Geoffrey joined Watsi on February 20th, 2020. One month ago, Geoffrey became the 5719th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 109 more people have become monthly donors! Geoffrey's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Srey Muy, a girl from Cambodia, to fund tonsil and adenoid surgery.
Geoffrey has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 8 countries.
Srey Muy is an eleven-year-old girl from Cambodia who enjoys studying Khmer and science. She has one older brother, and she enjoys playing games, reading books, and watching television. Since she was five years old, she has had difficulty sleeping at night and, for the last year, she has trouble swallowing and experiences hearing loss. Srey Muy traveled with her mother for over an hour by motorcycle for her treatment. Surgery will help to remove the infection and relieve Srey Muy of her symptoms, allowing her to sleep easily again and eat and hear without any difficulty. She will be able to return comfortably to her studies and family in the village. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will go well and she will be able to feel better again." -Srey Muy's Mother
Nimusiima is married with one child and earns a living through practicing small-scale farming along with her husband. They mostly grow beans, cassava, and potatoes. Nimusiima dropped out of school due to lack of school fees and she says she is working hard to make sure her child is educated. Unfortunately, she can’t afford the cost of her surgery. Nimusiima presented with lower abdominal pain, unstable abdominal movements and feels a mass in her abdomen. Her condition is associated with backache and vaginal bleeding. This has brought her a poor quality of life and if not treated, she may develop other complications like anaemia. Nimusiima had never been to any hospital seeking treatment of her condition but having heard of Watsi Medical Partner's Care Center Nyakibale Hospital, she decided to come for any possibility of support. She received an obstetric scan, which diagnosed her with an ovarian cyst. The doctor recommends she have a cystectomy. Nimusiima shared, “I hope that my condition will improve after my surgery is done so that I can continue with farming.”
Grace is a 3-year-old from Tanzania, and the first born child in a family of two with a single mother. Grace and her sibling are being raised by their grandmother after their mother asked their grandmother to help her look after the children so that she can be able to find a job and be able to support the children. Ever since she left Grace and her sibling, she rarely visits the children and sends money once in awhile. Her grandmother has no source of income other than small-scale farming. Grace's grandfather has been bed ridden for almost a year now. Grace was diagnosed with windswept deformity, which causes her legs to be curved. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has a difficult time walking and playing with her sibling. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Grace. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Grace's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Grace’s grandmother says, “My granddaughter’s legs are getting worse as days go by but I don’t have the money to seek her treatment. Please help her.”
Channa is a 7th grader from Cambodia. He has two brothers and enjoys playing soccer and watching television after school. Two years ago, Channa had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Channa experiences discharge, tinnitus, and hearing loss. He cannot listen clearly to others and has a difficult time communicating. Channa traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 11th, 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. "I hope that my son will no longer have any ear problems and he will not suffer from anymore hearing loss." -Channa's Mother
On is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys joining the ceremony at the local pagoda and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, On developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When On learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 23rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to return to the rice fields and help my daughter," On shared.
Naw Htee is a 30-year-old woman from Thailand. In 2006, Naw Htee and her family fled from Karen State, Burma to Thailand because there were conflicts between the armed groups and the country's military in their village. She now lives in a refugee camp with her family. In 2010, Naw Htee felt a severe toothache while she and her parents were visiting her village in Burma. She went to the nearest local clinic, where she had her molar teeth extracted. After the procedure, Naw Htee was in extreme pain; she could not even open her mouth as she used to. She was told that pain after tooth extraction is normal and that the pain will be diminished if she takes painkillers. Naw Htee tolerated the pain and hoped for the pain to be gone. Since then, Naw Htee could barely open her mouth. Naw Htee was too afraid to tell about her condition to anyone. She carried this burden for almost 9 years, until she decided to seek help. She then visited the clinic in the refugee camp. After trying oral medication and since her condition remained the same, she was referred to Mae Sariang General Hospital (MSGH) in July 2019. There, she received an x-ray, and the doctor diagnosed her with Ankylosis of the Temporamandibular joint [TMJ], stiffness of a joint due to abnormal adhesion and rigidity of the bones of the joint of jaw. She was then referred on to Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) as MSGH does not have capacity to treat her condition. Once at CMH, the doctor told Naw Htee that she needs to undergo a special x-ray prior to receiving treatment. Doctors want Naw Htee to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Naw Htee's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 5th. Naw Htee mentioned, “I wanted to be a healthy, strong and supportive mother, even without the support of their father.”
