Nora joined Watsi on November 12th, 2015. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nora's most recent donation supported Pok, a grandmother from Cambodia, to fund a cataract surgery.
Nora has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 9 countries.
Nora has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 9 countries.
Pok is an 84-year-old mother of nine from Cambodia. She has four sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. For her whole life, Pok worked as a rice and bean farmer, but now spends her time at home looking after her grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio. Five years ago, Pok developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Pok learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour by tuk tuk with her daughter seeking treatment. On December 1st, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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. Pok shared, "I just want to see my relatives clearly and look after myself well."
Gody is a two-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest of his mother's two children, and one of his father's five children. Gody's father works at a butcher shop and is able to get by and support his family. Gody has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Gody traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Gody's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Gody’s mother shared, “we had a little money that we thought we could use to treat our baby but all that money has been used up with no successful treatment. Kindly help correct my baby’s feet.”
Sanchez is a 3-year-old boy from Haiti. He is an only child who lives with his mother and father in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He likes drawing pictures and playing with toy cars. Sanchez has a heart condition called ventricular septal defect, which means that there is a hole between the two lower chambers of his heart. He will fly to the United States to receive life-saving treatment. On February 17th, Sanchez will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will close the hole in his heart by sewing a patch over it. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $17,000 to pay for the surgery. Sanchez's family also needs help funding the costs of surgery prep and travel. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, check-up and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social worker from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Sanchez's family overseas. Sanchez's mother shared, "our family has been praying for years that our child would be able to have this surgery. We are nervous but very glad it is happening!"
Ang is a 68-year-old rice farmer with two daughters and seven grandchildren. She is in good health, though she no longer goes to the rice field because of her age. Ang lives with her husband and one of her daughters, who is a grocery seller. She helps her daughter at home with taking care of her grandchildren. When Ang has spare time, she likes to listen to the monks preaching on the radio. Two years ago, Ang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and sometimes tearing in her eye. Her condition has worsened significantly in the last three months and now Ang has difficulty seeing things clearly and doing things on her own outside. When Ang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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. Ang shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well so I can help my daughter sell groceries, care for my grandchildren, and take care of myself and my husband. Also, I look forward to joining ceremonies at the pagoda again too."
Khun is a 68-year-old retired government officer and is married with two daughters and four sons. His wife is a mobile food seller. Khun enjoys taking his wife to the market to buy vegetables and cook. He also enjoys watching Khmer boxing on the TV and listening to monks preaching on the radio. Most of the time, he feels okay, with the exception of his poor vision. Two years ago, Khun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him difficulty seeing at night or in bright lights. He also experiences blurred vision and itchiness, and has difficulty recognizing faces and going anywhere outside. When Khun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours with his wife seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Khun shared, "I hope after surgery I can return to my daily life activities, like taking my wife to the market and helping her around the house."
Shamsi is a beautiful, friendly and cheerful 3-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the youngest in their family of five children. Shamsi’s father is self-employed and sells home materials like nets, pillows, and bedsheets. Her mother is a homemaker and stays at home to care for their children. Shamsi was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, or bow-leggedness. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Her legs bow outward when she walks, so she is not able to walk comfortably for long periods of time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Shamsi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Shamsi's mobility, allow her to play normally with her siblings, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Shamsi’s father shared, “We have tried medications and different food containing high calcium, but her legs are not getting any better. The only way to correct her legs is through surgery, but the cost of treatment is something we cannot afford.”
"I really need this surgery," explains 50-year-old Yohane. Yohane is a farmer who lives with his wife in central Malawi. They have five children and eight grandchildren. When Yohane is not working on his farm, he likes to weave mats and chat with his friends. For the past year, Yohane has experienced difficulty urinating and pain due to an enlarged prostate. He has been unable to afford treatment. On February 23, Yohane will undergo a prostate resection. This is a minimally-invasive surgery to remove part of the prostate gland and improve the flow of urine through the urethra. This surgery costs $733. Yohane and his family are excited for him to recover and return home.
Arjie is a two-year-old child from the Philippines. He lives with his parents in a house that they share with their relatives. They don't have a source of electricity, so they use kerosene lamps. His father is a fisherman, and his mother is a housewife. Arjie has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 22. Arjie will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "I hope that he will have a healthy body and finish his studies," says his mother.
Chhorm is a 28-year-old man from Cambodia. He works as a credit officer and likes to watch TV and movies in his free time. Over a year ago, Chhorm had a severe accident causing open fractures in his left tibia, ulna, femur, and patella. He went to a hospital for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. It is still difficult and painful for Chhorm to walk. After hearing about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Chhorm traveled for five hours with his brother to reach treatment. On February 22, surgeons at CSC will perform a procedure to realign the bones in Chhorm's left hand, leg, and foot. CSC has requested $411 for the treatment. The surgery will allow Chhorm to walk and move easily again.
Meet Lorraine, a four-year-old girl from the Philippines who lives with her parents and loves to play with her friends. Their bamboo house does not have any electricity or running water supply. Lorraine has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Lorraine will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "I want her to finish her studies and become a successful person someday," shares Lorraine's mother. "I look forward for positive results for her health with this ICM malnutrition program."
Ros is a 67-year-old rice farmer who is married and has three sons, three daughters, and 15 grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to watch the news on TV, go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray, and participate in ceremonies. About two years ago, Ros developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused him to experience blurred vision, extreme sensitivity to light, and cloudy lenses. As a result, it is difficult for him to see things and people clearly, work, drive his motorbike, and go anywhere on his own. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund a phaco procedure and an intraocular lens implant for each of Ros's eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 30 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Ros's vision to its former state and allow him to live more comfortably.
Meet Peter, a 66-year-old farmer from the Central Region of Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have six children and eight grandchildren. Peter loves to sing in his free time. A year ago, he started to experience pain due to an enlarged prostate gland. He has been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Peter will undergo corrective surgery at Nkhoma Hospital on February 22. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for donations to fund the $733 surgery. Peter is excited to return to his farm after surgery.