Rahul joined Watsi on September 2nd, 2014. 4 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Rahul's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Oudam, a new father and construction worker from Cambodia, to fund hardware removal surgery for his leg fracture.
Rahul has funded healthcare for 125 patients in 15 countries.
Rahul has funded healthcare for 125 patients in 15 countries.
Oudam is a 18-year-old construction worker and new father. He recently got married and he and his wife have a two-month-old son. His wife is a garment-factory worker. Oudam enjoys playing sports, especially volleyball, which he plays four times a week with his friends. He also likes to listen to music and take photos in the countryside. In September of 2018, Oudam was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left leg. After the accident, his family took him to a government hospital, where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now the fracture has healed well, and the hardware needs to be removed to avoid further complications and infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On August 2nd, Oudam will undergo a hardware removal procedure that will allow him to heal fully. CSC is requesting $230 to fund this procedure. Oudam shares, "I am so glad to have the opportunity to get the hardware out, so that my leg can feel normal again. I am excited to play volleyball again!"
Lightness is a hard-working student and the ninth born child in a family of ten children. Lightness loves to help her mother with home chores and looking after her nieces and nephews. Lightness is currently in technical college where she is studying to be an electrician. Lightness's parents are small-scale farmers and livestock keepers, and her mother also sells vegetables and mandazi, a type of fried bread. Three years ago, Lightness was at the fireplace helping her mother cook mandazi when she lost conscious and fell into the pot of hot oil. Her mother rescued her and rushed her to the hospital. The accident has left Lightness with contractures as a result of the burns around her neck. Contractures are a condition in which the muscles are shortened and hardened, and in Lightness's case they limit her neck movement. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Lightness receive treatment. On August 5th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her move her neck freely. However, Lightness's family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Lightness says, "I feel bad seeing myself in this condition, I try to cover my neck because I don’t like how people feel sorry for me. I will be happy and grateful if I can have my neck corrected."
Kobusingye is a 23 year old small scale farmer. She has two children: a boy and a girl both delivered via caesarean section who are now studying in kindergarten. As a mother and wife, Kobusingye enjoys doing domestic work like cooking, cleaning, and caring for her family. She earns a living from farming but typically only harvests produce to feed her family since they have little land. Her husband is in the bodaboda (motorcycle taxi) business, but due to lockdown where transport was frozen, he isn’t able to work right now. Kobusingye is carrying her third pregnancy. She attended antenatal care from our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital. Her doctor recommended delivery by caesarean section due to her previous pregnancies and deliveries. The procedure will reduce the chances of complications like uterine rupture. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $252 for this surgery. Kobusingye shares, “I will really appreciate your support and hope for a successful delivery."
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."
Sen is a 60-year-old carpenter with two daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren. Sen lives with his wife and their youngest daughter, who works in a garment factory. When he has a free moment, he likes to listen to news on the radio. Four years ago, Sen developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, blurry vision, and itchiness. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. On May 27th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sen shared, "I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable so I can return to my job and get around outside on my own."
Phoeun is a 61-year-old farmer with two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. He and his wife live near one of his sons. He has not been able to work consistently for a few years, but he has enjoyed taking care of his grandchildren, tending to his vegetable garden, and listening to the radio. Five years ago, Phoeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and irritation. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On May 14th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Phoeun shared, "I hope that after surgery I will see well again. I want to take my grandchildren on walks and go back to work in the fields. I also want to be able to visit some pagodas by myself."
Nickson is a milk vendor from Kenya. A few months ago, he married his wife and now they are expecting their firstborn baby. His wife is a housewife and they live in a mud house on a farm. Nickson was not able to go to college, so he decided to become a milk vendor so that he could provide for his young and growing family. In December 2020, Nickson was involved in a road traffic accident - he was riding a motorcycle when he collided with an oncoming lorry truck. He was rushed to the district hospital where he had a cast applied and was then discharged home. However, two weeks ago, he started having pain while he was walking. A friend referred Nickson to a local medical facility. Nickson was examined and sent for an x-ray which revealed that he had fractured his knee. Right now, Nickson has trouble standing on his right foot or flexing his knee. Fortunately, surgeons at our Medical Partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help Nickson, and they are requesting $1,016 to fund his procedure. On March 3rd, Nickson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk more easily again. Nickson says, “My hope is to receive treatment, be well, and continue supporting my young family."
Roza is a 45-year-old moto-taxi driver from Cambodia. He is married and has one daughter and two sons. All of his children are in school. When he has time off from work, Roza enjoys watching the news and Khmer boxing on TV. One month ago, Roza developed a chalazion in his right eye, causing him pain, swelling, burning, tearing, and itchiness. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. It is difficult for him to see clearly and drive his motorbike. Roza traveled with his wife to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On April 29th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Roza's symptoms should improve. He needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Roza shared, "I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable and I can return to my driving to support my family."
Kak is a 68-year-old mother of six. She is a rice farmer who lives with her husband and together they have a daughter, five sons, and many grandchildren. Kak no longer works in the rice field because of her age and her vision. She likes to spend her time listening to the monks preaching on the radio, and caring for her grandchildren. About two years ago, Kak developed glaucoma in her left eye. Glaucoma refers to damage to the eye's optic nerve, or the nerve connecting the eye to the brain. This causes her blurred vision, headache, inability to recognize faces and photophobia. It is difficult for her to look straight ahead, and hard to walk Kak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 17th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a glaucoma procedure to improve her vision. Now, Kak needs help to raise $277 to fund this procedure. She told us, "I hope after surgery I can see well again, see my family better, and go outside without problems."
Phat is a 40-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter. Phat works in a garment factory in the Kompong Cham province. In her free time, Phat enjoys cooking food for her children at home. In May 2013, Phat fell hard on the ground while walking and injured her ankle. She has felt consistent right ankle pain since that accident. Over time, it has worsened, and in the last year her ankle has become very stiff. She cannot walk well and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 31st, Phat will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. With this procedure, she will be able to walk again without pain. Phat shared, "I hope after the surgery I am in less pain and the wound heals quickly so I can return to working at the factory and caring for my children." Phat's husband also shared, "I do worry about my wife's ankle, and I hope that after surgery she has no more pain."
Thorn is an elderly farmer from Cambodia. She is 68-years-old, and a widow. She has three daughters, four sons, and twenty grandchildren. Due to her age, she no longer works in the rice field, she stays home and takes care of her grandchildren. She lives with her son who is a laborer. She likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio. One year ago, Thorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her difficulty seeing in bright or dim light, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On February 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 $229 procedure. Thorn shared, "I hope after surgery I can return to having my life. I want to see clearly, walk independently, and care for my grandchildren."
Ny is a 48-year-old farmer. Ny lives with his wife, who is also a farmer, and together they have one son and one daughter. Every morning Ny takes his children to school before he goes to work on the rice field. When he is at home he enjoys listening to the news on the radio. One year ago, Ny developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience photophobia, tearing and blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and implant an intraocular lens in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ny shared with us, "I hope after surgery I can see well so I can go to the rice field easily and earn more money for my family."