John joined Watsi on December 17th, 2015. 43 other people also joined Watsi on that day! John's most recent donation supported Chos, a rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
John has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Chos is a 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two daughters, and enjoys listening to Khmer songs on the radio and looking after his two grandchildren. Seven months ago, Chos developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chos learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 08, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. Chos said, "I hope I am able to see clearly again so I can return to work and help provide for my family."
Bo is a 42-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his two daughters and his wife in Sagaing Division. Bo and his wife are teachers and his two daughters are students. In his free time, he likes to study and read literature related to the subject he teaches at the private school. But this has also been affected by his poor health, as he can no longer study as much as he did in the past. Bo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Bo is anxious and worried about his cardiac condition. He stopped running tuition classes from his home, and he has had to reduce the number of hours he teaches at the school. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Bo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 26th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “After I recover from surgery, I will continue to teach, and I will increase the number of tuition classes I run. I will attend some training to increase my teaching skills. I would also like to play cane ball with my friends again,” said Bo.
Kyarisima is a 47-year-old woman living in Uganda with her husband and their five children. She and her husband both work as peasant farmers. “In July 2013, Kyarisima got severe abdominal pain radiating across her back,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “As the pain increased, Kyarisima started bleeding irregularly and decided to go to a health center. She was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, non-cancerous growths that develop in the uterus, but could not afford to have the recommended surgery.” “Kyarisima had lost hope of every getting well until she heard about a gynecologist at Nyakibale Hospital, a non-profit community hospital, who could help her,” AMHF continues. $165 will fund Kyarisima’s total abdominal hysterectomy, which will relieve her from the pain and bleeding. She will be able to farm and take care of her family. “I hope to be well again and live happily with my husband,” Kyarisima says.