UNIVERSAL FUND MEMBERAll I have to do is go to Watsi.org n the day gets better
Nadir joined Watsi on July 7th, 2014. Eight years ago, Nadir joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Nadir's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Nak, a rice farmer from Cambodia, to see clearly again.
Nadir has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 8 countries.
Nadir has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 8 countries.
Nak is a 41-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia who is married with one son. He likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV and listen to the news on the radio. Nak heard about Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) from a person in his village who had surgery here before. He traveled for four hours with his son to reach CSC for treatment. Nak developed a cataract in each eye about three months ago, causing him blurred vision that is slowly worsening. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, do any work, and go anywhere on his own. For $292, Nak will undergo cataract surgery on both eyes. After surgery, Nak will be able to see clearly again. Nak says, "I hope that I can see everything more clear than now so that I can continue my work as a farmer again, do any work easily, and go anywhere outside." Nak's son says, "I hope my father can see everything more clear than now so that I don't have to worry about his vision loss anymore."
Meet Srun, a 58-year-old man from Cambodia. “Srun is married with three sons and four grandchildren. Srun enjoys watching Khmer on TV and listening to the news on the radio" shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Two years ago, Srun developed a pterygium in each eye. A pterygium occurs when growth starts in the clear tissue of the eye and spreads to the cornea. "This causes him to have blurred vision. He also experiences tearing and burning sensations in his eyes," CSC explains. After learning about CSC, Srun and his brother travelled two hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Srun's sight. With $148, Srun will undergo an excision surgery, and his cyst will be removed. “The burning, pain, and irritation will be relieved. His eyes will look much better after the operation. The redness and tearing will also stop,” CSC explains.
Meet Gladys, a middle aged woman battling a brain tumor. She is a mother to four children, aged between four and 16 years. Two of her girls are in secondary school. Her husband is a casual laborer in their rural area where he is employed to pick tea from different farms. Gladys used to work together with her husband before her illness. Together with their children, the family lives in a two roomed mud built house in Kenya, where rent is met from the small earnings of her husband. In August 2015, Gladys experienced migraines and was diagnosed with typhoid which kept re-occurring until January 2016. After being treated in different hospitals with consistent complaints of head migraines, she had an X-ray done and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February. Gladys has not been able to work as her eyesight has partially been lost. She has to rely on her husband to do most of her house chores. She also has troubled nights when the migraines strikes. If not treated, Gladys will continue experiencing pain and risks having total eye sight loss. The risk of the tumor increasing will be imminent as well and this might result in premature death. For $1,205, Gladys will undergo a craniotomy and tumor resection, performed by doctors at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. “I hope to be well to help my husband in raising our family and to be free from the pain I am experiencing," shares Gladys.
Meet Elizabeth, a 44-year-old woman who works as a caretaker of rental homes in Kenya. She previously worked as a tailor before starting her new career. Last summer, Elizabeth heard a radio program educating listeners about breast self-exams. She examined herself and discovered a lump in her left breast. She went to the hospital for further assessment, but she was unable to pay for the recommended mammogram. Elizabeth returned to the hospital in the spring of this year for a biopsy of the lump in her breast, and the results confirmed a diagnosis of breast cancer. Doctors recommended that she undergo a mastectomy, but she was unable to pay for the surgery. A friend referred her to AIC Kijabe Hospital, and the hospital surgeon also recommended a mastectomy as the best course of treatment. Elizabeth is separated from her husband, and her elderly mother and sisters are unable to provide any financial help for her medical care. For $740, Elizabeth will undergo a mastectomy to remove her left breast. Funding also covers the costs of six days of hospital care, pain medicine, and blood tests. Elizabeth looks forward to a successful surgery. “I want to be treated to have an extended, healthy life and be able to join in the fight for cancer awareness," she shares.
Fredrick is a 29-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives with his parents and helps support them with the small profits he makes from selling Irish potatoes. Eighteen months ago, Fredrick started experiencing abdominal pain associated with an inguinal hernia. He was unable to seek medical treatment until now. An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through a weak region in the abdominal muscles. The protrusion presents as a painful bulge in the groin, and the pain increases with coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects. Without treatment, Fredrick is at risk of intestinal obstruction or strangulation, which can be life-threatening. For $613, Fredrick will undergo hernia repair surgery. During the procedure, surgeons push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with pieces of synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue grows into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Funding for Fredrick also covers the costs of three days of hospital care, including blood tests and medicine, as well as travel and meals for Fredrick and two caregivers. Fredrick is very excited about his hernia repair, and he is optimistic that everything will go well.
Staniel is a 56-year-old father of seven. He works as a groundnut and maize farmer to support his family in Malawi. He has been experiencing symptoms related to his enlarged prostate for two years, but has been unable to access surgical treatment until now. For $742 our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM), will be able to perform a surgery to remove part of Staniel's prostate gland. This will help treat some of Staniel's symptoms and allow for a better flow of the urinary tract. His symptoms have prevented him from being able to accomplish some of his farming tasks, and he is excited to return to his work. "I am happy I can receive the operation, and feel like I can have a healthy life now," shared Staniel.
Joyce is a young, 32-year-old mother of three from Kenya. She lives in a single roomed house with her family in a slum outside of Nairobi. Her husband works at a construction site in Nairobi and this is where he gets money for the upkeep of his family. In December 2014, Joyce felt a lump on her breast and came to Kijabe hospital for a checkup. She was referred to a different facility for chemotherapy. Having finished the sessions, she now requires a mastectomy but is unable to raise the amount needed. During the chemotherapy sessions, Joyce used to walk from one place to another and would ask people to contribute to her treatment, and that is how she raised the funds to meet the cost. As she lives with cancer, Joyce has not been able to attend to her work as a beauty salonist consistently due to pain, and attending previous chemotheraphy sessions that caused her fatigue. If not treated, Joyce is at risk of having the cancer spread to other parts of her body, which might result in premature death. After treatment, the risk of cancer spreading to other parts of Joyce’s body will be lowered which might have caused death. Joyce will be able to attend to her work at the beauty salon and take care of her family. “I want to be free from cancer and have a long life so that I can raise my children," Joyce said.
