Andrew joined Watsi on September 18th, 2017. Four years ago, Andrew joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Andrew's most recent donation supported Kaung, a toddler from Thailand, to fund eye surgery.
Andrew has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 8 countries.
Andrew has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 8 countries.
Kaung is a two-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Ban San Kwan, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. They moved there from Bago Division, Burma, in search of better job opportunities. Kaung’s parents work as agricultural day laborers. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Kaung. On April 19, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Kaung's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Kaung’s mother says, “We are very stressed, and I have had to stop working to look after him. As my husband is the only one working, his income is not enough to cover our daily expenses.”
Victor is a young boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Unfortunately, his father passed away last year. He is being raised by his mother. Victor was born with an unusual condition in both feet. He underwent surgery on his left foot in 2017, and his foot has healed well. He now needs to undergo the same surgery on his right foot to help him walk comfortably. Surgery is scheduled for March 11 and will cost $1,165. His mother says, "I am humbly requesting for further support from Watsi for my son to walk well without any difficulty."
Innocent is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. Innocent was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. Her legs bow outward so that her knees 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, he has difficulty walking and he complains of pain after a long playful day. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Innocent. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 14. Treatment will hopefully restore Innocent's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Innocent’s mother says, “Our son’s condition is getting out of hand please help my son.”
Srun is a garment factory worker from Cambodia. He has one daughter. He likes to listen to the radio in his free time. Five months ago, Srun 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 Srun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 6, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $398 procedure. He says, "I look forward to returning to work soon."
Savuth is a hair dresser from Cambodia. He has one daughter and two sons. He likes to go for walks, do housework, and watch TV. Two years ago, he developed hip pain on his left side. He cannot walk, work, or support his family. Fortunately, Savuth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Savuth of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 17, and Savuth needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I hope I can walk normally again after the operation."
Joyce is a 28-year-old woman from Kenya. She is married, and they have two children. Joyce and her husband are small-scale farmers. Since March 2018, Joyce has been experiencing abdominal pains. She has been visiting different health facilities seeking treatment, and she was diagnosed with cholelithiasis and advised to have surgery. She decided to come to Nazareth Hospital, our medical partner's care center, and a scan confirmed she has cholelithiasis. If not treated, Joyce will continue to experience pain and may experience complications, such obstruction of the bile duct or inflammation of the gall bladder. Fortunately, abdominal surgery is now scheduled for October 23. Joyce needs help raising $750 to fund this procedure. “This pain is becoming unbearable and I have children whom to take care of. I am kindly requesting for help so that I can be well again to care for my family,” says Joyce.
Tanica is a student from Haiti. She lives in Port-au-Prince with her parents and three siblings. She is in the third grade and likes reading and art. Tanica has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart. On October 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in her heart. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Tanica's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. Her mother says, "We would like to say thank you to everyone who is making this surgery possible for our daughter!"
Ma Myint is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She works as a masseuse, and sometime she helps at the monastery by cleaning and preparing food for the monks. Since July of 2017, Ma Myint has been experiencing abdominal pain, back pain, and discomfort when walking. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ma Myint's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ma Myint is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on August 28. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Ma Myint will no longer experience abdominal pain or back pain and she will be able to return home and work again. “I’m always thinking and worrying about my condition and I’m not able to sleep well,” says Ma Myint.
Bryton is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. Since he was four months old, Bryton has been experiencing trouble breathing and eating. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Bryton's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Bryton, which is scheduled to take place on August 16. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Bryton of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Bryton’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he can be able to breath without difficulty and be able to sleep soundly.”
James is a 32-year-old man from Kenya. He works as a luggage carrier in a city market and barely earns enough to support himself. After undergoing an MRI, James was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, a pituitary macroadenoma. If not treated, this tumor may threaten his life due to increased pressure in his brain. He will also be at risk of vision loss, frequent headaches, and loss of normal pituitary functions. Fortunately, James visited our medical partner's care center and is scheduled for a craniotomy to remove the tumor on July 23. Now, he needs help raising $1,495 to fund treatment. James says, “I hope that soon I will be treated and regain my health. I feel quite weak and am not able to engage in any work."
Vanneth is a factory worker from Cambodia. He is single and has one brother and one sister. He enjoys playing the Temple Run game on his phone. Four months ago, Vanneth was in motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his tibia and paralysis of his right arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He cannot move his right arm or use his right hand, and he cannot work. Vanneth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 2, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope after the operation, I can move my arm without pain."
Prisca is a young student from Tanzania. She is the first-born child in a family of two children. Prisca’s mother is a tailor, and her father is a motorcycle driver. For four years, Prisca has been experiencing trouble breathing, eating, and sleeping. She suffers frequent illness, and this affects her school attendance and performance. Prisca was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Prisca, which is scheduled to take place on June 14. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Prisca of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Prisca says, “I want to be able to continue with school with my friends. I am glad that this treatment will allow me to do so. Thank you all for helping me get treated.”