Zak joined Watsi on July 27th, 2015. Six years ago, Zak joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Zak's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Meat, a 49-year-old farmer from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Zak has funded healthcare for 69 patients in 12 countries.
Zak has funded healthcare for 69 patients in 12 countries.
Meat is a 49-year-old farmer who is married and his wife sells fish at a local market. He also has two sons and two daughters. His eldest daughter works at a factory in the city and his other children are still in school. He enjoys listening to the radio, watching TV, and meeting up with his friends in his free time. In April 2021, Meat fell from a tree and fractured his right humerus and wrist. He is in pain and is unable to use his right hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 26th, Meat will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. The procedure will help heal his fracture and allow him to use his right hand again. Meat shared, "I hope I can regain use of my hand soon so I can return to work and support my family."
Luhan is an eight-month-old baby boy living with his mother and grandparents. Luhan’s young mother gave birth to him after finishing her school examinations, and has recently started high school. Luhan spends most of his time with his grandparents when his mother is in school. His grandfather is a construction worker, and his grandmother works as much as her past back injury allows her to in order to help support their family. Since birth, Luhan has been diagnosed with inguinal hernia, which may result in intestinal tissue damage and death if left untreated. Luhan is often irritable and cries a lot due to the discomfort. Fortunately, on July 21st, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $444 to fund Luhan's surgery, which will relieve him of the uncomfortable symptoms so he can grow up healthily. Luhan’s grandmother says, “I almost gave up before coming to BethanyKids hospital. After the warm welcome I received, my prayer now is for Luhan to be treated.”
Omar is a 14-year-old student and the youngest of eight children. He is in grade 5 and likes reading. His father is a farmer and his mother died last year after a long illness. Omar has clubfoot in both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Omar and his father traveled over a day to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 28th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Omar's clubfoot repair. He is scheduled to undergo right foot triple arthrodesis surgery to first correct his right foot. After treatment, he will be able to walk and be able to put on shoes. “Any support rendered to make my son walk like other children will be highly appreciated,” Omar’s father told us.
Enock is a talkative 16-year-old student and the fourth child in a family of five. He just completed his primary school education and he is currently waiting to begin his secondary studies in July. His parents are farmers in his village where they plant maize and beans in their small farm for their family to eat. His elder siblings did not finish school due to insufficient finances at home to proceed with their education. His father has epilepsy and this has affected the family's daily activities and general production of resources for the family. They don’t have a permanent house but live in a mud house with grass as its roof. Two days ago, Enock went to get medical assistance after falling from a tree while he was cutting down tree branches. He had pain in his left hand and doctors observed that he had a left distal humerus comminuted fracture. Because he had so much pain, Enock was admitted to receive pain medications. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help him to fully heal. On May 25th, Enock will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Enock will be free from the pain, he will be able to use his hand again, and resume school and helping out at home. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Enock says, “My hope is to get treated, and be well again.”
Joseph is a 59-year-old who relocated from his homeland to Kenya, where he has been for over 20 years. Joseph is a father to one child. His wife left their family many years ago. Currently, Joseph works as a day laborer and is especially well known for his tree cutting skills. He and his son stay with a family on their farm, where he often works. Several days ago, Joseph experienced an extremely painful accident. He fell from a tree when he was cutting tree branches. As a result, Joseph sustained multiple severe injuries, including multiple left rib fractures with a pneumothorax, and a closed intertrochanteric femur fracture on his right leg. He was rushed to our medical partner's care center Kapsowar Hospital, where he received emergency care and a chest tube was inserted to drain fluids surrounding his lungs caused by the impact of the incident. Since his admission, his condition has improved. Joseph was also put on traction to restore and maintain straight alignment and length of the fractured bone. Joseph is still bedridden and in pain, and is not able to walk and work. Despite this, he is optimistic that he will recover soon with proper treatment. Joseph requires funding for the fixation of his fracture to facilitate a full recovery. He is unable to raise any amount for his surgery, and appeals for financial support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 27th, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help Joseph recover from his pain and restore his mobility, allowing him to return to walking and working. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,016 to fund his procedure. Joseph shared, “My hope is to be healed and be on my feet again so that I can continue with my daily duties."
