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Mike joined Watsi on November 4th, 2015. Seven years ago, Mike joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Mike's most recent donation traveled 7,200 miles to support Saw Ki, a second grader from Thailand, to fund a fracture repair procedure on his left elbow.
Mike has funded healthcare for 74 patients in 13 countries.
Mike has funded healthcare for 74 patients in 13 countries.
Saw Ki is a 10-year-old boy living with his parents, sister and a brother in Mae Ra Ma Luang Refugee Camp in Thailand. Saw Ki is in grade two and his siblings also attend school in the camp. At school, Saw Ki’s favorite subject is Koraen literature. In the future, he would like to become an agricultural day laborer and work hard like his father. On the morning of January 30, 2021, Saw Ki was playing with his friends when he slipped on some rocks and fell onto his left arm. Right away, his left arm became extremely painful and his left arm looked deformed. Saw Ki was brought to the refugee camp’s hospital run by Malteser International (MI) Thailand. After a medic completed a physical examination, the medic told him that they thought his left forearm was broken. Saw Ki was referred to Mae Sariang Hospital to receive an x-ray. There, the doctor confirmed that his left forearm was broken and referred him to Chiang Mai Hospital for surgery right away. Currently, Saw Ki cannot move his left hand and he is in a lot of pain. He has been receiving pain medication while waiting for surgery. This surgery is costly for Saw Ki and his family. Saw Ki's father used to work as an agricultural day laborer in nearby villages, but he can no longer work since the refugee camp went into lockdown following the outbreak of Covid-19. His mother is a homemaker. Although their household receives a cash card with 2,200 baht (approx. 74 USD) every month to purchase rations, this amount is not enough. Their family struggles to make ends meet without Saw Ki’s father’s income, and they appeal for financial support. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Ki will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Saw Ki will no longer be in pain and he will be able to return home, play with his friends and also continue his studies. Saw Ki shared, "I want to play a lot of games with both of my hands, like before. I am not scared of receiving surgery."
Hon is a 75-year-old Khmer noodle seller from Cambodia with six daughters and 15 grandchildren. She lives with her daughter as her husband passed away 20 years ago. She shared with us that she mostly enjoys listening to the monks pray. Seven years ago, Hon developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurred vision, irritation, and cloudy lens. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter hoping for treatment. On September 23rd, doctors will perform phacoemulsification 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. Hon said, "I hope after surgery I can see everything clearer than now so I can travel to the pagoda on my own."
Collins is a young boy from the northeastern slopes of Mt Kenya in Meru County, Kenya. He is 5 years old and is the firstborn in a family of two children. His mother is a housewife, while his father is a mason. Collins was born with clubfoot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. Since birth, he has had serial casting treatment, but his condition has yet to improve. Both his mother and his sibling also have neglected clubfoot conditions. Collins has difficulty with walking and wearing shoes, and is unable to play with other kids. In January 2020, he was able to undergo a left posterior medial release (PMR) with Watsi support, and his foot has corrected well. As a result of the surgery, he is able to wear his left shoe and his walking has improved. However, his right foot is still deformed and requires surgery for him to be able to walk comfortably and confidently on both feet. Fortunately, Collins' family traveled back to our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on his right foot on January 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Collins's clubfoot repair. This surgery will be very impactful for Collins because he will be able to walk, play, and enjoy life like other children. His mother is grateful for the support for his first surgery, and again appeals for support for this procedure as their income level is not high enough to afford his needed care. Collins' mother shared, “I would like to thank CURE Hospital and AMH-Watsi who made possible my son’s first surgery. May the almighty God bless you. I continue to plead for support for the planned surgery on his right foot so that he can fully walk without any difficulty.”
Da is a 43-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. She and her husband have four children and three grandchildren. They work together on construction sites. She enjoys watching Thai dramas on TV with her kids, and often cooks for her whole family. One year ago, Da developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Da learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, 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. Da shared, "I know my family is worried about my vision and they want to help me, but I hope this surgery can help me be independent and recognize where I am and see my grandchildren."
Agatha is a peasant farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of five children. Together with her husband, they tend to their small ancestral land to provide for their children. She noted a small lump on her left breast in January 2020. The lump did not go away and she thought of visiting the hospital. She went to two facilities where she had mammogram and FNA tests done. That was followed up with a biopsy and she had a cancer diagnosis. Agatha decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner's Kijabe Hospital where doctors have advised that she needs a mastectomy. With the right and timely treatment, Agatha will be out of risk of cancer metastasis. 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. Agatha has now registered for the national insurance scheme, but it is not yet available. Their monthly income is negligible to meet the cost of surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Agatha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 30th. After treatment, Agatha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Agatha says, “My prayer is to be free from this cancer problem. I am hopeful that the treatment will be a success.”
