Oren Robinson
Oren's Story

Oren joined Watsi on May 4th, 2015. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Oren's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Tina, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund nerve repair surgery.


Oren has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.

patients you have funded

Agness and her husband, William, are farmers in southwestern Uganda. They grow maize, beans, sugarcane, and other crops, and sell their sugarcane in the local market. Their hard work has enabled them to support their family of four children. Two of their children have left home for work and two are still at home attending secondary school. When she is feeling good, Agness enjoys participating in her local savings group and learning to weave baskets. It makes her happy to see her children do well in school and develop skills so they can be successful in life. Agness, who is currently fifty years old, has had uterine fibroids for many years. Fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus, though they can cause severe pain. Agness had surgery on her fibroids back in 2004, but they have since returned and have become so painful that she has not been able to work. The pain stretches from her abdomen to her back. Agness' doctors have recommended a hysterectomy-- a surgical procedure to remove the uterus-- in order to alleviate her pain and eradicate the fibroids. While she cannot afford the operation without help from Watsi, she has contributed $8 towards the cost. After her surgery, Agness is looking forward to farming again. She hopes to grow her small business selling sugarcane and begin selling her baskets as well. "I am so grateful for the help with my surgery," says Agness. "If God is willing, I will be able to work and continue to pay my children's school fees."

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Laraha is a 15-year-old boy who lives with his family in Tanzania. He is the fourth of ten children, and he loves singing traditional songs and dancing. Laraha has been herding cattle ever since he was a little boy and has never attended school. Recently, Laraha has been experiencing some knee pain after long days of herding cattle. He usually feels pain in the evenings when he is relaxing. It has also become difficult for him to run because his legs bow inwards and his knees knock when he runs. Laraha’s condition—known as genu valgus—is part of the normal growth and development of the legs and typical resolves on its own by age seven or eight. However, in some children, underlying bone disease prevents straightening of one or both legs and contributes to the strain of the involved knee joints. To improve his gait and reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age, Laraha needs corrective surgery known as an osteotomy. During the surgery, doctors will remove a wedge of bone from each upper leg and attach pins, a rod, or a metal plate and screws to close the gap and straighten the leg. Laraha’s parents raise livestock and earn just enough to cover the family's basic needs. With such a large family to support, coming up with enough cash for Laraha’s corrective surgery has been difficult. $940 pays for Laraha's surgery as well as three pre- and post-surgical consultations, three days of hospital care, physiotherapy, medicine, and a three-month-stay at The Plaster House for recovery and rehabilitation. “I hope my legs will be straight like before so that I can continue to herd cattle,” shares Laraha.

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"I am unhappy that I have right ear pain, and it is difficult to communicate with other people," shares Sao, a 39-year-old wife and mother. She works as a cook and cares for her parents in her home in Cambodia. “For two years, Sao has experienced discharge from her right ear every day as well as hearing loss,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. “She has been treated with antibiotics at another hospital, but her condition did not improve.” Doctors at CSC have discovered a cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth located behind the eardrum—in Sao’s right ear. A cholesteatoma initially develops as a cyst after chronic ear infections or perforation of the eardrum. Over time, the cyst sheds layers of old skin that collect within the ear. Without treatment, a cholesteatoma can grow large enough to cause hearing loss, dizziness, or facial paralysis. Treatment for Sao is a mastoidectomy, a surgical procedure in which doctors remove the diseased cells in the hollow, air-filled spaces in the skull behind the ears. The cells—known as mastoid air cells—are diseased as a result of the chronic ear infections that spread to the skull structures near Sao’s right ear. Doctors will also remove the cholesteatoma that has grown behind her right eardrum. $809 pays for surgery for Sao as well as two hearing tests, one night in the hospital, one day of inpatient post-operative care, and three outpatient follow-up visits in the month following surgery. “Sao’s ear discharge and pain will stop after the surgery,” says CSC. Sao’s uncle, who accompanied her to the appointment at CSC, looks forward to a successful procedure for his niece. "I hope after the operation is done, Sao's ear discharge will stop, and she can have good hearing and health,” he shares.

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