Victoria joined Watsi on June 19th, 2014. Five years ago, Victoria joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Victoria's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Duncan, a strong and optimistic man from Kenya, for pain-relieving spinal fusion surgery.
Victoria has funded healthcare for 69 patients in 12 countries.
Victoria has funded healthcare for 69 patients in 12 countries.
Duncan is a 28 year old man who is currently single and unable to work due to his condition. Duncan experienced trauma in early 2010 after a road traffic accident that caused spine injury and hearing loss. At the time of the accident, Duncan had a loss of consciousness, memory loss, and was even paraplegic at one point. He also had tinnitus in his right ear but with earlier support from Watsi donors, he got a hearing aid fitted and can now communicate well. Duncan now walks on a crutch, however, his pain worsens with movement, and radiates to his lower limbs. Because of his condition, Duncan has been in and out of hospitals. He is supposed to visit the hospital regularly. For convenience, he currently lives with his relatives nearby in Nairobi. His parents are elderly farmers in his ancestral home in Kisii in rural Kenya. Duncan is currently struggling to walk. An MRI exam identified canal stenosis and bone degeneration, so doctors have recommended surgery. He is scheduled for L4/5, L5/S1 Decompression, and Spine Fusion to avert chances of being immobile for the rest of his life. The hospital is requesting $1,500 to perform his surgery and his health insurance coverage will not cover this care. He currently relies on well-wishers to pay for his medical bills. Duncan told us, “I cannot walk well without support. I am also in pain and very uncomfortable. I hope to get better soon.”
Yorn is an 81-year-old retired farmer. He has three sons and three daughters. He also has several young grandchildren who visit him often. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter, who is also a farmer. Since retiring, he spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren, and traveling with his wife and daughter to local pagodas. Eight years ago, Yorn developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and irritation. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On May 14th, 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 $229 procedure. Yorn shared, "I hope that after my surgery my daughter will not have to do so much work to help me. I hope I can take good care of my grandchildren, and take better care of myself. I want to go with my wife to travel to pagodas."
Samuel is a 53-year-old fisherman. He is a father of two children aged 18 and 16 years old. He separated from his wife 5 years ago, and has been taking care of the children since the separation. In December 2020, Samuel was pricked by a poisonous thorn on his foot, which left a wound running from his foot to ankle that has become severely infected. He is in pain and unable to walk comfortably. The wound threatens his mobility and could result in amputation if not urgently attended to. Initially, Samuel tried treating the wound with herbs, but there was no improvement. He visited a nearby mission facility for a checkup and dressing, where doctors treated and washed the wound, but it continued to worsen. On April 1st, Samuel was driven by a well-wisher to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital and upon review, doctors recommended an urgent debridement and skin grafting surgery. However, the cost of care is difficult for Samuel to afford. He had been depending on support from the local missionaries to pay for his previous medical bills and medication. Samuel appeals for financial support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Samuel receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to clean off the wound and prevent further infection. Now, Samuel needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Samuel shared, “This wound is worsening by the day. I currently limp but I might lose the leg if I don’t get some surgical intervention. My fishing venture cannot even pay for the surgery.”
Olivia is a 3-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a small city in the north central part of Haiti. Her father works in a local hospital and her mother is a homemaker. She is their only child. Olivia has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Olivia will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On June 4th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will close the hole in her heart with a patch, and dissect the blockage of her valve. Another organization, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $18,000 to pay for surgery. Olivia's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Olivia's family overseas. From father: "Our family will pray for everyone who is helping to save our daughter's life."
Mary is a 78-year-old woman and a married mother of ten children. Since her husband is elderly, she depends on her children for day-to-day support. Mary used to have a small business selling cereals, but now that she is older, she mostly stays home and does some farming. In the mid-2020, Mary began experiencing pain in the upper left part of her abdomen, abdominal fullness and lack of appetite. She was taken to a few different hospitals, but the medicines prescribed did not help her condition. An ultrasound scan showed that Mary has gallstones, and a cholecystectomy was recommended to help her fully heal. If not treated, she could experience complications like gall bladder inflammation or blockage. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mary to receive treatment. On May 6th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a cholecystectomy to remove Mary's gallbladder. Now, AMH is requesting $788 to fund Mary's surgery. Mary shared, "if that is the only way to make me well, I plead for your help so that I can be ok and continue mentoring my children and taking care of my husband."
Yousrim is a 57-year-old farmer who breeds chickens and ducks to sell. Last year, she suffered trauma to her right ear when insect flew into her ear. For three days she tried remove it but was unsuccessful. She self-treated by inserting rubbing alcohol in her ear and told us that it became really painful for her. Ever since then, she has ear discharge, ringing in her ear (tinnitus), and hearing loss. Yoursim's son says he has to speak close to his mother's ear for her to understand him. Yousrim lives with her husband, and has two daughters, one son, and one grandson. In her free time, she likes to play with her grandchild, and watch TV. Yousrim traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 20th, she will undergo surgery on her right ear. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, covering medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Yoursim is optimistic that after the surgery she will stop having ear infections and discharge, the noise in her ear will go away, and her hearing will improve.