Mealea has two younger brothers, and she enjoys cooking, watching television, listening to music, and helping with the housework. She helps her family sell gasoline in front of her house, but her hand often feels swollen and painful. Mealea was born with a tumor on her left hand, which was later removed. However, she now suffers from contractures on four of her fingers. This limits her ability to work and go about her daily activities. Surgery will help to release the contractures from her fingers and decrease any swelling, allowing her to move and flex her hand and fingers. She shared, "I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer have any pain in my hand. I hope my hand will no longer be swollen so I can return to my work and use my hands normally."
Chhorn is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Chhorn was married 18 years ago and together that have three daughters and one son. Chhorn's husband is also a farmer. Chhorn enjoys taking care of her grandchild, cooking, and watching Thai movies on TV. In October 2018, Chhorn slipped and fell causing her hip pain. She sought treatment at a Khmer traditional healer but it did not help with the pain. Four months after the accident she went to a provincial hospital and had an x-ray that showed a fracture of the left hip. After that Chhorn went home and took pain relievers because she had no money for the surgery to treat her hip. Her neighbor told her to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so she traveled five hours to reach us. Chhorn presented at CSC unable to walk without crutches, with limited range of motion, and in pain. Fortunately, at CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Chhorn of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 1st, and Chhorn needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Chhorn said, "my condition makes me feel very bad because I can not walk well and I'm in pain. I hope this hip replacement operation will help me."
Ruth is a fruit vendor from Kenya. She is a shy 30-year-old woman who lives in Kiambu town. She is married with three children, with her youngest eight months old. Ruth has a small business of selling fruits while her husband is a casual laborer with land selling agents. In March 2019, Ruth began to experience troubling symptoms, including an irritating dry cough and some difficulty in swallowing. She was diagnosed with a Multinodular Goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ruth receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 3rd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. “I am distressed and uncomfortable. It is very difficult to take care of my baby and they all need my support. I will appreciate if supported so that I can continue breastfeeding my baby and take care of the other two. When I am well I will also be able to resume my small business. Please help,” said Ruth.
Kea is a three-year-old child from Cambodia. Her parents are both factory workers, and Kea is their only child. She has not started school yet, but she enjoys drawing pictures and listening to stories. She goes with her dad to play outside everyday. In July of 2018, she suffered a burn on her right hand from hot water. Her parents took her to a local hospital where the doctors were only able to clean and dress the wound. Soon her fingers became contracted and she could no longer use her hand normally. When Kea's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to release the tension in her hand and allow her to move her fingers well again. Now, she needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Kea's mother shared, "She has had problems playing with other children since she got this burn, so I hope after the surgery she can have a good time with her friends."
Rebecca is a former business lady from Kenya. Rebecca used to sell clothes to earn a living. However, due to persistent abdominal pain, fatigue and backaches, she stopped and relies on her sisters for her daily upkeep. She separated from her husband since she could not bore a child and has since been living alone in a single room house in the Nairobi outskirts. About 14 years ago, she started noting some abnormal abdominal swelling that has since persisted. She tried using herbal medicines and other hopeful therapies without fruition. Rebecca came to Kijabe Hospital in 2016 and was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. They have increased in size to the equivalent of a 37 weeks’ pregnancy. Rebecca came back in 2020 having made up her mind that should would like to move forward with a recommended hysterectomy. With successful surgery, Rebecca's health will be restored. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Rebecca's surgery. On April 30th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Rebecca will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Rebecca says, "My wish is to be treated and regain my health back. I have decided to have my uterus removed after a lengthy denial."
Kamuhanda is an 82-year-old small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married with eight children, all married and self-employed. His wife and he are farmers to earn a living. Kamuhanda shared that he was a church catechist, but now is retired. Since six months ago, Kamuhanda has had a hydrocele, which is a painful scrotal swelling. Fortunately, on July 21st, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $146 to fund Kamuhanda's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kamuhanda says: “I hope that after surgery, I will have good health and the condition will not reoccur so that I can have complete health status. I will continue with farming after surgery.”
Vuthy is a 31-year-old construction worker from Cambodia and the youngest of three siblings. He lives with his sister near his parents' farm in Kampong Cham province. He and his sister help with their family farm work. Eight months ago, Vuthy developed tuberculosis arthritis in his left hip. He has taken medication to control the condition, but in the last four months, his condition has worsened. He has constant hip pain and must walk with crutches. His muscles in his left thigh have atrophied, and range of motion of his left leg has contracted by 60 degrees. Due to all of this, he now cannot work or do his daily activities. Fortunately, Vuthy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Vuthy of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 1st, and Vuthy needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Vuthy said, "Since I had this problem, I have not been able to work or get any money for my family, and they have to take care of me. I want to get better so I can do my part to support my parents."