Tabreez joined Watsi on April 10th, 2015. Seven years ago, Tabreez joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Tabreez's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Nan, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair.
Tabreez has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 11 countries.
Tabreez has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 11 countries.
Nan is a 71-year-old farmer who lives in Cambodia. He is married with three sons and three daughters. He likes to read books on Buddhism and plant vegetables behind his home in his spare time. In October 2015, Nan was working with a lawnmower when a blade broke, cut into his leg, and fractured his tibia. He went to a military hospital, where doctors affixed a metal plate to the bone to mend the fracture. His wound, however, never healed. A hospital referred Nan to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for additional surgery. He traveled seven hours with his daughter to reach CSC. On February 14, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to clear dead and contaminated tissue from his wound. They will also remove the plate and screws from his left tibia. This will allow Nan to walk again and return to his work without pain. Watsi is asking for $411 to cover the surgery. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon, nurses, anesthesiologists, physiotherapist, medication, x-rays and lab tests, and 14 nights stay in the hospital.
Dy is 28 years old and works at a restaurant. He has two sisters and three brothers. He likes to listen to pop music and watch soccer on TV in his free time. When he was one year old, Dy developed torticollis, which is a condition that causes the neck muscles to contract. This condition causes his head to tilt to the right. It is difficult for him to bend his neck, and he experiences discomfort every day. Dy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from people in his village. He traveled for four hours with his sister to reach CSC for treatment. When he arrived, he learned about his condition and was told he needed treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a release procedure to correct the position of his neck and allow him to feel comfortable. He is scheduled for surgery on January 31. However, Dy cannot afford this treatment. CSC is requesting $450 to help fund his procedure. After his treatment, he will be able to live in comfort and experience less pain.
Soe is a 35-year-old Burmese man who lives in a refugee camp with his wife and four daughters. His family moved to the camp to access education for his daughters. In his free time, Soe enjoys tending to his small garden. In 2009, Soe began to feel tired all the time. He had difficulty breathing, eating, and sleeping. His stomach swelled, and he experienced unexplained dizziness. When he visited a clinic, he was given medication but received no explanation of his condition. Over the next few years, Soe managed his symptoms with medication. After undergoing ultrasounds and x-rays at a hospital, he was diagnosed with chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and severe mitral valve stenosis. He was referred to our medical partner’s hospital. On December 13, he underwent a mitral valve replacement. Soe used to work as a day laborer, but his condition has prevented him from working. His wife supports the family by selling vegetables that they grow on their small plot of land. They also receive rations from the camp. Soe is requesting $1,500 to fund his healthcare. Let’s help support his family!
77-year-old Srang is married with two sons, seven daughters, and twenty grandchildren. He likes to go to the pagoda in his Cambodian village to listen to monks pray and join ceremonies. About two months ago, Srang developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused him blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, do any work, and go anywhere on his own. Srang heard about Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a person in his village who had surgery there before. He traveled for three hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment. On October 28, Srang underwent a cataract surgery and lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly again. This surgery costs $292 and includes all medical expenses and the pre-op and post-op consultations. "I hope I can see things more clearly so that I can easily go to the pagoda or anywhere else outside," Srang shares. "I won't have to disturb another person to take care of me anymore."
Saidi is an 8-month-old boy from central Tanzania, where he lives in a mud house with his family. His parents farm their piece of land and work as laborers to pay tuition for Saidi's five siblings. Saidi's head has been progressively enlarging. He is moody and regularly vomits. Saidi's mother traveled for eight hours to visit a Watsi medical partner, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Doctors determined that Saidi requires a $775 shunt insertion to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid in his head. Unfortunately, Saidi's family has no means to pay for this surgery. ALMC doctors expect that surgery will reduce the pressure in Saidi's head and his symptoms will gradually cease. Hopefully, Saidi will make a full recovery. Saidi's mother is looking forward to returning home with her son.
Phorn is a 49-year-old married rice farmer from Cambodia who has one son, three daughters, and two grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys watching social news. Four months ago, Phorn developed a cataract in each eye. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Phorn's symptoms include blurred vision, eye pain, and photophobia (light sensitivity). She cannot see clearly enough to do work well or recognize people. Phorn traveled five hours with her husband to reach Children's Surgical Centre for treatment of her cataracts. For $292, she will undergo small incision cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lenses from her eyes and replace them with intraocular lens implants. Funding for her treatment also includes a pre- and post-surgical consultations, four days of hospital care, eye drops, and medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection. "I hope I can see clearly so I can find a job as a garment worker in a factory to support my family," shares Phorn.
Three-year-old Nathaniel is the only child of his family, living in the Philippines. A very active child, he loves to play and run around the house. He is dearly loved by his parents and even though they can't give much to Nathaniel, they really give an effort to provide for his basic needs. When his mother observed that his inguinal area was enlarged, she decided to bring Nathaniel for consultation and was advised to undergo hernia surgery. However, because of financial problems, they were unable to move forward initially with surgery. Nathaniel often cries, and is in a lot of pain. Unsure what to do, his parents have waited and are now thankful for the opportunity for Nathaniel to receive free care. His father is the one working for the family, he is a construction worker in a contractual basis and earns about $66 a month. Nathaniel's mother is very excited and looking forward that the surgery will be successful, and the threat for her son's health will be gone. For $962, Nathaniel will receive the hernia repair surgery he needs. "I really prayed for Nathaniel that somebody could help us for him to get treated," his mother shared, "and he will not feel the pain anymore and he will not be crying too hard just because of it. I want also that he could enjoy his childhood and I will not worry anymore about his future. Thank you so much for helping us in his surgery."
