Jeffrey joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. Six years ago, Jeffrey joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jeffrey's most recent donation supported Suor, a young man from Cambodia, to fund a nerve and tendon surgery.
Jeffrey has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 10 countries.
Jeffrey has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 10 countries.
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!"
Lapiyoi is a baby from Tanzania. He lives with his parents in the eastern zone of Tanzania. Lapiyoi’s parents are pastoralists. Lapiyoi has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lapiyoi traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 19. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Lapiyoi's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk without difficulty and attend school. Lapiyoi’s father says, “I will be very grateful when Lapiyoi gets treated, and we his parents promise to take him to school after treatment and when he grows up."
Moses is a 42-year-old man who lives in Kenya with his wife and two children. He roasts green maize at the roadside. He was crossing the road this October when he was hit by a car. The accident fractured his left tibia and fibula (the two lower bones in the leg). He was brought to the hospital, where an ORIF treatment was ordered. This is a surgical method of realigning the bones and fixing them together with rods or plates so that they rejoin. If not treated, Moses may have malunion, nonunion, or infection. His treatment is scheduled for October 23. Moses hopes that he can "be well and go back to caring for my family." Watsi is requesting $998 to fund Moses's treatment.
Wilson is a happy and active five-month-old boy who often pulls at his mother in order to get her attention. He lives with his parents and grandparents in Eastern Kenya. They are subsistence farmers and have no cash income. Wilson was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth. Spina bifida is a condition in which the spinal cord does not close all the way, causing cerebrospinal fluid to emerge in a pouch-like fashion from the back along the spine. If left untreated, this condition will put Wilson at risk for serious infection and hydrocephalus, and potentially prevent him from learning to walk. Surgery has been recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to fund Wilson's surgery. He is scheduled for treatment on October 19 at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. After treatment, he will be able to grow and develop normally. “I would wish to see my son well and thriving,” Wilson's mother says.
Meet two-year-old Gustavo. He lives with his mother, grandmother, and aunts and uncles in rural Guatemala. Gustavo loves eating vegetables and porridge. Gustavo has been diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a medical condition in which the testes remained undescended. Without surgery, Gustavo is at risk of developing a hernia, infertility, or testicular cancer. On September 6, Gustavo will undergo an orchidopexy surgery to correct his condition. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,500 in donations to fund Gustavo's surgery and hospital stay. This amount will also cover travel and accommodation costs for his mother. "I have no doubt that Gustavo will feel better after his surgery. I thank you with my entire heart for all this help you have given us. May God bless you all," says Gustavo's mother.
Mee is 16-year-old girl who lives with her family in Karen State, Burma. She is in ninth grade. Her mother tells us that she is a top student and has received an award for academic excellence. Her parents are both subsistence farmers. When Mee was three years old, an abnormal growth appeared on her head. It continued to grow, but doctors were unable to diagnose the issue. By the time she turned 12, Mee's condition had worsened. She began experiencing headaches and blurred vision, causing her difficulty in school. Mee recently had a CT scan at Mae Sot Hospital, and the result confirmed a benign tumor in her head that needs to be removed. On August 1, surgeons will operate to remove the growth. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to cover Mee's treatment.
Koy is a 95-year-old mother of three sons and three daughters from Cambodia. She also has over 20 grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and watch movies on TV. About two years ago, Koy developed cataracts in both eyes, which caused her blurred vision, tearing, and itchiness. It became difficult for her to see things clearly or go anywhere by herself. Koy worried about losing her eyesight. Thus, she visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Surgeons will perform a small incision cataract surgery (to remove the cataract) and an intraocular lens implant (to replace the natural lens with an artificial lens) in both eyes. The procedure is scheduled for April 19, and CSC is requesting $292 to fund the treatment. After the surgery, Koy will be able to see clearly again.
Hadija is a 38-year-old single mother to four children. Her children all attend school away from home, so Hadija lives with her mother. In March of this year, Hadija received funding through Watsi for [surgical treatment](https://watsi.org/profile/5dae90dd91d2-hadija) to relieve her burn contractures on her neck and armpits. This surgery completed the first stage of Hadija's treatment. Hadija now requires skin graft and flap surgery, which will take place on May 5. Our medical partner, Mission Restore, is asking for donations in the amount of $1,376 to pay for Hadija's medical bill. This will cover Hadija's surgery, hospital stay, and post-op physiotherapy sessions.
Ngar is a 14-year-old girl from Cambodia. She comes from a large family, having three sisters and four brothers. During the day, Ngar attends school, where she is in the seventh grade. When not studying, Ngar likes to watch animated movies, read, and hang out at home. Some time ago, Ngar fractured her left tibia, the larger leg bone that connects her knee to her ankle. At the time, Ngar was taken to a pediatric hospital, where she underwent surgery. However, the surgery had complications, leaving her in pain and with difficulty walking. On March 8, Ngar will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, to correct her first surgery. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $411 to cover the cost of her treatment and accompanying hospital, physician, and medication fees. After surgery, Ngar is looking forward to walking easily again!
Dammar is a 30-year-old farmer from Nepal. He supports his wife and children through his agricultural efforts. As a seasonal migrant worker, he spends a large amount of time in India working and sending his earnings home to support his family. Nearly a month ago, Dammar began to develop an abscess on his left leg. An abscess is a collection of pus that has built up within the tissue of the body. Abscesses can become inflamed and painful. If left untreated, they can lead to infection of the surrounding tissue. Dammar has been unable to walk or even sleep as a result of his abscess. Dammar tried to heal the abscess with herbal medicine, but his condition did not improve. When he visited our medical partner, Possible, physicians examined his leg and recommended wound care. Dammar's treatment is set to begin on April 10. Possible is requesting $157. Dammar says, "My leg gives me trouble. I can't walk freely. I hope it will be all right."
Elija is a 62-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. Elija lives with his wife, and together they have ten children and 23 grandchildren. Elija's family owns a small farm. He likes to spend time with his many grandchildren. For the past six months, Elija has experienced painful and difficult urinary symptoms. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate gland. On February 15, Elija will undergo prostate surgery. When introduced to Watsi, Elija and his family were overjoyed. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund this life-changing operation. Elija says, "I give thanks to Watsi, and I have hope that now my problem will come to an end."