Chhan is a volunteer veterinarian, a 64-year-old, and a father to two sons, three daughters, and now many grandchildren. He loves animals and volunteers as a veterinarian to help domestic animals. His wife is a housewife who sells vegetables that he plants at his house. He shared that he likes to listen to the news on the radio and read books. Since three years ago, but mostly in the last two months, it has been increasingly hard for him to see out of his eye. Chhan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. When Chhan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours with his wife seeking treatment. On January 12th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope after surgery I can see to go back to work, drive my motorcycle, and read and write well," he shared with us.
Leng is a 42-year-old father of three from Cambodia. He is a construction worker with one son and two daughters who are all in school. In his free time, Leng likes listening to news on the radio. Five years ago, Leng developed a pterygium in left, causing him blurry vision, tearing, redness, and discomfort with his appearance. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Leng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for eight hours with his father seeking treatment. Leng needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for December 7th. Leng said, "I want my eye to get well soon so I can go to work to earn money to support my children in their schooling."
Tibanyenda is a farmer from Uganda. Tibanyenda is a widow who lost her husband in 2013. She is a mother to nine children with three sons and six daughters, all are married and are small scale farmers. She never went to school at all because when she was younger education wasn’t valued. She earns a living from her banana and coffee plantation. For some time now, Tibanyenda has been experiencing lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with a pre-malignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tibanyenda's surgery. On August 18, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tibanyenda will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tibanyenda says, “I hope to get much better after I have undergone surgery, I will resume with farming.”
Rin is a 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years, and have two children together. His wife works in a factory, and his children are all in school. He works long hours, and raises chickens for additional income. He enjoys cooking for his family in his free time. Rin had a work accident and has an open fracture on left forearm. He went to a local hospital for an open reduction internal fixation and skin graft, but the surgery did not help him feel better. He has now come to Watsi's Medical Partner CSC because the fracture is still impacting him in a challenging way. He cannot use his fingers and has pain when he tries to work with this hand. One year ago, he was dragged under a vehicle and fractured his left forearm. He went to a local hospital and was operated on, but the fracture did not heal properly. He still experiences chronic pain from his injury, and he cannot move his hand. His family has lost their primary source of income since he cannot work, and he is worried about being able to support them. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 3rd, Rin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. After the surgery, he will be able move his wrist and hand, and return to work. Rin said, "I am proud of my work and I want to work so I can support my family. My hand is in pain all the time, but I really hope that this surgery is enough for me to keep working."
Beatrice is a young student from Kenya. She is a calm girl and the seventh born in a family of eight children. Her family hails from Mokoyon village in West Pokot County. Beatrice's father is a farmer while her mother is a housewife. They live in a one roomed grass thatched house in their village. Beatrice has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Beatrice traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 23th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Beatrice's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily, play, and wear shoes like the other children she knows. “We are requesting for support so that her foot can be corrected and she can continue with her normal life,” Julius, Beatrice’s father told us.
Chheun is a 66-year-old tailor from Cambodia. She has three sons and three daughters, and she relaxes by watching Indian dramas on television. One year ago, Chheun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chheun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 27th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to help look after my grandchildren again and can continue my job as a tailor," Chheun shared.
Sao is a 56-year-old father of seven from Cambodia. He has five sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys listening to the radio, feeding the farm animals. and looking after his grandchildren in his spare time. In October 2019, Sao had an accident while working out in the rice fields, fracturing his right knee. He experiences pain and swelling, and cannot extend his leg or walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 11th, Sao will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will help Sao to walk easily on his own again. "I hope that my knee surgery will go well and I will no longer have any pain and will be able to walk and return to work again," share Sao.