Chris joined Watsi on December 8th, 2014. Seven years ago, Chris joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Chris' most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Catherine, a 32-year-old mother from Malawi, to fund treatment for cervical cancer.
Chris has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 9 countries.
Chris has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 9 countries.
Meet Catherine, a 32-year-old married mother and small business owner from a village in Malawi. When she is not working, Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She also enjoys reading the Bible. Catherine recently started experiencing unexpected bleeding and pelvic pain. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Catherine requires $643 to fund a hysterectomy to save her life. She will undergo this procedure on January 17. As she is young and healthy, surgeons expect Catherine to make a full recovery. Catherine thanks Watsi and prays "that the operation is a success and everything goes well."
Maung Chit is a 43-year-old father of a large family. He lives with his family in a village in Burma. He works very hard as a day laborer, and he is employed by several large farms. In April, Maung Chit was in an accident. He was transporting timber in a makeshift wagon when a portion of the load fell on top of him, breaking his right leg above the ankle. Maung Chit was immediately brought to a local traditional healer, who cleaned his wound with alcohol. A bamboo paste applied to the wound prevented any infection from developing. Unfortunately, after two months of care from the traditional healer, Maung Chit had not healed. He began to seek medical assistance elsewhere, eventually traveling four hours to visit our medical partner's clinic. When he arrived, there was a large bulge on his leg, and he was unable to walk. On December 20, he underwent an internal fixation procedure to repair his fracture. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "All I want to do is to get healed so I can return to work," says Maung Chit.
Saorith is ten years old and in the third grade. He has three older sisters and two older brothers. He likes to draw pictures and read books in his free time. When Saorith was four years old, he developed an ear infection that spread to both ears and caused a perforation of the tympanic membrane in both ears. He was treated with ear drops, but his symptoms did not improve. Since then, he experienced ear discharge, hearing loss, pain, and buzzing in his ears. He had difficulty hearing at school, and he was in pain. Saorith's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from an NGO in Phnom Penh that specializes in hearing disabilities. The family traveled for six hours to seek treatment. On December 13, ENT surgeons at CSC performed a mastoidectomy procedure in Saorith's right ear to relieve him of his symptoms. After recovery, Saorith's hearing will improve. Now, CSC is requesting $842 in funding. "I hope the operation stops the ear discharge and gives me good hearing," says Saorith. "I want to be a doctor."
13-month-old Chloe Nicole lives with her parents in the Philippines. Her father is a farmer. Chloe Nicole is thin and lacks an appetite. Chloe Nicole has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. She began $268 malnutrition treatment on October 24. She is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "I wish that she will recover from malnutrition so that she can finish her studies," says Chloe Nicole's mother.
Kyomuhendo is a 26-year-old man from Uganda who is married with two children. His oldest child is six years old and in school, while the youngest is seven months old. He and his family live in a rental house; they haven't yet built their own. Kyomuhendo works as a casual laborer picking tea leaves at a tea plantation. He uses the money he earns to pay rent, buy food, and fund his child's education. While he enjoys farming, he is unhappy at the moment because he cannot attend to his fields due to illness. About a year ago Kyomuhendo developed a painful swelling in his left inguinal area, or lower abdomen. He visited a hospital where he was diagnosed with a hernia-- a protrusion of intestinal tissue through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. At the time of his diagnosis, Kyomuhendo was advised to have surgery, but he couldn't afford to pay for it. Due to the pain from his hernia, Kyomuhendo is unable to lift heavy items or dig. This prevents him from doing his work in the fields. If he doesn't receive treatment, he faces the potentially serious risk of many complications. For $249, Kyomuhendo can receive the attention he needs through Watsi's medical partner in Uganda, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Doctors will perform a hernia repair surgery, returning the intestinal tissue to the abdominal cavity and mending the weakness in the abdominal wall. The surgery will ease Kyomuhendo's pain, eliminate his intestinal strangulation risk, and allow him to return to providing for his family. "I am hoping to resume digging after I receive treatment," says Kyomuhendo. Let's help him afford this important operation.
40-year-old Ta Ler lives with her mother, sister, brother-in-law, two nephews and a niece in Burma. The family works on someone else’s farm, growing and harvesting rice. They plant vegetables or forage for fruits and vegetables. They also raise pigs and chickens which they sell when they need to buy things. In December 2015, Ta Ler started experiencing pain in her lower abdomen. She had no money so she did not seek any treatment, only using paracetamol (pain medication), which helped reduce the pain temporarily. The pain gets worse when she walks a lot or is outside in the sun and causes her to not eat or sleep well. Eventually the paracetamol would not relieve her pain anymore and got more severe each day. With support from her brother and mother, Ta Ler visited a clinic where an ultrasound revealed that she has a mass in her uterus and an ovarian cyst. Ta Ler requires a total hysterectomy surgery to remove the mass and cyst. For $1,104, we can fund the surgery Ta Ler needs. "I would be very happy to be healthy again so that I can get back to work," Ta Ler shared.
