Saurabh joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Seven years ago, Saurabh joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Lai Sim, a widowed grandmother from Cambodia, for cataract repair surgery to restore her vision.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 705 patients in 15 countries.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 705 patients in 15 countries.
Sarat is a 61-year-old rice farmer with two daughters, four sons, and 10 grandchildren. Sarat lives with her youngest son who is a garment worker. Sarat's husband passed away five years ago from lung cancer. Now, she stays at home and helps her son with cooking and caring for her grandchildren. Sarat likes to listen to the monks on the radio. Four years ago, Sarat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia (sensitivity to light), and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sarat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours hours to seek treatment. On August 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. However, Sarat needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sarat said, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can recognize people, go outside on my own, and take good care of my grandchildren."
Lai Sim is a 69-year-old grandmother with one daughter, three sons, and seven grandchildren. Lai Sim sells vegetables at the market and lives with her eldest daughter who works in a garment factory. Her husband passed away 15 years ago. Lai Sim likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Lai Sim developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lai Sim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 24th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and will implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Lai Sim said, "After surgery I hope my eye can see clearly as a young person again. I want to take care of my grandchildren more."
Koem Heak is a 71-year-old farmer who is married and has three sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Koem Heak lives with her husband and their youngest daughter who is also a farmer. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Koem Heak developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Koem Heak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 19th, 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. Koem Heak shared, "I hope after surgery my eye will see clearly. I will be happy to see the faces of my grandchildren and be able to visit the pagoda by myself."
Leun is a 49-year-old married father of two sons and two daughters. He lives with his wife who is also a farmer. Their eldest daughter is married and lives with her husband's family. Their eldest son is a monk, and their youngest children are still in school. Fifteen years ago, Leun developed gangrene on his left leg after a snake bite. His leg was amputated and he has ambulated with a prosthetic leg since then. Recently, he developed a wound at the amputation site that causes him pain and makes walking difficult. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a stump revision surgery to help the area heal and to allow Leun to walk again. The surgery will take place on September 7th, and now he needs help raising $352 to fund his procedure and care. Leun shared, "I am thankful that I will be able to return to work without pain. Then I can walk easily and support my family."
Ol is a 41-year-old rice farmer who, along with his wife, has three daughters, all of whom are in school. They work together on their farm, but he has been working less than past seasons due to his sight. When he is not working, Ol likes to watch boxing matches and play with his grandchildren. Two years ago, Ol developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ol learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 2nd, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Ol shares his plans post-recovery, "I hope that I can work well when my eyesight gets better, so I can start another vegetable garden and grow food for my grandchildren."
Eh Eh is a 24-year-old woman who lives with husband, daughter, sister and parents in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. She got married three years ago and her husband works at the pharmacy in the refugee camp. He is able to earn 900 baht (approx. $30 USD) per month to support their livelihoods. Her parents are retired, and her sister is in school in grade 11. Eh Eh works for the Camp Information Team and earns 1,000 baht (approx. $30.33 USD) per month. Their household also receives 1,662 baht ($55.40 USD) per month on a cash card from an organisation called The Border Consortium. Eh Eh became pregnant soon after her wedding in 2018. When she went into labour, she was unable to give birth due to her daughter being too big to fit through her pelvis. Malteser International (MI) staff, who run the hospital in the refugee camp, rushed her to Mae Sariang Hospital, where the surgeon performed an emergency C-section to deliver Eh Eh's daughter. On 28 December 2020, Eh Eh found out she was pregnant again. Due to her previous complications during labour, MI staff referred her to Mae Sariang Hospital for further care while she wis in her 39th week. Knowing that she will need to undergo another C-section, and that she cannot afford to pay for it, Eh Eh was referred to our medical partner, the Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing the treatment she needs for a safe delivery for her and her new baby. Currently, although Eh Eh feels fine physically, she has mixed emotions about the surgery. She is worried and scared about undergoing the operation but she is excited to meet her baby. She shared: “I can cope with the worry because I have experienced this before, and because my husband will take care of me,” she said. “I just really hope that my operation will go well, and that baby will be safe."
Alory is a 56-year-old married father of three daughters and one son. In his free time, Alory enjoys watching political news and Khmer movies on TV. On June 2nd, Alory was in a bicycle accident. He visited a hospital where they took an x-ray and told him he would need surgery on his knee. However, the hospital did not have the instruments to perform the procedure. It is difficult for him to walk because he can not straighten his left leg without pain. He then visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), and was diagnosed with a left patella fracture. On June 7th, surgeons will perform an open reduction surgery to heal his fracture and allow him to walk easily again. Now, CSC is requesting $412 to fund Alory's procedure. Alory shared, "I hope I can return to my work soon when I am healed and can walk again."
Vedastus is a two-year-old boy and the only child of his young parents. He's a friendly boy who is currently having a hard time walking because his legs bow outwards. Vedastus' mother works at a local food joint as a cook. Her income is not much, but enables her to support and care for her son. Vedastus' father is still in college studying, which leaves Vedastus' mother as the only parent with an income. Vedastus was diagnosed with fluorosis - genu varus, where his legs bowing outwards so that his knees do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Vedastus cannot walk well and he is in pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Vedastus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 2nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Vedastus's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Vedastus’s mother says "I am the only person working to be able to provide for our son. The father of my son is still studying and my income is not enough to care for Vedastus and afford his treatment cost. Please help us, he needs treatment for his leg because he is struggling to walk.”
Bun Hor is a 64-year-old security guard. He has two sons, three daughters, and four grandchildren. Bun Hor lives with his wife who is a cleaner. He enjoys listening to the news on the radio in his free time. Four years ago, Bun Hor developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Bun Hor learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there hoping for treatment. On August 31st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Bun Hor shared, "I hope my eye can see clearly after surgery so I can return to working full time to support my family and my grandchildren's schooling."
Bunroeun is a 38-year-old farmer who works alongside his wife in the fields. Together, they have four children—one son and three daughters. Since he was seven years old, Bunroeun has experienced recurrent ear infections and discharge. Bunroeun's ear infections caused the tympanic membrane to perforate in both of his ears, meaning a hole or tear was created in his eardrums. As a result, he is experiencing discharge, hearing loss, vertigo, and frequent headaches, which leave him feeling unwell and unable to communicate clearly with others. Bunroeun was unable to follow up on his care when his wife recently delivered their youngest child. However, upon learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled to their care center for treatment. On September 8th, Bunroeun will undergo a myringoplasty procedure to close the tear in each eardrum. CSC is requesting $913 to fund this procedure, which includes coverage of all medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Bunroeun hopes that this procedure will help stop the ear infections and finally improve his hearing loss.
Kundibandiho is a 31-year-old farmer and a married father of three children. He and his wife earn a living through small-scale farming. For three years, Kundibandiho has had a right inguinal hernia. He experiences pain, especially when doing strenuous work or taking a long walk. The hernia has affected his ability to farm, and Kundibandiho is afraid that without treatment, he could be at risk of complications like strangulation. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Kundibandiho to receive treatment. On June 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $230 to fund his surgery. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kundibandiho shared, “I hope my health shall be restored after this surgery. I have had this condition for a long time.”
Savon is a 68-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife have one son and three daughters, as well as many grandchildren. Recently, Savon has experienced trouble with his vision, and does not work as much anymore. Instead, he spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren. Throughout the day, he likes to take walks and listen to the news on his phone. Three years ago, Savon developed a cataract in his left eye, causing blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and completing daily tasks. When Savon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 12th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Children's Surgical Center is requesting $229 for this procedure. Savon shared, "I am hopeful that my vision can get better after the surgery, so I can see my whole family, and even work a little bit to help them."