Norman Yee

Norman's Story

Norman joined Watsi on September 4th, 2015. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Norman's most recent donation supported Chanmean, a boy from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.


Norman has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Norman


Robert is an 8-year-old boy from Kenya. He is very bright and adores his grandparents who are his guardians. During his pre-operative interview, he pulled a chair out for his aged grandmother and pointed at it, asking her to sit. Eight years ago, Robert was born and later abandoned at the age of six-months by his mother when she noticed that he could neither hear or talk. He is now under the care of his grandparents and has grown very fond of them. Fortunately, Robert got sponsorship from the local government and is enrolled in a special school and doing very well. In early August, his grandmother noticed that his right testis was missing from the scrotal sac while giving him a bath. After consulting with a neighbor, they found that out of the ordinary. A scan recommended from the nearest local hospital confirmed that Robert has a right undescended testis and would require specialized treatment. If not treated, Robert may develop hernia or testicular cancer. His grandmother, the sole breadwinner, is a subsistence farmer and ails from high blood sugar while his is grandfather is bed-ridden after having a stroke. Robert’s grandmother wishes the best for her grandchild and hopes he will excel in life when she is gone. For $535, Robert will undergo an orchidopexy surgery at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. This surgery will greatly reduce his risk of growing up with any complications. “I am hoping that someday all will be well, especially for my grandson. I really pray that God touches someone who can come through to fund Robert’s surgical care,” says Robert’s grandmother.

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Meet Louise, a 75-year-old grandmother from Kenya! When she was younger, Louise worked very hard to save enough money to purchase a small plot of farmland. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), Louise now uses this land “to plant potatoes for her own consumption and sell any surplus at the local market.” However, due to breast cancer, Louise is no longer able to farm as much as she would like to. After discovering a growing lump in her right breast, Louise visited AMHF’s clinic and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women, although the exact causes of the disease are not known. This cancer—which usually originates in the innermost part of the breast (where milk is produced)—may present itself in the form of a lump, a rash, redness or other unusual changes in the breast area. In addition to her cancer, Louise is also experiencing shoulder pain that “makes it difficult for Louise to work on the farm,” AMHF states. “Luckily, tests have shown that the cancer has not progressed aggressively over the last few years,” AMHF reports. “If treated soon, there is a very high chance that all of the cancer can be removed and Louise will not be at risk of the cancer spreading to her other organs.” With $740, Louise will receive a mastectomy to remove her right breast. As Louise has locally advanced breast cancer, this is an effective treatment to remove the cancerous tissue and prevent the problem from returning. Included as part of her treatment, Louise will receive six days of intensive hospital care to ease her into a safe recovery. Following her treatment and recovery, “We expect that Louise will be able to work on her farm again,” states AMHF. Indeed, after regaining her strength, Louise fully plans to return to farming her land once again. She shares, “I like being able to take care of myself. However, with this increasing shoulder pain, I can no longer work on my farm.”

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Meet Ofni, a three-year-old boy from Guatemala. “He is a generally happy child, often smiling and laughing when interacting with others,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). Ofni lives with a foster family in Central Guatemala. “He enjoys interacting with the other children who live at the group home.” Ofni suffers from cerebral palsy and malnutrition. “He is extremely developmentally delayed, and at three years and eight months he is just starting to attempt to walk with assistance. He cannot talk, and often struggles to communicate with his caretakers. The state removed him from his family when he was small because his parents were not caring for him adequately. The combination of malnutrition and cerebral palsy has taken a toll on his brain development, and without intervention he will fail to thrive both physically and mentally,” WK reports. For $1,385, we can fund a complex treatment for Ofni. The treatment will include “speech and physical therapy to increase Ofni’s ability to move and communicate,” along with medications and micronutrient supplementation to restore Ofni’s health. “This will allow him to be more independent as he grows up, and perhaps even secure a job and create a livelihood,” WK explains. The funding will also cover transportation to and from the treatment center. Let’s help Ofni get back on track and live a normal childhood! “We believe with our support this child will have what he needs to grow and succeed,” WK shares.

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