Vibeesh joined Watsi on February 3rd, 2016. Four years ago, Vibeesh joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Vibeesh's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Viboth, a future teacher from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery so he can communicate better.
Vibeesh has funded healthcare for 58 patients in 10 countries.
Viboth is an 8-year-old elementary school student from Cambodia. He lives with his parents, who work at a local factory, and his younger sister. He is in the first grade at school. Reading is his favorite subject, and he wants to be a teacher when he gets older. He also loves to run footraces with his friends, and at home he likes to read more. When he was five, Viboth had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Viboth experiences ear discharge and hearing loss. He cannot communicate clearly with others, and has a hard time participating in class. Viboth's family traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 6th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. His mother said, "I hope that this problem will not stop my son from going to school. He is a good student, but his ear infections make things difficult for him."
Soe is a 13-year-old from Burma. She lives with her parents and two siblings in a village in Taninthary Division. Her brother goes to school while her little sister is still too young to go. Soe was not able to go back to school this year, after she completed grade seven, due to her illness. Her father works as a tenant on Soe grandparents’ farm and gets to keep half of the harvest. Soe's mother used to be a vegetable vendor but has stopped working to look after Soe. In May 2019, Soe fell sick with a high fever and a severe cough. She was brought to a clinic where she received a physical examination. The doctor informed Soe's mother that she has a heart condition and urged them to go to a hospital in Yangon. Her mother followed the doctor’s advice and took her to Bahosi Hospital in Yangon on June 25th, 2019. There she received an echocardiogram (echo), x-ray, and a blood test. After her results came in, the doctor diagnosed her with mitral valve regurgitation, a problem with one of the valves in her heart, and told Soe's mother that she needs to have surgery that will cost 8,000,000 kyat (approx. 8,000 USD). Unable to afford her treatment, Soe instead received medication for the next four months. Although she took the medication, Soe did not feel better. One day, their neighbor told them to bring Soe to another hospital in Yangon. Soe's mother followed their advice and took her to Vitoria Hospital in Yangon. Soe received another echo, blood test, and an x-ray. A doctor at the hospital then told Soe's mother to come back the next month, without explaining why. When they traveled back in January 2020 for her appointment, the doctor told them to meet a cardiac nurse at another hospital in Yangon. When meeting that nurse, she told them about Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and that they may be able to assist her in accessing further treatment. With the help of BCMF, Soe went to Chiang Mai in March 2020. She was admitted at Lampang Hospital on July 25th, 2020 and received surgery to repair her mitral valve two days later. She was discharged home in August and received a follow-up appointment for a month later. When she returned for her follow-up appointment, she was readmitted to the hospital. She received a number of tests including an echo and an electrocardiogram. Once the doctor reviewed her test results, she was told that the sutures from her surgery were loose and that she would need to receive surgery to replace her mitral valve. Since her first surgery, Soe no longer has a cough. However, she is pale. Her mother is worried because Soe has not gained weight nor has her condition gradually improved like other heart patients after surgery. “After she recovers, I want to send her to school until she becomes a teacher," said Soe's mother. "When she plays with her friends, she pretends she is a teacher and that she is teaching her friends. Even when she felt sick, she would try to go to school and she always studied a lot. Her teacher loves her. But Soe is always worried that she will fail her exams.”
Neth is an 11-year-old second grade student from Cambodia. She lives with her mother, grandmother, and one younger brother. Neth's mother works in a factory and her grandmother is a merchant. Five years ago, Neth had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. Now Neth experiences difficulty hearing, ear discharge, tinnitus, and fevers. She cannot hear well at school and is embarrassed by the ear discharge. Neth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care at the hospital. Her mother says, "I hope my kid's ear will improve and she will not have discharge anymore."
Kong is a 60-year-old tour guide from Cambodia. He and his wife have three children. Kong has to travel a lot for his work, but he can support his family. He enjoys taking care of his children, helping them with their schoolwork and taking them on trips. Last year, Kong had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Kong experiences hearing loss, ear pain, and pus discharge. He has trouble communicating in his work now, and his wife is very concerned that he will have permanent hearing loss. Kong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 8th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Kong said, "I hope that my ear can heal well after this surgery and that I can have an easy time going back to work. I do not want my family to worry too much."
Vuthy is a 31-year-old construction worker from Cambodia and the youngest of three siblings. He lives with his sister near his parents' farm in Kampong Cham province. He and his sister help with their family farm work. Eight months ago, Vuthy developed tuberculosis arthritis in his left hip. He has taken medication to control the condition, but in the last four months, his condition has worsened. He has constant hip pain and must walk with crutches. His muscles in his left thigh have atrophied, and range of motion of his left leg has contracted by 60 degrees. Due to all of this, he now cannot work or do his daily activities. Fortunately, Vuthy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Vuthy of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 1st, and Vuthy needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Vuthy said, "Since I had this problem, I have not been able to work or get any money for my family, and they have to take care of me. I want to get better so I can do my part to support my parents."
