Sridhar joined Watsi on June 1st, 2013. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sridhar's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Komugisha, a 36-year-old farmer from Uganda, to fund a C-Section so she can safely deliver her child.
Sridhar has funded healthcare for 350 patients in 14 countries.
Sridhar has funded healthcare for 350 patients in 14 countries.
Komugisha is a calm 36-year-old woman from Uganda who enjoys caring for her family. Both her and her husband practice small-scale farming to support their family. She shares that they have limited land and capital, which prevents them from being able to practice large-scale farming. Komugisha is currently expecting her fourth child. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a caesarean section due to her having three scars from delivering her first three children this way. By having Komugisha deliver via a C-section, doctors can ensure the safety of both her and her child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Komugisha undergo a C-Section on September 1st. She and her family need your support to fund this $252 procedure. Komugisha says, “I lay all my hope of delivering well under your support. Without it, I am surely doomed because I have no other support.”
Kim Hong is a 31-year-old camera technician. He and his wife have a three-year-old daughter. His wife is a garment factory worker. In his free time, he enjoys football, running, swimming, reading books, and meeting friends to talk about work. In September 2021, he was in a motor vehicle accident and fractured his right clavicle. He went to a clinic and doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now, he has no more pain and the bone of his right clavicle is united. Kim Hong needs to have the plate and screws removed so that he no longer has metal in his body that risks infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 7th, Kim Hong will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $304. This procedure will remove the hardware so that he can continue to improve his strength and flexion of his shoulder and arm. Kim Hong shared: "I hope that the hardware will come out easily and I will heal quickly."
Promise is the youngest in her family of four. Her older siblings are all in school. Her mother works on the farm while her father operates a motorcycle taxi (bodaboda) to make ends meet for their family. Since a year ago, Promise has been having an abdominal lipoma. The swelling has now become painful, especially when she is put to sleep on her stomach. She was brought to our medical partner Nyakibale Hospital and doctors recommend surgery. Her parents are not able to raise the funds needed and so appeal for financial assistance. On October 18th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Promise's family needs help to raise $137 to fund this procedure. Promise's mother says, “I hope she will be able to have peace of mind after surgery because she almost spends the whole night crying but with surgery, she will be relieved from the pains that she has always had.”
Editha is the eldest from a family of six children. She lives with her parents, and although she wishes to depend on herself, her condition has made it hard for her. From childhood, Editha has a health condition that causes her to lose consciousness once in a while. Earlier this year, Editha was preparing food when she lost consciousness and fell on the stove and burned her face. She was rushed to the hospital where she received treatment for the open wounds. The wounds healed but left her face impacted. She has been living this way for months because her family did not know that she could be treated and improve her condition. It is hard to open her left eye and due to the burn scars on her face, her self-esteem has been affected. Editha is a brave and resilient young woman, she even had to travel over 1000 km on her own to get to our health center. She requires surgery to help with her face scar condition, but cannot afford to pay for the surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Editha receive treatment. On October 19th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her open her eye completely, and live a comfortable life. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Editha says, “It has been a while since I was burned but now, I am grateful that there is hope for treatment.”
Monny is an adorable 15-month-old baby boy from Cambodia who loves to play with his toys. He has an older sister who is ten years old and in 4th grade. Their parents are garment factory workers in the city, so Monny and his sister currently live with their grandparents in the province and see their parents once a month. This past April, Monny's left hand and foot were burned by fire while he was playing. Although his foot has healed well, burn scar contractures have developed on his hand. These contractures occur when the scar matures, thickens, and tightens the skin surrounding it. This hinders mobility, meaning Monny has difficulty using his hand. When his family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for thirty minutes seeking treatment. On August 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help Monny use hand again. Now, his family needs help to fund this $495 procedure. Monny's family hopes his skin will heal and he can use his hand again.
Biancha is a 4-month-old baby girl from Haiti, who is the first child born to her parents. Biancha's mother loves to sing to her and wants to see her daughter grow up healthy. Biancha has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain, increasing intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, the circumference of Biancha's head has been increasing in size, and she has difficulty feeding. Without treatment, Biancha will experience severe physical and developmental delays as she grows older. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $897 to cover the cost of surgery for Biancha at Hospital Bernard Mevs. This is the only facility in Haiti where surgery for treating hydrocephalus is performed. This procedure, which is scheduled for June 23rd, will drain the excess fluid from Biancha's brain, reducing the intracranial pressure, and greatly improving Biancha's quality of life. With proper treatment, Biancha will hopefully develop into a strong and healthy young girl. Her family is hoping for a complete recovery, and is happy she will not be suffering anymore.
Sophea is married to a security guard, and they have two active sons who are six and four years old. Sophea sells vegetables at a local market to help support her family. She enjoys cooking, reading books, and taking care of her children. In October 2021, she was in a traffic accident that resulted in several fractures and road burns. Her fractures have since healed, but she developed a burn contracture and a joint dislocation, impeding her ability to use two of her fingers. Now she is unable to carry things, and it is painful whenever she tries to straighten her fingers. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. Surgeons plan to release the contracture and repair the dislocation, and apply a skin graft to her fingers. This will improve the mobility and stability of the fingers on her hand so she can get back to doing all she needs to each day. Sophea needs help to pay the cost of the $487 surgery, which will include hospitalization, medications, and post-operative rehabilitation. Sophea shared, "I hope my fingers will be able to function after my operation. I will be able to use my hand, and not have pain. This will help me to care for my family and work hard."
