Tomasz joined Watsi on December 14th, 2014. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tomasz's most recent donation traveled 5,400 miles to support Mong, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Tomasz has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 9 countries.
Tomasz has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 9 countries.
Mong is a baker from Cambodia. She has two daughters. She likes to read the news and watch Indian dramas on TV. Four years ago, Mong developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On November 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 eye surgery is successful so I can recognize the faces of my loved ones again."
Bryton is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. Since he was four months old, Bryton has been experiencing trouble breathing and eating. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Bryton's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Bryton, which is scheduled to take place on August 16. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Bryton of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Bryton’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he can be able to breath without difficulty and be able to sleep soundly.”
Barok is a toddler from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with others. Barok has an older sister who just joined kindergarten. Barok was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Barok has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Barok will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 19. AMHF is requesting $1,021 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Barok’s father says, “We can’t afford the necessary treatment cost.”
Felis is a student from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of three kids. He is currently in first grade and loves to play football with the other kids. Felis’s parents are both subsistence farmers. Felis has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Felis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Felis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and play football without pain. Felis’s father says, “Please help my son get treatment, I would love to see him walk well and play with other kids without pain or discomfort.”
Angel is a young student from Tanzania. She is in fifth grade and loves mathematics, science and English. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Her father works as a shopkeeper while her mother keeps a small garden of vegetables. For seven years, Angel has been experiencing regular infections, difficulty breathing, and sleep apnea. This has affected her school attendance and performance. Angel was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Angel, which is scheduled to take place on May 17. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Angel of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Angel’s father says,”I would really like to see my daughter get the help she very much needs. It hurts me that I cannot help her get the needed surgery. Thank you for helping me.”
Ngwe is a 61-year-old from Burma. She lives with her husband, grandson, and niece. Both Ngwe and her husband used to be farmers, but now her son supports the family. He is a farmer as well, but he does not live in the same village. Last month, Ngwe began to experience pain and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ngwe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ngwe is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 17. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Ngwe will be feel more comfortable and she will no longer experience pain and bleeding anymore. “I want to pray more at the Buddhist temple and give more offerings. I also want to be able to cook again, clean, and take care of my home. I do not want to go back to work; I feel that my body is too old to put up with physical work from now on," says Ngwe.
Billkiss is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of two. Her mother is a single mother. Billkiss was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Billkiss is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Billkiss's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 14. This procedure will hopefully spare Billkiss from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Billkiss’s mother says, “My hope is to see my child treated and lead a normal life."
Mu is a 27-year-old farmer from Burma. She rents a patch of land with her husband and farms. She has two children. Mu experienced abdominal pain and visited Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner's care center. She received medication, which temporarily alleviated the pain but did not eliminate her symptoms. She has been diagnosed with gallstone pancreatitis. Mu says, “It is a sharp pain and it comes on without warning. Sometimes I can feel it all the way in my back.” Mu has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Mu's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Mu is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on February 14. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mu's procedure and care.
Myint is a 29-year-old who lives with his parents and older sister in Burma. He moves around different villages with the Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT). In early 2015, he began to feel pain in his back and noticed that his urine was cloudy. Once or twice a month, he would feel numbness and hotness in his lower abdomen. He visited a doctor and received an X-ray test and a ultrasound test. He was diagnosed with a kidney stone. The doctor gave him oral medication, which made him feel temporarily better. In July 2017, Myint's symptoms returned, and he visited our medical partner's care center. He underwent different tests, which showed that there were stones between his urethra and kidney. Now, he is scheduled to undergo a procedure called shockwave lithotripsy to treat the stones on January 17. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. He says, “If BCMF can find the donor for me to support my surgery, I will have no worries about the treatment cost. I feel less stressed and much happier now. My family will also not be worried or stressed.”
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."
Kyel is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his two younger brothers in an orphanage in Mae Sot. Two days ago, Kyel was playing football with some friends. He slid and his friend tripped and landed on top of his arm, fracturing it. Kyel is in a great deal of pain and is unable to sleep at night. He is sad that he won’t be able to play football in the foreseeable future. He also won't be able to do his laundry or garden. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Kyel will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 18 and will cost $1,500. After recovery, Kyel will be able to return to school. Kyel says, "I my dream of being a professional singer one day."
Umar is a three-year-old boy from Sierra Leone. He lives with his mother and grandparents. Umar is a happy child and likes listening to music on the radio and playing with the kids in his neighborhood. Umar was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, where there exists a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage in one of his valves. On August 2, Umar will be traveling from his home in Sierra Leone to our medical partner's care center, Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, in Bangalore, India. Although Umar is not from Haiti, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with other partners to make his surgery possible, and so is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Umar's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $12,000 towards his treatment. We are also fundraising for his [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/8b44b9ae4b94-umar). "I am excited for Umar to be able to go to preschool once his heart is healthy!" says Umar's mother.