Pragya joined Watsi on March 28th, 2013. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Pragya's most recent donation supported Oudam, a new father and construction worker from Cambodia, to fund hardware removal surgery for his leg fracture.
Pragya has funded healthcare for 91 patients in 12 countries.
Pragya has funded healthcare for 91 patients in 12 countries.
Oudam is a 18-year-old construction worker and new father. He recently got married and he and his wife have a two-month-old son. His wife is a garment-factory worker. Oudam enjoys playing sports, especially volleyball, which he plays four times a week with his friends. He also likes to listen to music and take photos in the countryside. In September of 2018, Oudam was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left leg. After the accident, his family took him to a government hospital, where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now the fracture has healed well, and the hardware needs to be removed to avoid further complications and infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On August 2nd, Oudam will undergo a hardware removal procedure that will allow him to heal fully. CSC is requesting $230 to fund this procedure. Oudam shares, "I am so glad to have the opportunity to get the hardware out, so that my leg can feel normal again. I am excited to play volleyball again!"
Dara is a five-year-old boy. His father is a tuk-tuk driver and his mother has worked in Japan for the past two years to help support their family. When his father goes to work, he stays with his grandparents, as he is not old enough to attend school. In his free time, he likes to watch cartoons and play ball with his friends. For the past year, Dara has been experiencing difficulty swallowing, sleeping at night, and difficulty breathing. He also has a poor appetite. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids and, if left untreated, his symptoms will persist and possibly worsen over time. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Dara to receive treatment. On September 20th, surgeons at CSC will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Dara of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably. Now, CSC is requesting $241 to fund Dara's procedure and care. Dara's father shared, "I hope he gets better soon after surgery. He is small and often sick. I want him to grow up to be a normal boy."
Yasir is a two-year-old baby boy and the only child in his family. His mother is a homemaker and his father works as a taxi driver to earn money for their family. They have been having a hard time financially and haven't been able to take Yasir to any hospital for treatment before now. As a result, they usually use pain-relieving medication from the pharmacy to help him feel better. Yasir has now been diagnosed with a bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward so that they do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has a hard time walking and playing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Yasir. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 7th and will help restore Yasir's mobility. In addition, it will allow him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Yasir’s mother says, “We are struggling financially that’s why we have not been able to seek treatment for our son. Please help us so that he can have his legs corrected because he is having difficulty walking.”
Boaz is a middle aged man with four children: two girls and two boys. Two of his children are in school while the other two have completed their studies but are not yet employed. Boaz is a farmer with his wife and from the income they make, they have been able to provide for their family. Two years ago, Boaz developed a pimple-like swelling on his right shoulder. The swelling has progressively increased in size and is now painful and disfiguring, so Boaz is afraid of his prognosis. Boaz traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 12th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Boaz needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure. Boaz says: “I cannot dream of the day I will be free from this condition because am worried about it. I will have to continue with my farming after successful treatment."
Bo is a 16-year-old student. He's in eighth grade and lives in the school dormitory in the Tak Province during the school year. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden. In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left arm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left arm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling is now very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper arm. Bo is in a lot of pain and cannot use his left arm. He cannot lift it, nor carry anything due to the pain and the swelling. Bo sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Bo is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 18th. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "I want to become a policeman one day but I do not know if this will be possible," said Bo.
Francis is 27-year-old man who is married and they have one child. He drives whenever he can get work and his wife runs a small kiosk (a temporary roadside shop) that helps to sustain their young family. Francis shared that he's feeling horrible because he had just married when an accident occurred, and now he has to depend on his wife. Francis remembers 15th May 2018 as if it was yesterday. It is a day he says he saw death but says he thanks God he is still alive. Francis worked as a driver who was employed when he could get work. He drives sand lorries, all the drivers wait in one field where lorries are packed and wait for their opportunity to work. Then when the opportunity comes, the driver goes to get sand about 30 kilometres away from his home area. It is in one of these trips that Francis was driving a lorry full of sand and had a head-on collision with a trailer. He was taken to a hospital and a fracture repair procedure was done. But last November Francis started having pain and an inability to walk with this leg. He went to a nearby hospital where an x-ray was done and showed dislodged plates. He was told to give it time to heal but seeing no difference decided to come to Nazareth Hospital where the surgeon advises he undergo a fracture repair to finally heal his condition. On July 26th, Francis will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Francis will no longer be in pain, he will be able to work and provide for his young family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. “It is very frustrating to marry and be unable to support your family. This accident changed what plans I had for my new family. Now I cannot meet the cost but I plead for help so that I can be able to use my leg and resume my job,” said Francis.
