Gerald joined Watsi on November 9th, 2014. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Gerald's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Chhlonh, a farmer from Cambodia, to relieve his ear pain.
Gerald has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.
Gerald has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.
31-year-old Chhlonh is a farmer who lives with his wife and daughter in Cambodia. When he is not tending to his farm, he enjoys caring for his daughter, listening to the radio, and playing football with his friends. Chhlonh began having ear discharge and hearing loss from his ears when he was 13 years old. Now, he still experiences recurrent discharge, hearing loss, pain, and ringing in his ears (tinnitus). Chhlonh traveled two hours with his brother-in-law to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where doctors discovered a cholesteatoma in both ears. A cholesteatoma is an abnormal skin growth located behind the eardrum. It initially develops as a cyst after chronic ear infections or perforation of the eardrum. Over time, the cyst sheds layers of old skin that collect within the ear. Without treatment, a cholesteatoma can grow large enough to cause hearing loss, dizziness, or facial paralysis. Our ear, nose, and throat surgeons will perform a mastoidectomy on Chhlonh's right ear to remove the cholesteatoma. $809 pays for Chhlonh's surgery as well as two hearing tests, one night in the hospital, one day of inpatient post-operative care, and three outpatient follow-up visits in the month following surgery. After the cholesteatoma is removed, Chhlonh's ear pain and discharge will stop.
Dee Mu is a 39-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, parents, sister, and two sons, aged six-years-old and 7-months-old. Dee Mu works as a farmer with her husband and sister, harvesting beans and rice all year round. However, in her current condition, Dee Mu is not able to contribute to the farm work. She is currently living with uterine prolapse - a condition that causes her a great deal of pain and discomfort. She feels better when she is lying down, but she cannot participate in daily activities. Dee Mu’s quality of life has diminished greatly in recent months due to her prolapsed uterus. Dee Mu really wants to return to work because she is not able to contribute to the household income in her current condition. She stays at home cleaning and keeping house and taking care of the animals. For $1,500, Dee Mu can receive the treatment she needs to get healthy and return to work. In her free time, Dee Mu enjoys relaxing and napping in her home and growing vegetables on the side of her house. She wishes to be happy. "I want to feel better and after surgery I want to go back to work with my husband and sister on the farm," she said. "I want to send my children to school to be educated."
Jinja is a 75-year-old small-scale farmer from Malawi, and the father of six children. He is a patient with our medical partner, World Altering Medicine. Jinja has an enlarged prostate, which has led to trouble urinating and defecating properly. The symptoms are significantly affecting his daily life. Jinja needs a prostate resection - surgery that removes part of the prostate gland and improves the flow of urine through the urethra. The treatment costs $742 and includes hospitalization, surgical, and travel costs. Jinja is not feeling anxious about the surgery. Rather, he is looking forward to being relieved from his symptoms. Let's help make it possible!
Meet Saret, a 66-year-old man from Cambodia. “Saret is married with four sons, four daughters, and 15 grandchildren. Saret enjoys to watch social news on TV and listen to monks pray on the radio," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Three months ago, Saret developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. "This causes him blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for him to see clearly, do work, or go outside," CSC explains. After learning about CSC, Saret and his daughter travelled four hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Saret’s sight. For $225, Saret will undergo cataract surgery, during which his old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing him to see again immediately after his operation.
“Lencer is a young child with a long medical history,” reports our medical partner in Kenya, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). When he was nine months old, he fell sick with meningitis; he has contracted pneumonia six times since his birth; and now, at three years old, Lencer has contracted tuberculosis. “Lencer has battled his previous medical complications with zeal,” AMHF tells us. However, fighting these near-constant illnesses “has drained his family’s income,” leaving them unprepared to cope financially with the most recent medical problem that has beset Lencer: severe hearing loss in both ears. Lencer’s hearing problems are sensorineural, meaning they originate in his inner ear, and could have been caused by a variety of factors, from disease to head trauma. According to AMHF, “if not assisted with the hearing aids, Lencer may not be able to communicate effectively”—a deficiency that could have profound implications for the child’s social life, language learning, academic abilities, and career. $920 will purchase two hearing aids—one for each of Lencer’s ears. With these devices in place, “Lencer will be able to use speech and hearing for communication,” AMHF tells us. “I feel emotionally weak that my child has to pass through all these medical complications,” shares Lencer’s father. “My only wish is to have God heal him and for him to grow as a healthy child.” Let’s help make that wish a reality for this family.
