Stony joined Watsi on October 15th, 2014. 20 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stony's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Linn Thu, a teenager from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
Stony has funded healthcare for 143 patients in 14 countries.
Linn Thu is a 18-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his grandparents, parents, and two younger brothers. In his free time, Linn Thu likes to visit his friends and listen to music. Linn Thu 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, Linn Thu feels tired and experiences chest pain. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Linn Thu. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I would like to get a good job to earn a living after I recover,” says Linn Thu.
Karen is a student from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of three children. For five years, Karen has been experiencing frequent fevers and illness. This has caused her to often miss school and is affecting her academic performance. Karen was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Karen, which is scheduled to take place on February 8. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Karen of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Karen’s mother says, “Supporting my three children by myself has not been easy. Please help my daughter get the needed surgery I have no means of raising up the money needed to cover the cost.”
Kyamanywa is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of ten children. For three years, Kyamanywa has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage or death. Fortunately, on February 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 Kyamanywa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, “After surgery I will resume working in my gardens.”
Clara is a preschooler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and younger sister in a rural area not far from the capital. She likes attending preschool and playing with her friends and neighbors. Clara has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart; blood leaks through this hole, leaving her weak and short of breath. On February 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will stitch the hole closed so that blood no longer leaks through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Clara's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. Her mother says, "Our family has been praying for this surgery since we learned our daughter was sick, and we are very happy the day has arrived!"
Saphiya is a 58-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has five children, five grandchildren, and enjoys going to the pagoda and listening to the monks on the radio. One year ago, Saphiya developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saphiya learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for a half an hour seeking treatment. On February 11, doctors will perform phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that I will be able to see better after my surgery and can easily go outside without any problems."
Kosal is a boy from Cambodia. He has two other siblings and loves to play outside with friends. He wants to be a teacher when he grows up. For the past five months, he has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breathe and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve his quality of life. He will be able to sleep again and focus better. Kosal is scheduled to undergo tonsil surgery on February 6. His family needs help raising $221 to fund the procedure. His mother says, "I hope that after the surgery, I don't have to worry about my son and that he will feel better."
Agnes is a student from Tanzania. She is the third child in a family of four children. She lives with her grandparents. Agnes was diagnosed with genu varus, which causes her pain when walking. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has had to stop going to school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Agnes. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 14. Treatment will hopefully restore Agnes's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Agnes says, “Please help me, my leg is making me not to be able to walk well due to the pain I feel.”
Jimu is a father to six and grandfather from Malawi. Jimu enjoys reading his Bible and chatting with his neighbors and friends. Since December 2018, Jimu 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 Jimu's surgery. On February 5, 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. Jimu and his family are looking forward to his recovery so he can farm again. He says, "I am very thankful for this program and I hope that this program continues so you are able to help others too."
Akankwasa is a farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of seven children. For four years, Akankwasa has had an epigastric hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result to intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on January 16, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Akankwasa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. She says, "After surgery I will have peace of mind and resume working in my fields."
Megan is a baby from Kenya. Her mother named her after Meghan Markle. Megan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Megan will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Megan that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 28 and will drain the excess fluid from Megan's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Megan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.
Sokha is a government worker from Cambodia. She has five younger sisters. She likes to cook for her family in her free time. Five months ago, Sokha fell off a ladder and fractured her forearm. It is difficult for her to use her arm and she is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 6, Sokha will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help her use her arm freely again. She says, "After the operation I hope I can use my arm easily."
Salha is a girl from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of three children. For the past two years, she has been having breathing problems, especially at night. Salha was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Salha, which is scheduled to take place on November 2. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Salha of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably.