United States • Born on January 2nd
Emi joined Watsi on April 22nd, 2021. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Emi's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Hun, a retired teacher from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so he can see again.
Emi has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Emi has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Hun is a retired teacher from Cambodia. He is married, with a family of three daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren. Hun lives with his wife and their eldest daughter, who is also a teacher. He enjoys reading books and listening to the news on the radio. Six years ago, Hun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On June 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery on his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Hun is eager for recovery, "I hope I can see clearly so I am comfortable walking around on my own and can read easily. I want to go to the pagoda to join ceremonies and volunteer at the Buddhist university."
Alvis is a two-month-old baby boy from Kenya and the youngest child in a family of five children. His father is a taxi driver in their home area, but unfortunately, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he rarely gets customers. His mother has not been able to get work, but sells produce on their small farm to supplement their family’s earnings. Alvis was born with hypospadias, a congenital condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Alvis is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 4th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Alvis's mother shared, “it is very difficult for us to raise the funds required for Alvis’ surgery. Any financial help is highly appreciated.”
Amos is a three-year-old boy and the third born in a family of four children. Amos’s father works at construction sites while his mother works at home to take care of their home and family. Amos was born with a condition known as Blount's disease, or bowing of both legs. The condition has greatly affected his mobility and he cannot walk for a long distances or stand. He is almost school-aged, but unfortunately cannot attend school because of the severity of his condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Amos to receive treatment. Amos is scheduled to undergo surgery on May 9th. Now, AMH is requesting $1,224 to fund Amos's procedure. After the surgery, he will be able to walk well, stand for long periods of time, and even begin school! Amos's father shared, “my desire as a parent is to see my son walking like other children. Any support will be highly appreciated."
Mu Hee is a 23-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her parents, older brother, sister in-law, three nephews and three nieces in a refugee camp. Mu Hee’s older brother is the sole income earner in their family. He works as a nurse in the camp’s hospital, which is run by International Rescue Committee (IRC). Mu Hee’s parents and her sister in-law look after the household chores. Mu Hee’s nieces and nephews are students and Mu Hee is a Bible school student. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020, she has been studying online in the refugee camp. Her teachers support her school fees and food. In her free time, Mu Hee likes to play with her nieces and nephews. She also loves to listen to music and sing. When Mu Hee was 14 years old, she began to experience severe abdominal pain. The first time it occurred, her father called a medic who lived close to their house, and the medic gave her an injection. She felt better after the injection, but continued to feel unwell every month. When she was 15, her father took her to the clinic in the camp to check whether Mu Hee had a serious illness in her abdomen, but the medic could not find any problem. Mu Hee's pain continued and she continued to receive treatment to help, but she did not think that her condition was serious because she had heard from her friends that some women experienced pain during the first day of their period. In early 2020, Mu Hee spoke about this condition with a staff member from a nearby clinic and with one of her teachers. Both urged her to get a check-up, and in February 2020, Mu Hee went to a clinic and a medic found a mass in her left ovary. Doctors have tried to treat her with medications for almost a year, but the mass has continued to grow. During a follow-up appointment in January 2021, the doctor told her that she would need surgery. Recently, Mu Hee has experienced pain in the left side of her lower abdomen almost every day. The pain is on and off and she feels most uncomfortable when running or walking, especially over long distances. She also experiences some pain as she does other basic daily tasks. Mu Hee sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery, and she is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Mu Hee said, “The first time when I heard that I have a mass in my ovary, I felt very sad. I am also worried that the mass might be cancerous. I think about my condition very often, but my parents are very supportive, and they encourage me not to be afraid. I believe that I will no longer experience pain after surgery.”
Hong is a 29-year-old farmer who recently got married. He and his wife work together, and when he is not working, he likes to cook and ride his motorbike. He also likes to listen to music and watch boxing on his phone. Two years ago, Hong developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him severe irritation, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Hong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours along with his wife seeking treatment. Hong needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 17th. Hong shared, "I hope that my eye can feel comfortable again, and that I can work easily without always being bothered by the pain and tearing coming from my eye."
Monday is a 60-year-old farmer and mother of eight. Her firstborn is now 40 years old, while her youngest is 17 years old. Two of Monday's children have completed degrees in different programs, but she shared they do not yet have jobs. Monday generally receives limited support from her children at this point. Her husband passed away in 2003 and left her an incomplete house, which she has worked hard and struggled to complete and make a comfortable home. In addition to small scale farming, Monday buys and sells second hand clothes to earn an income. Six years ago, Monday began to experience troubling symptoms, most notably neck pain when swallowing. She was diagnosed with a multi-nodular toxic goitre. Monday needs a thyroidectomy to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Monday receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Monday and her family need your support. Monday shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. After treatment, I believe I will be able to resume my usual farming duties along with my business and be able to further support my family.”
Liana is a six-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of three children. She's in grade one and likes to play a lot with friends. Liana's mother hawks food for a living, while her father works in construction sites. On March 13th, as Liana played with her friends, she fell and sustained an open fracture on her left hand. She was brought to a local hospital and an x-ray was performed to confirm the diagnosis. If left untreated, Liana will continue to experience pain and she may have complications. Liana visited the hospital accompanied by her mother, who was worried about the cost of the surgery. The doctor suggested the possibility of Watsi support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On March 18th, Liana will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow Liana to use her hand again and she will no longer be in pain. Now, AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Liana's mother shared, “we are not sleeping because of Liana's pain. I pray that we may be helped so that she can be relieved of pain, be well again to continue her normal life, and continue with her studies.”