Saurabh joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Eight years ago, Saurabh joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Paul, a bright 9-year-old boy from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot treatment so that he can chase after his dreams.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 779 patients in 16 countries.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 779 patients in 16 countries.
Paul is a 9-year-old student and is the firstborn in a family of three. Paul's mother had him while in high school and had to drop out of school and decided to get married. Currently, Paul is in the third grade and his best subject is science. He dreams of becoming a pilot when he completes his studies. Paul has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Paul traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 21st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Paul's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to stand and walk easily and wear closed shoes. Paul can also go on to complete his studies and achieve his dream of being a pilot. Paul’s mother says, “Please help my son. We have traveled a long way to see if my son can have his feet treated.”
Sok Heng is a 37-year-old homemaker. She is married and her husband works as a taxi driver. Together, the couple has one son and one daughter, who are both in public school. When she is not caring for her family, Sok Heng enjoys listening to the news on her phone. Last month, Sok Heng developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst of the tear gland, in her right eye. She experiences burning, itchiness, and irritation, and her eyelid is red and swollen. It is also difficult for her to see clearly. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Sok Heng receive treatment. On June 2nd, surgeons at CSC's care center will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Sok Heng's symptoms should improve. Now, she needs help raising $210 to fund her procedure and care. Sok Heng shared, "I hope after surgery my eyelid not be red and itchy. I want to feel better and able to do my housework."
Dav is a 25-year-old construction worker. Dav's wife is a garment worker and together they have a one-year-old son, who they adore. In January, Dav was in a motorcycle accident, causing trauma to his right shoulder. Dav was treated at a local clinic, where surgeons placed screws and plates to repair his broken arm, but he has experienced paralysis from extensive nerve damage. Dav has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury that impacts the 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. Dav is unable to lift his right arm, abduct his shoulder, or have any sensation in his fingers. Dav cannot work to support his family so Dav, his wife, and child live with Dav's parents. Dav traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. This is the only center in the country where this treatment is available. On March 7th, Dav will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, the nerves that have been damaged will be able to regenerate, allowing Dav to have use of his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is helping Dav raise $696 to fund this procedure. Dav is hopeful that with this care, he can use his arm again to lift up his son and return to work to support his family.
Kamsort is a 28-year-old vegetable farmer, living with his wife and their two-year-old son. Kamsort's wife is a garment worker. In his free time, Kamsort enjoys listening to music and playing with his son. In January 2021, Kamsort was involved in a traffic accident that caused an open fracture of his right tibia. After the accident, his family took him to a hospital where he had surgery. Six months later he had the hardware from the surgery removed. But Kamsort remains in pain, he has swelling around his right ankle, and his fracture has not healed properly, making it difficult for him to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 2nd, Kamsort will undergo a fracture repair procedure at Kien Khleang Rehabilitation Centre. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $483 to fund this procedure, which will enable Kamsort to walk without pain. Kamsort says: "I hope my leg will finally be healed after this surgery and I can walk again."
Naisam is a 22-month-old baby girl and the youngest in a family of two children. Naisam's mother is single and sells vegetables by the roadside to provide for her children. Naisam has been diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Because of her condition, she experiences difficulty walking. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Naisam receive treatment. On April 8th, Naisam will undergo corrective surgery to treat her condition. Treatment will hopefully restore Naisam's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Now, she and her mother need help raising $880 to fund her procedure and care. Naisam’s mother shared, "I was directed here by a man who saw how much my child was struggling to walk. Please help us."
Mao is a 22-year-old welder. He has two older sisters and enjoys fishing and playing football with his friends. When he was young, Mao had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or his ear drum, to perforate. Now, Mao experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, pain, and tinnitus. He shared that he can't communicate clearly with others. Mao traveled to our medical partner's care center hoping to receive treatment. On May 3rd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $487 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Mao says, "I want to get healthy and be free of pain and discharge."
Hla is a 40-year-old woman living with her husband and adopted daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Hla and her family fled their village in Burma, due to fighting in the area. In January, Hla learned that she was pregnant for the first time after ten years of marriage. Then in March, Hla had to flee with her husband and daughter due to the fighting near her village. They moved in with her uncle, who lives in a refugee camp. Once there, she sought prenatal care at a clinic in the camp, where she was told that she had a breech baby, which would require a Caesarean section in order for her baby to be delivered safely. The C-section is scheduled for May 11th at nearby Mae Sot Hospital (MSH). When Hla told a friend that she does not have the money to pay for her hospital stay, her friend referred her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for help with paying for her care. Currently, Hla is eight months pregnant and is worried about her condition and the health of her baby. Burma Children Medical Fund is seeking $1,500 to cover the costs of Hla's treatment, and for the safe delivery of her baby. Hla said, "I was very worried when I heard that I will need an expensive C-section. I could not think of anyone to help pay for my surgery, and I felt stressed about giving birth through a C-section. After I heard from BCMF staff that donors could help pay for my surgery, I started to feel so much more relaxed and less worried. I still worry about my baby being born healthy."
Oeu is a retired rice farmer. He is married and has two sons, two daughters, and 10 grandchildren. Oeu lives with his wife near all of their children who are also farmers. Oeu likes to go to the pagoda with his wife to join in the ceremonies. One year ago, Oeu developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, which affects his daily activities. When Oeu learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 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 $253 procedure. Oeu says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I would like to easily recognize my family's faces and get around better with my wife."
Tumuramye is a small scale farmer and married to a lumber worker. Since 2020, Tumuramye has been experiencing lower abdominal pains accompanied by a palpable abdominal mass that is increasing in size. Tumuramye was diagnosed with large Intra-Mural Leiomyoma and needs to undergo a hysterectomy to prevent further complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Tumuramye raise $319 to fund this surgery. On April 4th, Tumuramye will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumuramye will be able to finally resume her daily activities free of pain. Tumuramye says, “I have lost hope of bearing children and am very worried about the future outcome if not treated on time. I hope to resume farming as soon as possible to support ourselves.”
Saban is a 78-year-old widow and retired rice farmer. She had to stop working when it was too difficult to be outside for her. She has two sons, two daughters, and many grandchildren. After her husband died several years ago, she moved in with her youngest daughter, who is a garment worker, to help cook and care for her grandchildren. In the evenings, after dinner, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Saban developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, and shared that she cannot see the faces of her family clearly anymore. When Saban learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Saban says, "I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I hope to recognize the faces of my family, and take good care of myself and my grandchildren."
Saphat is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer. She lives with her sister, who is a farmer. Saphat enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. In 2012, Saphat developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her burning, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, the mucous layer that lubricates the eye. These growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil as a result. Because of this condition, Saphat has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Saphat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 4th, she will undergo a procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $216 to fund the total cost of her procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Saphat shared, "I hope the tearing and burning stop after surgery. I want to see well, do my housework, and be independent.'
Kosal is a 21-year-old driver with three sisters. His father also works as a driver, while his mother works as a farmer. In his free time, Kosal enjoys playing football, fishing, and drinking coffee with friends. In December, Kosal was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his left elbow, ankle, and femur. He went to a local hospital, where doctors fixed hardware to heal his fracture. Now, the bones are healed, and the hardware needs to be removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Kosal receive treatment. On April 22nd, Kosal will undergo a hardware removal procedure to remove the hardware and prevent any future complications. CSC is requesting $304 to help fund this procedure. Kosal's family has also contributed $100 toward his treatment costs. Kosal was hopeful to feel better soon and shared, "I hope I heal quickly and can return to work soon."