Robb joined Watsi on November 20th, 2014. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Robb's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Tha, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Robb has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 13 countries.
Robb has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 13 countries.
Tha is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Six months ago, Tha developed a cataract in each eye, causing her burning, tearing, and cloudy lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Tha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 1, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $398 procedure. She says, "I hope my vision is clearer than now after the surgery so I can spend time with my grandkids."
Emmanuel is a farmer from Malawi. He is a husband, father to six, and grandfather to 22 grandchildren. He enjoys chatting with his friends in his free time. Eight months ago, Emmanuel began experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Emmanuel's surgery. On September 20, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He says, "I am very thankful for this program and that you assist the needy when they cannot manage alone."
Gift is a child from Kenya. He lives with his grandmother and father in a two-roomed house. Gift’s father is an electrician, while his grandmother practices subsistence farming. Gift was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Gift has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Gift will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 15. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I hope my little Gift gets treated,” shares Gift’s father.
Josphat is a man from Kenya. He is a father of three children and is married. His wife is a casual laborer. In 2015, Josphat fell from a ladder. He suffered a spinal injury that has restricted his movement and ability to work. He has been to several hospitals trying to get treatment. After an MRI, he was diagnosed with a spinal injury and needs surgery. Josphat was referred to our medical partner's care center, where he is scheduled to undergo a spinal fusion surgery on July 24. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure.
Ricardo is a three-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives in an orphanage in Port-au-Prince. He has many friends and enjoys playing with them and drawing cartoons. Ricardo was born with a cardiac condition called tricuspid atresia, in which one of the four valves of his heart is missing. As a result, blood cannot flow normally through his heart and into his body, leading to heart failure. Ricardo will fly to Akron Children's Hospital to receive treatment. On June 18, he will undergo cardiac surgery. During surgery, doctors will create a new pathway for blood to flow around the missing valve. Akron Children's Hospital is contributing $25,000 to pay for surgery. Ricardo's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Ricardo's family overseas.
Kimsrieng is a government worker from Cambodia. He has one daughter. He likes to read the newspaper and listen the news on the radio. One year ago, Kimsrieng developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kimsrieng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hour seeking treatment. On April 23, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I want to continue my work and spend time with my family."
Paskali is a young boy from Tanzania. He enjoys learning. Paskali's mother sells vegetables at their local market in order to provide for their needs. Paskali was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs are bent outwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he struggles to walk and experiences pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Paskali. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 13. Treatment will hopefully restore Paskali's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Paskali’s mother says, “Please help my son get well so that he can go to school.”
Sam is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son and enjoys spending time with her family. 43 years ago, Sam had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Sam experiences inactive ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. It is difficult for her to hear, and she often experiences ear discomfort. Sam traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 19, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I really hope my hearing is improved and I can more easily listen to my family members and return to work."
Davis is a farmer from Malawi. Davis lives with his wife, and they have seven grown children. Davis spends his day caring for his chickens. When he has free time, he likes to listen to the radio. Since November of 2017, Davis has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Davis's surgery. On January 16, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Davis and his family were thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded, as the cost of the procedure was more than the family could afford. He says, "Thank you for this support."
Kervens is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents, two older sisters, and two older brothers in Jacmel, a city on the southern coast of Haiti. He is in the ninth grade. Kervens has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole, making it more difficult for the heart to properly circulate blood through his body. Kervens will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 25, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will insert a catheter into his heart and use a device to close the hole. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $12,000 to pay for surgery. Kervens's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Kervens's family overseas. He says, "I am looking forward to being able to play soccer after my surgery!"
May is a seven-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her mother, older brother, and youngest sister. May’s mother is the only earner in the family. She works with a family member in Mae Sot, selling baked goods in the market. May was playing when she fell and broke her elbow in her left arm. Currently, May is in pain and she is taking painkillers to feel better. She cannot lift her hand or move her left arm. May’s mother has had to stop working because of May’s condition. She cannot earn income and she worries that she will be in debt if she is unable to work for much longer. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, May will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for December 14 and will cost $1,500. After receiving surgery, May will be no longer in pain and will be able to move her hand again. She will be able to play with her friends and her mother will be able to return to her work. May's mother says, “I plan to send May to school in the coming year. I would like her to become either a nurse or medic. I plan to work hard to support my child to able to go to school in the coming year."
Seab is farmer and cake seller from Cambodia. She has two children and three grandchildren, and she enjoys being with her family in her spare time. In May 2017, Seab fell and developed hip pain on her right side. Since falling, Seab has had difficulty walking, and she can't sleep because of the pain. Fortunately, Seab learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Seab of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 3, and Seab needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. Her grandson says, "I want my grandmother to walk again."