ZoomRx joined Watsi on December 3rd, 2013. 32 other people also joined Watsi on that day! ZoomRx's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support James, a widower from Kenya, to fund fracture surgery to heal his thigh bone.
ZoomRx has funded healthcare for 345 patients in 13 countries.
ZoomRx has funded healthcare for 345 patients in 13 countries.
James is a farmer and a widower who lives under the care of his son. James has seven children who are all grown and have families. They are farmers and casual workers, getting work whenever they can. They all earn very limited income that helps to sustain their basic needs. His wife passed on a few years ago after a short-term illness, and his son shared that James has developed dementia. James presented to Kapsowar Hospital with excruciating pain in his hip. He was unable to stand, so he was received on a wheelchair. An X-ray revealed that James had sustained a fracture on the left neck of his femur bone. Last week, James fell while shifting from a chair to sit on his bed at night and now he can neither stand nor walk easily and is in severe pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 21st, James will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will no longer experience pain and he will be able to stand and ambulate with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1247 to fund this procedure, since James has no medical insurance coverage, and he fully depends on his son who is a small-scale farmer. James’ son says, “Our dad is in so much pain. His condition worries me so much. I wish he gets support and receives the recommended treatment. After he gets well, I will be able to go back to my work and continue providing for him and my family.”
Davensky is a student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and sister in Port-au-Prince; he is a junior in high school and likes his math and science classes. Davensky has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart was severely damaged by a rheumatic infection he suffered earlier in childhood, and it can no longer adequately pump blood through his heart and body. The surgery Davensky needs is not available anywhere in Haiti so he will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On September 12th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair the damaged valve; if this is not possible, they will implant an artificial replacement valve. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $9,000 to pay for surgery and Davensky's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also covers travel expenses for the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Davensky overseas, and the cost of obtaining Davensky's passport. Davensky says: "I have been hoping for this surgery for almost five years, and I am very glad that the time has finally arrived!"
Lucy is a middle-aged woman who lives in her ancestral home in Embu, Kenya. She does small scale farming to support herself and keep herself busy. Lucy has three children but mostly relies on her firstborn son who is a teacher, for support. When she was admitted to the hospital for close to two months, she accumulated a very huge bill and the national health insurance program catered for a third of the bill. Her children had to take out quick loans and do fundraising to help raise the balance to get their mother out of hospital. Now for the final surgery she needs, she has depleted all sources of support and her family is not in a position to raise the required amount of money to cater for their mother’s last surgery for her condition. Early this year, Lucy was diagnosed with cervical cancer stage 1. She underwent surgery and was discharged home in good health. A day later, she was rushed back to the hospital with a swollen abdomen. She was admitted as an emergency, scans were done and it was found that her intestines were injured during the operation. She was rushed to operating theatre and a surgery was done. While in the hospital, the incision wound was infected and her abdomen would swell again. She had two more surgeries trying to correct her condition but it was not helping. The doctors then decided to place a colostomy to help her heal. Her abdomen stopped swelling and the incision wound started healing. At this time, she had stayed in the hospital for more than six weeks and her bill was overwhelming. She recovered well, however, and was relieved to be discharged home. Now she is scheduled to undergo a colostomy closure surgery as the final step in her treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,084 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Lucy. The surgery is scheduled to take place on September 7th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Lucy says, “I have never been in this situation before. I want to get well and resume my daily duties in the farm.”
Princess is a beautiful 9-year-old girl and a hard working student. She is the third born in a family of four children. Princess is currently in class one and enjoys learning how to read and write. Despite her condition which makes being active challenging for her, Princess likes running around with other children. She wishes to become a great cook when she grows up. Her parents are both small-scale farmers, growing maize and beans for both food and selling. Their earnings are not enough to cover the cost of treatment needed for their daughter Princess, they need help. Princess was diagnosed with Acquired Right Varus. Her right leg is bowed outward at the knee. 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 has a difficult time playing and doing all she hopes to do. The Watsi community was able to come together to help her access treatment, but she needs a second surgery to fully heal due to the severity of her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund this corrective surgery for Princess, which is scheduled to take place on July 12th. Treatment will hopefully restore Princess's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Princess’ father says, “She needs another surgery which I still can’t afford to pay. You have been of great support, and I hope you will help make this second surgery possible.”
