in her thigh so they can heal properly and allow her to walk normally. She says, "I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have any pain when I walk, and I can walk like normal and return to my work as a vegetable farmer."
Thoeun is a 47-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five children, and enjoys watching movies and cooking for her family. In February 2019, Thoeun was involved in a motor vehicle accident, fracturing her left forearm. She is unable to work and experiences pain near her wrist. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 30, Thoeun will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will secure the bones in her forearm so that they will align and heal normally. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to go back to my daily life and will no longer have any pain."
Aung San Mon is a boy from Burma. He lives with his grandmother, mother and brother in a village in Mon State, Burma. When he was four year old, San Mon’s skin turned pale and yellowish. He also had frequent fevers. Currently, San Mon suffers from fatigue and has difficulty breathing. Aung San Mon has been diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder. He needs to undergo spleen surgery, scheduled for April 2, to treat the condition. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to help fund this procedure. His mother says, "Now I am very happy that he will receive surgery through BCMF and BCMF’s donors soon.”
Thyda is a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child and likes to play with her dolls. Since she was born, Thyda developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thyda learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 2, doctors will perform lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure.
Mary is a farmer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of seven children. In 1998, Mary began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, difficulty swallowing, and breathing. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mary receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 28 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $641, and she and her family need help raising money.