Christopher joined Watsi on September 3rd, 2015. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Christopher's most recent donation traveled 4,500 miles to support Kayleh, a baby from Kenya, to fund brain surgery.
Christopher has funded healthcare for 48 patients in 10 countries.
Christopher has funded healthcare for 48 patients in 10 countries.
Kayleh is a child from Kenya. Her parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Kayleh has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Kayleh has been experiencing a drastically increasing head circumference and irritability. Without treatment, Kayleh will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Kayleh that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11 and will drain the excess fluid from Kayleh's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Kayleh will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I am glad there is hope for my daughter’s treatment. I hope all goes well,” shares Kayleh’s mother.
Htin is a 52-year-old man from Burma. He is a motorbike taxi driver, and he lives with his wife and two daughters. He is the sole earner for his family. Early this month, Htin got into a motorcycle accident while he was riding. Currently, he experiences pain in his right elbow and pinky finger, which were both fractured in the accident. He also scraped his leg in the accident, which causes some discomfort as well. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htin will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 19 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Htin will be able to do his job a again and can support his family financially. He says, "If it had been my left hand, I would not have considered surgery, but I need my right arm in order to do my job. It is just important for me to get back to work."
Voth is a street food vendor from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter. She likes to listen to social programs on the radio. Four years ago, Voth developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, burning, and itchiness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Voth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 14, 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 $211 procedure. She says, "I hope my vision is clearer than now so that I can continue my business as clam vendor to earn some money and support my family."
Charles is a three-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. He was born with a condition called spina bifida, in which the spine does not form correctly before birth. This leaves him at risk of future complications and infections. Charles's parents are small-scale farmers who cannot afford surgery for their son. Fortunately, they visited our medical partner's care center. Now, Charles is scheduled to undergo spinal repair surgery on June 3. The procedure will cost $1,369. “Please help my son get the needed surgery. If we had the money, we would have taken him to hospital early. We have been living with worries as time goes by because anything can happen to him with this condition," says his mother.
Koemheng is a mechanic from Cambodia. He is an only child. He likes to listen to pop music, watch comedies, and fish by the river. In August 2016, he was in motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his clavicle. He went to an emergency clinic, where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now, the hardware is causing him pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 3, Koemheng will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will get rid of the pain in his clavicle. He says, "After surgery, I hope my clavicle on the left side doesn't have any pain."
Chandany is a young man from Cambodia. He is an accountant. He has six siblings. He likes to read, watch TV, and relax at home. Chandany has a congenital amputation of his right leg. He experiences pain and has difficulty walking. He needs to undergo a stump revision surgery to make it easier to walk and get rid of his pain. This will improve his quality of life. Surgery is scheduled for June 4. Now, he needs help funding this $327 procedure. He says, "After surgery I hope I can walk better and without pain so I can return to work."
Srey Neth is an eight grade student from Cambodia. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She enjoys studying mathematics and reading. Thirteen years ago, Srey Neth had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Neth experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, and ear discharge. She cannot hear and is uncomfortable from the recurrent ear discharge. Srey Neth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 12, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope my ear is healed after surgery and I can hear better. I look forward to returning to school."
Diek is a policeman from Cambodia. He has a son, three daughters, and three grandchildren. He likes to help his wife with housework. Two months ago, he developed a blister on his left big toe, and it grew over time and became infected. He experiences pain and discomfort. When Diek learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 1, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to to remove damaged tissue from the wound and close the open wound. Now, Diek needs help to fund this $262 procedure. He says, "I hope after the operation I can walk without pain and my wound will be healed."
Sinea is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. She likes to watch Khmer dramas and go on walks. Five years ago, Sinea developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her photophobia, and eye irritation. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sinea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Sinea needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 4. She says, "I look forward to getting back to work after my surgery is successful."
Rong is a potato farmer from Cambodia. He has one son, three daughters, and five grandchildren. He enjoys chatting with his friends and fellow villagers. One year ago, Rong developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him partial blindness, tearing, itchiness, and a clouded lens. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 25, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $211 procedure. He says, "I hope my eye surgery is successful so I can see clearly and do my work. I want to be able to go outside by myself and to help my family to do some work at home."
Avila, a two-year-old girl from Tanzania, loves to walk and play with other children. Beloved by her family and older sibling, she is a happy and friendly girl. Last year, Avila had heart surgery. She is doing well, but some excess nose tissue has grown on the bridge of her nose and changed her appearance. Avila’s parents are concerned about the swelling and hope that the nose tissue can be removed, so their daughter can live a comfortable and normal life with confidence. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares, “If untreated, the abnormal appearance will reduce Avila’s self-confidence as she continues to grow due to criticism from her peers.” Avila’s mother works as a tailor, and her father works as a motorcycle driver. Her parents work hard to take care of both of their children. Last year, Avila’s parents spent a large portion of their income on treatment for Avila’s heart condition and cannot afford the $920 it will cost to have Avila’s excess nose tissue removed. AMHF explains, “Avila will have better facial aesthetics and better quality of life.” “My daughter has come a long way and I will be happy to see her without the excess tissue on her nose," Avila's mother shares. "Normal facial appearance will boost her self-confidence as a teenager and an adult as well."
In his free time, 45-year-old Sarith enjoys playing basketball and watching boxing on TV. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us that the husband and father of two lives in Cambodia, where he works as a rice farmer. Two years ago, pink, fleshy tissue developed over Sarith’s eye. Without treatment, Sarith’s condition progressed, eventually forming a small cyst called a pterygium. CSC explains, “This causes him blurred vision, irritation, tearing, and redness.” Although he wants to work as a construction worker to better support his family, Sarith’s diminished vision detracts from his ability to do this. “It is hard to see something clear and I don't feel comfortable when I do something or go anywhere outside,” Sarith says. For $150, Sarith can receive a short procedure to completely remove the cyst from his eye. “After a pterygium excision surgery, Sarith's burning, irritation, and tearing will be relieved. His eye will look much better,” CSC states.