Twel Tar is a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in the border region of Thailand. Originally from Bago Division across the border in Burma, they moved to Thailand in search of better job opportunities as factory workers. After Twel Tar was born, her mother noticed that she not only had an enlarged head, but that she also has a small lump on her lower back. Her mother also noticed that the lump would emit a yellow fluid discharge. When she asked the doctor about the lump on Twel Tar’s back, the doctor told her that it might have been caused by her spine protruding outwards and could be repaired through surgery when she is older. Twel Tar's mother was told to not worry about it. Now, doctors would like Twel Tar to undergo an MRI to help further diagnose her Spina Bifida condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan for the meningocele on her back. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Twel Tar's MRI and care, scheduled for June 28th. Twel Tar's mother said, "I want my daughter to receive treatment and grow up like other children. She already received surgery for her head [hydrocephalus] and now only the lump is left. I hope that she will recover well after all her treatments."
Steph is a 38-year-old man who lives with his parents and younger brother in a village in Burma. He works as a driver, while his father works in a nursing home and his mother is a homemaker. His younger brother attends university and also volunteers in the nursing home. In his free time, Steph like to grow vegetables in the garden and to help repair cars. In July 2021, Steph began experiencing pain on the right side of his abdomen. He bought medication from the pharmacy and felt better for a few months, but unfortunately, his symptoms returned. He visited a local hospital for examination, and he was diagnosed with gallstones. His doctor recommended that he undergo surgery to remove the stones. When he was admitted for the procedure, his doctors also diagnosed him with appendicitis. He is nauseous, has a fever, and cannot sleep well due to the pain in his abdomen. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Steph receive appendectomy treatment, a surgery to remove his appendix. Now, he needs help raising $914 to fund his procedure and care. Steph shared, "I feel very upset because I can’t work and support my parents who are old. Sometimes, when I thought about my condition and where I could receive [and pay for] surgery, I would cry by myself."
Ko is a 23-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tak Province. Ko is a homemaker while his wife works as a day labourer. He plans to send his older daughter to a Thai school in the new school year, but his younger daughter is still too young to go to school. In his free time Ko likes to play football and cane ball. However, with his leg in pain, he spends most of his time helping out with household chores he can still do and teaching his oldest daughter how to read and write in Burmese. In early 2021, Kyaw was still living in his village in Myawaddy Township in Burma but it has been a very challenging time for his community ever since the military coup. He and his wife were injured in an emergency involving the local soldiers who came to their area. Luckily other villagers came to their rescue and Kyaw was treated for fractures on both his upper and lower leg, where a metal rod was inserted to help him heal. The rod became infected and with the support of Watsi he recently had the rod removed. Now with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ko will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and finally ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 22nd and will cost $1,500. He will be able to walk again after surgery and he will no longer in pain. “If my leg recovers, I want to support my family. I am still young and I want to work,” Ko said.
Saroeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife have one married daughter and two grandchildren. His wife stays home to take care of the house, and to help care for the grandchildren. In his free time, Saroeun enjoys talking with his friends, drinking coffee, watching TV, and listening to the radio. Seven months ago, Saroeun started to have severe pain in his left hip. He cannot walk without support, and now must use crutches to get around. He went to a local clinic for a consultation about his pain, and was told he needed a total hip replacement. Saroeun is the sole support for his family, and they do not have the money to pay for the surgery. Fortunately, one of Saroeun's relatives recommended that he go to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, and he is now scheduled for hip replacement surgery on June 3rd at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Children's Surgical Centre is seeking $1,118 to fund this procedure, which will allow Saroeun to walk again without difficulty. Saroeun says: "I hope after surgery, I can walk without pain and can go back to work for my family again."