Six-year-old Nehemie lives with her mother and father in Haiti. She enjoys attending school and playing with friends in her kindergarten class. “Nehemie was born with a heart defect called atrioventricular canal defect,” our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), tells us. “Holes exist between the upper and lower chambers of the heart, allowing blood to pass freely through all four chambers. This leads to heart failure and deprives the body of oxygen, leaving her sickly and weak.” "We have been very worried about Nehemie because she cannot keep up with the other children and gets tired very easily,” shares Nehemie’s mother. To repair Nehemie’s heart defect, doctors will perform a surgical procedure known as cardiac catheterization. Using imaging as a guide, doctors will thread a catheter—a thin, flexible tube inserted into a blood vessel—from the groin to the holes in the heart. Next, they will position a mesh patch contained within the catheter to close the holes and then remove the catheter. Over time, heart tissue grows into and around the mesh to permanently close the holes. For $1,500, HCA will provide the overseas preparation and transportation required for Nehemie’s surgery. Gift of Life International has donated $5000 to cover the costs of surgery and post-operative hospital care. “Following surgery, Nehemie should be able to lead a normal life with no further symptoms from this condition,” says HCA. Let’s help make that happen!
“Wai is an 18-year-old Burmese man who suffered burns over half of his body six months ago in a work-related accident,” our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP) tells us. Wai worked in a gas station where he was moving supplies in the storeroom, when an explosion from fumes in the room went off. “When he regained consciousness, 18 hours later, he found himself in a critical care ward. The owner of the gas station and a friend had transported him there,” shares BBP. Wai has third degree burns on his arms and legs, but luckily his head was spared and he suffers no pulmonary damage. “Wai was in the hospital for two months and the doctors recommended a longer stay, but the gas station owner, who paid the bill for two months, refused to take on any further hospital expense. The owner didn’t extend any further compensation to his former employee,” adds BBP. “Wai has largely lost the use of his left hand and his right hand. He is capable of walking, although slowly and with a deliberate pace. He can no longer play cane ball, his favorite pastime, as he can no longer run,” BBP says. Wai needs surgery to remove the damaged tissue from the burns. This procedure will cost $1,500 and will give him increased motion and flexibility in his hands, legs, and joints. “I want to get back to helping my family," Wai shares.
49-year-old Elda lives in Haiti with her two children -- a 16-year-old son and a 22-year-old daughter. Our medical partner, Project Medishare (PM), explains that in 2005, Elda’s husband died in a car accident. Since then, Elda has been the sole provider for her children, supporting her family by selling motor bikes and auto parts. In 2008, Elda noticed a growing lump in her breast and sought medical advice. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery to remove the tumor. “Six years later Elda had another surgery to remove a growing mass in the same breast and receive chemotherapy,” PM continues. It’s been about one year since Elda’s surgery and PM tells us that Elda is doing well. However, in order to be completely cancer-free, Elda needs one final round of radiotherapy. $1,500 covers the cost of Elda’s radiation therapy as well as her travel arrangements to the Dominican Republic, where her treatment will take place. After years of battling cancer, this treatment will allow her to finally enjoy a healthy life. PM shares, “Elda is excited to finish with the treatment, build a small boutique, and live her life in peace by the sea.”
“Maynor is a curious little boy who loves to imitate his mom singing and dancing by moving his little hands and hips back and forth,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “He is the youngest of four children, and his sister cares for him while their mother works in the house, embroidering textiles to sell.” 21-month-old Maynor is from Guatemala, and has acute malnutrition. Maynor is below the average height and weight of a boy his age and is often sick with diarrhea. Without intervention, Maynor is at risk of experiencing the long term effects of malnutrition including a decline in his mental and physical development, and chronic illness. For $535, Maynor will receive the nutritional support he needs. “This treatment will provide Maynor with micronutrient and food supplementation as well as medication to stop infections and improve his state of malnutrition,” WK explains. Maynor’s mother will also receive nutrition education. This program will provide her with the resources and confidence necessary to ensure the long-term health of Maynor and his siblings. Combined, this intervention will give Maynor the chance to experience a healthy childhood, allowing him to succeed in school in the future. “It is difficult to raise my children on my own, to buy all that they need and care for the house and work,” shares Maynor’s mother. “It’s hard, but I do it because I have to and because I love them. I am so thankful that you want to help us.”
