Sam joined Watsi on July 23rd, 2018. Three years ago, Sam joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Sam's most recent donation supported Mu, a teenager from Thailand, to fund a tumor removal on his leg.
Sam has funded healthcare for 58 patients in 9 countries.
Sam has funded healthcare for 58 patients in 9 countries.
Mu is a 17-year-old boy who lives with his sister in Mae Sot, Thailand. Before that, he lived with his parents, one older sister, two younger brothers and one younger sister in a refugee camp. His sister works at a non-governmental organisation helping others in need. Around mid-August, Mu woke up one morning with pain in his left knee. At first he thought that the pain would go away on its own and that it was nothing serious. However, when the pain remained a few days later, he told his sister about it. His sister bought him a type of Burmese pain reliever balm to apply on his knee. He applied the balm for a week, but he did not feel any better. When he and his sister noticed that his left knee had become slightly swollen his sister called their father. Mu’s father told them that it could be an ulcer and suggested that they go to a hospital or buy him pain medication to reduce swelling. His sister bought the medication their father had suggested at a pharmacy, and Mu took it for a week. However, he did not feel better, and the swelling did not decrease. Mu was able to have an MRI at Chiang Mai Hospital and now the doctor recommends he undergo surgery to remove a tumor on his left knee. Mu sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund and is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on December 17th. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care which will enable him to get off of using crutches and back to feeling well again. Mu said, "After I heard from the doctor that my leg does not need to be amputated, I feel so happy."
Rachael is the 1st born in a family of three children. Her favorite subject in school is English and she aspires to become a lawyer in the future. Rachael's mother is a vendor, selling chips and samosas in her small shop while her father works as a mechanic. They live in a one-roomed rental house in a rural village. She was born healthy, however, at the age of 11, Rachael's mother noticed an unusual bending of her right leg towards her left leg; a condition she came to know is called genu valgum or "knock knees" deformity. Rachael cannot walk well as her right leg knocks the left. She is unable to play with her friends and while at school, her self-esteem is affected because she cannot walk like her peers. This surgery will be of great impact to her. Rachael will be able to walk well, play with her friends, her self-esteem will be boosted, and she will continue with her education to achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer. Rachael says, “I would love to be treated so that I can walk well, wear skirts like my friends, and continue with my education without interruptions.”
Hamisi is a six-year-old boy and the only child of his single mother. Hamisi started kindergarten earlier this year, but unfortunately had to stop because he was getting sick so often. His mother is a small-scale farmer and their family depends on her crops for their food. Since he was two years old, Hamisi has had a right inguinal hernia which means that tissue, such as part of the intestine, protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The hernia has caused swelling on the right side of his pelvis and he experiences pain and discomfort. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Hamisi to receive treatment. On October 18th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, he needs help raising $566 to fund his procedure and care. Hamisi’s mother shared, "my son has been suffering due to this problem since he was two years old. Due to financial challenges, I have not been able to seek treatment for him. The condition has now gotten worse. Please help my son."
Enock is a loving father of two. His wife is a housewife and doesn't have a source of income so he is the sole breadwinner for their family. Enock is a self-employed electrician who performs contractual jobs. However, his source of income is not stable as it depends on customer availability. Additionally, Enock supports his siblings financially as they are in need. About a year ago, Enock was involved in a traffic collision where he sustained a tibia fracture. Since then he has undergone multiple surgeries but has exhausted all his healthcare benefits. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,500 to fund bone transport surgery that Enock needs to help him finally heal and get back to work. This surgery will allow Enock to work easily again and to provide for his family. Enock shared, “I rely on my legs to work and fend for my family. After the accident, I have had difficulties in walking and I cannot go to work. I need this surgery to help me with mobility.”
Meshack is a young baby and the third born in a family of three children. His mother sells groceries in a local market and his father is a mechanic. His parents work hard to earn a humble income, just enough to provide for the family. Meshack was born a healthy and happy baby. However, a few days later, his mother noticed that he was not passing urine properly. His parents took him to a nearby hospital for examination where he was diagnosed with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. The doctor referred Meshack to visit BethanyKids Hospital once he turned 7 months old. Once they visited the hospital, he was scheduled to undergo a hypospadias repair surgery. Fortunately, Meshack is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $847 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Meshack’s mother shared, “It is hard for us to even think of raising any money as we cannot afford it, please help us. Thank you for your support.”
