Pragya joined Watsi on March 28th, 2013. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Pragya's most recent donation supported Nhoeng, a retired rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.
Pragya has funded healthcare for 98 patients in 12 countries.
Pragya has funded healthcare for 98 patients in 12 countries.
Nhoeng is a 75-year-old retired rice farmer. She currently lives with her niece, since her husband unfortunately passed away. She enjoys spending her time listening to monks pray. Four years ago, Nhoeng developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity, eye tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Nhoeng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Nhoeng says, "I hope I will see well again so I can go places on my own and see things."
Hor is a retired rice farmer who lives with his wife. Hor's three sons and five daughters - and numerous grandchildren - all support Hor and his wife through farming. His favorite pastimes are walking to the local pagoda with his wife, and listening to monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Hor developed non-cancerous growths in his left eye, which cause itchiness, tearing and blurry vision. These growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun, and cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Hor has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Hor learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours to seek treatment. Hor needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the surface of his eye, and to replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. The total cost of this procedure - which covers medications, supplies and two days of inpatient care - is $225. The surgery is scheduled for May 10th. Hor says: "I hope after surgery my eyesight won't be blurry and itchy. I want to see well and go outside with my wife to visit our children."
Annah is a 27-year-old married charcoal seller. She and her husband buy and resell charcoal to earn a living for their family. They have a 14-month-old child and they rent a single roomed home. During her free time, Annah enjoys spending time with her family. Annah is currently expecting a new baby and her doctors have recommended that she deliver via a Caesarean section. If she does not deliver her baby via a C-section, she and her baby are at risk of a uterine rupture and other complications. A C-section delivery will allow doctors to ensure the safety of both mother and child. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Annah and her baby receive treatment. On April 25th, she will undergo a C-Section at AMH's care center. Now, she and her husband need help raising $214 to fund her procedure and care. Annah shared, "I pray that I may have a successful surgery after conceiving so quickly from the time I had surgery with my other baby. I hope for a good outcome. I want to continue with our business after I am better."
Sopheara is a 16-year-old student. He is in the ninth grade and has a younger sister in the eighth grade. Sopheara's father is a construction worker, and his mother works in a garment factory. Sopheara was in a car accident that fractured his left femur and tibia. After the accident, his family took him to a local hospital; upon review, the doctors referred him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for specialized treatment. Currently, Sopheara is experiencing severe pain and difficulty walking. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Sopheara heal. On February 15th, he will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will allow him to walk easily again upon recovery. CSC is requesting $465 to help fund this procedure, which is also subsidized by Sopheara's co-pay that his family was able to gather. Sopheara shared, "I hope I can heal and walk easily again so I can return to school."
Alivin is a student and the oldest in his family of two. His baby sister loves to cuddle and cling to Alivin. His family shared that Alivin does well in school and likes to play football in his free time. His father works in the motorcycle taxi business, and his mother sells local fast foods commonly referred to as "katoogo." She also does most of the farming to help supplement the family's income from their businesses. About five years ago, Alivin developed a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. As a result, he experiences pain and discomfort when walking. Alivin needs to undergo a hydrocelectomy, and his parents are requesting assistance to help fund the cost of his surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is able to help Alivin receive treatment. On March 3rd, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at AMH's care center. Upon recovery, Alivin will hopefully be able to live more comfortably and confidently. AMH is requesting $146 to fund this procedure. Alivin's father said, "My son is really a good boy. It hurts to see that I have failed to offer him good health, but I hope with your support, it will be possible."
Yeun is an elderly rice farmer with two daughters and five grandchildren. Yeun shared that her husband passed many years ago, and she lives with her eldest daughter, who is a farmer. At home, Yeun likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Yeun developed a cataract in her left eye, which causes her blurry vision and difficulty seeing objects clearly, including colors and faces. She also experiences trouble eating and taking care of herself, and she is worried about falling when walking. As a result, Yeun cannot go places on her own. When Yeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund her procedure. Yeun says, "After surgery, I hope I can take care of myself and help my daughter around the house. I want to look after my grandchildren."
Dara is a 31-year-old truck driver. He's is married with two children - a six-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son. His wife works in a shoe factory in their province. When he is home, he likes to play with his children, or play football or volleyball with friends. In October 2020, Dara was in a car accident and fractured his right arm. He was taken to a local hospital in Kampong Speu province for a plate and screws to heal his fracture. Now the hardware makes his arm ache, and he doesn't feel strong or able to use it much. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 6th, Dara will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. Once the hardware is removed, he can strengthen his arm and fully heal. He hopes it will return to the way it was before so he can be useful in his house and help his wife more to care for their children. Dara said: "I know I will have pain again after surgery, but I want the metal out so I can fully heal and have a normal life again."
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.