Dave joined Watsi on November 21st, 2014. Six years ago, Dave joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Dave's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Victor, an energetic 8th grader from Kenya, to fund corrective surgery for his birth condition.
Dave has funded healthcare for 80 patients in 14 countries.
Dave has funded healthcare for 80 patients in 14 countries.
Victor is an energetic, bright boy from Kenya. He is the first born in a family of two children. Currently, Victor is in grade 8 and is looking forward to sit for his national examination this year. His father, who was the breadwinner of the family, passed away in 2019. His mother has been doing temporary laundry work and house chores for her neighbors to earn a living. Ever since his father passed away, life has been very hard for the family. Victor was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Victor has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Victor will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 6th. AMH is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Victor’s mother says, "I have been fearing for the worst but it seems like the worst was inevitable. Now I cannot raise any money to cater for my son’s surgery but I’m hopeful that God will work his way out for us.”
Hsue is a 52-year-old man who lives with his four daughters, his son-in-law and two grandchildren in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Hsue and his son-in-law used to work as agricultural day laborers in a nearby Thai village, but stopped working after travel restrictions were put in place due to Covid-19. These restrictions made it difficult for them to leave the camp for work. Since then, only Hsue's oldest daughter works, while one of his daughters goes to school and the others look after household chores. Last month, the ophthalmologist at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed Hsue with a cataract in his left eye. Currently, the vision in Hsue's left eye is blurry, and he can only perceive light. He develops a headache whenever he tries to focus on something. He has to rely on his right eye and he can only see things that are near him. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Hsue. On June 20th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Hsue'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. Hsue said,“I feel very sad. I can’t see and I can't make out people's faces when they are not near.” He is hopeful that this surgery will help him to get his vision back.
Sas is a 67-year-old cashew farmer with one daughter, two sons, and one grandchild. Sas and her husband live with their eldest son who is also a cashew farmer. In her free time, Sas enjoys visiting the mosque and watching Khmer and Thai dramas on TV. Six years ago, Sas developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her impaired vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sas learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her son seeking treatment. On May 18th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. Sas shared, "I hope I can see better so I can cook well and take care of myself and my husband. I also want to plant some vegetables and raise cows and chickens."
Vanneth is a 9-year-old, third-grade student from Cambodia. He goes to school every day, likes Khmer literature, and wants to be a policeman when he grows up. Six years ago, he was burned by fire on his left foot. After the accident, his family took him to a health center for wound repair. He has since developed a left foot burn scar contracture, which makes it difficult for him to wear his left shoe due to the tightening of the skin around the burn. On February 18th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him bend his toes and walk normally again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Vanneth shared, "I hope that my foot will look normal and that I will be able to walk correctly again."
Lemayan is a seven-year-old boy from Tanzania and the youngest child in a family of two children. He is a hardworking boy who helps look after his parents' goats. Lemayan walks a long distance every day in search of green pasture and water for his father’s goats. His family comes from a region where the economic activity is livestock keeping; the region is not favorable for farming since it sees very little rainfall. Given the remoteness of the area and their lifestyle as nomadic livestock farmers, most of the children in the area are not able to go school and Lemayan has not had the chance to attend school. One year ago, Lemayan developed a mass on his shoulder. From there, masses developed in different areas of his body. Of greatest concern at the moment, however, is a submandibular mass that is growing quickly. Lemayan experiences pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Lemayan receive treatment. Lemayan traveled to our medical partner's care center and on March 12th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Lemayan needs help to raise $724 to fund the procedure. Lemayan’s mother shared, “finding money to take our son the hospital was a big challenge and that’s why we have not been able to take him. Kindly help my son."
Caroline is a 62-year-old mother of four from Kenya. Her children still depend on her for financial support. She and her youngest daughter grow vegetables together to make extra income. With no extra source of income, Caroline cannot raise the required amount of money to cater for her surgery. Eight years ago, Caroline started experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with postmenopausal bleeding with fibroids. Now, she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $794 to fund Caroline's surgery. On February 10th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Caroline will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Caroline shared, “The urgent surgery to be done is very crucial to my health, as I have been feeling weaker each day. I am requesting for any financial help you can provide."
Saidi is a 23-year-old from Tanzania who was born with spina bifida. He was able to have his spina bifida corrected when he was younger, which saved his life and allowed him to grow up to a strong young man. Saidi was able to go to school until class seven but was not able to continue with his education due to his parents' financial challenges. Saidi’s parents are small-scale farmers and have six children, of which Saidi is the third born child. Saidi used to join his parents in farming, but he had to stop and seek treatment because his legs and feet are bowed, which makes standing and walking very challenging. In 2014, Saidi came to our medical partner's care center to seek treatment because he had limb external rotation, which was causing him difficulty with walking and carrying out daily life activities. Through funding support, he was able to have his feet and legs corrected, and was able to resume normal life once more. Since then, over the last few years Saidi’s left foot has developed a serious infection that has struggled to heal. The infection would repeatedly start to heal but would return within five to six months, which makes it difficult for him to work and make a life for himself. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 19th, Saidi will undergo a left leg amputation below the knee to save him from the pain and suffering he is going through as doctors noted his foot can no longer be saved. Through this surgery, Saidi will eventually be able to use a prosthetic leg which will enable him to walk with ease and return to his daily life activities. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,088 to fund this procedure. Saidi shared, “Please help me as this foot has taken me through so much suffering and pain. I would like to be able to work and make a living for myself, but due to this infection I haven't been able to do that. Kindly help me.”
