Raan joined Watsi on March 19th, 2015. Two years ago, Raan joined the Universal Fund and became the 1028th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,083 more people have joined! Raan's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Krouch, a rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Raan has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 9 countries.
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!
“I am grateful that there are people who help us even though they do not know us,” shares Wendy’s mother. 20-month-old Wendy lives with her mother and father in Guatemala’s rural highlands. Previously, Wendy was a playful child. But recently, her energy levels have dropped due to her malnutrition. She has also become underweight and small for her age, putting her at risk of permanent stunting. Malnutrition has weakened Wendy’s immune system, leaving her vulnerable to illnesses that further compromise her growth. She may also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as a low IQ and a greater likelihood of dropping out of school. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is not difficult to treat. Wendy’s parents, who work as a farmer and a clothes washer, do not have the resources to pay for their daughter’s medical costs. But we can help for $492. Beginning on April 17, Wendy will be provided with growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation. In addition, community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. This combination of interventions will bring Wendy back up to a healthy weight and height—and make sure she stays there. “I hope that my daughter can get better over time and recover her health,” Wendy’s mother says. Let’s make sure this goal becomes a reality.
Musabye is a 48-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has eight children. Two years ago, Musabye developed a small swelling in his right groin. As the swelling increased in size and grew painful, he was told he would need surgery. Musabye is unable to lift heavy objects because of the intense pain. At the suggestion of his sister-in-law, Musabye visited our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia occurs when tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. Without treatment, Musabye may experience intestinal blockage or damage. Fortunately, on March 8, Musabye will undergo a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund the procedure. After surgery, he hopes to continue farming in order to provide for his family. He says, “I have pain, and I am unable to pay for my surgery. I am requesting for help.”
Srey Mom is a 29-year-old garment worker who lives with her husband and daughter in Cambodia. When she is not at work, she cares for her young daughter and cooks for her family. On December 19, 2016, Srey Mom was involved in a motorbike accident, resulting in a fractured right tibia (leg bone). She went to a clinic for X-rays. Doctors recommended surgery, but she did not have enough money for treatment. She then went to a Khmer traditional healer, but her symptoms did not improve. Srey Mom cannot walk by herself, and she has been unable to work since the accident. Srey Mom's grandmother learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a tuk-tuk driver. Srey Mom and her grandmother traveled for four hours to reach CSC for evaluation and treatment. On March 31, surgeons at CSC will perform an ORIF—open reduction and internal fixation—to heal Srey Mom's fracture and allow her to walk easily again. Srey Mom needs help raising $411 to pay for the surgery, two weeks of hospital care, X-rays, and physical therapy. Let's help fund surgery for Srey Mom!
Saroeun is a 47-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has two sons and four daughters. In his free time, Saroeun enjoys taking care of his garden, cleaning around his home, and looking after his children. In November of 2016, Saroeun was hit by a cow and fractured his left forearm. Saroeun first went to seek treatment from a traditional Khmer healer, but to no avail. The fracture did not improve. The pain from the fracture makes it difficult for Saroeun to use his left arm and to carry out his daily activities. Saroeun learned about our medial partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his brother. He and his wife then traveled for four hours in order to reach CSC for assistance. CSC surgeons will be performing an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery to repair the fracture. They will use steel rods, screws, or plates to realign the bone to its normal position and stabilize it to allow proper healing. Saroeun will be receiving this surgery on January 11 at CSC's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. To fund Saroeun's treatment, CSC is requesting $411. After the fracture heals, Saroeun will be able to use his left arm normally again.
Birungi is a three-year-old girl from Uganda. She has one sibling. Her parents do not have a stable source of income. In 2014, Birungi developed a painful swelling in her upper abdomen. Over time, the swelling progressively increased in size. She felt pain when she ate or coughed. One year ago, Birungi was taken to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a supraumbilical hernia. Her parents could not afford to pay for treatment. When Birungi's mother learned about Watsi, she brought her daughter to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. On November 23, Birungi underwent a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. Birungi’s mother hopes that she will grow up healthy.
Kamakune is 21 years old and a single mother to three children. She works as a housekeeper, and she uses her income to pay for the education of her two children in primary school. In 2015, Kamakune developed a painful swelling in her upper abdomen. She visited a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a supraumbilical hernia and was advised to undergo surgery. This painful condition prevented her from bending, lifting heavy items, and digging. Kamakune was worried about taking care of her children. Without treatment, she risked intestine or stomach damage. On November 9, Kamakune underwent a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. After recovery, she plans to continue working as a housekeeper to support her children.