Meet Rosie, a 35-year-old woman from the Philippines. Rosie enjoys cooking and singing, and often sings at weddings and funerals. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), says, “Rosie loves to work together with her husband who is a gospel minister and she loves to serve people.” Due to a mass on her right breast, “Rosie occasionally experiences muscle pain on the entire right side of her shoulder, chest, and back, which requires her to rest a minimum of two hours throughout the day,” ICM reports. “It is a discomfort since there is additional itching at the site of the mass and under her right upper arm; these symptoms bother her as it causes her lack of sleep, which makes her very tired for the next day’s tasks.” Rosie needs a lumpectomy to remove the mass on her breast. This procedure costs $612, and will remove all abnormal tissue form her breast. ICM says, “The treatment will give Rosie the freedom to do what she wants, especially in serving the church and the community as a whole. “ ICM adds, “Rosie is looking forward to being free of pain and discomfort so she can perform her best as a mother and a wife.” "I am looking forward to being free of this condition I have," Rosie shares. "I know that without it I can serve my family and our church at my full capacity.”
Bye Kon, a 56-year-old woman in Cambodia, lives with her husband and son. Bye Kon and her husband fish to make a living, and her son works as a religious education teacher. According to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), Bye Kon noticed an unusual mass in her abdomen about eight months ago. When the mass began to grow and become more painful, Bye Kon went to the clinic and was diagnosed with a uterine myoma. A uterine myoma is a non cancerous growth on the uterus that causes severe abdominal pain. Bye Kon's clinic was unable to perform surgery and instead administered medicine and sent her home. Since then, Bye Kon has been constantly worried about her condition and unable to eat or sleep very well. "She said in the past she was big and now she has lost so much weight. Bye Kon says that she does as best as she can with her condition, but it has become considerably more difficult for her lately," BBP adds. "She says that she wants to be healthy." With $1,500, doctors will be able to remove the mass in Bye Kon's abdomen so that she can return to a fully healthy and active life. "I cannot wait for the surgery; I want to be better soon," says Bye Kon. "I am so grateful for the treatment."
Kimberly is a one-year-old baby girl who lives with her parents in Guatemala. Kimberly is acutely malnourished, meaning that her diet doesn’t contain the nutrients she needs to build a strong immune system or feel energetic and alert. Acute malnutrition also has serious long-term effects if not treated. “Over time mental and physical development is stunted, thus leading to developmental delays and preventing Kimberly from reaching her full potential,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “She will also be at increased risk of chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes.” Kimberly’s mother is eager for her daughter to get better and tells WK, “I want to see my daughter grow up to be a teacher.” Although she says that her daughter has started eating solid food, “Kimberly’s appetite is low and she has not transitioned from exclusively breastfeeding to solid food very well.” Kimberly’s mother is eight months pregnant with her second child and hopes intervention can occur soon so that she can be fully present for Kimberly’s treatment. “Once the baby is born, more stresses (both time and economic) will be placed on Kimberly’s mother, and limit her ability to give Kimberly the attention and resources she needs to thrive,” WK explains. Due to these circumstances, Kimberly needs medical attention as soon as possible. With $535 in Watsi funding, Kimberly will receive micronutrient and food supplementation to improve her health and bolster her immune system. Kimberly’s mother will receive the resources and intensive nutrition education she needs to make healthy decisions about what to feed Kimberly, as well as her baby on the way. According to WK, with this regimen in place, “Kimberly will begin to recoup the height and weight she has lost, and over time her energy and ability to concentrate will improve.” They continue, “With treatment, we anticipate Kimberly will have the ability to go far.”