Saurabh joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Four years ago, Saurabh became the 40th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,048 more people have become monthly donors! Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Pha, a woman from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 372 patients in 15 countries.
Pha is a baker from Cambodia. She makes Khmer cakes. She likes watching Thai films and social dramas. She enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Three years ago, Pha developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, burning, and tearing. 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Pha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Pha 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. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 12. She says, "I hope my eye is good looking without the pterygium so that I can continue my business as a seller of Khmer cakes."
Kimheang is a factory worker from Cambodia. She has one daughter and two sons. She likes to bake and sell her baked goods. Three years ago, Kimheang was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her right knee. She went to an emergency clinic and doctors fixated hardware to heal her fracture. Now, the hardware is causing her pain and needs to be removed. It is difficult for her to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 27, Kimheang will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will help her walk easily again. She says, "I hope I am feeling better after the operation and can walk without pain."
Phan is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son and six grandchildren. She lives with her niece and enjoys listening to radio programs. Four months ago, Phan developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 5, doctors will perform an extra-capsular cataract extraction and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I look forward to visiting the local pagoda and spending time with loved ones after my surgery."
Kirokimu is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and of father of six children. Kirokimu and his wife cultivate food for both home consumption and to sell. For 13 years, Kirokimu has had an inguinal hernia. He has not been able to work for the past three months. Fortunately, on June 13, 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 Kirokimu's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "After surgery I will resume farming."
Kembabazi is a primary school teacher from Uganda. She is 49 years old and married with five children. Kembabazi has had a swelling on her neck for six months. The swelling has made speaking difficult. She was diagnosed with a goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kembabazi receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 18 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. Kembabazi says, “I hope to get better life style after surgery and I continue with my profession of teaching.”
James is a young student from Kenya. He is in seventh grade and lives with his family. James was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, James has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. James will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 21. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “We are pleading for support to help James. We were told of the possible complications and we would not imagine him unable to father his own children in the future, yet we are in a very difficult financial situation," says his sister.
Yon is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, four daughters, and fifteen grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Yon developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurred vision, irritation, itching, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On April 9, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see clearly again. I want to learn about Buddha and be able to go outside by myself."
Matteo is a boy from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger brother. He is a fifth grade student, and likes watching soccer games and listening to music. Matteo suffers from a condition called severe pulmonary stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too small. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leading to heart failure. This will eventually be fatal. Fortunately, Matteo will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter tipped with a balloon to stretch Matteo's valve open to a more normal size. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Matteo's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. He says, "I am excited to be able to play soccer after my heart is fixed."
Chhoeut is a 49-year-old man from Cambodia. He has two daughters and four sons. He likes to garden in his free time. One month ago, he was riding his bike and fell. This dislocated his left shoulder. Ever since, his shoulder is in pain, and he can't easily move it. He needs to undergo a reduction procedure to fix his dislocation and allow him to use his arm and move his shoulder again. Surgery is scheduled for May 3. Now, he needs help raising $390 to fund the procedure. He says, "I hope after the operation I can bend my shoulder without pain."
Phat is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, four sons, and seven grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Phat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurred vision, headaches, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On May 1, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope my vision is clear so I can continue my work at the farm field and support my family."
Vandy is a construction worker from Cambodia. He has a brother and two sisters. He likes to listen to music and play volleyball with friends. A few months ago, Vandy started developing pain on his left side. He has difficulty walking and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, Vandy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Vandy of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for May 3, and Vandy needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "After surgery, I hope I can walk normally and without pain anymore."
Martha is a young girl from Kenya. She lives with her aunt and two siblings. Martha completed her primary education in 2012 but could not attend high school as her aunt could not afford the school fees. Instead, she helps her aunt sell vegetables. Two years ago, Martha was in her house reading a book when a pressure lamp exploded. She suffered burns and later developed burn contractures. The burn contractures have significantly disfigured her abdomen and distorted her gait. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Martha receive treatment. On April 23, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help Martha regain her posture. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,176 procedure. Martha says, “I would want to be treated and trust God that a well-wisher will come and educate me. I want to help my aunt and siblings have a good life that past life has robbed us."