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, 3,493 more people have become monthly donors! Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Abdillah, a boy from Tanzania, to fund tonsil surgery.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 341 patients in 15 countries.
Abdillah is a child from Tanzania. He is the last born in a family of four children. He is a playful child who loves spending time with his friends. Abdillah's mother is a stay-at-home mother, while his father sells fruits in the market. For three years, Abdillah has been experiencing breathing problems and sleep apnea. This leads to frequent illness, and it will likely affect his school attendance when he starts school. Abdillah was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Abdillah, which is scheduled to take place on February 8. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Abdillah of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Abdillah’s mother says, “Thank you for helping us get this treatment. I am very grateful for all the help and support given to us.”
Kansiime is a 28-year-old mother of two daughters. She and her husband are both farmers. They cultivate food both for home consumption and for sale. Kansiime is expecting another child. During her first pregnancy, she was diagnosed with a narrow pelvis and birth canal. She must undergo a C-section to deliver. Fortunately, Kansiime has been referred to our medical partner's care center. Her delivery date is expected on January 12, and she will undergo a C-section. Now, she needs help raising $280 to pay for the procedure.
Yeng is a 20-year-old from Cambodia. He is married and has a one-year-old son. He likes to listen to pop music, watch Youtube, and play football with friends. In June 2017, he was in a motorcycle accident. Now, his ankle is in pain and he has difficulty walking. Fortunately, he will undergo a fracture repair procedure on February 7 at our medical partner's care center. He hopes his surgery will allow him to walk easily and play football with his friends again. Now, he needs help raising $390 to pay for treatment. He says, "I look forward to returning home and walking without pain."
Davis is a farmer from Malawi. Davis lives with his wife, and they have seven grown children. Davis spends his day caring for his chickens. When he has free time, he likes to listen to the radio. Since November of 2017, Davis has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Davis's surgery. On January 16, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Davis and his family were thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded, as the cost of the procedure was more than the family could afford. He says, "Thank you for this support."
Yofethe is a child from Ethiopia. He loves riding a bicycle and wrestling with his father. Yofethe is an only child. His father is a merchant, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Yofethe 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. Yofethe’s father says, “This condition worries us a lot." Fortunately, Yofethe is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 26. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.
Faith is a farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of two. Faith and her husband farm maize and beans to sustain their family. A month ago, Faith was walking by the river when she slid and fell down, causing a fracture to her right ankle. The fracture was never treated but healed on its own, resulting in a malunion. This has made it difficult for her to walk and work on her farm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 15, Faith will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow Faith's ankle to heal well and she will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I cannot do any work at home, even preparing food for my children is a problem. I really need help," says Faith.
Hla is a farmer from Burma. She owns a piece of land with her five children, and they plant rice for their own consumption. Her husband passed away many years ago. About a year ago, Hla started to feel pain in her abdomen and her back. She visited several clinics in Burma and received traditional medicines, but her symptoms did not improve. Due to her medical condition, she has been experiencing fatigue and loss of appetite. Finally, she visited Mae Tao Clinic and was then referred to Mae Sot Hospital, our medical partner's care center. She learned that she has a gallstone and surgery is required. Hla has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Hla's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Hla is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on November 23. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Hla's procedure and care. Hla says, "I am looking forward to recovering from my symptoms so that I can return home and help my children with farming."
Meet Petrol, an 85-year-old man from Malawi. Petrol lives with his wife and family and loves to spend time with his grandchildren. For the last three years, Petrol has been experiencing pain daily due to an enlarged prostate. Petrol is often uncomfortable and unable to live his life with full mobility. Surgeons at our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, recommend a prostrate procedure that will allow for Petrol to live comfortably and without pain. The procedure is scheduled for July 6 and will cost $733. Petrol looks forward to spending more time with his grandchildren without pain and says, "Thank you for this support."
Faith is a 17-year-old student from Kenya who is in the midst of studying for her exams. Her mother works as a general worker in a shoe company, and her father is a subsistence farmer. Faith loves to read and play football. In March 2017, Faith was in an automobile accident. She was riding a motorcycle with three schoolmates when they were hit by a passenger vehicle. She fractured her right femur. She received treatment, but the initial treatment failed and needs to be revised. If not treated, an infection could develop that could result in amputation. Faith's treatment will involve ORIF (open reduction internal fixation), where a screw is used to hold broken bones together. She is scheduled to be treated on October 16. Now, her family needs help raising $1,451 to pay for treatment. Faith says, “I want to be well and lead a normal life. I want to study and pass my examinations."
Sath is a 70-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married with two sons and six grandchildren. Sath likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda to pray in her free time. Sath developed a cataract in her left eye about five years ago. The cataract caused her to go partially blind—it blurred her vision and caused her to frequently tear up. It is still difficult for her to see things clearly, and she finds it very difficult to do any work at all. Sath worries about going fully blind in the near future. Sath is scheduled for treatment on August 4. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $211 to fund small-incision cataract surgery (SICS) to remove the cataract. Some of this money will also go towards an intraocular lens (IOL), which is a tiny, artificial lens implant that replaces the eye's natural lens that is removed during surgery. This surgery will very likely enable Sath to regain her full visual capacity, allowing her to spend quality time with her children and grandchildren.
Srey Heng is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia who is in the third grade. She has one brother. She likes to play around her home and spend time with her mother. Srey Heng was born with contractures of both of her index fingers, which makes it difficult for her to use her fingers. Srey Heng's parents heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from their neighbor, who had been to CSC before. Srey Heng traveled for four hours with her mother to reach CSC for treatment. On July 14, surgeons at CSC will perform a contracture release procedure of both of Srey Heng's index fingers to help her use her hands comfortably. The $417 requested to fund Srey Heng's treatment will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a five-night hospital stay, labs, radiology, supplies, and surgeon time.
Dorcus is a one-month-old baby girl growing up in Tanzania. She is the third-born child in a family of three kids. Dorcus was born with bilateral clubfoot, which means that both of her legs are turned inwards at her feet. Because of this condition, it will make it hard and painful for her when she starts walking. Furthermore, if she is not treated, Dorcus will experience pain that may even prevent her from attending school in the future. Dorcus is currently scheduled to undergo surgery that will realign the positioning of her feet on September 12. As her parents use all of their income to support the family and to pay for the schooling of their other children, they do not have a means of affording Dorcus's treatment. Therefore, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to cover the expenses of the procedure. Hopeful that her daughter can grow up to live a normal life, Dorcus's mother says, "Please help my daughter. I am scared that she will not be able to walk when she grows up.”