Naseem joined Watsi on November 12th, 2020. Ten months ago, Naseem joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Naseem's most recent donation supported Jade, an 18-month-old baby girl from Haiti, to fund cardiac surgery.
Naseem has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 7 countries.
Naseem has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 7 countries.
Jade is an 18-month old baby girl from Haiti. She lives with her mother and father in a small city in Southwestern Haiti where her mother is a nurse at the local hospital and her father is a teacher. Jade was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), in which blood leaks between the major artery and vein connected to the heart. This has led to heart failure, which has left Jade sick and short of breath. Fortunately, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is helping Jade to receive treatment. On September 9th, doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole between the artery and the vein so that blood can flow normally. Now, Jade's family needs help to raise $1,500 towards the cost of Jade's procedure and care. Jade's mother shared, "thank you to everyone who is helping to heal our daughter's heart!"
Victor is a newborn baby and the youngest child in a family of six children. His parents are both casual laborers who sell groceries for a living. When Victor and his mom arrived home from the hospital after his birth, he was crying often and his mother and aunt became concerned. They examined him and noticed that his stomach was swollen and he was not able to pass his stool. Upon examination, he was scheduled for an urgent colostomy surgery the next day. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Victor to receive treatment. On August 11th, he will undergo surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $1,152 to fund Victor's life-saving procedure and care. Victor’s mother shared, “Victor’s condition is a big blow to us. It’s new to us and what’s worrying is that he cannot survive without surgery being done and we are not in a position to cater for that.”
Richard is four year old boy and the third born in a family of four children. He has not yet started school and enjoys looking after his father's cattle alongside his siblings. Richard's parents are small-scale farmers who grow maize, beans, and vegetables for their own consumption and they also have a few cattle for milk. Since he was a baby, Richard has had an inguinal hernia, a condition in which soft tissue protrudes through a weak place in the abdominal muscles. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Richard to receive treatment. On July 4th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Richard's surgery and once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Richard’s mother shared, "if my son is able to get this treatment it will help stop the suffering he is going through especially this cold season."
Joana is a 50-year-old primary school teacher from Malawi. She teaches a class of more than 80 children. She shared that she loves teaching because it makes her feel young and energetic. Joana is also a mother of two children of her own, ages 29 and 27. In March 2021, Joana visited a local clinic for a routine check-up and was diagnosed with a uterine mass. A total abdominal hysterectomy, or a procedure where both the uterus and cervix are removed, was recommended as treatment. If her condition is not treated, Joana is at risk of becoming severely anemic. After the surgery, it is expected that Joana will no longer experience the uncomfortable symptoms associated with her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Joana to receive treatment. On June 5th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a hysterectomy. Now, Joana needs help to fund this $1,363 procedure. Joana shared, “I will soon be a grandmother and I want to be in good health so I can play with my grandchildren the way I play with learners at school. I appreciate your support to have this uterine mass removed."
Chorn is a 46-year-old guard in his village in Cambodia. He's married with one daughter, three sons, and four beautiful grandchildren. Chorn lives with his wife who is a grocery seller. In his free time, Chorn enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Chorn developed a cataract in his left eye causing him blurry vision and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for an hour with his wife seeking treatment. On May 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Chorn shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can go to work and help my wife sell groceries at home."
Mugyenzi is a 65-year-old married father of nine children. Two of his children are nurses, one is a teacher, and the others are all married and work as small scale farmers. He and his wife earn a living through small scale farming too. They have bananas, coffee, and raise two cows from which they get milk for home consumption. Mugyenzi came to the hospital with a left scrotal swelling that he has had for four years. It started as a small swelling with no pain, but it has gradually grown. Recently, he has experienced pain, and has difficulty sitting or lying down. Mugyenzi was introduced to a surgical support program at our medical partner's care center by a friend. After examination by the doctor, he was diagnosed with a bilateral hernia and an excision treatment was recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mugyenzi to receive treatment. On May 25th, he will undergo a cystectomy at AMH's care center and now AMH is requesting $220 to cover the cost of his surgery. Mugyenzi shared, “I hope of getting better and recovering to continue with farming to sustain my family.”
