Marguerite joined Watsi on December 2nd, 2014. 44 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Marguerite's most recent donation supported Makara, a 37-year-old farmer from Cambodia, for a myringoplasty to improve his hearing.
Marguerite has funded healthcare for 2 patients in 2 countries.
Meet Makara, a 37-year-old farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he enjoys planting trees and listening to the radio. "When Makara was eight, he began having ear discharge and hearing loss in his left ear from otitis media," reports our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Otitis media is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually referred to as an ear infection. These sort of infections are common in areas of Cambodia where hygiene can be poor. "Over time, this perforated his left tympanic membrane," CSC continues to explain. For the past almost 30 years, Makara has continued to experience recurrent ear discharge, hearing loss, and a ringing in his ear. "I am unhappy that I have ear pain and there is a bad smell," Makara shares. "It is difficult to communicate with other people." After hearing about CSC on the radio, Makara traveled to CSC with his cousin for proper treatment. For $399, doctors will perform a myringoplasty to repair the tear in Makara's tympanic membrane. This will improve his hearing and stop the discharge and pain. Makara is very excited to have his operation so that he can finally hear properly again. "I hope the ear discharge stops and I have good hearing," he shares.
"Veronica is a very happy little girl," says our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM). "She likes to laugh a lot with her brothers and sisters. Her mother is a small business woman who sells vegetables. Currently she is unable to do business because of her daughter’s condition and is struggling a lot to care for the family." Veronica is a 4-year-old girl from Malawi who lives with hydrocephalus -- a buildup of fluid in her brain. Her head is therefore larger than normal, and she has been delayed in reaching normal milestones. "She has not started sitting on her own and cannot talk," WAM tells us. "She has sight problems and is difficult to feed." For $992, doctors can insert a shunt in Veronica's head and drain the excess fluid. This procedure will normalize the pressure in her head and with time, it will return to a normal size. "Treatment will enable her to develop normally and participate in all the activities girls at her age enjoy," WAM adds. "Veronica is my last born daughter; I love her so much that I would be the happiest parent if her condition is treated," her mother tells us.