Meet Uzeyfen, a two-month-old baby boy living in Ethiopia with his parents. Uzeyfen was born with a birth defect known as anorectal malformation. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, (AMHF), "Children with this defect have an imperforate anus or they have no opening where the anus should have been. Uzeyfen developed bowel obstruction because of this condition and an emergency colostomy was successfully done when he was four days old." Uzeyfen has not yet had the definitive procedure to treat this condition; Posterior sagittal anorectoplasty (PSARP) and colostomy closure. As a result, he cannot pass stool in the normal way. Uzeyfen's mother is worried about her son because there is a high social stigma against children with this condition. Although Uzeyfen's father works hard in a government office to provide for his family, his income is not enough to cover all of the medical procedures that Uzeyfen needs. With a donation of $1,500 we can help Uzeyfen recover without long-term complications from his imperforate anus. He will undergo a PSARP procedure and a colostomy closure. After these two procedures, "Uzeyfen will then be able to pass stool in a normal way," AMHF says. "When we were informed there is hope for our baby to get treatment through donors, we were happy and full of hope,” shared Uzeyfen's parents in their pre-operative interview at AMHF.
Seven-year-old Antonia lives in Haiti with her parents and younger brother. "Her parents both work in the marketplace to support the family," shares our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). Antonia is in second grade and loves going to school, but she's had to miss class frequently this year due to symptoms of her heart defect. HCA explains, "Antonia was born with a heart defect called partial atrioventricular canal defect, in which holes exist between the upper and lower chambers of the heart, allowing blood to pass freely through all four chambers. This leads to heart failure and deprives the body of oxygen, leaving her sickly and weak." Heart surgery can correct Antonia's defect, allowing blood to flow normally through her heart. Gift of Life International has raised $5,000 to pay for part of her surgery. For $1,500, we can fund the rest of Antonia's life-changing surgery, which includes preparation and overseas transportation costs. "We are excited she can have this surgery so she can get back to her education," her mother shares.
“We just pray that our son will get well, have the ability to breastfeed and continue with normal growth,” share Christian’s parents. Their baby boy, Christian, was born in last December in Tanzania. When he was just a few days old, his mother became alarmed when "he did not want to breastfeed at all,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). She also noticed that his abdomen was beginning to swell, and his skin was jaundiced. Soon after, “Christian was diagnosed with biliary obstruction secondary to choledochal cyst,” AMHF tells us. This means that Christian’s bile ducts, which carry digestive fluids from the liver to the intestines, are blocked. “This biliary obstruction has to be removed to prevent too much toxic bile [from building up] in the blood,” AMHF tells us. Christian needs a mass excision operation to un-block his bile duct. However, his parents cannot afford to pay for this procedure on their own. Christian’s mother recently had to quit her job to bring her ailing infant on frequent hospital visits, leaving the four-person family reliant on their father’s single income as a van driver. “The little that Christian’s father earns is not enough to cover their basic needs as well as the cost of operation which their son badly needs,” AMHF says. Fortunately, with $920 we can help Christian get the care he urgently needs. This sum will cover the surgery to remove the choledocal cyst blocking Christian’s bile ducts, as well as a six-week stay for the baby afterwards at a recovery center. After this procedure, “Christian’s liver will function well, allowing adequate bile flow to the intestine. Hence, no more toxins and Christian will feed well and continue with normal growth,” says AMHF.
Lae Lae is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. About a year ago, Lae Lae moved from her village to find a better income and now sells vegetables in the local market. However, Lae Lae’s husband still works as a farmer where she used to live. Our medical partner, Burma Border Project (BBP), tells us that Lae Lae divides her time between her current town and where her husband is located, depending on her health. Recently, Lae Lae was diagnosed with two large cysts in her abdomen. BBP explains, "Lae Lae has back pain, the mass in her abdomen is palpable and painful – she feels like the mass is getting bigger all the time." In addition to the discomfort, Lae Lae’s condition causes her to constantly worry about her symptoms worsening. While she earns enough money to support her everyday needs, Lae Lae’s income is not enough to cover her medical expenses. $1,500 will fund a total abdominal hysterectomy, removing Lae Lae’s uterus, cervix, and painful abdominal masses simultaneously. In addition to relieving her current symptoms, this operation ensures that Lae Lae’s condition will not persist--giving her peace of mind for her future health. Lae Lae shares, "Once I have had surgery I will go back and work as a farmer again with my husband."
28-year-old Chandy is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He spends his free time watching soccer on television. “Seven days ago, Chandy was injured by wood hitting his left eye," says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). "This caused a traumatic cataract. He has blurred vision, pain, and irritation." "I can't do work at the farm field or go anywhere outside," Chandy shares. Cataracts occur as proteins develop in the lens of the eye, causing cloudiness. Without treatment, the cloudiness increases over time and results in slowly deteriorating vision. They can ultimately result in total blindness. For $150, we can fund surgery to cure Chandy’s cataract by replacing the lens in his eye. The doctor will make a small incision to surgically remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new, artificial lens. “I hope my eye can see everything clearly again and I can to continue to do my work at farm, and I don’t have to worry about going blind anymore,” Chandy adds.