Zak joined Watsi on July 27th, 2015. Five years ago, Zak became the 1383rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,573 more people have become monthly donors! Zak's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Elimlim, a 20-year-old from Kenya, to fun mobility restoring leg surgery.
Zak has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 12 countries.
Elimlim is the oldest in a family of three children. He and his siblings depend on their mother because their father passed away in 2019. They live together in a single traditional Masai house made of mud, sticks, and grass. He is currently a full-time student and his healthcare would normally be covered by his university, but due to COVID-19 he is no longer receiving those benefits. In 2017, Elilim was hit by a stray bullet during a school shooting. Since then, he has undergone a series of surgeries to repair his fractured leg. Now, Elimlim has to undergo another bone transport surgery in order for him to walk again. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are requesting $1,500 to help fund the cost of his surgery and care. We need your help to cover the cost of his treatment. This life-changing surgery will significantly improve Elimlim's quality of life. "I will be happy to get well so that my whole family does not have to take care of me anymore," shared Elimlim.
John is a 45-year-old man who is married with 5 children (20yrs, 16yrs, 11yrs, 9yrs, and 7yrs). Two of his children are in a secondary school and the youngest three are in a public primary school. John withdrew from the school while he was in eighth grade as a result of financial problems. His other siblings also did not continue due to the same problem. He and his siblings are all manual laborers for survival. John is not financially stable. His father passed away and he lives with his elderly mother. John farms khat and some cash crops and his wife helps on the farm. Through their both efforts, they are able to make enough to support their family as well as their aged mother. John and his family, live in a small timber house, within his father’s homeland. During the COVID 19 pandemic, no khat business is going on, which means the economy is very low. John is an epileptic and he arrived at the hospital with back burns which have resulted in a chronic wound. During the interview, he said that he fell on the hot charcoal cooker while preparing tea after suffering an epileptic episode. He was taken to a private clinic for burn dressing. Within a few days, his condition deteriorated and he was referred to a surgeon, who recommended him for debridement to treat his would. A lack of treatment will lead to wound infection and continued bleeding.
Thy is a 54-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, two daughters, and one grandchild. She spends her time looking after her family and going to the pagoda. She also enjoys cooking. In January 2020, Thy fell in a deep open pit when walking. The accident caused a fracture on her right tibia. Initially she went to a local hospital for emergency help. The treatments they offered her were unsuccessful and her right leg still has an unhealed fracture. She cannot walk or move in any direction and is experiencing pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 23rd, Thy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. After this procedure, she will be able to move her leg again with no pain. "I hope that my leg will have no pain, and the bone and wound will be healed," Thy said.
Agatha is a peasant farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of five children. Together with her husband, they tend to their small ancestral land to provide for their children. She noted a small lump on her left breast in January 2020. The lump did not go away and she thought of visiting the hospital. She went to two facilities where she had mammogram and FNA tests done. That was followed up with a biopsy and she had a cancer diagnosis. Agatha decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner's Kijabe Hospital where doctors have advised that she needs a mastectomy. With the right and timely treatment, Agatha will be out of risk of cancer metastasis. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Agatha has now registered for the national insurance scheme, but it is not yet available. Their monthly income is negligible to meet the cost of surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Agatha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 30th. After treatment, Agatha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Agatha says, “My prayer is to be free from this cancer problem. I am hopeful that the treatment will be a success.”
