Sam joined Watsi on September 23rd, 2015. Seven months ago, Sam became the 5606th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 403 more people have become monthly donors! Sam's most recent donation supported Hellen, a small-scale farmer from Kenya, to fund mobility restoring leg and ankle surgery.
Sam has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.
Hellen is a mother of five from Kenya. She is a dairy farmer and also brews alcohol to make a living. A few months ago, Hellen unfortunately lost her husband. She lives in a one room house with her five children. Three of her children have already dropped out of school due financial problems and her two younger sons might also drop out because she is unable to pay for their fees. A week ago, Hellen sought care at our hospital for injuries on her right leg and ankle. She sustained these injuries during an altercation. Now, it is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 4th, Hellen will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Hellen is currently having a difficult time and she hopes that in the future she can have a better business to support her family. She shared, “I want to live a better life and be strong for my children after healing from this fracture.”
Vincent is a 20-year-old and the third born in a family of 10 children. Vincent harvests Khat to make a living but is currently not working due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His parents are small-scale farmers who plant maize, beans, and potatoes. They sell the surplus for additional income. Four months ago, Vincent began to experience a painful scalp lesion that was increasing in size. His doctor recommends an excision of the scalp mass to ensure that the pain and pressure he is experiencing do not worsen. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Now, our medical partner is requesting $554 to help fund the cost of the surgery. Vincent shared,’’ I will be appreciative if given any financial support.’’
Saw Eh is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and two children in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. He works as a security guard in the camp while his wife looks after their two young children. His family receives 821 baht (approx. 27 USD) each month from an organisation called The Border Consortium as part of their rations, and he also earns 700 baht (approx. 23 USD) in a month from working as a security guard. Their monthly income is just enough to pay for their basic expenses. In the early morning of June 1st, 2020, at around 9:00 am, Saw Eh left the camp to forage for bamboo shoots in the jungle. While climbing over some slippery boulders, a few larger rocks from above him rolled down towards him. Unfortunately, Saw Eh could not avoid the falling rocks and was hit on the head and right leg. He was knocked unconscious and had no idea how long it took him to regain consciousness. When he did, he was in severe pain and cried out loudly for help. Luckily, a man was nearby and heard him shouting for help. The man fetched a few others to help him carry Saw Eh to the clinic in the refugee camp. At the clinic, the medic directly referred Saw Eh to Mae Sariang Hospital, as they knew they could not treat him in the camp. When he arrived at Mae Sariang Hospital, he received an x-ray, which confirmed that both bones in Saw Eh's right lower leg are fractured. The doctor then referred him to a hospital in Chiang Mai immediately, as he would need to receive surgery at a larger hospital, to ensure his leg heals properly. Currently, Saw Eh's right leg is in pain as well as his head. He cannot walk nor move his right leg. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Eh will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 1st and will cost $1,500. The surgery will stop Saw Eh from being in pain and will help his leg heal properly. He will then be able to walk again.
In is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five brothers, one sister, and he is the oldest in his family. He is now married with one young child. In's wife is also a rice farmer with him. He likes to play any sports, especially baseball, and listen to music during his free time. In February 2020, In was in a tractor accident that caused paralysis of his left shoulder and left hemothorax. 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 is unable to move his left arm which prevents him from working in the rice field. In traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 29th, 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 $696 to fund this procedure. "I hope that after surgery I can move my arm better without any pain, I want to return to the rice field to support my family," In said.
Meet David, a 23-year-old from Kenya. David relies on casual labour to make ends meet. He takes up jobs such as digging pit latrines, tilling, or any other work that comes along. His family background is poverty-stricken. David shared that his father is an alcoholic and has sold most of the family properties including even cooking utensils. His mother separated from his father. David and his 6 siblings did not manage to go to school as their parents could not manage to raise school fees. David currently struggles to pass urine. Six years ago, David was started developing problems and his condition worsened in 2017. He was reviewed at Maua Hospital and referred to Watsi Partner Kijabe Hospital. Through national health insurance funding, he had first stage urethroplasty in 2018 and doctors advised him to return for follow up and second stage surgery. However, due to financial difficulties, he could not manage to come back to the hospital. In 2020, he returned after fundraising for transport and hospital appointment charges. He now requires surgery but is not able to raise the funds required and is still has difficulties due to his condition. David had to be supported with bus fare to travel to Kijabe, 6-hour journey from his village, and he appeals for financial assistance. David says, “My hope is to be treated fully. I want to marry but I feel any lady would not want to settle down with me in my current condition.”
