Sridhar joined Watsi on June 1st, 2013. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sridhar's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Eneti, a nursery school teacher from Malawi, to fund treatment for uterine fibroids.
Sridhar has funded healthcare for 321 patients in 14 countries.
Sridhar has funded healthcare for 321 patients in 14 countries.
Eneti is a 49-year-old woman with one son. She is a part-time nursery teacher while her husband is a carpenter. Their family has a rented house and does not own land for farming, which means the income from their jobs is very important for their family. For the last year, Eneti has been experiencing very difficult abdominal pains. She visited a clinic in her home area where she was referred for an ultrasound scan. The scan showed that she had fibroids and a cystic mass in her uterus. Uterine fibroids are growths in the uterus often made up of muscular and connective tissues. They are often non-cancerous but can cause uncomfortable symptoms. Eneti came to Partners in Hope Hospital to request a review as the abdominal pains and bleeding are significantly affecting the quality of her life. After consultation with the gynecologist, he confirmed the diagnosis and recommended a total abdominal hysterectomy. A total abdominal hysterectomy is the removal of the whole uterus and cervix as a treatment for the condition. Eneti hopes to have a safe surgery that will enable her to return to her normal activities. However, she is requesting financial assistance as she is not in a financial position to afford the surgery. Luckily, our partner African Mission Healthcare can help. Eneti is scheduled to undergo surgery on November 20th. The medical center is requesting $1,363 to cover Eneti's treatment and care. "I hope after the surgery I will be able to work and do the things that I haven’t been able to do because of the pain,” says Eneti.
Khoeun is a 61-year-old widow and rice farmer. She lives by herself since her husband died several years ago. In her free time, she likes to visit her local pagoda and listen to the monks pray. Several years ago, Khoeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her night blindness, tearing, and photophobia. Now it is difficult for her to work in the rice fields because she cannot see the plants well. When Khoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 14th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope I can see well again after my operation. I want to visit the pagoda by myself, and not be afraid to stumble. I want to plant rice to make money to feed myself better."
Ryan is a very active and jovial 5-year-old boy. He's the only child in his family. His mother works at a local dry cleaner and his father is a matatu driver in their area. Ryan's family lives in a small rented house in a town within Nairobi, Kenya. His parents’ income is very limited and they are not able to afford the second surgery he needs, as they are also paying off his first surgery that was unsuccessful in fully treating his birth condition. Ryan was diagnosed with a condition called cryptorchidism. If left untreated, Ryan has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Ryan will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 14th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ryan’s mother says, “It has been a tough time for us after we realized Ryan's first surgery was not successful, but we still trusted in God.”
Ay is a 32-year-old garment worker. She is married and has one six-year-old daughter. Her daughter is in 2nd grade. Ay's husband is a construction worker. When Ay was just three the back of her leg was burned by a cooking fire. In 2018 her wound re-opened where her scar was. She went to a pharmacy for medications and clean dressings but the wound would not heal. Ay has a painful non-healing wound that makes it difficult for her to walk or flex her right leg. When Ay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 29th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to help her walk easily again. Now, Ay needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Ay says, "After surgery I hope my right leg will be free of pain and infection and once it heals I will be able to walk again and return to work."
Yorn is an elderly widow with three daughters and many grandchildren. She lives with her oldest daughter, who works as a farmer. Yorn and her husband also used to work as farmers, but her husband passed away many years ago due to a lung problem. Yorn stays at home now and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the local pagoda. Four years ago, Yorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing tearing and blurry vision. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things, recognizing faces, and going outside. When Yorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 29th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, Yorn will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Yorn shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I want to do things by myself like eating or walking around."
Koem Oeun is a 78-year-old widow. Sadly, her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and she has no children. She lives with her sister and her nephew, who work as farmers. When she not cooking or cleaning, she likes to listen to the monks on the radio. Four years ago, Koem Oeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Koem Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 11th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Koem Oeun shared, "I hope after surgery my eye stops being blurry and I can see better. I will be able to recognize my family and go outside."
