Jill joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Five years ago, Jill became the 403rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,547 more people have become monthly donors! Jill's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Eng, a grandmother from Cambodia, to fund mobility-restoring hip surgery.
Jill has funded healthcare for 64 patients in 13 countries.
Eng is a 71-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Eng lives with her daughter and two grandchildren near the fields where she worked. Her husband died many years ago. She hasn't been able to work as much as before due to her injury, so she has been spending time reading and listening to the monks on the radio. Five years ago, Eng fell onto her left hip and suffered a fracture. She initially went to a traditional Khmer healer to help her, but the pain has only increased over time, and now she is unable to walk by herself or do any kind of outdoor work. Fortunately, Eng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Eng of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for June 2nd, and Eng needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Eng said, "I don't want to be a burden for my daughter at home, and I want to take care of my grandchildren well. So I hope that this surgery helps me feel strong again."
Rebecca is a former business lady from Kenya. Rebecca used to sell clothes to earn a living. However, due to persistent abdominal pain, fatigue and backaches, she stopped and relies on her sisters for her daily upkeep. She separated from her husband since she could not bore a child and has since been living alone in a single room house in the Nairobi outskirts. About 14 years ago, she started noting some abnormal abdominal swelling that has since persisted. She tried using herbal medicines and other hopeful therapies without fruition. Rebecca came to Kijabe Hospital in 2016 and was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. They have increased in size to the equivalent of a 37 weeks’ pregnancy. Rebecca came back in 2020 having made up her mind that should would like to move forward with a recommended hysterectomy. With successful surgery, Rebecca's health will be restored. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Rebecca's surgery. On April 30th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Rebecca will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Rebecca says, "My wish is to be treated and regain my health back. I have decided to have my uterus removed after a lengthy denial."
Aziza is a young student from Tanzania. She is twelve year old and the second born in a family of three children. She is currently in class six and her best subjects are mathematic and Swahili. She would love to be a teacher when she grows up. Aziza is being raised by one of her aunts while her other sibling are being raised by other relatives, this after their mother past away four years ago. Their father developed a drinking problem and was not taking care of the children, so their relatives decided to help the children since they would miss meals and they didn’t have anyone to wash their clothes or provide them with other needs. When she was three years old, Aziza fell on an open fire when playing with her two siblings. She suffered wrist burns and after a hospital stay, she was discharged to continue with dressing the burn at home. Unfortunately, she healed with contractures on her left wrist. In October last year, Watsi donors funded her her wrist contracture release and skin graft. She now needs her fingers released as contractures make it impossible for her to move her fingers freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Aziza receive treatment. On February 19th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so she will be able to move her fingers and hand freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Aziza requested, “Help me have my hand fully released and be able to use it in my daily activities without challenges.”
Chit is a 68-year-old from Burma. He lives with his sister, brother-in-law, niece, his niece's husband and their son. All of his family members are farmers who grow rice for their own consumption and peanuts which they sell. Chit used to work as a cowherd, but stopped when he fell ill one year ago. Sometimes his niece's husband works as a day laborer. They also have two pigs and 10 chickens, which they sell in case they need emergency cash. Their income is just enough to cover their daily expenses and pay for basic health care. Three years ago, Chit start to experience frequent back pain. After hearing about Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), he decided to seek help there. At the clinic he received an ultrasound and a urine test. After reviewing the result, the medic told him there was nothing wrong with his bladder and provided him with medication. However, the medication did not work and his back pain kept returning on and off. In 2019, Chit developed severe pain in his lower left back in addition to difficulty passing urine accompanied by a burning sensation. He went to the nearest clinic where he received a urine test and an ultrasound. After checking his result, the doctor told him that he had a urinary tract infection and inflammation of the bladder. Doctors provided him with antibiotics and gave him an injection. Three week later, when he did not feel better, his niece brought him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) in Thailand, where he underwent another ultrasound and urine test. The results indicted that he has a stone in his bladder. The doctor gave him a follow-up appointment for 24th of January 2020 and he received two months' worth of medication in the meantime. When he returned for his appointment, he received an x-ray. Following this, the doctor told him that he needs surgery and a pre-surgical deposit of 15,000 baht (approx. $500 USD) would be required by the hospital. The doctor then scheduled his surgery for March 31st, 2020. Unable to pay for the surgery, Chit and his niece returned to MTC to ask for help. At MTC, Chit received a urinary catheter and a medic referred him to Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing further treatment and support. Chit's niece said, “When I was young my uncle looked after me well. So I want to help and support his treatment as much as I can. I am very grateful that he has received this chance to have his treatment supported by you. As we have financial problems at home, I cannot find anyone to borrow money from easily if you would not support him.”
