Scott joined Watsi on September 23rd, 2015. 28 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Scott's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Iv, a 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.
Scott has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 10 countries.
Scott has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 10 countries.
Iv is a 74-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons and seven grandchildren. Her husband passed away three years ago, so she is living with her second son, who is also a farmer. She used to help him with the farm work, but since her vision has deteriorated, her ability to work is limited. In her free time she cooks and listens to the radio. Four years ago, Iv developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Iv learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 9th, 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. Iv shared, "I want to see well so I can be more independent and travel by myself."
Khu is a 22-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, grandmother and an older sister in Ei Tu Hta Internally Displaced Camp in Hpa-pun Township, Karen State. Since birth, Khu has had an inguinal hernia. When he turned one and a half years old, he started to learn to speak. Since then, whenever he cried, he touched his scrotum and said that it was painful. His parents were very sad to see Khu in pain but they could not do anything for him. Fortunately, on October 10, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Khu's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Khu's mother said, “When Khu is in pain, he would ask me to carry him on my back. If I do not do it, he would cry a lot. I feel very sorry that I cannot help him”. Khu loves playing with his older sister and friends when he is not in pain. His father said, “I want to see him playing happily."
Thu is a 27-year-old man who lives in Dala Town, Yangon Division, Burma. He lives with his 25-year-old wife, who take care of their five-year-old daughter who goes to kindergarten. Thu works as a security guard in a tower in Yangon. His total income is just enough to cover all their general expenses, such as food and clothing, as well as pay for his daughter’s school fees. Five years ago, Thu started to experience chest pains while he ate lunch. He continued to suffer from chest pains but he worked through the pain until June 1, 2019, when he suddenly developed severe back pain. He was brought to Yangon General Hospital (YGH) and was admitted for 13 days. While he was admitted, he received a blood test, chest X-ray and an injection to help alleviate the pain. When doctor listened to his chest with a stethoscope, Thu was advised to receive an echocardiogram (echo). After he received the echo on June 16th, the result showed that he has aortic regurgitation, a heart condition caused by problems with the aortic valve. Currently, Thu is suffering from chest pains. He has had to temporarily stop working. Thu is looking forward to receiving surgery soon and getting back to work so that he can continue to support his family.
Turyamuronda is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He is a widower with four children; all married with no stable jobs however he lost the wife in 2000. Himself practices small scale farming and can’t afford money for his surgery. Twenty years ago, Turyamuronda has had an inguinal scrotal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue death or damage. Fortunately, on August 20, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Turyamuronda's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Turyomurugyendo says, “I hope to get better after surgery and I continue with farming.”
Juma is a child from Kenya. He is the second born of two children. He lives with his elder sister and parents in a two-room house in Nairobi slums. Juma’s mother is a hair dresser while his father is a motorcycle taxi rider. For some time now, Juma has had a hydrocele. This causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on September 12th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Juma's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to ride a motorcycle like my father when I grow up,” says Juma.
Zintatira is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He is a father of six children whereby four are still in school while the last two are young enough not to be at school. Both he and his wife is small scale farmers. For some time now, Zintatira has had an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or death Fortunately, on September 17, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Zintatira's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Zintatire says, “I don’t have the right words to use but I pray that to God to bless the work of your hands as you look forward to supporting in my surgery for good health.”
Tol is a man from Cambodia. He has five children. Because of the dislocation in his elbow, Tol finds it difficult to farm his rice fields, which makes it difficult for him to earn any money for his family. He really likes to participate in sports, but since his accident five months ago, he has been unable to do any of the activities he enjoys. Fortunately, Tol is scheduled to undergo a $390 dislocation repair surgery on February 7. After surgery, he is looking forward to being able to take care of his kids without any restrictions. He says, "After surgery, I hope I can move my elbow and can do all my work like normal."
Savorn is a potato, watermelon, and rice farmer from Cambodia. She likes to watch Khmer and Thai dramas on TV, as well as listen to the news on the radio. Two years ago, Savorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, pain, photophobia, and itching. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Savorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 29, doctors will perform 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. She says, "I hope that I will be able to see everything more clearly now so I can feed my animals and so I can cook for my family. I also hope that I will be able to anywhere I want by myself."
Fabrice is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Fabrice has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Fabrice has been experiencing irritability and and increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Fabrice will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Fabrice that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 30 and will drain the excess fluid from Fabrice's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Fabrice will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “Our entire family was shocked to learn of this condition but we are all praying for God’s will in Fabrice’s life,” says Fabrice’s mother.
Samrach is a grocer from Cambodia. He has two daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren. He likes to watch boxing matches and dramas on TV. Six months ago, Samrach developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Samrach learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On October 30, 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 $211 procedure. He says, "I hope my eye can see everything clearly after the procedure so I can recognize faces, watch TV, and drive my moto again."
Lucy is a woman from Kenya. She works as a farmer. In August, Lucy started having twitches in her left leg that left her numb in her calf. She suffered persistent headaches, and soon her ability to walk altered. Her farming activities had to be put on hold. After undergoing an MRI, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On October 17, she will undergo a surgery to excise the tumor. If not treated, Lucy is at a risk of suffering brain damage. Now, she needs help raising $1,495 to pay for surgery.
Damian is a baby from Kenya. His mother is a second-year student in one of the universities in Kenya. They currently live with his maternal grandparents, who are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Damian underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Damian's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Damian. The surgery is scheduled to take place on May 3 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I will focus better in school when I learn that Damian is done with treatment,” shares Damian’s mother.