Mar is a 16-month-old boy from the Philippines. He is a friendly boy who loves playing with his older brothers. He lives in a simple 'sawali' house, made of a plywood-like material. His father is a construction worker, and his mother is a housewife. They only make enough money to cover the basic cost of living. Mar is severely malnourished, which has the potential to cause mental and physical disabilities as he grows. Fortunately, he began $268 malnutrition treatment on October 18, 2016. Through our medical partner, International Care Ministries, Mar will participate in a home-based feeding program. This program will provide him with the nutrients he needs to regain weight and ensure proper mental and physical development. His family will also be educated on proper nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene to promote Mar's healthy development after treatment. "I think having good health is enough for us. That's what I want for my son, Mar," shares his mother.
Reth is a 52-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons and two daughters. He enjoys staying at home, watching TV, and going to his rice field. For five months, Reth has had a chronic wound that will not heal in his right foot. Foreign material has caused inflammation in the tissue, and his foot will not heal until it is removed. Reth is in pain and it is difficult for him to work. Before visiting Children's Surgical Centre, Reth went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but it was ineffective. For $224, Reth will undergo a procedure on his right foot to remove the foreign material and allow him to continue his work in his rice fields again. Reth says, "After the operation, I hope that I can walk normally again and without pain."
San is a 54-year-old rice and crop farmer living in Cambodia with her husband, two sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies. Ten years ago, San developed blurred vision, tearing, and irritation in both eyes. She has been unable to see clearly, do her work well, and is unhappy with her appearance. She and her sister traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for further evaluation, and she was found with a pterygium in each eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. The growth can cause discomfort and obstruct vision. There is a higher prevalence for pterygiums along the equator, where there is more sun exposure. San needs a surgical procedure to scrape and remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface, and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The CSC tells us that for $148, San can have the procedure she needs. The total cost covers the procedure, supplies, and two days of inpatient care. After her pterygium excision surgery, San's discomfort will be relieved and her vision will improve.
Nguon is a 51-year-old factory worker who lives in Cambodia with his wife, three sons, and two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys reading magazines and watching TV news at home. On July 27, 2016, Nguon fell and fractured his right patella (kneecap). The patella is a small, movable bone at the front of the knee. It acts as a shield for the knee joint and connects muscles from the thigh to the lower leg. Falling directly onto the knee, as Nguon did, is a common cause of patellar fractures. Now, Nguon is experiencing pain and is unable to walk. He went to a local hospital after his injury, but they could not treat him because he was not accompanied by a relative. Next, he went to another clinic for consultation, and an x-ray showed a fracture of his right patella. At home, he has received only Khmer traditional medicine. Nguon traveled three hours with his wife to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a surgical procedure known as open reduction and internal fixation to reposition and set Nguon's broken patella to heal the fracture. After the surgery, Nguon will be able to walk normally again without pain. $405 covers the costs of Nguon's surgery, a two-week hospital stay, five days of post-operative care (including physical therapy), and six follow-up appointments during the first year after surgery.
Born just six months ago in Tanzania, Joshua is the first child in his family. During the first two months of his life, Joshua had no problems. He was a happy baby, feeding well and growing normally until he developed a severe fever. The fever was treated, but after he recovered, his mother noticed the size of her son’s head was increasing. His body now looks small, and he cannot control his neck at all. Joshua was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of fluid in the brain as a result of infection, trauma, malformation of the central nervous system, or genetic defect. He needs surgery to help reduce the intracranial pressure and prevent him from losing his eyesight and the ability to control his body. Joshua’s mother used to work at a small restaurant in their town, but she can no longer continue with work due to Joshua's condition. Now, she cares for her son at home while Joshua’s father, a self-employed carpenter, works hard to support the family. The little money that he earns is not enough to cover the cost of renting a room or other basic needs as well as the cost of the surgery that Joshua badly needs. For $775, Joshua will undergo surgery to place a shunt to drain the excess fluid from his brain and transport it to his abdomen, where it can be resorbed by the body. Funding also covers the costs of five days of hospital care, dressing changes for his surgical wound, imaging, blood tests, medicine, and two weeks of accommodations at the Plaster House for recovery and rehabilitation. Joshua’s mother looks forward to a successful surgery for her son and hopes that he will continue to grow like other children.