Chris joined Watsi on April 23rd, 2015. Six years ago, Chris joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Chris' most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Kefas, a cheerful 4-year-old from Tanzania, to fund hernia repair so he can play with his brother again.
Chris has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 11 countries.
Chris has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 11 countries.
Kefas is friendly and cheerful boy from Tanzania. He loves being around his mother and playing with his six-month-old sibling. Kefas' parents say their son has been complaining of pain for a while, but they did not take him to the hospital because they elected to try traditional herbal medication (which has not helped alleviate the pain). Recently, as Kefas was running towards his mother to welcome her home, he accidentally tripped and fell, sustaining an injury that forced his parents to take him to the hospital. Kefas was attended to and diagnosed with an inguinal hernia which needs to be corrected surgically. An inguinal hernia is a condition in which soft tissue bulges through a weak point in the abdominal muscles. Fortunately, on July 12th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $566 to fund Kefas' surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kefas’ mother shares, "We have used traditional medication but it has not helped treat the condition. When he had the accident and went took him to hospital we were informed his inguinal hernia is bad and it has to be corrected. Please help, we cannot afford the money needed."
Prince is a three-year-old boy from Kenya and the fifth born in a family of six children. Prince's mother works as a vendor and separated from Prince's father after he was born. Prince has an abnormal gait and limps when he walks. His mother shared that he has had the condition since birth and feels it may have started when, unfortunately, the doctor dropped Prince during her Caesarian delivery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Prince receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a proximal fibular osteotomy on June 14th at AMH's care center. After surgery, his gait will improve and he will be able to walk to school and continue with his studies. Now, their family needs help raising $1,224 to fund the procedure. Prince's mother shared, “I am appealing for help from well-wishers, I would like to see my son walking well like other children and continuing with life normally."
Seng Ly is a 65-year-old retired policeman. He has a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. He lives with his wife, his youngest daughter, and his grandchildren. His daughter works in the garment industry. Seng Ly retired from his work two years ago due to poor vision, so he stays home to look after his grandchildren. When not helping to take care of his grandchildren, he likes to listen to the news on the radio. Two years ago, Seng Ly developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, inability to see in dim light. When Seng Ly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On March 29th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Seng Ly shared with us: "I hope after surgery I can see well. I can bring my grandchildren to school, and can teach them at home. I hope I'll be able to go outside and be able to see."
Simon is a ten-year-old boy and is the fifth of seven children. Simon and his siblings are being raised by their widowed mother. Though they do not have a farm, Simon's mother has received some support from their village church and has been able to start a small business of selling sugar, tea leaves, salt, and little snacks like doughnuts to be able to support and provide for her children. Recently, Simon was diagnosed with a bone condition called right valgus. During year seven at school, he fell ill from a bacterial infection and was bedridden for a long time. His mother tried to use traditional herbal medication which didn't help with the condition. Simon's infection continued to get worse, and as his mother began to worry he might die, the church helped to pay for medical treatment so he could recover fully. When he was strong enough to get out of bed and walk, his mother noticed his leg was not straight, but she thought it was because of the long period he had been in bed not walking. Over time, his leg has worsened, making walking difficult for him. As a result, Simon is unable to get around or attend to his normal daily activities with ease. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Simon. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Simon's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Simon’s mother asks, "Please help my son."
Sa Morn is a rice farmer and a mother to one daughter and six sons. Currently, she lives with her two sons and husband, who are all farmers. Now that she and her husband are older, they cannot go to the rice field anymore to farm. She spends her days at home caring for her grandchildren, and also enjoys listening monks preaching on the radio. One year ago, Sa Morn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sa Morn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and half hours with one of her sons seeking treatment. On January 7th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sa Morn shared, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly. I want to help my children to plant crops and rice, cook and do housework, and help take care of my grandchildren."
Daw Mya is a 59-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter, granddaughter, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson in Yangon, Burma. Daw Mya is currently too ill to work, but her daughter works as a seamstress in a factory. Her granddaughter goes to school, her son is a taxi driver, her daughter-in-law looks after their son at home. Her daughter and her son both help look after Daw Mya and try to support her as best they can. Daw Mya 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, Daw Mya feels tired and experiences heart palpitations with chest pain. She has no appetite and cannot sleep well at night, and both of her legs are swollen. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Mya. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 21st and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Mya said, “I want to get better soon so that I can help my family. I want to help them because my daughter-in-law is always looking after me and her child [my grandson], so she cannot work. If I can look after the household chores and take care of the family, they can go to work and earn more income for our family. I cannot go anywhere because of my condition. They always take care of me and they spend too much of their money on me.”
Hoy is a 40-year-old father of two from Cambodia. He is married with two young daughters. Hoy is a merchant who sells fish from his motorcycle, and his wife is a garment worker. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the news on the radio. One year ago, Hoy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, difficulty driving, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hoy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours by taxi with his brother seeking treatment. On November 25th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Hoy shared, "I hope I can see well so I can earn money to support my family."