Eng is a 71-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Eng lives with her daughter and two grandchildren near the fields where she worked. Her husband died many years ago. She hasn't been able to work as much as before due to her injury, so she has been spending time reading and listening to the monks on the radio. Five years ago, Eng fell onto her left hip and suffered a fracture. She initially went to a traditional Khmer healer to help her, but the pain has only increased over time, and now she is unable to walk by herself or do any kind of outdoor work. Fortunately, Eng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Eng of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for June 2nd, and Eng needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Eng said, "I don't want to be a burden for my daughter at home, and I want to take care of my grandchildren well. So I hope that this surgery helps me feel strong again."
John is a casual laborer from Kenya and the oldest of three children in his family with a single mother. John is currenrtly unemployed and previously he did some casual work at a bus stage: to help fill passengers for a small daily wage. His mother does casual work like cleaning clothes for neighbors and any other job available. On 4th April 2019 John was hit by a vehicle that lost control and met him on the side of the road. He sustained injuries to both legs. He was taken to a nearby hospital and x-rays showed he had closed fracture head of femur left leg and open fracture right tibia. Through the earlier support of friends and neighbors, he had an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery on the left side and external fixator on his right leg. Unfortunately even after the wound was healed his family could not afford another ORIF surgery which is much needed. Doctors are concerned that if not treated soon, John may get sepsis in his bones and may never be able to use his legs again. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 5th, John will undergo an ORIF fracture repair procedure. We hope with treatment, he will regain normal use of his legs and that an infection will also be avoided. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I have suffered a whole year in bed and pain that seems to have no end. I really plead for support and God will bless you. I can’t imagine seeing these metal bars removed from my leg and walking again, even if by crutches,” says John.
Isaya is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. Isaya is the third born child to her family. Isaya’s parents are both subsistence farmers who do not make enough to be able to afford his treatment. Isaya 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, Isaya traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 1st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Isaya's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk and wear shoes when he grows up. Isaya’s mother says, “I have seen children, even adults, with clubfeet but when I gave birth to Isaya it still scared me. I think I was scared because of the society’s perception regarding disability and I was worried that my son will have a hard life. Please help me get him this treatment so that he may have a good future.”
Daliza is fourteen years old, and enjoys reading, cooking, and going for walks around the village with her family. She has one brother and two sisters. Her favorite subject in school is Khmer Literature, and she hopes to become a teacher when she gets older. Since Daliza was ten years old, she started to develop scoliosis, causing a curvature in her spine. She often feels uncomfortable while sitting in class and sleeping, and cannot walk well. Spinal surgery will help to correct the curvature in her spine, and ensure that, as Daliza gets older, her spine will remain straight. "My daughter's spine gets worse everyday. I hope that I will no longer worry about her condition and she will be comfortable and can return to school again." -Daliza's Mother
Now two years old, Podolsky was born with a heart condition called atrioventricular septal defect, in which a large hole exists in the middle of the four chambers of his heart. This condition allows blood to mix between all four chambers without obtaining oxygen. Podolsky's cardiac condition leaves him sick, short of breath, and malnourished. Podolsky lives with his mother on a small island off of the west coast of Haiti. He likes playing with stuffed animals and toys and listening to music. His family is seeking $1,500 to support costs for preparation and transportation for Podolsky to access heart surgery. Another organization, Chain of Hope UK, is helping to cover the cost of surgery. His mother shared, "I am looking forward to this surgery so that my son can become healthy and strong, and will stop becoming sick so often."
David is a construction worker from Kenya. He is a widowed father of two children. He worked on construction sites to be able to support his children. Around August this year, David was headed home when a speeding vehicle hit him from the back and sped off. Some good Samaritans picked him up and brought him to Kijabe hospital where he was found to have a left leg double fracture. He is not able to walk and is restricted to a wheelchair. David is also in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 29th, David will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Treatment will enable David to walk again and work so that he can provide for his children. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. “I kindly request for financial help to get independent once again,” says David.
Khin is 38-year-old woman in Thailand. Originally from Mon State, Burma, Khin went to one of the refugee camps in Thailand to visit her cousins and search for job opportunities four years ago. However, Khin met her husband there and ended up moving in with her parents-in-law, four brothers-in-law and a nephew in the camp. Since 2016, Khin has been experiencing abnormal bleeding, pain in her back and suprapubic area which increases whenever she walks long distances. She has been diagnosed with uterine myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Khin's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Khin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain or discomfort and will be able to return to work full-time.