Saurabh joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Six years ago, Saurabh became the 40th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,586 more people have become monthly donors! Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Tun, a man from Burma, to fund a leg amputation.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 526 patients in 15 countries.
Tun is a 61-year-old man from Burma. He works as a day labourer at a parking lot and supports his family. He loves listening to music when he has free time. About 18 years ago, Tun's right foot was injured in a road accident. He just self-treated the wound because he could not afford to go to any clinics or hospitals. Although the wound did not cause him any pain or any other problems, it never was healed properly. About 3 months ago, Tun started to experience intermittent pain, especially at night. The pain worsened over time until he could no longer hide it and screamed whenever the pain struck. When his neighbors and co-workers found out about it, they advised him to go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). Once at the hospital, the doctor examined him and said that his leg is in a bad condition. The doctor also explained that, with the failed joint and non-healing ulcer, the best treatment for him is to have a below-knee amputation. Tun said, "I can’t work daily because of my ulcer. That's why I have no money to seek treatment. My children are not able to work as they are still young. I‘m not happy. I am in debt and it's increasing daily."
Tumwijukye is small scale farmer from Uganda. She is a wife and mother to five children; one in school and others married. She was born in the family of nine siblings and no one has money. 20 years ago, Tumwijukye began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing and breathing with shortness of breath especially during sleep. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tumwijukye receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 08 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Tumwijukye says, “I will be glad after the relief of my condition and I will continue with cultivation.”
Theavy is a 31-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has two brothers, two sisters, and enjoys listening to music, cooking, and watching television in her free time. When she was seven years old, Theavy fell from her bike and hit her head on the pavement. Since the age of twelve, she started developing a tumor-like growth on her left cheek where she fell, which has been diagnosed as fibrous dysplasia. This condition can weaken the affected bone, sometimes leading to fractures and other pain and discomfort. Theavy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, and surgeons at CSC will perform a tumor excision procedure to help her feel more comfortable and confident. Now, she needs help to fund this $606 procedure. Theavy shared, "I hope that I will feel better after my surgery and that my face will look symmetrical again."
Vannat is a 67-year-old retired government worker from Cambodia. He has four children, four grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the news on the radio. One year ago, Vannat developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him vision loss. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Vannat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 07, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. Vannat said, "I hope that after surgery I can see clearly so that I can return to helping my family back in the village."
Samean is a 47-year-old rubber tree farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, two grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time. Three years ago, Samean developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Samean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five and a half hours seeking treatment. Samean needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $201 to cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. "I hope that surgery will relieve the symptoms in my eye so I can return to my work on the farm," shared Samean.
Heang is a 50-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five children, two grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in his free time. Four years ago, Heang developed a pterygium in right, causing him tearing and irritation. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Heang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Heang needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 11th. "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see more clearly than before and will no longer have tearing or irritated eyes."
On May 28th 2019, Min was playing tag with his friend in front of his house, when he decided to climb up a tree. Unfortunately, the tree was slippery due to the rainy season, and Min slipped and fell out of the tree. At first, he was able to stand on his right leg, but he was not able to walk. When Min’s mother heard the news, she immediately came to see him. In the morning, his mother and grandmother rented a car and brought him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). The staff at MTC then sent him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for an X-ray, which indicated that his left femur was broken. After they received the results of his X-ray, MTC referred Min to Watsi partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for help in accessing the treatment he needed. On May 31st, Min underwent surgery to place a metal rod into his leg. He was discharged from the hospital on June 5th. Within the past two months, Min returned to MSH for three follow-up visits. At his most recent follow-up, he was told his prognosis was good, and he was scheduled for surgery to remove the metal rod on January 2nd, 2020. “I feel normal again,” he said. “I’m no longer in pain. I can walk, sit, and take a shower by myself again. Before, I couldn’t do anything. I could only lay on my back and watch as people around me had to do everything. After my second surgery I want to work with my older brother in the factory.”
Royanny is a 4-year-old girl from Cambodia. She enjoys playing with her toys and playing games with her sister and brother. Two weeks ago, Royanny stuck a cotton bud in her ear, which has now become lodged inside her ear canal and is entirely blocking any access to the ear drum. She has ear pain, itchiness, and irritation. Royanny traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 10, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Royanny needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. Royanny's mother said, "I hope that my daughter will recover from her operation and the cotton bud will be removed."
Hoeun is a 63-year old security guard from Cambodia. He has two children and two grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in his spare time. Three months ago, Hoeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, pain, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 02, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. Hoeun said, "I hope that after surgery, I will be able to see clearly and can return to my work as a security guard at the factory."
Dylan is a child from Kenya. Dylan and his mother depend on his aunt who sells cereals and has two children besides Dylan. Dylan's mother just completed school and yet to land a job. Dylan’s father left them days before he was born and does not want to be associated with them. Dylan 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, Dylan is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “It pains to know that I cannot fully support my son but I trust God will make a way,” says Dylan’s mother.
Ponleu is a tenth-grade student from Cambodia. He has three siblings, and enjoys reading books and helping out around the house in his free time. Ten years ago, Ponleu had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Ponleu experiences discharge and hearing loss. Ponleu is unable to hear others clearly and has a difficult time concentrating and communicating at school. Ponleu traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 19th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right 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. "I hope that after the operation, my son will feel better and I will no longer have to worry about his condition." - Ponleu's Father
Anifa is a student from Tanzania. Anifa is a friendly third born child in a family of four. Her mother describes her as hardworking both in school and at home. The class five student suffered severe burns on her left arm when she was three years old. While playing children's cooking games with her friends, Anifa's clothing caught fire as she was placing the cooking tin on the open fire. The severe burns saw her admitted to the hospital for a month. She healed with contractures on her left hand and armpit. At five years, she was funded by a visiting team of surgeons for a contracture release of the arm. However, the contractures on her axilla remain. The contractures limit her hand movement making it challenging to perform daily tasks. When her mother heard about our funding program from our outreach team who had visited their village, she brought her in to ask for help. Anifa is planned for a release and Z-plasty surgery in our ALMC hospital. Anifa's parents are small scale farmers of maize, rice and vegetables. Their income is limited to cater for the surgical cost and appeal for financial assistance Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Anifa receive treatment. On September 27th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to The surgery will restore Anifa's ability to move her hand with ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Anifa’s mother says, “We have always wanted to treat our daughter and correct the remaining part but due to lack of money we have not been able to do that kindly help our daughter if it’s possible.”