Parabola.io joined Watsi on March 5th, 2019. 52 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Parabola.io's most recent donation supported Heang, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Parabola.io has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 6 countries.
Heang is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has ten grandchildren and enjoys watching Khmer TV shows in her free time. Three months ago, Heang developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Heang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 18, 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 that after my surgery I can see clearly again and continue working on the rice farm."
Mom is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys going to the pagoda, watching her grandchildren, and doing housework. One year ago, Mom developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, itchiness, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 27, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 eye surgery is successful so I can see everything and recognize peoples' faces. I also hope that I can continue my work at the rice field and go to the pagoda by myself."
Soe is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and youngest son in Mae Sot, Tak Province. Soe has a bile duct stone. Currently, she experiences from back pain as well as lower abdominal pain. Soe has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Soe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Soe is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on February 13. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Soe's procedure and care. Soe says, “I want to be healthy and stay happy with my family in my own house.”
Rene is a young student from Kenya. She is in the second grade. She is also the only child to her single mother. Renee likes reading books. Rene has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Rene traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Rene's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. “I am kindly requesting for support so that she can be able to walk completely well without any support. God bless you," Renee’s mother says.
Vey is a 52-year-old musical instrument player from Cambodia. He likes listening to the radio and really enjoys looking after his vegetable garden. Last October, Vey suffered from a motorcycle accident leaving his right arm and leg severely injured. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is regaining movement in his arm, but he is still unable to walk and carry on with his work. Vey traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 18, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. This surgery will help him to regain movement in his leg, allowing for him to go back to work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. He says, "After surgery, I hope that I can go back to work and carry on without any pain."
Jackson is a child from Kenya. Jackson was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Jackson is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on February 15. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,327 to cover the total cost of Jackson's procedure and care. After his recovery, Jackson will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. “Please help us and we will appreciate,” says Jackson’s father.
Rann is a 50-year-old man with four children from Cambodia. He likes to clean the house and watch boxing in his free time. Five years ago, Rann had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Rann experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, itchiness, hearing loss, and headaches. He has constant drainage, which prevents him from hearing others properly. Rann traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 5, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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. He says, "I hope that after my surgery I will have improved hearing and no more ear discharge, tinnitus, or itchiness."
Nephtalie is a student from Haiti. She lives with her mother and younger sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She enjoys going to school and attending church. Nephtalie has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral stenosis. One of the four valves of her heart is too tight and narrow as a result of a fever suffered earlier in her childhood. Blood backs up behind the valve, leading to heart failure. Nephtalie will fly to India to receive treatment. On February 25, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which Surgeons will first attempt to open the valve by inserting a catheter and expanding a balloon. If this is not successful, they will immediately proceed to open-heart surgery to open the valve. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Nephtalie'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 Nephtalie's family overseas. She says, "I am very happy to have this surgery so I can be healthy and stop worrying about my health."
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!"
Son is a man from Cambodia. One year ago, Son started noticing pain in his right hip, making him unable to sit or work on his rice farm. Son has a wife and three children, and his condition makes it a challenge for him to take care of them. Fortunately, Son is scheduled to undergo an arthroplasty to treat his osteonecrosis. The procedure is scheduled for February 12 and will cost $497. After his surgery, Son is looking forward to going for walks again with his family and looking after his children. He says, "I hope that after my surgery I will have no more pain and can sit and work without any problems."
Tamandani is a father of five from Malawi. He spends his time gardening. Since 2018, Tamandani has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him stomach pain at any given moment and swelling. Fortunately, on February 5, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Tamandani's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Tamandani and his family are very excited and thankful to know that he will be receiving good care for free.
Nathan is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. One week ago, he fell off a machine and sustained severe injuries to his lower leg. He is not able to walk and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 5, Nathan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Nathan says, “I am worried about my family and the obstacles they might face now that I will not be able to walk in a couple of months while I recover."