Sumeet joined Watsi on October 9th, 2017. Six months ago, Sumeet became the 3161st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 520 more people have become monthly donors! Sumeet's most recent donation supported Yeng, a man from Cambodia, to fund ankle surgery.
Sumeet has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.
Yeng is a construction worker from Cambodia. He has a sister. He likes watching music videos and TV and hanging out with his friends. In June 2017, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused an open wound on his ankle. He has difficulty walking and is unable to work. When Yeng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 8, surgeons at CSC will perform a peroneus brevis flap procedure to to close the wound and allow him to walk again. Now, he needs help to fund this $606 procedure. His sister says, "I hope after the operation my brother can walk by himself and will be able to work again."
Dah is a 46-year-old woman who lives with her husband, one son, and two daughters in Karen State, Burma. Dah has been unable to work since 2015 due to her poor health. Her oldest son works as day laborer on someone else's farm and supports their family. Both of her daughters are currently studying at school. Four years ago, Dah started experiencing back pain and had difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. She went to see the doctor in a Burmese hospital, where she was diagnosed with a kidney stone. At that time, she was unable to afford the cost of treatment. Eventually, she went to Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner's care center, for further treatment and the doctor sent her to Mae Sot Hospital for further investigation. At the hospital she was again diagnosed with a kidney stone and was told she would require surgery to remove the stone. She was referred to Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner, for assistance in receiving treatment. Now, Dah is scheduled for a procedure called shockwave lithotripsy on March 8. She needs help raising $1,500 to pay for this treatment. Dah said, “I want to recover quickly so I can return to work. I want to be able to support my daughters so that they can continue with their studies.”
Mohammed is a two-year-old baby from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with people. His father is a traditional farmer, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. They have eight children. Mohammed was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Mohammed is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on February 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mohammed's procedure and care. After his recovery, Mohammed will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Mohammed’s mother says, “My husband is a poor farmer with low income and I’m a house wife and I take care of my kids in the house. Our income is very low even to support our kids. It is our hope to get the surgery and to see our child in a healthy and good position by your support.”
Chit is a one-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Mae Sot, a border town. He loves to play with his parents. Since he was one month old, Chit has had an inguinal hernia. Now, his hernia is getting bigger. He is in pain and cries a lot, and he is no longer able to play. Fortunately, on January 6, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Chit's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 6 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "I want my son to be a teacher when he grows up."
"Since my condition began to worsen, I've had to stop working,” shares Khin, a 52-year-old woman from Burma. “This has been emotionally hard for me, as I want to help support my family.” Khin’s entire family lives and works on their rice farm. They are able to harvest about 100 tons of rice each year. They use their harvest to feed themselves, and sometimes are able to use the surplus to trade for other items they need. About 20 years ago, Khin noticed a small lump on her neck. At the time, she did not think anything of it. However, a couple months ago she began to experience serious pain in her neck and upper back. She also noticed that the lump on her neck was getting larger. Khin was eventually diagnosed with thyroiditis, and told she would need surgery to remove part of her thyroid. Without this procedure, she will continue to live in pain. However, her family is barely able to get by on their rice harvest from day to day, and does not have the money necessary to pay for this operation. That’s where you come in. By contributing to our $1,500 fundraising goal, you can help sponsor Khin’s thyroid removal on December 11, as well as the necessary lab tests and week-long hospital stay. “My family are all extremely stressed and worried about my health and future,” says Khin. Let’s put their worries to rest.
Sarah is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents, brothers, and sisters in a rural area in the mountains of central Haiti. Her parents are both farmers. Sarah has graduated kindergarten but is not attending first grade this year because of her illness. Sarah has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This diagnosis involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a blockage of one of the valves. Sarah will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in her heart with a patch and remove the muscular blockage in her valve. Another organization, Health City Cayman Islands, is contributing $22,000 to pay for surgery. Sarah's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Sarah's family overseas. Her aunt says, "Our family is very excited for Sarah's surgery so that she can be healthy and safe, and can go to school."
Shelda is a nine-year-old girl from Haiti. She lives with her parents, grandparents, and older brother. She enjoys going to school, playing with her friends, and singing in church. Several years ago, Shelda contracted rheumatic fever, which caused damage to her heart. She developed a condition called mitral and aortic regurgitation, where blood backs up into her heart and does not properly circulate through her body. This condition causes Shelda to experience shortness of breath, painful breathing, fatigue, and swelling of the legs. If left untreated, her condition could become fatal. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, Shelda is scheduled to undergo heart surgery to correct her condition on July 11. Although Shelda's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/a87ad56dd3f0-shelda) to our medical partner's care center has already been funded by Watsi, she is still in need of $1,500 to cover the cost of her heart surgery prep. The organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is also subsidizing Shelda's surgery, donating $22,000 to cover the rest of her medical bills. "I am excited for the day when Shelda can do everything she wants without getting tired and needing to rest," says Shelda's mother.