Simon joined Watsi on May 28th, 2020. 104 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Simon's most recent donation supported Dieunese, a mother of two from Haiti, to fund overseas transportation and preparations for her life-saving heart surgery.
Simon has funded healthcare for 106 patients in 7 countries.
Simon has funded healthcare for 106 patients in 7 countries.
Dieunese is a mother of two from Haiti. She lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince where she cares for her two young children along with her husband who is a taxi driver. Dieunese has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral stenosis which makes it extremely difficult for her heart to pump blood through her body, leaving her weak and short of breath. Dieunese requires surgery, but it is not available in her country. To access care, she will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On November 17th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair her heart valve; if they are unable to, they will remove it and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, the Baylor Scott & White Heart Hospital, is contributing $20,000 to pay for this surgery. Dieunese's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep and travel. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and check-up and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social worker from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Dieunese overseas. Dieunese says, "I am hopeful that having this surgery will allow me to be alive and healthy for my children!"
Sarah is a 30-year-old small-scale farmer and mother of two. Her children were delivered healthy in 2017 and 2022. Sarah had to leave school for financial reasons when she was a child because both her parents passed away. She started tending to people's gardens for a living until she married, and she continues to farm for a living as best she can. Her husband is a builder. Sarah and her family live in their own semi-permanent house with four rooms. Their circumstances do not provide enough money to pay for Sarah's needed surgery. Sarah has experienced worrying symptoms for the past year and doctors have diagnosed a herniation in the pelvic region. Her doctors recommend a uterine prolapse repair surgery. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 8th, Sarah will undergo surgery. This will help get rid of the discomfort and improve her ability to work and her general quality of life. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $220 to fund this treatment. Sarah says, “If I had money I would have been treated on my own. I ask the donors to support me so that I can regain my quality of life and I live with less or without these complaints. I want to resume with farming after surgery.”
Edita is a hardworking Ugandan nurse and wife. She currently runs a small drug shop as a nurse assistance with the support of her husband, who runs a neighboring store. Edita visited Nyakibale Hospital with severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and other serious issues. She first went to a clinic where she was then recommended to get another opinion. After further review by a doctor, Edita had been recommended a curative surgery for a newly discovered cyst, for which the doctor expects a complete recovery. She is unable to fund the cost of her surgery and therefore she is requesting support. Edita says “With your support, I will be treated. I know the pain I have will go by Gods mercy.”
Rey is a married, 58-year-old rice farmer, living in Cambodia with his wife and youngest daughter. Together, he and his wife have one daughter, five sons and five grandchildren. Rey's wife is also a farmer, while his daughter is a garment worker. Three years ago Rey developed a non-cancerous growth in his left eye, most likely as a result of sun damage. This growth disrupts Rey's ability to see clearly, and negatively impacts his quality of life. Rey traveled for four hours to see help from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. It was determined that Rey requires surgery to remove the affected tissue; the procedure, medications, and supplies will cost $225. Rey is now scheduled to undergo surgery on October 4th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, and hopes for your support to cover the cost of his surgery to help him see clearly again. Rey said: "I hope after surgery my eye will stop tearing and I can see better. I hope to plant rice well again."
Stephen is a hardworking 29-year-old from Kenya. He lives with his single mother and his ten-year-old son. To support his mother and son, he works at a barber shop. Four months ago, Stephen fell from a tree while he was fetching firewood for his mother. This fall caused a closed fracture of his right hand. This condition has profoundly affected Stephen, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. He currently experiences a lot of pain and can no longer work. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 8th, Stephen will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The procedure will heal his fracture and alleviate his pain. After receiving treatment, he will be able to return to his barber shop business and generate income for his mother and son. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Stephen shares, "Already my mother has been taking care of me and my son. I desperately need help so that I can regain my own self, start working to support my son, and not be dependent on my mother.”
Ry is a 59-year-old rice farmer. He is married with one son and three daughters. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter who are also farmers. Ry enjoys spending his free time time listening to the news on the radio and watching TV. Four years ago, Ry developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. 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. Ry now has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Ry learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Ry needs surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 10th. Ry says, "I hope after surgery my eye will feel comfortable and I can go back to planting crops without difficulty seeing. I'd like not to worry about my eye anymore."
