Dustin joined Watsi on September 4th, 2017. 52 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Dustin's most recent donation supported Ko, a man from Burma, to fund a CT scan.
Dustin has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 5 countries.
Ko is a 43-year-old laborer from Burma. He lives alone, working on his employer's corn farm. In his free time, he enjoys playing football and cane ball. Ko has experienced abdominal pain for three years. He describes the pain as burning and sharp. He also experiences discomfort after drinking and eating. Often the pain is too great for Ko to sleep or to work. Doctors want Ko to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ko's CT scan and care, scheduled for April 10. "When I feel better I will try to change occupation and make Burmese snacks for a living, as I think this will be easier than working in the field," says Ko.
Mukiza is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of four children. Mukiza and his wife produce food for both home consumption and for sale. For two years, Mukiza has had a left reducible inguinal scrotal hernia. The hernia is increasing in size. If not treated, it may cause pain, discomfort, and tissue twisting or blocking. Fortunately, on February 8, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Mukiza's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. He says, "I help to have surgery such that after recovery I can continue with my farming and be able to provide my family with enough food for home consumption.’’
Sophat is a father of three from Cambodia. He works as a nurse in a remote provincial hospital. He is busy with three kids, and enjoys gardening around his house, particularly his flowers and mango trees. For the last three years, he has been experiencing hip pain due to avascular necrosis. He can only walk about ten meters, which isn't suitable for his job. He's in pain and it's also affecting his sleep. Fortunately, Sophat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sophat of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 10, and Sophat needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "It's difficult to work and I want to support my family."
Alick is a 63-year-old farmer who lives with his wife. Alick farms and also works as a mechanic to support his family. In his free time, he likes to listen to sports on his radio. Since June of this year, Alick has been having difficulty urinating, a painful problem caused by an enlarged prostate. To restore Alick to his active life and previous health, surgery is necessary, but is beyond the family's financial means. Alick was relieved to be introduced to Watsi. He will undergo prostate surgery on August 10. He now needs help raising $733 to pay for surgery. He says, "Thank you for this support."
Willy is a 22-year-old man from Kenya. He is the the second born in a family of eight children. Willy's parents are peasant farmers. Willy was hit by a vehicle and sustained bilateral hip injuries. Willy has not received any treatment since the accident occurred, due to his family's tight finances. Willy is in pain and cannot stand or walk without support. Willy's family is not able to raise the funds needed for his treatment. Willy's mother says, “Please help my son go for surgery. Even if we went back home, there is no way could raise the money. In fact the money we used to come to the hospital was raised by well-wishers.” Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,231 to fund Willy's surgery. He will undergo surgery to repair his hip injuries on July 10.