Mihir joined Watsi on March 12th, 2017. Three years ago, Mihir became the 2753rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,740 more people have become monthly donors! Mihir's most recent donation supported Mom, a young woman from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Mihir has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 11 countries.
Mom is a 27-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have two sons together. Her husband works on local village farms making latex, and she helps take care of a rubber plantation near her home. She spends her time caring for her sons and cooking meals for their family, and in her free time she likes to watch TV and take walks around her home. Eight years ago, Mom had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Mom experiences hearing loss, tinnitus and ear discharge. She can't communicate clearly with other people, and often has headaches, making it difficult for her to work. Mom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear 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. Mom said, "I want to work easily everyday to get money for my family, but I really want to hear my family talking with each other and calling to me."
Gladness is a two-month-old baby girl from Tanzania and the last born in a family of two children. Both parents depend on small-scale farming for a living and their income is very limited. Gladness 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, Gladness traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Gladness's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. Gladness’ mother shared: “Please help us, our daughter needs this treatment but the cost is too high for us to afford.”
Susan is married and a mother of two who are still in school. Currently, she sells food to neighbors and drivers. Susan shared that the last five years have been very challenging because her husband has been serving jail time for something which he did not do. He was released in January of 2020 and was not able to find work before the COVID-19 lockdown. Over the last two years, Susan has been experiencing pain and fullness in her abdomen. At times the pain gets severe and causes vomiting. She has been diagnosed with gallstones. Her doctor adviser her that she needs a cholecystectomy. If Susan is not treated she will continue to experience pain, her vomiting may get worse, and she may also experience gall bladder inflammation. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. They are requesting $788 to help fund the cost of this surgery. Susan shared, “My husband is currently recovering from his time in jail and so I have no one to turn to. I pray that I may get help so that I am able to support my family and help my husband find a job. Then, we can support each other. I would appreciate Watsi's support."
SreyNeng is a 13-year-old girl in 7th grade. Her best subject in school is math. SreyNeng has one brother and one sister. Her mother is a farmer and her father is a truck driver. She enjoys reading books, doing her school work, playing with toys with her siblings, and watching TV. SreyNeng's favorite thing to eat and drink is chicken fried rice and coke. SreyNeng has congenital torticollis, a condition that makes muscles of the neck contract and the head to twist to one side. It is difficult for her to rotate her neck. Surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a tenotomy to release the tendon on the right side of her neck. This procedure will correct her condition and she will be able to move her neck with full range of motion for the first time.
Ou is a 33-year-old vegetable farmer from Cambodia. He has three daughters, with two of them attending school. He takes his daughters to school every morning, and after that he enjoys doing exercise, listening to news on the radio, and helping his wife with housework. In 2018, Ou was in a motor accident that caused a fracture in his left forearm. After that, he went to a provincial hospital, where he received and installation of plate and screws. However, the fracture became infected and has yet to heal properly. Now, he cannot move his arm in any direction, and he is in constant pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 11th, Ou will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. With this procedure, the doctor will treat the fracture and help him regain the use of his arm again. Ou said, "I hope that with the use of my arm, I can continue working my farm again. Most importantly, I just want to be able to take care of my daughters the best I can."
Alex is a four-year-old playful boy. He has struggled with his hearing since birth. However, the condition became known when he has 9 months old. His parents took him to different hospitals seeking care. He had several tests run over the period. In 2020, his parents were advised to seek care at Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where Alex had hearing aids recommended. He only perceives loud noises or barely speaks. Alex’s parents are peasants from Nyeri county. His father works as a miner in a stone quarry near their home while his mother is a housewife. Their daily income is about $4 which is too low to meet the cost required. Alex has one sibling and together, they live with their parents in a two-roomed rental house. His father appeals for financial assistance. Alex’s father says, “Our hope is to see Alex being able to talk and lead a normal life.”
Hla is a 41-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in a village in Kawkareik Township in Karen State. Hla is a homemaker, raises livestock, and looks after her niece while her sister teaches at a nursery school in the village. Her two younger sons and her brother-in-law are subsistence farmers who grow rice on rented land. Hla’s oldest son is a distance education student in university. One year ago, Hla felt a painless growth when she touched her lower abdomen. That same day, she went to see a traditional birth attendant (TBA) about this. The TBA told her that she had a gastric problem. The next day, Hla went to see a traditional healer receive blessed water in the hopes it would make the growth disappear. Although she drank the blessed water for around two months, the growth remained. As she did not think that the growth would make her seriously ill, she did not go to a clinic. In January 2020, Hla felt like the growth was increasing in size. She decided to visit Kawkareik Private Clinic where the doctor performed an ultrasound. She was told that she had a mass in her uterus. The doctor provided her with painkillers and she was told to only take it when she is in pain. Hla has been experiencing back pain and the mass increases in size day by day. She has been diagnosed with a uterine mass and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Hla's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Hla is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on March 13th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience back pain and she will be able continue working and helping out at home. Hla said, "I'm very scared when I heard that I need to receive surgery. When I got home, my family and friends encouraged me to not be afraid because there were many other people who had the same condition who recovered and became healthy again."
Ethiopia is a three-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He loves to interact with people he knows. Ethiopia loves to play games and to watch television. He has three brothers and a younger sister. His mother is a house wife and his father is a teacher in a high school. His father has a low monthly income and is barely able to support his family's basic needs. Ethiopia 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, Ethiopia is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 17th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His father said, “In the future, I hope he will be a doctor because he loves to play as a doctor.”
About six months ago, Thidar started to feel very tired and could not sleep well due to difficulty breathing. After multiple tests and blood tranfusions, Thidar was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis, mitral valve regurgitation, aortic valve stenosis, and aortic valve regurgitation. Seeing that both of her heart valves need to be replaced surgically, the doctor told her, “You have a heart problem and you must undergo surgery as soon as possible.” When Thidar told him that she cannot afford to pay for surgery, the doctor told her about a monk who lives just outside of Yangon and who might be able to help her. She was given his phone number and when she called the monk, he referred her to Watsi partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing the treatment she needs. Currently, Thidar feels very tired and has no energy to walk long distances. She cannot sleep well, and she has no appetite. She said, “In the future, I will stay in my village and look out for my family. I would like to send my children to school until they graduate.”
Mercy is a baby from Kenya with a family from a humble background. Her mother earns wages from laundry business in the neighborhood while her father is a casual laborer in construction sites. In October 2018, Mercy, while playing with friends, fell in a pot of boiling maize. She sustained scalp and back burns and was admitted for four months in a nearby hospital. Several graftings were done failed and her mother retorted to dressing the young child from home. If not treated, she is at risk of infection. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mercy receive treatment. On December 11th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure so she will not be at risk of infection and will heal well. Now, Mercy needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Mercy’s mother says, “My prayer is to see Mercy heal and lead a normal life that will be fulfilling.”
Jean is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the eight grade, and before becoming sick he enjoyed playing soccer regularly. Jean has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves of his heart were severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered in childhood, and can no longer adequately pump blood through his body. Jean will fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On October 28th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair his two damaged valves; if they are unable to do so, they will implant artificial replacements. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $7500 to pay for surgery. Jean'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 Jean's family overseas. Jean said, "I am very excited to have this chance to get my heart fixed!"
Since birth, Sim has had a malformation of her spine, which she worries is slowly getting worse with time. Her scoliosis causes her pain in her legs, difficulty sleeping, and she is unable to sit for long periods of time. With surgery, Sim will be able to walk again with ease and will be able to sit and sleep comfortably. She will not have to worry that her condition will worsen, and she can return to her work. Sim enjoys watching television, listening to the news, and helping with the housework in her spare time.