Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Rathanak, a young woman from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1251 patients in 21 countries.
Rathanak is a factory worker from Cambodia. She has four older sisters. She likes to listen to music in her free time. One year ago, Rathanak was a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her left leg. She went to a clinic and doctors fixated hardware to heal her fracture. Now, the hardware is causing pain when she walks. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 3, Rathanak will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will help her walk easily again. She says, "I hope I feel better after the operation and can walk without pain."
Hongdarorm is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. He has an older sister and two older brothers. He likes drawing and playing football. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. He enjoys drinking coconut juice. Four years ago, he was burned by a fire on his foot. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. It is difficult for him to walk and bend his toes. When Hongdarorm learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 1, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to mobilize his foot and toes again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. He says, "I am looking forward to playing football with my friends after surgery."
Fabian is a baby from Tanzania. His parents are both subsistence farmers. They have spent almost all their savings seeking treatment for Fabian. Since he was one month old, Fabian has been experiencing sleep apnea and difficulty breathing. This causes him frequent illness. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Fabian's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Fabian, which is scheduled to take place on May 17. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Fabian of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Fabian’s father says, “Please help my son get treatment and get better. There is nothing I can do or say that is going to show how grateful I will be for that.”
Turyahererahi is a night watchman from Uganda. He is married with two children. For many years, Turyahererahi has had a swelling in a sensitive area that keeps growing. As a result, he experiences pain and discomfort. Turyahererahi traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 5, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Turyahererahi needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Turyahererahi says, “I hope to get better quality of life after surgery and I continue with my work of security.”
Ngwe is a 61-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, grandson and niece. Both Ngwe and her husband used to be farmers, but now her son supports the family. Since March 2018, Ngwe has been experiencing troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ngwe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ngwe is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on May 1. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience her previous symptoms.
Hilda is a baby from Tanzania. She is the first-born child in her small growing family. Hilda’s father works in a garage, and her mother is a stay-at-home mother. Since she was three months old, Hilda has been experiencing trouble breathing and has had frequent sleep apnea. Frequent illness has caused her parents to spend a lot of their time and money in hospitals. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Hilda's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Hilda, which is scheduled to take place on May 3. Surgeons will remove her adenoids, hopefully relieving Hilda of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Hilda’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get this treatment so that she is able to eat, breath and sleep.”
Jenifer is a young girl who lives with her mother, two siblings, and grandparents in Guatemala's rural western highlands. She loves to be at home helping her mother around the house. When Jenifer grows up, she says that she would like to be a teacher because she loves to play with children. Since Jenifer was just two years old, she has shown symptoms of having a congenital heart defect. She often grows tired while playing, and complains frequently of pain in her chest. These symptoms are due to Jenifer's heart condition, which she needs surgery to fix. After many years trying to get her heart fixed, Jenifer has finally been accepted to receive surgery—a procedure that will not only heal her congenital heart defect, but will also change her life. Jenifer will be able to play like a normal child for the first time ever, and she will not be in danger of suffering a life-threatening event related to her heart condition. Jenifer's mother says, "I hope that my daughter can keep growing up healthily so that she can achieve her dreams to become a teacher."
Pov is a construction worker from Cambodia. She has one daughter. She enjoys watching the news, movies, and connecting with friends on social media. Three years ago, Pov developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her irritation, itching, blurred vision, and tearing. 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 Pov learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. Pov 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 April 9. She says, "I hope I am looking good and no longer have the pterygiums on my eyes after surgery. I want to continue my work and be able to go outside by myself."
Turyomunsi is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with six children. Two years ago, Turyomunsi began to experience troubling symptoms, including headache and difficulty breathing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Turyomunsi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 26 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Turyomunsi says, “I hope to get better life style after surgery and I continue with cultivation.”
Penghong is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is in the first grade. He wants to be a teacher when he grows up. He enjoys playing football with friends and watching TV. He has two older brothers. For the past two years, he has had a recurrent sinus infection. He has difficulty swallowing and snores at night. He needs tonsillectomy surgery to get rid of his infection and help him sleep well again. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for April 24. Now, his family needs help raising $221.
Kabajungu is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother of seven children. Since 2017, Kabajungu has had a swelling on her inner arm. The pain makes it hard for her to dig and lift heavy objects. Kabajungu traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 9, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kabajungu needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. She says, "I am worried my arm might get deformed because now I cannot flex it easily."
Odam is a fifth grader from Cambodia. He has two younger sisters and a brother. He likes studying the Khmer language and wants to be a teacher when he grows up. A month ago, Odam was playing with his friends when he fell and dislocated his right elbow. It is difficult for him to use his arm, and he cannot bend his elbow. He is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 1, Odam will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him use his right arm again. He says, "I look forward to going home and playing football with my friends again."