Justin joined Watsi on April 7th, 2016. 92 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Justin's most recent donation supported Flora, a farmer from Malawi, to fund hysterectomy surgery.
Justin has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Justin has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Flora is a 46-year-old woman from Malawi. She lives with her husband, with whom she has five children and six grandchildren. Flora works as a farmer to support her family, and she enjoys spending time with her friends and family in her down time. Since July 2016, Flora has been experiencing abdominal pain that has interfered with her ability to work and care for her family. She was diagnosed with abnormal growths in her uterus, known as fibroids. On March 22, Flora will undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure to remove her uterus. She will receive treatment at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $650 to fund her surgery and accompanying lab, medication, and hospital fees. Flora is looking forward to being healthy again!
Srieng is a 67-year-old married woman from Cambodia with six sons, two daughters, and eleven grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to read books about Buddhism and to go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray. About ten years ago, Srieng developed a pterygium, or an abnormal growth of skin underneath the eyelid, in each eye. The ptergyiums cause her burning, irritation, tearing, and itchiness. It is difficult for her to see things clearly and do any type of work. Srieng is worried about becoming blind one day. Srieng is currently scheduled to undergo surgery on March 7. Eye surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the pterygium from each eye. CSC is requesting $148 to cover the expenses of the procedure, which will include the costs of medicine and patient care. It is expected that Srieng will make a full recovery and will be able to see clearly again!
Yo Sue is a 24-year-old man who lives in a village in Burma. He lives with his mother, older brother, and cousin. The family farms and sells pigs and chickens. Yo Sue used to work as a security guard in Bangkok. However, he left his position when he started to experience vision problems. Yo Sue lost vision in his right eye when he was 14 years old. A cataract was diagnosed and surgically treated. The cataract replacement procedure was not successful, and he never recovered vision in his right eye. Recently, he began to experience vision problems with the left eye, causing him great concern. One day, Yo Sue was riding his motorbike and the bright sunlight made it difficult for him to see. When he arrived home and took off his helmet, his vision was blurred. Yo Sue visited his local clinic and was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further evaluation. His symptoms were blurred vision and lack of visual acuity. He was diagnosed with retinal detachment. The retina of his eye has separated from the layer underneath, allowing fluid to leak out of the eye behind the retina. Yo Sue's doctors recommended he have a vitrectomy to salvage his vision. Surgeons will clear the inner jelly, remove scar tissue, inject dense liquids to smooth the retina, and inject a gas or silicone oil to secure the retina in place as it heals. The procedure, supplies, medication, and three days of inpatient care costs $1,500. His procedure has been scheduled for February 27. Yo Sue will use eye drops for several weeks following surgery to help the recovery. Barring any complications in the procedure, he will have his vision restored. "I hope to restore my vision so that I can help my mother, brother, and cousin with the needs of the family," shares Yo Sue.
Saret is a 35-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married and has two sons and one daughter. In her free time, she likes to listen to hip hop and classical music, watch Thai and Khmer dramas on TV, and play games. About six years ago, Saret developed a pterygium in each eye, meaning that an abnormal growth has formed in the clear, thin tissue underlying both of her eyelids. The pterygiums cause constant tearing, burning, and pain. It has become difficult for her to see things clearly, perform her work, and travel by herself. She is also worried about going blind. Fortunately, Saret and her husband have been able to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so that she can receive the necessary treatment. Eye surgeons at CSC will remove the pterygium from each of her eyes, allowing her vision to improve. Saret is currently scheduled to undergo the procedure on January 18. Now, CSC is requesting $148 to pay for the costs of the procedure. Saret says, "I hope to look better, and I want to be able to easily work on the farm and go anywhere by myself."
