Craig joined Watsi on May 13th, 2013. 28 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Craig's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Korugyendo, a small scale farmer from Uganda, to fund a mass excision procedure.
Craig has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
Craig has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
Korugyendo is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of ten children; five of whom are still in school. Three of her children are married and are small scale farmers, and two dropped out of school and are casual laborers. For the last three years, Korugyendo has experienced pain and discomfort in her chest. Upon seeking care, she has been diagnosed with a mass on the left side of her chest that needs to be removed. Unfortunately, this procedure is costly for Korugyendo and her family. She and her husband are both farmers. Despite having a low income, the couple still has a lot of responsibilities in terms of care and school fees for their children. With their youngest child at 6 years old, they will continue to need to support their children as they grow up. Korugyendo appeals for financial help for her procedure. Korugyendo traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 13th surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Korugyendo needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Korugyendo shared, “I will resume farming as soon as possible to be able to take good care of my family.”
Theavy is a 31-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has two brothers, two sisters, and enjoys listening to music, cooking, and watching television in her free time. When she was seven years old, Theavy fell from her bike and hit her head on the pavement. Since the age of twelve, she started developing a tumor-like growth on her left cheek where she fell, which has been diagnosed as fibrous dysplasia. This condition can weaken the affected bone, sometimes leading to fractures and other pain and discomfort. Theavy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, and surgeons at CSC will perform a tumor excision procedure to help her feel more comfortable and confident. Now, she needs help to fund this $606 procedure. Theavy shared, "I hope that I will feel better after my surgery and that my face will look symmetrical again."
John is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and three siblings in a coastal city in northwest Haiti. He is about to start the second grade. John has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. These defects prevent his body from getting the oxygen it needs. John will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On September 12, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which Surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage from his valve.. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $15000.0 to pay for surgery. John's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany John's family overseas. From John's father: "We are hopeful that our son will be able to live more normally once his surgery is over."
Sorm is a 55-year-old teacher from Cambodia. He has five children, two grandchildren, and enjoys reading books in his free time. Eight years ago, Sorm developed a pterygium in left, causing him blurry 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 Sorm learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Sorm 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 September 16. Sorm says, "I hope that I will be able to see clearly again so I can continue working and helping my family."
Meet Reuben, a 72-year-old elderly man living in a rural village in Uganda. Reuben is a farmer who sells food crops such as cassava, maize, potatoes, millet, and even honey to support his family and pay for his children and grandchildren to attend school. In his free time, he enjoys participating in meetings to plan events for his community, listening to the news on the radio, and teaching his children and grandchildren how to care for bees. For the last 30 years, however, Reuben has been dealing with pain from a persisting inguinal hernia on the right side of his body. This means that part of his intestine has protruded through a portion of his abdominal muscle. At one point, the hernia was small and the pain was manageable with local herbs, but recently, it enlarged and the pain was no longer responsive to herbs. Doctors have since recommended that Reuben undergo surgery in order to alleviate the pain and prevent the onset of other serious conditions associated with hernias. Reuben is currently scheduled to undergo surgery on August 7 to repair the hernia. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 to cover the expenses of the procedure. Thankful for the aid he is receiving, Reuben says, “I thank the donors for supporting my treatment and God bless them.” After he recovers from surgery, Reuben looks forward to resuming farming so that he can support his family once again.
“I thank God for connecting me with your help,” shares Arcemio, an 18-year-old boy from Guatemala. Although only a teenager, Arcemio has already had more than his share of health challenges. When he was just 11, Arcemio contracted cancer and lost a leg. Because of the cancer, Arcemio also had to be taken out of school at a young age, meaning he still has only a third-grade education. Without a leg, Arcemio struggles to get around and to complete routine daily tasks. Furthermore, although he desperately wishes to work, he cannot find a job. A prosthetic leg would make a world of difference for Arcemio, but his family cannot afford to purchase one. His mother works at home, taking care of Arcemio and his two other siblings, while Arcemio’s father works as a day laborer in the local countryside. But with Watsi funding, Arcemio can receive a specially molded leg fit just for him. $1,166 will pay for the materials and fitting sessions necessary to create this prosthesis, set to take place beginning June 9. Having an artificial leg will allow Arcemio to walk for the first time in seven years. He also hopes that with the prosthesis, he will be able to work alongside his father in the fields and therefore to provide more for his family.
