murtaza joined Watsi on November 7th, 2015. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! murtaza's most recent donation supported Damian, a boy from Kenya, to fund corrective surgery.
murtaza has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 11 countries.
murtaza has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 11 countries.
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.
Sour is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. He likes listening to the monk pray on the radio. One year ago, Sour developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia, blurred vision, tearing, and itching. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sour learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 24, 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 look forward to going to the local pagoda and being able to recognize my loved ones' faces again."
Song is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter, one son, and six grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and join ceremonies. About three years ago, Song developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him tearing, itching, irritation, and blurred vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Song learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. Song needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 2. He says, "I want to see well so I can recognize my relatives and grandchildren. I also want to go the local pagoda."
Kimsrieng is a government worker from Cambodia. He has one daughter. He likes to read the newspaper and listen the news on the radio. One year ago, Kimsrieng developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kimsrieng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hour seeking treatment. On April 23, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I want to continue my work and spend time with my family."
Pov is a chief village assistant from Cambodia. He has three daughters, four sons, and eleven grandchildren. He likes listening to social programs and the news on the radio. Five months ago, Pov developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Pov learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 2, 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 vision is restored so I can return to work and support my family. I also look forward to going outside on my own again."
Maureen is a child from Tanzania. She is a loving and happy child. Her mother is a stay-at-home mother, and her father works as a butcher. Maureen is the only child in their family. Since she was 11 months old, Maureen has been experiencing sleep apnea and difficulty eating. Frequent illness has caused the family to make many trips to the hospital. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Maureen's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Maureen, which is scheduled to take place on May 3. Surgeons will remove her adenoids, hopefully relieving Maureen of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Maureen’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get treatment so that she will be able to eat, breath and sleep better without waking up struggling for air.”
Nhanh is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five daughters, four sons, and sixteen grandchildren. She enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Nhanh developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nhanh learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 5, 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 $211 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see better so that I can take care of my grandchildren and live an independent life."
Tepy is a baby from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings and the only girl. She loves all toys. Tepy has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. Her father is worried about her vision and development. Tepy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 9, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Tepy's family needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Her father says, "I want my daughter to have good health."
Chheng is a 27-year-old from Cambodia. He works in his parents' shop to help support the family. When he's not working, Chheng enjoys watching TV and spending time with his four brothers and two sisters. Chheng was born with bilateral bowlegs, a condition in which his knees stay wide apart when he stands with his feet and ankles together. Over the past year, Chheng has undergone bowleg correction surgeries funded by Watsi. During the treatments, surgeons inserted hardware in his right and left legs to realign the bones. On July 13, surgeons will remove the hardware from Chheng's left femur to help him walk comfortably again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $214 to fund the treatment. Chheng is incredibly thankful for Watsi's support for his treatment.
Mao is a 49-year-old pig farmer from Cambodia. Last year, she fell at her home, which resulted in an injury to her spine. Mao has been taking painkillers to reduce the pain in her back. Mao reports that she experiences pain when she walks or carries out simple tasks around the house. Mao travelled for two hours to visit our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, where she was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slides forward over the bone below it, causing pain and sometimes weakness in the legs. On September 5, doctors will perform a spinal surgery to restore her ability to walk without pain. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of Mao’s surgery.
Karyn Dayana is nine months old. She and her twin sister, also named Karyn, are only the size of healthy two-month-olds. Their mother cannot produce breast milk to feed her twins, so they are small and malnourished. Karyn Dayana lives on a limited diet, which is insufficient and has dangerous implications for her health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, so she is at risk of long-term damage. Karyn Dayana’s father works as a day laborer, and her mother works at home. Her family cannot afford to pay for her treatment. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), is requesting $1,107 to fund this treatment. To stabilize her condition, Karyn Dayana was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until WK's nutritionist can create a nutritional plan and formally begin treatment on February 3. By supplying Karyn Dayana with formula and her mother with health education, Karyn Dayana will receive the calories she needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Karyn Dayana’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her daughter. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Karyn Dayana’s immune system will strengthen, and she will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Karyn’s mother says, “We are worried about our daughter’s health since she is so small and keeps getting sick. Before this, we had not thought to look for help since we live so far away from the community. We hope our twin daughters can get better and grow well so that they can someday have dignified jobs.”
Gloria is seven months old and lives with her mother in rural Guatemala. She has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. Malnutrition has left Gloria with a weakened immune system and little energy. Recently, Gloria has not wanted to eat and gets sick often. If Gloria does not receive treatment, she will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Gloria’s mother says, “I want my daughter to get better soon, because she worries me a lot.” Fortunately, Gloria will begin nutritional treatment on January 16. While her mother does all that she can to support Gloria’s health, she cannot afford treatment for her daughter’s malnutrition without outside help. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,107 to fund her care. Treatment will give Gloria’s family tools to maintain nutritious diets, and it will give Gloria a chance to grow healthily.