Maung Pay is a 25-year-old man from Burma. He lives in a village with his father, his stepmother, and his younger brother. His father owns a rubber plantation, and he also grows sesame. Maung Pay helps his father on the plantation, but he does not have any income of his own. In November, Maung Pay was in a motorcycle accident. He sustained many cuts from the tall grasses along the side of the road. Soldiers transported him to a nearby hospital, where the staff sutured his wounds but could not stop the bleeding. Muang Pay and his father crossed the border into Thailand to seek treatment from our medical partner’s care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). Maung Pay was still bleeding when he arrived at the clinic. A medic examined his right foot and found two bone fractures. He stayed at MTC for three days before he was sent to our medical partner’s hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital, for an x-ray. The x-ray showed that his toes were broken, so the doctor inserted metal rods onto his toes. Maung Pay gained function in his foot, but he was still in pain. On December 22, Muang Pay underwent an internal fixation procedure to fully repair his fractured toes. Now, he needs help to pay his $1,500 medical bill. “If I am fully recovered, I would like to go back to work with my father and my stepmother,” says Muang Pay.
Sempira is a 32-year-old man from Uganda who works as a builder. He lives in a rental house, but he hopes to eventually buy land and build a house. Sempira has a painful hernia, and he is unable to stand for longs periods of time. On October 26, 2016, doctors at our medical partner's hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital, performed a hernia repair surgery. Now, Sempira needs help to pay for this $249 procedure. After recovery, he hopes to work hard to achieve his goals.
Two-month-old Kibet lives with his parents and older brother in a two-room house in Kenya. At birth, Kibet was diagnosed with spina bifida—a birth defect in which several vertebrae in the lower back do not close properly, leaving the baby’s spinal canal exposed. The spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through the opening in the backbone, forming a sac on the baby’s lower back. Kibet underwent an operation to close the open lesion on his spine when he was only one week old. Kibet's parents were happy that their son was treated in time to prevent serious complications, but they were saddened by the fast growth of Kibet’s head—a result that they had been told was likely to occur. They immediately took him to a hospital to seek for further assistance. There, Kibet was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of fluid in the brain. Too much fluid can increase pressure on the brain and inside the skull, leading to an enlarged head. Kibet needs to undergo surgery immediately to place a shunt to drain the excess fluid from his brain and transport it to his abdomen, where it can be resorbed by the body. The procedure will prevent further enlargement of his head and the effects that come with it, such as delayed developmental milestones and brainstem compression. Kibet's parents have exhausted the little savings they had to pay for his spina bifida treatment and are not able to raise the funds required for the operation he now needs. Kibet’s father, who studied engineering in school, has not been able to land a job in his field. He currently earns his income from casual tasks at construction sites while Kibet's mother stays at home. “I feel so drained and have no one to look to," shares Kibet's father. "I will appreciate if I get help of any sort to effect my son’s treatment." $685 pays for Kibet's surgery as well as five days of hospital care, imaging, lab tests, and medicine. Let's help fund surgery for Kibet!
"I hope I can see everything clearly again so I can continue my work as a moto taxi driver and support my family," says Soeun. For the past year, Soeun has had difficulty seeing clearly, working, and going outside on his own due to cataracts that developed in each eye. Soeun, a 56-year-old Cambodian man, is married with two daughters. He enjoys watching news on the television. Soeun traveled five hours with his wife to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. The income that Soeun makes as a driver is not sufficient to cover the $292 surgery he needs to restore his vision. Doctors at CSC will perform a phacoemulsification procedure, during which they will break apart Soeun's clouded lenses and replace them with clear implant lenses. After his procedure, Soeun will no longer experience the blurred vision and tearing that makes it difficult to do his work. Let's help fund Soeun's surgery so he can return to work and continue to support his family.
Meet Daniel, a 32-year-old man from Uganda. When he is feeling well, Daniel makes bricks and sells them for a living. He lives at peace with his neighbors, and enjoys listening to discussion programs on the radio in his free time. Daniel has had a hernia for the past nine months. When the hernia developed, several people in his community believed it was caused by worms that wanted to escape his body. In actuality, Daniel's condition is a protrusion of the intestinal tissue through a weakness in the abdominal wall. Daniel first accepted advice from community members to use herbs to prevent the worms from growing in his body. The herbs failed to treat his symptoms, and he is now in a lot of pain. Daniel's pain has prevented him from working full time and participating in daily activities. While he cannot afford the $208 required for a hernia repair surgery due to his inability to work for the past five months, he has contributed $8 to the total cost. This procedure will return his herniated tissue to the abdominal cavity and seal the weakened area in the abdominal wall. When he gets well, Daniel is looking forward to growing and harvesting rice. He then hopes to buy iron sheets and construct a house, and to find a wife after his house is built. Daniel thanks all the people donating to his hospital care, and prays for blessings to the program that has enabled him to access this care.
