To joined Watsi on November 9th, 2017. 29 other people also joined Watsi on that day! To's most recent donation supported Srey Mech, a woman from Cambodia, to fund hip replacement surgery.
To has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.
To has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.
Srey Mech is a mother of two from Cambodia. She sells clothes at a shop. She has two sons. She likes to go for walks and watch TV. Fifteen years ago, she fell down and broke her hip. She had a hip replacement surgery, but now it needs to be replaced because she has been in chronic hip pain for the past two years. She cannot walk. Fortunately, Srey Mech learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Srey Mech of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 7, and Srey Mech needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I really hope I won't be in pain and will be able to work after the operation."
Kemitarango is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with six children. Kemitarango has had a swelling on her abdomen for three years. This causes her discomfort. Kemitarango traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 11, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kemitarango needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kemitarango says, “I hope to continue with small scale farming after surgery as I will be fine.”
Meet Priscilla, a six-year-old girl from Miani village in Kenya. Priscilla is the fifth born in a family of seven children. She recently joined nursery school. Priscilla has a condition called bilateral genu varus, which means her legs bow outwards. As she grows, this is affecting her ability to walk. Priscilla needs to undergo surgery, which will help realign her bones and improve her walking. Surgery is scheduled for November 11 and will cost $1,165. Her father says, "I will appreciate if Watsi can help my daughter go for surgery."
Aida is a mother of four from Malawi. As a self-made entrepreneur, she sorts through discarded clothing and washes it for resale. She enjoys singing Gospel music in her free time. Since August, Aida has been experiencing stomach pain radiating to her back and arms, along with full body numbness. She has been diagnosed with fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Aida's surgery. On November 8, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is looking forward to being free of pain after surgery. She says, "I am very happy that you have considered to help me through this program. God should bless you!"
Glory is a child from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of two children. She loves to play with other kids. Since early last year, Glory has been experiencing difficulty breathing and eating. She 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 Glory, which is scheduled to take place on December 13. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Glory of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Glory’s mother says, “She has been suffering since last year but I couldn’t afford the surgery cost to help her. Please help my daughter get the needed surgery.”
Samson is a student from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four. Samson sustained burns from touching an electrical wire when he was younger. He has very little functional mobility due to extensive contractures. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Samson receive treatment. On November 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use two of his fingers. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure.
Meet Brian, a playful boy from Kenya. At four years old, he is his parents’ only child. When he was two years old, Brian was playing at home and badly burned his left hand in hot water. Although he was admitted to the hospital for two weeks, his hand did not heal properly. The wound site now bears contractures, or shortened, rigid muscles and skin. As a result, Brian is not able to fully extend or use his left hand. Without further treatment, Brian will likely live the rest of his life with an impaired hand. The wound could even get worse once he begins playing more with other children, as his risk of re-injuring the vulnerable tissue will be increased. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Brian is scheduled to undergo surgery on his hand to increase mobility on July 3. Although his family is able to contribute $208 towards his medical bills, Brian is still in need of $1,176 to cover the rest of his expenses. “I want my son to have a fully functional hand,” shares Brian’s father. “I will thank God when this happens.”
Dorcas is a seven-year-old girl and bright student from Kenya. She dreams of being a politician or doctor when she grows up. Dorcas has clubfoot, a condition in which the bottom of her foot curves inward and upward, making it difficult and painful to walk. She has been using orthotics and doing physical therapy, but her condition is not improving. She sometimes falls as she walks and plays with other kids. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund surgery to correct her clubfoot, which is scheduled for July 10. Dorcas and her mother hope the treatment will allow her to walk comfortably. "I would love to see my daughter walking well and progressing with her studies. She is a very bright girl and an achiever. I ask for support because I really cannot afford the bill," her mother says.
Esther is a 27-year-old woman who currently lives in Thailand with her husband and their three children. The two older children are in kindergarten, and the youngest is a baby boy who is turning one next month. In 2010, Esther had an unusually painful backache while traveling in Bangladesh with her husband. She was diagnosed with a kidney stone, however, unable to afford surgery and unaware of the consequences of leaving the condition untreated, Esther did not receive treatment. Her symptoms worsened, and in June, after experiencing shortness of breath, Esther was transferred to the emergency department and administered oxygen. In critical condition, she requires surgery to have her kidney stone removed. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Esther's nephrolithotomy. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 30 and, once completed, will hopefully spare Esther from future medical complications and allow her to live much more comfortably.
Isaya is a 10-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is in primary school and loves to study, especially English and Swahili. A few days after Isaya was born, both him and his mother became sick. The doctors first thought they were experiencing allergies due to their difficulty breathing, but Isaya’s trouble breathing kept getting worse, despite the medication he was taking. His parents tried to seek help from different hospitals but did not have much success. Isaya has enlarged tonsils that cause him pain when swallowing and cause him difficulty breathing. Due to his condition, Isaya has difficulty sleeping well and often falls ill. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Isaya is scheduled to undergo a tonsilectomy on July 6. His family is requesting $633 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help my child get treatment, he has trouble breathing and he gets really sick," his mother says.
Joel is a 21-month-old baby boy who lives with his grandmother in Uganda. She and her husband work as small-scale farmers to support their four children and two grandchildren, however the recent drought has unfortunately resulted in poor yields. Joel was just starting to walk and talk when he became very weak as a result of severe malnutrition. At risk of suffering severe physical and developmental delays due to his condition, Joel was brought to our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, by his grandmother. His grandmother wants nothing more than to see him healthy and playing with the other children in the village. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $316 to fund malnutrition treatment for Joel, which includes a ten-night hospital stay, nutrient supplements, and medications. The treatment is scheduled to be administered on July 6 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Joel to develop along a healthy trajectory. Joel's grandmother wants to tell the donors how much she appreciates the help for her grandson. “May God bless them abundantly,” she says.
Samuel is a 20-month-old little boy from Haiti. He is his parents' first child. His father works as a vendor to support their family, and his mother stays at home to look after him. Samuel was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. This means that Samuel has a hole between two chambers of his heart and is missing one of the four valves of his heart. On July 25, Samuel will be traveling from his home in Haiti to our medical partner's care center, Health City Cayman Islands, in the Cayman Islands. There he will undergo heart surgery. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Samuel's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $27,000 towards his treatment. We are also fundraising for his [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/842333e978ee-samuel). "We are so glad to know that there are people who are willing to help Samuel!" says his mother.