William joined Watsi on January 25th, 2014. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! William's most recent donation traveled 4,200 miles to support Kundibandiho, a 31-year-old farmer from Uganda, to fund hernia repair surgery to help him keep working.
William has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 7 countries.
William has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 7 countries.
Kundibandiho is a 31-year-old farmer and a married father of three children. He and his wife earn a living through small-scale farming. For three years, Kundibandiho has had a right inguinal hernia. He experiences pain, especially when doing strenuous work or taking a long walk. The hernia has affected his ability to farm, and Kundibandiho is afraid that without treatment, he could be at risk of complications like strangulation. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Kundibandiho to receive treatment. On June 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $230 to fund his surgery. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kundibandiho shared, “I hope my health shall be restored after this surgery. I have had this condition for a long time.”
Dylan is a bright 12-year-old student who enjoys reading and playing football. He is the only child in his family and his mother is a single mom who works for the county government part-time. In 2015, Dylan's left foot began to bend slightly. As Dylan has grown, the leg has worsened, affecting his mobility. When playing with friends and running around during football, he often falls. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 6th, Dylan is scheduled to undergo angular deformity correction surgery. After the surgery, he will be able to walk well and play again without any difficulty. Now, AMH is requesting $1,224 to fund Dylan's surgery. Dylan's mother shared,“ I am appealing for support to help my son undergo surgery, thank you so much."
Solita is a 3-year-old from Cambodia. She is the only child in her family. Her mother is a factory worker, while her father repairs motors. Solita likes to play with toys and watch cartoons on TV. Overall, Solita is in good health, but has some problems with her left hand. Two years ago, she was burned by fire on her left fingers. After the accident, her family took her to a provincial hospital, where she was treated with medicine and dressings for 10 days. Unfortunately, burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the finger. It is difficult for her to use her hand, and she cannot carry or hold anything. When Solita's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there hoping for treatment. On February 3rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her fingers easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Her parents shared, "We hope our daughter's fingers will be better and the procedure will improve her ability to do daily activities."
Bamwoya is a charcoal maker from Uganda and a married father to eight children, three sons and five daughters. All his children are married and are now small-scale farmers. Bamwoya shared that he wasn't able to finish school after the third grade as his family did not have funds for school fees. He currently earns a living from making charcoal and his wife is a small scale farmer. Since three years ago, Bamwoya has had bilateral inguinal hernia. He experiences pain bending or standing for a long time, which makes his day to day tasks and working challenging for him. Fortunately, on January 5th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Bamwoya's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bamwoya says: “I have faith and believe that once my surgery is done, I will be well and able to continue with making charcoal.”
Tumuhairwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda and is a widow since 2000. She was left with nine children; all are now married and self-employed but unable to help out financially for her surgery. Since six months ago, Tumuhairwe has had a supraumbilical hernia on the anterior rectus abdominus. The hernia causes her pain and discomfort and she is not able to work on her farm as she used to. Fortunately, on August 11th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Tumuhairwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Tumuhairwe shared: “I have pain and discomfort. If I can be treated, I will be grateful and resume cultivation since it’s where I earn my living.”
Soursdey is an 18-year-old student from Cambodia. She has one brother and three sisters. Soursdey's parents are farmers who grow rice and raise chickens. Her three older siblings are married, and her younger sister is a 10th grade student. Two years ago, Soursdey developed exostosis, or a benign growth of bone on top of existing bone, on her right femur. The mass has grown over time, and it has become more physically noticeable. It causes Soursdey to feel pain whenever she stands or walks. Soursdey traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 21st, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the growth. Now, Soursdey's family needs help to raise $231 to fund her procedure. Soursdey shared, "I really hope this surgery can fix this problem so I can walk and move without pain."
Iv is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons and seven grandchildren. Her husband passed away three years ago, so she is living with her second son, who is also a farmer. She used to help him with the farm work, but since her vision has deteriorated, her ability to work is limited. In her free time she cooks and listens to the radio. Four years ago, Iv developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Iv learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 9th, doctors will perform a 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. Iv shared, "I want to see well so I can be more independent and travel by myself."
