Greta joined Watsi on July 3rd, 2016. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Greta's most recent donation supported Seth, a one-year-old from Kenya, to fund surgery for his birth condition.
Greta has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 7 countries.
Greta has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 7 countries.
Seth is a sweet baby boy. He is the only child in his family and his parents separated before he was born. His mother moved back to his grandparent’s place to raise him with support. A few months ago, Seth's mother went abroad to work as a domestic helper. Seth is being cared for by his grandmother who does laundry for her neighbors to earn a living, while his grandfather sells cereals in a local market. Seth's mother noticed that he could not pass stool three days after he was born. It was discovered that Seth's lower digestive system had not developed fully and he received surgery to treat this congenital anal malformation. Later additional scans were to be done but Seth's mother did not have any extra money at that time. She went back home, gathered some funds, and brought Seth back to the facility a few months later. A community health volunteer referred his family to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) as his family was having a challenging time to cover the cost of his treatment and he needs a anorectoplasty surgery to repair his digestive system. Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is requesting $743 to cover the costs. Seth’s grandmother says, “The past one year has been very stressful for us but we hope that it will be well.”
Theary is a 53-year-old rice farmer who is married with three daughters and one grandchild. These days, she does not work on the farm as often. Mostly, she watches her grandchild at home while her daughter and husband work on the farm. She also enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Theary developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Theary learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 5th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure. Theary shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better so I can return to planting rice and seeing my family."
Khan is a 74-year-old food seller, though her age and health is preventing her from working more. She had one son who passed away five years ago and three grandchildren. She currently lives with her husband and daughter-in-law, who is a garment worker. Khan's favorite pastime is listening to monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Khan developed entropion of the eyelids. This means that her eyelids turn inward, causing her eyelashes to scrape the surface of her eyes. It is difficult for her to open her eyelids and see. Khan traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 2nd, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to repair her eyelids. Now, CSC is requesting $225 to fund this procedure. Smiling, she shared, "I hope after surgery my eye stops tearing and itching, I can go outside, recognize my family and friends, do housework and take care of my grandchildren. I want to help my niece to collect chew seeds at the farm field."
Shupe is a 39-year-old mother of two girls, ages 16 and 17. She is very proud of her children who have both been successful in school. She separated from her husband four years ago and has a small business selling tomatoes and vegetables house-to-house. Last year, Shupe began experiencing pain in her abdomen. She shared that she has been unable to work due to the pain and had difficulty paying her rent. Now, she is staying with her sister while both of her daughters stay at a friend’s house to attend their secondary schools until they pass their exams. Shupe recently visited a surgeon who confirmed that she has an inguinal hernia and requires hernia repair surgery. If not treated, the hernia will continue to cause her pain, and in rare cases, it could lead to strangulation, cutting off the blood flow to part of her intestines. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Shupe to receive treatment. On June 3rd, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $575 to cover the cost of Shupe's procedure. Shupe shared, “I need to be alive to see my children go to college. This hernia and the pain are shattering my hopes, but with this surgery, I can see freedom coming. Much appreciation to Watsi for the support and funding."
Hai is a 60-year-old farmer. She has two daughters and one son. Her husband died 20 years ago, so Hai lives with one of her children. When she isn't working, Hai enjoys having to time to play with her grandchildren. Hai has nasal polyps in each nostril that cause bad odor, discharge, and pain. She has been using medications she purchases at a pharmacy to manage these symptoms but her condition has not improved. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) are able to perform a bilateral polypectomy to alleviate these symptoms permanently. She needs help to raise $343 to fund the surgery. Hai said, "I really hope after the surgery my nose will be better, my headaches will be reduced, and the infection will go away. When I am healed, I will help my children with their work."
Ou is an 81-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters and nine grandchildren. Her husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge regime. Five years ago, Ou developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her significantly blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ou learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On November 9th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ou shared, "After this surgery, I hope I can see everything clearly, my eye irritation goes away, and I can spend more time with my grandchildren and even visit new places."
Savin is a 31-year-old rice and vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, and in her free time she enjoys doing the housework and preparing meals for her family. Seven years ago, Savin 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, Savin experiences hearing loss, ear drainage, headache, and tinnitus. She is unable to hear other clearly and has a difficult time communicating with her family. Savin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 18, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Savin said, "I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have any ear infections and the discharge will stop so I can hear clearly again."
Samuel is a man from Kenya. He lives with his grandson. Samuel does not have clear hearing, and his hearing has been deteriorating for the past four years. He was seen by an audiologist and had hearing aids recommended. Fortunately, he is now scheduled for receive them on February 5. Now he needs help raising $929. Samuel says, “My prayer is to get the hearing aids. I rely on gestures to communicate even in church and it bothers me a lot."
Karen is a student from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of three children. For five years, Karen has been experiencing frequent fevers and illness. This has caused her to often miss school and is affecting her academic performance. Karen was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Karen, which is scheduled to take place on February 8. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Karen of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Karen’s mother says, “Supporting my three children by myself has not been easy. Please help my daughter get the needed surgery I have no means of raising up the money needed to cover the cost.”
Bakundababu is a farmer from Uganda. She is a widow and a mother of two girlsr. Since 2012, Bakundababu has been experiencing abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $268 to fund Bakundababu's surgery. On October 16, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Bakundababu will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. She says, "After surgery I will be able to do simple work at home."
Susan is a woman from Kenya. She is a mother of three who used to be a nursery school teacher until delivering her third child. Her husband is a casual laborer, often planting trees for pay. Susan 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 Susan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 31. After treatment, Susan will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Susan says, “My prayer is that God will give me the strength to undertake the treatment and complete it. I want to be there for my children."
Khem is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren. She likes to listen to the news on the radio. A year ago, Khem developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, photophobia, and pain. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 1, doctors will perform an extra-capsular cataract extraction and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I want to continue my work as a farmer and be able to lead an independent life."