37-year-old Sarun lives in Cambodia with his wife and their three daughters and one son. He is a farmer and enjoys watching TV and listening to the radio in his spare time. One year ago, Sarun developed a chronic open wound on his right shin from an accident. It became difficult for him to walk and he is currently in pain. Sarun and his wife traveled for three hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Watsi's medical partner, where they were informed that surgery is required to treat the wound. Surgeons at CSC will perform an excision of granulation and skin around the wound followed by a flap surgery. Flap surgery is a technique in plastic and reconstructive surgery where tissue is lifted from a donor site and moved to a recipient site with an intact blood supply. The excision and flap surgery cost $392 and will allow the wound to heal so Sarun can walk easily again.
"When I grow up, I want to be a doctor," says nine-year-old Ly, a second-grade student from Cambodia who enjoys reading books and doing homework. He traveled one hour with his mom to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment of his ear. Ly has had recurring infections in his left ear since he was five years old. This has caused left ear discharge and hearing loss, and he has developed a cholesteaoma—an abnormal skin growth located behind his eardrum. The tympanic membrane (eardrum) is perforated on the left side. He experiences headaches and has a hard time hearing his teacher in class. For $809, a surgeon will perform a mastoidectomy to remove the cholesteatoma and fix the perforated tympanic membrane. Funding also covers the costs of two hearing tests, one night in the hospital, one day of inpatient post-operative care, and three outpatient follow-up visits in the month following surgery. Once Ly heals, the discharge will stop, and over time, his hearing can improve. Ly's mother looks forward to a successful operation for her son. "I hope after the operation is done, my son's ear discharge will stop, and he can have good hearing and health," she shares.
Meet Sovin, a 26-year-old university student who studies English in Cambodia. He also enjoys playing football, listening to pop songs, and playing computer games. Sovin fell down from a tree when he was six-years-old and fractured parts of his right arm. Unfortunately, he did not receive any proper treatment at the time. Though Sovin recently had a radial head resection to repair the fractures, his right forearm atrophied and his right thumb is still in an abnormal position. He cannot write or hold anything. Sovin travelled four hours with his brother to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment, where doctors noted a loss of thenar muscle and a partial median nerve injury in Sovin's right arm. They recommend a flexor digitorum superficialis opponensplasty to reconstruct the position and function of his thumb. $392 will pay for this procedure as well as any other post-operative care. After the surgery, Sovin will have improved function of his hand and be able to return to his studies.
Meet Srey, a 55-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Srey developed a cataract in each eye five years ago,” Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), explains, “This causes her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and she is afraid of sunshine. She can't see everything clearly, do work well, or go outside alone.” In her free time, Srey enjoys listening to the monks pray and visiting relatives around her village. $225 will cover the cost of a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular implant in each eye to replace the clouded eye lens with a clear implant. “After the surgery, Srey will be able to see clearly again,” CSC shares. "I hope my eyes can see everything more clearly than now,” Srey shares, “So I can help my sister feed our cows, pigs, and chickens at home and so I can easily go outside by myself.”
Meet Lulu, a quiet, teenage girl from Tanzania. The 16-year-old has been living with her grandparents since infancy, but her aunt also plays an active role in her life. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us “Lulu has been noticing the size of her left breast increasing more than her right breast. She also feels there is a lump which is increasing in size and she sometimes feels pain.” AMHF will remove the lump through mass excision surgery. After the lump is removed, “biopsy results will determine whether further treatment will be needed or Lulu will be out of danger of developing cancerous lump.” The total cost of treatment is $920. For this amount, Lulu will receive the procedure, pain management in the hospital during her six day stay, and diagnostic testing. She will also be able to recuperate at a physical rehabilitation center post-surgery. Lulu's family does not make enough money to cover the cost of her surgery. Lulu has already had to pause her education because of finances, and the cost of treatment is too great of a financial burden for her grandparents. “When I get well, I wish to get an opportunity to go back to school,” shares Lulu. Before leaving school, she developed a passion for drawing. “I am very interested in fashion design,” she adds.
When Sina was 7 years old, she began experiencing hearing loss and discharge in both ears. Although she received surgery on her left ear in 2007, and a subsequent mastoidectomy on her right ear in 2015, she still experiences difficulty with her left ear. Sina now needs a mastoidectomy surgery on her left ear to improve her hearing and stop the discharge. Sina is 21 years old and lives in Cambodia. She works in a factory to support herself. She learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), on the radio and traveled for two hours with her mother to reach CSC. “I am unhappy that I have pain in my left ear," Sina told the CSC staff. "It is difficult to communicate with other people. Sometimes, I cannot go to work because of the pain.” With $809, Sina will recieve mastoidectomy surgery on her left ear. These funds will provide for the costs of surgery, medication, and post-operative care at the hospita. “After a mastoidectomy surgery on her left side, Sina’s left ear will stop producing discharge and her hearing will improve," CSC says.