Rathana is a fourteen-year-old boy who enjoys studying math, and hopes to work in international technology when he grows up. He has one younger sister, and his favorite activities include reading books, exercising with his mother, spending time with his friends, and watching movies. Rathana was born with congenital scoliosis, and is unable to walk for long periods of time, has difficulty breathing, and cannot sleep well. For the past two months, Rathana has been in a halo gravity traction to assist in lengthening his spine prior to his surgery. Surgery will place a growing rod in his spine to straighten out Rathana's spine and achieve maximum correction of his spinal curvature. He will be able to walk, sleep, and breathe easily again. He looks forward to returning to his studies and reuniting with his friends. His mother shared, "I hope that my son's operation will go well and he will be able to do things independently again, and I will no longer have to worry about him and can return to my work."
Pyae Pyae is 14-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two sisters and four brothers in a village in Burma. Her father is a subsistence farmer, her mother is a homemaker and Pyae Pyae goes to school. She is currently in grade nine. Pyae Pyae 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, Pyae Pyae is taking medication which stops her from having difficulty breathing and feeling tired. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Pyae Pyae. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 12th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "When I grow up I would like to become a nurse," said Pyae Pyae. "I would like to take care of others like me who suffer from a heart disease."
Ann is a farmer who lives with her husband in the Eastern region of Kenya. Ann practices subsistence farming with her husband and their four children are all grown and tending to their own families. Ann has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Ann. After treatment, Ann will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. “I am afraid it will get worse if I am not treated. Please help me,” says Ann.
Kimsreang is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have four sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. In her free time, Kimsreang likes to watch Thai and Khmer soap operas on television and visit the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Kimsreang traveled two hours with her daughter to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so she could obtain treatment for her cataracts. The cataracts, which are present in both eyes, cause her blurred vision and extreme sensitivity to light. At CSC, Kimsreang will undergo a phacoemulsification procedure on both eyes. During the procedure, doctors will break apart her clouded lenses and replace them with clear implant lenses. Kimsreang needs assistance to cover the $292 surgery, after which she will be able to see clearly again. "I hope I can see everything more clearly than now so that I can continue my work as a farmer and easily look after my grandchildren," says Kimsreang.
Marjorie is a mother of two from the Philippines. For the last 19 years, Marjorie has lived with a thyroid goiter. She has not visited a doctor because she knew she would not be able to afford the cost of treatment. Marjorie currently experiences difficulty swallowing, extreme fatigue, and pain in her neck when lifting heavy objects. This makes it difficult for her to care for her family, including two school-aged children. It is also very hard for her to do work around the home. A friend from Marjorie's church told her about Watsi's medical partner and the opportunity to receive free healthcare. After going for a screening, she was diagnosed with a thyroid goiter. She needs a thyroidectomy to remove her thyroid gland. After the treatment, Marjorie is excited to do the things she could not do before - like lifting heavy objects. "She is looking forward to waking up one day and enjoying the rest of the day with out worrying about her condition," her medical team shared. Her self-esteem will also improve, and for the first time in 19 years she will be symptom free. "I thought that I would have this for a lifetime," Marjorie shared. "Upon knowing that someone could help me to get rid of this lump, I was excited and joy flooded my heart. I am very happy that this is the day I have waited for so long, I will be treated. Thank you for making this possible and for giving me another chance to live a normal life."
11 days after birth, Gideon’s mother noticed a swell on her son’s groin. They compared it to that of their neighbors’ son and Gideon’s was quite abnormal. It would appear and disappear, and recently Gideon has begun to cry in pain. After seeking specialized treatment, four-month-old Gideon was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. Gideon’s mother is a housewife while his father sells second-hand clothes and earns just enough to sustain the basic needs of his family. They have managed to raise $52, but that is not enough to cover the entire surgery. For $430, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital will perform hernia repair surgery for Gideon to relieve him of his pain and discomfort. His mother shares, “I know not everyone will understand my dilemma, but, I'm hoping someone with a big heart and that believes in true love will help make my son’s surgery possible."
Devi is a 30-year-old subsistence farmer from an area called Dedza, in Malawi. He came to the hospital using a motorbike taxi because he has been experiencing severe pain in his right groin area. Devi farms in order to feed his family, so when he is unable to work, the farm and his family's well-being is jeopardized. He is currently supporting four children, his sister, and his grandmother. Unfortunately, he has been completely unable to work for the past several weeks due to the pain caused from an inguinal hernia; a condition easily treated surgically. For $613, Devi will have hernia repair surgery. Assuming a successful operation, Devi will be cured and is expected to make a full recovery. "I'm hoping to get back to my job so I can continue to provide for my family," says Devi.