Teng joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Teng's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Ayoub, a boy from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot correction.
Teng has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 11 countries.
Teng has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 11 countries.
Ayoub is a student from Tanzania. He loves going to school and wishes to join the school's football team one day. Ayoub is the fourth born in a family of four children. Ayoub’s mother was born with clubfeet and still has the condition. She did not get treatment and was cast away by her family at a very young age. Ayoub was also born with 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, Ayoub traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ayoub's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and without pain. Ayoub says, “I will like to be able to walk normally and be able to play football, run, and go to school without people staring at me as I walk. Please help me get treatment.”
Innocent is a six-year-old boy from Kenya. His father is a driver, and his mother is a preschool teacher. He has one older sibling, who is in primary school. Innocent has been experiencing hearing loss. After he was referred to the hospital, Innocent had an ABR (auditory brainstem response) procedure done. Hearing aids were recommended, and his treatment is scheduled for November 16. Innocent’s mother said, “I just hope that my child will lead a normal life with less challenges as he grows." Watsi is requesting $560 to fund Innocent's treatment.
Marie-Guerda is a 39-year-old woman who is the mother of two girls. Marie-Guerda lives with her husband and children in the southern province of Haiti. She used to be a kindergarten teacher, but she isn’t currently working. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. After four sessions of chemotherapy, a treatment that decreases cancerous cells, Marie-Guerda will have a mastectomy. She is relieved that she will have surgery soon, for she wants to regain her independence and return to work. She wants to be able to take care of her children and be fully present in their lives as they grow up. Marie-Guerda will have her operation on July 28. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,285 to fund this operation to remove the malignant tumor in Marie-Guerda's breast.
17-year-old Harun is a secondary school student who lives in central Kenya. He is the oldest of three children in his family. His father is a farmer, and his mother stays at home. The family had been living in a rental house until they built a two-room house with the help of well-wishers and their extended family. Harun has bilateral clubfoot, a condition in which both of his feet are twisted out of position due to short tendons in his feet and ankles. As a result, Harun cannot walk for long distances. His condition was neglected because his parents feared huge medical bills that they could not afford. Treatment for clubfoot is surgery to release the tendons in the involved foot and ankle. Doctors then move the foot into the proper position and place it in a cast for up to two months. After the casts are removed, some patients wear a brace for a year or more to maintain the proper position of the foot. Harun's surgeons plan to start treatment on his left foot on August 21 and treat his right foot at a later date. "We cannot afford the bill as stipulated, and we request your help," shares Harun's father. Watsi's medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $1,224 to pay for Harun's surgery, six-day hospital stay, lab tests, medicine, and surgical supplies. Hardworking and focused both at school and at home, Harun aspires to become a doctor when he grows up. Let's help fund his surgery!
Umar is a three-year-old boy from Sierra Leone. He lives with his mother and grandparents. Umar is a happy child and likes listening to music on the radio and playing with the kids in his neighborhood. Umar was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, where there exists a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage in one of his valves. On August 2, Umar will be traveling from his home in Sierra Leone to our medical partner's care center, Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, in Bangalore, India. Although Umar is not from Haiti, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with other partners to make his surgery possible, and so is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Umar's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $12,000 towards his treatment. We are also fundraising for his [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/8b44b9ae4b94-umar). "I am excited for Umar to be able to go to preschool once his heart is healthy!" says Umar's mother.
Francis is a 61-year-old retired teacher from Malawi. After having worked as a math teacher for 35 years, he and his wife now work on a small maize and bean farm. In his free time, Francis likes to relax with his wife, watch sports on TV, and listen to the radio. In 2015, Francis began experiencing difficulty urinating. This caused him much pain and discomfort and often prevented him from working on the farm. Francis was eventually diagnosed with prostatic hyperplasia, or the condition of an enlarged prostate. Surgery is needed to remedy his condition. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to cover the cost of Francis's prostate surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 15 and, once completed, will hopefully relieve Francis of his pain. Francis expresses his gratitude, saying, "Some people have money, others do not. I did not have the money to pay for this operation and I am so thankful for this program."