Linda is a beautiful three-week-old baby from Kenya who is the youngest of three children. A few months prior to Linda's birth, her mother became very sick and lost her job as a security guard. Her mother shares that this created many challenges for their family because she was their sole source of income after Linda's father left them. Additionally, they have not had many people nearby to help them since they came from Uganda. Fortunately, a Ugandan friend of Linda's mother heard about her condition and offered to accommodate her. This good Samaritan has since been facilitating hospital transportation and providing Linda’s family with financial support where possible. Shortly after her birth, Linda was diagnosed with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Linda is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. The public hospital where she was born was unable to offer her any treatment and instead referred her to our medical partner's care center, Bethanykids Kijabe Hospital. Upon arrival, Linda was found to be in critical condition. She was immediately admitted and put on medication. She stayed in the hospital for more than two weeks under the care of the medical team. Once she got better, she was discharged and scheduled to undergo spinal repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,151 to cover the cost of Linda's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 25th. This procedure will hopefully spare Linda from the risks associated with her condition and allow her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Linda’s mother says, “I was shocked when I saw her at birth and did not know if she would ever be treated. Now, I have courage to face the future, as I have been told that she will be treated.”
Voeun is a 70-year-old widow who lives with her daughter. Until it became too difficult for her to bend down, Voeun worked as a rice farmer. She and her husband, who passed away a few years ago, raised one daughter and three sons, and she now also has several grandchildren. Because of poor vision, Voeun spends the majority of her time at home. Five years ago, Voeun developed a non cancerous growth in her right eye, which causes redness, itchiness, tearing and double vision. This growth typically results from over exposure to sunlight. Now Voeun has difficulty seeing clearly and recognizing faces. When Voeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours to seek treatment. Voeun needs a surgical procedure to remove the growth, and for placement of a graft which will prevent a recurrence of the growth. Children's Surgical Centre is seeking $225 to fund Voeun's surgery, medications, supplies and a two day stay in the hospital - Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre - where the procedure will take place on June 6th. Voeun says: "I hope after surgery my eye will be better, with no irritation or tearing. I want to help my daughter do housework and cook for the children."
Ronald is a middle-aged farmer from Kenya who is the thirdborn in a family of six. He and his family all live in semi-permanent houses and work as small-scale farmers. His father passed away years ago, so his mother, who is diabetic, was left to care for the children alone. Ronald studied up to the college level, but he could not secure a job in his field, so he now works as a casual laborer. He also helps his mother with house chores since she is sick and on medication, making it difficult for her to do them alone. With the income he earns through doing casual labor, Ronald helps support his family's basic day-to-day needs. Ronald was recently involved in a road traffic accident while traveling as a passenger on a motorbike. After his driver lost control due to being hit by another motorbike, they both fell on the tarmacked road, and the motorbike landed on Ronald's lower limbs. Fortunately, there were people around who helped them, but he could not manage to stand. He had to be lifted onto a passenger service vehicle, which took him to the hospital. Since he sustained an open fracture to his foot during the accident, it was treated as an emergency, and he was immediately taken to the operating room for cleaning and debridement. He was then admitted to the ward and is now waiting to undergo fracture repair surgery. He is currently in pain and unable to use his limb Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 12th, Ronald will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. After the procedure, he will no longer be in pain and will be able to walk and work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Ronald says, "I earn a living through casual jobs, which some are near and some are far from home. This state has actually brought me down. Please help me so that I may not be a burden once I am able to work.”
Eliana is a friendly and talkative young girl from Tanzania. She is the firstborn child in a family of three. Her parents both work as small-scale farmers, and they depend entirely on what they harvest for their daily living. When Eliana was two years old, her parents noticed that her left leg was swelling up and that she would limp when walking. They initially thought she had fallen and hurt herself, so they took her to a local dispensary, where she was prescribed pain relieving medication. Eliana was eventually diagnosed with genu valgus, which is a malalignment of 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, Eliana struggles to stand and cannot walk more than four steps without either experiencing pain or falling down. This has resulted in her having to crawl most of the time in order to move from one place to another. In 2020, Eliana had corrective osteotomy surgery, which fortunately helped correct her legs to a point where she can now enjoy walking and playing with other children. However, she requires a second-stage procedure in order to remove her implant so her condition can heal entirely. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Eliana. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 11th. Treatment will allow Eliana's legs to completely heal, fully restoring her mobility, and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Eliana’s grandmother says, “The first surgery my granddaughter got helped ease her walking. I believe this next surgery will make her legs even better.’’
Ouksa is a bright and ambitious second grade student from Cambodia who lives with her grandmother. Her parents are factory workers in the city and visit her four times a year. Her favorite subjects in school are Khmer and English. She dreams of being a lawyer when she grows up. At home, she likes to spend her time reading books and playing with her friends. Her favorite foods are fish soup and fried pork. For the past two years, Ouksa has been experiencing a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. This has caused her to have trouble eating and sleeping. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Ouksa, which is scheduled to take place on July 11th. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Ouksa of her symptoms and helping her live much more comfortably. Ouksa says, "I hope I can eat and drink without pain."