Nicola joined Watsi on May 23rd, 2018. 35 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nicola's most recent donation supported Meach, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Nicola has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 5 countries.
Nicola has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 5 countries.
Meach is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is from Kampong Cham province and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in his free time. One year ago, Meach developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Meach learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 12, 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 that I am able to see more clearly and can return to the pagoda and join the ceremony."
Pang is a 69-year-old military officer from Cambodia. He has nine children, five grandchildren, and enjoys reading Buddhist scripture in his spare time. Pang has strabismus in right. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see straight and he is unable to do anything on his own. Pang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 1, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Pang needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to take care of my family and grandchildren and help with the housework."
Vichhai is a 31-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time he likes to go on walks with his family, watch television, feed the animals, and help his family with the work around the house. In March 2019, Vichhai suffered injuries to his right ankle resulting from an accident at work. He is unable to walk without support and often experiences pain. When Vichhai learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for over ten hours seeking treatment. On July 10, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse his right ankle and will help him walk again without difficulty. Now, Vichhai needs help to fund this $480 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will have no pain and can walk again and return to work."
Chantrea is a young man from Cambodia. Chantrea enjoys listening to music, watching television, cooking for his family, and going for walks with his friends. In February 2019, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident, suffering trauma to his right leg. He sought care at a private hospital in Phnom Penh where he was placed in a bamboo splint for two months. He was then able to regain movement in his leg, allowing him to walk normally. However, the bone did not heal properly and has since become deformed and shortened. Treatment will help realign the bones in Chantrea's leg, making sure they heal properly. Treatment will also elongate the tissue and return his leg to its appropriate length. Surgery is scheduled for July 3 and will cost $390.
Soy is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and four grandchildren, and she enjoys looking after her grandchildren, cooking for her family, and watching television in her free time. Seven years ago, Soy started experiencing hip pain on her left side. She cannot extend her leg normally, and also experiences pain in her neck as well. Fortunately, Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Soy of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 2, and Soy needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I hope that after my operation I will be able to walk normally and return to my work without any difficulty."
Keus is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to visit with his friends and other relatives. Three months ago, Keus developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Keus learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 11, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to participate in ceremonies at the pagoda, and also continue to visit with my family and friends."
Ne is a 40-year-old clothes launderer from Cambodia. He likes to play soccer and take his daughter to roam around the village in his free time. When he was just one year old, Ne had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Ne experiences discharge, itchiness, ear drainage, hearing loss, and tinnitus. He has a difficult time hearing others and has ear drainage that affects his daily activities. Ne traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 5, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will have my hearing back and I hope that the ear drainage stops."
Asaba is a baby from Uganda. He is the youngest of seven children. Since birth, Asaba has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on March 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Asaba's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His mother says, "After surgery my son will have peace and stop crying."
Folani is a father to 7 and grandfather to 4 from Malawi. Folani is a farmer who enjoys chatting with his friends. Since 2016, Folani has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Folani's surgery. On January 29, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Folani was very happy to hear he would have surgery and thankful he will be able to start working normally again. He says, "I am very thankful for this project."
Thi is a 36-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband's parents in Kar Si Bu Village, Phyu Township, Bago Division. They all work as farmers. Thi was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently she becomes easily tired when she completes small tasks. She has heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Thi. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 23 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “I want to receive the surgery. When I’ll feel better after surgery, I want to open a small grocery shop to increase my family’s income and pay back my family’s debt,” says Thi.
Michael is a day laborer from Kenya. He is the only child to his single mother. He works as a mechanic. On January 20, Michael was involved in a motorbike accident. He sustained a closed fracture of his left clavicle bone and bruises on his face. He is in pain and is not able to use his left hand easily. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 28, Michael will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I am still young and was hoping to have my own family soon. I kindly seek for help so that I can get back to my work and plan to have my own family,” says Michael.
Domingo is a retired carpenter originally from Mozambique who lives in Malawi. He tends to his farm with his friends from his village. With his wife, he has eight children and 15 grandchildren. Since March 2018, Domingo has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia has cause swelling and pain and prevents him from working fully. Fortunately, on January 17, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Domingo's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Domingo is very excited to be better and to go home and watch his crops grow so he can eat them. He says, “This program is wonderful...Thank you.”