Peter joined Watsi on May 9th, 2020. One year ago, Peter joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Peter's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Chivorn, a young man from Cambodia, to fund a fracture repair so he can use his arm again.
Peter has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 7 countries.
Peter has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 7 countries.
Chivorn has been married for three years and both he and his wife work in a factory near their home. In his free time Chivorn enjoys playing football, listening to the news, watching TV, and taking his wife to the market. Two months ago Chivorn was in an accident and fell from a chair, sustaining an injury on his left elbow. At first he received treatment from a Khmer traditional healer but his pain did not go away. A neighbor told him to visit our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). He presented with pain and limited range of motion of his left arm. He cannot work with his left hand. Surgeons at CSC will perform and open reduction for Chivorn to heal and regain use of his arm. Chivorn said, "I hope I can heal quickly so I can return to work. I am thankful for my treatment so that I can get better."
Phal is a 47-year-old who works as a farmer during the rainy season and works in construction during the dry season. He and his wife have three sons together. His oldest son and wife work at a shoe factory, while his younger sons continue to study and occasionally help their father with work too. In March 2020, Phal stepped on a sharp piece of wood creating a small wound on his right foot. He treated the wound at home for a month, but it never healed and eventually became infected. The infection spread to the point that he cannot put weight on the foot and can no longer do any work. Phal traveled for two hours to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, where doctors determined that due to the infection, his foot will need to be amputated. On August 5th, Phal will undergo surgery. Once he has recovered, he will undergo a physiotherapy program and receive a prosthetic that will allow him to walk and work easily again without pain. Now, he needs help to raise $446 to fund the procedure. Phal shared, “I hope that I can heal quickly and feel no pain on my foot. I want to get back to work to help and support my family.”
Tean is a 33-year-old garment factory worker. She is married with a son and a daughter, and her husband is a security guard. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the factory where she was employed has been closed for over three months. It has been difficult to find other work, but she has enjoyed being able to spend more time with her children. She loves reading stories to them, as well as going for walks by herself and listening to music. Three years ago, Tean developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her severe irritation, occasional pain, and tearing. 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Tean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours with her sister seeking treatment. Tean 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 her procedure is $216 which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 14th. Tean shared, "I am happy I can get this surgery, and I hope that I will not have eye pain or irritation anymore. When my factory opens again I will be able to work easily and enjoy my time with my family."
Erick is a seven-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of two children. His mother does laundry work to help provide for the family, while his father is a veterinarian in the area. His business was doing well before the COVID-19 pandemic, but unfortunately, they had to stop paying for health insurance when they became financially strained due to the pandemic. Erick was born with an anorectal malformation, or a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He is scheduled to have corrective surgery on July 5th and now our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,393 to cover the total cost of Erick's procedure and care. After his recovery, Erick will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing severe health complications in the future. Erick’s father shared, “during this hard time of the pandemic, we are not able to raise any money for Erick’s surgery. Please help us."
Duncan is a 28-year-old man from Kenya. He is currently unemployed. Both of his parents are elderly and are farmers. Because of his current condition, he lives with his relatives who help him visit the hospital regularly for checkups. Duncan currently has tinnitus in his right ear, which causes him to have reduced hearing. His symptoms began in early 2010 after a road traffic accident, which also caused him a spine injury. He is currently still waiting to receive spine surgery. A few weeks after the accident, Duncan started having ear drainage, and visited a local hospital in his hometown for treatment. His ear eventually recovered, but the pain and infection reappeared two years later in 2012. Gradually, Duncan became unable to hear voices well, and currently he is not able to hear using the right ear. Doctors have recommended that he get a hearing aid to restore his hearing to its normal levels and improve his quality of life. However, Duncan cannot afford the cost of the hearing aids. His National Health Insurance Fund coverage cannot cover the cost of both his spine surgery and this treatment for his hearing loss. He currently relies on well-wishers to pay for his medical bills. Duncan appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Duncan receive his hearing aids on March 31st. This will cost $748, and he needs help raising money. Duncan shared, “I am losing my hearing at a tender age, my mobility is also threatened and I am unable to afford the increasing cost of medical care. I need support to get this treatment so that I may hear well again. Thank you for your support.”
