Steven joined Watsi on March 6th, 2015. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Steven's most recent donation supported Makara, a father from Cambodia, to fund a brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm.
Steven has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.
Steven has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.
Makara shared, "I hope this surgery can help me return to work in the future so I can support my family. My life will change if I can use my arm again." Makara is a 31-year-old man who has been married for four years and has a three-year-old daughter. Makara's wife works in a garment factory near their home in the province. In April 2021, Makara was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left 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 unable to lift his arm and he cannot work. Makara traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 21st, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm normally again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure.
Guadalupe is an one-year-old baby from Colombia. She is an only child, so she is regarded as the little princess of the family, which consists of her mother, grandma, and uncle. She is already sympathetic and friendly, and loves to play with stuffed toys and with other kids. Guadalupe has clubfoot on her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Guadalupe's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel, where they can offer treatment. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 13th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,422 to fund Guadalupe's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to start walking and running without pain. Her mother shares a story and her hopes for Guadalupe, "I would really love to see her walk and run normally, she is not the first person with this condition in our whole family, I have a cousin who received treatment when he was 8 years old and it was really hard to see him asking why he couldn't run like the other kids."
Kasande is a farmer and mother of three. She and her husband work on their own farm as well as doing working on other people's farms to make ends meet. For the past four years, she has been having an inguinal swelling that has been on and off. However, in the last three months, the swelling started to become more painful and she cannot comfortably farm or carry heavy items any longer. She also struggles to sleep on her right side. She was reviewed at the hospital and a surgery called herniorrhaphy and excision were recommended. Without the surgery, the mass might become cancerous and the hernia might present with associated complications. Fortunately, on May 11th, she'll undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Kasande's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Kasande says, “If my health is compromised, my family will suffer, since I am even the one who pays the school fee. I hope to regain my health and resume farming once I have fully recovered.”
Htoo is a 12-year-old girl who lives with her parents, two older sisters, an older brother and a younger brother in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Htoo’s father works as a construction worker while Htoo's mother is a homemaker and looks after Htoo's younger brother who is too young to go to school. Htoo and her older siblings study in the camp. Every month, the family receives oil, rice and charcoal rations, but they shared that the rations are unfortunately not enough to cover their daily needs. They also receive free basic health care and education in the refugee camp. In her free time, Htoo likes to play with her friends and help her mother clean. Htoo was born with a small mass in a sensitive area. At the time, Htoo's mother was told not to worry about the mass. However, beginning in 2016, Htoo noticed the mass increasing in size and she could no longer pass urine comfortably. A medic at the camp's hospital examined the mass and determined that it is benign and recommends it is surgically treated for Htoo's comfort and peace of mind. Htoo is receiving treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and she is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on June 6th. Now, their family is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Htoo shared, “in the future, I want to finish my schooling and become a teacher in the camp. I want to teach Karen [language].”
Jackson is an eighteen year old and the firstborn child in a family of six children in Tanzania. He never had a chance to go to school since his parents could not afford the cost of educating him. He is hardworking and helps his father in looking after their cattle and working on their farm. Jackson started having leg problems four years ago. Over the years his legs have curved inward making him struggle to walk and go through pain when he walks for a long distance. He can’t go too far with his father’s cattle or work on the farm. His father didn’t have the money to take him for a check-up in a hospital. They tried herbal medicines but none have helped to straighten his legs. When our outreach team visited their village they got to know about Jackson’s condition and referred him for treatment at our hospital. He has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus which need to be corrected surgically but his parents can’t afford the treatment cost. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Jackson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Jackson's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Jackson says, “I will be so happy if I can get this treatment and be able to walk normally again without the difficulty I am going through.”
Saron is a 53-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is the youngest of eight siblings, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her free time. Saron has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. She is unable to see clearly and she cannot work. Saron traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 20th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Saron needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Saron said, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see clearly and I can return to working on the rice farm."
Brandon is a child from Kenya. Brandon’s father repairs phones while his mother is a stay-at-home mom. The firstborn of two children lives with his parents in Central Kenya. A few weeks ago, Brandon has had a hydrocele. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on October 07, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Brandon's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to be a driver when I grow up,” says Brandon.
Chan Mony is a 4-year-old girl from Cambodia. She likes to play with her toys, paint pictures, and watch cartoons on television. Since Chan Mony was born, she has had a large mass covering most of her back and it continues to grow over time. The mass has caused large hairy and discolored spots over her back and upper legs. Chan Mony traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. Surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Chan Mony needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my daughter's surgery goes well and that she will look better and be able to grow up normally." -Chan Mony's Mother
Ky has seven children and thirteen grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the local pagoda, helping with the housework, and looking after her grandchildren. Since last year, Ky has experienced pain in both of her legs and in her lower back. She is unable to work at the rice farm, and has a difficult time sleeping and walking. Surgery will enable Ky to move and walk again without any pain and discomfort, and will allow her to return to her work at the rice farm. Ky said, "I hope that I will no longer have any back pain and will be able to work and walk again without any problems."
Saren is a 48-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and two grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Three years ago, Saren developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her irritation, pain, tearing, and blurry vision. 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 Saren learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Saren 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 October 08. Saren said, "I hope that I will be able to see clearly again so I can return to the village and continue to plant rice."
David is a child from Kenya. He is the third born in a family of three children. David’s mother does not work she is a house wife while the father is a driver and has to meet all their basic family needs. David was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, David has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. David will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 03. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I have become so desperate and have been going to hospital for almost one year. I was told the risks of this problem and I am worried if my baby is not treated soon there may be problems. Kindly assist me" said David’s mother.
Shwe Win is a 39-year-old man who lives with wife, two daughters, and two sons in Yangon, Burma. Shwe Win used to work as a civil engineer but is currently unemployed. His wife is a teacher and all of his children go to school. Their monthly household income is enough to pay for their expenses and basic health care, but they have to use their savings to pay for all the children’s school fees. In the beginning of 2018, Shwe Win developed severe pain in his waist and back. He went to a local hospital to see a doctor, who ordered an ultrasound, x-rays, a blood test and a urine test. After checking his results, the doctor told him that he has a stone in his left kidney. He was given an injection, and the doctor told him that he would need to be admitted at a hospital to have the stone broken up surgically. Afterwards, Shwe Win would be in pain anytime he lifted anything heavy or sat for longer than 30 minutes. Whenever the pain became unbearable, he would take painkillers. In June 2019, he decided to join a rehabilitation program run by Christian Youth. When he finished the program, he developed severe pain again. This time, neither the painkillers nor the injection worked. He was referred again to the hospital. There he was admitted for five days because he was in so much pain that he vomited and had difficulty breathing. While admitted, he received an ultrasound and was told that he now had stones in both of his kidneys. He would need to have treatment to break up the stones. "I feel thankful that I was able to meet Burma Children Medical Fund. If I hadn’t come here, I wouldn’t have pursued treatment because I don’t want to be a burden on my siblings nor my wife anymore,” shared Shwe Win.