Chien joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. Two years ago, Chien became the 2340th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,883 more people have become monthly donors! Chien's most recent donation supported Blessing, a newborn from Kenya, to fund spinal surgery.
Chien has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 10 countries.
Blessing is an infant from Kenya. She is the last born in a family of six children. Both of her parents are laborers. Blessing 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, Blessing 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 Blessing's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11. This procedure will hopefully spare Blessing from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Blessing’s mother says, “My wish is to have my child receive quality healthcare as early as possible. I am hopeful she will be well."
Businge is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of ten children. Businge and his wife cultivate food for home consumption and sell the surplus. For the past two years, Businge has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain, especially after working. If not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage and strangulation. Fortunately, on June 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Businge's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "After surgery I will continue with farming."
Kakye is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of eight children, all of whom are married and have their own families. Two years ago, Kakye developed a swelling on her left arm. The mass causes her pain and discomfort. Kakye traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 28, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kakye needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kakye says, “I hope to have peace of mind and continue with farming after surgery.”
Sarie is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has one son. She likes to watch TV, listen to news on the radio, and read about Buddha. One year ago, Sarie developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, pain, headache, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sarie learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On June 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see everything clearly after surgery. I hope to continue my work as farmer and spend time with my family."
Chhoeut is a 49-year-old man from Cambodia. He has two daughters and four sons. He likes to garden in his free time. One month ago, he was riding his bike and fell. This dislocated his left shoulder. Ever since, his shoulder is in pain, and he can't easily move it. He needs to undergo a reduction procedure to fix his dislocation and allow him to use his arm and move his shoulder again. Surgery is scheduled for May 3. Now, he needs help raising $390 to fund the procedure. He says, "I hope after the operation I can bend my shoulder without pain."
Dorcus is a baby from Tanzania. She is very playful and the youngest in a family of two children. Dorcus's father is a shopkeeper, while her mother looks after the children. Dorcus was diagnosed with genu varus. Her leg bows outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Dorcus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 18. Treatment will hopefully restore Dorcus's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Dorcus's mother says, "We are scared our daughter’s leg may never be straight if we don’t get help now that she is still young. We don’t where else to go."
Justin is a builder from Malawi. He lives with his wife on their small farm, and they have four young children. When he's not working as a builder or farming his land, Justin likes to spend quality time with his wife. Since July 2017, Justin has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes Justin pain and weakness and makes work incredibly difficult for him Fortunately, on April 03, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Justin's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Justin was thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded, and he is looking forward to going back to his building and farm work. He says, "Thank you, Watsi!"
Jospina is a farmer from Kenya. She is 66 years old and resides in a small village in a very hilly region of the Rift Valley. About a week ago, Jospina was fetching wood to use while cooking. She tripped on a rock and sustained a fracture in her left hand. Although she has received first aid care, Jospina is currently experiencing pain and cannot concentrate on her responsibilities. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 19, Jospina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. We hope this treatment will relieve Jospina of pain so she can return home to take care of her family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I am in need of treatment because this pain is so severe," says Jospina.
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.
Chhav is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three sons, four daughters, and seventeen grandchildren. Four years ago, Chhav developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, itchiness, irritation, cloudy lenses, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhav learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 6, 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.
Suor is a 23-year-old from Cambodia. He is the eldest of five siblings. Two years ago, he was in a motorcycle accident and fractured his forearm and wrist. He went to a healer. Since then, his forearm has recovered but his wrist is still injured. He cannot use his hand or hold onto things easily. It is painful to do his work and use his right arm and hand. Suor needs to undergo a nerve and tendon surgery to repair his wrist. The procedure is scheduled for February 6 and will cost $497. Hopefully, this procedure will restore function to his wrist. He says, "After surgery I hope I have power of muscle, and can hold things in my right hand again so I can complete my job."
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!"