James is former motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. He's married and is the father of two children 13 and 6 years old. James' wife is works part-time on a rice farm in their hometown. The family currently lives in a rental house paid for by their local church pastor. In November 2017, James was in a motorbike accident. Due to the accident, he lost his job, and he shared that his life became one revolving around experiencing pain and constant hospital visits. He underwent surgery on his broken leg in a nearby health facility in his hometown. Following the procedure he had a challenging recovery due to infections, causing him sleepless nights and visits to different healthcare facilities. James was finally referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital where he underwent several treatments in May. James returned home but later came back to the hospital with a wounded leg that was in bad shape with an exposed bone. The doctors originally admitted James for repair surgery, but determined he needed a below-knee amputation which took place in mid-June. James still experiences a lot of pain, so the surgeon recommend he undergo another round of intense debridement in the amputated area to remove his damaged tissue and help him to finally heal. James has national health insurance, which supported his two major surgeries, but his coverage has been depleted and will not support the care he needs now. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping James receive treatment. On June 25th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent the spread of infection and speed up his recovery. Now, James needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. James wishes to be free from pain, “I, unfortunately, lost my leg due to a sudden amputation, and I am still in shock. I will never be able to use both legs again. I am still in a lot of pain and the wound needs another procedure for me to be well. I need to get out of the hospital and figure out how to take care of my family with my current condition.”
Landei is an adventurous, playful and social 10-year-old boy from Tanzania. A while ago, he and his friends were playing in the fields, climbing on electric poles as the cattle were grazing. Sadly, they didn't realize the dangers that the poles posted, and the boys were electrocuted. Landei sustained burns to his hand and thigh. He later developed gengrene and had an emergency below-elbow amputation. However, his condition is not improving and now he needs an above-elbow amputation to save the rest of his arm. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Landei to receive treatment. On June 10th, he will undergo surgery at AMH's care center and now, AMH is requesting $1,088 to cover the cost of Landei's procedure and care. Landei’s father shared, "our son’s accident found us with no money to seek treatment for him that’s why it’s gotten this bad. Please help him have the needed surgery."
Nhang is a 37-year-old married father of three children, including two daughters and one son. He and his wife have been married for ten years. In his free time, Nhang enjoys playing football, watching TV, and taking his children to the garden. Five months ago, Nhang fell from construction scaffolding and injured his left elbow. His elbow is dislocated, overextended, and he cannot flex his arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On May 20th, they will perform an open reduction surgery on Nhang's left elbow so that his arm will heal. Nhang shared, "I hope I can use my arm again. I want to return to work soon and support my family."
Sabato is a 3-year-old boy and the only child of his father who is unwell and raising him alone. As a result, Sabato was left in the care of his grandparents. His grandparents are elderly and depend entirely on small-scale farming. They shared that at their age, raising Sabato was not easy, but through the help of their other children, they are able to make ends meet. Sabato was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, or knock knees. When Sabato reached two years of age, his grandparents noticed his legs were curving outwards, but they thought it was normal rickets that he would outgrow with time. The condition Sabato has is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Due to his condition, Sabato struggles to walk, to play with his fellow children, and use the bathroom comfortably. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Sabato. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Sabato's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Sabato’s aunt shared, "I really wanted to help my nephew after seeing how much he was suffering, but didn’t expect that the treatment cost would be this expensive. I have no source of income, and his father is dependent on our parents who are also old. Please help to correct my nephew's legs."
Yeabsera is a six-year-old boy from Ethiopia and an only child. Yeabsera loves to watch TV and play with his friends. His mom is a housewife and is unable to work because she has health problems. His dad works in a government office and farms part-time. Yeabsera was born with hypospadias, a condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility in the future. Fortunately, Yeabsera is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 1st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Yeabsera's mom shared, “I look forward to Yeabsera getting a good education. I was sick and I saw how doctors helped me. And I am looking for doctors to help my child. I want him to become a doctor and help a lot of others.”
Sela is a 19-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sela has two brothers and one sister. Her mother is a farmer and her father is in the military. In her free time Sela enjoys listening to music, watching Thai movies on TV, doing housework, and cooking. In August 2017, Sela was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of her left leg. She had a nail put in her leg to heal the fracture. Now, the bone is better but to complete her healing she needs to have the hardware removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 24th, Sela will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will be remove the hardware to avoid future complications like an infection. Sela siad, "I hope after the operation I will not be in pain so I can return to work soon."
Neang is a 74-year-old shopkeeper from Cambodia. She has three sons and three grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son since her husband passed away five years ago. She occasionally helps out with her son's farmwork, and otherwise likes to make cakes and sell them with drinks. In her free time she listens to news and music on the radio. Six years ago, Neang developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Neang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled more than three hours seeking treatment. On August 10th, 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. Neang said, "I think my cakes will be made much better when I can see well and do everything by myself. I am hopeful that I will see everyone in my family better too."