Andy joined Watsi on March 5th, 2014. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Andy's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Nasomi, a boy from Tanzania, to fund tonsil surgery.
Andy has funded healthcare for 65 patients in 12 countries.
Andy has funded healthcare for 65 patients in 12 countries.
Nasomi is a child from Tanzania. For two years, Nasomi has been experiencing difficulty breathing. Nasomi was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Nasomi, which is scheduled to take place on July 19. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Nasomi of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Nasomi’s uncle says, “My nephew has been struggling to breathe for years please help him we can’t afford his treatment cost.”
Sue is a 48-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her mother, husband and son in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. Sue and her husband are farmers. Sue has a kidney stone. She has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Sue'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), Sue is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on July 3. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Sue's procedure and care. Sue said, “I would like to become healthy again, so that I can be able to work and support my family.”
Yoeun is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter and enjoys watching television in her free time. One year ago, Yoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 8, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 that after my surgery, I will be able to see again and go back to work and go anywhere I want to on my own."
Ubah is a girl from Ethiopia. She was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Ubah is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on May 7. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Ubah's procedure and care. After her recovery, Ubah will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her aunt says, “I am her aunt and I am hosting her and her mom after they displaced and moved from Somalia. I am separated from my husband and I am running a small tea café in my neighborhood. That’s how we are trying to support our self. I am also a refugee. For this reasons I can’t afford her medical bill."
Lim is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has seven children and thirty grandchildren, and she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. One year ago, Lim developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 18, 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 that after my surgery, I am able to return to the pagoda and rejoin in the ceremonies, as well as take care of my grandchildren."
Geofry is a young man from Kenya. He is the fifth of six children. Currently he works on construction sites. Earlier this month, he slipped and fell and sustained a closed fracture on the radius and ulna of his left hand. It is difficult for him to use his hand, and he is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 21, Geofry will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal and use his hand again to work. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. He says, “I plead for help because my income is very little and I have no one to help me. I hope to be well and go back to my job to support myself."
Raymond is a young boy from Kenya. His mother is a hairdresser, and his father is a construction site worker. Since he was born, Raymond has had difficulty hearing. He has been diagnosed with severe hearing loss. Without treatment, Raymond may not develop the ability to speak. Fortunately, Raymond is scheduled to receive hearing aids on February 5. His family needs help raising $929 to pay for the devices. Raymond’s mother says, “I hope to have my son fitted with the aids to at least be able to lead a normal life like any other child."
Nin is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son and one daughter. He likes to tend to his vegetable garden and do housework in his free time. Four years ago, Nin developed avascular necrosis and hip pain on his right side. He cannot walk on his own and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, Nin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Nin of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 06, and Nin needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I hope I can return to work and walk on my own again."
Mbwana is a child from Tanzania. He has been diagnosed with acquired bilateral genu varus. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Mbwana has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Mbwana. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 6. Treatment will hopefully restore Mbwana's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Mbwana’s mother says, “Please help us.”
Najati is a child from Tanzania. She has one younger sibling, and her mother cooks in a restaurant. When she was young, Najati began to have difficulty breathing and sleeping. She 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 Najati, which is scheduled to take place on November 2. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Najati of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Najati’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get well, she is really suffering and it hurts me to watch her struggle and I cannot do anything, she does not sleep most nights due to not being able to breathe.”
Beatrice is a farmer from Kenya. She plants maize and beans for her family's consumption. She has three children. Earlier this month, Beatrice sustained serious injuries on her right leg. She is currently walking with crutches because she is unable to walk or stand using her right leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 11, Beatrice will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After surgery, Beatrice should be able to walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. She says, "I want to receive treatment so that I can continue taking care of my children."
Rashid is a farmer with a large family from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have eight children and more than 20 grandchildren. Since last month, Rashid has been experiencing pain and coughing. 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 Rashid's surgery. On September 6, 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 accepting this help with both hands open; I am ready to have the operation and return to good health! Thank you!"