Narendra joined Watsi on September 11th, 2020. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Narendra's most recent donation supported Erlando, a 3-year-old boy from Philippines, to fund corrective surgery for his birth condition.
Narendra has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 7 countries.
Narendra has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 7 countries.
Erlando is a playful three-year-old boy from the Philippines who loves to giggle and watch Tik Tok videos. Erlando was born with a congenital abnormality that leads to intestinal complications. This condition requires Erlando to go through a series of corrective procedures to eliminate the abnormality and reduce the risk of life-threatening complications. Erlando's parents sew uniforms for a living and work hard to earn enough to sustain their daily needs. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Erlando's parents raise $1,279 to cover the total cost of Erlando's procedure and care. He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 16th and after his recovery, Erlando will be able to live a happier and healthier life. Erlando's mother shared," This surgery will be the biggest blessing our child will ever receive given our economic situation. It will be a such a relief to see him grow up healthy."
Yoem is a 67-year-old father of three. He has three sons and six grandchildren. Yoem's sons all work in construction, while Yoem lives and studies at the pagoda. Four years ago, Yoem developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go places independently. When Yoem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 22nd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure. Yoem shared,"After my surgery, I hope my eye can see clearly. I want to get around easily on my own, read books, and join in for the ceremonies."
Mom is a 42-year-old seller of snacks and drinks. She is married with three young children. Her husband also sells goods at the market in Siem Reap province. She works hard to keep their house clean, cook for the children, and spend time with relatives when she has free time. Ten years ago, Mom had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. Mom experiences frequent ear infections causing ear discharge, hearing loss and tinnitus. It is difficult for her to communicate with others. She feels unwell and often cannot work due to frequent headaches. Mom is frustrated because she has spent money on medicine and treatments but nothing has worked. Mom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 8th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left 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. She hopes that - after this surgery - her ear infections will disappear and she will improve her hearing. She said, "I want to care for my children and not always feel bad."
Jules is a beautiful fifth-grade girl from Haiti. She lives with her parents, grandparents, cousins, and her several siblings in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. She enjoys art, listening to music, and spending time with her friends. Jules was born with a congenital circulatory malformation that entails a hole in-between two major blood vessels near her heart. As a result, blood leaks through the hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, which leaves her feeling sickly and weak. Jules needs surgery to treat her condition. To do this, doctors will use a catheter probe device to plug the hole, which will prevent blood from continuing to leak through it. Fortunately on February 15th, Jules will have surgery at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to help fund Jules' surgery. A non-profit organization, Gift of Life International, has generously subsidized $5,000 to also help fund her treatment costs. After surgery, Jules will be able to go to school and play with her friends without feeling sick, tired, and uncomfortable. Jules' mother says, "Our family is very excited that Jules will have her heart fixed soon!"
Sean is in 6th grade and lives with his parents and his older brother. His parents are rainy day rice farmers and have several cows for milk. Sean likes to read and watch TV and loves it when his mom makes curry soup for dinner. He would like to be a policeman when he is older. Sean has a rare genetic disease called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which mostly affects boys. He suffers from chronic pain and progressive muscle weakness in both his legs. He has an uneasy gait and difficulty climbing stairs. His neighbors told his parents about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, and urged them to visit for diagnosis and treatment. While there is no cure for his genetic disease, surgeons plan to release and lengthen his Achilles tendons on both legs, which will allow him to walk more easily. Sean needs help with the $541 cost of the procedure, subsequent leg casts, and physical therapy. His mother said: "It is hard to see our son in pain when he tries to walk; we are grateful the doctors will be able to help him walk again."
Everrest works in an agrovet shop after completing her studies in animal production management. She shared that she lost both parents when she was young and lives with her grandparents. Since her early childhood, Everrest began to experience troubling symptoms, including heart palpitations, shortness of breath, headache, and easy fatiguability. She was diagnosed with Graves Disease. If she is not treated, she will continue to have more complications and an impact on her quality of life. She needs surgery but is not able to pay for her care on her limited earnings. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Everrest receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 15th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Everrest says, "It will be a great pleasure and I will be glad to see my health restored so that I am able to do my work well and lead a normal life."
