Lauralee joined Watsi on July 2nd, 2015. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lauralee's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Srey Noch, a 29-year-old mother of two children from Cambodia, to fund an excision and flap surgery.
Lauralee has funded healthcare for 35 patients in 10 countries.
Lauralee has funded healthcare for 35 patients in 10 countries.
Srey Noch is a 29-year-old married mother of two children from Cambodia. She and her husband have two daughters, one who is nine years old and in school, and another who is four. Her husband works as a car repairman, while Srey Noch works in a clothes factory. In her free time, Srey Noch enjoys cooking for her family and watching television with her family. Two years ago, Srey Noch developed a painful mass on her right jaw. The mass has grown quickly and she is very worried about her health. She feels ill and is unable to open her mouth or eat solid food. She visited a local hospital for examination, and they referred her to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for specialized surgery. Srey Noch traveled to CSC for examination and treatment. She was diagnosed with ameloblastoma, or a non-cancerous tumor of the jaw area. On December 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform surgery to remove the mandibular mass and repair the wound with a fibular free flap. Now, Srey Noch needs help to fund this $657 procedure. Srey Noch shared that she hopes the mass will be removed and not return. She said, "I want the surgery to cover my wound so that I can have a normal face again."
Maxensia is a mother of six who runs her family’s small retail shop while her husband is a tailor. Their firstborn is 22-years-old and she also has twins and two students in the 11th and fourth grades. Maxensia worries that her family is struggling to raise school fees for their children. Three years ago, Maxensia began to experience troubling symptoms, including a painless neck swelling that started after a flu-like illness. Later, the swelling became movable and she developed pains while swallowing. The swelling continued to increase in size but she never visited any medical facility for treatment. Currently, she can't bend down easily, especially while farming, and she can't carry heavy loads on her head either. Maxensia also shared that she experiences airway obstruction, especially during the cold season. Maxensia visited our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital, to seek medical attention. She was diagnosed with a non-toxic goiter and the surgeon recommends she have a thyroidectomy. Unfortunately, her family cannot afford the surgery cost, but she urgently needs the surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Maxensia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on October 5th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help to raise money. Maxensia says, “I hope to be considered for treatment because my family and I cannot afford this surgery on our own. I hope to look and live a normal life again so that I may comfortably proceed with my day-to-day duties and further develop my family.”
Kyasimire is a 37-year-old small scale farmer who works on her farm together with her husband to provide for their five children. They make a humble income to see their children through school and also meet necessary medical costs. For some time now, Kyasimire has had a submandibular mass. The mass is swollen, disfiguring her mandible, and she is worried about the gradual increase in size. She is also afraid of the health implication it might bring if left untreated. Kyasimire had been to a different facility in 2020 and was recommended to undergo surgery. However, the cost was too much for her to afford at the time. At Rushoroza Hospital, she was recommended to undergo the same surgery and was fortunately linked with our medical partner and Watsi for support. On June 10th, surgeons will remove the mass from her jaw. Now, Kyasimire needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Kyasimire shared, “I pray that I may have a successful surgery. I will resume farming as soon as possible because it is the major source of our family’s income to support our children.”
Tuhirweomugisha is a farmer and a 45-year-old mother of 4 children. All of her children are in school and she is the only provider for the family after losing her husband in 2002. Tuhirweomugisha has been working primarily as a small scale farmer and also is weaving of local baskets and mats to earn extra income. 11 months ago, Tuhirweomugisha has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pain, poor appetite, along with other symptoms. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesion, which has the potential of turning into cancer if not treated. Tuhirweomugisha had initially gone to a hospital near her home where surgery recommended. However, the cost was very high and her only option was to sell her only piece of land, compromising her source of income which her children's futures depend on. Instead, Tuhirweomugisha turned to our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital. After review, she was diagnosed with the premalignant lesion and requires a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove her uterus in order to suppress chances of the lesion turning cancerous and affecting her quality of life. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Tuhirweomugisha's surgery. On June 22nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tuhirweomugisha will be able to resume her daily activities with ease. Tuhirweomugisha hopes to return to her responsibilities soon, “I have failed to raise money for my hospital bill on my own and I hope that with your support, I will be able to regain my health and continue working hard through farming to provide for my children.”
Weyneshet is a 15-month-old baby girl from Ethiopia who is active and playful. She loves to play with her mom and other children, and she loves eating and breastfeeding. Her mom is a single parent, and they live with the support of family members. Weyneshet was born with an anorectal malformation, a condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Weyneshet is scheduled to undergo her first surgery to correct her condition on April 8th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After her recovery, Weyneshet will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Weyneshet's mother shared, “after receiving treatment, I will educate her by working hard in any job I get.”
