Chris joined Watsi on August 16th, 2013. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Chris' most recent donation traveled 910 miles to support Sun, a 46-year-old factory worker from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Chris has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 6 countries.
Chris has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 6 countries.
Sun is a 46-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He is the youngest of six siblings. He currently lives with his mother and helps take care of her house. He works in a garment factory and when he has free time, he likes to go with his friends to a coffee shop to talk. Five years ago, Sun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and irritation. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there seeking treatment. On October 19th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sun said, "My housework chores and my work in the factory will all be much easier when I my eye surgery is done and I can heal. I am excited to get back home."
Wai is a 45-year-old Burmese woman. She has lived in Thailand with her husband and son for many years. They moved to Thailand seeking better work opportunities after a flood destroyed the rice crops they grew in Burma. Now, Wai picks corn as a day laborer. She helps to support a grandchild who was born five months ago. Recently, however, Wai has been unable to work due to uncomfortable symptoms. She feels pain when she moves or walks, and she experiences frequent dizziness and headaches. Finally, Wai visited our medical partner’s hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital. On November 23, she will undergo a hysterectomy. This procedure should relieve her of her painful symptoms. Now, Wai needs help to fund this $1,500 treatment. “If I were to seek treatment inside Burma,” says Wai, “I would have to borrow money from a money lender, and my family would be stressed or have to sell land.” In her free time, Wai enjoys watching movies and looking after her grandchild. After recovery, she plans to continue working as day laborer to earn money for the family.
"Josphat is two months old and the last-born in a family of five children," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "His family lives in a one-room rental house in the coastal region of Kenya. Josphat's father works as a casual laborer doing odd jobs for their neighbors while his mother is a housewife." Josphat was born with spina bifida -- an open mass swelling on his lower back. His skin is discolored around the mass and he is likely to "develop infection as well as develop tethered cord" if left untreated, says AMHF. This can lead to complications down the line, including scoliosis and kyphosis. Josphat needs a spina bifida closure to treat the mass. The surgery will cost $805. “My joy is to see my son grow normally as his siblings. When we leave the hospital and he old enough, I will also start working to help my husband provide for our family," Josphat's mother shares.
Little Kimberly is one. Her parents visited our medical partner in Guatemala, where they live, because they are concerned about their daughters' growth. The doctors state that, "her height and development have both faltered in the last 3 months. She is suffering from frequent severe diarrhea and other illnesses and has limited appetite." The doctors sent us their diagnosis, "Kimberly will need treatment to cure her chronic intestinal infections. She'll also need basic blood work to evaluate for severe anemia and for problems with her thyroid gland. After that she'll receive intensive growth monitoring along with food and vitamin supplementation. Her parents will receive accompaniment and education about good feeding practices. With these interventions, Kimberley's frequent diarrhea should stop, and she should begin to grow and develop once again." The intensive nutritional therapy that Kimberley needs costs $535, but Kimberley's parents cannot afford this. Your donation will get Kimberley the care she needs to get healthy, and start growing normally again.
Say hi to Malaysia, a three-year-old little girl from Haiti! She lives in a rural area with her family, who loves and cares about her very much. Next year, she is scheduled to start preschool. Malaysia was diagnosed with a heart condition called ventricular septal defect, a hole between the lower two chambers in her heart. This condition can lead to congestive heart failure and increased infections. Due to her condition, Malaysia does not have enough energy to play with other kids. Malaysia’s family is committed to helping their daughter. Her mom says, “We will do whatever it takes for her to get better.” For $1500, Malaysia can receive heart surgery to close the hole and prevent further heart disease. After surgery, Malaysia should develop normally and no longer experience negative symptoms. Let’s help this little girl get to preschool next year!
Say hello to Tychannu, a three-year-old from Cambodia! He loves playing with toy cars and drinking sugarcane juice. When Tychannu was one, he touched a motorbike exhaust pipe and severely burned his hand and wrist. The burns healed, but he has not regained full functionality of his hand. He cannot grip properly due to thickened scar tissue. Tychannu needs reconstructive surgery, including skin grafts. For $300, doctors will perform this surgery to give Tychannu full use of his hand again. Let's help Tychannu get this treatment so that he can grow up using his hand!
Chausiku is an amiable and polite 14-year-old girl who lives with her grandmother in Tanzania. When she grows up, Chausiku wants to become a nurse. Her grandmother sells vegetables at a local market, but with a small income she is dependent on her son for additional support. Chausiku has a bone infection in her right thigh bone and her grandmother can't afford her medical care. If the injury is left untreated, she is at risk of developing a fracture in her bone. The infection makes it difficult for Chausiku to walk, and she no longer attends school as a result. Chausiku needs to undergo surgery to remove the infected bone from her leg. For $700, she will get the treatment she needs to heal her leg and continue her education.
Daniel is a 15-year-old boy from Haiti with throat cancer. Before the tumor emerged on his neck, Daniel loved going to school and playing soccer and marbles with his friends. When his tumor got large enough, Daniel dropped out of school because he was embarrassed. Now, he is too weak to attend school. He is losing weight because he can't eat normally with the painful tumor in his neck. He also coughs constantly and has trouble hearing. "Daniel needs help to get over this illness," his mother says. "I want him to go back to school to learn to read because I didn't have the chance to do that." With our support, Daniel and his mother will leave his six older sisters behind and, with the help of Project Medishare, travel to the Dominican Republic to seek treatment. The cost of treatment includes their passports and visas, transportation, expenses of radiation therapy, and food and a place to stay for the duration of Daniel's treatment.