Sam joined Watsi on July 23rd, 2018. Two years ago, Sam became the 4226th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,721 more people have become monthly donors! Sam's most recent donation supported Kyaw, a father from Thailand, to fund mobility-restoring surgery on his left leg.
Sam has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 8 countries.
Kyaw is a 37-year-old man who lives with his wife in a village in Tak Province, Thailand. He has two daughters that they support and who live with their maternal aunt in Burma. His wife is an agricultural day laborer while Kyaw has been a homemaker for the past two years. Unfortunately, his wife has been unable to find work for the past two months, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Even when she was working, the income she earned was not enough to cover their basic necessities and sometimes they would have to purchase items from the shop on credit. In 2013, Kyawa was injured in a car accident that took his brother's life. His doctors implanted a steel rod to repair his fractured left leg. He was told that he would need to have the steel removed in three to six years. Recently, Kyaw started experiencing pain in his left leg again. He traveled to Mae Sot Hospital to have the steel removed so that his leg could finish healing properly. Our medical parter, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of his surgery. A surgery that will alleviate his pain and enable him to walk again. Now, we are asking for your help in funding Kyaw's life-changing treatment. Kyaw shared, “I am very upset about my leg. I want to work like other people but because of my condition no one will offer me a job. I'm also worried about my wife and daughters' future. As a father I want to fulfill their needs which I can’t at present. Instead I rely on my wife's income. If the surgery doesn't help to improve my condition, I'm worried that my leg will be amputated. My wife is also worried that my condition will worsen, but she urges me to be strong and accept our fate.”
Leah is a street vendor from Kenya. She is a mother of six grown-up children, but one has passed away and left Leah with 3 grandchildren to care for. Leah separated from her husband when her children were young and she worked hard to raise them well despite limited income. Leah earns a living by selling clothes around her neighborhood. On Wednesday May 13th, 2020 Leah was on a motorbike going to take clothes to a customer when she had an accident and sustained a closed fracture tibia on her right leg. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is now in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 19th, Leah will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,099 to fund this procedure. “Only God can know what I am going through and the pain I am in. I have no one to turn to for help yet there are children depending on me. I plead for help so that this leg can get well and I can resume my job to support my family especially my grandchildren,” said Leah.
Karen is a two-year-old child from Tanzania, who is the last born child in a family of four children. Karen’s father works at a mine while her mother works as a storekeeper at a local school. Through their income, they are able to support their family's basic needs. Karen was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, meaning her legs curve outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she struggles to walk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Karen. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 13th. Treatment will hopefully restore Karen's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Karen’s father says, “Please help my daughter get this treatment so that she will be able to walk well without pain.”
Lomunyaki is a 3-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the only child to his parents. Lomunyak's mother is staying at her parent’s home after giving birth to Lomunyak. Lomunyaki's father didn’t want to take his son to the hospital thus the mother was forced to ran away and go seek help from her parents. Her parents are livestock keepers with very little income but they were able to get some money and took Lomunyaki to a clinic. Lomunyaki was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Lomunyaki is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Lomunyaki's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 12th. This procedure will hopefully spare Lomunyaki from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthier trajectory. Lomunyaki’s mother says, “I was very shocked when I gave birth to Lomunyaki; he is my first born and him born with a disability made me feel very bad like there was something wrong with my womb. Please help my son get this treatment.”
Tha is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five children, six grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television in her spare time. One year ago, Tha developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Tha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 09, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. Tha said, "I hope that I will be able to see more clearly so I can help around the house and return to planting rice at the farm."
Rebecca is a former business lady from Kenya. Rebecca used to sell clothes to earn a living. However, due to persistent abdominal pain, fatigue and backaches, she stopped and relies on her sisters for her daily upkeep. She separated from her husband since she could not bore a child and has since been living alone in a single room house in the Nairobi outskirts. About 14 years ago, she started noting some abnormal abdominal swelling that has since persisted. She tried using herbal medicines and other hopeful therapies without fruition. Rebecca came to Kijabe Hospital in 2016 and was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. They have increased in size to the equivalent of a 37 weeks’ pregnancy. Rebecca came back in 2020 having made up her mind that should would like to move forward with a recommended hysterectomy. With successful surgery, Rebecca's health will be restored. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Rebecca's surgery. On April 30th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Rebecca will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Rebecca says, "My wish is to be treated and regain my health back. I have decided to have my uterus removed after a lengthy denial."
Saron is a 63-year-old vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters, and four grandchildren. When she has free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Saron developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saron learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 14, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. "I hope that I will be able to see again and can return to taking care of and selling my vegetables," she said.
Sokea is a 45-year-old fisherman and rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, two daughters, and one grandchild. Her favorite activities include watching Khmer and Thai dramas on television. One month ago, Sokea developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sokea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 10th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. "I hope that I will be able to see more clearly and can go outside again and plant rice," she shared.
Justus is an elderly man from Uganda. He is a peasant farmer and the only breadwinner in the family despite the advanced years. He lives with his wife and ten grandchildren. He has been struggling with an inguinal swelling for the past year, which has made it hard for him to engage in his usual active and heavy duties. His wife is bed ridden and needs all of his money for her treatment. He requires surgery but is not able to raise funds needed. With successful surgery, Justus will be able to lead a better life with less pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on December 10th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Justus's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Justus says, “I am expecting to have a successful surgery so that I can regain energy to continue with cultivation.”
Willison is a farmer from Uganda and arrived at Nyakibale Hospital with an anterior abdominal lipoma which he has struggled with for over a year. He is unable to sleep on the affected side and complains of a burning sensation around the lipoma area. Willison had been to a different hospital previously, but could not receive surgery due to financial limitations. He opted to come to Nyakibale Hospital after hearing of the surgical program and possible support. If treated, Willison will be out of constant pain and discomfort. He is a father of five and works in his small piece of land to make a living. Together with the wife, they have to save every penny they earn for their children's education and daily sustenance. This leaves them with very little savings. Willison is not able to afford the cost of surgery and appeals for financial assistance. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Willison needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Willison says “I hope to regain my strength again after my surgery to continue with cultivation and provide for my family.”
Rathanak is a ninth-grade student from Cambodia. He has two brothers, and enjoys playing football, reading books, and listening to music in his free time. Seven years ago, Rathanak received a poorly administered injection in his left thigh. He is unable to bend his leg fully and often walks abnormally. His left leg is now shorter than his right leg, and because of this he also experiences back pain. When Rathanak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On November 19th, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his left leg to help him walk again without any pain or difficulty. Now, Rathanak needs help to fund this $413 procedure. "I hope that my son's surgery goes well so he will no longer suffer from his condition and I won't have to worry about him." -Rathanak's Mother
Immanuel is a young boy from Kenya. He say and wiped his mother’s tears as she narrated her story to us. His mother is in a broken marriage and since they live with her husband's family, they are suffering financial hardship and insecurity about where to live. Immanuel’s mother has tried seeking justice from women groups but has not yet been successful. Immanuel was diagnosed with hypospadias, where the urethral opening is below the normal position. This affects his urination and if not treated, will affect his sexuality. He had an initial surgery in early 2019 through the national health system, however, insurance cannot cover his planned surgery and Immanuel’s mother appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, Immanuel is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 7th with our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, who is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Immanuel’s mother says, “My prayer is to get justice and have my son recover fully.”