Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Cheun, a 60-year-old grandmother from Cambodia, to fund life-changing cataract surgery.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1645 patients in 21 countries.
Cheun is a 60-year-old woman with two daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren. She lives with her grandchildren and husband, who is a farmer. Cheun stays at home to look after her grandchildren and do all the cooking for her family. Taking care of her grandchildren has become more difficult since three years ago when Cheun developed a cataract in her left eye. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. Doctors at our medical partner CSC will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye to help with her condition. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly and return to her daily activities. Cheun shared, "I hope after my surgery I can be comfortable doing my housework and traveling outside. I want to make delicious food for my family and help my husband plant rice."
Tibasiimwa is a 63-year-old farmer and a married father to six children. He has one son and five daughters, who are all married and are small scale farmers. He used to earn a living from farming, but his condition doesn’t allow him to do cultivation work anymore. His wife operates the banana and coffee farm together with his son and daughter-in-law, which is how their family earns a living. For five years, Tibasiimwa has had a left reducible inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working. Fortunately, on April 1st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Tibasiimwa's surgery. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Tibasiimwa shared, “my only hope of being relieved from this condition is by undergoing surgery. With your support, I really hope that it will be possible and then I will get back to my farming.”
Navy is a 49-year-old rice seller. She's been married for 15 years and has 2 daughters who are in school. Navy sells rice in front of a factory, but has been unable to work for over a year. Her husband is currently unemployed. Four years ago, Navy started to have pain in her back and on both hips, and she was given steroids to ease the pain. Doctors have diagnosed her with avascular necrosis in both hips. Avascular necrosis, or osteonecrosis, is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. Navy cannot walk and is confined to a wheelchair. She is in constant pain, and is depressed because she cannot work to support her family. Fortunately, Navy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Navy of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for February 5th, and Navy needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Navy shared, "I hope that I'll feel better soon, and will be able to walk again without pain. I am anxious to return to work to help my family."
Liana is a six-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of three children. She's in grade one and likes to play a lot with friends. Liana's mother hawks food for a living, while her father works in construction sites. On March 13th, as Liana played with her friends, she fell and sustained an open fracture on her left hand. She was brought to a local hospital and an x-ray was performed to confirm the diagnosis. If left untreated, Liana will continue to experience pain and she may have complications. Liana visited the hospital accompanied by her mother, who was worried about the cost of the surgery. The doctor suggested the possibility of Watsi support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On March 18th, Liana will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow Liana to use her hand again and she will no longer be in pain. Now, AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Liana's mother shared, “we are not sleeping because of Liana's pain. I pray that we may be helped so that she can be relieved of pain, be well again to continue her normal life, and continue with her studies.”
Savath is a 65-year-old who is married with one child. She sells items in her neighborhood to earn an income for basic items for their family and in her free time, Savath enjoys listening to the radio. In June of 2020, Savath developed a severe skin infection on her left forearm. She experiences pain, swelling, and discharge from the wound. When Savath learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled there seeking treatment. On March 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove the damaged and infected tissue from the wound. Now, Savath needs help to fund this $273 procedure. Savath shared, "I hope my arm heals quickly and I am finally free of pain."
Kembaga is a 55-year-old farmer and a married mother to twelve children - four sons and eight daughters. Most of her children are self-employed as small scale farmers, like herself and her husband. They earn a living from their small banana plantation and also own a few cattle. Fourteen years ago, Kembaga began to experience troubling symptoms. She finds difficulty in swallowing, breathing and sometimes experiences shortness of breath. Kembaga 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 Kembaga receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Kembaga shared, “I have surely had difficulty in my life because this condition has given me a poor quality of life, but I will surely be thankful to you once I undergo a successful surgery. I hope to continue with farming once I have fully recovered."
Chet is a 34-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has been married for 7 years and together they have a 6-year-old son. His wife works in a factory. In Chet's free time, he likes to care for his son, help with house chores and cooking. He also enjoys taking his family outside for walks. In August 2020, Chet was a motor vehicle accident that fractured his left femur. After the accident, he went to a government hospital for an x-ray and returned home. He chose a Khmer traditional treatment for 15 days, but his leg did not improve. Next, Chet returned to a private clinic for another x-ray, where they referred him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. Doctors assessed his leg and saw that his fracture site is still a non-union, so he was placed on traction for one week. Chet still suffers from chronic pain in his left femur and cannot flex or extend his left leg. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre can help. On January 7th, Chet will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF). They will place a stabilizing nail on his left femur. This procedure will cost $465, and Chet appeals for financial support. Chet shared, "I hope that I can walk easily again after my surgery and go back to work."
Chuong is a 65-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, two sons, and nine grandchildren. Chuong's husband passed away three years ago, so she lives with her son who is also a farmer. In her free time, enjoys listening to the monks praying on he radio and at the pagoda. Two years ago, Chuong developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chuong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her grandchild seeking treatment. On December 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Chuong shared, "I hope I can visit the pagoda easily after my vision improves. I also want to take care of my grandchildren, plant rice, and do more housework."
Onesmas is a water tank installer from Kenya. He learned this skill from his father and works hard to make a humble living from this venture. On December 1st, 2020, Onesmas was on his routine duties installing a water tank in Ruiru Town. He slipped while scaling the water tower and sustained a severe fracture on his arm. Now, he is not able to work and is in a lot of pain. Onesmas is not able to afford the cost of the treatment he needs. He largely depends on the availability of work to make a living, and does not have medical coverage. He stays in a single room costing 35USD a month in the pipeline area. Onesmas appeals for financial help for his cost of care so he can get back to his work. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 19th, Onesmas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him work again and provide for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Onesmus shared, “I use my hands to earn a living, but now I can’t work. I am in constant pain and doctors say I need more than one surgery. I am not in a position to pay for the procedure. Kindly help me."
Tibanyenda is a farmer from Uganda. Tibanyenda is a widow who lost her husband in 2013. She is a mother to nine children with three sons and six daughters, all are married and are small scale farmers. She never went to school at all because when she was younger education wasn’t valued. She earns a living from her banana and coffee plantation. For some time now, Tibanyenda has been experiencing lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with a pre-malignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tibanyenda's surgery. On August 18, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tibanyenda will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tibanyenda says, “I hope to get much better after I have undergone surgery, I will resume with farming.”
Morn is a 54-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He and his wife have two sons together, both have moved out to live on their own. Morn spends a lot of time driving in the countryside with other soldiers, and enjoys talking with them and listening to the news. He also likes showing his friends music he listens to on his phone. Three years ago, Morn developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him partial blindness, irritation, and a cloudy lens. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Morn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Morn said, "I hope my surgery helps me see everything clearly again so I can drive for my job, read books, and do everything myself."
Sour is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four daughters, four sons, and sixteen grandchildren. Since his wife passed away three years ago, he lives with his daughter and her family. He spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren, tending a garden and listening to the radio. Seven years ago, Sour developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sour learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sour shared, "I still have a lot of work I want to do to help my family, and I hope after this surgery I can see everything well and do my activities by myself."