Omar joined Watsi on February 3rd, 2016. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Omar's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Eang, a factory worker from Cambodia, to fund fracture hardware removal surgery.
Omar has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 11 countries.
Omar has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 11 countries.
Eang is a 36-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys watching television, listening to music, cooking and taking care of her three children. In December 2018, Eang was in a motorcycle accident and fractured her right leg. She was treated at a nearby hospital, where doctors fixated hardware to help heal the injuries. Now, she experiences pain and it is difficult for her to extend her knee and walk normally. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 12th, Eang will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. Surgery will relieve her pain and allow her to walk without any difficulty. She shared, "I hope that my surgery will go well and I won't have to experience anymore pain and will be able to walk normally."
Sarah is a student from Kenya who lives at a girls’ rescue center together with her two sisters. They escaped from forced circumcision that their parents were pushing for and the rescue center secured their child custody rights. However, the center does not have health insurance for the children living there. In 2018, Sarah suffered a snake bite but it was never treated. She healed with contractures on her left wrist and elbow, which has strained her ability to utilize her left hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sarah receive treatment. On June 19th, surgeons at their care center will perform a contracture release surgery. With successful surgery, she will be able to use her hand with a lot of ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,176 procedure. Sarah’s guardian says, “Sarah is limited in her left-hand functions. Please assist her.”
Ha is a nineteen-year-old worker in a rubber factory. His lives with his parents and four siblings. His parents are farmers. When he is not working, he meets with a big group of friends who play regular soccer matches, or helps his parents with their farm. In May 2020, Ha was accidentally injured by a machine while working at the factory. He suffered fractures in both his legs resulting in nerve damage. His family took him to a local hospital where they used hardware to repair his fractures, but caused nerve damage in the process. Now, he cannot feel his feet or move either of his legs and must use a wheelchair. Luckily, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will be able to perform a repair procedure in order to restore normal nerve function and help him heal his legs. Now, they are asking for your help to fund the $541 procedure. His father shared, "I am worried that my son will not be able to walk again, so I pray that the doctors can find the best way to help him walk and be strong like before."
Susan is married and a mother of two who are still in school. Currently, she sells food to neighbors and drivers. Susan shared that the last five years have been very challenging because her husband has been serving jail time for something which he did not do. He was released in January of 2020 and was not able to find work before the COVID-19 lockdown. Over the last two years, Susan has been experiencing pain and fullness in her abdomen. At times the pain gets severe and causes vomiting. She has been diagnosed with gallstones. Her doctor adviser her that she needs a cholecystectomy. If Susan is not treated she will continue to experience pain, her vomiting may get worse, and she may also experience gall bladder inflammation. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are requesting $788 to help fund the cost of this surgery. Susan shared, “My husband is currently recovering from his time in jail and so I have no one to turn to. I pray that I may get help so that I am able to support my family and help my husband find a job. Then, we can support each other. I would appreciate Watsi's support."
Grace is a peasant farmer from Uganda who has been having a progressively increasing occipital neck mass for the past two months. The painful mass makes her days and nights very uncomfortable and she is not able to attend to her daily duties. She opted to come to the hospital after the pain persisted. Following a scan, she was diagnosed with the occipital lipoma and a mass excision recommended. Grace is a peasant farmer while her husband operates a small butchery. Their combined income is negligible to afford the cost of surgery and meet other daily needs. She also cares for her elderly mother making it harder for her to afford the cost for all her demands. Grace appeals for help. Grace traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 12, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Grace needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Grace says, "I hope to continue with cultivation after surgery.”
Maulito is a young man from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his mother; he used to work repairing electronics but has not been able to continue since falling ill. Maulito has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in his heart has been severely damaged due to a rheumatic fever he suffered several years ago. Maulito will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On September 9th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $35,000 to pay for surgery. Maulito'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 Maulito's family overseas. "I am looking forward to being able to focus on my future after having surgery!"
Rathanak is a ninth-grade student from Cambodia. He has two brothers, and enjoys playing football, reading books, and listening to music in his free time. Seven years ago, Rathanak received a poorly administered injection in his left thigh. He is unable to bend his leg fully and often walks abnormally. His left leg is now shorter than his right leg, and because of this he also experiences back pain. When Rathanak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On November 19th, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his left leg to help him walk again without any pain or difficulty. Now, Rathanak needs help to fund this $413 procedure. "I hope that my son's surgery goes well so he will no longer suffer from his condition and I won't have to worry about him." -Rathanak's Mother
Nat is a 62-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Three months ago, Nat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On November 20th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. Nat said, "I hope that I will be able to go outside on my own again and can help take care of my grandchildren."
Lily is a young girl from Tanzania. Lily is a playful and friendly girl, the fifth born in a family of six children. She is in kindergarten. Lilly walks with difficulties due to the genu valgus condition. Her parents noticed Lily's knocked knees, that had changed her walking style. Unable to seek better treatment plan for her, the parents decided to pray for her. Unfortunately, nothing was changing. Lily's uncle referred them to a facility near their village, before being referred to our hospital. Upon review, Lily was diagnosed with genu valgus and a distal femoral osteotomy surgery recommended. Upon successful treatment, Lily will be able to walk with ease and regain an upright gait. Lily comes from a humble background. Her parents are peasant farmers relying on their small piece of land to earn a living. They delayed taking Lily to the hospital due to financial lack. The mother is afraid that without money, she still will not be able to afford care for her beloved girl. They appeal for help Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Lily. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Lily's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Lily’s mother says, “I would love to see my daughter’s legs normal but we are unable to afford the cost, kindly help her.”
Than is a 57-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and her sister. Than 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, Than has difficulty breathing and her heartbeat is fast. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Than. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.
Kry is a 58-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, eight grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Four years ago, Kry developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry and cloudy vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kry learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 3, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 that after my surgery I will be able to plant crops near my home and will be able to go anywhere I want to independently."
Thoeun is a 47-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five children, and enjoys watching movies and cooking for her family. In February 2019, Thoeun was involved in a motor vehicle accident, fracturing her left forearm. She is unable to work and experiences pain near her wrist. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 30, Thoeun will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will secure the bones in her forearm so that they will align and heal normally. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to go back to my daily life and will no longer have any pain."