Chhean is a 26-year-old vegetable seller, with four siblings: three brothers and one sister. He is the second child in his family. Chhean lives with both of his parents, who are farmers. In his free time, he likes playing football, listening to music, drinking coffee with his friends, going for walks, and playing games on his phone. In 2018, Chhean was in a motor accident that left him with a painful femur fracture on his right leg. After the accident, he went to a hospital, where doctors conducted an open reduction internal fixation of his femur. They used plate screws to stabilize his fracture. Now, the bone has healed and the hardware needs to be removed to eliminate any problems that could be caused by the implants, such as pain or infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 7th, Chhean will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the hardware, preventing future complications. Chhean shared, "I hope that the hardware will be easily removed and the wound will heal quickly."
Saroeun is a 68-year-old rice farmer and musician from Cambodia. After harvest season is over Saroeun works as a Khmer traditional musician, playing music at wedding ceremonies. Due to COVID-19, traditional wedding ceremonies have been cancelled and Saroeun is unable to earn this income for his family. He has two sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. One year ago, Saroeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his wife seeking treatment. On December 18th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure. Saroeun said, "I hope I can see my family and my music team clearly after surgery so I am healthy and ready to find another job to support my family."
Immanuel is a 2-year-old child from Kenya and the last born in a family of four. His parents are both casual laborers who earn an average of $3 per day. His mother washes clothes while his father works in construction sites where they earn a daily wage. Immanuel’s parent’s income is inconsistent since they depend on the availability of work. In mid-June this year, Immanuel was playing in the kitchen as his mother prepared supper for the family. He dipped his left hand into a boiling pot of potatoes when his mother stepped out to fetch more firewood for the broth. He let out a loud scream which made his mother rush back to the kitchen only to find him burnt and in pain. Immanuel suffered burns on his chest and left arm. He is not healing well and he is prone to infection. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Immanuel receive treatment. On September 21st, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure. This treatment will help clean his wounds and cover them with skin so as to reduce the risk of infection and improve his healing. Now, Immanuel needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Immanuel's mother shared, “For over two months now we have tried to source help for my baby to get this needed treatment. Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful. The wounds are refusing to heal and his elbow has become immobile and stiff. This might affect him now and in the future, if something is not done soon.”
Mary is a peasant farmer from Kenya. Three years ago, she felt a painless lump on her left breast which was dismissed as a fatty lump at a local clinic. In 2018, the lump became painful and she sought medical care. She was still advised to wait. However, in 2019, she sought treatment from a different hospital. She had a biopsy done and cancer was suspected. She came to our facility where an x-ray was done and surgery recommended. Mary and her husband tend to their small farm to eke out a living. The mother of 4 children does not have any medical insurance and was not able to raise the funds required in the previous facility. Her children are not in any employment making it hard to consolidate funds needed. Mary has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Mary. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 3rd. After treatment, Mary will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Mary says, “My hope is to have the cancer treated so that I continue providing for my family.”
Oudom is a third grade student from Cambodia. He has two older brothers, and enjoys playing games with his siblings after school. When he was four years old, Oudom had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Oudom experiences ear discharge, infection, itchiness, and hearing loss. He has a difficult time communicating others and is often unable to concentrate in class. Oudom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 2nd, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my son will no longer suffer from any infection and he will be able to hear without any issues." -Oudom's Mother
Lengelai is a secondary school student from Tanzania who loves geography and mathematics. He has not made up his mind yet regarding who he wants to be when he grows up; he thinks maybe a teacher or maybe a doctor but he is worried because he finds chemistry a little challenging. He is a third-born child to his mother and one of many children to his father who has four wives and many children. Lengelai does not know half of his siblings but knows that they live elsewhere in another town. Lengelai's father is a pastoralist and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Lengelai has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lengelai traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Lengelai's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. Lengelai says, “My life would be a little bit easier if am able to have this foot treated as I am struggling a lot. Please help.”
Sovannaudom is a second grade student who enjoys reading books, playing soccer, and watching television. His favorite subject in school is Khmer literature, and he hopes to become a police officer when he gets older. Sovannaudom was born with a condition known as torticollis, in which the neck is twisted to one side due to an abnormal or asymmetrical neck position. He is unable to turn his neck or move his head properly, and this often distracts his from his studies and other activities. Surgery will lengthen and preposition the muscles in Sovannaudom's neck, and allow him to move without any difficulty. "I hope that my son's operation will go well and he will be able to move his neck normally and I will no longer have to worry about his condition," said Sovannaudom's mother.