Rasmus joined Watsi on June 18th, 2018. Three months ago, Rasmus became the 4494th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 497 more people have become monthly donors! Rasmus' most recent donation supported Khum, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Rasmus has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Khum is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six grandchildren and enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Three months ago, Khum developed a cataract in each eye, causing her irritation and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khum learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 4, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see better after my surgery so I can help my sister bake cakes for her business."
Nephtalie is a student from Haiti. She lives with her mother and younger sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She enjoys going to school and attending church. Nephtalie has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral stenosis. One of the four valves of her heart is too tight and narrow as a result of a fever suffered earlier in her childhood. Blood backs up behind the valve, leading to heart failure. Nephtalie will fly to India to receive treatment. On February 25, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which Surgeons will first attempt to open the valve by inserting a catheter and expanding a balloon. If this is not successful, they will immediately proceed to open-heart surgery to open the valve. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Nephtalie'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 Nephtalie's family overseas. She says, "I am very happy to have this surgery so I can be healthy and stop worrying about my health."
Veronicah is a small-scale farmer from Kenya. In early December, she sustained upper limb fractures. She is not able to use both her hands, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 27, Veronicah will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal well, and she will be able to use her hands again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Veronicah says, “My prayer is to join my family in celebrating new year. I hope to get well and be discharged."
Favour is an infant from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of four children. Favour was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Favour is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Favour's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 29. This procedure will hopefully spare Favour from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “I look forward to seeing my daughter healthy just like her siblings,” shares Favour’s mother.
Abraham is a 13-year-old boy and the third child in a family of seven children. He is in fifth grade, and he loves science and mathematics. He wants to become a pilot when he grows up. Abraham was born with malformations of his right foot and leg. He cannot walk comfortably. His father heard about our medical partner's care center and decided to bring his son there. Now, Abraham is scheduled to undergo an amputation, after which he will be fitted with a prosthesis to help him walk. Treatment is scheduled for July 12 and will cost $1,035. His parents are subsistence farmers and need help raising this money. Abraham says, “I believe this treatment will help me by making my movements easy, I will be able to go to school and the doctor is telling me that the prosthesis will enable me to walk normal. Please help me get this treatment.”
Tim is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three sons, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. He likes to listening to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Tim developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Tim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 23, 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 want to go to the pagoda and be able to join in the ceremonies."