Varadej joined Watsi on June 5th, 2016. Five years ago, Varadej joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Varadej's most recent donation supported Chhay, a man from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Varadej has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 9 countries.
Varadej has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 9 countries.
Chhay is a baker from Cambodia. He has two sons, six daughters, and twelve grandchildren. He likes to watch music videos and boxing matches. He likes to make desserts. Four years ago, Chhay developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, clouded lenses, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 26, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I think my vision is improved so I can continue my business selling desserts and recognize faces of my loved ones."
Chhav is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three sons, four daughters, and seventeen grandchildren. Four years ago, Chhav developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, itchiness, irritation, cloudy lenses, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhav learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure.
Mue is a 37-year-old domestic worker from Burma. She lives with her parents, sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews. In her free time, she helps around the house as much as she can and takes care of her nephew. Five months ago, Mue started to experience pain in a sensitive area, which made sleeping and walking challenging. At the hospital, the doctor diagnosed her with abnormal cervical cells. Her condition has impacted her ability to work and make a living for herself and her family. Mue sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 6. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Mue said, “After surgery, I will return to Bangkok to keep working. I want to save money so I can open my own shop. Maybe I will sell mohinga and other snacks. I wake up early naturally, so I would be able to start the day at the shop early.”
Sophat is a father of three from Cambodia. He works as a nurse in a remote provincial hospital. He is busy with three kids, and enjoys gardening around his house, particularly his flowers and mango trees. For the last three years, he has been experiencing hip pain due to avascular necrosis. He can only walk about ten meters, which isn't suitable for his job. He's in pain and it's also affecting his sleep. Fortunately, Sophat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sophat of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 10, and Sophat needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "It's difficult to work and I want to support my family."
Martin is a 23-year-old man from Narok, Kenya. He recently married, and he is enjoying family life. Martin works a motorcycle taxi rider, ferrying clients and luggage within his local town. About a week ago, Martin was hit on his head with a club. He was taken to the local hospital and after first aid, referred to our medical partner's facility. He underwent a CT scan and was diagnosed with a depressed skull fracture. A craniotomy has been recommended to treat the injury. Martin is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 4. Now, he needs help raising $1,495. Martin says, “I want to be treated and resume my work. I am having painful head migraines.”
Shay is a six-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four siblings. His parents are farmers. Shay was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Shay, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 20, and, once completed, will greatly improve Shay's quality of life. Shay's mother says, “I am unable to sleep because I have to take care of him and carry him day and night. I worry if he will get well.”
Rawda is a six-month-old baby living in Ethiopia with her mother. She loves to drink juice and play with her mother. Rawda's mother is a housewife, and her father is a daily laborer. Her father has a small income, which can only support their daily needs. Rawda was born with an abnormal bowel condition. Soon after birth, she developed bowel obstruction and underwent an emergency procedure. She needs to continue treatment to fully correct the condition. “I can’t afford for my child's medical bill because I don’t have my own income and my husband’s income is too little to cover our daily costs in the house," Rawda's mother explains. "I am here though the help of another organization. All I have is hope to see my baby healthy.” Rawda's doctors have scheduled a procedure to correct her sensitive condition. The total cost of the procedure is $1,500, and covers supplies, medications, imaging, and one day of inpatient care. Her procedure is scheduled for July 27.
Bwe is a six-year-old boy who lives with his family in Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. His family has lived in the camp since leaving their home in Karen State, Burma twelve years ago. Bwe’s father sometimes works as a day laborer in the cornfields outside of the camp, and his mother stays at home. When Bwe was an infant, he was diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder. Bwe has to visit the clinic often, and he is underweight and pale. His frequent hospital visits have disrupted his schooling. This past month, his condition has worsened and he now needs surgery. On August 21, surgeons will operate on Bwe's spleen to help alleviate some of his symptoms. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for his treatment. Bwe looks forward to growing up healthy, saying, "I want to be a soldier or a pilot when I grow up." His mother adds, “I want to fulfill his dream. That would make me happy.”
Eric is a nine-year-old student from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and three siblings. When he's not in school, Eric helps his mother with household chores and likes to play with his friends in the neighborhood. Also, as the eldest of four, he is often put in charge of his younger siblings when his parents are not around. Eric has difficulty walking because he was born with bilateral clubfoot. Clubfoot refers to the internal rotation of the feet and can only be corrected surgically. In order to help Eric receive the treatment he needs, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eric's surgery, hospital stay, and medication. He is scheduled to undergo clubfeet correction on August 8 at our medical partner's care center, Tebow Cure Hospital. Surgeons will re-align the ligaments and tendons that are affected by his condition. "We are looking for a very good result after the operation," says Rowena, Eric's mother. "Hopefully his both feet will be corrected after the operation and he will live a normal life."
Meet Peter, a 66-year-old farmer from the Central Region of Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have six children and eight grandchildren. Peter loves to sing in his free time. A year ago, he started to experience pain due to an enlarged prostate gland. He has been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Peter will undergo corrective surgery at Nkhoma Hospital on February 22. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for donations to fund the $733 surgery. Peter is excited to return to his farm after surgery.
Kofia is a 25-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. He lives with his wife and two young children. He works as a farmer and spends his days tending to his crops and selling his vegetables in the village market. When Kofia is not busy with his farm work, he likes to spend time with his family and go to church. Since June of last year, Kofia has been experiencing pain and discomfort related to an inguinal hernia. A hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through weakened muscle and tissue. This can cause pain and obstruct blood flow. Kofia's hernia has kept him from eating properly and working normally. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, has agreed to repair Kofia's hernia. His operation has been scheduled for April 6 and will cost $334. Once his operation is complete, Kofia is expected to make a full recovery, allowing him to take care of his farm and family.
Yee is a 24-year-old mother of two. She lives with her large family on a farm. Yee's husband and parents work on the farm, while she looks after the children and cooks. Yee's home does not have a stove, so she often collects firewood to cook meals. One month ago, while she was collecting firewood, a tree branch fell and hit her on the head. Yee immediately felt dizziness and later developed an intense, ongoing headache and blurred vision. She went to a local hospital for help and received painkillers, but her symptoms remained. Yee traveled seven hours to reach a clinic sponsored by one of our medical partners, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). The doctors at the clinic recommend that she undergo a CT scan so they can develop a treatment plan. On March 17, Yee will receive the scan. Now, BCMF is requesting $414 to fund the diagnostic imaging.