Matt joined Watsi on September 18th, 2016. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Matt's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Saran, a man from Cambodia, to fund nasal surgery.
Matt has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Saran is a teacher from Cambodia. He is married and has two daughters. He likes to go for walks and do housework in his free time. Two years ago, Saran developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. For this reason he experiences headaches and nasal obstruction. He has difficulty breathing. When Saran learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 11, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, he will be able to breathe more easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $267 procedure. He says, "I hope I can breathe better and will be able to sleep after the operation."
Tindimwebwa is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is 68 years old and a mother of seven children. Since 2017, Tindimwebwa has had a left inguinal hernia. This causes her pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on November 28, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Tindimwebwa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Tindimwebwa says, "After surgery I will be happy and continue with my activities at home."
Chiv is a motorcycle taxi driver from Cambodia. He is married. He likes playing chess and watching boxing matches. Seven years ago, Chiv developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, irritation, itching, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chiv learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 12, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $211 procedure. He says, "I hope I can see well so I can return to work and earn money to support my family."
Chanthou is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, five daughters, and two grandchildren. She likes to watch Indian dramas on TV. Twenty years ago, Chanthou developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and burning. 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Chanthou learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Chanthou needs 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for November 5. Her daughter says, "I hope my mom's surgery is a success so she can see better."
Srey Mech is a mother of two from Cambodia. She sells clothes at a shop. She has two sons. She likes to go for walks and watch TV. Fifteen years ago, she fell down and broke her hip. She had a hip replacement surgery, but now it needs to be replaced because she has been in chronic hip pain for the past two years. She cannot walk. Fortunately, Srey Mech learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Srey Mech of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 7, and Srey Mech needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I really hope I won't be in pain and will be able to work after the operation."
Neema is a farmer from Uganda. He is the youngest of four children. For three years, Neema has had an inguinal scrotal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage and death Fortunately, on December 19, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Neema's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, “After surgery I will resume working in my fields.”
Meet Joyce, a mother of three children from Kenya. Joyce works as a domestic house help to earn a living. She separated from her husband in 2012, and unfortunately her children have not been able to continue with higher education due to a lack of school fees. The children stay with their grandmother, as Joyce is not able to financially support them due to her medical condition. In 2014 November, Joyce felt severe abdominal pain. She visited the hospital, where she was sent home with pain medication. However, the pain persisted and a subsequent x-ray revealed fibroids (benign growths) in her uterus. Joyce experiences pain, fatigue, and bleeding. She is not able to work consistently, especially when she is in pain, and a majority of her income is used for medical expenses. Joyce needs a total abdominal hysterectomy to treat her fibroids and return to full health. Treatment will cost $800, and includes all pre- and post-operative care. “I'd like to be relieved of the pain I am experiencing and be free from further complications," Joyce shared.
Upendo is a polite, thirteen-year-old girl from Tanzania. She was born premature and she used to get sick every now and then, something which forced her to receive many injections, which are believed to have resulted in the deformity of her right foot. Upendo is currently in class three. Despite being difficult for her to walk, she still walks to school and works hard in class. She likes all the subjects, but especially English, Swahili, and History subjects. She also enjoys drawing. She likes to watch the other students play but she is unable to participate because she is unable to walk or run fast. Upendo’s parents are small scale farmers and they also keep a few livestock. With six children to look after and five of them going to school, the cost of treatment, which Upendo needs, is just too high for them to afford. For $1,160, Upendo will receive the clubfoot treatment she needs so that she can walk properly and have the ability to interact with other children, as well as be able to wear shoes. "I would like to become a secondary school teacher when I grow up," shares Upendo.