Richard joined Watsi on December 22nd, 2015. 47 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Richard's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sokhun, a food seller from Cambodia, to fund a sight-restoring eye surgery.
Richard has funded healthcare for 130 patients in 8 countries.
Richard has funded healthcare for 130 patients in 8 countries.
Sokhun is a 50-year-old food seller who is married and has one son and one daughter. Sokhun lives with his wife, who also works as a food seller at a school. In his free time, Sokhun enjoys spending time with his children, watching news on his smartphone, and listening to the radio. Two years ago, Sokhun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, irritation, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sokhun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On April 5th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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. Sokhun shared, "I hope my eye can see well after surgery so I can go outside and help my wife sell food to support ourselves."
Nyirarugero is a 61-year-old woman from Uganda. She is a married mother of ten children, but shared with us that seven have since passed away. She is a small scale farmer along with her husband and during her free time, she enjoys tending to her family. Almost 30 years ago, Nyirarugero began experiencing troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling and breathing problems. She has missed several surgical appointment due to financial constraints. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $293 to fund Nyirarugero's treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 6th at AMH's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Nyirarugero shared, “I had lost hope of being treated. However, I seek treatment so that I may get back to farming and be able to take good care of my family again.”
Pheap is a 25-year old farmer with one brother and two sisters. All of his siblings are married. Pheap's father passed away years ago and he now lives with his mother who is a farmer. When he is not farming, Pheap enjoys playing football and listening to music. While driving a truck, Pheap was in an accident that caused an open wound on his left foot. He went to a clinic where the wound was cleaned and dressed, but within a few days the wound became infected. By the time he came to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), the toe was swollen and he had lost sensation in his left big toe. The toe must be amputated to avoid the spread of gangrene. On April 6th, surgeons from CSC will amputate the toe to protect his foot from further infection and preserve his mobility. Now, Pheap needs help to fund this $446 procedure. Pheap shared, "I hope my foot will heal well so I can return to work again."
Turyagyenda is a 62-year-old man from Western Uganda and a married father of seven children. He and his wife are both small scale farmers and shared that while they work hard, their banana plantation does not yield sufficient income for their family. For the past year, Turyagyenda has been experiencing severe abdominal pain on his right side. The pain increases when he attempts to do strenuous work or sleeps on his right side. He is also experiencing weight loss and poor appetite. When he was reviewed at our medical partner's care center, he was diagnosed with an appendicular mass. A curative laparotomy was recommended and is scheduled to take place on April 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $242 to fund Turyagyenda's procedure. If not treated, Turyagyenda is at risk of further pain and appendicitis complications. Turyagyenda shared, “I hope to get cured of this condition and get a better life. I want to be able to keep up with my farming.”
Vannak is a 19-year-old college student studying law. He lives at home with his parents, who are famers, and helps them with their work in his free time. He has two younger siblings in high school as well. In his free time he likes to play soccer and cook for his family. Three months ago, Vannak developed an obstruction in his nasal passage due to a deviated septum inflamed by allergies. He has had had chronic nasal congestion for a long time, but lately he has had difficulty breathing and has felt lightheaded. He has had a difficult time focusing on school work, and is worried this condition is holding him back. Doctors at Children's Surgical Centre now plan to perform a nose reduction procedure in order to clear the obstruction and open up his nasal passage. He will be able to breath easily and will no longer experience any dizziness. He will also have an easier time dealing with allergies in the future. Vannak needs your help raising $289 to fund the cost of his surgery. Vannak shared, "I am excited to feel good when I am breathing. It has been so long since I could breath easily through my nose so I am so thankful for this procedure."
Everheart is a primary school student from central Kenya. His hearing has always been low since he was young. His family thought it was his tonsils that had problems and, after he received a tonsillectomy when he was 4 years old, they thought he would recover. Unfortunately, he did not improve as expected. The family has been going from one hospital to another seeking assistance before a friend recommended they visit Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital. When he came to Kijabe, Everheart had an ABR test done, and hearing aids were recommended. He struggles to hear in class but hopes that hearing aids will improve his hearing and learning. Everheart is the youngest child in his family. He had two siblings, but unfortunately, he lost his eldest brother. He lives with his sister’s family since he lost his mother and his father has neglected them. His sister is a general worker in a tea plantation with limited income to meet the cost of treatment as well as their family's basic needs. Everheart’s sister says, “Please help my brother with the aids. I am confident that they will assist him greatly.”
Sara is a 27-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. Sara and his wife were married five years ago and they have one two-year-old son. Sara and his wife are both construction workers. He enjoys taking care of his son, doing housework, and listening to the radio. Earlier this month, Sara was shocked by electricity when working on the rooftop of a house. It caused electricity burns on both of his hands. He first went to a provincial government hospital for treatment but left when the only option they presented to him was to amputate both hands. He is now unable to use his hands. When Sara learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 29th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to to help him preserve and heal both hands. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Sara said, "I hope I can regain the use of my hands as soon as possible. My wife and I are worried so much about the loss of my hands because I will not be able to support my family without them."
