Saurabh joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Five years ago, Saurabh became the 40th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,951 more people have become monthly donors! Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Agnes, a teenager from Tanzania, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 432 patients in 15 countries.
Agnes is a student from Tanzania. She is the third child in a family of four children. She lives with her grandparents. Agnes was diagnosed with genu varus, which causes her pain when walking. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has had to stop going to school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Agnes. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 14. Treatment will hopefully restore Agnes's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Agnes says, “Please help me, my leg is making me not to be able to walk well due to the pain I feel.”
John is a child from Kenya. He underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In John's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for John. The surgery is scheduled to take place on March 1 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.
Tom is a nine-year-old student from Cambodia. He really likes to ride his bike around the village and hopes to become a teacher when he grows up. Since he was born, Tom has had a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred and cloudy vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Tom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 12, doctors will perform a lensectomy 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 hope that my eyes will be able to see everything more clearly now. This way I will be able to read, play with friends, and recognize people's faces."
Michael is a teenager from Kenya. He has five siblings. He hopes to become a teacher in the future. Michael was born with the hearing loss and has not been able to access medical care. He was brought by a neighbor to our medical partner's facility after learning about thei audiology services. Upon testing, he had hearing aids recommended. Now, he is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 5. His family needs help raising $929. Michael says, “My prayer is to complete school and become a teacher. I am hopeful that the hearing aids will help me improve on my studies."
Win is a 44-year-old widow from Burma. She lives with her father and son in Wet Chan Ka Yet Village, Kyaunggon Township, Ayeyarwady Division. She and her father work as day laborers, harvesting rice and beans on farms. Win has a cyst on her breast. She needs surgery to remove it. Win sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on February 13. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Win says, “I am very grateful that I got the chance to receive treatment. Thank you so much to all the donors.”
Sophat is a 26-year-old meat seller from Cambodia. He likes to play soccer, read books, watch television, and listen to the radio in his free time. Four months ago, Sophat was in a traffic accident, injuring his shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is able to move his arm and cannot work or easily take care of himself. Sophat traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 15, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to regain movement in his right arm. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. He says, "After surgery, I hope that I no longer have any pain and will be able to go back to work."
Nkojo is a farmer from Uganda. He grows beans, cassava, and ground nuts. For one year, Nkojo has had inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and weakness. Fortunately, on February 20, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Nkojo's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, “After surgery I will resume with my activities at home.”
Srey Nith is a 15-year-old aspiring dancer from Cambodia. She has six sisters and likes to watch TV and relax. When she was nine, Srey Nith had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Nith experiences tinnitus, hearing loss, and ear discharge. She has difficulty going about her daily tasks and no longer goes to school. Srey Nith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 7, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her mother says, "I hope that after surgery, my daughter will feel better and will be very happy."
Son is a man from Cambodia. One year ago, Son started noticing pain in his right hip, making him unable to sit or work on his rice farm. Son has a wife and three children, and his condition makes it a challenge for him to take care of them. Fortunately, Son is scheduled to undergo an arthroplasty to treat his osteonecrosis. The procedure is scheduled for February 12 and will cost $497. After his surgery, Son is looking forward to going for walks again with his family and looking after his children. He says, "I hope that after my surgery I will have no more pain and can sit and work without any problems."
James is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of five siblings. James was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, James is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 11. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $676 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help me," says James's mother.
Mi is a 47-year-old woman who lives with her husband and elderly mother in a village in Hpa-an Township, Karen State, Burma. While she looks after her mother and their house, her husband works as a subsistence farmer on their small piece of land. Mi also has a daughter who works in a textile factory in Bangkok. Around three years ago, Mi started to experience what she thought were muscles aches. Later, the muscle aches developed into back pain in the area around her left kidney. For one year, she took pain killers. Later, an x-ray indicated that she had a renal stone in her left kidney. Mi decided to visit our medical partner's care center. Now, she needs surgery to remove her kidney. Surgery is scheduled for February 4 and will cost $1,500. “I just want to recover, go back and look after my mom and the house,” says Mi.
Nat is a mechanic from Cambodia. He is married and has one son. He likes to watch TV in his free time. Three years ago, Nat 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, Nat experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, hearing loss, and itchiness. It is difficult for him to hear well. Nat traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 8, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his 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. His wife says, "I hope that my husband's surgery goes well. I worry about his hearing loss."