Ree is a 44-year-old man who lives with his wife, two sons, and his daughter in Mae Ra Ma Laung Refugee Camp in Thailand. Ree and his family used to live in a village in Hpa-pun Township in Karen State, Burma. However, due to conflict between armed groups in his area, they fled to the refugee camp in 2006. Every month Ree’s family receives 1,244 baht (approx. 42 USD) from The Border Consortium (TBC), an organization that provides support to refugees in camps. He also works as a caregiver for the elderly in the camp, for the organization Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees. He earns 1,100 baht (approx. 37 USD) each month for this. All of his children go to school in the camp while his wife works as a cook at one of the schools. On March 14, 2020, Ree slipped and fell on his right forearm while he was carrying a heavy load. When he got up, he was not able to move his right hand and he thought he had broken his forearm. Ree did not seek help at the camp’s medical centre and instead wrapped traditional herbal medicine onto his right forearm. As time passed, Ree could still not use his right arm and the pain in his arm did not go away. Eventually, on May 10th, he went to the camp’s hospital, run by Malteser International Thailand (MI). At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a fractured right forearm that had not healed properly. He was referred to the local Mae Sariang Hospital and received an x-ray on May 12th. The result indicated that he had fractured one of the two bones in his forearm. The doctor at the hospital then referred Ree to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) for further management and treatment. The following day, MI staff brought Ree to CMH. Once he met with the doctor, the doctor told him that he will need to receive surgery for his arm to heal properly. Currently, Ree is still in pain and his right arm is sore and not in use. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ree will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 21st and will cost $1,500. His arm will no longer be in pain and he hopes he will be able to go back to his old job helping the elderly in the refugee camp. While smiling he said, “I have been struggling to do tasks for the past month without using my right hand which is hard as I am right handed. I cannot wait to use my right arm again!”
Saratt is a 29-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for eight years and they have two children, one son and one daughter. His daughter just started first grade and his wife is a factory worker. Saratt likes to take his family to eat at a restaurant a least once a week. In December 2018, Saratt was in a motor accident in which he suffered a fractured left ankle. His wife took him to a local public hospital where they fixed an external device and performed a skin graft. However, after returning home, his ankle became infected. He experiences pain, swelling, and pus discharge that makes it difficult to walk. When Saratt learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to get rid of the infection and correct the fracture with a fixation device. Now, Saratt needs help to fund this $273 procedure. Saratt shared, "My ankle has had pain for so long now, I just hope that I can walk normally and enjoy playing with my children again."
Leang is a 77-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and ten grandchildren. She has lived alone since her husband was killed by gun violence twenty years ago. Her children often visit her to help her take care of her home. In her free time she like to listening to monks praying on the radio. Ten years ago, Leang developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation and lens clouding. These symptoms have worsened in the past five months. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside independently. When Leang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, doctors will perform a 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. Leang told us, "I hope I can be more independent after this surgery. My family is always worried about me and helping me a lot, but if I can see better I can take better care of myself."
Yoeun is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Yoeun has one son, three daughters, and five grandchildren. She has been living with one of her daughters since her husband passed away. Yoeun spends most of her time looking after her grandchildren while their parents are at work. She also likes to visit the local pagodas. One year ago, Yoeun developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, tearing, and a burning sensation in her eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Yoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for many hours to the hospital seeking treatment. Yoeun needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 12th. Yoeun said, "I hope that after surgery I will finally be able to see things clearly, and that my eye irritation will go away once and for all. I can't wait to play with my grandchildren, and I even want to help out again with farming."
Yan is a 79-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children, five grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. One year ago, Yan developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 07, doctors will perform a 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 $211 procedure. Yan said, "I hope that I will be able to see clearly so I can return to the pagoda and be able to recognize my relatives's faces."