Ruqayyah joined Watsi on November 30th, 2016. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ruqayyah's most recent donation traveled 2,200 miles to support Samson, a boy from Tanzania, to fund burn repair surgery.
Ruqayyah has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 7 countries.
Ruqayyah has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 7 countries.
Samson is a student from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four. Samson sustained burns from touching an electrical wire when he was younger. He has very little functional mobility due to extensive contractures. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Samson receive treatment. On November 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use two of his fingers. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure.
Ya is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has an older brother and an older sister. She likes to watch TV, cook, and spend time at home. One year ago, Ya had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Ya experiences itchiness and hearing loss. She cannot hear well. Ya traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 1, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her 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. She says, "I hope I will have good hearing and my ear will heal soon."
Ler Moo is a 32-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Mae La Refugee Camp, Tak Province. In his free time, Ler Moo likes spending time with his family. Ler Moo experiences abdominal pain, and his condition has not improved with medication. He was diagnosed with gallstones, and his doctor informed him that he requires surgery. Ler Moo has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Ler Moo's symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Ler Moo is scheduled to undergo his cholecystectomy on October 4. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Ler Moo's procedure and care. “After surgery, if I feel better, I will try support my family as much as I can. I will apply for a suitable job in the camp so I can have an income to support my family,” says Ler Moo.
Pov is a second grade student from Cambodia. He has four brothers and one sister. He likes to read and play with friends. He enjoys drinking soy milk. Ten years ago, he received a series of poorly administered injections, causing a flexion contracture of his left knee. He is unable to bend his knee and walk easily. When Pov learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On September 6, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his left leg to help him walk easily. Now, Pov needs help to fund this $413 procedure. His mother says, "I hope after the operation, my son can walk normally and won't have any more difficulty."
Baraka is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of five children. Baraka's parents are both subsistence farmers growing maize, beans, and cassavas. Baraka has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Baraka traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Baraka's clubfoot repair. When he grows up, he will be able to walk easily. Baraka’s mother says, “We were told that you help children with conditions like my son’s. Please help our son.”
Meet Paul, a father of two children from Kenya. He used to work as a maintenance officer on a flower farm. His wife works as a laborer. In February, Paul began losing his vision. He underwent an MRI in April and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It has been recommended that Paul undergo a craniotomy to remove the tumor. If he is not treated, he will be at risk of permanent blindness. Fortunately, Paul's surgery is scheduled for July 9. Now, he needs help raising $1,495 to fund treatment. Paul says, “My wish is to have the tumor resected and be able to regain my sight."
Naserian is a beautiful baby girl from Tanzania. She has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Naserian has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Naserian will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Naserian that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 28 and will drain the excess fluid from Naserian's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Naserian will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Naserian’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get this treatment as I want her to be a normal child.”
Rebecca is a baker and a singer mother of one child. She has two siblings. Rebecca was a healthy woman until three years ago, when she developed chronic ulcer secondary peripheral vascular disease on her right leg. She underwent an amputation, lost her job, and was left struggling to provide for her teenage son and to feed her family. Rebecca eventually managed to start a small bakery business at home. Unfortunately, she recently developed the same condition on her left leg. She can no longer work and needs treatment. Rebecca is scheduled to undergo a left leg amputation on May 15. Now, she needs help raising $1,035 to fund this procedure. Rebecca says, “Thank you for helping me getting this treatment, it has been a difficult life changing journey for me and my son. At some point we had lost hope, but God has made a way through everyone contributing, praying for me and assisting me in one way or the other. I am so grateful.”
Thue is a 40-year-old famer from Burma. Thue lives her husband, three sons, and one daughter. She and her husband work on their farm along with their eldest son. They also raise chicken and pigs, which they sometimes sell if the crops were not good. Two months ago, Thue started experiencing abdominal pain, and she could not sleep and eat well. She lost consciousness several times because of the pain. She visited to the hospital, and the doctor diagnosed her with a gallstone. Thue has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Thue's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Thue is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on April 18. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Thue's procedure and care. Thue says, “After I recover, I want to look after my children again and take care of my household."
George is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have eight grown children who help on the family farm. To supplement the family income, George raises goats. In his free time, he likes to worship with his family at his local church. Since January 2018, George 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 George's surgery. On March 13, 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. George and his family were very relived to hear that his surgery would be funded. He is looking forward to no longer dealing with the pain associated with his condition. He says, "Thank you for this support."
Nakry is a mechanic from Cambodia. He has a daughter and enjoys working on his farm. When he was two years old, Nakry had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Nakry experiences right ear discharge, hearing loss, and recurrent infection. It is difficult to hear and he has recurrent infections, which are uncomfortable. Nakry traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 13, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope I can hear better than before."
Sam Chai is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two daughters and enjoys gardening outside his house. Two years ago, he fell off his motorbike and has been noticing hip pain ever since. He cannot work or walk long distances, and it's difficult to look after his family. Fortunately, Sam Chai learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sam Chai of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 12, and Sam Chai needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I hope I can get back to work like before."