Chris joined Watsi on May 16th, 2014. Seven years ago, Chris joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Chris' most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Kefas, a cheerful 4-year-old from Tanzania, to fund hernia repair so he can play with his brother again.
Chris has funded healthcare for 91 patients in 12 countries.
Chris has funded healthcare for 91 patients in 12 countries.
Kefas is friendly and cheerful boy from Tanzania. He loves being around his mother and playing with his six-month-old sibling. Kefas' parents say their son has been complaining of pain for a while, but they did not take him to the hospital because they elected to try traditional herbal medication (which has not helped alleviate the pain). Recently, as Kefas was running towards his mother to welcome her home, he accidentally tripped and fell, sustaining an injury that forced his parents to take him to the hospital. Kefas was attended to and diagnosed with an inguinal hernia which needs to be corrected surgically. An inguinal hernia is a condition in which soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. Fortunately, on July 12th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $566 to fund Kefas' surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kefas’ mother shares, "We have used traditional medication but it has not helped treat the condition. When he had the accident and went took him to hospital we were informed his inguinal hernia is bad and it has to be corrected. Please help, we cannot afford the money needed."
Lah is a 50-year-old woman from Thailand who lives with her husband and her daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Lah is a homemaker, and her daughter is a middle school student. Her husband cannot work since he was in an accident six years ago. Her neighbor pays for her daughter’s school fees and in return, Lah shares vegetables that she grows with her neighbors. Her family receives about $35 per month on a cash card, but this income is not enough to cover their daily needs. In her free time, Lah loves praying at home and she enjoys going to church every Sunday. Starting from 2018, Lah has been experiencing dizziness, back pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, and lower abdomen pain every day. If she sits for a longer period of time, she has difficulty standing up due to the back pain. Lah cannot walk longer distances because of the pain in her lower abdomen and back. Lah has been diagnosed with myoma uteri, and is advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy. If left untreated, Lah's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Lah is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on June 16th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once she is fully recovered, Lah will no longer experience pain in her back and abdomen and will be able to sit and walk without difficulty. Lah said, “I am so happy that my condition is treatable. I will be able to live with my family for a longer time. Now that I know donors may help pay for my treatment, I would like to thank them in advance for helping me. I want to live long, and look after my daughter and my husband. I prayed and God has answered my prayers, so I am very thankful to God and your organization who helped find donors for me.”
Nim is a retired rice farmer, who along with her husband has nine children, and many grandchildren. She has been retired for a while, so she has taken time to travel to many famous pagodas around the country, and she always loves to spend time helping to raise her grandchildren. She also loves reading religious books and listening to monks on the radio. Two months ago, Nim fell and fractured her hip. Since the fall, she has experienced severe pain and is unable to walk. She was referred to a local hospital for treatment where she received an x-ray, but was sent to another hospital afterwards and was unable to afford treatment there. Fortunately, Nim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Nim of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for May 14th, and Nim needs help raising $1,087 to fund this procedure. Nim shared, "I hope that I can walk again easily soon. There are still many things I want to do. I want to travel and play with my grandchildren, and visit my children."
Sing Sing is an 11-year-old student from Cambodia. She's in 5th grade and lives with her sister and parents who are farmers. Three days ago, a small stone became stuck inside of Sing Sing's left ear. A clinic prescribed her ear drops and oral pain medication to ease the discomfort, but the rock is still in her ear. Sing Sing's parents brought her to Children's Surgical Centre, where doctors determined that she will need to undergo a surgery for them to safely remove the stone. On April 26th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, will remove the mass in her ear. Once healed, she will be pain free and will be able to hear properly again. Now, Sing Sing's family needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Sing Sing shared, "I hope I will not be in pain anymore after the surgery."
Josephine is a widow and mother who has three children, now grown up themselves and who work as casual laborers. Recently, Josephine's daughter brought her to our medical partner and explained that her mother has difficulties in communicating and hearing. She could not explain how she slipped or fell, but has severe leg pain, including feeling like it has detached, and she had not been able to walk for over a week. An X-ray showed she has a closed fracture of the left femur. Additionally, on checking her blood level, she had hemoglobin (Hb) of 7mg/dl, which is a sign of anemia. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. The surgeon first advised admission for treatment to correct the anemia. Next, on April 15th, an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) procedure has been scheduled to repair her fracture. This procedure will help Josephine be able to walk again and resume her normal activities. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. If not treated, Josephine will not be able to use her left leg and the fracture may have malunion or heal with permanent deformity. Josephine was mostly quiet as her daughter shared her story, but she added, “Please help me and God will bless you.”