Sok is a 66-year-old grandmother form Cambodia. She is married and has four sons, nine daughters, and 15 grandchildren. Sok enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio, participating in ceremonies at her local pagoda, and watching Thai and Khmer movies on TV. About one year ago, Sok developed a cataract in each of her eyes, causing her blurred vision, sensitivity to light, tearing, and cloudy lenses. Her condition has made it difficult for her to see things clearly and go anywhere outside by herself. On May 12, Sok will undergo surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, our medical partner's care center, to receive intraocular lens implants in each of her eyes to improve her vision. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $292 to cover the cost of her treatment. After surgery, Sok will be able to see clearly again!
Nan is a 36-year-old farmer who is married with two sons. He likes to watch TV and teach his children how to read and write in his free time. He lives in Cambodia. Nan has experienced lower back pain for the past two years. The pain has become severe over the past six months. He sometimes experiences numbness in his left leg. Nan has been diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, a condition in which one bone of his back slides forward over the bone below it. It is difficult for him to walk, and he has not been able to work since he started feeling back pain. Nan heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his sister. He traveled four hours to reach CSC's treatment center. On March 28, surgeons at CSC will perform a laminectomy to remove parts of the bone, bone spurs, or ligaments in Nan's back. This operation will relieve pressure on the spinal nerves and will ease pain or weakness, allowing Nan to work again. CSC is asking for $1,500 to fund the surgery. Your donation will help pay for the surgical staff, surgical supplies, medication, and one night of hospital stay.
Bal is a 35-year-old man from Nepal. He lives with his wife and three children. He works as a farmer to support his family, while his wife takes care of the household. Bal has lived with a hydrocele, a condition causing swelling in a sensitive area, for two years now. The swelling has recently increased in size, and it now causes him pain and difficulty walking and working. On March 23, surgeons will perform a hydrocele repair surgery to alleviate the swelling and discomfort. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $380 to fund this procedure.
Ean is a 70-year-old rice and crop farmer from Cambodia. She is married with four sons and eight grandchildren. She enjoys watching the news on TV and going to the pagoda on holidays to listen to monks pray. About a year ago, Ean developed a cataract in each eye. This causes her blurred vision, irritation, burning, cloudy lenses, and photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light). It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any type of work, or go anywhere on her own. On February 28, doctors at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform cataract surgery in both her eyes. After the surgery, Ean will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $292 to fund the surgery.
Kauta is a 70-year-old maize farmer from Malawi. He and his wife have eight children and twenty grandchildren. When not farming and taking care of chores, Kauta enjoys going to church and fellowshipping with his friends. For the past four years, Kauta has been experiencing urinary dysfunction. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate gland is enlarged, blocking the urethra and making it difficult to use the restroom. On February 16, Kauta will undergo a prostate resection, a procedure in which part of the prostate gland is removed. He will receive care at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $733 to fund Kauta's hospital stay, physician's fees, and medication. "I give thanks to you," says Kauta.
Samantha is a sweet five-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom now attend school. Samantha is in the care of her mother and currently attends a day care center in their town. Since she was born, Samantha has had a cleft palate, a facial malformation that causes openings or splits in the roof of the mouth and lip. Her condition makes everyday living difficult, and Samantha has difficulty breathing and swallowing food. Her mother has stopped working in order to care for her daughter. Samantha is a playful child, but her condition makes her feel shy. Her family has tried to save money for treatment, but doing so has been difficult. Fortunately, our medical partner's community outreach team found and screened Samantha. She is now scheduled for a repair surgery on January 25. This procedure will allow Samantha to breathe and eat easily and will increase her confidence. Samantha's father works as a bus conductor. However, his income is barely enough to sustain them. For this reason, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,088 to fund the treatment. "I am happy that at last Samantha could get treated," says Samantha's mother. "We are really close to her healing right now...Samantha is a sweet girl and has big dreams, but she cannot reach them if she does not have confidence. This operation will give Samantha hope for a good future. As a mother, my greatest desire is to see my children well and succeed someday. Thank you for this chance that you've given. May you be blessed."