Oana joined Watsi on April 10th, 2015. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Oana's most recent donation traveled 7,400 miles to support Soksomaly, a teenager from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Oana has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 13 countries.
Oana has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 13 countries.
Soksomaly is a 19-year-old college student from Cambodia. She is a hotel and tourism student and hopes to become a translator in the future. Five years ago, Soksomaly 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, Soksomaly experiences headaches, hearing loss, discharge, and itchiness. It is difficult for her to hear, and she often experiences difficulty communicating with others. Soksomaly traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 3, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left 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. She says, "I hope that this operation will allow me to hear properly and for the infection and discharge to stop."
Sor is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two brothers and two sisters and likes watching You Tube and playing on Facebook. When she was fifteen, Sor had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sor experiences ear discharge, pain, hearing loss, tinnitus, and dizziness. She is unable to hear others. Sor traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 6, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope that after surgery, my hearing will improve and I will no longer have any pain or discharge."
Ikram is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the only child to his single mother. Ikram 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, Ikram is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $986 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ikram’s mother says, “I have been concerned about my son’s condition for a long time but due to financial challenges I have not been able to help my son please help him.”
Nenglanget is a young girl from Tanzania. She is being raised by her mother and grandmother, who work as farmers. Nenglanget's lower leg was accidentally burned by a cooking fire. She was rushed to the hospital and had her wounds treated. Unfortunately, her wounds developed repeated infections. Now, she can no longer walk. Nenglanget needs to undergo an amputation surgery so that she will be able to use a prosthetic leg and have a chance to walk again. Surgery is scheduled for March 5 and will cost $1,035. Nenglanget’s grandmother says, “Please help my granddaughter she can no longer walk due her leg being deformed from the fire.”
Elvin is a baby from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of two children. Elvin is a playful and talkative boy. Elvin was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward so that his knees do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences pain when walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Elvin. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 7. Treatment will hopefully restore Elvin's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Elvin’s father says, “You are the only hope we have. Please help our son. His condition is worsening each day.”
Lemi is a baby from Ethiopia. He is the third child in his family. He loves to play and laugh with people. Lemi was born with an abnormal bowel condition. He underwent a surgery that offered a temporary solution, but he needs to undergo another surgery to fully repair the condition. This procedure is scheduled for January 15 and will cost $1,500. His mother says, "We are financially struggling to pay for medication and to provide him treatment." Let's help Lemi's family raise money for surgery!
Davidson is a preschooler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and older brother in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He will start preschool once he recovers from surgery. Davidson has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. On October 10, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will close the hole with a patch and remove the muscular blockage. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Davidson's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. His mother says, "I will be very relieved for this surgery to be over because I have been very worried about my son's health."
Latt is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He moved to Thailand with his parents and younger brother from Bago, Burma 23 years ago. Currently, Latt’s parents and his younger brother live in Chonburi, Bangkok. Nine months ago, Latt married his wife Ni Ni and moved with her to another area of Bangkok. Together with his wife, he works in a factory that prepares noodles, fried rice, and other meals for lunch boxes. Latt was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Latt experiences fatigue and chest pain. He unable to sleep well at night because of the chest pains. He is worried about his symptoms as he is no longer able to work and is unable to earn money for his family. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Latt. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 2 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Latt says, “I really want to have surgery to recover so that I can work again. Now, I can’t sleep well because I think too much about my family and my symptoms.”
Ratanak is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child. He likes to drink soda. Ratanak has ptosis in his right eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He has difficulty seeing. Ratanak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 01, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision. Now, Ratanak needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. His mother says, "I feel unhappy that my son has vision problems and I hope that my son's eye looks very good after surgery."
Ian is a baby from Kenya. He is the first in a family of two children. Ian's mother washes clothes to earn a living. Ian has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ian traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 19. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Ian's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. His grandmother says, “I would like to thank you for the support you gave when Ian came for the first surgery. We are kindly seeking for more support. Please don’t get weary of helping us. God bless you.”
Esther is a baby from Haiti. She lives with her mother and father in Port-au-Prince. She is their first child. Esther has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Esther will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On October 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole with a patch and remove the muscular blockage. Another organization, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Esther's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Esther's family overseas. Her mother says, "We are very glad for this surgery so that our daughter can gain weight and have more energy."
Esther is a mother of seven and grandmother of one from Malawi. She is married and works as a farmer. She sings in the choir in her free time. Since January 2018, Esther has been experiencing backache and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Esther's surgery. On September 7, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. Esther is very happy and thankful to be receiving this surgery.