Travis joined Watsi on July 6th, 2013. Four months ago, Travis joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Travis' most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Naw Dah, a 40-year-old woman from Thailand, to fund kidney stone surgery.
Travis has funded healthcare for 217 patients in 16 countries.
Travis has funded healthcare for 217 patients in 16 countries.
Naw Dah is a 40-year-old woman who lives with her husband, four daughters and three sons in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Six of her children attend school in the camp, while Naw Dah looks after her youngest daughter at home. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, her husband has had difficulty finding work outside of the camp for the past few months. The family survives on money they receive through a food card each month from an organization called The Border Consortium. Since 2016, Naw Dah has suffered from frequent, painful urinary tract infections. After she received an x-ray at a local hospital in April 2020, she was referred for further treatment and diagnosed with kidney stones. She received treatment in September 2020, but at follow-up appointments, the doctor told her that she still had fragments of the kidney stone, and she returned for multiple x-rays and oral medications. During her most recent follow-up in August 2021, the doctor told her that the stones are now 6mm in size and scheduled her for another ureteroscopy. She is unable to pay for surgery and was referred our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance accessing treatment. On September 3rd, she will undergo a ureteroscopy and now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund her procedure and care. Naw Dah shared, "I am a bit scared as I already underwent treatment twice, but I really want to get better. So I put my trust in God and I will go through this pain again so that I will be free from this pain in the future."
Sreyleak is a 14-year-old student. Her parents are food sellers, and she has one brother and one sister, both of whom are in grade school. When Sreyleak is not at school or working, she likes to read books, exercise, and help her parents with their work. One month ago, Sreyleak had a severe ear infection that caused an abnormal skin growth to develop behind the eardrum. For this reason, Sreyleak experiences persistent uncomfortable symptoms and it is now difficult for her to communicate with her family and friends. Sreyleak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 2nd, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear so that the surgeons can remove the growth. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sreyleak shares, "I hope that painful feeling can stop so that I can do my schoolwork in comfort, and enjoy playing with my friends."
Allan is 17-year-old student and an aspiring doctor. He is the fifth born in a family of six children. He shared that he sadly lost his father in 2011 and his mother is elderly. He depends on his older siblings, but they do not have stable jobs. Their family lives in their ancestral home and does small-scale farming to grow food to eat. Allan has a urethral stricture and is currently on dialysis. He feels unwell and his condition has affected his studies. He has visited several healthcare facilities over the past year in search of treatment. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Allan to receive treatment. On July 1, he will undergo an urethroplasty, or urethra repair. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,144 procedure. Allan shared, "I want to be a doctor and I am determined to do so. I even opted to sit for my exams despite the pain and my condition. I hope this sickness does not stop my ambitions.”
Phalla is a 29-year-old construction worker, who is married and has two daughters. His nine-year-old daughter is in 3rd grade and his six-year-old daughter just started school. Phalla's wife works as a farmer. On April 29th, 2021, Phalla was in a motorcycle accident that injured and dislocated his right elbow. He is in pain and unable to move or use his right arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help him. On June 2nd, Phalla will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will restore mobility to his arm so that he can use it normally again. Phalla shared, "I'm hoping I can use my arm better so I can return to work as soon as possible."
Chenda is a 27-year-old father from Cambodia. He is married with one son and one daughter. Chenda works at a rubber plantation. At home, he does rice and vegetable farming. Chenda enjoys listening to pop songs and helping his wife look after their children. In August 2020, Chenda was in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work that caused a fracture of his sacrum. He underwent a hardware fixation surgery to treat the pelvic ring sacrum fracture. Now, the fracture is healed, but he feels discomfort and pain in his back where the hardware is. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 31st, Chenda will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove pedicle screws and screw plates which will relieve his back pain and allow him to walk better. Chenda shared, "I hope that the surgery will be successful so I can go back to work and earn money for my family."
Channa is a 24-year-old chef and father to one daughter. When he is not working in the kitchen, Channa enjoys playing volleyball and listening to music. In 2017, Channa was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left tibia. He went to a government hospital where doctors fixated hardware to treat his fracture. Channa still experiences pain in his leg and worries about the hardware causing an infection. Now that the bone is healed, the hardware needs to be removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 23rd, Channa will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the hardware safely and allow him to be fully healed from his accident. Channa shared, "I hope my surgery goes well. I want to heal smoothly and quickly, and be able to return to work so I can support my family."