Mebruka is a cute baby girl from Ethiopia who loves people and to play with others. She loves eating spaghetti. She has one older sister and she loves to play with her. Her mom is a house wife and her dad is a daily laborer. They live in a rented house and the dad’s income is very much limited for the expenses of the family. Mebruka was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Mebruka is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on November 5th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mebruka's procedure and care. After her recovery, Mebruka will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mother said, “It is my hope that my baby will heal and that makes me happy even now.”
Sokleap is a fourth-grade student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of four siblings, and enjoys playing soccer with his friends after his studies. His favorite subject is math, and he hopes to become a doctor when he grows up. In 2017, Sokleap had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sokleap experiences hearing loss, discharge, and tinnitus. He cannot hear others clearly and has a difficult time focusing in class. Sokleap traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 4th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left 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. "I hope that my son's ear will finally feel better and I won't have to worry about it anymore." -Sokleap's Mother
Byamugisha is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He was once married but separated ten years ago due to overgrowth of keloids, which she was not pleased with. They have one child together who is in school studying, but being supported by relatives as Byamugisha is not working. Byamugisha is not settled in his mind and he feels helpless because he is laughed at by everyone in public places and as a result, he now avoids going out. Byamugisha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Byamugisha needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Byamugisha says, “I don’t know how much I will praise the Lord once I am relieved of this condition.”
Samnang is a four-year-old boy from Cambodia. His favorite foods are fried chicken and milk, and he loves to paint, go for walks with his family, and watch cartoons. Samnang was born with a congenital condition that resulted in a fractured lower right leg. It is difficult for him to walk normally and be fitted for shoes. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 26th, Samnang will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Treatment will help to heal his fracture and bones in alignment, and allow him to walk and grow up without difficulty. "I have tried to find treatment for my son for a long time and it has been very difficult. I hope that my son's condition will be able to be corrected and my son will get better." -Samnang's Mother
Kathure is a 13-year-old student from central Kenya who lives at a rescue centre near her village. She is mentally challenged and shares a condition with others in her family. At the rescue centre, all her expenses are met by the organization, but they do not have medical insurances for the children. In 2018, Kathure scantly recalls preparing meals for her siblings when her dress caught fire. She could not remove it instantly thus suffering severe burns. She had one surgery at a hospital near her home and she has healed with burn contractures developing. As she is growing, she has bodily changes that are strained by the contractures. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kathure receive treatment. On April 13th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk more easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,176 procedure. Kathure’s guardian says, “Our hope is to see Kathure grow like any other normal girl especially during these critical teenage years.”
Jane, a self-employed woman, was unfortunate to fall in a latrine in July 2018, severely breaking her leg. Upon the accident, she was rushed to Nakuru Hospital, where she was admitted and had surgery in which a metal plate was inserted. She went for clinics in the same hospital after being discharged, but the leg was not improving at all. Her uncle came to her rescue in June 2019 and brought her to Kijabe Hospital. Jane was admitted, had the metals on her leg replaced with lighter ones, and was discharged. She has been coming for clinics to monitor her leg. An x-ray was done and it was decided that another surgery was needed. Due to lack of funds, Jane went home helpless. Being a divorced woman and self-employed (selling second-hand clothes), Jane is the breadwinner of her family of five children. With her mobility being hindered by her broken leg, she cannot do as much as she would have if she’d be on both feet. This surgery will definitely improve Jane’s and her children’s quality of life.