Parker joined Watsi on December 14th, 2014. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Parker's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Toy, a grandfather from Cambodia, for surgery to remove his cataracts.
Parker has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 7 countries.
Parker has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 7 countries.
"I hope I can recognize faces of everyone clearly and that I can help my daughter do some work at home," says Toy, a 76-year-old Cambodian man. "I'd like to visit my children in Phnom Penh too." Toy developed a cataract in each eye one year ago, which causes him blurred vision, burning, irritation, tearing, and sensitivity to sunlight. He traveled three hours with his daughter to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Toy is married with fours sons, six daughters, and seven grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Toy cannot afford the $225 procedure that will allow him to return to the activities that he enjoys and recognize the people around him. Doctors at CSC will perform a phacoemulsification surgery on Toy's eyes, during which they will break apart and remove the clouded lenses and replace them with clear implant lenses. After the operation and a brief hospital stay, Toy will be able to see clearly again.
Thai is a 45-year-old Cambodian woman who is married with four daughters and three grandchildren. She enjoys visiting her neighbors and watching Thai dramas on TV. Thai developed a pterygium, or pink fleshy growth, in each eye three years ago. This causes her to have blurred vision and irritated eyes. Because of her poor vision, she can't do work well or travel far on her own. Her condition has only been made worse by the cysts that arose in her eyes due to the pterygia. Thai and her husband traveled one hour to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Center (CSC). CSC can help her vision with pterygium excision surgery. During pteryigum excision surgery, the cysts will be removed, and her eye irritation will stop. Treatment costs $150, which includes surgical and medical fees, as well as a two day stay in the hospital with meals included. "I hope I can see everything clearly and comfortably with the cyst gone, so I can do work and go anywhere more easily than now," says Thai.
Sotherith is a 19-year old-girl who lives with her parents in Cambodia. She stopped going to school after first grade. She has three sisters, and is the youngest in her family. She enjoys watching TV and listening to music. Sotherith began experiencing hearing loss and discharge from her right ear two years ago due to a cholesteatoma in her right ear. This causes her recurrent ear discharge, hearing loss, and pain. "I am unhappy that I have right ear pain and it is difficult for me to communicate with other people. I cannot go to school," Sotherith shared with our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Sotherith traveled to CSC with her mother seeking treatment. $809 will fund the mastoidectomy she needs to eliminate pain and restore her hearing. After a mastoidectomy surgery, Sotherith's cholesteatoma will be removed. "I hope after the operation is done, my daughter can have good hearing and health," her mother shared.
Majaliwa is a quiet, three-year-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born in the family and his mother is expecting another baby in a few months. Majaliwa likes to play with other children and he especially likes to pull his favorite wooden car, which is tied to a string. Majaliwa was born without an anal opening. An immediate colostomy was done and Majaliwa has been passing stool through a stoma on his stomach. Majaliwa needs a pull-through procedure to be done, and later on, a colostomy closure. His parents are small scale farmers and they also keep a few livestock. As much as they wanted their son to get treatment two years back, they just have not been able to save up enough to cover the cost of operations which Majaliwa needs. Majaliwa needs a three-part surgery to correct his anorectal malformation. $1,500 will cover the cost of each procedure, as well as all pre- and post-operative care. After treatment, Majaliwa will be able to pass stool normally. “My hope is that my grandson will get treatment that will allow him to live a normal life like other children,” shares Majaliwa’s grandmother.
Leydi is a six-month-old girl living with her parents and six siblings in Guatemala. “When Leydi's was three months old, her mother was hospitalized for a severe infection, and was given powerful antibiotics,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). “Luckily, her mother is now okay, but it made her unable to produce breast milk for Leydi.” Because of this, the family has had to feed her on formula, which is very expensive in Guatemala. They have watered down the one tin of formula they were able to afford in order to make it last as long as possible, but that supply ran out a month ago. Missing the crucial nutrients that infants of Leydi’s age need to get from milk can be life-threatening. “Leydi is now dangerously small, and she has been getting fevers and diarrhea often, which are life-threatening to her already weak body,” adds WK. Fortunately, Leydi’s condition is not irreversible. She can recover from her three months of malnourishment if she is put on a nutritional recovery plan. For $1,016, WK will provide Leydi comprehensive treatment, including consultations with a nutritionist, formula, and extra micronutrients that will bring Leydi back up to speed. “My daughter's health worries me a lot,” Leydi’s mother says. “I want her to stop getting sick so often. I appreciate the support that you are going to give my daughter. I know that with this help she will get better."