Sol is a 26-year-old garment worker. She's married and has two daughters. Her first daughter is ten years old and attends 4th grade and her younger daughter is three. Sol lives with her husband who is a sewing machine mechanic. Sol enjoys listening to music and watching movies on TV. Two months ago, Sol developed a chalazion in her left eye, causing her itchiness and irritation. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. It is difficult for her to see clearly and work. Sol traveled for two hours to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On March 11th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Sol's symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Sol says, "I hope my eye heals soon so I can return to work and not worry about my eye anymore."
Hon is a 65-year-old rice farmer who is married and has two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. She and her husband live with their oldest daughter who is a farmer. Her life is full with her children, grandchildren, cattle, and the farm, but when she gets a few free moments, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and watch TV Khmer dramas. Ten years ago, Hon developed tearing and difficult vision due to her eyelids. Her eyelids turn inward, causing her eyelashes to scrape the surface of her eyes. It is difficult for her to open her eyelids and see. Hon traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 5th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to repair her eyelids. Now, Hon needs help to raise $225 to fund this procedure. "I hope after surgery my eye can see better and stops tearing. I want to see faces and visit my family and neighbors," Hon shared.
John is a high school student and the seventh born child in a family of eight children. He comes from a humble family, and his parents work as farmers to provide for their family. Some of his older siblings have left home and started their own families, while others are still in school. Eight years ago, John developed a small swelling on his head, which is also impacting his eye. Recently, he has experienced pain near the swollen area. He visited our medical partner's care center for examination and surgery was recommended. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping John receive treatment. On February 8th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, John needs help raising $145 to fund his procedure and care. John shared, "I hope to get well through surgery because I can no longer take on my studies comfortably. I will continue with my education and hope to excel once given treatment."
Florvencia is an eight-month-old girl from Haiti. She has an older brother and her father supports their family as a taxi driver. Florvencia has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Florvencia has been experiencing a rapidly growing head circumference. Without treatment, Florvencia will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $957 to cover the cost of surgery for Florvencia at Hospital Bernard Mevs that will treat her hydrocephalus. This is the only site in the country where this care is currently available and the procedure is scheduled to take place on February 17th. This critical treatment will place a shunt to drain the excess fluid from Florvencia's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Florvencia will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. The family shared how grateful and happy they are to have this opportunity for surgery for their little girl.
Da is a 67-year-old man who lives with his wife and son in a village on the border area of Thailand. Da cannot work since his vision deteriorated three years ago and his wife is a homemaker. His son works as a day labourer getting work when he can. In his free time, Da shared that he likes to listen to gospel songs. Starting three years ago, Da's right pupil gradually turned white. The vision in his eye also blurred over time. When he went to Mae Sot Hospital, the doctor diagnosed him with cataracts in both his eyes and told him he would need surgery to be able to see clearly again. The doctor scheduled him to receive surgery for his right eye first on December 28th. Currently, Da cannot see anything and can only perceive light. He needs someone to guide him to the bathroom and help him take a shower because he cannot see. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Da. Doctors can perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Da's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Da said, "I feel like I am in the darkness as I cannot see now. I hope that I will be able to see after surgery."
Srey Nang is a quiet six-year-old girl. Srey Nang is in kindergarten and lives with her grandmother. Her father works in construction and her mother is a farmer in a different province. She has a two-year-old brother who she adores. She enjoys playing with her friends, painting, and watching cartoons on TV. She loves to eat fried noodles and fresh orange juice. Ten months ago, Srey Nang was burned by hot water. She has developed skin contractures from the burn scars, and cannot bend her knees to sit or straighten them to stand. She is unable to walk well and is in constant pain. Her family shared that she no longer plays with her friends because she feels ashamed of her condition and afraid they will make fun of her. When Srey Nang's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to replace the scar tissue from the burns with healthy skin from her opposite leg. Now, Srey Nang's family needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Her grandmother said: "we are hopeful Srey Nang's scars will be better, and she will be able to attend school with the other children."