Rombadi is a 34-year-old man from Uganda. He came to Nyakibale Hospital with inguinal area swelling that has been persistent for over five years. He feels pain and discomfort whenever he walks for a long distance, or does anything strenuous. This has strained his daily work as a bodaboda operator in western Uganda. Rombadi had never been to the hospital before due to financial constraints. Fortunately, he was referred to our partner facility where he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. He requires herniorrhaphy to improve his lifestyle and productivity, and reduce the chances of further complications such as strangulation and intestinal obstruction. Rombadi's work provides him and his family with limited income, making life's requirement hard to meet. His wife works on the farm to provide additional income for their family. He is a father of three and sometimes works on the farm as well especially when business is down. Rombadi is not able to meet the cost of surgery and he appeals for critical support. Fortunately, on May 5th, he will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Rombadi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Rombadi says: “I hope that if all goes on well with my surgery, I will be able to continue with working to provide more to my family.”
Owoyesiga is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother to five children who are all in school, both in primary and secondary levels. She earns a living through small-scale farming were she mostly grows food crops like beans, maize, cassava, and potatoes for home consumption and at times sells off the supplies to earn an income. When Owoyesiga is in need of an urgent income like when her children are sent home for lacking school fees and when her family is in need of essential needs like paraffin, soap, and salt, she works as a casual laborer in other people’s farms to get money more quickly. She operates their small farm together with her husband. Almost five years ago, Owoyesiga began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing and pain when swallowing. She was diagnosed with an abnormal enlargement of her thyroid gland and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Owoyesiga receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 14th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $264, and she and her family need help raising money. Owoyesiga says, “I hope that once I undergo surgery, I will be healed from my condition. I will live a healthy life and continue with cultivation to support my family.”
Tone is a 22-year-old agricultural day laborer in Thailand. He lives with his friend on his employer's land and he earns 150 baht (approx. 5 USD) per day from his work. He also supports his parents and four younger siblings who live in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. In his free time Tone likes to watch cartoons and comedy soap operas on his phone. On the evening of 15 April 2020, Tone and his friend were preparing to go hunting after work. After he loaded his pellet gun, Tone placed it upright on the ground, propped against the wall of his hut. Since the hut’s wall is not stable, the gun fell down and went off, shooting Tone's left shin in the process. When Tone received an x-ray at the hospital, he learned that the pellet had fractured both bones in his lower left leg. Since his accident, Tone has been unable to work and support his family. He suffers from pain around the site of his injury, especially when that area is touched or pressure is applied to his leg. His lower left leg has not healed properly and he needs to use crutches to get around. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Tone will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 22nd and will cost $1,500. This treatment will allow Tone to regain mobility in his left leg. He will also no longer suffer from pain and he will be able to eventually return to work and continue to support his family. Tone said, “When I was injured, there were travel restrictions [in Thailand] due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m lucky that the traditional healer said Mantras over me, otherwise my leg would be rotten and in need of amputation already.”
Khin is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and his friend in Mae Pa Village in the north of the country. Khin and his wife moved from Burma searching for better job opportunities. His wife works in a factory as a seamstress. Khin used to work as a day laborer but since his accident he has not been able to work. His friend works as an agricultural day laborer but he does not share his income with Khin and his wife. In his free time, Khin loved to play caneball with his friends and listen to music. Khin currently has a colostomy and shared that he does not like having one. He feels embarrassed and he avoids his friends. He worries what his friends will think so he always stays at home since he received the colostomy. Aside from his symptoms, he feels sad that he cannot work and that he has to depend on his wife’s income. Furthermore, because of the COVID-19, the factory his wife works at has reduced their hours of operation. Khin underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon was brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for reversal. In Khin's case, his colostomy requires reversal in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of a reverse colostomy for Khin. The surgery is scheduled to take place on August 10th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Khin said, “I feel sad that I cannot work and have to depend on my wife’s income. When I was admitted at the hospital my wife had to accompany me which also reduced the salary she received.”
Sarith is a 40-year-old gasoline seller from Cambodia. He lives with his family in Kampongcham province. He has one son and one daughter who are both in elementary school. He likes to take his kids to school in the morning and in his free time he enjoys listening to music. Twelve years ago, Sarith developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him severe irritation, tearing and redness. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sarith learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. Sarith 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 his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for August 3rd. Sarith's wife shared, "I have always been worried that my husband would have this eye problem forever, and that his sight would not get better. I am so glad we have the opportunity to come to Children's Surgical Centre."