Chanthou is a 65-year-old saleswoman with two daughters, three sons, and two grandchildren. Chanthou lives with her husband who is a laborer in the city. She sells groceries at home and also takes care of her grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys listening to the monks preach on the radio. Five years ago, Chanthou developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her to experience itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a 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, Chanthou has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Chanthou learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one hour with her husband seeking treatment. Chanthou needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216 and will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 9th. Chanthou shared with us, "I hope after surgery my eye can get better so I can continue my work selling groceries and easily get to the pagoda by myself."
Yat is an 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, four sons, and 10 grandchildren. Yat lives with her husband and their second daughter who is a vegetable seller. Yat enjoys looking after her grandchildren and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Six years ago, Yat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience blurry vision and photophobia, a sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On March 24th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and 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. Yat said, "I want to be able to help my daughter sell vegetables and visit the pagoda by myself."
Yany is a 37-year-old seller from Cambodia. For most of her life, Yany has been experiencing recurrent ear infections. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Yany experiences frequent tinnitus and ear discharge. She cannot communicate clearly with others, and is unable to socialize with her friends due to her poor hearing and lack of confidence. Yany traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 10th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her 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. Yany shared, "I hope that after surgery my ear will be better. I am looking forward to having better hearing and no more ear discharge."
Seang is a 74-year-old mother of four from Cambodia. She is a vegetable farmer who has four daughters and twelve grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago. Seang lives with one of her daughters, who is also a farmer. She no longer goes to the fields, and instead spends her time at home watching her grandchildren. When Seang has time, she likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio and going to the pagoda on holy days. She self-describes her health as fair and hopes to feel better when she can see well. Two years ago, Seang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and poor night vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Seang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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. Seang shared, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly, I can go to the pagoda by myself, and that I can take care myself and my grandchildren."
Atuhaire is a mother of three who practices produce farming along with her husband to meet their family's needs. For the past five years, she has had abdominal and back pains and other troubling symptoms. She came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nyakibale Hospital after other treatment and pain relief have not helped relieve her. Doctors have diagnosed her with uterine fibroids and she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Atuhaire's surgery. On February 23rd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Atuhaire will finally be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Atuhaire says: “I had always been engaged in home activities like washing, cooking, and cleaning well, but because of this condition, things have changed. I hope that with surgery, my health will be restored. I plan to continue with farming once I am better.”
U Win is a 54-year-old man who lives with his wife and youngest son in the Ayeyarwaddy Division in Burma. He has three sons and three daughters, with five of his children already married and working. His 17-year-old son left school because they were unable to pay school fees, and worked as a day laborer until COVID-19 happened. U Win used to work as a day laborer as well, but stopped working around two years ago due to his health condition. His family survives on 60,000 kyat (approx. 60 USD) each month that U Win's three other daughters and another son send them, enough to cover their basic expenses. In January 2012, U Win felt tired, had a headache, suffered from heart palpitations, and a rapid heartbeat. He went to a clinic where the doctor listened to his heart with a stethoscope and checked his blood pressure. U Win was told that he has high blood pressure and that he would need to take oral medication for a long time. He received an injection, oral medication, and another appointment for more medication. After he took the medication, he felt better and he went back to work. However, U Win continued to experience worsening symptoms over the next few years, returning to clinics and receiving the same treatment. He was told at one point to visit a cardiologist, but did not do so until later on. In August 2020, during another clinic visit in Yangon, the doctor diagnosed U Win with an atrial septal defect, and said that he would need to receive surgery to repair this hole in his heart. If not treated, the condition could weaken his heart further and cause lung problems later on. He was unable to receive surgery in November due to an upsurge in COVID-19 cases, and was also told the procedure would cost about 3,000,000 kyat (approx. 3,000 USD). Luckily, U Win’s wife remembered that there is a charity group in Yangon that might be able to help. The group told him about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, to look for assistance with accessing the treatment he needed. U Win currently experiences chest pain and back pain, has no appetite, and cannot sleep well at night. He appeals for financial support for his cost of care. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 20th, U Win will undergo an atrial septal defect closure procedure. Once recovered, his quality of life will significantly improve and he will be able to return to work. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. U Win shared, “I want to get better soon so that I can work for my family again. I am worried about my family’s future because we cannot find work in the village. My son also cannot go to Yangon to find another job because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.”