Amr joined Watsi on June 8th, 2014. 2 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Amr's most recent donation traveled 5,900 miles to support Srey Neang, a laundry cleaner from Cambodia, to fund nasal surgery.
Amr has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 3 countries.
Amr has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 3 countries.
Srey Neang is a 20-year-old laundry cleaner from Cambodia. She has three older siblings, and enjoys cooking and learning how to style hair. She hopes to become a hairdresser in the future. Two years ago, Srey Neang developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. For this reason she experiences headaches, nasal obstruction, and congestion. She has difficulty breathing and often feels congested. When Srey Neang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On September 13th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, she will be able to breathe more easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $267 procedure. Srey says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to breathe normally again and will no longer have any obstruction in my nose."
Meet 66-year-old Mahamud, a father of eight from Kenya. “In 2008, Mahamud’s neighbors were attacked by robbers while in their home,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Hearing their screams, people from the neighborhood rushed to their aid. Among them was Mahamud.” “As they drove out the thieves, Mahamud sustained severe cuts and an injury to his right arm. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was informed that his right hand was in need of surgery,” continues AMHF. “Mahamud didn’t have the money required to get surgery. He has been in and out of different hospitals, one in which he was mismanaged.” Mahamud’s injuries have resulted in severe pain and an inability to use his right hand, harming Mahamud’s ability to provide for his family. “He has a camel named George that he uses to give tourists rides on the beach for a fee. Before Mahamud got hurt, he had 15 camels,” explains AMHF. “His trips to the hospital have left him with only one camel. His sons help him with business because he cannot use his hand to work.” For $1410, Mahamud will receive an open reduction and internal fixation surgery that will realign his severe fracture, and place an internal fixation device on the bone. This cost covers the procedure, hospital stay, medication, follow-up lab work, imaging, and physiotherapy. “This treatment will enable him to get back to work to support his family,” says AMHF. Mahamud hopes to return to his daily life as soon as possible. “I can work! I love my business and I love my camel George,” he tells us. “Once my hand is healed, I shall go back to being active in my business. Maybe I shall be able to get more camels.”
"Awar sells snacks for a living," says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "On average, she makes around $2 per day. However, because she has two children to feed, she accepts half of her day's earnings in rice and the other half in money." Awar is a 37-year-old single mother from Burma. About three years ago, she was diagnosed with bladder stones and underwent surgery. Her condition has since returned. "Awar is experiencing urine obstruction, abdominal and back pain, nausea and diarrhea," says BBP. "She is very sad to be in the same situation again but is hopeful she can get the surgery she needs and be finished with urological problems for good." For $1,500, BBP can treat Awar and allow her relief from symptoms, as well as give her the chance to work and generate income again. Since seeking treatment in Thailand she has had to stop working and be apart from her two children. This trip to receive treatment has now put her into debt. Awar has big dreams for the future -- she hopes to move to Bangkok with her children, where there are more opportunities for work and education. "It hurts Awar to not be able to provide for her children the way she wants to with her present circumstance," says BBP. "She believes Bangkok will be the chance she and her children need to live a better and happy life." Let's help make it happen for her!
“If I can only get well again! I hope to expand my small grocery business so that I can support my children better; I am their only hope,” shares Jane, a 39-year-old woman from Kenya. Jane is a single mother and sells vegetables at the roadside near her home to support her two children. Since May 2014, Jane has been experiencing continuous and irregular uterine bleeding caused by noncancerous tumors, or fibroids, in Jane's uterus. Due to the bleeding masses in her uterus, Jane is now at risk for severe anemia. The fibroids will continue to grow, affecting surrounding organs. Doctors at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), have recommended a total abdominal hysterectomy, a surgery Jane is unable to afford. We can fund a successful surgery for $790. “We expect after a total abdominal hysterectomy, Jane will recover completely,” describes AMHF doctors. “She will be relieved from the excessive bleeding and the growth of the fibroids will be stopped.” Let’s help Jane move forward with her life!
Twenty-year-old Malaiy is in the tenth grade at his local high school in Cambodia. Malaiy is a big fan of soccer, and during breaks at school he plays soccer with his friends. “Malaiy has been dealing with ear infections since his birth," our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. He has a perforation in his eardrum which has caused him to lose hearing, and has frequent discharge from his ears. CSC says, "It is difficult for him to communicate with people because they must talk loudly and they often have to repeat themselves." For only $225, we can fund surgery to repair the perforation in Malaiy's eardrum, stopping discharge and hopefully improving his hearing. Let's come together and help him out!