Meet Norn, a 69-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Norn is married with three sons, four daughters, and six grandchildren. She enjoys cooking and cleaning the home," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). One year ago, Norn developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. "This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside," CSC explains. After learning about CSC, Norn and her neighbour travelled four hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Norn's sight. With $225, Norn will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.
Elvis, an 18-year-old boy from Guatemala, started to get seizures when he was eight years old. Now he gets about one seizure every week, and they are often severe--he has had to be hospitalized following many of his seizures. He has not been able to study because of his mother's fear of him having a seizure during class, and also because his mother cannot afford to pay for both his treatment and his education, forcing her to choose to pay for his medications. Elvis is the youngest of three children. He was raised by a single mother who is incredibly hard working and strong, and who wakes up at dawn every morning to wash the neighbors' clothes, helping her to earn a few dollars per day. Elvis and his mother have tried to seek out treatment in Guatemala City, but since they live in a rural, mountainous community that is far away from the city, they have not been able to afford to continue traveling several hours for each appointment, and have run out of money to pay for medications. Elvis loves to sing along to Christian ballads on the radio, and his faith has helped him stay strong through his health problems. For $967, treatment will be possible for Elvis. This treatment will give him access to the medications he needs to get his seizures under control. He will undergo comprehensive diagnostic work to determine the cause of his seizures and see if he has any other related conditions. His mother will not have to live in fear of her son having a seizure, and she will no longer have to choose between sending him to school and paying for treatment. This will give Elvis the chance to be a normal teenager, go back to school, and his mother will be able to feel secure that his condition is more stable. "I want my son to stop suffering. Every time he has a seizure he suffers, and I suffer with him. I want him to study and become a great professional," shares Elvis's mother.
Mpuuga is a 10-year-old boy in fifth grade. He lives with his mother and sister in an urban city in Uganda. His best subjects in school are math and English, and he wants to be a teacher when he grows up. He enjoys eating chips. Mpuuga was one-month-old when he began crying a lot. His mother took him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a hernia and given medicine. The hernia eventually disappeared, but reappeared three years ago. It has been very painful and sometimes Mpuuga has not been able to go to school. Mpuuga says the hernia is more painful when he plays. $220 covers the cost of the hernia repair surgery that Mpuuga needs to get healthy. Mbuuga's mother feels stressed because she is unable to pay for the treatment herself. If not treated, Mpuuga may suffer intestinal obstruction, strangulation and/or incarceration. "I want to get well and have fun with my friends," Mpuuga shares.
Sela is an eight-month-old baby girl from Cambodia. Sela is living with syndactyly--she has webbed fingers and an extra digit on her left hand. Due to these abnormalities, it has been very difficult for Stela to use her hand. Thus, she and her mother traveled three hours to seek the help of our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Under normal conditions, the webbing dissolves, leaving five independent digits on every extremity. With syndactyly, on the other hand, the degradation of the tissue between fingers or toes is left incomplete during gestation and, in a few cases, like Sela’s, the webbing also covers an extra digit wedged in between. This specific situation, known as “polysyndactyly,” is a very rare occurrence, but when treated early in life it does not present lasting complications. However, if left unaddressed, Sela will lose significant functionality in her left hand. For $321, Sela will undergo a syndactyly repair, which will include a release to separate her fingers and a procedure to remove her extra digit. She will have also receive a skin graft to help heal her remaining digits. The funds will also cover supplies, inpatient care for ten days, and follow up visits for up to one year after the procedure. Because of the skin graft, this operation can be slightly more complicated than other surgeries, but CSC’s medical team says that the benefits of surgery (releasing Sela’s digits and allowing her to live a comfortable life) outweigh the minor risks. Sela’s parents are grateful and eager to have her surgery done. “I hope my daughter will have a normal hand like other people after surgery,” shares Sela’s mother.
Nine-month-old Konjit was born with a birth defect called anorectal malformation. "She has only one functional hole," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "As a result, she cannot pass stool and urine in a normal way. Both come through only one hole." Due to the absence of her anus, Konjit is also exposed to infection and irritation. Konjit’s parents are from the southern part of Ethiopia. Both her parents are farmers with low income that can’t cover much more than food. For this reason, they don’t have the capacity to get their child the treatment she needs, and to pay her medical bill. Konjit is very beautiful and enjoys playing and laughing with her mom. This condition is causing her parents a lot of worry. Treatment for Konjit is a three-part surgery. Konjit may or may not need a colostomy - doctors will determine this after the first surgery. If in case colostomy is done, she will have a colostomy closure in 2-3 months after the anorectoplasty procedure. AMHF expects that after treatment, Konjit will be able to pass stool and urine normally, and the risk of infection and irritation will be reduced. “I have been in different hospitals but I couldn’t get any solution because of my low financial status," shares Konjit's mother. "When we come here all we have is a glimpse of hope for our baby to get the treatment. And it is our prayer for our hope to come true."