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 Sopheak, a 38-year-old man from Cambodia, to fund injury repair so he can walk pain-free.
Rahul has funded healthcare for 139 patients in 15 countries.
Rahul has funded healthcare for 139 patients in 15 countries.
Sopheak is a 38-year-old electronic repairer. He's married and has one daughter and two sons. In his free time, Sopheak enjoys playing football, exercising, reading books, listening to the news, watching boxing on TV, and helping his wife around their house. In April, Sopheak injured his left leg in a traffic accident. This injury caused Sopheak difficulty and pain while walking. After treatment at another hospital, Sopheak's wounds still have not healed so his neighbor encouraged him to seek our out medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On May 11th, surgeons at CSC will clean his injury and perform a skin graft procedure to heal his wound. CSC is requesting $487 to fund this procedure so that Sopheak can walk free of pain. Sopheak says, "I hope my leg can heal so I can walk and work again."
Neang is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer, living with her husband and their youngest daughter. Altogether, Neang and her husband have one son, three daughters, and five grandchildren. One year ago, Neang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is unable to go places on her own. Neang traveled for three and a half hours to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, to seek treatment. On May 17th, doctors at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre will perform cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her left eye. This procedure will enable Neang to see clearly, and to become independent again. She is raising $253 to fund her surgery. Neang says: "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I want to help my daughter with housework and take care of my grandchildren well."
Said is a talkative, friendly and playful 4-year-old boy who loves to play football and to watch movies. Said's family consists of three other siblings, his mother, who is a housewife, and his father, who is a day laborer getting work whenever he can. Because of a medical condition, Said's legs bow outward and his knees don't touch, which caused difficulty walking. Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare is requesting $880 to fund a procedure that will take place on April 22nd to restore Said's mobility. This treatment will enable him to participate in a variety of activities as he grows and also decrease his risk for future complications. Said’s mother says, “The economy is not good and finding work is getting hard. The little money I get goes to food. If you can help my son have this treatment, I would be very grateful.”
Asiimwe is a 4-year-old preschooler who likes playing with his friends, especially running around where they live. He is the fifth born out of six children in his family. Both his mother and father are small scale farmers and own a four room mud house for shelter. Their family's eldest child is 15 years old and in the 7th grade, while the youngest is two years old and hasn’t yet started school. His parents are proud that all of their school-aged children are in school and doing well, however covering all the school fees from their earnings farming is challenging for them. Since about two weeks ago, Asiimwe has had bilateral inguinal hernia and right hydrocele. If not treated, the hernia could become strangulated and could result in intestinal obstruction, which can become life-threatening. Fortunately, on June 3rd, Asiimwe will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Asiimwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently as he grows up.
Marie is a strong 59-year-old woman from the Philippines. She used to work as a fish vendor, but unfortunately, she lost her job due to the pandemic. She has one daughter who works on a service crew. For about 10 years, Marie has fought breast cancer. Unfortunately, last February, she experienced back pain and noticed the recurrence of a mass in her left breast. She underwent an ultrasound, and her doctor recommended that she undergo a partial mastectomy, or a surgery to remove the cancerous part of her breast. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Marie to receive treatment. On April 8th, she will undergo a mastectomy at their care center. After she recovers, Marie will no longer have a mass in her breast and her pain will be healed. Now, she needs help to raise $1,294 to fund her procedure and care. Marie shared, "the surgery will not only help me physically, but my whole family as well. We will no longer worry about my medical expenses. Thank you so much World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for your help!"
Thunly is a 42-year-old construction worker. His wife sells groceries near their home, and they have two children in primary school. In his free time, Thunly enjoys watching TV and listening to music. Two years ago, Thunly developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the eardrum, in his left ear to perforate. As a result, he experiences tinnitus, ear discharge, and hearing loss, and he cannot communicate clearly with others. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Thunly receive treatment. On April 22nd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $487 to help fund this procedure. Thunly's family has also been able to contribute $100 towards his care. Thunly shared, "I hope my hearing will improve and the discharge will stop."
Hellenah is a 42-year-old woman who is married with three children and proudly shared that they are all in primary and secondary school. Alice and her husband work as farmers, and they also volunteer together at their local church. About eight years ago, Hellenah began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, fatigue, and difficulty breathing and swallowing. Upon review, doctors diagnosed her condition as a bilateral thyroid cystic goiter. She will need to undergo surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Hellenah finally heal. On February 21st, she will undergo a thyroidectomy, in which surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $252 to help fund this procedure. Hellenah shared, "This condition is worsening each day, and it is becoming intolerable. I fear that this might kill me one day. Through your support, I hope to be relieved of this condition and live a better life."
Mary is a 33-year-old woman and arrived to meet with our local Watsi rep having a lot of pain. She has a cancerous tumor in her abdomen that requires surgery. Over the past year she has been through a lot and, while she has insurance coverage, they will no longer cover her treatment. She is currently scheduled for a laparotomy surgery to help with the removal of the tumor and relieve her stomach pains. Mary is a mother of one child who is six years old. She used to work as a shop steward but stopped due to her condition so no longer has a source of income. Her husband works as a motorbike ‘boda-boda’ driver and income from this venture is inconsistent and can't cover the cost of her surgery. She has been relying on friends and relatives to raise money for travel fare and medication. Mary says, “I have been through a lot. My stomach keeps swelling and it is very painful. I need to get better so as to raise my little kid and family.“
Dalis is a three-month-old baby and the only child in her family. She was born with clubfoot, a condition in which her feet are twisted out of shape. Dalis's family traveled across Cambodia for eight hours to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so she could undergo clubfoot treatment. On February 18th, surgeons will perform a bilateral tendon achilles lengthening (TAL) and casting. Upon recovery, Dalis's legs will be straight and she will be able to walk and run as she grows older. CSC is requesting $385 to fund this procedure Dalis's mother shared, "I hope her legs can be corrected, and she will recover well."
Merk is a 67-year-old retired rice and potato farmer. She has three children and 15 grandchildren. Sadly, her husband died many years ago, so she lives with one of her granddaughters, helping to care for the other children. She likes to go visit her relatives and friends in her free time. One year ago, Merk developed a cataract in her left eye. She is fearful of walking by herself due to her poor vision, and she also sees halos around lights. When Merk learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled a long distance for seven and a half hours on rural roads seeking treatment. On January 10th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Merk shared, "I hope doctors can make my vision better so I can help my granddaughter in the house with cooking and I can be more independent."
Phalla is a 54-year-old who is married and has three sons. All her boys are in public school. She lives with her family and her husband, who is a construction worker. When she is not busy cooking, she likes to watch movies on TV. Four years ago, Phalla developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her light sensitivity and blurry vision. It is becoming hard for her to use the stove to cook because she cannot see well. When Phalla learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled far for six and a half hours over many dirt roads seeking treatment. On December 15th, 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. "I hope after surgery I will have good eyesight," says Phalla, "I can then take care of my children, take my children to school, and can do more housework to help out."
Samuel is a father of three. He is a businessman who trades in bananas, selling them from door to door. He did not study much but proudly desires to see his children attain the highest level of education. His eldest child is in college while the others are in primary school. For four years, Samuel has had abdominal hernia. For the last six months, the hernia has been causing him pain especially when he is straining. He is worried that without treatment, the hernia might become strangulated, affecting his output and thus his family income. He needs surgery but is not able to raise the funds needed. He appeals for help. Fortunately, on December 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Samuel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Samuel says “I trust that I will get healed and continue hustling to see that I get my children where I want them to be once am operated.”