Lucas joined Watsi on December 25th, 2016. 63 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lucas' most recent donation supported Vy Thim, a man from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Lucas has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Lucas has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Vy Thim is a cheerful grandfather from Cambodia. He has two children and enjoys exercising regularly. Three months ago, Vy Thim developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, and discomfort. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Vy Thim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On October 3, 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. His wife says, "I hope my husband can see better and I won't have to worry anymore."
San is a 36-year-old who lives with her family in Thailand. She is originally from Burma but moved about 15 years ago to find better work. San's husband works in construction. San first noticed some abdominal issues in 2012, when she experienced pain. She visited a clinic, where she was told this pain was due to kidney inflammation and urinary tract infection. Doctors gave her medication, which eased the pain. A month ago, San again experienced abdominal pain. Although she took her medication, the pain continued to increase, and she was unable to eat or drink water. Currently, San has intense abdominal pain, especially in the pelvic area. She is not able to eat, and walking and sitting have become painful tasks for her. San will be transferred to a hospital to receive a CT scan in order to get a clear diagnosis. San’s condition means that the family's oldest daughter now stays at home to take of her sisters and daughter. Her income, which made up a substantial part of the family earnings, has stopped. San says, "I hope to get healthy soon again, so that I can return home to take care of my daughters and granddaughter." Watsi is requesting $414 to help fund San's CT scan, scheduled for August 7.
Chhen is 60 years old. He is married with three sons, one daughter, and fifteen grandchildren. He likes to read books about Buddhism, listen to monks pray on the radio, and go to ceremonies at the pagoda. Chhen heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled for five hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Three years ago, Chhen developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any work, and go anywhere outside by himself. Chhen says, "I hope my eyes can see more clearly than now so that I can recognize the faces of everyone, do any kind of work, and go anywhere by myself. I want to help my family do some housework, like cook, clean, and take care of my grandchildren." Chhen will undergo treatment on January 16 to help him see clearly again and improve his quality of life. Doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. Our medical partner is requesting $292 to fund his treatment.
Hser Paw is a bright 21-year-old student from Burma. At a young age, she moved away from her village to pursue her dreams as a medic. Unfortunately, Hser Paw recently halted her studies due to challenges with her health. In late November of 2016, Hser Paw felt tingling and numbness in her left leg. A week later, the symptoms spread to the entire left side of her body. These symptoms made her normal day-to-day activities a challenge. Hser Paw was referred to our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital, where she will undergo a full-body CT scan on December 9. The results of the scan will help her physicians diagnose the issue, which they believe is neurological. Our medical partner is requesting $414 to fund this diagnostic test. Hser Paw says, “I want to recover and continue my studies as a medic."
Aye Than is a 45-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her mother and siblings in a village close to the Thai-Burma border. At the age of 40, Aye Than started experiencing frequent headaches and a stiff neck. For five years, she treated her symptoms with medication from a local pharmacy. Recently, Aye Than was picking up a bucket of rainwater when she started to feel dizzy and could no longer stand. She sat down to rest, but she found she could no longer open her left eye. After several visits to different hospitals, she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Through BCMF, Aye Than was transferred to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. She underwent several diagnostic tests, including two CT scans––[one](https://watsi.org/profile/17128140c65d-aye-than) of which was funded by Watsi donors. The results of her tests showed an arteriovenous malformation with a proximal flow-related aneurysm and a fistula. In simpler terms, there was an aneurysm in Aye Than's brain. With this finding, her doctor performed an embolisation procedure on December 14. During this procedure, blood vessels were selectively blocked to treat her condition. Now, BCMF is requesting $1,500 in funding. “I am looking forward to getting better, so I can continue to work with my mother and resume my Buddhist practices: meditation, going to the monastery on full moon days, and maintaining the alter in my home," says Aye Than. She continues, "Without the donors, there was no chance for me to be treated properly. Thank you very much for your help."
Sopheak is a 15-year-old monk. He has two sisters and three brothers. Sopheak has syndactyly in his left hand, a condition in which four of his fingers are fused together. It is difficult for him to hold objects. When Sopheak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for five hours to seek treatment. On November 29, surgeons at CSC performed a procedure to release the index finger and pinky finger of his left hand. After recovery, Sopheak will be able to use his hand. Now, he needs help to pay his $384 medical bill. "I hope that I can hold things easily and much better than before," he says. "When I am healed, I will return to the pagoda."