Molly joined Watsi on April 20th, 2014. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Molly's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Thean, a loving grandmother from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery to restore her vision.
Molly has funded healthcare for 143 patients in 15 countries.
Molly has funded healthcare for 143 patients in 15 countries.
Thean is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer. She and her husband have two daughters, two sons, and nine grandchildren. All of her children work as farmers. Some of Thean's favorite activities are listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the pagoda. Five years ago, Thean developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing burning, irritation, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, which is the mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result, Thean has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside. When Thean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 4th, Thean will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $225, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Kech says, "After surgery, I hope my eye irritation stops and I can feel comfortable. I want to go outside by myself, and see and recognize things well."
Daw Khin is a 45-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, who are retired and supported by Daw Khin's sister, who earns an income from renting out their land. Daw Khin used to work as a teacher before her condition made it difficult for her to continue teaching her students. Around June 2020, Daw Khin began to feel very tired and experienced heart palpitations. She shared that it felt like she could not breathe while teaching. Because these episodes happened infrequently, she did not seek treatment at the time; however, in December 2020, her condition worsened, and she went to a local hospital. After receiving an electrocardiogram, doctors determined she has an enlarged heart and an abnormal heartbeat and prescribed medication to help Daw Khin feel better. Since Daw Khin's symptoms continued, her sister brought her to a cardiologist in April 2021. Upon review, Daw Khin's condition was diagnosed as an atrial septal defect, a birth condition in which there is a hole in the wall that divides the upper chambers of the heart. The cardiologist informed her that she would need surgery, but the cost was too high for Daw Khin's family, so they returned home with medications. Daw Khin currently experiences headaches, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue and heart palpitations when talking or walking short distances. Fortunately, a friend visited Daw Khin in June and told her about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Daw Khin contacted BCMF and learned that BCMF will be able to help her finally heal. On February 6th, she will undergo an atrial septal defect (ASD) closure. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help fund her procedure. Daw Khin shared, "I would like to teach all my students again in the future. I like teaching students."
Jackline is a farmer and a mother of four: two boys and two girls all in different stages in school. Jackline and her husband support their family through small scale farming in the village. They mainly grow carrots and cabbages to sell in the market. Five years ago, Jackline began to experience troubling symptoms, including breathing and swallowing problems, anterior neck swelling and heart palpitations. She visited Nyakibale Hospital and had a thyroid test run. She was diagnosed with multiple cystic thyroid goitre. If not treated, Jackline will be at risk of further complications from the goitre including breathing problems. She is worried her output at work will be affected and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Jackline receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 28th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Jackline says “I really wish my health gets better so that I continue working hard and be able to educate my children for a bright future.”
Menglay is a 2-year-old boy and the youngest of three children in his family; he has an eight-year-old sister and a 10-year-old brother. He loves eating his mother's noodles and fried eggs, and likes to play with his older siblings. In 2020, he was burned on the index and middle finger of his right hand. His parents had him treated at a Children's Hospital, where he underwent wound care and a skin graft. The skin graft has developed a scar contracture, and now he cannot use his two fingers. It is painful for him and he cannot hold anything in that hand. When Menglay's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his parents seeking treatment. On January 12th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Once he heals, he will be able to use his hand and fingers. Now, their family needs help to fund this $477 procedure. His mother said: "we are so worried that Menglay will not be able to use his hand like other children. We hope the doctors can fix his fingers so he can grow up happy and healthy."
Muon is a 57-year-old woman with has two siblings. She has dedicated her life to her local pagoda. She lives at the pagoda, makes sure the young monks have food, and that the pagoda is cleaned routinely. Three years ago, Muon developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to see only shadows. She is unable to recognize people or to see in bright or dim lighting. When Muon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled across the country for eight hours seeking treatment. On December 9th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Muon shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better. Then I can prepare and clean the pagoda and take care of myself."
Vin is a 34-year-old driver from Cambodia. He lives in the capital city with his wife and two sons. Vin's wife is a factory worker. Two years ago, Vin had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. Vin now experiences pain, ear discharge, and tinnitus. He cannot communicate clearly with others. Vin visited our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 23rd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Vin says, "I hope my hearing will improve and all the ear discharge will finally stop."
Dara is a 27-year-old veterinarian. He lives in the capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia and has one younger sister. His sister is 19 and studies finance and banking at University. Dara's mother is a vegetable seller and his father is a tuk tuk driver. When he is not working as a veterinarian, Dara enjoys playing football, exercising, and reading. In August Dara was in a motor vehicle accident that dislocated his right shoulder. He is unable to use his right arm and is now in pain. Our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) can help Dara. Surgeons will perform an open reduction of his right shoulder so he can use his arm free of pain again. Dara is requesting $412 to fund the total cost of care and this procedure. Dara says, "I hope I can work with full function of my arm after surgery."