Rochany is a 51-year-old traditional Khmer noodle seller from Cambodia. She has four sisters and lives alone near her older sister. When she not working, she likes to listen to the news on the radio or visit with her sisters. Three years ago, Rochany developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and difficulty seeing at night. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rochany learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Rochany shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I can sell noodles to earn money, and go out by myself again."
Samoeun is a 57-year-old with one son, two daughters, and two grandchildren. She lives with her husband who works as a security guard at a train station. When she is not cleaning or cooking for her family, she likes to watch movies on television. Five years ago, Samoeun developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itchiness and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. When Samoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there hoping for treatment. On December 3rd, she will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Samoeun shared, "I hope after surgery my eye will feel comfortable and I can do housework and take care of my children."
Norng is a 76-year-old farmer. He's married and has three sons, five daughters and fifteen grandchildren. He lives with his wife and now has to receive support from his children. When he is at home, he likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and to visit the local pagoda. Five years ago, Norng developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him tearing and blurry vision, along with an unsteady gait. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Norng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Norng shared, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly. I can go out by myself and recognize something well and can visit the pagoda to join for the ceremonies."
Florence is a 46-year-old woman from Southwestern Uganda. She is separated from her husband and shared proudly that she earned a certificate in secretarial studies earlier in life. She had been working at a high school for 31 years, but since the beginning of the pandemic, she has worked as a farmer to earn a living. For two years, Florence has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and discomfort. She is unable to stand or bend over for long periods of time or sleep on the right side of her body, and she experiences difficulty passing stool. Florence has sought treatment in the past but, unfortunately, she could not afford the cost. Fortunately, she recently visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for further examination. After a scan, she was diagnosed with a right adnexal mass and surgery was recommended so that Florence can heal and make a full recovery. On October 6th, Florence will undergo a curative laparotomy at AMH's care center and now, she needs help raising $242 to cover the cost of her procedure and care. Florence shared, "I wish to see my life relieved from this pain so that I can regain my health and continue with my farming and secretarial duties."
Hort is a 25-year-old ice seller. He was born in a remote province and moved to the capital city of Cambodia for work. He has one older brother who he currently lives with. In April 2017, he was in a motor vehicle accident and fractured his left femur. He went to a government hospital where doctors inserted hardware to heal his fracture. He was then seen at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in June 2019 where he received a bone graft. Now, Hort has returned to CSC because the fracture has healed and he needs the hardware removed from his leg to limit future complications and have full mobility. On August 30th, Hort will undergo a hardware removal procedure. Now, he needs help raising $230 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Hort shared that he hopes the hardware will be removed and his wound will heal quickly.
Isaack is an energetic 21-year-old from Kiambu County in Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of seven. His mother works as a housewife and his father works as a small businessman and lives in western Kenya. Isaack works on construction sites and enjoys playing football during his free time. Last Sunday, Isaack was playing football with his friends when he bumped into a fellow player and fell. Instantly they knew his injury was serious because his tibial shaft assumed a C-like shape and begun to swell. Isaack was brought to Nazareth Hospital. The fracture was stabilized with a splint. Isaack was instructed to go home and await for potential surgery while the swelling went down. Upon review by the surgeon, an implant is recommended to ensure he heals. When Isaack was informed of the money required for surgery he asked the surgeon if there was any other treatment option because he had no way to raise the funds necessary and his family was not in a position to contribute to his bill. The surgeon explained that the nature of the fracture requires surgery for proper healing and referred him to the Watsi-AMH program. If not treated the fracture on Isaack’s left leg may heal with a deformity leading to reduced functionality of his left lower limb, thus affecting his mobility, which is an important for allowing him to work and earn money to support himself and his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner AMH can help. On September 2nd, Isaack will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. If treated, the fracture on Isaack’s left leg will heal without any deformity and allow him to walk with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Isaack remarked, “I look forward to the day I will be able to play on the football field again and go to work with ease so that I can fend for myself as I am used to.”