Grace joined Watsi on December 23rd, 2015. 53 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Grace's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Lan, a grandmother from Cambodia, for vision-restoring cataract surgery.
Grace has funded healthcare for 111 patients in 11 countries.
Grace has funded healthcare for 111 patients in 11 countries.
Lan is married with four sons, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen the monks pray. Lan developed a cataract in each eye one year ago. This causes her blurred vision, pain, and she can't get around easily on her own. The condition commonly affects the elderly population due to age-related changes in the eyes. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, resulting in functional blindness. Lan traveled three hours with her daughter to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. After a small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and intraocular lens (IOL) implant in each eye, Lan will be able to see clearly again. "I hope I can look after my grandchildren and can go anywhere more easily than now," Lan shares with us.
Meet Seng, a 68-year-old man from Cambodia. Seng is married with three daughters. He enjoys reading Buddhist religious texts and visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies. He traveled seven hours with his friend to reach CSC for treatment. Seng developed a cataract in each eye four years ago. This causes him blurred vision, burning, and makes it difficult for him to get around easily on his own. Cataracts typically occur in the elderly from age-related changes in the lens causing them to become cloudy. The cloudy lenses make it difficult to see, and can lead to blindness if gone untreated. $225 covers the cost of a commonly practiced procedure to treat cataracts. Seng will receive surgery to remove his cloudy eye lenses and replace them with clear lens implants.
Coming from a village in Kenya, Jecinta is the youngest of 24 siblings. Her mother is the third of three wives, with six biological children of her own. Jecinta’s mother is a housewife who takes care of her children. His father is a pastoralist, who, unfortunately, lost the majority of his livestock to the drought that swept the region dry. The entire family depends on ten acres of land with is not producing well due to the drought. Jecinta was born in perfect health. Apart from a small bump that never seemed to disappear everything was well. She continued on in that state until she went in for her three months old clinical review. The doctor observed that the bump was abnormal and had grown to a big swelling. Over time, it began to impact her vision. Jecinta has a frontal encephalocele - a neural tube defect that causes visible, sac-like protrusions of the brain. Specialized treatment is now required, but Jecinta’s parents cannot afford the cost. Her father sold one of his cows but they are not able to raise the rest of the funds needed. If not treated, Jecinta may have mental and growth retardation, seizures, uncoordinated movement of voluntary muscles. Encephalocoele repair surgery will allow Jecinta to avoid these long-term consequences and grow up healthy. “I am now very aged and want to see my children to grow up with nothing affecting them whatsoever," Jecinta's father said. "I will appreciate if we can get help for her surgical care."
Rosath is a 37-year-old farmer and car driver. He is married with one son and two daughters. Rosath enjoys staying at home to watch TV and cook. In 2013, Rosath was in a traffic accident. After the accident, he received treatment at a local hospital but his injuries did not heal. When he arrived at Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), after traveling for two hours with his wife, an x-ray showed a left forearm fracture. He can't move his left arm and is in pain. Surgeons at CSC will perform an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal the fracture. The procedure will realign the broken bones into the normal position. Treatment will cost $405, including surgery, post-op care, and Rosath's hospital stay. Once he heals, Rosath will be able to use him arm without pain.
Thai is a 58-year-old rice farmer living in Cambodia. She is married with four sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. Thai enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies. About four years ago, Thai developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her blurred vision, irritation, and burning. She can't see clearly, do work well, or go outside on her own. Because of her vision impairment, she has been unable to work well or leave her home independently. 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. The growth can cause discomfort and obstruct vision. There is a higher prevalence for pterygiums along the equator, where there is more sun exposure. Thai needs a procedure to scrape and remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface, and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. For $150, Thai can have the procedure she needs. The total cost covers the procedure, supplies, and two days of inpatient care. After her pterygium excision surgery, Thai's burning and irritation will be relieved and her vision will improve. She will then be able to resume work to support her family, and also visit the pagoda on her own as desired.
Khoun is an 81-year-old grandmother living in Cambodia. She is married with three sons, three daughters, and 20 grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies and prayers. Khoun traveled 2 hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. About one year ago, Khoun started having blurred vision and tearing from both eyes, and became unable to travel independently with her vision impairment. She visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), and was found with a cataract in each eye. Her doctors at CSC recommended she have surgery to resolve her vision impairment and restore clarity. They would perform an extracapsular cataract extraction and an intraocular lens implant in each eye, which will replace her internal ocular lenses. In total, the procedure, supplies, drugs, and three days of inpatient care will cost $225. Following her surgery, Khoun will have restored vision and her discomfort will be resolved. She will also have her independence again, and will be able to visit the pagoda on her own.
Eng is a 35-year-old farmer who is married with two daughters. Eng enjoys cooking for her family, watching Khmer news on TV, and listening to old music. Eng traveled two hours with her husband to reach Children's Surgical Centre for surgery. Eng was in a moto accident in April 2016, during which she fractured her left forearm in the accident. For one month she received Khmer traditional medical treatment but her fracture did not improve. An x-ray at CSC shows a forearm fracture remains. She experiences mild pain and she can't hold anything with her left arm. For $405, surgeons at CSC will perform an open reduction internal fixation procedure to treat the fracture. After surgery she will be able to move her arm easily.
