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.
ZoomRx has funded healthcare for 312 patients in 12 countries.
ZoomRx has funded healthcare for 312 patients in 12 countries.
SokPov is a 39-year-old farmer from Kampong Cham Province in Cambodia. He is married and has 3 children. SokPov and his wife seller their harvest in the local market. For 10 years, SokPov has had paralysis in his left hand due to high blood pressure. When he was seventeen, SokPov had a severe ear infection and it was left untreated. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both of his ears to perforate. For this reason, SokPov experiences ear discharge and chronic infections, often 3-4 times a year. He has hearing loss and has purchased a hearing aid to aid in hearing. SokPov has difficulty communicating with people due to this condition. SokPov traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 31st, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. SokPov said, "I hope that surgery will improve my hearing so I can work and communicate with people again."
Koeun is a 39-year-old construction worker. He is married and has two young children. His wife was previously a factory worker, but now stays at home to take care of the children. Koeun has been able to support the family through his work in construction. In July 2021, Koeun was involved in an electrical accident that severely burned his left arm. His coworkers immediately took him to a provincial hospital where he was referred to a government hospital in the capital city of Cambodia due to the severity of the burns. The doctors there cleaned and dressed the wound, but the condition of his arm has progressively worsened over time. Koeun visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Center (CSC), where doctors determined that he had lost motor function in the arm and it will need to be amputated above the elbow. The procedure will prevent any further complications and once he has recovered, Koeun will have physical therapy to ensure his comfort. Now, CSC is requesting $446 to fund Koeun's procedure and care. Koeun shared, "my life will be different after this treatment, but I am glad I can get this help. I want to go back to my family and work hard to support them."
Edson is a nine year old student and the firstborn child to his father. Edson’s father and mother were never married and when Edson was around three months old his mother realized he had disabilities. She left him in the care of his father and grandparents and moved away to a new area. Edson’s grandmother has been taking care of him ever since. Edson’s father supports and cares for his parents who are with Edson and his family through his small business of welding. His income is not much, but enough to get them by. Edson has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Edson traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Edson's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Edson’s grandmother says "I love my grandson. He is a good boy and I want the best for him. But his foot is being a big challenge to his walking, making him to struggle a lot. Please help him have this treatment as his father cannot afford the cost."
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.”
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."
Thai is married to a farmer in the Siem Reap province in Cambodia. She has one son, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Thai is very active and especially enjoys exercising, cooking, watching TV, and taking care of her grandchildren. A snake bit Thai's left foot 27 years ago and left a wound that never fully healed despite treatment with Khmer traditional medicine. Three years ago, her old injury developed to an open wound that grew larger and larger. In March of 2019, Thai went to a hospital in Siem Reap for an excision surgery but that did not help her heal. In March of 2020 she traveled across the border to Thailand for a biopsy but never was able to receive results because of the impact of COVID-19. Finally, in August of 2020, a doctor in Battambang province recommended that Thai to travel to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. Thai arrived at CSC with an ulcerated wound on her left ankle, pain, and difficulty walking. Surgeons will perform a below-knee amputation for Thai so that her wound will not grow and infection spread any further. After the procedure, physical therapists will work with Thai to help her use adaptive devices to walk freely again without pain. Thai expresses a mix of emotions but understands the necessity of the procedure for her health, "Although I do not feel good about losing my left foot, I am thankful the wound will finally be gone and I will not be in pain anymore."
Say is 76-year-old man who lives by himself in a refugee camp in Thailand. Originally from Burma, he moved to the refugee camp in 2010 when he was assigned to work there as a pastor. During his free time, he loves to sing songs and read the Bible. Since 2019, Say has suffered from pain and swelling in his groin area. For two years, he never sought help from the hospital in the camp because he was shy about his condition. However, at the end of June 2021, Say experienced severe pain and swelling in the left groin and visited the camp hospital for an examination. He was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia and surgery is recommended. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Say receive treatment. On July 7th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at BCMF's care center and now, he needs help to fund this $1,486 procedure. Say shared, “I hope that I will feel like before [when I was healthy] after surgery, without having to live with pain. I want to be healthy so that I can preach, serve God and strengthen people's beliefs in our community."
Luka is a 54-year-old farmer and a married father to seven children, including five girls and two boys. He shared that he and his family live in a small mud hut with a grass roof and the family grows most of their food on their farm, including millet beans, and vegetables. Luka enjoys spending his days on the farm and he is the primary breadwinner in the family. Over a week ago, Luka injured his left leg while coming home from the farm. He fell and when he stood up, he had sharp pain in his leg. He cannot walk and he is unable to work due to his injury. He said he feels distressed because he is not able to provide for his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On July 7th, Luka will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. Once healed, Luka will be able to walk and work at his farm. Now, AMH is requesting $809 to fund this procedure. Luka shared, “I just want not to be in pain anymore and be healthy and happy and have a good life because my family needs me the most.”
Brimin is a cheerful three year old boy from Kenya, and he is in pre-kindergarten. Brimin is the youngest of three. His father works as a public transit driver to provide for the family while their mother earns wages from the grocery business to compliment her husband’s earnings. The family lives in a two-roomed iron built rental house. Brimin was born 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. Brimin's elder brother has a similar condition, and their mother is very worried about both her sons future and the obstacles they would face. Fortunately, Brimin is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $631 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Brimin's mother says, “I want my child to grow up like other children.”
Vanna is a 67-year-old fish seller with two sons, two daughters and 13 grandchildren. Vanna lives with her husband and their youngest son who is a car mechanic. Vanna enjoys listening to Khmer dramas on TV and playing with her grandchildren. About five years ago, Vanna developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Vanna learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her son seeking treatment. On June 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 $425 procedure. Vanna said, "I hope I can see well again so I can cook well and get around on my own."
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!”
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.”