To is a father of seven children and grandfather of nine living in Cambodia. To has recently had difficulty recognizing the faces of his family members, because he has developed cataracts, or clouded lenses, in each of his eyes. For the past two years, these have been “causing him blurred vision [and] tearing,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “He can’t see anything clearly.” 53-year-old To’s eyes have become so sensitive to light that he cannot go outside, making his day-to-day occupation as a rice farmer almost impossible. Since this work is how To supports his family, To’s daughter says she is anxious for him to receive treatment so that “he can easily do work and […] not worry about his vision loss any more.” Cataracts are currently the cause of approximately half of the world’s cases of blindness. For $225, To will receive a small incision cataract surgery and Intraocular lens implant in both of his eyes. This two-step operation will remove the clouded lens in each eye and replace it with a fully functioning artificial lens. As a result of this surgery, CSC tells us, “To will be able to see clearly again.” To says he hopes that after surgery “I can easily go anywhere outside, and drive my motor better too."
Mu is a 38-year-old woman who lives in a rural Burmese village with her husband, son-in-law, five daughters, and ten-month-old grandson. Her eldest daughter got married last year, the middle two attend school, and the younger ones live at home. “Mu’s family harvests rice and grows vegetables on their land,” says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “They also keep chickens and pigs, which they occasionally sell when they need money.” Mu has a myoma -- a noncancerous growth in her uterus. “She can feel the mass in her abdomen and cannot sleep well due to back and abdominal pain,” BBP explains. “As she is unable to afford treatment in Burma, she has to cross the Thailand border to seek medical care. Each time she comes to Thailand, she has to stop working and take out a small loan to cover transportation costs.” Treatment to remove Mu’s myoma costs $1,500. This cost covers transportation to Thailand, a CT scan, and outpatient visits pre-surgery. “Once Mu has received treatment, she will be able to go back to work with her family and will not have to borrow money to cross the border,” BBP continues. “This will enable her to support her children to go to school and pursue their own interests. She will also be free from pain and discomfort and be able to live a life full of dignity.” “In the future, I will go back to my work on the farm – I am happy to stay in my village,” shares Mu. “I will be so happy to have surgery. I feel like I am carrying something inside so I want to take it out.”
Meet four-year-old Samryll Ian from the Philippines. He dreams of one day becoming an engineer. Samryll Ian's mother is a saleswoman and his father is a fisherman. "Samryll is a shy boy but loves to play with his siblings," shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). Samryll Ian has an anorectal malformation, a defect in the opening at the end of the large intestine through which stool passes. ICM shares, "He tends to be alone and not mingle with other children. Although he does not fully understand his condition, he is still positive that he could be well someday." Because his mother and father's job does not provide the family with a fixed income, the family cannot afford to fund treatment for his condition. For $965, Samryll Ian can receive treatment that will allow him to pass stool normally again. After treatment, "Samryll will have the confidence to play with the other children and pursue his dream to become an engineer," explains ICM. His mother adds, "We want to see him grow normally like any other kids in his school, so that he can fulfill his dreams in the future and help our family go out of poverty."
Meet Rosie, a 35-year-old woman from the Philippines. Rosie enjoys cooking and singing, and often sings at weddings and funerals. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), says, “Rosie loves to work together with her husband who is a gospel minister and she loves to serve people.” Due to a mass on her right breast, “Rosie occasionally experiences muscle pain on the entire right side of her shoulder, chest, and back, which requires her to rest a minimum of two hours throughout the day,” ICM reports. “It is a discomfort since there is additional itching at the site of the mass and under her right upper arm; these symptoms bother her as it causes her lack of sleep, which makes her very tired for the next day’s tasks.” Rosie needs a lumpectomy to remove the mass on her breast. This procedure costs $612, and will remove all abnormal tissue form her breast. ICM says, “The treatment will give Rosie the freedom to do what she wants, especially in serving the church and the community as a whole. “ ICM adds, “Rosie is looking forward to being free of pain and discomfort so she can perform her best as a mother and a wife.” "I am looking forward to being free of this condition I have," Rosie shares. "I know that without it I can serve my family and our church at my full capacity.”
