Stephanie Evans
Stephanie's Story

Stephanie joined Watsi on September 24th, 2015. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stephanie's most recent donation supported Bros, a father from Cambodia, to treat a painful ear condition.

Impact

Stephanie has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 3 countries.

All patients funded by Stephanie

Bros is a 24-year-old tuk tuk driver who lives with his wife and daughter in Cambodia. After a full work day, Bros enjoys listening to the radio or playing football with his friends. Since childhood, Bros has experienced recurrent discharge from his right ear due to chronic ear infections. "It makes me unhappy that I get discharge every day,” shares Bros. “I need to put cotton in my ears every time this happens. Sometimes, I can't work as a tuk tuk driver because the pain is so bad, so I lose money to support my family." Doctors at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), discovered a cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth located behind the eardrum—in Bros’s right ear. A cholesteatoma initially develops as a cyst after chronic ear infections. Over time, the cyst sheds layers of old skin that collect within the ear and form a mass that can grow large enough to cause hearing loss, dizziness, or facial paralysis. For $809, Bros will undergo a mastoidectomy, a surgical procedure in which doctors remove the diseased cells in the hollow, air-filled spaces in the skull behind the ears. The cells—known as mastoid air cells—are diseased as a result of the chronic ear infections that spread to the skull structures near Bros’s right ear. Doctors will also remove the cholesteatoma that has grown behind his eardrum. Funding for Bros 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. “After a mastoidectomy, Bros will be able to have improved hearing, and the discharge will stop,” adds CSC.

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"It is hard for me to communicate with other people,” shares Srey, a 45-year-old factory worker who lives with her husband in Cambodia. “Srey was 10 years old when she began experiencing daily ear discharge, hearing loss, and pain in her right ear,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. “Doctors discovered a cholesteatoma in her right ear.” A cholesteatoma is an abnormal skin growth located behind the eardrum. It initially develops as a cyst after chronic ear infections or perforation of the eardrum. Over time, the cyst sheds layers of old skin that collect within the ear. Without treatment, a cholesteatoma can grow large enough to cause hearing loss, dizziness, or facial paralysis. When Srey is not working, she enjoys cross-stitching and working around her house, but her ear pain and discharge limit her daily activities. “Sometimes I can not go to work because my ear is so painful and disruptive,” she says. Treatment for Srey is a mastoidectomy, a surgical procedure in which doctors remove the diseased cells in the hollow, air-filled spaces in the skull behind the ears. The cells—known as mastoid air cells—are diseased as a result of the chronic ear infections that spread to the skull structures near Srey’s right ear. Doctors will also remove the cholesteatoma that has grown behind her eardrum. For $809, Srey will undergo the surgery that she needs. 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. “After a mastoidectomy, the cholesteatoma in Srey's right ear will be treated,” says CSC. “The discharge will stop, and her hearing will improve.” Srey’s husband looks forward to a successful operation for his wife. “I hope after the operation is done, my wife's ear discharge stops, and she can have good hearing and health again," he says.

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“We love Faith because she is always happy and warms our house,” Faith’s mother shares with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Faith, a smiling four-year-old girl, lives with her parents and two siblings in Kenya. Faith has a fracture on her left humerus—causing her pain and an “inability to use her left hand,” AMHF explains. Without treatment, Faith risks the chance of the bones growing back improperly and permanently losing use of her left hand. The family depends on their father’s modest income earned as a “casual laborer at Kenya’s main lighting company.” Given that Faith’s father’s earnings “are barely adequate enough to meet his family's basic needs,” there is no extra money to afford the cost of Faith’s treatment. With $1,125 in Watsi funding, Faith will receive an open reduction and internal fixation operation. This is a two-part surgery that will repair Faith’s broken humerus. First, the broken bones will be fitted back into place. Next, metal rods and plates will be inserted—allowing the bones to heal correctly without shifting. Included in the total cost of treatment, Faith will stay at the hospital for two weeks during which she will work closely with a physiotherapist for ten days. With this procedure, AMHF expects, “Faith’s left hand will heal and she will regain its use.” “We hope she will get help and her hand will be well. We just want to see her growing without any disability like other children,” Faith’s father shares.

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