Nyunt is a 53-year-old woman who lives with her husband and her daughter’s family in Burma. They own a paddy field and several farm animals that they use to support their family. A few months ago, Nyunt began noticing chest pain and experiencing difficulty breathing and a dry cough. She currently has trouble sleeping because of the pain, and her condition has made it very difficult for Nyunt to work and care for her grandchildren. She travelled from her home village to the hospital where medics performed an X-ray and told her that she appeared to have a lesion in her lungs. She likely has a pleural effusion, a buildup of fluid in the tissues that line the chest and the lungs, although her condition could also be linked to lung cancer. To be sure, doctors have recommended that Nyunt receive a CT scan in order to more accurately diagnose her condition. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of a CT scan for Nyunt. The scan is scheduled for July 3 and, once completed, will hopefully provide Nyunt with clarity and peace of mind regarding her condition. "I wish to get better as soon as possible to return to farming and spending time with my family," says Nyunt.
Sophen is a four-year-old little girl from Cambodia. She lives with her parents, brother, and two sisters. Sophen likes to draw and play with her toys. Sophen was born with cataracts in both her eyes. Her condition has caused her blurred vision, making it difficult for her to walk and identify objects. Hearing about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), through a monk in the village, Sophen's mother decided to seek treatment for her. On July 18, Sophen will undergo surgery at CSC's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, to remove the cataracts from her eyes. CSC is asking for $398 to cover the cost of Sophen's surgery. Sophen's parents are grateful to the donors for their support!
Than is a 77-year-old married woman from Cambodia with one son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. She likes to go to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray and read Buddhist books. Than developed a cataract in each eye about three years ago. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Most cataracts are due to age-related changes in the eye and account for 50 percent of all cases of blindness worldwide. Because of the cataracts, Than experiences blurred vision, tearing, and burning. It makes it difficult for her to see things clearly, do any work, or go anywhere on her own. Than heard about Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) because a person in her village had surgery here before. She traveled for two hours with her daughter to reach CSC for evaluation and treatment. For $292, Than will undergo phacoemulsification to break down the eyes' internal lenses using ultrasonic energy and replace them with intraocular lens implants. Funding for Than's treatment also includes four nights in the hospital, eye drops, medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection, and pre- and post-surgical consultations. After the operation, Than will be able to see clearly again. "I hope to see things more clearly than now so that I can easily read books about Buddha and go to the pagoda or anywhere else by myself," shares Than. "I don't want to worry about my eyes and blindness forever."
Meet Khun, a 64-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Khun is married with four sons, three daughters, and 20 grandchildren. She enjoys tending to her grandchildren and listening to monks pray," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Two years ago, Khun developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. "This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside," CSC explains. After learning about CSC, Khun and her son travelled two hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Khun's sight. With $292, Khun will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.
"Sreang is a 68-year-old farmer married with seven daughters and 10 grandchildren," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. "She enjoys listening to the monks praying and listening to news on the radio." "Sreang developed a cataract in each eye four years ago. This causes her blurred vision, photophobia, and pain. She can't see anything clearly, do work well, or get around easily on her own," CSC reports. Cataracts are a common cause of preventable blindness in Cambodia and often go untreated. People in rural areas are especially likely to go without care. Hoping to treat her cataracts and prevent blindness, Sreang traveled five hours with her brother to reach CSC's treatment center. For $292, she'll receive cataract surgery in both eyes. Surgeons will remove the old, cloudy lenses in her eyes and replace them with implants, allowing her to see clearly once again.
Meet Rem, a 67 year-old grandmother from Cambodia with one daughter and 13 grandchildren. “She spends her free time visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray, and taking care of her grandchildren at home,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “Three years ago Rem developed cataracts in each eye. This causes her blurred vision, tearing, and pain,” shares CSC. "It is hard to see everything clearly or go outside easily. I cannot do any work very well," Rem says. Cataracts occur as proteins develop in the lens of the eye and cause cloudiness. Without treatment, the cloudiness increases over time and results in slowly deteriorating vision, and sometimes blindness. For $225, Rem’s cataracts will be surgically removed. A surgeon will make a small incision to remove the clouded lenses and replace them with new, artificial lenses. “I hope after treatment my eyes can see everything clearly again,” shares Rem.