Meet Noy, a 65-year-old woman from Cambodia who has a pterygium in her eye. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), shares, “The pterygium in Noy's eye prohibits her from doing her job well, and also causes blurry vision. She is constantly dealing with burning sensations in her eye, which is very red and puffy from rubbing it all the time.” A pterygium is a growth of the conjunctiva that covers the cornea. Although it is non-cancerous, a pterygium can cause discomfort and eventual decrease in vision. Some other common effects of the condition include burning and itching sensations, pain, light sensitivity, and foreign body sensation. While eye drops can sooth irritation, they are not a permanent solution. With $150 in Watsi funding, Noy will undergo a low-risk 45-minute procedure that will cure her condition. During the operation, the growth is scraped from the surface of the cornea and replaced with a graft, which covers the conjunctiva site and prevents the pterygium from returning. In just one to two weeks after the surgery, Noy will be fully recovered. According to CSC, “Noy is married with three sons, two daughters and seven grandchildren. She looks forward to going back to work on the farm and regaining her independence.”
Vilma is a one-year-old girl, and the second child of a very young couple. She lives with her four-year-old sister, Clara, and their parents in Guatemala. Her father provides for the family by working on a farm, while her mother cares for the two girls and tends to the home. Vilma was recently diagnosed with acute malnutrition. “Although Vilma’s family wants to provide her with all the tools necessary to live a healthy life, they are currently unsure how to do so,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Her weight and height are far below the average for her age, and she is at risk for the long-term negative effects from malnutrition." As a result of low caloric intake, Vilma has low energy and has not grown like other children. A low caloric intake will also damage Vilma’s immune system and make her susceptible to infections and illness such as pneumonia, which can be very dangerous. “If left untreated, Vilma will start to miss developmental milestones,” continues WK. “She will have low energy, and be unable to develop to her full mental potential, thus limiting her ability to concentrate and go far in school.” A simple treatment plan can help Vilma and her family break the cycle of malnutrition. For $535, Vilma will receive food supplements and micronutrient support. This treatment will physically bolster Vilma’s ability to recoup her height and weight, and her immune system will be strengthened which will help her combat infections and illnesses. To ensure that Vilma and her sister are set up for long term developmental success, the treatment cost will also fund nutritional education for their parents to teach them how to foster healthy nutritional habits for the family. This will give the girls the necessary long term support to reach her physical and developmental potential, and Vilma will be able to fulfill her mother's wish of pursuing her education. Let’s help out Vilma and her family!
Meet Sadayo, a toddler from Kenya. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), Sadayo has hypospadias: a condition in which “his urethral opening is lower on the head of the shaft of his penis and he [therefore] cannot pass urine normally.” This not only causes pain when Sadayo tries to urinate, but “Sadayo is [also] likely to experience urinary tract infections. He might also suffer impotence if not treated,” shares AMHF. “Sadayo and his mother live in a small shelter lent to them by a well-wisher because they were living on the streets," AMHF continues. "Sadayo's father is mentally challenged and still lives in the streets.” “Sadayo's mother works as a casual laborer; washing people’s clothes and doing any farming tasks to help her support herself and her son” – inconsistent work that fails to provide enough income for Sadayo’s mother to afford the surgery her son needs. Sadayo and his mother were brought to AMHF by a concerned neighbor who saw the baby’s situation and knew that AMHF would be able to help. With $655 in funding, Sadayo will receive the surgery he needs to reconstruct the urinary channel in the proper position, thus correcting the hypospadias. The doctors share, “If treated, Sadayo will be less likely to suffer urinary tract infections and impotence. He will be able to pass urine normally.” In the words of Sadayo’s kindhearted neighbor, “I really feel for this baby, I wish I had better ways of helping him. I have been praying that God may open ways for him to get treatment, and I have no doubts that He has heard my prayers.”