Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Ma Chi, a teenager from Thailand, to fund a CT scan.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1406 patients in 21 countries.
Ma Chi is a 13-year-old student from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae Pa, Mae Sot District. Ma Chit loves to study and play with her sisters in her free time. About two months ago, Ma Chi played football at school. The next morning, she woke up with blurry vision and with a swollen right eye. She also had slight pain in her right eye. Thinking it was not a big problem, she went to school as usual. A week later, her left eye also became red, swollen, and painful. Currently, Ma Chi feels very uncomfortable and is unable to fully open both of her eyes. She sometimes has headaches and experiences spells of dizziness. Doctors want Ma Chi 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 Ma Chi's CT scan and care, scheduled for November 6. Her mother says, “My husband and I often think about our daughter’s eye condition at night and we sometimes cannot sleep.” Ma Chi says, “I want to become an engineer when I grow up. I want to build my own house.”
Kamusiime is a tailor from Uganda. She is a mother of two children. For two years, Kamusiime has had an umbilical hernia. This causes causes her pain and if not treated, it may lead to intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on October 10, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Kamusiime's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. She says, “After surgery I will be happy and continue with my work.”
Srey Touch is a street food vendor from Cambodia. She is married and has a daughter. She likes to play games and watch TV in her free time. Twenty years ago, Srey Touch had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Touch experiences ear discharge, tinnitus and headache. She cannot hear well. Srey Touch traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 16, 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. She says, "I hope my hearing improves after the operation."
Chiwaya is a 12-year-old boy from Kenya. His favorite hobby is reading. “I love reading poetry” he says. Chiwaya has a condition called bilateral genu varus, which means his legs bow outwards. As he grows, this is affecting his ability to walk. Chiwaya needs to undergo surgery, which will help realign his bones and improve his walking. Surgery is scheduled for November 11 and will cost $1,165. "I would like to walk...I would also like to play football and run...Any help meant to improve my condition is appreciated," says Chiwaya.
Srey Mech is a mother of two from Cambodia. She sells clothes at a shop. She has two sons. She likes to go for walks and watch TV. Fifteen years ago, she fell down and broke her hip. She had a hip replacement surgery, but now it needs to be replaced because she has been in chronic hip pain for the past two years. She cannot walk. Fortunately, Srey Mech learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Srey Mech of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 7, and Srey Mech needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I really hope I won't be in pain and will be able to work after the operation."
Malen is an eight grade student from Cambodia. She has one brother and two sisters. She likes to listen to music. She enjoys studying economics and mathematics. Five years ago, Malen had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Malen experiences pain, tinnitus, hearing loss, and ear discharge. She cannot communicate clearly with others and hear well. Malen traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 18, 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. Her grandmother says, "I am worried about my granddaughter's hearing and hope it can improve after the operation."
Gladness is a toddler from Tanzania. Her mother is a single parent, and Gladness is her only child. Gladness has been diagnosed with genu valgus. This means that her legs bend inwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Gladness cannot walk or play like other kids her age. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Gladness. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 2. Treatment will hopefully restore Gladness's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Gladness’s mother says, “Please help me treat my daughter.”
Yee (BB) is a ten-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. His grandfather and father are subsistence farmers who grow rice. The family also raises chickens and pigs, which they usually sell when they need money. Yee (BB) was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Yee (BB), which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 30, and, once completed, will greatly improve Yee (BB)'s quality of life. Yee (BB)'s mother says, "I am far from my home to take care of my son (Yee (BB) ) more than two months now. I miss home but I am worry for my son and sad to see he is suffering."
Kabeba is a small-scale farmer from Kenya. He cultivates food, such as sweet potatoes and beans, for home consumption only. For one year, Kabeba has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. He has spent the last four months without working in his farm because of pain. Fortunately, on October 10, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund Kabeba's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "After surgery I will be happy and resume working in my fields."
Komukama is a student from Uganda. She is pursuing an art and design degree. Komukama’s father and stepmother are small-scale farmers. Komukama has had a swelling on her wrist for three years. It is slowly growing in size. The mass is not painful but causes her discomfort. Komukama traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 2, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Komukama needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Komukama says, “I will be glad to have this swelling relieved and I continue with schooling for the betterment of her future.”
Aye Chan is a five-year-old preschool girl from Thailand. She lives with her family in a village in Mae Sot Township. In October, Aye Chan slipped and fell, breaking her right forearm. Currently, she cannot sleep at night, and she is on painkillers to manage the pain. She cannot lift her left arm. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Aye Chan will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 1 and will cost $1,500. The treatment will help her to use her left hand again. She will be able to go to school, allowing her mother, who is currently caring for her, to return to work. Her mother says, "I'm looking forward to seeing her recover...I would like to thank your organization for helping my daughter. I will never forget what you have done for my daughter. When she recovers, I will continue to send her to school no matter how difficult it is."
Sotheany is an eight-month-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child. She likes to play with her doll. Sotheany has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for her to see clearly. Sotheany traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 2, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Sotheany needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Her father says, "I worry about my daughter's vision and hope she can see straight."