Aurelia nervously looked around the room and tightly clinged to her mother as our local Watsi rep met with her family at the hospital. Aurelia is the only child in her family. Her mother stays at home with her and has no source of income. Her father works as a volunteer cleaner at a local parish. The catholic priest heading the parish gives him $50 for upkeep and food. Aurelia's father lives in a single room provided for by the church, while her mother lives with Aurelia in their ancestral home in Shinyalu, Kenya. Aurelia does not have a medical insurance coverage and relies on support from friends and well-wishers. Aurelia is an 8-month-old baby and has been unable to pass stool normally since her birth. Doctors have diagnosed her with congenital condition and she needs a colostomy surgery to help treat her condition. If left untreated, the condition may cause complications with her spine, anus, heart, trachea, esophagus, kidneys, arms and legs, and digestive and urinary systems. When the beautiful bouncing baby girl was born in February, her parents and doctors realized that she could not pass stool. She was attended to and advised to visit the health facility in Shinyalu after three months. She went to the hospital but they didn’t have a pediatric specialist. They were referred to a bigger facility with pediatric surgery services. Their family went back home since they could not afford it. For several months, Aurelia has been straining to pass stool until a local priest intervened. The parish raised some amount for fare and consultation and they referred them to our medical partner's care center BethanyKids Hospital where similar services are offered. Aurelia's family visited the hospital on November 1st and doctors have recommended urgent surgery. Aurelia's father says, “My baby is jovial and active. But this condition is causing her a lot of strain especially when going to the bathroom. We are hopeful she will recover and be well.”
Kea is a 65-year-old farmer. She has two older sisters and one younger sister. Kea lives with her eldest sister and her nephew, who is also a farmer. Nowadays, Kea stays home and helps take care of her grandchildren. She likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda. Five months ago, Kea developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 13th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Kea says, "I hope I can see well so I can see my family's faces and visit the pagoda by myself."
John is very talkative and welcoming 46-year-old man. He arrived to the hospital with pain and distention for 3 days before admission to Kijabe Hospital this week. He had an x-ray and an endoscopy on the same day that revealed he has a Sigmoid Volvulus a condition in which the sigmoid colon wraps around itself, causing a closed-loop obstruction. This condition causes continued abdominal discomfort. He's now scheduled for a laparotomy and sigmoid colectomy to rectify the condition and needs financial support. Barely two weeks ago, John was very excited that he had found a job and was looking forward to his first day at work. Two days before he had to report to work, he noticed that he had not passed stool for some days. He started feeling uncomfortable but thought that he will be well soon enough. The day he was waiting for had arrived and he reported to work very happily but uncomfortable because his condition had worsened. He opened up to his immediate supervisor who advised him to go back home and seek medical attention. His supervisor went ahead to offer him some money to cater for the transport fee. John went to the terminus and boarded a matatu to head back home. Along the way, the pain worsened and was unbearable and he started vomiting. He requested the driver to drop him off at a nearby hospital. Luckily, the matatu was almost near our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital. The driver pulled over and helped him catch a taxi to Kijabe as fast as he could. He was admitted as an emergency case under the general surgery team. John is the father of six children, with his firstborn now 20 years old and married. Four of his children are in high school and the youngest is yet to join the school. Eight months ago, John lost his job as a security guard in a flower farm. After he was dismissed, he used the money he was given as service fees to buy a motorcycle, with which he started a bodaboda taxi business. His wife is involved in farming and mostly she sells the farm produce to supplement their family's earnings. John shared, “I feel sad for myself and my family because now I cannot do anything to provide for them as I am in hospital. I would really like to go back to work and earn enough for them.”
George is a young, active 5-year-old boy. George's father is a taxi driver and his mother does small scale farming to supplement their earnings. Last month, his mother noticed something that didn't seem right when she was bathing him. Upon getting examined by the doctor, the doctor scheduled a corrective surgery to put his testes in place and prevent future challenges. George was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, George has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. George will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) to undergo corrective surgery on March 30th. George’s mother shared, “We would like our child to have a family of his own when he grows up but if left untreated, his medical condition makes that impossible. We are requesting for any help so that our son can get treated."
Teresia is a homemaker with five children between ages six and 26. Her husband is a casual laborer who depends on manual jobs to earn a living for their family. They live together in Thika, a town in south-central Kenya, in a three roomed rental house. In 2017, Teresia began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and she needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. She has made several trips to different healthcare facilities that have exhausted her savings. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Teresia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 19th at AMH's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. The procedure will cost $686, and she and her family need help raising money. Teresia shared, “I have had treatment but I keep feeling unwell. This time I am hopeful all will be well, but first I need this surgery."