yoko joined Watsi on February 7th, 2015. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! yoko's most recent donation traveled 9,100 miles to support Amen, a boy from Ethiopia, to fund corrective surgery.
yoko has funded healthcare for 68 patients in 12 countries.
Amen is a toddler from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with people. Amen loves to watch animated movies and to work on puzzles. His mother is a cook, while his father is a tailor. Amen was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Amen has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Amen will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 22. AMHF is requesting $717 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mother says, “We can’t afford the bill for his surgery since I am a cook and my salary is very low to even cover our rent. Also my husband’s salary is limited to our basic monthly needs.”
David is a baby from Kenya. He is very active. His father is a street vendor, while his mother is housewife. David 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, David traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 26. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund David's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. David's father says, “I will be happy to receive help. God Bless you.”
Eh is a one-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his mother, father, and grandmother. His parents work as farmers on a villager’s farm, and receive a share of the crop as payment. When he was one month old, Eh’s mother noticed his left eye was tearing up more than usual. At ten months old, both his pupils became white. Eh suffers from severe discomfort from bright lights and when the wind blows into his eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Eh. On March 23, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Eh's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "I want him to become a medic as there are many patients in my village and I want him to return home to help them when he is grow up," says his mother.
Rorfech is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three children and three grandchildren. He enjoys visiting his local pagoda. One year ago, Rorfech developed a cataract in each eye. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rorfech learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. His wife says, "I hope my husband can see better and return to work soon."
Hun is a cashew and rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three daughters. He enjoys listening to social programs and monks praying on the radio. One year ago, Hun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, itchiness, and a clouded lens. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On March 5, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. He says, "I hope my vision will be improved so I can support my family by doing some work at the farm. I hope that I can easily go outside by myself again."
Cho is a 20-year-old young woman from Burma. She lives with her parents and younger brother. Her parents sell flowers in front of a Buddhist temple for a living, and her brother works in a tea shop. Cho likes to read stories and study English in her free time. Cho 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, Cho suffers from chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. She cannot walk long distances and tires easily. Additionally, due to her poor health, Cho is no longer able to continue her studies. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Cho. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "I want to get well soon and continue my studies. In the future, I want to become a teacher," says Cho.
Siria is a child from Tanzania. He is the fifth born in a family of eight children. At home, Siria helps his family with day-to-day chores, such as herding cattle. Siria’s mother is a housewife and his father owns a small business of selling vegetables in the market. Siria was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs are bent outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he complains of pain and has trouble walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Siria. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 9. Treatment will hopefully restore Siria's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Siria’s father says, “Thank you so much for helping my son get this treatment. God bless you all.”
Sambath is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He is single and has five siblings. He is the youngest in his family. He loves to play football and tennis and watch TV. One year ago, Sambath was in a motor vehicle accident that fractured his jaw. He went to a clinic and doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now, the hardware causes chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 8, Sambath will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. The procedure will allow him to eat and move his jaw normally. He says, "I am looking forward to eating my favorite foods easily again."
Srey Mom is a hair stylist from Cambodia. She has four sisters and three brothers. She likes to hang out with her friends and watch TV. Since she was a child, Srey Mom 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 Mom experiences right ear discharge, recurrent infection, and hearing loss. It is difficult for her to hear, and she often has infections, which are uncomfortable. Srey Mom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 12, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right 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. She says, "I am looking forward to having my hearing restored and relaxing with my friends."
Sokkheng is a seventh grade student from Cambodia. His favorite subjects are math and biology. Since he was born, Sokkheng has had bilateral valgus deformities of the feet. He has difficulty wearing shoes and moving around, which makes him feel embarrassed. Fortunately, Sokkheng traveled to our medical partner's care center. There, he will undergo an osteotomy surgery on February 7 to repair his condition. Now, his family needs help raising $390 to pay for surgery. He says, "I am excited to play football after the surgery and recovery."
Chimanizanye is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother of six children. Chimanizanye and her husband cultivate food for both home consumption and for sale to raise school fees for their children. For 15 years, Chimanizanye has had an epigastric hernia. The swelling causes her pain and makes her lose her appetite. Fortunately, on February 8, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Chimanizanye's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. She says, "I am in need of surgery but I am unable to pay for my treatment. I need help from Watsi organization."
Akankwasa is a baby from Uganda. He is one year old, has one sibling, and is the second born in his family. His father is a builder, and his mother is a small-scale farmer. For the past two months, Akankwasa has had a rapidly growing swelling in a sensitive area. This swelling causes him pain and discomfort. Akankwasa traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 6, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Akankwasa needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Akankwasa's mother says, “I hope my son will be relieved of this condition and I too continue with farming for the support to my family.”