"I hope my son can one day have a college degree," said Anthony's mother. Meet Anthony, a 17-month-old boy from Guatemala. Anthony is currently living with acute malnutrition. His mother is worried because he has been losing weight recently, and she has not been able to help him gain it back. In addition to weight loss, Anthony's immune defenses are weak from the lack of calories, causing him frequent bouts of diarrhea. These bouts put his life in danger by making him extremely dehydrated and depriving him of any nutrients that he consumes. If he does not receive treatment, he could face long-term effects such as stunted neuro-development, chronic diseases, and difficulty finding and keeping a well-paying job. Anthony lives with his parents and siblings in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. They are indigenous Maya Kaqchikel, and they live in a rural community in the mountains of Guatemala. His mother works at home, taking care of Anthony and his siblings, and his father is currently unemployed. Both his parents make many sacrifices for Anthony's health, but they cannot afford to give him even one egg, fruit, or vegetable per day, making it impossible for him to overcome malnutrition without Watsi support. Anthony's family seeks financial assistance for a $512 treatment program that includes growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication. These measures will help Anthony recover from malnutrition--saving his life now and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. With successful treatment, Anthony will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any more life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. In addition to Anthony's own treatment, his parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Anthony the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, giving Anthony the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.
"Sandy is more than three standard deviations below the normal size for her age. Her mother has noticed that she is not growing as well and is worried. Her lack of calories, protein, and nutrients have also made her mental development slow--she is having a hard time learning how to talk," reports our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "Sandy's immune defenses have been weakened by her poor diet, leaving her with frequent fevers, coughs, and cases of diarrhea, which put her life in danger and take away all her energy. In the long term, she could face issues such as mental deficiencies, behavioral problems, chronic disease, and low earning potential as an adult if she does not receive treatment," explains WK. "Sandy is the first child in her family, and her mother just had another little girl. Sandy loves to play with her dolls and is excited to be an older sister. Her mother works at home taking care of the children, and her father works as an assistant to a bricklayer as well as a day laborer in a plantation. They have a meager and inconsistent income. Although they make sacrifices to give their daughter the best they can, there are many days when all they have to give Sandy is breastmilk," continues WK. "Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Sandy recover--saving her life now and putting her on track to live a better life in the future. She will gain weight and grow taller. Her immune system will grow stronger, which will further increase her appetite and help her use the extra calories to develop mentally. Her mother will receive support to give Sandy the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily," explains WK. Sandy's mother shares, "I dream that my daughter will grow well so that one day she can have good development with her studies."
"Leonardo's mother has been worried, because she has noticed that her son is not growing as well as the other kids and doesn't know what to do. He is suffering from malnutrition, and will not be able to grow until he has access to an adequate diet," reports our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "His lack of calories has not only stunted his physical growth, but slowed his developmental milestones -- he still cannot walk or stand without support, a benchmark most children reach by about age one. Additionally, his immune system has grown weak due to his lack of calories. He gets frequent bouts of diarrhea, putting his life in danger and preventing him from having the energy to grow and play. In the long term, he could face low IQ, chronic diseases, and difficulty finding a good job if he does not receive treatment," continues WK. "Leonardo is the youngest of two children. He lives with his family in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural mountainous community in Guatemala. His mother works at home, taking care of Leonardo and his brother, cooking, and cleaning," shares WK. "His father works as a bricklayer. Although they both make many sacrifices for him, they are unable to buy him even the most basic healthy foods--they cannot afford even one egg, fruit, or vegetable per day." "Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Leonardo recover from malnutrition--saving his life now and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any more life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses," adds WK. "His parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Leonardo a diet to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Leonardo the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place." Leonardo's mother adds, "I want my son to grow and study in the future." Let's help make that a reality.
Juan is a 20-month-old baby living in Guatemala with his family. He is the second youngest of ten children. He lives with his family in a one-room adobe house in a rural mountainous community. His mother works at home, taking care of Juan and his siblings, and in her free time weaves traditional Mayan textiles. His father is a day laborer, who works harvesting corn, beans, and squash. Juan's parents are unable to provide basic sustenance with their income, and he goes days without fruits, vegetables, or eggs. He is far below a normal height and weight, and he has not reached developmental milestones, such as walking and talking. His acute malnutrition has also weakened his immune system, and he has a higher risk for frequent diarrhea, coughs, and fevers. For $512, Juan can receive the treatment he needs to resolve his malnutrition. His treatment cost covers growth monitoring visits, food supplements, and medication to help him gain weight and develop properly. This treatment will strengthen his immune system, increase his overall caloric intake, and make it so he has more energy to play and learn. His parents will also receive nutritional education to help them optimize the diet he needs. Following his treatment, Juan should make a full recovery, rebuild his immune system, and return to proper development. With his expected increase in potential for productivity in society, his posterity will also be less likely to develop malnutrition.
Moo Naw is a 48-year-old woman from Burma. Although she has no children of her own, Moo Naw lives with her husband, her mother, and her 16-year-old nephew on a small farm. Both her and her husband tend to their rice paddy fields, but Moo Naw’s husband also works as an agricultural day laborer, which Moo Naw used to do until she fell ill. Moo Naw’s symptoms first presented themselves when she was three months into her first pregnancy. She began to have headaches and became incredibly sensitive to light, to the point where she was unable to open her eyes without experiencing migraine-like symptoms. She developed severe back pain and experienced joint and muscle aches, in addition to heavy bleeding. After blood tests and an ultrasound, our staff informed her that they saw a mass in her uterus and she was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Moo Naw is not able to work on her farm or as an agricultural day laborer due to her symptoms. Let's help Moo Naw get back on her feet so that she can help support her family.