Paa joined Watsi on March 9th, 2021. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Paa's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Sarah, a 73-year old woman from Kenya, to fund a mastectomy.
Paa has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Paa has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 4 countries.
Sarah is a 73-year-old woman who is currently living with one of her four children. She used to run a green grocery shop that she closed down almost a year ago. She doesn’t have a source of income now and relies on her children for survival. Although they are supportive, she shared that all of her children don’t have stable jobs and income. In February, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, which is a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been recommended to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Sarah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 9th. After treatment, Sarah will hopefully be cancer free. Sarah shared, “my happiness is gone, I feel sad and demoralized. I have no reason to smile or to be jovial since I will be losing one of my breasts. I know this surgery is important but sadly I cannot afford the entire cost. I hope to get the surgery and be fine again.”
Htoo is a five-year-old boy from who lives with his parents and four siblings in a refugee camp in Thailand. His mother is a homemaker and his father used to work as a day laborer in a nearby Thai village, but has been unable to leave the camp for work since COVID-19 broke out in Thailand. Htoo will start Kindergarten this year. Their family's monthly stipend is not enough to cover their daily needs. Recently, Htoo climbed a guava tree to pick some fruit. He slipped, fell, and landed on his left arm. Htoo injured his elbow in the fall and his father immediately rushed him to the camp hospital run by Malteser International (MI). After receiving first aid, the medic referred him to another hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken elbow and referred for treatment. Knowing that Htoo needed surgery, MI staff referred him to our Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for financial assistance to access surgery. Currently, Htoo is in pain and cannot bend his left arm. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htoo will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for March 12th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Htoo regain use of his left arm so that he can complete daily tasks. Htoo's father is hopeful he'll be feeling well soon. He shared that right now, "Htoo does not want to go to school or study. He loves to play football."
Suon is a 55-year-old mother of three from Cambodia, and she has a son and two daughters. She and her husband are both rice farmers. When she has free time, she likes to watch Khmer movies and listen to the news on the radio. One year ago, Suon developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her eye to produce excess tears and itch. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths that occur when the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye, is exposed to excessive sun damage and cells begin to grow abnormally over the pupil. Now, Suon stays at home because she does not feel comfortable leaving the house with her eye problem. When Suon learned about our Medical Partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter to seek treatment. On March 3rd, Suon will undergo surgery 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, and will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Suon shared with us, "I hope after surgery my eye will look better, I will be able to go back to the rice field without worrying about my eye."
Lucas is a playful four-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of five children from his mother. His parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their food and they also keep livestock for a living, which allows them to get milk. Given the remoteness of their village, they shared that life is very difficult; meeting basic needs and access to health services are big challenges. Lucas has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lucas traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Lucas's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when he grows up. Lucas’s father shared, "we have no means of raising money to afford our son’s treatment cost. We will be very grateful if you can help correct his feet."
Florence an 11-year-old girl from Kenya, and she is the firstborn in a family of three children. Florence was born with cerebral palsy, which is a condition that affects her muscles, primarily her legs. In addition, Florence also has clubfoot, and as a result she is not able to independently walk from one place to another by herself, so she currently uses a wheelchair to get around. The team from our Medical Partner's Care Center AIC Cure International Hospital met Florence at one of their mobile clinics near her home village. Florence needs to undergo triple arthrodesis surgery, which will relieve pain in her foot and provide her with more stability. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Florence to receive treatment and needs help raising $1,224 for her surgery. Florence's mother is excited that after the surgery, Florence will "be able to walk and continue with her life like other children." She added, “We are appealing to people of goodwill to help our daughter undergo surgery."
Jeria is a hairstylist from Kenya. Since her separation from her husband, Jeria has been a single mother, and she says it has taken the hand of God to manage to care for her two children who are now 16 and 10 years old. Jeria goes to her clients' homes for hairstyling on demand, so her workload and schedule can be unpredictable. Two years ago, Jeria began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Jeria receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. “I am worried because now I see the goiter growing fast. I am so worried since I cannot raise the money required. This condition has affected my relationships and interactions with friends and relatives. It has also affected my work and so I hope I can get help. I will appreciate and hope for successful surgery so that I can continue taking care of my children,” Jeria quietly shared.
Meta is a nine-year-old elementary school student from Cambodia. He lives with his three brothers and his parents, who are both construction workers. Meta's favorite thing to do at school is read books. He also loves to explore the forested area around their house with his brothers. Since he was five years old, Meta has had tonsillitis, resulting in recurrent infections and chronic throat pain. This has made it difficult for him to swallow, breathe and speak and can interfere with his ability to sleep soundly as well. His family has come to Children's Surgical Centre, where doctors will be able to remove his inflamed tonsils on January 6th. Once he has recovered from this procedure, he will be able to breathe, sleep, and eat with ease, and will no longer experience chronic infections in his throat. Meta's mother shared, "I am excited to see my son get well after the surgery, and I hope he will have an easy time eating his food and sleeping all night."