nicola joined Watsi on June 27th, 2015. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! nicola's most recent donation supported Sinat, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
nicola has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 11 countries.
nicola has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 11 countries.
Sinat is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren. She enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Sinat developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, clouded lenses, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sinat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her daughter says, "I hope my mom's surgery goes well so she can see clearly. I won't have to worry about her going blind."
Tin is a 42-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family in Barbu Kone Village, Mawlamyaing Township in Mon State. Tin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, he feels tired, and he is experiencing chest pain and trouble breathing. He consequently cannot sleep well or carry heavy loads. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Tin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on October 14 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Tin says, "I want to work hard more for my family and I hope I will regain my health after surgery."
Kyi is a 26-year-old young woman from Burma. She lives with her sister, brother, an aunt, and two cousins in Kyike Bon Village, Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. She looks after her two little cousins and also takes care of the household chores. In August, 2018, Kyi has been experiencing lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with a uterine mass. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Kyi's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Kyi is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on October 29. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Kyi says, "The only thing I need now is to recover from my illness."
Nyi is a 13-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his family in Mae Tao Village, Mae Sot Township, Tak Province. In his spare time, Nyi plays with the football that his sister bought for him. This month, Nyi fell on the ground and broke his forearm while playing football with friends at school. He was initially brought by his teacher to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). The medic at MTC investigated him and informed the teacher that both bones in Nyi’s forearm were broken and that he would need surgery to fix the broken bones. Currently, Nyi is in pain and his left hand is swelling. He cannot move around and cannot even lift his hand up. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Nyi will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 13 and will cost $1,500. After Nyi's surgery, he will be able to lift his hand up, move around, and return to his school. Nyi’s mother says, “I am worry because I cannot afford to pay for my son’s treatment. I hope to see him get well soon and return to school.”
Ma Myint is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She works as a masseuse, and sometime she helps at the monastery by cleaning and preparing food for the monks. Since July of 2017, Ma Myint has been experiencing abdominal pain, back pain, and discomfort when walking. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ma Myint's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ma Myint is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on August 28. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Ma Myint will no longer experience abdominal pain or back pain and she will be able to return home and work again. “I’m always thinking and worrying about my condition and I’m not able to sleep well,” says Ma Myint.
Saw is a 28-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, daughter, and two nephews. He used to work as a chef in Thailand, but three months ago, he moved back to his village in Burma. His wife works around the home, caring for their daughter and their nephews. Two months ago, Saw climbed a palm tree to collect coconuts. When he reached the top, he suddenly fainted and fell down, breaking his left femur and arm. Since the accident, he has not been able to work. In April 2018, he underwent internal fixation for his broken femur at Mae Sot Hospital. He felt a lot better after surgery, but in late June 2018, he accidentally fell from his bed and broke his left femur again. A few days after the accident, Saw started to experience pain in his left leg. Now, he cannot walk anymore. Saw says, "I am afraid to move because of the pain and I also have pain in my left arm when I try to walk and use crutches." He needs to undergo further treatment, including a removal of the hardware installed during his first surgery and then another internal fixation surgery to heal the fracture. Fortunately, after visiting our medical partner's care center, he was scheduled for surgery on July 17. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund surgery.
Iden is a baby from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of two children. His father is poultry farmer and owns a small shop that helps him to provide for his family. Iden has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Iden traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 6. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Iden's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk when he gets older.. Iden’s father says, “Please help my child get the treatment for his legs. We really do not want him to grow up with a disability that is going to hinder him from living a normal life and having same opportunity like other kids."
Kar is an eight-month-old boy. He lives with his family in Hpa-an, Karen State, Burma. When Kar was three months old, his parents noticed for the first time that his head size was increasing. Kar was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Kar, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 23, and, once completed, will greatly improve Kar's quality of life. His mother says, "I really want my son to look like other normal kids. So I believe that this surgery will make him look better."
David is a baby from Kenya. He is very active. His father is a street vendor, while his mother is housewife. David 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, David traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 26. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund David's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. David's father says, “I will be happy to receive help. God Bless you.”
Tabitha is a casual laborer from Kenya. She is a single parent to two children. Tabitha washes clothes and cleans houses in order to earn a living and educate her children. Tabitha has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Tabitha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 23. After treatment, Tabitha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Tabitha says, “My hope is to be treated and raise my children. I wish that my living conditions will improve with time."
Shany is a baby from Tanzania. She is cute and sweet. Shany’s father is a car mechanic, and her mother takes care of the family. The family lives in a rented house in Eastern region of Tanzania. Shany was born with a mild hemangioma on her face, and the condition continues to grow as Shany grows. If not treated, Shany may experience pain, and the hemangioma may worsen. Shany's family traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 17, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Shany's family needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Shany’s mother says, “I thank God and all who contributed to Shany’s treatment. I promise that when Shany gets treated, she will attend school when she grows up."
Marie-Nicole is a 42-year-old mother of seven from Haiti. She also has two grandchildren. Before the development of her condition, Marie-Nicole used to work as a housekeeper. In the future, Marie-Nicole would like to become a vendor, particularly because she likes the idea of selling different items depending on what is trending. In August of 2016, Marie-Nicole noticed a small mass on her left breast. While she initially did not think much of it because of its size, Marie-Nicole grew increasingly worried as the mass grew and began to cause her pain. At our medical partner's care center, St. Luc Family Hospital, a biopsy confirmed Marie-Nicole's diagnosis with breast cancer. She has since undergone four sessions of chemotherapy. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund a mastectomy for Marie-Nicole, which is scheduled to take place on July 29. The procedure will greatly decrease the risk of cancer metastasis and will hopefully allow her to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys. Marie-Nicole is excited to be able to receive this treatment and looks forward to getting her health back.