Michelle joined Watsi on April 8th, 2018. Nine months ago, Michelle became the 3664th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 855 more people have become monthly donors! Michelle's most recent donation traveled 4,600 miles to support Veronicah, a woman from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Michelle has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.
Veronicah is a small-scale farmer from Kenya. In early December, she sustained upper limb fractures. She is not able to use both her hands, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 27, Veronicah will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal well, and she will be able to use her hands again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Veronicah says, “My prayer is to join my family in celebrating new year. I hope to get well and be discharged."
Latt is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He moved to Thailand with his parents and younger brother from Bago, Burma 23 years ago. Currently, Latt’s parents and his younger brother live in Chonburi, Bangkok. Nine months ago, Latt married his wife Ni Ni and moved with her to another area of Bangkok. Together with his wife, he works in a factory that prepares noodles, fried rice, and other meals for lunch boxes. Latt was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Latt experiences fatigue and chest pain. He unable to sleep well at night because of the chest pains. He is worried about his symptoms as he is no longer able to work and is unable to earn money for his family. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Latt. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 2 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Latt says, “I really want to have surgery to recover so that I can work again. Now, I can’t sleep well because I think too much about my family and my symptoms.”
Sokkong is a coffee vendor from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter. She likes to watch TV and take care of her kids. Three years ago, she developed hip pain on her right side. She was diagnosed with spondyloarthritis of both of her hips. Fortunately, Sokkong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sokkong of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 8, and Sokkong needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "After surgery I hope I can walk well and return to work."
Varn is a grandfather from Cambodia. He has two daughters, four sons, and ten grandchildren. He is a rice farmer. He likes to read about Buddha and listen to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Varn developed glaucoma in his left eye. Glaucoma refers to damage to the eye's optic nerve, or the nerve connecting the eye to the brain. This causes him burning, itchiness, a clouded lens, and photophobia. It is difficult to recognize his loved ones' faces, and he is in pain. Varn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 1, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a glaucoma procedure to improve his vision. Now, Varn needs help to raise $259 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope I can recognize the faces of my grandchildren and return to work soon after the surgery."
Jeannette is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She is pursuing a college degree in business studies, but has taken a year off because of her illness. Jeannette has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart has become damaged because of an infection she suffered several years ago, and it cannot adequately circulate blood to her body. Jeannette will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On November 8, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will first attempt to repair her damaged valve. If it cannot be repaired, it may need to be replaced with an artificial valve. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $45,000 to pay for surgery. Jeannette's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Jeannette's family overseas. She says, "I am excited about this surgery so that I can go back to school and pursue a career!"
Stephen is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. His parents are farmers. Stephen was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Stephen is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Stephen's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 10. This procedure will hopefully spare Stephen from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Stephen’s mother says, “I wish to see my son grow up as a healthy child."
Sorng is a factory worker from Cambodia. He has two brothers and two sisters. He likes do housework in his free time. Five months ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He cannot move his arm and is in chronic pain. Sorng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 8, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope after the operation, I can move my arm and hand without any pain."
Nwe Nwe is 42-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives in Thailand with her husband and youngest son. She has two other children who study in Burma and currently live with her mother. Nwe Nwe has multiple gallstones and suffers from abdominal discomfort, headaches, difficulty breathing, and vomiting. Nwe Nwe has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, Nwe Nwe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Nwe Nwe is scheduled to undergo her biliary obstruction repair on June 29. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nwe Nwe's procedure and care. If she recovers after surgery, Nwe Nwe would like to work and save money for her children’s school fees. “My oldest son will be starting grade ten next year so his school fees will be more expensive,” said Nwe Nwe. “I am not educated so I want my children to receive an education."
Kennedy is a casual laborer from Kenya. He sells hats along the streets to make ends meet. Kennedy has a closed femur fracture. He is not able to walk or move and is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 5, Kennedy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will enable Kennedy to heal and walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Kennedy says, “I would like to be treated and resume my duties to secure my future."
Hongdarorm is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. He has an older sister and two older brothers. He likes drawing and playing football. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. He enjoys drinking coconut juice. Four years ago, he was burned by a fire on his foot. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. It is difficult for him to walk and bend his toes. When Hongdarorm learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 1, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to mobilize his foot and toes again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. He says, "I am looking forward to playing football with my friends after surgery."
Bonita is a four-year-old elementary student from Uganda. She enjoys playing ball and jumping rope with schoolmates. She hopes to be a doctor one day. Bonita recently sustained burns on her face, hands, and legs during a school accident. As the children were being served breakfast, Bonita was jostled and accidentally tripped a waiter serving hot porridge. On April 1, Bonita will receive care for her burns at Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $530 to cover the cost of Bonita's treatment, including labs, medication, and medical supplies. “I thank the donors for the care and support given to our little angel," says Kellen, Bonita's school matron. "Bonita is a very cheerful young girl, and our wish is to have her smile again and back in class.”