Blackthorn's Story

Blackthorn joined Watsi on November 4th, 2021. Two years ago, Blackthorn joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Blackthorn's most recent donation supported Phoun, a rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.


Blackthorn has funded healthcare for 102 patients in 13 countries.

Patients funded by Blackthorn

Sok Kong is a motor mechanic and lives with his wife in Kampot province. He finds joy in tinkering with various motors, often continuing this passion even after their evening meals. As a baby, Sok Kong suffered a burn on his foot, leading to a contracture that left his foot in an unusual position. Being part of a financially strained farming family, he faced adversity without proper care for his disability. He also has a history of a left leg fracture several years ago. Recently, Sok Kong observed alarming changes in the scar on his foot and ankle – it became dark and lumpy, forming a rough growth that crusts over like a scab and occasionally bleeds. What initially seemed like a chronic skin sore prompted a local clinic to advise him to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. Following an examination, surgeons diagnosed Sok Kong with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and expressed concerns about its potential spread. Given the destructive nature of untreated squamous cell carcinoma and the fear that it may have advanced, a below-the-knee amputation was deemed necessary. Considering the late stage of cancer and the likelihood of its spread to the lymph nodes or other organs, surgeons plan to remove the enlarged lymph nodes on his right side for histology. Our medical partner is requesting $726 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care, ensuring Sok Kong receives comprehensive surgical treatment. Sok Kong said: "I hope the cancer has not spread any further and I will be able to return home soon with my wife."

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Mourine is a 9-year-old bright, social and friendly girl from Kenya. She is the firstborn of a family of two and hails from Merigi village in Bomet county. Her mother told us that she is very active while at school and at home, helping do household chores, including tending to a kitchen garden as part of her work. Mourine is passionate about studying and she told us that she aspires to become a neurosurgeon in the future! Mourine was first seen in August 2023 at our medical partner's care center (AIC Cure International Hospital) mobile clinic and scheduled to undergo serial casting. She comes from a humble background where her mother is a homemaker while her father is a farmer. Mourine has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. This condition was not noticeable at a young age and her mother came to notice it when she was 4 years old. Mourine was taken to a hospital and the family were told that her foot needed to be corrected. They stayed home for quite sometime until they heard about AIC Cure mobile clinic and upon review, she was scheduled to undergo treatment. Currently Mourine walks with discomfort, is not flexible, and has pain when walking for a long distance. Fortunately, Mourine's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 30th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Mourine's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk comfortably like other children, she will be able to play with her peers since there will be no pain and she will continue with her education without any challenge. She has a bright future ahead. Mourine said: "I'm looking forward to healing and walking comfortably to avoid people always asking me what is wrong with my foot."

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Jasmin is a young mother of three from Philippines. Her partner, Crisanto Olivar, works as a food handler and earns $155 a month for their family. The couple has 3 children and Jasmin brings them to school every day. She shared that due to family problems, Jasmin was only able to finish her first year in high school which gave her a hard time finding employment, so to help with household expenses Jasmin sells drinks near their house and earns around $2 a day. In 2017, Jasmin began to experience troubling symptoms, including back pain, abdominal pain, and nausea. In 2018, she was diagnosed with gallstones and was advised to undergo a surgery immediately. Due to financial constraints, she suffered the pain for years until she heard about treatment offered at our partner care center. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Jasmin is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on October 21st. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $1128 to cover the cost of Jasmin's surgery and care. Jasmin says, "The surgery will be a big help for me and my family because there is no way we can afford the cost of the procedure, hospitalization and medicines for my treatment. I dream of having a long life and to see my children finish school and live a nice life. So I am very grateful to the people who will help me make my dream come true."

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