Thorn is a 70-year-old woman and now retired as a laborer. She has five siblings and lives with her niece who is a farmer. Thorn enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio and at the pagoda when she is able to go. One year ago, Thorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing, recognizing neighbors, and being independent. When Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her niece seeking treatment. On January 5th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Thorn said, "I hope after surgery I can see well so I can help my niece plant crops to earn money and be able to spend more time caring for my family."
Sanchez is a 3-year-old boy from Haiti. He is an only child who lives with his mother and father in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He likes drawing pictures and playing with toy cars. Sanchez has a heart condition called ventricular septal defect, which means that there is a hole between the two lower chambers of his heart. He will fly to the United States to receive life-saving treatment. On February 17th, Sanchez will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will close the hole in his heart by sewing a patch over it. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $17,000 to pay for the surgery. Sanchez's family also needs help funding the costs of surgery prep and travel. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, check-up and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social worker from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Sanchez's family overseas. Sanchez's mother shared, "our family has been praying for years that our child would be able to have this surgery. We are nervous but very glad it is happening!"
Beteitse is a teacher from Uganda. He is married and is a father to four daughters. Upon graduating college, he became a third grade teacher. Following in his footsteps, three of his daughters are primary school teachers, and the fourth one is still studying and is in senior four. Since two years ago, Beteitse has had an umbilical hernia. The hernia causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working and supporting his family. Unfortunately, this procedure is very costly for Beteitse and his family. His only source of income is from his job of teaching in a primary school. He also does some farming, because the money he earns from teaching alone is not enough to support his family. His wife is also a small scale farmer and has little income. They are appealing for financial help. Fortunately, on November 3rd, Beteitse will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Beteitse's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Beteitsa shared, “I hope for a new life and health after my surgery to continue with teaching after I have completely recovered.”
Thav is a 71-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren who live with her and work on the farm. Her husband recently became a monk. In her free time she likes to visit him and the other monks at the pagoda, bringing food and drinks. Six years ago, Thav developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and irritation. These symptoms have recently worsened. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thav learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Thav shared, "I want to be able to take care of myself and go where I want to go. I hope this surgery helps me to see where I am going and what I am doing."
Koeun has two sons and two daughters. All her children are married and she has three grandchildren. She likes to look after her grandchildren, cook food for them, and go to the pagoda for occasional ceremonies. In March 2019, Khoeun fell down the stairs at home and dislocated her left hip. At that time, she was quiet and thought it would just be painful for a while. She took some medicine to help reduce the pain. However, the pain only became worse so Khoeun decided to come to Children's Surgical Centre for treatment. When she arrived at our hospital she was unable to walk or move her hip at all and her pain was severe. To treat her painful recurrent left hip dislocation, our surgeons will perform a reduction procedure. This will allow her to walk again without pain. "I hope that my surgery will be done well so I am not in pain anymore. When I can walk again I will go outside with my grandchildren," Khoeun said.
Bananuka is a driver from Uganda. He is a married father to four siblings whom are all still studying. His salary is the family’s only source of income. His wife is a domestic housewife and at time practices small-scale farming to help sustain the family. Bananuka presented with a superficial scalp mass for 21 years. It causes him headaches and he is not able to lift anything on his head. Bananuka traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 4th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Bananuka needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Bananuka says, “I hope for the best out of my surgery and a happy new life after I have fully recovered.”
Phearum is a 19-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He has ten siblings, and enjoys studying and helping his dad on the farm. One year ago, Phearum 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, Phearum experiences discharge, infection, itchiness, hearing loss, and headaches. It is difficult for him to listen and communicate with others. Phearum traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. He will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right 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. Phearum shared, "I hope that after surgery my hearing will improve and I will no longer have anymore ear infections."