Kelvin is a 12-year-old boy and the youngest of nine children in his family. Two of his older siblings have already finished high school and are now married. His mother is a small-scale farmer who sells maize and beans. His parents separated a long time ago and his father does not support their family. They rely on help from their local church. Kelvin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Kelvin will have an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, or fertility problems in the future. Kelvin is receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 8th and AMH is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Kelvin’s mother shared, “I am happy that one of my sons noticed this early enough, but at the same time I’m sad that I cannot afford to cater for his surgery. I am requesting any financial help that can help my son get treated.”
Tibasiimwa is a 63-year-old farmer and a married father to six children. He has one son and five daughters, who are all married and are small scale farmers. He used to earn a living from farming, but his condition doesn’t allow him to do cultivation work anymore. His wife operates the banana and coffee farm together with his son and daughter-in-law, which is how their family earns a living. For five years, Tibasiimwa has had a left reducible inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working. Fortunately, on April 1st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Tibasiimwa's surgery. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Tibasiimwa shared, “my only hope of being relieved from this condition is by undergoing surgery. With your support, I really hope that it will be possible and then I will get back to my farming.”
Francis is a 48-year-old hawker and a married father of two children, ages 12 and 14. Francis sells a variety of items like pencils and books in Nairobi. His wife is a cook at a nearby school, but unfortunately, due to COVID-19 she has been staying home with no salary. On the evening of Thursday, May 27, Francis was a passenger on a motorbike that was hit by a speeding car as they entered an intersection. He sustained injuries to his head and mouth and fractured his right leg. He was brought to our medical partner's care center where he received stitches in his head and an x-ray showed that he has a fractured tibia and fibula. The surgeon recommended that Francis undergo a fracture repair procedure. If not treated, he will continue to experience pain, and the bones could heal in a suboptimal position. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 3rd, Francis will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Francis will be free from the pain, the fracture will heal and he will be able to resume work. Now, AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Francis shared, “I will appreciate very much any help because I have no way to raise the money needed for the surgery. I hope to get well and assist my wife in taking care of our family."
Srim is a 46-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son, and both Srim and his wife are farmers. These days, Srim has not been able to work on the farm because of his declining vision. However, he is still able to plant vegetables around his home. In his free time, he enjoys watching Khmer boxing on TV with his neighbor. Three years ago, Srim developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience photophobia, blurry vision, and tearing. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Srim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours with his wife seeking treatment. On March 8th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, Srim needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Srim shared with us, "I hope after surgery I can see well so I go back to planting rice and earn money to support my family."
Mary is a 78-year-old woman and a married mother of ten children. Since her husband is elderly, she depends on her children for day-to-day support. Mary used to have a small business selling cereals, but now that she is older, she mostly stays home and does some farming. In the mid-2020, Mary began experiencing pain in the upper left part of her abdomen, abdominal fullness and lack of appetite. She was taken to a few different hospitals, but the medicines prescribed did not help her condition. An ultrasound scan showed that Mary has gallstones, and a cholecystectomy was recommended to help her fully heal. If not treated, she could experience complications like gall bladder inflammation or blockage. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Mary to receive treatment. On May 6th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a cholecystectomy to remove Mary's gallbladder. Now, AMH is requesting $788 to fund Mary's surgery. Mary shared, "if that is the only way to make me well, I plead for your help so that I can be ok and continue mentoring my children and taking care of my husband."
Heng is a 57-year-old mother of five, with three daughters and two sons. Her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime. She looks after five of her grandchildren and helps the family with farming and animal husbandry. Since she was 24 years old, she has had ear discharge, and tinnitus; she has had significant hearing loss for the past 10 years and cannot communicate clearly with others. Heng traveled to our medical partner's care center hoping to receive treatment. On February 4th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She hopes that her ear will be free of infection, her ear discharge will finally stop and her hearing will be improved. She wants to feel better and be able to do more on her own.
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.”