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ZoomRx's Story

ZoomRx joined Watsi on December 3rd, 2013. 32 other people also joined Watsi on that day! ZoomRx's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support SokPov, a small scale farmer from Cambodia, to fund surgery to restore his hearing.

Impact

ZoomRx has funded healthcare for 312 patients in 12 countries.

All patients funded by ZoomRx

Sheila is a hardworking 11-year-old student. Her family shared that she is a bit shy and together they live in the Kibera area of Nairobi. Sheila is the second born in a family of four children. She is in grade 5 and loves reading and playing with other children. Her mother works as a casual labourer doing hand laundry while her father is a casual labourer at construction sites. Sheila's family income is limited, barely enough to sustain their family. On July 7th, Sheila went to school as usual, but as she was going home in the evening she was hit by a vehicle that lost control when overtaking another. She was hit on the leg and when taken to a hospital an x-ray showed she had sustained a closed fracture femur of the left leg. She now needs surgery to treat the fracture. Sheila is in pain and delay in treatment may lead to malunion and she may never be able to use her leg again. Sheila is unable to attend school because of the accident and is eager to get back as soon as possible. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 10th, Sheila will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Sheila will longer be in pain, she will be able to use her leg, attend school and resume her normal life. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Sheila’s mother who is feeling anxious said, “My daughter has suffered a lot since this accident, and I would be very grateful if assisted so that she can be well and be able to walk again to continue with her studies.”

$1,049raised
Fully funded

Derick is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania, and he an only child. He is a friendly boy who likes playing and listening to stories from his mother. Derick’s parents depend on small scale farming to make ends meet. When Derick learned to walk, his parents noticed that his legs were bending inwards, and he was struggling to get around. As he continues to grow his legs have worsened, making it more and more painful for him to walk, and his mother has to carry him most of the time. Derick’s parents have been to several hospitals and were told he needed surgery to correct his knees. Through Watsi funding, Derick had a surgery for both lower parts of his legs to start his healing process, but he is still experiencing pain in his upper legs and needs treatment for full mobility. Derick has been diagnosed with femur valgus and tibia varus. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Derick is struggling to walk once more because his upper sections of his legs have been impacted. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Derick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 9th. Treatment will help restore Derick's mobility, allow him to participate in a day-to-day activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Derick’s mother says, "My son had his first surgery which helped correct both of his legs, helping him walk with ease but know he is struggling because the upper part of his legs have bent. Please help."

$880raised
Fully funded

Cho is a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents, sister and brother in a village in Tak Province, Thailand. Cho’s father suffers from severe arthritis and hasn't been able to work since last year. Cho’s brother is an agriculture day labourer and earns 2,000 baht (approx. 67 USD) per month. Cho's mother takes care of their family and home, while her sister goes to school. After Cho's birth, her mother noticed that her right eyeball protruded out from her eye socket and that her eyeball was blue. However, the doctor did not tell Cho's mother anything about Cho's eye and her mother also thought that it was not causing Cho any pain or discomfort, so did not seek further treatment for Cho at the time. During the first week of April 2019, staff from an organisation called The Migrant Fund, that sells affordable health insurance to migrant workers on the Thai-Burma border, went to Cho's village to promote the health insurance. When Cho’s mother told a staff from The Migrant Fund that she wants to purchase health insurance for Cho, the staff told her she would have to buy it at the organisation's desk in Mae Sot Hospital (MSH). Cho’s mother borrowed some money and brought Cho to MSH. After purchasing the health insurance, Cho received a vision test and her mother was told she would have to go to Chiang Mai Hospital for further investigation. However, Cho’s mother did not have money or documents to travel. She was then advised to go to Yangon General Hospital but Cho's mother thought it would be expensive to travel and pay for treatment. Instead they went home, and Cho used eye drops and eye ointments. In January 2021, Cho's mother noticed that Cho's right eye was slowly increasing in size. Then, last week, Cho developed a fever and a small bump developed on her right pupil. She also had a lot of discharge in her eye, her eye was itchy, and she could not sleep well at night. Her mother noticed that she would always rub her eyes and cry. A couple days ago, Cho woke up crying and would not open her right eye. When her mother opened her right eye to check her eyeball, a lot of blood came out and she saw that the small bump had perforated. Right away Cho’s mother borrowed money and brought Cho to a Hospital. At the hospital, the doctor cleaned Cho's right eye and told Cho's mother that Cho needed surgery right away at MSH. Since she did not have enough money, the doctor gave her a follow-up appointment for May 23rd. When Cho and her mother arrived back at home, Cho's mother asked the village head for help, who then called Kyaw Kyaw, a member of a charity group. With the help of this group, Cho was brought to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). At the clinic, Cho received vitamin A and eye drops. A medic told Cho's mother that Cho needed surgery right away. Knowing that Cho’s mother could not afford to pay for Cho's treatment, the medic referred Cho to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing further treatment. Currently, Cho's mother believes that Cho is in pain and has a headache. Her right eye is watery and sensitive to light. She shared, “I feel stressed and I cry everyday when I see my daughter suffering from pain. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, my family does not have a lot of work, and the situation [restrictions] make it harder for us to earn money. I felt so happy and I could not believe it at first when I heard that a donor would help support my child [Cho's] treatment. I never knew that there is such an organisation that will support your surgery!”

$1,500raised
Fully funded

Eunice is a woman who is in her mid-40's. She has been living with mental illness since she was young and stays with her brother who provides basic needs for her. Because of her condition, Eunice has never been employed and her brother shared that it has always been very hard for her to get a job because of her mental illness. They live together in a mud house with grass as its roof. On May 16th, Eunice was brought to our partner hospital accompanied by her sister-in-law with pain on her right lower limb following a motorcycle road traffic accident. Eunice was a passenger in a motorcycle which lost control and she fell. She sustained severe injuries on her right leg with open wounds. She was reviewed by our partner hospital's clinicians and was sent for an X-Ray which confirmed an open right tibia fracture. Eunice underwent washout surgery to clean her wounds and now doctors recommend she have a fracture repair with a nail to help her heal. Eunice is in pain and is unable to walk. Eunice is requesting anybody reading this story to support her raising funds for her surgery so that she can walk again and get back to her normal life. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help too. On May 18th, Eunice will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. She will be pain-free, able to walk, and resume her normal activities. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Eunice says, “My hope is to get treated and be well again so that I can live a normal life and do things on my own.”

$1,016raised
Fully funded