Ellen joined Watsi on September 21st, 2016. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ellen's most recent donation supported Sam Oeun, a bus driver from Cambodia, to fund a pterygium eye surgery.
Ellen has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 5 countries.
Ellen has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 5 countries.
Sam Oeun is a 41-year-old bus driver. He is married and has one son and two daughters. His wife is a food seller. At home, Sam Oeun enjoys watching boxing on TV. Two years ago, Sam Oeun developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him burning, itchiness, and discomfort with his appearance. 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. When Sam Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there hoping for treatment. Sam Oeun needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal growth and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 16th. Sam Oeun shared, "I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable so I can go back to work and not worry about my eye anymore."
Soy is a 67-year-old woman who has three sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. She has lived alone since her husband passed away 15 years ago. All of her children are garment workers in and around the capital city of Phnom Penh. Soy spends most of her time cooking, visiting with friends, and attending religious ceremonies. Five years ago, Soy developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and light sensitivity. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On July 19th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and a lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Soy shares, "I hope after surgery I can be more independent and go anywhere I like by myself."
Sak is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter and one grandchild. She likes to watch the news on TV and listen to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Sak developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, and a clouded lens. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 17, 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. She says, "I hope I can return to work and lead an independent life."
Roeun is an 80-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married and has two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks pray at the pagoda. About two years ago, Roeun developed a cataract in each eye, which caused her to experience blurred vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do work, or go anywhere outside by herself. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant for each of Roeun's eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 4 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Roeun's vision to its former state and allow her to live more comfortably.
Oeu is a 65-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. She likes to read the Bible and do housework. Oeu developed a cataract in each eye about one year ago, resulting in blurred vision, itchy eyes, cloudy lenses, and photophobia, or extreme sensitivity to light. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any type of work, or go anywhere on her own. On January 23, at the Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, Oeu will undergo a phacoemulsification procedure, through which her cataracts will be broken up with ultrasound and removed. She will also have a new intraocular lens implanted in each eye. After this treatment, Oeu will be able to see clearly again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $292 for Oeu's treatment, which will pay for her surgery, medications, and four nights in the hospital. Oeu says, "I hope to be able to see more clearly so that I can help my family do some work, like cook, clean, and take care of my grandchildren. I also want to read easily and go to the pagoda or anywhere else by myself."
Sotom is a 71-year-old woman. She has seven sons, two daughters, and twelve grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and visit the pagoda. One year ago, Sotom developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, eye discharge, and cloudy lenses. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, and go anywhere on her own. Sotom knew about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), because her neighbor had surgery there before. She traveled for three hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. After a small-incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant in each eye, Sotom will be able to see clearly again. Sotom will undergo treatment on February 2, and CSC is requesting $292 to fund this surgery. Sotom says, "I hope my eyes can see more clearly than now, so that I can recognize faces and easily eat, go to the bathroom and go to the pagoda or anywhere else without needing another person to help me."
Cedrick is a four-year-old boy living in the Philippines with his parents and four siblings. Cedrick loves to sing and dance with other children from his school, and his favorite sport is basketball. Cedrick's father is a rickshaw driver. His family lives in a small a house made of bamboo, and they share a water well with their neighbors. Cedrick has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition by our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. Fortunately, Cedrick began $268 malnutrition treatment on October 19, 2016. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening. Now, Cedrick's family needs help to fund this treatment. "I hope that Cedrick will recover from malnutrition, and that he'll become energetic," shares Cedrick's mother. "I also pray that my son will grow up healthy and strong."
Evan is a bright, sharp and collected young man. He is the last-born in a family of two children and lives with his mother, grandmother and elder sister in Central Kenya. Two months ago, Evan began complaining of lower abdominal pain after a meal and when passing urine. His mother bought over the counter painkillers at a local chemist but that did not help the situation. Due to its persistence, she sought help at the nearest hospital only to learn that Evan’s left testis had not descended. A surgery is required to descend the testis and save Evan from effects such as infertility, testicular cancer and/or hernia. The surgery comes at a cost his mother cannot meet. Evan’s mother does casual tasks, such as farming to fend for her family, while his grandmother stays at home. Evan’s father left them, and therefore his mother is not able to fund his surgery. Evan's mother shares: "I work hard to give my children the best I can. I was confident that the surgery would not cost me much and the little savings I had. I hope someone can contribute towards Evan’s surgical care."
Rich is a 61-year-old woman from Cambodia with seven brothers and two sisters. Rich works as a rice farmer, and she enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Rich traveled three hours with her brother to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Rich developed a cataract in each eye. This clouding and deteriorating of the eye lens causes blurred vision and makes it hard for her to do her work. With $292, Rich can receive a phacoemulsifaction procedure, in which an ultrasonic device is used to break up and then remove the cloudy lens. Followed by an intraocular lens implant in each eye, Rich will be able to see clearly again. Let's help Rich get back to her daily life as usual.
Zakeyu is a 74-year-old farmer from a village in Malawi's Central Region. He has six children and nine grandchildren, and supports his family through farming and various household tasks. In his free time, Zakeyu enjoys chatting with his wife. Three months ago, Zakeyu started experiencing pain as a result of an enlarged prostate. Since he began experiencing symptoms, Zakeyu has been unable to work. This condition is benign and easily treated through surgery, and luckily he is now able to access such treatment. $726 will fund the prostate resection surgery Zakeyu needs to get healthy. After his operation, Zakeyu is looking forward to returning home to his farm and family.
Bona is a ten-year-old boy in grade four from Cambodia, who enjoys reading books, playing games, and watching television. When Bona was only six months old, his left foot and lower leg were burned in a mosquito net fire. His left foot remains deformed due to the fire, and his toes were amputated as a result. Now, his leg still has burn contractures, and it is difficult for him to bend his leg. These often result from second or third degree burns and long term scarring. Bona traveled six hours with his mother to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment. Surgeons will release the contracted skin and utilize skin grafts or flaps to help him heal - a treatment that will cost $194. After physiotherapy, Bona will easily be able to move around with no issues. "I hope I can walk well and not be in pain after this operation," shares Bona.
Oudong is a 13-year-old boy from Cambodia, who is currently in 9th grade. He has two sisters and enjoys watching TV, reading books, and researching his school lessons. He traveled four hours with his mom to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), after learning about the Centre from his uncle who had surgery in there in the past. Oudong dislocated his elbow when he fell from a tree at the end of June 2016. He is in pain and can't bend or use his left arm. The only treatment he has received for his injuries is Khmer traditional medicine at home. For $392, surgeons at CSC will surgically stabilize the joint using pins in his left elbow. After surgery, he will be able to use his arm again without pain.