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, 5,798 more people have become monthly donors! Saurabh's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Joselyn, a peasant farmer from Uganda, to fund thyroid surgery.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 542 patients in 15 countries.
Joselyn is a peasant farmer from Uganda who was diagnosed with goitre. She has suffered for the past five years, complaining of difficulty breathing, headache and consistent palpitations. She is not able to perform most of her daily work. Joselyn was not able to get funds for surgery previously so continued struggling with the condition. She came to our facility and had surgery recommended. With successful surgery, Joselyn will be able to lead a normal life. Joselyn is a mother of 10 children. They are not in any formal employment and thus unable to help their mother. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Joselyn receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 10th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Joselyn says, “I hope to have a successful surgery so that I continue with cultivation at my farm.”
Bernard is a bodaboda (motorcycle) operator from Kenya. Bernard and his brother were riding home on the night of March 21st when they were involved in a head-on collision with a lorry truck near his home. He sustained several fractures of his ribs and femur. He also sustained facial abrasions and they were rushed to Watsi's partner medical facility. His brother was admitted in the ICU in critical condition. Bernard requires tractions and an ORIF fracture repair in the coming days. Without the right treatment, he risks complications and being unable to move. Bernard is a father of two. He operates a motorcycle taxi commonly referred to as bodaboda to make a living. His wife is not employed and takes up casual labour like washing people’s clothes to complement her husband’s income. The family is financially strained and with two brothers in the hospital, the burden gets heavier. Bernard’s mother appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 30th, Bernard will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow Bernard walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Bernard says, “Please help me be treated so I can continue providing for my family.”
Roth has a two-year-old son, and enjoys reading books and taking care of his family and household in his free time. Since Roth was born, he had a curvature in his spine, making it difficult for him to walk and sleep comfortably. He was diagnosed with scoliosis and the curvature of his spine is nearly 80 degrees. Roth will undergo spinal surgery, where implants will be inserted along his spine to help correct the deformity and prevent the curve from developing in the future. He shared, "I hope that I will be able to recover from my surgery and ... I will be able to walk again without any difficulty."
Htike is 40-year-old father from Thailand. He is a daily laborer who works in construction. In his free time he enjoys playing football and cane ball. He also likes to watch Manchester United play soccer. On December 18th, 2019, while working at a construction site, Htike fell from the roof of a 2nd story building. During the fall, not only did he break both his ankles, unfortunately he also slammed his face against nails, which caused bruising and several deep cuts all over his face. He is in severe pain all the time, he cannot walk or move his ankles, nor can he sleep. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htike will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for December 25th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will stop the pain, allow him to walk again, and provide for his family. "After receiving treatment, I am looking forward to working again in construction," Htike said.
Huot is a 53-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has five children, two grandchildren, and enjoys watching television and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Three months ago, Huot developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Huot learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see clearly again and will be able to return to my work," shared Huot.
Tumusiime is a 52-year-old single mother to four children. All her children are now married and practice small scale farming since they were not able to receive enough education. Tumusiime presented with lower abdominal pain feeling a mass in her abdomen for two years. This has reduced her work performance and caused discomfort as she gets heavy bleeding also. If not treated, she may have persistent pain, develop complications like anaemia and stands a possibility of becoming cancerous. Tumusiime had never been to any hospital for medical treatment because she had no money but was feeling the pain. After hearing of Watsi partner's SAFE program at Nyakibale hospital, she was seen by the gynaecologist who diagnosed her with tube ovarian mass and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia recommending total abdominal hysterectomy and cystectomy to improve her quality of health. She can’t afford the costs of her surgery and needs support. Tumusiime says, “I hope for a good outcome from my surgery and continue with cultivation.”
Sidaneth is a 24-year-old cashier from Cambodia. She has two brothers and two sisters, and enjoys hanging out with her friends in her free time. Two years ago, Sidaneth had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sidaneth experiences hearing loss, discharge, itchiness, and dizziness. She is unable to communicate well with others and this makes it difficult for her to work. Sidaneth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 21, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sidaneth said, "I hope that my hearing will improve and I will no longer have an ear infection."
Elizabeth is a casual laborer from Kenya. She washes clothes in other people households so that she can raise money to buy food and pay her monthly bills. She got married previously, but separated with her husband after she was unable to conceive. Elizabeth lives in rented single-room house alone. Two years ago, Elizabeth experienced pelvic pain. She has been diagnosed with bulky uterus, multiple fibroids, and bilateral hydrosalpinx. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $630 to fund Elizabeth's surgery. On January 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Elizabeth will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Elizabeth says, “I want this pain removed so that I can be able to work.”
Soe is a father of three children from Thailand. He and his family relocated to a refugee camp in 2007 due to conflict between armed groups around their village. Although his family receives a small ration at the camp, it is not enough, so Soe does gardening and farming at a nearby Thai village to bring extra income for his family. Whenever Soe has free time, he loves to play cane ball or helps his wife with their household chores. On January 11th, when Soe was coming home from work with his friend on his friend's motorbike, the brakes failed when they were going downhill. The accident caused a fracture in the small bone located in front of his right knee joint. He is in pain and it is difficult for him to walk without using crutches. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Soe will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 20th and will cost $1,500. After this treatment, Soe will be able walk again without any assistant devices. This will also allow him to get back to work so he can provide for his family. Soe said, “I am desperate to be able walk again and work for my children. I cannot imagine how life would turn out if I could not walk anymore.”
Saro is a 9th grade student from Cambodia. He has three brothers and three sisters. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and hanging out with his friends. Nine years ago, Saro starting to develop a mass in his right cheek that is growing in size. He experiences mild pain and has difficulty eating. Saro traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. Surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Saro needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my surgery goes well so my family will not have to worry anymore and that I will look and feel better," shared Saro.
Rab is a 44-year-old rubber free farmer from Cambodia. He has three sons, three daughters, and enjoys staying at home with his family and relaxing. Fifteen years ago, Rab developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rab learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 21, 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 $211 procedure. Rab said, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see more clearly than before and return to my normal activities without any issues."
Vutha is a 21-month-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys playing with his two older brothers, watching cartoons on television, and going to the market with his mother. When Vutha was eleven months old, he accidentally came into contact with fire and burned his right hand. He is unable to open his hands and flex them properly, and cannot hold onto anything. When Vutha's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him use hand again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. "I hope my son recovers well after his surgery and is able to move his hand and fingers again." -Vutha's Mother