Mu Hee is a 23-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her parents, older brother, sister in-law, three nephews and three nieces in a refugee camp. Mu Hee’s older brother is the sole income earner in their family. He works as a nurse in the camp’s hospital, which is run by International Rescue Committee (IRC). Mu Hee’s parents and her sister in-law look after the household chores. Mu Hee’s nieces and nephews are students and Mu Hee is a Bible school student. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, she has been studying online in the refugee camp. Her teachers support her school fees and food. In her free time, Mu Hee likes to play with her nieces and nephews. She also loves to listen to music and sing. When Mu Hee was 14 years old, she began to experience severe abdominal pain. The first time it occurred, her father called a medic who lived close to their house, and the medic gave her an injection. She felt better after the injection, but continued to feel unwell every month. When she was 15, her father took her to the clinic in the camp to check whether Mu Hee had a serious illness in her abdomen, but the medic could not find any problem. Mu Hee's pain continued and she continued to receive treatment to help, but she did not think that her condition was serious because she had heard from her friends that some women experienced pain during the first day of their period. In early 2020, Mu Hee spoke about this condition with a staff member from a nearby clinic and with one of her teachers. Both urged her to get a check-up, and in February 2020, Mu Hee went to a clinic and a medic found a mass in her left ovary. Doctors have tried to treat her with medications for almost a year, but the mass has continued to grow. During a follow-up appointment in January 2021, the doctor told her that she would need surgery. Recently, Mu Hee has experienced pain in the left side of her lower abdomen almost every day. The pain is on and off and she feels most uncomfortable when running or walking, especially over long distances. She also experiences some pain as she does other basic daily tasks. Mu Hee sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery, and she is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Mu Hee said, “The first time when I heard that I have a mass in my ovary, I felt very sad. I am also worried that the mass might be cancerous. I think about my condition very often, but my parents are very supportive, and they encourage me not to be afraid. I believe that I will no longer experience pain after surgery.”
Subira is a forty-one-year-old mother of six children. Subira and the husband are small scale farmers who grow mainly food crops which they use for their food and sell the surplus to buy other basic commodities for their family. Subira was born with a small swelling on her back but her parents were never able to seek treatment of any kind for her since it didn't look like it was something serious. Over the years, the swelling has been increasing in size gradually and it’s now causing her pain and discomfort. In addition to these new challenges, the swelling is also discharging fluids, causing her to panic. Her condition is affecting her ability to walk and care for her family. Subira has spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Subira is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of other complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Subira's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 10th. This procedure will hopefully spare Subira from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to flourish along a healthier trajectory. Subira says, "I am really scared about the condition, I have children to look after but in my current state I am not fit enough to care for them, please help me get this surgery."
Rathanak is a 32-year-old seller from Cambodia. He has 5 siblings: 4 brothers and 1 sister; he is the youngest child in the family. All of Rathanak's siblings are married and he lives with his mother, as his father has passed away. In his free time, Rathanak likes to exercise, help his mother to do house works, listen to music, and play games on his phone. In November 2017, Rathanak was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture on the right femur and left forearm. His family took him to a government hospital for surgical treatment, where he had plate screws on his left forearm and a nail on his right femur. The hardware that remains in his forearm and femur causes him discomfort, risks future infection, and needs to be removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 5th, Rathanak will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Rathanak shared, "I hope my fractures will now completely heal after the hardware removal. I'm looking forward to returning to normal physical activity and going back to work."
Daly is a 74-year-old retired construction worker. He has two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. Daly lives with his wife and their youngest daughter. Since he stopped working in construction, Daly focuses on planting vegetables around his home. Five years ago, Daly developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Daly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled with his son seeking treatment. On April 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Daly shared, "I'm hopeful that after surgery I can see my family better again and plant vegetables easily."
Tumuhimbise is a farmer from Uganda and a single mother of two grown children, ages 24 and 30. Unfortunately, she was not able to see them through schooling due to financial challenges. She lives with her elderly parents and takes care of them. She loves singing in church. For the last six years, Tumuhimbise has experienced chronic abdominal pain, severe bleeding and backaches. She is unable to work on the farm and household chores are becoming difficult, yet she must care for her parents. She has been diagnosed with Multiple Leiomyoma with chronic pelvic pain. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Tumuhimbise's surgery. On February 17th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumuhimbise will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Tumuhimbise shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume farming and caring for my elderly parents as soon as I recover.”
Yohana is a baby boy from Tanzania. Yohana is the only child to his parents who are small-scale farmers and livestock keepers. Yohana was out playing while his father was attending to the cattle, collecting cow dung from their cattle shed and burning it to keep the compound clean. His mother was cleaning dishes. Both parents were focused on their chores while Yohana went over to where the cow dung was burning. Unfortunately, he fell into it, sustaining burns on his hands and legs. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Yohana receive treatment. On February 16th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so he will be able to use his fingers freely. Now, their family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Yohana’s father shared, “my son’s hands have been deformed. We would love for him to have both of his hands corrected, but the cost is too high for us to afford. Please help us.”