Saurabh has funded healthcare for 616 patients in 15 countries.
Koeun has two sons and two daughters. All her children are married and she has three grandchildren. She likes to look after her grandchildren, cook food for them, and go to the pagoda for occasional ceremonies. In March 2019, Khoeun fell down the stairs at home and dislocated her left hip. At that time, she was quiet and thought it would just be painful for a while. She took some medicine to help reduce the pain. However, the pain only became worse so Khoeun decided to come to Children's Surgical Centre for treatment. When she arrived at our hospital she was unable to walk or move her hip at all and her pain was severe. To treat her painful recurrent left hip dislocation, our surgeons will perform a reduction procedure. This will allow her to walk again without pain. "I hope that my surgery will be done well so I am not in pain anymore. When I can walk again I will go outside with my grandchildren," Khoeun said.
Johnson is an 8-month baby boy from Tanzania. Johnson, the last born child in a family of four, and already is a very active and friendly little boy. Johnson's parents are both subsistence farmers. Johnson was born in a local hospital where his parents were informed that his spine was not fully formed, thus resulting in a condition known as spinal bifida. Because Johnson's condition was not severe, they were informed that he wouldn’t need treatment and that it would close on its own. As their family continued to attend clinics they were told to wait till Johnson gets to five months old for him to have any kind of treatment. At five months they took him to hospital for the treatment but the cost was too high for them to afford and they had to return home. As time went by, Johnson's mother saw that his condition could end up complicated if he didn’t get treatment soon and end up greatly affecting Johnson later in life. She decided to seek treatment. She went to Mt Meru and was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center ALMC for more help. Johnson was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Johnson is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Johnson's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 7th. This procedure will hopefully spare Johnson from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Johnson’s mother says, “We are concerned if our son does not get his spine corrected, it might affect his ability to walk. Please help my son.”
Saly is a 38-year-old woman from Cambodia. Saly lives with her son and her parents. She divorced her husband ten years ago. She shared with us that she enjoys playing on her mobile phone when she has a little free time. One year ago, Saly developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled by tuk tuk with her mom seeking treatment. On October 12th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification (Phaco) 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 $229 procedure. Saly said, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly so I can do my work at home and take care of my son."
Morch is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. When she is not busy at home caring for her family, she enjoys spending time with her friends at the local church. Two years ago, Morch developed a cataract in each eye, causing her pain, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Morch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On February 26th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. "I hope that I can get better after my surgery and that I will be be able to see clearly and go places on my own again," she shared.
Sabayido is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married with three children, all in school studying in fourth grade, second grade, and preschool. His wife is a secretary at Teachers’ Sacco while he does small-scale farming. Sabayido finished his first degree in 2001 at Kyamboga University in Industrial Art and pursued a bachelors degree in Development Studies but he is still hasn't been able to find employment in this field. Sabayido presented at the hospital with a swelling on his forehead that he has had for over a year. On August 11th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Sabayido needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Sabayido says, “I look forward to smiling after the relief of this disfigurement and I will continue with farming and look for other work as well.”
Rorn is a 75-year-old widow from Cambodia. She lives with her four sons and nine grandchildren. At home she usually cooks food, cleans the house, and does other work. In her free time she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Rorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 27th, 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 $229 procedure. "I hope that I can see everything better so I can go outside to join the Buddhist ceremonies by myself. I also want to be able to cook some food for my grandchildren," Rorn said.
Karim is a 36-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two sons and one daughter, and he likes to play volleyball, assist with the housework, and help his kids study. Seven months ago, Karim was in a car accident and injured his left hip. He has pain and cannot walk easily, and is unable to do heavy work or stand for long periods at a time. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 18th, Karim will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Treatment will allow Karim to walk on his own again without pain. "I hope that my hip will no longer have any pain after my surgery, and I will be able to work easily again," he told us.
Soy is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray at the pagoda or on the radio. Seven years ago, Soy developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours by taxi with her daughter to seek treatment. On July 3rd, doctors will perform phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure. Soy shared, "I hope I can see better so I can ride by bicycle and go to the pagoda. I want to see my relatives and take care of myself."
