Michael joined Watsi on September 20th, 2016. Six years ago, Michael joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Michael's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Oun, a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund life-changing cataract surgery.
Michael has funded healthcare for 74 patients in 15 countries.
Michael has funded healthcare for 74 patients in 15 countries.
Oun is a 62-year-old rice farmer, living with her husband and oldest daughter. Oun and her husband have two daughters, two sons and four grandchildren. When not working or helping to care for the grandchildren, Oun enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Oun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and eye discomfort in bright or low light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and she is worried about falling when walking, so she is reluctant to go places on her own. When Oun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five and a half hours to seek treatment. On June 6th, doctors at Kien Khleang Rehabilitation Centre will perform cataract surgery, and implant an intraocular lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. Children's Surgical Center is requesting $253 to fund this procedure. Oun says: "I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I want to be able to go outside, recognize faces, and plant rice."
Loserian is a student and the youngest of six children in his family in Tanzania. For over six years, Loserian experienced pain and discomfort when he walked, because his legs bowed inwards, forcing him to use a walking stick for support. Four years ago, he received surgery through Watsi funding, that helped to correct the inward bowing of the legs. This enabled him to walk with ease and to carry out his daily activities, like going to school and playing. However, Loserian was recently diagnosed with bilateral femoral varus, which causes his legs to bend outward at the thighs. This condition typically results from contaminated drinking water. Once again, Loserian is experiencing pain and difficulty walking. His parents, who are subsistence farmers, do not earn enough to be able to afford Loserian's treatment, and therefore, they are seeking help to cover the costs of his care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Loserian. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Loserian's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Loserian says: "After I had my surgery, walking became easy and normal and I was not having any challenges. But for the past few months, I have been feeling pain when walking and my legs are now bowing at the thighs."
Ratha is a 41-year-old taxi driver. His wife is a Khmer noodle seller, and they have three school-age children. When Ratha isn't working or spending time with his family, he likes to play volleyball and listen to the news on the radio. Four years ago, Ratha developed a non-cancerous growth called a pterygium in his left eye. The growths occur when the eye is exposed to excessive sun damage and cells grow abnormally over the pupil. The condition caused irritation and burning in Ratha's eye. It also made it difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, work, and go anywhere outside. When Ratha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Ratha needs surgery to remove the abnormal growth on his eye and add a graft to keep the condition from coming back. The total cost of his procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 22nd. Ratha says, "I hope after surgery my eye irritation stops and I feel comfortable. I want to drive my car with confidence and safety."
Faith is a very cheerful and friendly 9-year-old student from Kenya. She is the youngest in her family. Her father works as a casual laborer, and her mother works as a vegetable vendor. Her mother shares that she is limited in seeking more job opportunities due to her daughter's required care. Faith was born with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, a condition that results from damage to the part of the brain that controls muscle movements. She also has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and wearing shoes. Faith is currently unable to stand and walk on her own, but she can sit comfortably. Her parents have visited different hospitals in search of treatment for her without success. Fortunately, Faith recently traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 22nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is requesting $1,286 to fund Faith's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will hopefully be able to stand and walk without support. Her parents will also be able to seek more job opportunities to further provide for their family. Faith's mother shares, "We are not in a position to raise the estimated hospital bill. We are seeking help from AMHF for my daughter to undergo surgery. God will bless you."
Abigaelle is an 18-month-old infant from Haiti. She has two siblings: one brother and one sister. She is a happy and cheerful baby who loves to smile and play! Abigaelle has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Abigaelle has been experiencing an increase in head circumference. Without treatment, Abigaelle will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $957 to cover the cost of surgery for Abigaelle at Hospital Bernard Mevs to treat her hydrocephalus. This is the only site in the country where this care is currently available. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 13th. This critical treatment will place a shunt to drain the excess fluid from Abigaelle's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, she will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Abigaelle's family shares that they are looking forward to their child being healthy.
Keziah is a lovely, 36 year old mother of three, who lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Nairobi. Before her current illness, Keziah would hawk food, while her husband works as a laborer to support their family. After giving birth to her last child in 2016, Keziah began to experience pain around her umbilicus, and then her abdomen began to swell. Despite numerous trips to the hospital, Keziah was always sent home without a solution. Fortunately, Keziah was referred to Nazareth Hospital, where the doctor who first met with her thought that she was pregnant, because of the size of her belly, and because she was wearing maternity clothes. A CT scan revealed an unusual and benign cyst on Keziah's ovary, that had grown to a very large size. If Keziah does not have the cyst removed soon, she risks having the cyst rupture, which might lead to blood poisoning from the bacteria in the cyst. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $788 to fund the surgery to excise Keziah's cyst, which is scheduled to take place on June 10th at Nazareth Hospital. “I am worried and exhausted. I pray that I get help so that this problem can be treated so that I can resume my normal life, and also be able to restart my small business to support our family,” said Keziah.