Meet Pov, a 77-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is the proud mother of a son and a daughter, and a grandmother to four. In her free time, Pov likes visiting her local pagoda to listen to the monks pray there. For two years now, Pov has been living with a cataract in each of her eyes. Cataracts occur when the eye’s lens becomes clouded. Pov’s vision is blurred. As a result, she can't do her housework easily, or even get around on her own. Despite this, Pov traveled three hours with her niece to reach CSC for treatment. And this loss of independence may not be the only consequence for Pov. If untreated, her cataracts could eventually destroy her vision entirely. Cataracts are the world’s most common cause of blindness. But Pov can avoid this outcome. For $225, we can sponsor the surgery she needs. Doctors will make a small incision in each of her eyes and remove the clouded lenses. Then, they will insert artificial replacement lenses. After undergoing this two-part procedure in each eye, Pov will be able to see clearly again. Let’s help make sure Pov gets to see her grandchildren’s faces again soon.
Moe Shwe is a 45-year-old woman originally from a village in Southern Shan State in Burma. She came to our medical partner with a diagnosis of myoma - a uterine mass. Moe Shwe moved to Thailand to work in a factory as a seamstress. She doesn’t know yet what her income will be because within days of arriving in Thailand she started to feel very unwell and worked for less than one week. Her husband still lives in Burma and works in his garden growing vegetables beside the family home. Currently the combined family income is not enough to cover daily expenses, therefore, they have been unable to save money and cannot afford health care costs. Moe Shwe has been experiencing symptoms related to her current health problem since early April, 2016. At that time she went to a clinic because she was having trouble passing urine. The doctor told her that she would need surgery and that the surgery cost would be 30,000 THB (approx. 1000 USD) but she could not afford this cost and returned home. One of her friends from the factory knew about Mae Tao Clinic (a Watsi partner) and encouraged her to attend the Clinic. On April 22nd, 2016 Moe Shwe came to the Mae Tao Clinic with her friend. Her abdomen was swollen and she had difficulty urinating. She also had sharp pain and numbness in her lower abdomen. At Mae Tao Clinic she received a blood test, urine test, and ultrasound. During her examination, the doctor detected a mass and she was diagnosed with a Myoma. Moe Shwe is currently unable to work because of her symptoms and she is very sad about her health problems and the effects they have on her life. She said that she does not have any siblings who can help pay for her treatment and even with the help of her daughter she is unable to afford treatment. She became so emotional that she began crying during the interview. Her daughter is waiting to hear if she has passed her Year 12 exams and will be accepted to university. "I am worried a lot and I cannot sleep well," Moe Shwe said. "I hope that I will be able to have surgery soon and when I get healthy again, I want to return to work in the factory and save money for my daughter’s university fees."
Simon is a shy, three-year-old boy from Kenya who never lets his mother out of sight. Simon was born with a cleft lip and spina bifida. At six months, Simon underwent spina bifida repair and a cleft lip repair. Weeks later, Simon’s head had increased in size and he had a shunt insertion to drain the excess fluid in his brain. However, he now requires a shunt revision surgery to ensure the continued function of the shunt. Due to his condition, Simon has had delayed milestones and he cannot do some of the tasks children his age can, such as walking. Recently, Simon has been experiencing headaches and is also irritable. Simon is experiencing the headaches due to the increased intra-cranial pressure from the extra fluid in the brain. If not treated, he is at risk of brain damage, blindness and even death. Simon, the last born in a family of five children, is now back to hospital requiring a shunt revision. Simon was lucky enough to get funding for the previous surgeries he underwent. Unfortunately, his parents are not yet financially stable to cater for this other surgery that Simon requires. They make a menial income from the sale of second hand clothes and this income is also used to support the larger family. Simon's family lives in a two roomed house in the Coastal region of Kenya. After a shunt revision, Simon will be relieved from the excessive intra-cranial pressure in his brain. This will reduce the chances of brain damage, blindness or even death. The total surgery cost is $600. “I hope Simon gets relief from the pain he is in," his mother shared. "We will appreciate any help towards his treatment."