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 Veasna, a 68-year-old seller from Cambodia, to fund a fracture repair procedure.
Saurabh has funded healthcare for 654 patients in 15 countries.
Veasna is a 68-year-old who earns an income to support himself and his wife through selling basic items in their community. They have been proudly married for 37 years. While driving his motorbike in his province, Veasna had an accident and fell on his right shoulder. Now, it is difficult for him to move his shoulder or use his right arm or hand, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 22nd, Veasna will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help to restore mobility to his right hand so that he can use it normally again. Veasna shared, "I hope that, after this surgery, I will have the use of my hand back as soon as possible."
Mary is an eight-year-old student from Kenya. She is a quiet and humble girl and the second born in a family of three. Mary's father is separated and she lives with her grandmother. Her grandmother is a farmer, while her father is currently unemployed. Mary has clubfoot of her right foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Mary traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,286 to fund Mary's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Mary's grandmother shared, "it is my joy and desire to see my namesake granddaughter walking without any difficulty. Any help will be highly appreciated."
Vanansio is a 24-year-old, hardworking man from Western Uganda. He is intellectually disabled and under the care of his sister. Vanansio's sister is a farmer, and supplements her income with casual labor on other people's farms to make a living. For two years, Vanansio has been experiencing swelling in his groin. Over the past six months, the swelling has become very painful, especially when he does strenuous activities. At our medical partner's care center, Vanansio was examined and diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. Surgery was recommended, and successful treatment will reduce the chances of further complications including strangulated hernia. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $230 to fund Vanansio's surgery. Fortunately, on April 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Vanansio's sister shared, “he enjoys grazing the goats, but due to the condition, he has stopped. With successful surgery, we hope he will go back to grazing.”
Sos is a 76-year-old vegetable farmer who, together with his wife, has three daughters and three sons. Sos and his wife enjoy tending the vegetables on their farm, and like to play with their grandson. For the past year, Sos has had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Sos experiences hearing loss, pain and ear discharge. He cannot communicate clearly with others and is in chronic pain. Sos traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 20th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sos shared, "I hope that after surgery I will be better, with no more ear infection and discharge, and improved hearing."
Rosemary is a 55-year-old woman, who is a very cheerful, talkative, and full of humour. Rosemary has a small kiosk where she sells beauty products. In recent years, she has been supporting her sick mother until her mother passed away last year. Early February 2020, Rosemary started experiencing some pain in her abdominal area. The pain became severe, and persisted for some time before she went to a hospital for a checkup. During the examination, she was found to have helicobacter pylori and gallbladder problems, and was also suspected to have gallbladder stones. Rosemary was given medication, which seemed to work at first but her gall bladder problems eventually worsened. Afterwards, Rosemary was referred to another facility in Nairobi for further treatment, but after going through scans and treatment, she did not notice any change in her condition. Eventually, she came to our Medical Partner Kijabe Hospital in February 2021. After the examination, the doctor recommended that she undergo a curative laparatomy to better treat her condition. However, Rosemary cannot afford the cost of her care. While supporting her mother, she found herself in a lot of debt that she is still trying to clear. Rosemary does not have National Health Insurance Fund coverage, and her condition needs urgent treatment. Rosemary has no extra source of income and is appealing for financial help. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 31st, Rosemary will undergo a laparoscopic cholecystectomy to treat her persistent pain. Once recovered, she will hopefully be free of pain and her quality of life will significantly improve. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $616 to fund this procedure. Rosemary shared, “The financial situation I'm in makes it hard for me to raise enough funds for my surgery yet it is worsening as time goes by. Any financial help offered will be highly appreciated."
Tibesigwa is a shop keeper and is married with five children. He shared that one child has passed away, one is an engineer, one does welding, and the others are small scale farmers. They are all married. His wife is a small scale farmer while he is a shopkeeper since he no longer has the ability to gig. He was once a machine operator in early years but now retired. Since two years ago, Tibesigwa has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working. Fortunately, on February 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Tibesigwa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Tibesigwa says “I am tired of this condition that has affected my life and given me a hard time. I pray that the donors help me out of this situation and I stabilize to continue working in my shop for a living since I am aging.”
