Archith joined Watsi on December 5th, 2013. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Archith's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Zaw, a teenager from Thailand, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Archith has funded healthcare for 49 patients in 10 countries.
Archith has funded healthcare for 49 patients in 10 countries.
Zaw is 15-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his mother, grandmother, twin sisters, and two older brothers. Last year he dropped out of school to help his mother run a food stall. In May, Zaw was playing tag with his friend. He climbed a tree but slipped and fell, breaking his left femur. Zaw is in a lot of pain. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Zaw will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 31 and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help him to walk again in the future.
Srey Ka is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. She likes to read books and watch TV, and hopes to become an accountant when she grows up. When she was a child, Srey Ka 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, Srey Ka experiences discharge, headaches, hearing loss, and tinnitus. It is difficult for her focus in school and she often has ear discharge and cannot hear. Srey Ka traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her 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. Her mother says, "I hope that after my daughter's surgery, I will no longer have to worry about her and she will be able to hear clearly."
Win is a 54-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her father, sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews. Since 2016, Win has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pain. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Win's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Win is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 19. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Win will no longer experience lower abdominal pain. She will be able to walk again without back pain. Win says, "I am afraid to have surgery but I want to get well so that I will go through it. I hope that after surgery, I will no longer experience the pain."
Ant Htoo is a seven-year-old boy from Thailand. He is a first grade student. When he was six, his mother noticed a mass on his thigh. It is not currently painful, but his mother worries that the mass will get bigger as he grows. Ant Htoo's family sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. He is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 8. His family is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ant Htoo says, “I want to be a policeman."
Dieunika is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents, two brothers, and one sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She is in the seventh grade and likes studying math and science. Dieunika has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart, leaving her sick and short of breath. On February 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will sew a patch over the hole in her heart so blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Dieunika's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. She says, "I am excited to have my heart fixed and want to say thank you to everyone who is helping me!"
Soek Ly is a masseuse from Cambodia. She has two sons. She likes to watch Indian dramas on TV in her free time. A year ago, Soek Ly developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, burning, clouded lenses, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soek Ly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On January 9, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope my eye surgery is successful so I can return to work and go for walks outside."
Jilungu is a child from Tanzania. His parents are farmers. Jilungu 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, Jilungu traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 5. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Jilungu's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk. Jilungu’s father says, “Please help my son.”
Sary is a woman from Cambodia. She has been married for 28 years. She likes to watch TV in her free time. Sary developed back pain about ten years ago, which is progressing with age, making it difficult to sit for long periods and causing a lot of discomfort. She has spongdylolithesis, which is a slipping of vertebra that occurs, in most cases, at the base of the spine. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Sary is scheduled to undergo spinal surgery on November 5. She needs help raising $930 to fund this procedure. She says, "After surgery I hope to have no more back pain. I hope I can walk and work well."
Masudi is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of five children. Masudi has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Masudi traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Masudi's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and without pain.. His mother says, “Thank very much for selecting my child for treatment.”
Sophat is a father of three from Cambodia. He works as a nurse in a remote provincial hospital. He is busy with three kids, and enjoys gardening around his house, particularly his flowers and mango trees. For the last three years, he has been experiencing hip pain due to avascular necrosis. He can only walk about ten meters, which isn't suitable for his job. He's in pain and it's also affecting his sleep. Fortunately, Sophat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sophat of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 10, and Sophat needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "It's difficult to work and I want to support my family."
“I am not scared to get surgery,” Nandar shares. “I believe that it will help me, and that my body will heal fast.” Nandar is a 16-year-old girl who lives in Thailand with her mother. Currently, Nandar works in a textile factory. But Nandar says that she likes to read books and even writes her own stories. She dreams of writing a book someday or becoming a teacher. Earlier this year, Nandar began to experience multiple nose bleeds and heart palpitations. Concerned, her mother took her to the hospital. There, an echocardiogram revealed that Nandar has a condition known as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). This means that her arteries are not properly moving blood from her lungs to the rest of her body. Because Nandar tires so easily now, she has not been able to work as much as she would like to, which has put financial strain on her and her mother. If left untreated, PDA could also cause Nandar lung damage. Nandar has no choice but to undergo surgery if she hopes to avoid this outcome. However, she and her mother cannot afford the $1,500 needed to pay for her operation on December 11, as well as the associated lab tests and hospital stay. With your help, Nandar can receive her surgery and once more have a functioning heart and lungs. With her health intact, Nandar will be able to pursue the writing and teaching career she dreams of.
Queen is an 11-month-old baby from Tanzania. She is the first and only child to her mother, who has been raising Queen as a single parent. Queen and her mother live with her grandmother, who is a subsistence farmer and the primary provider for the family. Queen was born healthy, but a few months ago, her head began swelling and she started becoming irritable and losing vision. Concerned, her mother took Queen to a local hospital, where doctors diagnosed Queen with acquired hydrocephalus, a condition where cerebral spinal fluid doesn't properly drain from the brain. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can cause brain damage and even become life-threatening. On July 12, doctors at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, will perform an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) surgery on Queen to help drain the cerebral spinal fluid from her brain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to fund the treatment. “Please help my daughter get well," says Queen's mother.