CC joined Watsi on May 31st, 2017. Two years ago, CC became the 2885th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,379 more people have become monthly donors! CC's most recent donation supported Tol, a man from Cambodia, to fund dislocation repair surgery.
CC has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Tol is a man from Cambodia. He has five children. Because of the dislocation in his elbow, Tol finds it difficult to farm his rice fields, which makes it difficult for him to earn any money for his family. He really likes to participate in sports, but since his accident five months ago, he has been unable to do any of the activities he enjoys. Fortunately, Tol is scheduled to undergo a $390 dislocation repair surgery on February 7. After surgery, he is looking forward to being able to take care of his kids without any restrictions. He says, "After surgery, I hope I can move my elbow and can do all my work like normal."
Phyu is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband in Mingalar Done, Yangon City, Yangon Division. Phyu's husband is a motorbike taxi driver. Phyu was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Phyu experiences shortness of breath and cannot walk long distances. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Phyu. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 14 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Phyu says, “I want to get better so that I can get a job."
Ley is a street food and drinks vendor from Cambodia. She has three brothers and three sisters. She likes to watch TV, listen to music, and go for walks in her free time. Ley had an abscess removed on her face, and now the scar is bothering her. She is self conscious about her looks. When Ley learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 4, surgeons at CSC will perform a local flap with direct closure to to help her feel comfortable and confident again. Now, she needs help to fund this $606 procedure. She says, "I hope my operation is successful so I will look good and feel good."
Victoria is a baby from Kenya. Her parents are subsistence farmers. Victoria has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. If not treated, Victoria is at a risk of suffering brain damage, loss of sight, delayed milestones, and potentially death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Victoria that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 29 and will drain the excess fluid from Victoria's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Victoria will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “This is our first born child and we want the best for her. We hope we can get help somehow,” says Victoria’s father.
Shadreck is a father of five and a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his brother and works as a farmer. He also tends to a garden at his home. Since last month, Shadreck has been experiencing urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Shadreck's surgery. On October 25, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Shadreck was very humbled and happy to find out his surgery was going to be funded. He says, “Thank you so much for helping me pay for my surgery. I was not expecting this help and feel very lucky to benefit from this program.”
Abdulwahid is a child from Ethiopia. His parents are from Addis Ababa. He is a playful boy who loves other children and who loves playing football. He is an only child. Abdulwahid 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, Abdulwahid is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on September 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His father says, “This condition worries us a lot...But we always look out for opportunities and that is what led us here. We now hoping to get the treatment.”