Senghong is an 18-year-old driver who lives in a province outside of the capital city of Cambodia with his older sister and parents. Senghong's mother is a factory worker, his father is a rice farmer, and his sister is studying at university. Two years ago, Senghong stopped school after 10th grade and has been working as a driver for a construction company. In his free time he enjoys playing football, volleyball, meeting up with friends, and listening to music. In December 2020, Senghong was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a mal-union fracture of his right wrist. It is difficult for him to use this hand now and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 15th, Senghong will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will allow him to use his hand and start working again. Senghong said, "I am thankful for your help and I hope I can return to work soon once I am healed."
Say is a four-year-old boy who lives with his mother, brother, sister, and grandfather in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand. His father returned to Burma to visit his village last year. When Thailand closed its borders because of the COVID-19 outbreak, his father could not come back to the camp. Say's grandfather is an assistant pastor in the camp and he receives his income through donations when he visits his church members for home prayers. Say goes to nursery school while both of his siblings go to primary school. His mother does all the household chores. Every month, their household receives some funding to purchase rations in the camp, which is just enough for their basic needs. They receive free healthcare and education in the camp, but specialized procedures like the care that Say needs are often not possible. In early February 2021, Say developed an inguinal hernia on his right side, which has resulted in swelling and pain. His mother has noticed that since he developed the hernia, his appetite has decreased, as eating more can sometimes cause additional discomfort. Fortunately, on March 25th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Say's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 25th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Say's mother said, "When I heard that my son needs surgery, I became so worried because he is the youngest in our family." She is eager for the surgery to be complete and for Say to have healed.
Tugume is a 52-year-old farmer and a married mother to six children with two daughters and four sons. Her two daughters are teachers and two of her sons are mechanics, while the other two are still studying in school. Tugume herself studied and completed primary seven but never proceeded due to lack of school fees. She and her husband both earn a living from small-scale farming. They normally grow food crops for their family and often sell off the surplus to generate an income. Three years ago, Tugume started experiencing lower abdominal pain with consistent backache and abdominal discomfort. She has been diagnosed with a pre-malignant cervical lesion. Tugume needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tugume's surgery. On January 12th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tugume will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tugume shared, "I believe that I'll be fine and well after surgery. Thank you for your support."
Horn is a 67-year-old married motor taxi driver. He has one son, three daughters, and many grandchildren. Horn lives with his wife and his daughter who is a garment worker. He is unable to drive his motor bike now because of his vision. Two years ago, Horn developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, and itchiness. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Horn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. On February 15th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. Horn shared, "I hope after surgery I can see better so I can get around by myself and join ceremonies at the far pagodas."
Kyogabirwe is a 32-year-old mother of two who came to our Medical Partner's Care Center Nyakibale hospital for her antenatal visits and doctors have advised her to deliver through a caesarian section to ensure her health and that of the baby. Kyogabirwe however is worried about the cost of this delivery. She lost her nursery teaching job when Covid-19 arrived and schools were closed. Their family's only source of income is her husband's small motorcycle business, but the income is not enough to meet the cost of living and medical cost. Kyogabirwe shared, “I will really be grateful for your support. COVID19 has really affected us financially. After I recovery from the c-section, I hope to continue with farming.”
Abiudi is a 1-year-old baby boy. He is a charming baby and the last born in a family of five children. Abiudi's family lives in an important agricultural area in the central part of Tanzania, and his parents are small scale farmers of maize, vegetables, and sunflowers They depend entirely on what they harvest from their farm for their daily living and supporting their family. Abiudi has a mass that has developed on his left mandible. The mass first appeared when he was six months old as a small swelling, and has been growing since then. His parents sought treatment for him at a local hospital, and doctors determined the mass needs to be removed. He currently experiences a lot of pain and discomfort. Abiudi traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons will remove the mass, and once recovered he will continue to grow up as a happy, healthy boy. Now, Abiudi's family needs help to raise $724 to fund this procedure. Abiudi’s mother shared, “We have struggled a lot trying to seek treatment for our son, but without success. Kindly help treat our son as he is suffering.”