NG joined Watsi on May 21st, 2014. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! NG's most recent donation supported Sokhim, a woman in her early 50s from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
NG has funded healthcare for 46 patients in 10 countries.
Sokhim is a 52-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sokhim has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. When she is not planting rice she is looking after her family members at home. In her frre time she enjoys watching TV and visiting the pagoda. Five months ago, Sokhim developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sokhim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 14th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure. "I hope that after surgery I will see better so I can plant rice well and go anywhere on my own. Also I hope to be able to take better care of my grandchildren," Sokhim said.
Alex is a four-year-old playful boy. He has struggled with his hearing since birth. However, the condition became known when he has 9 months old. His parents took him to different hospitals seeking care. He had several tests run over the period. In 2020, his parents were advised to seek care at Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Kijabe Hospital where Alex had hearing aids recommended. He only perceives loud noises or barely speaks. Alex’s parents are peasants from Nyeri county. His father works as a miner in a stone quarry near their home while his mother is a housewife. Their daily income is about $4 which is too low to meet the cost required. Alex has one sibling and together, they live with their parents in a two-roomed rental house. His father appeals for financial assistance. Alex’s father says, “Our hope is to see Alex being able to talk and lead a normal life.”
Risen is a single child from Kampot Province, near the coastline of Cambodia. She enjoys eating fried fish and drinking milk, as well as reading books and playing soccer with her friends. Her favorite subject to study is Khmer literature and English, and she hopes to teach English Literature in the future. For the last three years, Risen has suffered from nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, and restless nights with poor sleep. Surgery will treat Risen's infection in her nose and throat, and relieve her of her symptoms so she will feel better and can concentrate at school again. "I hope that my niece will no longer experience any difficulty with her breathing, and she will be able to swallow and sleep easily at night again." -Risen's Uncle
Luy is a 79-year old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has a son and two grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio One year ago, Luy developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Luy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 19, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. Luy said, "I hope that I will be able to see clearly again so I can help to take care of my grandchildren and go anywhere I want to on my own."
Collins is a young child from Kenya, who is the first born in a family of two children. His family hails from Mpuri village in Meru County. His mother is a housewife while his father is a mason. Collins has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Collins traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Collins's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I am pleading for help for my son to undergo surgery so that he can walk and play like other children. I don’t want to see him struggling to walk. I will be happy to if you consider my son. God bless you,” Collin’s mother said.
Mary is a bright eight-year-old girl in nursery school in Kenya. She was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, a condition where the spine doesn’t fully form and leaves an opening. She had surgery early and later a shunt insertion from hydrocephalus. Children born with spina bifida are prone to decubitus and wounds resulting from too much pressure, unfortunately Mary has not been an exception. She had been doing fine until she joined school this year. As a result of sitting on the same spot for long hours, Mary developed pressure ulcers in her gluteal region and this prompted the doctors to create a colostomy to aid in passing stool. It’s been close to four months now, and the created opening has healed up. A colostomy closure is now needed. If not closed, Mary is at risk of acquiring infections at the colostomy site and scarring due to occasional leakages. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Mary. The surgery is scheduled and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. “I hope she will not go through what she has been again. The pressure ulcers were quite painful,” says Mary’s mother.
Esther was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. Esther lives in Port-au-Prince with her parents; she likes listening to music and going to church with her parents. Esther will fly to India to receive treatment. On August 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Rotary International, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. Her family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany her family overseas.
Wilson is a student from Tanzania. He has been diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees 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 difficulty walking to school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Wilson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 21. Treatment will hopefully restore Wilson's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Wilson says, “I am having difficulty walking and running due to my legs curving help me get treated.”
Kriyoeur is a 28-year-old hairdresser from Cambodia. He has one daughter and likes to watch You Tube and use Facebook. When he was ten years old, Kriyoeur had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Kriyoeur experiences discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. He has a difficult time communicating with others as the ear drainage affects his hearing ability. Kriyoeur traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 5, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after surgery, my hearing will improve hearing and the ear discharge and tinnitus will stop."
Jean is a young man from Kenya. He is a husband and a father to three children. Jean sustained an injury on his leg, just above the ankle joint. Now, he is in pain and needs to walk with a crutch. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Jean receive treatment. On February 14, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help him walk easily again. Now, Jean needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Jean says, “I wish to go back home and do business there. Begging is quite demeaning but it is the only way to feed my family and educate my kids for now."
Evalyne is a young student from Kenya. She is the last born in a family of six children. Her father practices subsistence farming to support his family. Evalyne was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Evalyne is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on February 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,327 to cover the total cost of Evalyne's procedure and care. After her recovery, Evalyne will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. “I want to be a doctor when I grow up, to help children not to feel bad like me,” says Evalyne.
Soe is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and youngest son in Mae Sot, Tak Province. Soe has a bile duct stone. Currently, she experiences from back pain as well as lower abdominal pain. Soe has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Soe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Soe is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on February 13. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Soe's procedure and care. Soe says, “I want to be healthy and stay happy with my family in my own house.”