Sonja joined Watsi on November 20th, 2016. Five years ago, Sonja joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Sonja's most recent donation supported Ormnai, a teenager from Tanzania, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Sonja has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 9 countries.
Sonja has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 9 countries.
Ormnai is a young student from Tanzania. He was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he cannot for long distances without pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Ormnai. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 4. Treatment will hopefully restore Ormnai's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Ormnai’s father says, “My son’s legs are worsening am afraid he won’t be able to walk if not treated please help my son am unable to afford the cost.”
Israel is a young boy from Kenya. He was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Israel is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 3. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I feel relieved that there is a possibility of getting help. I really am grateful to God,” says Israel’s mother.
Nafthali is a laborer from Kenya. He has four sons. Nafthali was injured in early April. He sustained fractures in both legs, and he is not able to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 18, Nafthali will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. He says, "I am humbly requesting for assistance to cover my surgeries so that I can be able to provide for my children.”
Mu is 43-year-old farmer from Burma. She lives with her husband and five children. In her free time she likes to forage for vegetables in the forest with her friends. She has a gallstone and has burning pain in her lower right abdomen. She also suffers from back pain and sometimes she is not able to sleep or eat well due to the pain. Mu has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Mu'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), Mu is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on March 21. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mu's procedure and care. She says, "I hope that I can get well again so that I can help my husband and my son on our farm."
Saw Shine is a 23-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his parents in Htee Thae Lay Village, Hpa-pun Township, Karen State. His parents work as farmers, planting beans, tobacco and vegetables on their small farm. In his free time, he loves to play football or help his parents on the farm. On April 27, 2018, a branch fell on Saw Shine’s right leg and broke it. At present, Saw Shine cannot walk without crutches. He feels a lot of pain when he tries to walk. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Shine will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 20 and will cost $1,500. He will be able to walk properly and also able to study again. Saw Shine says, “I want to serve my community. I am especially interested in management of education systems.”
Htun Linn is a one-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and siblings in Mae La Maung Village, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. When Htun Linn was nine months old, his mother noticed that he has an inguinal hernia. Sometimes, Htun Linn feels pain and can't sleep well. Fortunately, on December 20, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Htun Linn's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 20 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, “I feel sad and depressed that we do not have money to treat our son. I sometimes cannot even sleep when I think about Htun Linn and I am worried for him. I hope he will recover with the help of this treatment.”
Ephantus is a father of two children from Kenya. In September 2016, he was in a bad road accident. He has already undergone three surgeries to treat his injuries. However, he still has an unhealed fracture on his left tibia. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 15, Ephantus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Ephantus says, “My prayer is to be able to walk with ease and help my wife raise our family."
Nikolaus is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Nikolaus’s parents are farmers. Nikolaus has clubfoot of both his feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Nikolaus traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Nikolaus's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk again and without pain and discomfort. Nikolaus’s mother says, "It hurts us to see him this way but there was nothing we could do due to money problems. We will always be grateful for your help.”
Mary is a woman from Kenya. She is a mother of four and used to work as a farmer. Due to recent health problems, she has had to stop working, so her husband is the only one providing for the family. For three years, Mary has been experiencing leg and spinal pain. Painkillers have not worked, and she has difficulty walking. She visited our medical partner's care center, where she underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy, a compression of the spinal cord. She needs to undergo a spinal fusion surgery, scheduled for July 23. Now, Mary's family needs help funding this $1,500 procedure. Mary says, “My wish is to be able to walk upright again and with no pain. I want to be there for my family."
Meng Neang is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. She has three sisters and three brothers. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Her favorite subject in school is science. When she was three, Meng Neang 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, Meng Neang experiences ear discharge, recurrent infection, and hearing loss. It is difficult for her to hear at school, and she is often uncomfortable from the ear discharge. Meng Neang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 19, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left 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. She says, "I am looking forward to having my hearing improved and hanging out with my friends."
Joseph is a student from Tanzania. He is the fourth born in a family of eight kids. Joseph’s father passed when Joseph was ten years old. He now lives with his uncle, a domestic poultry farmer. Joseph was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is not able to walk, especially for long distances. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Joseph. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 15. Treatment will hopefully restore Joseph's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Joseph says, “Please help me get better, I want to continue with school. I started saving money from the different jobs I do so I can go back to school but used it up on medication. When I get better I will work so hard and save to go back to school.”
Myint is a 29-year-old who lives with his parents and older sister in Burma. He moves around different villages with the Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT). In early 2015, he began to feel pain in his back and noticed that his urine was cloudy. Once or twice a month, he would feel numbness and hotness in his lower abdomen. He visited a doctor and received an X-ray test and a ultrasound test. He was diagnosed with a kidney stone. The doctor gave him oral medication, which made him feel temporarily better. In July 2017, Myint's symptoms returned, and he visited our medical partner's care center. He underwent different tests, which showed that there were stones between his urethra and kidney. Now, he is scheduled to undergo a procedure called shockwave lithotripsy to treat the stones on January 17. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. He says, “If BCMF can find the donor for me to support my surgery, I will have no worries about the treatment cost. I feel less stressed and much happier now. My family will also not be worried or stressed.”