Jue is a 25-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Hmawbi Township, Yangon Division, Burma. Her parents are housekeepers, and her youngest brother is a first-year university student who has been seeking work. Jue used to run a beauty salon, but had to stop working four months ago when her health deteriorated. In her free time, Jue likes to watch the news and videos relating to her work at the beauty salon. She also likes to read books and wants to write a book of her own someday. In August 2020, Jue felt pains in her stomach and chest. She would also experience difficulty breathing sometimes, and she would feel tired when she walked for a longer period of time. Jue went to the clinic in her village, where she received oral medication, but she did not feel better after taking it. She returned to the clinic several times over the course of two months, but her condition continued to worsen – the chest pain, difficulty breathing and feeling of fatigue happened more often. Jue decided to go to another clinic in North Okkala Township in Yangon in November 2020. At the clinic, the doctor listened to her heart with a stethoscope, and informed her that she has a congenital heart condition. The doctor recommended she receive a blood test, an echocardiogram (echo) and an electrocardiogram (ecg) at a hospital. After visiting a hospital to receive those tests, the doctor there told her that she was born with a hole in her heart and that she might need to receive surgery at the general hospital. However, the cost of surgery was too high. Luckily, Jue crossed paths with another former patient and was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) to seek assistance with accessing treatment. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 24th, U Win will undergo an atrial septal defect closure procedure. Once recovered, her quality of life will significantly improve and she will be able to return to working at her beauty salon. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Jue shared, “I want to get better as quickly as possible and go back to work. I’m worried about my younger brother. He doesn’t have a job, and he needs to graduate from university. I’m also worried about Covid-19 because nobody has a job right now.”
Kham is a 14-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her father, paternal grandparents, four paternal uncles, an aunt-in-law, and a cousin in Kachin State. Kham is in the ninth grade and her cousin also goes to school. Her grandmother is a seamstress. Her grandfather is retired, and her father is unemployed and looks after her. All of her uncles are mechanics in an automobile repair shop, but they do not share their income with the rest of the family. During her free time, she helps her cousin with his homework, and she loves teaching. Kham was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. Kham is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on August 9th to correct her condition and improve her quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kham's procedure and care. “I would like to become a teacher because I feel happy teaching children that I know,” Kham shared with us.
Khaing is a 27-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and a three-year-old son in a village in Tak Province. Originally from Karen State, Burma, they moved to their current home three years ago in search of better job opportunities. Her husband is a day laborer and she is homemaker. Ten years ago, Khaing started feeling like her nose was blocked and that she could not breathe well. She also had a runny nose and saw a small mass in her nostril while looking at her reflection in the mirror. At the time, Khaing did not go to see a doctor because she could not afford to pay for treatment, and she thought that she would feel better over time. However, four years ago she noticed that the mass had grown. Khaing went to her local hospital in Burma, where the doctor confirmed she had a mass in her nostril and gave her medication for a week. She did not go back to her follow-up appointment as she had run out of money. She then tried to treat herself with traditional medicine unsuccessfully as the mass continued to increase in size. In the beginning of May 2020, Khaing developed a severe headache and pain in her nose. The area around her nose also became swollen. She went to Mae Tao Clinic for treatment, where the medic found large masses in both of her nasal cavities. She was then taken to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, she received an x-ray of her nose and the doctor told her that the masses were large and surrounded by a lot of pus. After a CT scan, the doctor diagnosed her with a nasal polyp and scheduled her for surgery on December 28th, 2020. Currently, the area around her nose is swollen and painful. Her nostrils feel itchy, her nose is blocked, and has to breathe through her mouth. She still has a headache, though since she received pain medication from the doctor at MSH, this has been less severe. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 28th, Khaing will undergo an endoscopic sinus surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to breathe normally again and her quality of life will significantly improve. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Khaing shared, "I really want to have surgery and feel better. I am not scared because I believe that the surgery will help me be free from headaches and breathe well again."
Tumwebaze is a widow from Uganda with seven children. Three of jer children are still in school and four are married and self-employed. Her husband passed on 18 years ago so she takes care of the children and those still in school. Tumwebaze shared that she is feeling overwhelmed and cannot raise any money for her surgery. Around 25 years ago, Tumwebaze began to experience troubling symptoms, including pain while swallowing, difficulty in breathing and she easily gets tired after doing a small activity. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tumwebaze receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 19th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $264, and she and her family need help raising money. Tumwebaze says: “I will be very glad after undergoing surgery and resuming farming."
Pha is a 26-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has six sisters, and enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and helping around the house when he has time. In January 2020, Pha was in a motorcycle accident and was treated for an open fracture of his left leg at a hospital in the city. Now, his leg has healed but is approximately 1.5 inches shorter than his other leg. He still experiences chronic pain and cannot walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 24th, Pha will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Treatment will fix Pha with internal hardware to help his injuries to heal in alignment so he will be able to walk easily again. "I am so worried abut my son's leg and I hope that he will feel better soon and will be able to return to work so he can help our family make money again." -Pha's Mother