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, 5,910 more people have become monthly donors! Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Confidence, a maize, millet, and bean farmer from Uganda, to fund a lump removal.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 567 patients in 15 countries.
Confidence is a peasant farmer and 40-year-old from western Uganda. For the past 15 years, she has been struggling with a right cheek swell. She complains of persistent pain that worsens when she is chewing or tries to open her mouth wide, especially when singing in church. She heard of a surgical camp organized by Watsi's Partner Care Center Nyakibale Hospital and came for review by the medical team. She was diagnosed with a right cheek lipoma and surgery is recommended. If not treated, she risks having serious infections and persistent pain. Confidence and her husband tend to their small farm for subsistence farming. They grow maize, millet and beans to sustain their lives. She has 6 children, all in school. Their limited income is not sufficient to cover the costs of her surgery and she appeals for help. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Confidence needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Confidence says, “I can’t wait to get relief from this swelling because I hate it. It has turned me into a laughing stock. After surgery, I hope to continue with cultivation for the support of my family.”
Sam is a 12-year-old student from Cambodia, and the third of four siblings in her family. Her mom sells food at the local market and her dad is a tuk tuk driver. She is in grade 6 at her primary school. Sam's best subjects are Khmer and English literature and she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. In her free time she enjoys playing games and watching TV. Five years ago, Sam had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Sam experiences pain, ear discharge, and hearing loss. She has difficulty communicating with others and the ear infection occasionally causes her a high fever. She is no longer attending school because of her worsening condition. Sam traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 30th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will be successful so she can go back to school," Sam's mother said.
Daw Ei is a 48-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, mother, two daughters, son, and daughter-in-law in Yangon. Her husband is a security guard, her mother is retired, and her daughter-in-law is a homemaker. Her eldest daughter works in a factory, her other daughter is a student, and her son works as a mason. Daw Ei used to work as a shop vender herself but had to stop three years ago due to her health problem. Daw Ei was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Daw Ei suffers from chest pains, feels tired and cannot walk long distances. Sometimes, she has no appetite. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Ei. The treatment is scheduled to take place on June 14th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Ei said, “I’m worried about my health problem. Also, I’ve spent all my money on [seeking] treatment and I had to borrow 300,000 kyat (approx. 300 USD) from my daughter’s friend. I want to be cured.”
Chan is a 20-year-old clothing factory worker from Cambodia. He has four older brothers and two older sisters. After work, he enjoys listening to music and helping his family with the housework. Three months ago, Chan was in a motorcycle accident where he fractured his right leg. His leg is now swollen and painful, and he cannot walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 10th, Chan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will allow Chan's injuries to heal properly and he will be able to walk again. "I hope that my leg will get better after surgery and it will heal completely," he said.
Ngo is a 36-year-old Karen woman from Burma. She has three children, and two of whom are students. While she stays home to take care of house work and her husband works as a day laborer. He earns 180 baht (approx. $6 USD) per day and he usually works for about 20 days per month. The income he can make is not enough to cover their family's basic expenses. They sometimes have to borrow money from Ngo's sister, especially when Ngo needs to go to a clinic. In October 2019, Ngo experienced a severe pain in her right side. She went to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. She was on medication which made her feel better. On her follow-up appointment, the medic performed ultrasound imaging test to see if her kidney looks fine. The medic then found a stone in her right kidney and she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) to meet with a urologist. The doctor at MSH at first tried to treat Ngo with medication but when that did not work, the doctor explained that Ngo needs more investigative tests to help her. Doctors want Ngo to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ngo's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 21st. Ngo said, “I want to look after my sons without needing to worry. I want all my sons to be well-educated persons.”
Kwarisiima is a 30-year-old businessman from Uganda. He is a married father to one young child who is in nursery class. Personally, he never proceeded with his education after senior class six due to lack of school fees. He currently earns a living from his small business where he operates a small retail stationery selling shop. His wife is a nursery teacher and they all stay together in a single-roomed rental house in the village. Kwarisiima presented at the hospital with a left-sided frontal regional swelling since 2009. The swelling has kept on increasing in size over the years and this has worried him a lot. Kwarisiima traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kwarisiima needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure. Kwarisiima says: “I hope to get relieved from all the pain I have been having and expect to continue hustling to provide to my family.”
Ny is eleven years old and has two older brothers. He enjoys getting together with his friends to play soccer, playing games with his siblings, and watching television. He enjoys studying Khmer literature and English, and hopes to grow up and become a teacher. For the past year, Ny has suffered from nasal obstruction and difficulty sleeping and swallowing. He traveled four hours to our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre to receive treatment. Surgery will relieve Ny of his symptoms, allowing him to breathe and sleep better at night, and eat without difficulty again. "I hope that my son's operation will go well and I won't have to worry about him suffering anymore. He will be able to breathe normally again and will feel better." -Ny's Mother
Leap is a 44-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has been married for 29 years and has two sons and two daughters. When she has free time, she enjoys watching television, listening to music, and cooking for her family. Three years ago, Leap had an accident and burned her right ankle with fire. Her injuries have still not healed properly, and she often has pain and swelling near her burn. When Leap learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 5th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to remove the affected burn tissue and replace it with healthy skin, allowing her to feel comfortable and walk without pain. Now, Leap needs help to fund this $474 procedure. "I hope that my skin graft surgery goes well and I will be able to walk well again," she said.
Lim is a 69-year-old grocery seller from Cambodia. He has four sons, two daughters, and enjoys looking after his six additional grandchildren. One year ago, Lim developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there seeking treatment. On January 14th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 $425 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see clearly and can look after my grandchildren again," he shared.
Karyija is a farmer from Uganda. He is a 72 years old widower father to six children: four girls (two operate small retail shops and two are married and small-scale farmers). One of his sons is a policeman and the youngest one is still in the university. Karyija earns a living through small-scale farming whereby he has a banana and coffee plot from which he earns a living. He also has five cows and three goats. Karyija presented with a left scrotal swelling that he has had for over three years now. He says the swelling is painless but he finds the biggest problem with walking and the discomfort it brings him when standing. If not treated, Karyija may continue with pelvic discomfort and the presenting symptoms may persist. Karyija traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 29th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Karyija needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Karyija says, “I hope that I will get some relief if I undergo my surgery.”
Patrick is a motorbike taxi operator from Kenya. He is the firstborn child in a family of 6 children. He lives with his grandmother as his mother’s rented space is too small for the entire family. He did not proceed with higher education due to financial challenges. His mother separated with his father so she is raising their family and Patrick used to rely on his motorcycle business to make ends meet. A week ago, Patrick was involved in a motorcycle accident suffering facial bruises and a right femur fracture. He is in pain and unable to stand on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 26th, Patrick will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal and walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Patrick says, “Thank you for assisting me. I am hopeful that soon my leg will be fixed.”
Oum is a 62-year-old retired military officer from Cambodia. He has four sons, three daughters, and three grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the news on the radio. One year ago, Oum developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Oum learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 15th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 $425 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see better than before and can return to my normal activities again," he shared.