Liew joined Watsi on May 4th, 2016. Three months ago, Liew became the 5827th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 129 more people have become monthly donors! Liew's most recent donation supported Htun, 15-year-old student from Thailand, to fund mobility restoring wrist surgery.
Liew has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 11 countries.
Htun is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his aunt, uncle, three cousins, and a cousin-in-law in a town in Tak Province. Htun is in eighth grade and goes to a Burmese migrant school. Htun has two older brothers who work in a factory in Bangkok. They support Htun occasionally by sending money to Htun's aunt. His aunt, his older pregnant cousin, and his cousin-in-law are homemakers. His two other cousins are students at a Thai school, while his uncle is a farmer who grows rice and corn. Htun's uncle earns a living as a farmer and delivery driver. In his free time, Htun likes to draw cartoons and play cane ball with his friends. On June 8th 2020, Htun was driving back home on his motorbike after visiting his friend. While driving home it began to rain and he fell, landing on his left wrist. Currently, Htun cannot move his wrist and it is swollen and painful. Although he took pain medication, it has not helped him. At night, he feels uncomfortable and cannot sleep well because of the pain. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htun will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 3 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Htun will be able to move his wrist and will no longer be in pain. Htun and his family need your help to fund the cost of this surgery. Htun shared, “I am very sad and worry that my hand will not be normal after surgery. In the future, I want to become a famous can ball player."
Muiruri is an elderly man from rural Kenya. He has 7 children and one who has passed away. He lives on his farm in Muranga with his family. His children do farming for subsistence, and none make earnings enough to help raise funds for their father's medical bill. Muiruri was able to raise funds for his previous surgery and also used his National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). Unfortunately, he has exhausted his NHIF limit due to his previous treatment. In 2019 he was involved a motorcycle accident and had a femur fracture on his left leg. He underwent an ORIF surgery and he was healing well. Early this year, as he was walking home, he slid and fell. The same leg that had an earlier femur fracture was fractured again and now doctors need to carry out an ORIF surgery so he can walk again. Currently, he is not able to walk on his own and he is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 29th, Muiruri will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "I will be happy to be able to walk without struggle and also assist my wife with farm work," Muiruri told us.
Thoeun is a 37-year-old monk from Cambodia. He is the oldest of eight siblings who are all married and live elsewhere. He normally lives with other monks, but his parents are taking care of him while he is injured. He reads books every day, prays and does house work. Two months ago, Thoeun fell from a hammock, resulting in a compression of his spine. He soon began to feel weakness and numbness in his legs. Now he cannot stand or walk, and occasionally feels acute pain in his lower back. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. Doctors will perform a laminectomy, a surgical procedure that removes a portion of the vertebral bone called the lamina in order to relieve pressure on his spine. Once he has recovered from the procedure, his nerves will function normally and he will be able to walk. Our medical partner is now asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of his surgery. Thoeun shared, "I hope that I can soon return to my duties as a monk. I can't stay with my parents and make them take care of me anymore. When I get better I want to thank them and take care of them in return."
Allan is a child from Tanzania. His mother is a single mother who works at a local restaurant as a cook in order to support her baby. Allan was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Allan is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,086 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Allan's mother says, "Please help my son get this treatment so that he can be able to grow up into a normal man.”
Sokomo is a farmer from Kenya and mother of six. Her children are all married and she lives with her last born son in a rural upcountry area. Sokomo is a farmer, she plants millet and takes care of her goats. Her occupational options are extremely limited because of her age hence she gets help from her son. Their family is suffering a lot because they don’t have enough food in the family due to long droughts and they only depend on farming. Two weeks ago, Sokomo sustained a fracture of the left hip after a fall on a rock while chasing after her goats. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 4th, Sokomo will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,065 to fund this procedure. Sokomo’s son shared, “She is sleeping helplessly in bed, we have almost nothing to offer for her surgery. I hope she gets treated, she really deserves a good life.”
Meet Orikai, an 8-year-old student from rural Kenya. He is the second born in a family of five and his family hails from a small village in Southern Kenya. Orikai comes from an underprivileged background in the interior side of Maasai land. His mother is a housewife while his father a herdsman. The family lives in a grass-thatched house (Maasai Manyatta) in their village. Orikai has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. He underwent serial casting every week to correct the deformity at a young age. After the serial casting of one year, there was a conflict between his parents concerning his condition and they stopped returning to the clinic. This led to the reoccurrence of his clubfoot condition. Orikai was now brought to our Medical Partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital, by Joshua, a social worker at Kajiado Child Center near his home. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 29th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Orikai's clubfoot repair. After treatment, surgery will be of great impact to him as he will be able to walk well, wear shoes and to play football--his favorite sport. "If you can help Orikai undergo surgery, that will be my joy. I want to see him walk like other children," Joshua, a social worker at the Childcare center told us.
Yetebarek is a 12-month-old cute boy from Ethiopia, the first born to his parents. He loves to play with other kids and play with water. His mother was forced to marry at age 16, by abduction in a traditional way. She was in grade 5 at the time, and is now 20 years of age. After her wedding she was forced to drop out of school and then started work as a cleaner in a government office. Now after she gave birth to Yetebarek, she is not working any more. Yetebarek's dad is a shoe shiner, with limited income to support his family well. Yetebarek was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Yetebarek is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 7th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Yetebarek's mom said, “I lay all my hope on God.”
Lilian is a 7-year-old child from Kenya and is the 2nd born in a family of 3 children. She is a grade 1 pupil at Consolata Primary School and likes reading and playing with her friends both at school and home. Her family hails from Kevote Village in Embu County. Lilian's father is a farmer while her mother is a housewife. Lilian has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lilian traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 30th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Lilian's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. “I am pleading for support for my daughter to undergo surgery and continue with her life like other children,” Lilian’s father shared with us.
Isaya is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. Isaya is the third born child to her family. Isaya’s parents are both subsistence farmers who do not make enough to be able to afford his treatment. Isaya has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Isaya traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 1st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Isaya's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk and wear shoes when he grows up. Isaya’s mother says, “I have seen children, even adults, with clubfeet but when I gave birth to Isaya it still scared me. I think I was scared because of the society’s perception regarding disability and I was worried that my son will have a hard life. Please help me get him this treatment so that he may have a good future.”
Liheng is a ten-year-old boy from Cambodia. His favorite subjects in school are Khmer and English, and he wants to be a teacher when he grows up. One year ago, Liheng had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Liheng experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, tinnitus, and headaches. It is often difficult for him to hear while he is in the classroom and he finds it difficult to focus in school. Liheng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 4, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. His mother says, "I hope that after surgery, my son will be able to hear clearly and will no longer have any chronic ear infections."
Baraka is a baby from Tanzania. His parents are small-scale farmers. Baraka has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Baraka has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Baraka will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Baraka that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 2 and will drain the excess fluid from Baraka's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Baraka will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Baraka’s mother says, “Please help my son because we have nowhere to get the money needed for his surgery”
Kimleng is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is the oldest of two siblings, and likes to play with his toy cars and drink cola-cola. Kimleng has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see straight or see anything clearly. Kimleng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 13, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Kimleng needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. His mother says, "I hope that the surgery will help my son to see straight and more clearly, and also look better than before."