Say hello to Maly, a 16-year-old from Cambodia who is in tenth grade. His favorite subject is math, and he enjoys playing chess during his free time. Four years ago, Maly perforated his eardrum. He has been having chronic ear infections and discharge since then, and has now been diagnosed with chronic otitis media. This condition is associated with inflammation, persistence of fluid in the ear, and hearing loss. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, tells us, “Maly cannot hear well in school, so he often misses what the teacher is saying.” This will only continue to get worse and may even become permanent, if he does not receive proper treatment. For only $400, we can fund Maly’s myringoplasty, a surgical operation that will repair the hole in his eardrum. As a result, his hearing will improve, his infections will end, and he'll be able to succeed in school. Let’s get to work!
“All I want is to be able to take good care of my daughter,” says Paw, adding, “I want to find a job in a nursery school because I love children so much. Actually, I would really like to be a teacher, if I had the opportunity.” Meet Paw, a 21-year-old mother from Burma with ASD, or atrial septal defect. Since she was young, she has been dealing with the symptoms of this heart disease, including difficulty with breathing, fatigue, and regular bouts of dizziness. “Her condition is also very emotionally draining and causes her a lot of worry,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. Paw’s family moved to Nu Po Refugee Camp about 12 years ago as result of consistent fighting between ethnic rebel soldiers and the Burmese army. Because Paw could never work independently, her parents support her and her three-year-old daughter. However, her father only earns 100 Baht a day, equivalent to about $3 USD. Combined with the basic rations they are given in camp, this is only enough to cover daily expenses. They cannot save enough to pay for Paw's healthcare. If left untreated, Paw's condition can be fatal. For $1,500 we can fund the complex cardiac surgery necessary to treat Paw. Together, let’s lift the burden of Paw’s cardiac problem!
Meet Morris, a 27-year-old man from Kenya and the eldest of three children. He is a trained tailor but has had a difficult time working since his accident earlier this year. While riding on a motorbike, Morris was hit from behind by a car that lost control. He has been diagnosed with a right tibia fracture and ostreomyelitis (infection in the bone) and can no longer walk without support. “Morris has had more than four operations since the accident,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “His parents, who are farmers, ended up selling their land and cattle when Morris’ medical bills became too much for the family.” For $1,500, we can fund the bone transport necessary to repair Morris' damaged tissue and get him back on his feet again. Without treatment, he might end up needing an amputation due to severe infection. “I have watched as my parents sold everything they had so that I can walk again. I want to be able to walk and work again so that I can help my family,” Morris tells us. Together, we can make this dream a reality.
“I’m embarrassed about the way my eye looks,” shares Heab from Cambodia. A 42-year-old farmer and mother of three, Heab has poor vision because of a pterygium in her left eye. A pterygium is a non-cancerous growth that starts in the conjunctiva of the eye. In Heab’s case, this growth has resulted in redness, burning and itching in her eye. “[The pterygium] makes it hard for Heab to work as a farmer, planting crops to support her family,” our medical partners at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) report. After meeting with Heab, the staff at CSC would like to provide comprehensive surgical treatment for the pterygium, along with follow-up care and medication to reduce the pain in Heab’s eye. The procedure will also improve her eyesight. For $150, we can help Heab return to work with clear vision and freedom from pain. Let’s help Heab support her children and see them grow into young adults!
This is Sam! He is a 54-year-old Cambodian who supports his wife, three children, and two grandchildren. In a moto accident two months ago, Sam fractured his upper forearm, limiting the usefulness and mobility of his right arm. With Sam unable to go to work, his wife has been working hard to support the family. According to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, Sam “is extremely eager to get back to work so his wife can take a break.” For $405, Sam can receive surgery that will allow him full use of his arm and get him back to work. Let’s give Sam access to the healthcare he needs!
This is Yi, a 60-year-old rice and crop farmer in Cambodia who enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Yi has three children and two grandchildren who he used to support through his work as a farmer, before his eyesight worsened. Yi has hypermature cataracts in both eyes. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, reports that "Yi has had blurred vision for the past year because of his hypermature cataracts. He can no longer work as a rice and crop farmer." Yi shared with our medical partners that he "is sad he cannot work or see anything very well and misses being able to read." For $150, we can provide Yi with the cataract surgery necessary to improve his eyesight and prevent blindness. Yi says he is "most looking forward to clearly seeing his grandchildren after his surgery." Let's help restore Yi's vision so he can see his grandchildren and return to work!
Meet Math, a 76-year-old grandfather to 15 grandchildren from Cambodia! “Math likes listening to the news on the radio,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “When his eyesight was better, he liked to garden.” CSC explains, “For the past three years, Math has been primarily blind because of his cataracts. He cannot walk anywhere without assistance and has had to stop working on the family rice farm.” For $150, Math will receive treatment for his cataracts which will “improve his eyesight and prevent blindness,” according to his doctors. Math is excited to having his vision restored, telling CSC, “he is looking forward to be being able to care for his grandchildren.” Let's fund this treatment so Math can get back to gardening and playing with his grandchildren!