Raan joined Watsi on March 19th, 2015. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Raan's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Htin, a man from Burma, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Raan has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 10 countries.
Raan has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 10 countries.
Htin is a 52-year-old man from Burma. He is a motorbike taxi driver, and he lives with his wife and two daughters. He is the sole earner for his family. Early this month, Htin got into a motorcycle accident while he was riding. Currently, he experiences pain in his right elbow and pinky finger, which were both fractured in the accident. He also scraped his leg in the accident, which causes some discomfort as well. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htin will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 19 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Htin will be able to do his job a again and can support his family financially. He says, "If it had been my left hand, I would not have considered surgery, but I need my right arm in order to do my job. It is just important for me to get back to work."
Chhay is a baker from Cambodia. He has two sons, six daughters, and twelve grandchildren. He likes to watch music videos and boxing matches. He likes to make desserts. Four years ago, Chhay developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, clouded lenses, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 26, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I think my vision is improved so I can continue my business selling desserts and recognize faces of my loved ones."
Vumilia is a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania. She loves school and especially enjoys studying Swahili. She is the youngest in a family of three children. Her mother is a subsistence farmer, and her father works for a mining company. Vumilia was born with a longitudinal deficiency of the tibia, so her right leg is bent below the knee and is shorter than the left leg. This makes walking difficult. Over time, she will develop back problems due to poor balance. Fortunately, Vumilia visited our medical partner's care center. There, she will undergo an amputation on April 13. This surgery and prosthesis will allow her to be able to walk without problems, and she will not be at risk of developing back problems. Her family needs help raising $1,035 to fund the procedure. Vumilia says, “I hope that this treatment will allow me to be able to walk without difficulty and be able to continue with school. Thank you so much for helping me.”
Rorfech is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three children and three grandchildren. He enjoys visiting his local pagoda. One year ago, Rorfech developed a cataract in each eye. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rorfech learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. His wife says, "I hope my husband can see better and return to work soon."
Hout is a tuk-tuk driver from Cambodia. He has five children and enjoys reading the news on Facebook. Two months ago, he fractured his ankle in an accident outside of his house, when a piece of farming equipment hit him. It's difficult for him to walk, and he can't ride his tuk-tuk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 15, Hout will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This operation can help him walk again. He says, "I hope I can fix my foot and go back to work."
Myint is a 29-year-old who lives with his parents and older sister in Burma. He moves around different villages with the Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT). In early 2015, he began to feel pain in his back and noticed that his urine was cloudy. Once or twice a month, he would feel numbness and hotness in his lower abdomen. He visited a doctor and received an X-ray test and a ultrasound test. He was diagnosed with a kidney stone. The doctor gave him oral medication, which made him feel temporarily better. In July 2017, Myint's symptoms returned, and he visited our medical partner's care center. He underwent different tests, which showed that there were stones between his urethra and kidney. Now, he is scheduled to undergo a procedure called shockwave lithotripsy to treat the stones on January 17. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. He says, “If BCMF can find the donor for me to support my surgery, I will have no worries about the treatment cost. I feel less stressed and much happier now. My family will also not be worried or stressed.”
Srey Nhor is a garment factory worker from Cambodia. She has five siblings and enjoys watching movies and helping her family around the house. Ten years ago, Srey Nhor had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Srey Nhor experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, pain, and tinnitus. She can't hear people well and she's nervous that she'll go deaf in the affected ear. Srey Nhor traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 13, 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 $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I just hope my hearing can improve."
Willy is a 22-year-old man from Kenya. He is the the second born in a family of eight children. Willy's parents are peasant farmers. Willy was hit by a vehicle and sustained bilateral hip injuries. Willy has not received any treatment since the accident occurred, due to his family's tight finances. Willy is in pain and cannot stand or walk without support. Willy's family is not able to raise the funds needed for his treatment. Willy's mother says, “Please help my son go for surgery. Even if we went back home, there is no way could raise the money. In fact the money we used to come to the hospital was raised by well-wishers.” Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,231 to fund Willy's surgery. He will undergo surgery to repair his hip injuries on July 10.
Queen is an 11-month-old baby from Tanzania. She is the first and only child to her mother, who has been raising Queen as a single parent. Queen and her mother live with her grandmother, who is a subsistence farmer and the primary provider for the family. Queen was born healthy, but a few months ago, her head began swelling and she started becoming irritable and losing vision. Concerned, her mother took Queen to a local hospital, where doctors diagnosed Queen with acquired hydrocephalus, a condition where cerebral spinal fluid doesn't properly drain from the brain. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause brain damage and even become life-threatening. On July 12, doctors at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, will perform an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) surgery on Queen to help drain the cerebral spinal fluid from her brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to fund the treatment. “Please help my daughter get well," says Queen's mother.
Meet Khine, a 16-year-old girl who lives with her family in Burma. She works as a cleaner at her village's nursery school to help support her family. Khine shares with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), that earlier this year she started experiencing extreme fatigue and had difficulty breathing. Results from an ultrasound indicated that Khine has a cardiac condition, a diagnosis which was eventually confirmed by doctors at a hospital affiliated with BCMF. On September 15, Khine will undergo life-saving heart surgery to repair the atrial septal defect. With $1,500 we can help Khine to get the medical treatment she needs. "I want to go back to work so I can support my family," says Khine.
Umar is a three-year-old boy from Sierra Leone. He lives with his mother and grandparents. Umar is a happy child and likes listening to music on the radio and playing with the kids in his neighborhood. Umar was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, where there exists a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage in one of his valves. On August 2, Umar will be traveling from his home in Sierra Leone to our medical partner's care center, Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, in Bangalore, India. Although Umar is not from Haiti, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with other partners to make his surgery possible, and so is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Umar's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $12,000 towards his treatment. We are also fundraising for his [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/8b44b9ae4b94-umar). "I am excited for Umar to be able to go to preschool once his heart is healthy!" says Umar's mother.
Krouch is a 58-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Krouch likes to watch the news on TV in his free time. About three months ago, Krouch developed cataracts in both of his eyes, causing him blurred vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. Krouch's condition has made it difficult for him to work. Hearing about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his niece, he decided to seek treatment. On June 20, Krouch will undergo cataract repair surgery in both his eyes to improve his vision. CSC is asking for $398 to cover the cost of his treatment. After surgery, Krouch is looking forward to seeing clearly again!