Dominique joined Watsi on May 6th, 2016. Five years ago, Dominique joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Dominique's most recent donation supported Margret, a farmer from Uganda, to fund gynecological surgery.
Dominique has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Dominique has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Margret is a 68-year-old farmer from Uganda. Margret and her husband, John, are small farmers and support their family through farming. John is a retired primary teacher, and they have seven children. Margret has been diagnosed with a fistula, an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. She experiences a lot of pain, and she is unable to perform daily work as a leader in her choir at church. She needs to undergo a fistula repair surgery. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $547 to fund this treatment, which will be performed on February 3. $8 were subsidized by Margret. She is looking forward to continuing with her farming and hopes to go back to church. Margret says, "I am very thankful for the support Watsi is giving and helping many people get treatments. Thanks to the donors for the support. May God bless you.”
25-year-old Darias lives in Uganda with his wife, Josephine, and their one-year-old daughter. Darias has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, a condition in which soft tissue protrudes through the abdominal muscles. The pain has kept him from working full-time, and he has not been able to participate fully in daily activities. When Darias is feeling well, he joins his wife in cultivating their small piece of land. They grow maize, beans, bananas, and nuts for consumption, sometimes selling the surplus for income. Unfortunately, Darias has not been able to afford surgery. With the help of our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, Darius has been scheduled for corrective surgery on February 8. Watsi is asking for $229 to cover the costs of the procedure. Your donation will help pay for the surgery, surgical supplies, medication, and five nights stay in the hospital. When he recovers, Darius plans to start farming again. He also plans to make bricks to complete his house. "Thank you for covering my treatment," Darius says. "I will be able to resume some of my jobs normally without pain."
Meet Lorraine, a four-year-old girl from the Philippines who lives with her parents and loves to play with her friends. Their bamboo house does not have any electricity or running water supply. Lorraine has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Lorraine will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "I want her to finish her studies and become a successful person someday," shares Lorraine's mother. "I look forward for positive results for her health with this ICM malnutrition program."
Mey is a seven-year-old student. He likes to play with his friends at school and play with toy cars. When he was nine months old, Mey burned four fingers of his right hand with porridge. He developed scar contractures, meaning the muscles and tendons around the injury shortened. The skin around the area of the burn has also tightened. It is difficult for Mey to hold objects. Mey's mother learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor. Mey and his mother traveled for three hours to reach CSC for treatment. On January 20, surgeons will perform a release and skin graft surgery to treat the burn contracture. After recovery, Mey will be able to use his hand easily again. CSC is requesting $194 to fund this procedure.
Harka is a 40-year-old man from Nepal who lives with his wife and three children. His family is entirely dependent on agriculture. When the going gets tough, Harka migrates to India to work as a laborer. Recently, Harka fell from the porch of his house and fractured his right arm. Since the accident, Harka was in immense pain, and his hand was swollen. He needed help to eat or put on clothes. His family traveled six hours to seek treatment at our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. On November 10, Harka underwent a fracture repair procedure. Now he needs help to fund this $195 procedure. He'll also undergo physical therapy to help him regain full use of his arm. In time, his arm should heal fully.
Sok Ly is a 23-year-old factory worker with two sons. In his free time, he likes to stay at home and talk with his friends. In November 2015, Sok Ly was in a motor vehicle collision that caused a fracture in his right forearm. He visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where surgeons performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure. The surgery was successful, and the fracture healed well. Unfortunately, in November 2016, Sok Ly fell and re-fractured his right forearm. It became difficult for him to use his arm, and he was in pain. Sok Ly traveled for three hours to seek treatment at CSC. On November 23, CSC surgeons performed another open reduction internal fixation procedure and bone graft to heal his fracture. After recovery, Sok Ly should be able to use his arm again. Now, he needs help to fund this $411 procedure.
Seang is a 76-year-old woman from Cambodia married with two sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. She spends her time cooking and cleaning in her home. She traveled three hours with her daughter to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. One year ago, Seang developed a cataract in each of her eyes. This causes her blurred vision, tearing, cloudy lenses, and photophobia. She can't see everyone clearly or do work very well. After a small incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant in each eye, Seang will be able to see clearly again. This procedure costs $225.
Kyi Soe is a 42-year-old woman who lives with her husband in Burma. Her husband works in construction building houses, and her daughter works as a factory worker in Thailand. When Kyi Soe visited her daughter in Thailand last year, she began to experience intense pain in her abdomen and lower back. Since then, Kyi Soe's symptoms have only gotten worse-- she has been having very heavy bleeding, nausea, and cannot lay down comfortably. Despite her continuing symptoms, Kyi Soe was hesitant to go to a hospital because she knew it would be very expensive. Instead she returned to Burma and visited a local clinic. After a series of tests, the midwife told her that she would need surgery to remove the mass that was in her uterus-- surgery Kyi Soe was unable to afford. So she just left with pain medication, and an expensive medical bill. Kyi Soe had to stop working since her symptoms started. Her husband's income is not enough to even meet their daily needs, so they had to take out loans to pay for her medical bills. But without proper surgery, the mass in Kyi Soe's abdomen may grow and cause further complications. After hearing about Burma Border Projects (BBP) from her daughter's friend, Kyi Soe moved in with her daughter so that she could receive surgery. For $1500, doctors will remove the mass growing in her uterus. This will relieve her pain and other symptoms. Despite the stress that Kyi Soe and her family have had addressing her condition, they are looking forward to her finally receiving proper medical treatment. When she recovers, she will be able to return to living with her daughter in Thailand, where her husband is also hoping to find a job.