Tyler joined Watsi on August 5th, 2013. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tyler's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Khem, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract eye surgery.
Tyler has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 3 countries.
Tyler has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 3 countries.
Khem is a 78-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three sons and eight grandchildren. His wife died three years ago, so he currently lives with his son, who is also a farmer. He shared that in his spare time, he likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and read his bible. Seven years ago, Khem developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On October 5th, 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 $229 procedure. Khem said, "I hope after surgery I can see much better and help my son with his work again."
Tusingwire is a single mother to two children in Uganda. Her oldest is 10 years old and the younger one is eight years old--both are in school studying. She recently separated with her husband and decided to stay with her brother. Tusingwire currently operates a tea kiosk room in Rukungiri town. Tusingwire presented at the hospital complaining of lower abdominal pain for over two years. She has abdominal discomfort and complains of back pain whenever she bends while picking something. Tusingwire had never been to a hospital for medical treatment for her condition because she couldn’t afford any money for treatment or consultation. But her pain worsened and she informed her brother who knew of the surgical support program at Nyakibale hospital. Tusingwire was seen by the doctor and they recommended that she first do a scan to confirm a diagnosis. When scan results indicated a pelvic mass, the doctor recommended she undergo a curative laparotomy treatment for a complete recovery from her condition. She needs financial support for cover $242 for the treatment. Tusingyire shared, “I am in deep pain and I have nothing to do. I look forward to receiving surgery and once I have recovered, I will be able to resume with my business.”
Nareth is a 15-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has two sisters, one brother, and hopes to become a tailor when she gets older. When she was eight years old, Nareth had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Nareth experiences discharge, itchiness, pain, and hearing loss. She has difficulty communication clearly with others and can no longer attend school. Nareth traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 17th, 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 $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Nareth's mother says,"I hope that my daughter's surgery goes well so I won't have to worry about my daughter's condition and she will feel better."
Thy is a cobbler from Cambodia. He likes to play soccer and take walks along the riverside area. Four years ago, Thy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On October 17, 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, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. He says, "I hope I can get back to work after the operation and see clearly again."
Narin is a 32-year-old car accessories salesman from Cambodia. He enjoys playing football in his free time. Five years ago, Narin developed a pterygium, a pink tissue growth, in each eye. This causes him blurred vision, burning, and irritation. It is difficult for Narin to see clearly and go places on his own. Narin and his brother traveled for two hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. He is now scheduled to undergo eye surgery to remove the pterygium from both of his eyes on July 13. CSC is requesting $201 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.
Meet Leap, a 54-year-old mother from Cambodia! Two months ago Leap fractured her right hip, making walking without pain nearly impossible. Her doctors at Children’s Surgical Centre explain, “Leap has been walking with a broken femoral neck for the last two months. She can no longer work, and her husband must support her.” They continue, “It is difficult for her to stand up and she can't walk more than a few feet without resting.” Confined to a wheelchair, Leap wishes she could care for her two children and not have to solely rely on her husband. $430 will cover the cost of a hip replacement and allow Leap to be able to walk and work without pain. Let’s help Leap pay for the medical care she needs!
Meet Sunnary, a 55-year-old Cambodian woman who loves everything from cooking to watching her favorite Khmer dramas on TV. Sunnary used to enjoy these activities regularly, but since she developed glaucoma her vision has rapidly deteriorated, making it difficult for her to perform even her most basic daily chores. "Sunnary has blurred vision in both eyes due to glaucoma. Her eyes burn and is often painful," our medical partner Children's Surgical Center tells us. "She is unhappy that she cannot care and cook for her family as she used to, and has had to stop selling goods in the market to earn an income." She misses cooking, and most of all misses watching her favorite shows, but cannot afford the cost to treat her glaucoma. For $300, Sunnary will be able to undergo surgery to treat her glaucoma and reverse her vision loss. This operation will not only restore Sunnary's vision and ability to resume her routine, it will also eliminate the pain and burning she's experienced for so long.
Srey Mao is a 29-year-old woman from Cambodia who was badly burned in a 2011 car accident. She has already had two reconstructive surgeries for her injuries at our medical partner in Cambodia. Now, Srey Mao needs a contracture release surgery and skin graft on her hand, as the built-up scarring is making it difficult for her to perform everyday activities. Srey Mao is a single mother of two. She lives in a rural village with her aunt. They love to cook together. For $300, we can help pay for the surgery to improve function in her hand and help her provide for her family.
Alex is a fast-growing, bright boy living in Guatemala. He has a speech problem that if left untreated, his doctors say will lead to permanent language problems and difficulty in school. Alex’s problem is common and easily treatable in most developed countries. However, in Guatemala, the absence of pediatric care and speech therapy makes access to treatment nearly impossible. Doctors at Wuqu' Kawoq can ensure Alex receives six months of intensive speech therapy. They have an amazing therapist on staff who is excited to work with Alex. Let’s get Alex talking normally so he has the resources to succeed in the world!