Hear is a 28-year-old rice farmer who married with one young child. Hear is the main breadwinner of his family and works hard to support them. In his spare time, Hear likes to read the newspaper and play games with his kid. Three years ago, the retina of Hear's left eye detached, causing him partial blindness, and affected his self-esteem due to an inability to see or work. When Hear learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours with his wife seeking treatment. On March 4th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Hear shared, "I hope after surgery I can see out of my eye again. I need to plant rice and raise animals to support my family. I want to fix my vision so I can work, and can read again without hurting my eyes."
Horm is married and has two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Horm and his wife are both cleaners and in his free time Horm enjoys doing housework, listening to the radio, reading books, and taking care of his grandchildren. Horm was in an accident as a child that damaged his right leg. He underwent an amputation over 45 years ago to remove the damaged parts of his leg. In 1993, he received a prosthesis which he has used to ambulate, but in the last five months he has been feeling pain at the amputation site. It is painful for him to wear his prosthetic and he has tissue sclerosis. Currently, he is walking with crutches because of his pain. Surgeons at Watsi's Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) will perform a corrective surgery to treat the damaged tissue at the amputation site and allow him to walk with a prosthetic again. Now his family needs to raise $352 to fund the surgery and are requesting support. Horm shared, "I hope after the surgery I have no more pain and can wear a prosthesis and work easily again."
Nyi is 18-year-old agricultural day laborer from Thailand. He has lived with his grandparents in a village close to the border of Burma since he was 10 years old. His grandfather is a carpenter and earns 2,000 baht (approx. $66.7 USD) per month. His grandmother works as a daily laborer too and also earns 2,000 baht (approx. $66.7) in a month. Nyi had to stop working in March when he felt unwell. Previously, in his free time, he liked to play cane ball. On the evening of December 2nd 2019, Nyi and his brother went out together and they ended up in the hospital with a endotracheal tube for three days due to alcohol poisoning. One week after he was discharged, Nyi went back to work. About a month later, he developed shortness of breath and fatigue. By the time he went to Mae Sot Hospital in March 2020, the doctor diagnosed him with tracheal stenosis, a narrowing of the wind pipe. He then received a tracheostomy. The doctor referred him to Chiang Mai for further treatment, but Nyi was unable to go to Chiang Mai until September due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Doctors want Nyi to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Nyi's CT scan and care, scheduled for October 2nd. "Since I was told that spraying pesticides without protective gear is unsafe [a task he used to do all the time as an agricultural day laborer], I want to find some other type of work such as in construction once I recover," said Nyi.
Nhang is a 73-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has four children and ten grandchildren. Her husband died five years ago, and since then she has been living with two of her daughters, helping to keep the house in order and taking care of her grandchildren while her daughters farm. In her free time she talks to neighbors or listens to the radio. Two years ago, Nhang developed entropion of the eyelids. This means that her eyelids turn inward, causing her eyelashes to scrape the surface of her eyes. This causes severe irritation and tearing. Nhang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 9th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to repair her eyelids. Now, Nhang needs help to raise $225 to fund this procedure. Nhang's daughter shared, "My mom loves to see my children and play with them and make them food, but since her eyes got bad she has a hard time doing these things. I hope she can get better quickly."
Darong is an 11-year-old 4th grade student from Cambodia. Darong has two siblings and his parents work in Thailand. As we got to know Darong, he shared with us that his favorite subjects in school are Khmer, math, and English. His favorite foods are fried meat, sausage soup, and juice or milk. When he is not studying, Darong enjoys playing football, reading books, and playing games. When he grows up he wants to be a doctor. Nine years ago, Darong had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Darong experiences damaged hearing, tinnitus, ear discharge, and pain. He cannot communicate clearly with others, making his studies difficult. Darong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 30th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Darong's aunt shared, "We are worried about him because it is hard for him to have conversations and he is in pain."
Kyomuhangi is a 47-year-old married mother to eight children. Two of her daughters are married and are small-scale farmers. Her other six children are all studying in both primary and secondary levels. Kyomuhangi is a subsistence farmer who relies on her small piece of land for their livelihood. She mostly grows crops like beans, maize, and millet. She also rears some domestic animals like pigs, chickens, and also has a couple of goats. Her husband is a policeman. Kyomuhangi presented in the hospital with lower abdominal pain, chest pain difficulty in breathing, and lateral side pain over a period of three years. Her condition has affected her in that she fears to sleep on her sides and it has affected her work performance as a farmer since she can no longer go to the farm. Kyomuhangi has been to hospital several times and was diagnosed early with an adnexal mass. Doctors have advised her to have surgery to remove the growth, but she could not afford it. Kyomuhangi says, “I hope to have a good life after my surgery so that I can continue with cultivation.”