Andrew joined Watsi on December 13th, 2019. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Andrew's most recent donation supported Maureen, a small-business owner and loving mom from Kenya, to fund hysterectomy surgery.
Andrew has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 4 countries.
Andrew has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 4 countries.
Maureen is a small-business owner and a single mom to three children. She moved near the capital city of Nairobi to start her business as a food hawker, cooking and selling Asian, Islamic, and local cuisines. For about ten years, Maureen has been experiencing abdominal pain, headaches, dizziness, and other worrisome symptoms. This condition has made it challenging for her to operate her business. She visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), and doctors diagnosed her condition as cystic adenomyosis. To heal she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, AMH can help Maureen finally heal. On April 29th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at the care center, so she can resume her daily activities free of pain once she recovers. AMH is requesting $755 to fund Maureen’s surgery. Maureen shared, “This condition has affected my normal life, even taking care of my children is a problem, and the doctor told me surgery should be done soon. I am humbly requesting help so that I can be back to my normal self to continue caring for them.”
Askaw is a 47-year-old woman who lives with her father, husband, two sons and her daughter-in-law. Her husband is currently unemployed while her oldest son and her daughter-in-law are farmers. Her youngest son is a day labourer, finding work whenever he can. Askaw is a homemaker and looks after her father who is retired. In her free time, she loves to read, sing, and go to church every Sunday. Toward the end of 2018, Askaw noticed that the vision in both her eyes was blurred. In early 2019, unable to afford seeking treatment at a hospital or a clinic, she purchased eyeglasses for herself at a shop. Although the eyeglasses helped her see better at first, a year later her vision worsened and she could no longer see even with the eyeglasses. She purchased a new pair of glasses, but her vision worsened again. Finally in December she was able to go to an ophthalmologist's clinic with the help and financial support of her brother. After the ophthalmologist examined her eyes, she was told to go to a hospital for further investigation because she likely needed surgery. Askaw's brother knew of our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) which could help make her care possible even though it was out of reach financially for their family. Currently, Askaw can see very little in her left eye and she can only perceive light with her right eye. She cannot read anymore, and finds it difficult to pay for items when shopping since she cannot see the money. When she cooks, she will often mix-up the ingredients. She shared that sometimes, when she is alone, she will cry and feels sad about her symptoms. She said, “When I cook, I will mix-up the ingredients because I cannot see clearly. Now I am no longer able to cook and I have also stopped cleaning as it is so hard to clean with my poor vision."
Tereza is a small-scale farmer and a mother to five children. When she was young, she left school after completing primary school class one. Her father died when she was still young, so at the time her family could not proceed with her education and the school fees. Last March, Tereza lost her husband and now she lives in their three-room mud house for shelter. Tereza shared that she sold a pig to be able to raise money to come to Rushoroza Hospital hoping for treatment. Five years ago, Tereza began to experience troubling symptoms, including a small neck swelling that started small but has been slowly and progressively increasing in size. She is worried about the long-run results if not treated on time. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic goiter and the medical team has recommended surgery which she cannot afford. She needs the surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tereza receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 7th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Tereza says, “I hope to look normal again and get rid of my fears of the future outcomes of this goiter. I pray for a successful surgery. I will continue with farming to be able to take good care of myself and my family.”
Dara is a 31-year-old truck driver. He's is married with two children - a six-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son. His wife works in a shoe factory in their province. When he is home, he likes to play with his children, or play football or volleyball with friends. In October 2020, Dara was in a car accident and fractured his right arm. He was taken to a local hospital in Kampong Speu province for a plate and screws to heal his fracture. Now the hardware makes his arm ache, and he doesn't feel strong or able to use it much. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 6th, Dara will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Once the hardware is removed, he can strengthen his arm and fully heal. He hopes it will return to the way it was before so he can be useful in his house and help his wife more to care for their children. Dara said: "I know I will have pain again after surgery, but I want the metal out so I can fully heal and have a normal life again."
Poul is a 71-year-old retired rice farmer. Poul is married, and together she and her husband have seven daughters, three sons, and 20 grandchildren. She and her husband live with one of their daughters, who also works as a farmer. She helps take care of her grandchildren, cooks for them, and likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Three years ago, Poul developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and floaters in her eye. She has difficulty walking and often stumbles. She also has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Poul learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 13th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery and 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. Poul shared, "I hope to see well again and be helpful to my family. I want to go outside more, visit with my neighbors, cook for my grandchildren, and go to the pagoda to pray with the monks."
Soem is a widow and retired farmer who has three daughters, four sons, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away a long time ago during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, so she lives with her youngest daughter, who is also a farmer. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and go to the local pagoda. Two years ago, Soem developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. She can only see shadows, and so she doesn't venture outside often. She would like to be helpful to her family but shared that she feels useless because she cannot see well. When Soem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope after surgery I can see well again," says Soem. "I want to see the faces of my family and go to the pagoda by myself."
Komugisha is a farmer and a 47-year-old mother of five children. Her son is a mechanic while her younger children are still in school. She works on her small piece of land together with her husband. She also takes up casual labor on people's farms to complement their income. She shared that she enjoys studying the Bible. For 8 years, Komugisha has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia causes her pain and weaknesses especially when she does strenuous works, stands for long, or when she coughs. Over time, the pain has severely affected her day to day work. With successful surgery, she will be free from hernia strangulation. Fortunately, on July 13th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Komugisha's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Komugisha says “I will be blessed if funded for the planned surgery. I will be able to continue with hustling for my children since I desire to see them live a happy life.”
Lim is a 73-year-old rice farmer in Cambodia. She has three daughters, four sons and 30 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys going to the pagoda, participating in ceremonies, and listening to the monk's prayers. Five years ago, Lim developed a cataract in her right eye eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside. When Lim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Lim's husband says, "I saw my wife having eye pain, so I worry about her and I want to her to see better."
Peter is an eight-year-old boy from Kenya. He is outgoing and a bit cheeky. The family of six children relies on their mother’s limited income from peasant farming and their father’s goat slaughtering wage work he gets from time to time. Peter was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Peter has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Peter will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 17th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a driver when I grow up,” says Peter.
Rob is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five sons, one daughter, and nine grandchildren. When he has spare time, he enjoys visiting the local pagoda nearby his house with his friends. One year ago, Rob developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rob learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 10th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. "I hope that I will be able to see better so I can help take care of my grandchildren and help with the housework, and go anywhere I want to."
Saron is a 63-year-old vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters, and four grandchildren. When she has free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Saron developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saron learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 14, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see again and can return to taking care of and selling my vegetables," she said.
Ry is a 66-year-old grocery seller from Cambodia. She has three children and four grandchildren, and in her free time she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Four years ago, Ry developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ry learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 18th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. Ry said, "I hope that after my operation, I will be able to see clearly and I can return to the ceremonies and the pagoda."