Isaac is a 12-year-old student and the eldest in a family of two children. Isaac's mom shared that she is raising her children on her own after their father left when her youngest was diagnosed with rickets. Isaac’s mother does laundry for neighbors to be able to provide for the family. Last year, Isaac started having stomach pain. Issac's mother took him to a nearby hospital, where he was examined and diagnosed with ulcers. Issac's mother then brought him to our medical center's care center, Bethany Kids Hospital where Issac was diagnosed with cryptorchidism. If left untreated, Isaac has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 11th. Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Isaac’s mother shared, “I am very worried for my son now that I know what will happen if the surgery is not done. I’m praying and hoping that God will make it happen.”
Futhai is a three-year-old boy and the youngest child in a family of two children. Futhai’s father is self-employed and repairs phones for a living to support their family. Futhai has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, a condition in which the knees angle inward and touch one another when the legs are straightened. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Futhai has difficulty playing and running, and experiences pain in his knees. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Futhai receive treatment. On April 8th, he will undergo surgery at AMH's care center. Treatment will help restore Futhai's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Now, he and his family need help raising $880 to fund his procedure and care. Futhai’s father shared, "we have tried feeding him high calcium foods, but it is not helping him."
Jack is a teacher from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is currently in Kenya in search of a better livelihood. He works as a French translator and part-time teacher, but his job is temporary so isn't providing a stable income yet. Jack and his wife are separated and together have two children aged 12 and 14 years old. He currently lives in a single-room rental house costing Ksh. 9000.00 ($90) per month. Two weeks ago, Jack was involved in a road accident that caused a left tibial fracture. Now he is unable to walk and needs to get around in a wheelchair. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 18th, Jack will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. If left untreated, he risks being unable to use his legs and could become permanently disabled. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund his procedure. Jack says, “This accident caused me to be confined in a wheelchair. If I don’t get treated I might lose my ability to walk. This surgery will really help to rectify the injuries.”
Debash is an adorable two-year-old boy from Ethiopia. His dad shared that although he can be a bit shy in front of new people, his playfulness comes out whenever he's around his siblings. He has three sisters and one brother. Debash's parents are farmers on their own land, however the weather in their environment is dry most of the year, which causes their harvest to be limited. The amount of fruit they yield is frequently not enough to meet their family's needs, in turn causing them to spend money on purchasing food, after consuming their own, for the rest of the year. During the months of the year when they are not farming, they work in a factory to earn additional income. Even so, their income is limited and supports the basic needs of the family. Debash has a condition called Hirschprung's Disease. This is a birth condition that affects the large intestine and causes problems with passing stool. As a result, Debash has needed a series of treatments to remove an abnormally functioning segment of his bowel. Now he has returned for a follow-up procedure to a colostomy operation he had when he was younger. Because of COVID-19, financial limitations, and social unrest in his region they weren't able to follow up for his second surgery a quickly as they'd hoped and have been waiting a long time. A social worker met with their family and informed them of the services at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Mygungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM), and recommended they take Debash there to proceed with his needed treatment. Due to Debash's condition, his parents are under a lot of psychological and financial stress. They cannot afford the medical bill for their son's treatment, and appeal for help. Fortunately, on February 17th, Debash will receive treatment at BKMCM. There, Debash will undergo hirschprung pull through surgery to remove the diseased portion of his intestine. With treatment, Debash will grow up to hopefully lead a happy life, and will no longer be in a constant state of discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, asks for $1,500 to help fund Debash's medical bill. His dad said, “We hope he will heal about his second surgery now. That will be great and it will make us happy. I want to educate my child. I hope he will get a good job after that. Either being a government worker or a doctor or a teacher or a trader or a farmer, I hope he will lead a good and healthy life in his future.”
Charity is a vegetable vendor from Kenya. She is married and a mother of three children who are all in school. Charity sells vegetables while her husband is a hawker. The income they get is only sufficient to meet their basic family needs. On the evening of January 11th 2022, Charity accidentally slipped and fell in her house. She sustained a fracture of the left femur which was then confirmed by an X-ray. She is in pain and unable to walk, and therefore not able to carry on with her normal activities. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner's care center can help. On January 18th, Charity will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The procedure will help her walk, work, and take care of her family again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. "I am used to doing my own work and this accident has really affected my life. Our NHIF (National Health Insurance Fund) card has an issue and they can only help me after 28days, which I cannot bear to wait before being treated. I kindly request for help so that I can be well again to continue with my responsibilities” said Charity.
Sara is a 17-year-old girl from Colombia who loves to help other people. She graduated from high school this year and now volunteers at a home care center for the elderly. Sara has clubfoot of both feet, a condition in which her feet are twisted out of shape. This causes her difficulty walking. Fortunately, Sara's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel. On February 3rd, surgeons there will perform bilateral clubfoot repair surgery. After recovery, Sara will be able to walk easily and without pain. Now, Clínica Noel, is requesting $1,500 to fund Sara's procedure and care. Sara shared, "my family and I hope that after surgery I'll be able to walk normally, chasing my dreams of helping even more people. We hope that this treatment helps me to reduce my physical limitations."