Htay is a 31-year-old woman from Burma. She and her husband own a small farm, where they grow rice. She has a six-year-old daughter who currently is studying in kindergarten. In 2014, Htay started to experience difficulty breathing, tiredness and dizziness when she was about to give birth. She went to a local hospital but was advised to go to a larger hospital because they suspected she had a heart condition. They then went to Hmone Ywar Hospital and although the doctor was concerned about her heart problem, she was able to deliver her baby successfully. After she gave birth, the doctor put her on oral medication to stabilize her heart. Since then, she has visited the hospital for her heart condition and received on-going medication. After a few hospital visits, Htay received an echocardiogram to confirm her heart diagnosis. Because she could not afford the cost of the surgery, Htay has just relied on medication. Fortunately, when she went to a clinic in Yangon in December 2019, the doctor connected her with a former patient of Watsi Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) after she expressed that she could not afford the needed surgery. Htay said, “I was really shocked and stressed by my health condition and cost of the required treatment. I felt hopeless and just wanted to go home. However, I was in an ineffable joy when I heard about possible supporters and that they would help me pay for my treatment."
Jean is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the eight grade, and before becoming sick he enjoyed playing soccer regularly. Jean has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves of his heart were severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered in childhood, and can no longer adequately pump blood through his body. Jean will fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On October 28th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair his two damaged valves; if they are unable to do so, they will implant artificial replacements. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $7500 to pay for surgery. Jean'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 Jean's family overseas. Jean said, "I am very excited to have this chance to get my heart fixed!"
Soeun is a 69-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has six grandchildren and in his spare time, he likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Five months ago, Soeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 5, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to see better and go back to my work on the rice farm."
Yong is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. His favorite subjects in school are math and science, and he hopes to become a teacher when he gets older. When he was 20 days old, Yong had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Yong experiences ear discharge, pain, itchiness, tinnitus, and hearing loss. He has a recurrent infection and cannot communicate clearly with others due to the hearing loss. Yong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 10, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.
Bway is a 48-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Mae La Refugee Camp. She is a teacher. For one yearr, Bway has been experiencing lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian mass. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Bway's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Bway is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 30. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience abdominal pain and will be able to spend time with her family happily.
Ma Saung is a 13-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her grand-parents and nine-year-old brother in Thanbyuzayat, Mon State. Currently, the tightness of her hamstring tendons make her weak and prevent her from walking properly. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of an Achilles tendon lengthening procedure for Ma Saung, which is scheduled to take place on May 2. This procedure will elongate her Achilles tendon, allowing increased motion at the ankle joint. “I feel depressed when I see other children running and playing,” said Ma Saung. “I really want to walk on my feet.”
Nekikolo is a student from Tanzania. He is is the youngest in a family of eight children. When he was three months old, Nekikolo developed a swelling on his left eyebrow. As he kept growing, the swelling kept increasing in size. Nekikolo traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Nekikolo needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Nekikolo’s mother says, “Thank you very much for giving my son a chance to have treatment of his mass.”
Evalyne is a young student from Kenya. She is the last born in a family of six children. Her father practices subsistence farming to support his family. Evalyne was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Evalyne is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on February 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,327 to cover the total cost of Evalyne's procedure and care. After her recovery, Evalyne will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. “I want to be a doctor when I grow up, to help children not to feel bad like me,” says Evalyne.