Jim joined Watsi on August 1st, 2015. 41 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jim's most recent donation supported Cha, a construction worker from Cambodia, to fund treatment for a traumatic eye injury.
Jim has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 13 countries.
Jim has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 13 countries.
Cha is a 26-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married with one son, his wife is housewife, and he enjoys watching news on TV, and on his phone. One month ago, he was in an accident and hit by stone. Cha developed a problem in his left eye, causing him pain and blurry vision. When Cha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On May 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification (Phaco) 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. "I hope that I can see everything again after my operation, then I will work harder and earn more money to support my family, especially my kid's school," Cha told us.
Fauzia is a beautiful-20 months old girl, the only child to her parents. She was born normal but as she progressed, her mother noted her legs to be bowing outwardly. She was concerned and decided to seek a doctor. She was put on calcium medication and diet to strengthen the bones. However, she did not improve. They had little income to seek further care for their child. Fortunately, her mother was referred to our facility by a neighbour and encouraged to take the child soonest they could. She was diagnosed with genu varus, a condition where the legs bow outwardly, and surgery recommended to correct the deformity. Fauzia's parents are quite needy. Her father is a truck driver with limited income which he uses to meet the needs of his family. Her mother is a housewife. The family appeals for financial assistance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Fauzia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 18th. Treatment will hopefully restore Fauzia's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Fauzia’s mother says, “We have tried calcium medication but it has not helped correct her legs, please help her get this treatment the cost is too high for us to afford.”
In October 2018, Lysa had an accident and fell off of her bed, fracturing her left elbow. She received initial treatment from a local hospital, but her bones have now become deformed. She often experiences pain in her arm and has difficulty holding anything heavy. Surgery will ensure that her bones heal in proper alignment, and will prevent any further worsening of her condition. Lysa has two older sisters, and enjoys watching cartoons and reading in her spare time. "I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have to worry about my daughter's condition, and she will be able to recover from her operation." - Lysa's Mother
Stanley is a child from Kenya. He is a bright composed boy. Stanley, the seventh of seven children, is in pre-school and doing well in his studies. Stanley’s parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. They have other children to tend to who are in school with the firstborn in the fourth year in high school. Stanley was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Stanley has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Stanley will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 26th. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a policeman when I grow up,” says Stanley.
Vanneth is a 7th grade student from Cambodia. She has five siblings, and her favorite subject in school is Khmer literature. She hopes to become a teacher one day. One year ago, Vanneth had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Vanneth experiences tinnitus, itchiness, and discharge. She cannot hear clearly and has difficulty focusing in school. Vanneth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 06, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right 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. "I hope that my daughter's condition will improve after surgery and she will no longer suffer from hearing loss." -Vanneth's Mother
Brian is a student from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. He joined kindergarten last year. For four years, Brian has been experiencing difficulty swallowing and regular fevers. Frequent illness causes him to miss school. Brian was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Brian, which is scheduled to take place on August 9. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Brian of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Brian’s mother says, “This problem has made my son suffer a lot and made him miss a lot of class please help my son we have no means means of affording the cost.”
Grace is a laborer from Kenya. She has two children. Grace 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 Grace. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 19. After treatment, Grace will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Grace says, “My prayer is to be treated and fight off the cancer in me."
Hnin is a 15 year-old student from Thailand. In early June, she fell from a roof and fractured her arm. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hnin will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 26 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Hnin will no longer be in pain, and she will be able to continue her studies. Hnin says, “I want to be a medical doctor in the future and treat sick people."
Chhai Leang is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, five grandchildren, and enjoys going to the pagoda and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Chhai Leang has strabismus in her left eye. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for her to recognize objects and walk in the rice fields. Chhai Leang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 1, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Chhai Leang needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope that I am able to see clearly so I can go back to my work in the rice farm and be able to walk comfortably on my own."
Seyha is a 14-month-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child from Kampong Cham province. Since he was three months old, Seyha has had a mass in his right nostril that continues to swell in size. He experiences pain, itchiness, and difficulty breathing. Seyha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 14, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Seyha needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. His mother says, "I hope that after surgery, my son's condition will improve and I will no longer have to worry about it."
Koeun is a woman from Cambodia. In August 2018, Koeun was struck from behind by a motorcycle on her way home from work, resulting in a fractured left thigh. She was initially treated at Kampong Cham Referral Hospital, where they inserted pins near the fracture so the bones would heal in alignment. However, Koeun's bones have now healed, and the pins are ready to be removed. Surgery will allow Koeun to completely bend her leg and foot without any pain or difficulty. Surgery is scheduled for May 3 and will cost $390. She looks forward to returning to her family and going for walks in the village.
Dominick is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the first of two children. Dominick was born a healthy baby but he soon developed a left inguinal hernia. His condition is worsening as he is growing up. Fortunately, on April 11, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Dominick's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Dominick’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment, so that he may be well.”