Su is a 43-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and four-year-old son in Shwe Pyi Thar Township in Burma. Her husband works as a day laborer at a construction site while she does all the household chores. Su was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. In 2010, Su started to experience severe coughing so she went to see a doctor at Tun Foundation Clinic in Yangon. The doctor noticed that she has abnormal breathing and told her that she has a heart problem and she would not be able to have baby. The doctor also provided her with three days’ worth of medication and suggested she go to Yangon General Hospital (YGH) to meet with a cardiologist. The next day, she went to YGH and she received an echocardiogram and x-ray. Following this, the doctor told her that she would need surgery right away. She was told that the surgery would cost around five million kyat (approx. 5,000 USD) but she could not afford to pay such a large sum. When she told the doctor this, she received medication to stabilize her heart condition and was provided with a follow-up appointment. In 2015, she started to feel tired whenever she walked for more than 10 minutes or if she used the stairs. She went back to Tun Foundation Clinic where she received medications to stabilize her condition. Currently, she cannot sleep or eat well. She also suffers from fatigue and rapid breathing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Su. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 27th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Su said, “I worry a lot that I will have a stroke if I do not take my medication daily. But it is had for my husband to come up with money [for my medication]. I want to live long with my family. When I talked to Watsi's partner BCMF, I felt like I had been released from the worry of paying for my surgery. Thank you so much!”
Rachael is a 62 year old farmer from Kiambu County in Kenya. She had 10 children, 8 of whom are alive today. Most of her children are not employed and depend on odd jobs to support their families. Rachael was hit by a motorcycle on Sunday, 15th December while walking in her local shopping centre Raini. She has trouble recalling what happened and seems a bit distant and distraught. She is not able to walk and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 19th, Racheal will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal and walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I am hopeful that my mother will recover and be able to walk without much difficulty after surgery,” shared one of her sons.
About six months ago, Thidar started to feel very tired and could not sleep well due to difficulty breathing. After multiple tests and blood tranfusions, Thidar was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis, mitral valve regurgitation, aortic valve stenosis, and aortic valve regurgitation. Seeing that both of her heart valves need to be replaced surgically, the doctor told her, “You have a heart problem and you must undergo surgery as soon as possible.” When Thidar told him that she cannot afford to pay for surgery, the doctor told her about a monk who lives just outside of Yangon and who might be able to help her. She was given his phone number and when she called the monk, he referred her to Watsi partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing the treatment she needs. Currently, Thidar feels very tired and has no energy to walk long distances. She cannot sleep well, and she has no appetite. She said, “In the future, I will stay in my village and look out for my family. I would like to send my children to school until they graduate.”
Hnin is a 15 year-old student from Thailand. In early June, she fell from a roof and fractured her arm. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hnin will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 26 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Hnin will no longer be in pain, and she will be able to continue her studies. Hnin says, “I want to be a medical doctor in the future and treat sick people."
Inoti is a child from Tanzania. She is ten years old. Inoti was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. Her legs are bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Inoti can barely walk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Inoti. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 16. Treatment will hopefully restore Inoti's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Inoti’s mother says, “My daughter is having difficulties walking.”
Meng is a seventh-grade student from Cambodia. In his free time, Meng likes to play soccer, watch television, listen to music, and read books. In March 2019, Meng was involved in a motorcycle accident, injuring his right foot. After the injury, the wound became infected and now Meng cannot walk on his own and must use crutches to get around. When Meng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On April 26, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help heal the infection and allow him to walk again without any pain or difficulty. Now, Meng needs help to fund this $440 procedure.
John is a man from Kenya. He is a father of two children who are in primary school. A little over a year ago, John sustained a spinal injury when he fell from a tree. He has not been able to afford the necessary care to treat his injury. Now, he has been diagnosed with cervical mylopathy, a degenerative disorder that causes gait imbalance and clumsiness due to a compressed spinal cord. Fortunately, John is now scheduled fo spinal surgery on March 15 to treat this condition. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. John says, “My prayer is to be able to walk again and in upright gait. I am really suffering due to this condition."
Loemheang is a man frrom Cambodia. For over a year, Loemheang has had pain in his hip area, making it difficult for him to walk. He also suffers from pain when he sits for a long time. Fortunately, Loemheang is now scheduled to undergo an arthroplasty to treat his osteonecrosis. The procedure is scheduled for February 12 and will cost $497. He hopes that after his surgery, he will be able to continue his work repairing and painting cars. He also looks forward to spending time with his three daughters without pain and discomfort. He says, "I hope that after my surgery I will be able to move without pain and continue my work."