Franklin joined Watsi on November 6th, 2014. Eight years ago, Franklin joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Franklin's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Chit, a farmer from Burma, to remove kidney stones.
Franklin has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 10 countries.
Franklin has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 10 countries.
Chit is a 30-year-old man who lives with his wife, daughter, son and father-in-law in Noh Poe Village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. Chit’s daughter and son go to school. Chit, together with his wife and father-in-law work as farmers on land they rent. Chit’s family does not have regular income, but they sell durian and betel nut that they grow in their garden. Seven years ago, Chit started to experience pain in his lower left abdomen. He also had difficulty passing urine so he went to Myawaddy Hospital for help. He received an ultrasound and an x-ray before the doctor informed him that he has a urinary tract infection (UTI) and a kidney stone. He was treated for the UTI but he did not received treatment for the kidney stone. He was given a follow-up appointment for every month, to receive medication for the abdominal pain. He continued to return for his appointments until late-2018, but when he did not feel better he followed his neighbour’s suggestion and sought help at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand on 20 February 2019. When Chit arrived at MTC, he received an ultrasound as well as a urine and blood test. After the tests, the medic informed him that he has a kidney stone and he was prescribed some medication. On 29 February, MTC referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, he underwent an intravenous pyelogram (IVP) and was asked to return to MSH for his follow-up appointments and he returned several times. Eventually, he was told that the kidney stone had moved into his urethra and that he would need to undergo laser treatment to break up the stone. Currently, Chit still experiences pain in his lower left abdomen and sometimes he has difficulty passing urine. He worries that his condition will get worse if he does not get treatment. Sometimes his urine has blood in it, especially when he drinks less water and he has difficulty passing urine. Sometimes, he feels like the pain of his abdominal is worse and he is not able to walk or work. He is unable to sleep, and he feels more comfortable when he lies down and rests. In his free time, Chit loves to forage for vegetables in the forest.
Chan is a mother of five from Thailand. She is a homemaker while her husband works as a daily laborer. For the past three months, Chan has been experiencing pain and discomfort in her abdomen and back. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cyst. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Chan's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Chan is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on August 6. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain and discomfort. Chan says, “I am always thinking and worrying about my condition. I hope I will get better one day.”
Diana is a student from Kenya. She has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Diana traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 20. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Diana's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily.
Ethan is a toddler from Kenya. He has had inguinal hernia. Fortunately, on May 23, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Ethan's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “My child is in much anguish. We cannot raise the needed funds and I am therefore requesting for your assistance,” says Ethan’s mother.
Bunthoeun is a 43-year-old man from Cambodia. He has two sons, and enjoys playing sports and watching television in his free time. When he was a child, Bunthoeun had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Bunthoeun experiences ear discharge, pain, irritation, headaches, itchiness, tinnitus, and hearing loss. It is difficult for him to listen and communicate with others. Bunthoeun traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 3, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer have any ear infection or ear discharge and my hearing will improve."
Lastin is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of four children. Lastin has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Lastin will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Lastin that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 4 and will drain the excess fluid from Lastin's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Lastin will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I came all the way with the little transport money I had to BethanyKids in faith that somehow we will get assistance," says Lastin’s mother.
Keang is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters, two sons, and 20 grandchildren. She likes to visit the local pagoda and listen to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Keang developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Keang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On January 4, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $398 procedure.
Yom is a seamstress from Cambodia. She has one daughter, one son, and three grandchildren. She likes to listen to the radio. Three years ago, Yom developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 3, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see clearly so I can return home and to work. I look forward to joining in on ceremonies at the temple."
Aye Chan is a five-year-old preschool girl from Thailand. She lives with her family in a village in Mae Sot Township. In October, Aye Chan slipped and fell, breaking her right forearm. Currently, she cannot sleep at night, and she is on painkillers to manage the pain. She cannot lift her left arm. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Aye Chan will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 1 and will cost $1,500. The treatment will help her to use her left hand again. She will be able to go to school, allowing her mother, who is currently caring for her, to return to work. Her mother says, "I'm looking forward to seeing her recover...I would like to thank your organization for helping my daughter. I will never forget what you have done for my daughter. When she recovers, I will continue to send her to school no matter how difficult it is."
Abdulwahid is a child from Ethiopia. His parents are from Addis Ababa. He is a playful boy who loves other children and who loves playing football. He is an only child. Abdulwahid 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. Fortunately, Abdulwahid is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on September 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His father says, “This condition worries us a lot...But we always look out for opportunities and that is what led us here. We now hoping to get the treatment.”
Nar is a four-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandparents, and two aunts in Mawlamyine City in Mon State. Just before she turned two, her mother noticed a small lump on her neck. The mass became larger as she grew. Her mother took her to several hospitals for possible treatment. At our medical partner's care center, her doctor recommended a surgery to remove the benign tumor. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 27. Her family is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.
Sweet is a two-month-old baby girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandparents, uncle, and two aunts. They live on the family farm in the Kyaw Tha Lit Kho village. Sweet was born at home with the help of a traditional birthing assistant. Shortly after birth, Sweet’s mother noticed that she had a mass near her tailbone. They visited a clinic and were referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Currently, the mass is growing at a steady rate. Doctors want Sweet 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 her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Sweet's CT scan and care, scheduled for July 19.