Guerdina is a 15-year-old girl who lives in the mountains of central Haiti with her parents and four siblings. When she was 10 years old, Guerdina suffered from rheumatic fever. Her illness severely damaged one of the valves of her heart, making it unable to adequately pump blood through her body. In 2019, she underwent a surgery to repair her damaged heart valve. That procedure helped for several years, but her repaired valve is becoming less functional and now needs to be replaced with an artificial valve. After surgery, Guerdina's heart should be able to pump more normally and her doctors share that she should be able to lead a full and active life. Because the surgery she needs in not available in Haiti, Guerdina must travel overseas to receive surgery. On June 2nd, she will undergo heart surgery with the Cardiac team at the Cleveland Clinic, where surgeons will replace her mitral valve. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) is helping Guerdina's family raise $1,500 to cover the cost of labs, medication, and follow-up appointments. This will also support her family to obtain passports and the HCA social workers who will accompany Guerdina's family during their travels. Guerdina shared, "my entire family and I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been helping me!"
San is a 58-year-old rice farmer. He is married and a father to seven children - three daughters and four sons - and they have a precious new grandchild. Two children are unmarried and still live at home. He and his wife are rice farmers. At home, he likes to watch boxing and the news on the TV. One year ago, San developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him tearing and blurry vision. He can no longer work outside on the farm due to light sensitivity. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on his own. When San learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 7th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure. San shared, "I hope after surgery I can see better. I need to plant rice to feed my family."
Miracle is a seven-month-old baby and the first child born to her young parents. Miracle's mother and the father both work in a hotel, with her mom working as a receptionist and her dad as a hotel attendant. They own a two-room mud house for shelter and are in the early stages of developing their family. One week after Miracle was born, she developed swelling at the back of her head. The mass started out small but has slowly been increasing in size. When Miracle was six months old, her parents took her to the hospital and doctors recommend surgery to heal her condition. However, her parents were unable to raise enough money at the time for the procedure. Miracle has become uncomfortable sleeping due to the growing mass, and doctors say the swelling is likely to increase in size or become septic (infected) if it's not removed. Miracle's family traveled to visit our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, for treatment. On June 3rd, surgeons are scheduled to remove the mass. Now, Miracle's family needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure that will greatly improve her quality of life. Miracle's mother says, “My daughter’s condition is worrying. I pray that she may look normal again through surgery so that she may live a better life in the future.”
Keysnaelle is a bright and caring 5-year-old who lives in the mountains of central Haiti. She lives with her parents, who are both farmers, and several older siblings. Keysnaelle enjoys helping her family out with different activities on the farm, as well as going to kindergarten and learning new things. Keysnaelle was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which blood leaks through a hole between two blood vessels near her heart. This causes her to experience weakness and shortness of breath. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to fund Keysnaelle's procedure and care. During the procedure, which is scheduled for July 27th, doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole so blood can flow with ease. This will eliminate her difficulties with breathing and allow her to grow stronger. Her mother said, "Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Keysnaelle to become healthy!"
Ngi is a 52-year-old man from Cambodia. He and his wife work selling Khmer cakes, which are traditional sticky rice cakes. He has one daughter, two sons, and two grandchildren. He lives with his wife and their youngest son. At home, he enjoys watching Khmer boxing and the news on TV. Ten years ago, Ngi developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him to experience eye tearing, itchiness, and blurry vision. 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. Ngi has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Ngi learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 10th, he will undergo 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 $225. This covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care for two days. Ngi shares, "I hope after surgery I can see better, go outside, and help my wife make Khmer cakes to sell."
Sok Khy is a 22-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife live with his parents who are also rice farmers. In his free time he enjoys playing football, fishing, singing, and helping his family around the house. He was in a motor vehicle accident in 2017 that caused an opened fracture of his right tibia. He went to a hospital in Vietnam after the accident where a nail was fixated to heal the fracture. Now, the fracture is healed and the nail needs to be removed to prevent future infection and complications. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 10th, Sok Khy will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $304. This procedure will allow him to be fully healed and walk easily. Sok Khy says, "I hope I can recover well after my operation so I can return home and support my family."