Ampiire is a 30-year-old married mother of three children, including two girls and one boy who are all in school. Ampiire lost her parents at a young age and didn't finish school, instead staying home to care for her younger siblings. She educated them, and now one sibling is a hairdresser while the other is a teacher. Ampiire earns a living from small-scale farming and normally grows crops like beans, potatoes and maize for consumption at home. She also sells off the surplus to generate income, while her husband is a tailor. For about a year, Ampiire has experienced pain in her lower right abdomen. The pain interferes with her day-to-day life, and worsens whenever she is farming, washing clothes, or when she walks a long distance. She also has abdominal bloating and discomfort that has affected her eating habits, and she has experienced notable weight loss. Ampiire had never been to the hospital for medical treatment for her condition due to a lack of finances and because she thought the pain would stop. However, when the pain worsened, she visited a doctor who diagnosed her with a bilateral ovarian cyst. The doctor recommended a cystectomy. If her condition is not treated, the cyst could turn malignant, or cause acute abdominal tenderness. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ampiire to receive treatment. On May 22nd, Ampiire will undergo a cystectomy at AMH's care center, and now AMH is requesting $220 to fund her procedure. Ampiire shared, “I really have hope that with your support, I will have surgery. I hope to regain my health and continue farming to support my family.”
John is a 16-year-old and a bright seventh grade student. He is the youngest of two children and lives with his grandmother. He's also found a mentor in his church pastor who offers guidance and counseling. His family relies on their local church for food and living expenses. John was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping John to receive treatment. John is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 30th at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. John’s grandmother shared, “My grandson has had a traumatizing childhood which left him with poor self-esteem. Finding out about this condition made the situation worse, and his low self-esteem is more visible. I am hopeful that through getting this surgery, his self-esteem will improve and slowly but surely my grandson will be happy again.”
Mey Ling is a clever six-year-old girl. She's in first grade and writing is her favorite subject in school. She also has one younger brother. At home, Mey Ling enjoys watching cartoons and reading stories. A month ago, Mey Ling developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst in the tear gland, in her right eye. The chalazion causes her pain, discomfort with her appearance, and itching. It is difficult for her to see clearly and study. Mey Ling traveled for three hours with her mother to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On May 20th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Mey Ling's symptoms should improve. Now, her family needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Mey Ling shared, "I hope my eye feels better and comfortable after surgery and I have no more interruptions for my school."
Cheun is a 60-year-old woman with two daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren. She lives with her grandchildren and husband, who is a farmer. Cheun stays at home to look after her grandchildren and do all the cooking for her family. Taking care of her grandchildren has become more difficult since three years ago when Cheun developed a cataract in her left eye. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. Doctors at our medical partner CSC will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye to help with her condition. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly and return to her daily activities. Cheun shared, "I hope after my surgery I can be comfortable doing my housework and traveling outside. I want to make delicious food for my family and help my husband plant rice."
Kemigisha is a 45-year-old farmer and mother of five. When her husband passed away in 2000, he left her with a small banana plantation that has been the source of her family's livelihood. For the past two years, Kemigisha has been experiencing bleeding, discharge and abdominal pains. She was unable to visit a hospital due to financial challenges. After hearing about the surgical program at Nyakibale Hospital, she came to the facility and underwent a scan. Kemigisha was diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. This procedure will help reduce the changes of her developing cervical cancer later on. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kemigisha's surgery. On March 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kemigisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kemigisha shared, "I know that my condition will get better once I have undergone my surgery and I hope to continue with farming to sustain my family.”
Bran is an 83-year-old grandmother with two daughters, four sons, and ten grandchildren. Bran is a widow; her husband died in the Khmer Rouge regime. Nowadays, she lives with her daughter, who is a grocery seller, and her grandchildren. Bran used to help her daughter sell things from their home, but since it has become increasingly hard for her to see, she mostly stays inside and listens to monks preaching on the radio. Three years ago, Bran developed a cataract in her left eye eye, causing her dim, blurry vision, poor night vision, and sensitivity to light and glare. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Bran learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled across the country for eight hours with her granddaughter seeking treatment. On February 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye eye. After recovery, Bran will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Bran shared, "I hope after surgery that I can see better and be able to recognize people and my family. I hope I will feel better about myself and be able to help my daughter to sell groceries again."