U Win is a 54-year-old man who lives with his wife and youngest son in the Ayeyarwaddy Division in Burma. He has three sons and three daughters, with five of his children already married and working. His 17-year-old son left school because they were unable to pay school fees, and worked as a day laborer until COVID-19 happened. U Win used to work as a day laborer as well, but stopped working around two years ago due to his health condition. His family survives on 60,000 kyat (approx. 60 USD) each month that U Win's three other daughters and another son send them, enough to cover their basic expenses. In January 2012, U Win felt tired, had a headache, suffered from heart palpitations, and a rapid heartbeat. He went to a clinic where the doctor listened to his heart with a stethoscope and checked his blood pressure. U Win was told that he has high blood pressure and that he would need to take oral medication for a long time. He received an injection, oral medication, and another appointment for more medication. After he took the medication, he felt better and he went back to work. However, U Win continued to experience worsening symptoms over the next few years, returning to clinics and receiving the same treatment. He was told at one point to visit a cardiologist, but did not do so until later on. In August 2020, during another clinic visit in Yangon, the doctor diagnosed U Win with an atrial septal defect, and said that he would need to receive surgery to repair this hole in his heart. If not treated, the condition could weaken his heart further and cause lung problems later on. He was unable to receive surgery in November due to an upsurge in COVID-19 cases, and was also told the procedure would cost about 3,000,000 kyat (approx. 3,000 USD). Luckily, U Win’s wife remembered that there is a charity group in Yangon that might be able to help. The group told him about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, to look for assistance with accessing the treatment he needed. U Win currently experiences chest pain and back pain, has no appetite, and cannot sleep well at night. He appeals for financial support for his cost of care. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 20th, U Win will undergo an atrial septal defect closure procedure. Once recovered, his quality of life will significantly improve and he will be able to return to work. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. U Win shared, “I want to get better soon so that I can work for my family again. I am worried about my family’s future because we cannot find work in the village. My son also cannot go to Yangon to find another job because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.”
Sorma is a one-year-old baby girl from Cambodia and the only child in her family. Her mother is a factory worker and her father is a construction worker. Sorma enjoys playing with her mother, and eating and sleeping. In March 2020, Sorma was accidentally burned by fire. Her face and right arm were badly damaged. She received medical care and skin grafts at another hospital. Now her family has come to Watsi's medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for help with the scar contractures on Sorma's eyes, lip, nose, right elbow, and right wrist. Particularly, the scar contracture on her right arm and she cannot bend her right arm now. When Sorma's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for 90 minutes seeking treatment. On November 18th, surgeons at CSC will perform an elbow contracture release and local flap surgery to help her be able to bend her right arm. Now, she needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Sorma's mother said, "I hope she will be able to use her arm to hold objects and feel more confident."
Chamroeurn is a 46-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have three children, all of whom are school-aged. He mainly works in the construction of houses in his local area. In his free time, he likes meeting friends at restaurants, taking his kids on trips, and cooking. In October 2020, his right hand and leg were burned in an electrical accident on a worksite. He immediately went to a provincial hospital, but they were unable to treat him. An infected wound has developed on his right hand, endangering his whole hand and he now cannot use it without severe pain. When Chamroeurn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On October 19th, surgeons at CSC will perform a fasciotomy procedure to to save his right hand and allow it to heal. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Chamroeurn said, "I am so thankful the doctors can help me here, and I hope that my hand will be healthy when the surgery is over."
Megan is a 3-month old baby girl from Tanzania, and the only child to her single mother. Megan was born with clubfoot and spina bifida, which contributed to her acquiring hydrocephalus. Megan’s father left their family when her mother was five months pregnant and they lost any contact with him. Megan's grandmother, who was also a single mom after her husband passed away at a young age, depends on selling second-hand clothes. Her income is very limited to be able to provide for her children and be able to afford school fees. Due to this, Megan's mother was not able to continue with her studies due to financial challenges and joined her mother in selling second hand clothes. Megan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Megan has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Megan will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Megan that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 21st and will drain the excess fluid from Megan's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Megan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Megan’s mother says, “I have no one to run to for help and support, all my relatives have told me they can no longer support us in any way and yet my daughter is suffering. Please help save my daughter.”
Nikai is a humble girl from Kenya. She is the second born in a family of four children. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom while the father is a herdsman. The family lives in a mud and grass thatched house. Nikai has clubfoot of 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, Nikai traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Nikai's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to wear shoes and walk easily. “I would like to see my daughter walk like other children. Any kind of support is highly appreciated,” Nikai's mother shared.