Mao is a 43-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years and have five children together. His wife is a seasonal farm worker while Mao raises and sells chickens to supplement his income. He enjoys taking care of his chickens and teaches his sons about it in his free time. He also likes to go fishing and watch boxing matches on TV. In July 2020, Mao was working on his brother's house to fix the roof when he accidentally received a high voltage shock. This caused burns to both of his hands and feet. His burns are still painful and he cannot walk or use his hands. The burns on his right hand were too severe to treat and his hand had to be amputated. His left hand is treatable and shows good movement. When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a nerve graft and abdominal flap procedure to to help heal his left hand and allow him to use it again. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Mao said, "I hope that my left hand can be saved and that I can get back my strength. I can earn money to support my family with one hand, so everything will be ok."
Nay Kaw is an 11-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his parents, two older brothers and two younger sisters. He is currently in first grade since he left monkhood last year. His father is a farmer and his mother is a homemaker who looks after his youngest sister at home, the other sister is also a student like Nay Kaw. Nay Kaw, along with his two brothers, help with household chores and in his free time, he likes to play cane ball and hunt. Since birth, Nay Kaw has a had a mass on his right wrist. When he turned three years old, the mass increased in size but was still not painful. But by the time he was ten years old, the mass increased in size again, and became swollen and painful. His mother took him to a traditional healer but the medicine he received did not help. Fortunately our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, can help. He is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on July 9th. This surgery will relieve him of his pain and discomfort. He needs your help to cover the $1,500 cost of his procedure and care. Nay Kaw shared, “I would like to be a teacher because I would like to teach children like my friends who are not able to go to school to study.”
Char is a 28-year-old man who lives with his grandmother, wife, and daughter in a town in Tak Province, Thailand. Char moved to Thailand with this grandparents when he was eight years old, after his mother passed away. Char’s grandfather passed away eight years ago and now his grandmother is retired. Char used to sell fruits in the market but stopped working last year because of his condition. Char’s wife works as domestic worker and earns 4,500 baht (approx. $150) per month. His daughter is a student. Their monthly income is just enough to cover their daily expenses but they cannot save money or pay for basic health care. In April of 2019 Char was driving his motorcycle to work when suddenly a car driving on the wrong side of the road hit his motorcycle head on. He was flung from his motorcycle and knocked unconscious. The crowed who witnessed his accident called an ambulance, that brought him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH). Soon after Char was brought to MSH, he received surgery to insert a metal rod into his right lower leg, as the doctor found that both his bones in that leg were fractured. During his follow-up appointment, he received an x-ray and was told that he would need to receive a bone graft. However, since Char has been unable to work since his accident, he had used up his savings to pay for his initial treatment and hospitalization. Unable to afford the surgery, Char refused treatment and returned home. Unfortunately, he recently fell through the wooden stairs in his home, causing the rod in his leg to bend. His doctors have shared that he needs surgery to replace the rod in his leg. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help. The surgery costs $1,500 and now, they are asking for your help to fund this life-changing surgery. Char shared, "I feel too uncomfortable to sleep [at night] and sometimes, I cry because of the pain. I want to get better soon so that I can help my family [financially].”
Tumushabe is a 38-year-old small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of five who separated with her husband in 2018 after being rejected by his parents. Her husband stayed with four of their children and she is taking care of their youngest, who is two years old and hasn’t yet started preschool. She shared that she has now lost contact with her husband and does not receive any help from him. She currently lives with her aunt who helps support her with the little she can. On June 3rd, Tumushabe had a curative laparotomy surgery that was successful and she was discharged home feeling well.. However, a few weeks later, she was in severe pain again, especially with a backache and lower abdominal pains. She went to nearby Mbarara Hospital and other health units who ran scans on her. She was diagnosed with fibroids and was given tablets to relieve her pain because she could not afford the surgery charges. She decided to return to Rushoroza Hospital to seek the medical attention she needs. Tumushabe completed up to the second grade in primary school and was growing a variety of crops in her aunt’s fields before she became sick. She currently does not work due to severe pain and cannot even sit comfortably. Her aunt and uncle are unable to fund her surgery and therefore she is seeking financial support. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Tumushabe's surgery. On October 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumushabe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Tumushabe says, “I pray for the WATSI program for assisting me and I am grateful for their kind financial support. I will resume farming as soon as possible.”