Craig joined Watsi on December 24th, 2013. 49 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Craig's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Viden, a seventh grader from Cambodia, to fund arm surgery.
Craig has funded healthcare for 48 patients in 10 countries.
Craig has funded healthcare for 48 patients in 10 countries.
Viden is a 7th grade student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of four siblings and enjoys playing soccer, swimming, and listening to music. He hopes to become a police officer when he grows up. In April 2019, Viden was in a severe motorcycle accident and was in a coma for three days. Afterwards, the accident left Viden with injuries to his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He has pain in his arm and is unable to flex his wrist or move his shoulder or elbow. Viden traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 6th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I will be able to move my arm normally again and I will be able to return to school without difficulty."
Tun is a 61-year-old man from Burma. He works as a day labourer at a parking lot and supports his family. He loves listening to music when he has free time. About 18 years ago, Tun's right foot was injured in a road accident. He just self-treated the wound because he could not afford to go to any clinics or hospitals. Although the wound did not cause him any pain or any other problems, it never was healed properly. About 3 months ago, Tun started to experience intermittent pain, especially at night. The pain worsened over time until he could no longer hide it and screamed whenever the pain struck. When his neighbors and co-workers found out about it, they advised him to go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). Once at the hospital, the doctor examined him and said that his leg is in a bad condition. The doctor also explained that, with the failed joint and non-healing ulcer, the best treatment for him is to have a below-knee amputation. Tun said, "I can’t work daily because of my ulcer. That's why I have no money to seek treatment. My children are not able to work as they are still young. I‘m not happy. I am in debt and it's increasing daily."
Han is a 71-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in his free time. One month ago, Han developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him vision loss. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Han learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On July 15, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $211 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery I am able to see better so I can take care of my family and go back to the rice farm."
So is a 40-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family in Myawaddy Township, Karen State. He is a carpenter while his wife is a homemaker. His mother is retired, and his son goes to school. In his free time, So loves to read the newspaper and magazines, as well as going to the pagoda. In mid-2016, So felt lightheaded one day while working. His friend rushed him to the nearest clinic where the doctor completed a physical examination. He was told that his lightheartedness was caused by the hot weather and he was told to drink more water. The following day, So felt lightheaded and developed a headache. He went to the clinic near his house, where he received an injection and oral medication. This time the doctor told him that his symptoms were due to hypertension and told him to come back to the clinic if he did not feel better. So underwent MRI on 14th of September 2019. The result of MRI shows that there is extraaxial mass with rim calcification along right frontal convexity. The doctor told So that he requires surgery to remove the mass. Presently, So still experiences frequent headaches and bouts of dizziness. He cannot sleep well, and he has trouble focusing. So sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. he is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on October 24th. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. So said, "I am ready for surgery. I believe that I will be healthy after that. Now, after taking medications from the hospital, I feel like I have less headache and less dizziness."
Lily is a young girl from Tanzania. Lily is a playful and friendly girl, the fifth born in a family of six children. She is in kindergarten. Lilly walks with difficulties due to the genu valgus condition. Her parents noticed Lily's knocked knees, that had changed her walking style. Unable to seek better treatment plan for her, the parents decided to pray for her. Unfortunately, nothing was changing. Lily's uncle referred them to a facility near their village, before being referred to our hospital. Upon review, Lily was diagnosed with genu valgus and a distal femoral osteotomy surgery recommended. Upon successful treatment, Lily will be able to walk with ease and regain an upright gait. Lily comes from a humble background. Her parents are peasant farmers relying on their small piece of land to earn a living. They delayed taking Lily to the hospital due to financial lack. The mother is afraid that without money, she still will not be able to afford care for her beloved girl. They appeal for help Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Lily. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Lily's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Lily’s mother says, “I would love to see my daughter’s legs normal but we are unable to afford the cost, kindly help her.”
Joy is 5 years old shy girl. Joy was well until Tuesday evening 10th September when she fell from a loquat tree and sustained an injury on her right upper limb. Joy was brought to our hospital presented with complains of pain on her right hand. On arrival, an X-ray was done which showed that Joy had broken her right radius ulna. Joy has swollen hand, she cannot lift her hand and she has discomfort accompanied by severe pain. Joy’s father is married to two wives and now has seven children. Because her mother is not able to have a good job, she does maize farming and life is difficult for her family due to low yields that have led to insufficient food in the family. Joy’s mother gets help and support from his brothers but wants to be able to be a strong woman for her and kids and provide well for them.
Than is a 57-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and her sister. Than was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Than has difficulty breathing and her heartbeat is fast. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Than. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.
Ronny 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, Ronny is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 2. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “We travelled all the way from Kericho with a spark of hope that our son will get help,” says Ronny’s father.
Chheang is a teenager from Cambodia. He was born with scoliosis, which is progressing with age and making it difficult to sit in school for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of his spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Spinal surgery is scheduled for June 6 and will cost $1,500. In his free time, he likes to read books, watch TV, listen to music, and go outside with his family. He hopes to one day become a doctor when he grows up.
Sovan is a 37-year-old hairdresser from Cambodia. He is the youngest of nine children, and enjoys watching television in his free time. When he was fifteen years old, Sovan 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, Sovan experiences ear discharge, headaches, tinnitus, itchiness, and hearing loss. He has a difficult time understanding and communicating with others. Sovan traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 6, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right 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. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to hear clearly and my ear infection will heal."
Khum is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six grandchildren and enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Three months ago, Khum developed a cataract in each eye, causing her irritation and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khum learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 4, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery 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. She says, "I hope I can see better after my surgery so I can help my sister bake cakes for her business."
Alice is a baby from Kenya. She was born with a slight mass on her forehead and nose. Alice has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Alice is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Alice. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 15. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Alice to grow up healthy. “Please help my child,” says Alice’s mother.