Sana is a two-year-old baby girl, living with her parents and nine siblings. Her mother is a homemaker, while her father is employed as a delivery truck driver. But steady work is hard to find, and their family doesn't have health insurance to help cover the medical costs for Sana. Sana, who was diagnosed with hydrocephalus at birth, has already had a long journey to good health. Two days after she was born, she had shunts put in her head to help drain the excessive fluids that built up in her brain. When her mother noticed that the shunts weren't working, and Sana's head was still increasing in size, she took Sana back to the doctor, and new shunts were put into place. Sana has had three surgeries in the span of three months, but the shunts are still not adequately draining the fluid from her head. After the third shunt revision surgery, her mother gave up on her treatment, as she was not getting any better. A friend later referred her to BethanyKids Hospital, but when they went there, Sana's mother found that the hospital didn't have a neurosurgeon. A year later, Sana and her mother returned to the hospital and Sana is now finally scheduled for the surgery she needs to heal on May 18th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $666 to pay for this life-changing procedure for Sana. Sana's mother says: "We have hope that Sana will be treated."
Dominick is a young boy who is the first-born in a family of three children. His parents are subsistence farmers. He is yet to be enrolled in school because of difficulty he has in walking. Dominick was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has difficulty walking. His parents first noticed the bending of the legs as he learnt to walk and took him to the hospital where they were given calcium and vitamin to use, but there was no improvement in his condition. Due to financial challenges, his parents were not able to continue treatment for Dominick. Last year, they decided to bring him to Arusha for special prayers. There, they met an employee of African Mission Healthcare, who advised them to try seeking treatment at their care center ALMC Hospital. Through earlier support, Dominick had a successful surgery that helped correct both of his legs. However, he came back for follow up three months later and his legs were already relapsing, which is limiting his mobility again. Dominick was prescribed calcium to use for three months before a reassessment. It has now been determined that he needs another surgery to help correct his legs. In this surgery the doctors will place implants to help prevent his legs from relapsing again. His parents are asking for support to make his care possible. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Dominick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6th. Treatment will hopefully restore Dominick's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Dominick’s mother says, “Please help us once more. His legs are bending again.”
Evangeline is a 31-year-old woman who formerly worked as a spa attendant prior to being laid off during the pandemic. Evangeline shared that now she and her family rely on help from her mother to cover basic needs. For about two months, Evangeline has been experiencing abdominal pain and nausea that went untreated. In April, she was rushed to our partner's care facility, Our Lady of Peace Hospital, when her symptoms worsened. Evangeline received an ultrasound test which revealed she was suffering from Cholelithiasis, a condition in which gallstones form in the gallbladder. This condition requires Evangeline's gallbladder to be removed surgically. It has been difficult for Evangeline's family to sustain their day-to-day needs, so our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Evangeline raise the $1,253 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After her recovery, Evangeline will no longer experience severe abdominal pain and nausea. This life altering surgery will save her from further risk of developing severe health complications. "After this surgery, I’ll be able to apply for a job and help support my family, especially my kids who are still very young," Evangeline shared. “Thank you, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, and Watsi for not only helping me get the needed surgery, but also, for helping ease our worries about finances.”
Saw Moo is a 6-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, his four brothers, and a sister in Bago Division, in southern Burma. Saw Moo is a primary school student. His mother is a homemaker and his father is a subsistence farmer. They also raise chickens and pigs, and sell a pig when they need cash. In his free time, Saw Moo loves to play with his siblings and his friends. Two months ago, Saw Moo's mother noticed that his abdomen was enlarged. Since then, his abdomen has continued to increase in size. When his parents asked if he was in pain, he always replied he was not. Recently, his father noticed that his legs and groin area had become swollen. Doctors want Saw Moo to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $693 to cover the cost of Saw Moo's CT scan and care, scheduled for April 27th. Saw Moo's father said, "I am the only one who supports my family and now I need to travel with my son so that he can receive treatment. I am worried that because of this I will not be able to start planting [rice] in time. I hope that my son will recover well and grow up to become an educated man so that he can serve his community."