Michael joined Watsi on November 6th, 2014. 58 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michael's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Chanthara, a young man from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Michael has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 11 countries.
Michael has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 11 countries.
Chanthara is a young man from Cambodia. He is a rice farmer. He has six sisters and two brothers. He likes to play soccer with friends and tend to his animals on the farm. Three months ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that dislocated his right hip. Ever since, he has been in chronic pain and has difficulty walking. He is unable to walk and work, so he cannot support his family. He needs an open reduction procedure of his right hip to be able to walk freely again without pain and return to work. Surgery is scheduled for June 7 and will cost $390. He says, "I hope after the operation I can walk without pain and go back home to work on the farm."
Nwet (BB) is a five-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. Once he was born, the nurses noticed a protrusion on back of his skull, a neurological condition called encephalocele. He already had surgery but now his head is getting bigger. Doctors want Nwet (BB) to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Nwet (BB)'s CT scan and care, scheduled for May 21. His mother says, "I started feel worry again when I see my baby's head is getting bigger."
Khem is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren. She likes to listen to the news on the radio. A year ago, Khem developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, photophobia, and pain. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 1, doctors will perform an extra-capsular cataract extraction and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I want to continue my work as a farmer and be able to lead an independent life."
Jean Gardy is a student from Haiti. Jean Gardy lives with his mother and younger brother in Port-au-Prince. He is in the eighth grade, and hopes to become an engineer when he grows up. Jean Gardy has a cardiac condition called rheumatic aortic regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart was damaged by a rheumatic fever when he was younger, and it can no longer adequately pump blood through his body. Jean Gardy will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On April 9, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair the damaged valve. If they are unable, they will implant an artificial replacement valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $27,000 to pay for surgery. Jean Gardy's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Jean Gardy's family overseas. He says, "I am glad to have this surgery so I don't have to worry about my health!"
Sren is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son. He enjoys listening to the radio and traditional Khmer music. In November 2017, Sren was in a motorcycle accident that caused a fracture in his leg. It causes constant pain, and he cannot walk on his own. He has been unable to work and support his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 9, Sren will undergo a skin graft procedure, which will cost $440. This procedure will repair the wounds on his leg and help him walk easily again. He says, "I hope after the surgery I can walk by myself again and return to my work."
Sainami is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have eight grown children. Sainami works with his sons, and they raise livestock. When he is not busy working, he likes to sit and spend quality time with his wife. Since November 2017, Sainami has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Sainami's surgery. On January 9, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Sainami and his family were thrilled to find out he would have a funded surgery. He is looking forward to having his procedure so he can once again work. He says, "Thank you."
Abdulwaheb is a cute seven-year-old who loves to play and laugh with his friends. His parents are not currently working because they can't find employment. Abdulwaheb was born with a congenital anomaly called bladder extrophy. This means his bladder is exposed above the skin. This leads to urinary abnormality and exposes him to infections. His parents are very worried about the condition. Fortunately, the family visited our medical partner's care center. There, he will undergo a corrective surgery on February 20. His family needs to raise $1,500 to pay for this surgery. His father says, “Our area is not economically stable. It is very hard for us to get work. We have been in different hospitals but we couldn’t get the necessary treatment anywhere. We are here by the help of another organization with a hope to get the treatment, though we can’t afford the medical bill.”
Pwint is a 22-year-old seamstress living with her family in Burma. She loves her work and in her free time enjoys sewing and embroidery. When Pwint was three years old, she began to experience difficulty breathing. Her mother took her to a local clinic, where they prescribed an oral medication to help alleviate her symptoms. In 2017, her condition worsened so her mother brought her to the local hospital. She was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and doctors recommended that she undergo surgery. Without treatment, Pwint will continue to experience chest pain and severe fatigue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Pwint's surgery, which will be performed on August 8. Pwint is hopeful that the surgery will go well so that she can pursue her dream of becoming a professional seamstress.
Myint is a 14-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a small village, where his father owns a rubber plantation. Myint's father and brother work on the plantation and his mother stays home to care for him. When Myint was two months old, his mother noticed that tips of his fingers were turning blue. She gave him different traditional medicines but nothing seemed to help. Growing up, Myint was physically weak, often tired, and struggled to stand up for more than five minutes. He has not been able to attend school for some time now. Recently, Myint's mother took him to a hospital, where he received a chest x-ray and an echocardiogram. Doctors diagnosed him with Tetralogy of Fallot and dextrocardia. Tetralogy of Fallot means that there is a hole between the lower chambers of the heart, an obstruction from the heart to the lungs, an incorrectly placed aorta, and an overly thick heart muscle. Dextrocardia means that his heart points to the right instead of the left. Surgery has been recommended. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Myint's treatment. He is scheduled for surgery at our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, on October 6. After treatment he will be able to return to school.
Evenson is a 14-month-old little boy from Haiti. He lives with his parents in Port-au-Prince. His mother stays at home to take care of him, and his father works to support their family. Evenson was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart condition involving several defects, including a hole between two of his heart's chambers and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. As a result, not enough oxygen is delivered to his body, leaving Evenson feeling weak. On August 9, Evenson will be flown to our medical partner's care center, Health City Cayman Islands. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,343 to cover the cost of Evenson's transportation from Haiti to Cayman Islands where he will receive heart surgery. Eveson's family is looking forward to him being healthy!
Meet Estelea, a 54-year-old from Guatemala's rural highlands. She lives with her husband and their children and grandchildren. Estelea prepares and sells food at her local market to supplement her family's income. Estela has struggled with her vision for years but has never been able to visit an eye doctor to get her vision checked. However, a month ago, Estela got the opportunity to attend a free eye clinic to get her eyesight tested. Estela was subsequently diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness, a condition where she is unable to see faraway objects. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, has arranged for Estela to receive glasses fitted with prescription lenses. Estela will also undergo an eye ultrasound on May 25. With $552, we can help Estela to see clearly again! "This is such a great benefit for my family and me," says Estela.
Chhon is a 33-year-old motorcycle taxi driver from Cambodia, who is married with two kids. He likes to listen to music and the news on the radio, relax at home, and watch boxing in his free time. Chhon fractured his left hand in a car accident back in April. He went to the hospital, where doctors implanted metal pins in his hand to help heal his fracture. Chhon still experiences pain and discomfort in his left hand, and after traveling for four hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), doctors informed him that the metal pins should be removed. Our medical partner, CSC, is requesting $143 to fund Chhon’s fracture repair surgery. On May 23, surgeons at CSC will remove the pins, to help Chhon feel comfortable again.