Megan joined Watsi on July 6th, 2015. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Megan's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Meath, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Megan has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 3 countries.
Meath is a 40-year-old winter melon farmer from Cambodia. She has three children, and enjoys watching both Thai and Khmer television dramas in her free time. One year ago, Meath developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, irritation, itchiness, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Meath learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On May 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see clearly and continue growing rice and winter melon on my farm."
Baganiza is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of eight children. For seven years, Baganiza has had an inguinal scrotal hernia. This causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or death. Fortunately, on April 10, 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 Baganiza's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "I like being with others during my free time."
Ean is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, she likes to watch Khmer TV dramas. Three years ago, Ean developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her blurred vision, burning, irritation, and itchiness. 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 Ean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. Ean 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 February 11. She says, "I hope that after my eye surgery I will feel much better and be able to continue my work at the farm field. I also hope that I can easily walk or go anywhere outside independently."
Tukahirwa is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. Her husband passed away in 2000, leaving her with two children. For three years, Tukahirwa has had a bilateral inguinal hernia. This hernia causes her pain and discomfort. If not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage and blocking. Fortunately, on April 10, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tukahirwa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Tukahirwa says, “I hope to get a better lifestyle after surgery and continue with cultivation."
Rutaro is a motorbike taxi operator from Uganda. He is married with three young children, who are all in school. Rutaro and his wife practice small-scale farming to meet their family's needs. For fifteen years, Rutaro has been developing a progressively growing mass on the back of his neck. The mass causes him discomfort, especially when he wears his work helmet. Rutaro traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 5, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Rutaro needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Rutaro says, “I hope to get better after surgery and I continue with my work of riding the motorcycle.”
Rithsamoeun is a government worker from Cambodia. He has two sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Five years ago, Rithsamoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rithsamoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On March 5, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope I can see everything clearly after the surgery. I want to continue my work as chief of my village again with improved vision."
Meet Orn, a husband and father of three children from Cambodia. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), shares that Orn has an appreciation for music and enjoys “watching music videos on TV and listening to Khmer classical music on the radio.” “Three months ago, Orn was in a moto accident that left him with a broken arm,” CSC informs us. Due to the humerus fracture sustained from the accident, “he has not been able to work since the accident and he can’t even do much to help around the house. He is so sad because he cannot provide money for his family.” $405 will fund Orn’s operation to surgically correct his humerus. After undergoing surgery, ten days of hospitalization and physiotherapy sessions, “Orn will be able to use his arm again and return to work,” CSC says. Orn is enthusiastic about a successful surgery so that he will once again be able to support his wife, daughter, and sons.
Meet San! San is 42 years old, and works as a seamstress in Burma to help support her husband and elderly parents. A few months ago, San visited her local midwife because she was experiencing abdominal and back pain, fatigue, and joint pain. All of these symptoms were causing her a great deal of stress as well. San’s midwife referred her to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects, where she was diagnosed with a uterine tumor known as a myoma. San is grateful for this access to care -- she tells us, “the poor always have to struggle to get food daily and at the hospital there are not enough health workers.” San has not been able to work due to the pain and swelling caused by the myoma, and has been additionally distressed because her husband’s truck broke down, making it impossible for him to work as a driver and earn enough to support their family. For $1500, San will have surgery to remove the uterine myoma. After this surgery, her pain and distension will subside and she will be able to return to work and supporting her family. Let's help ensure that San gets the care she needs to alleviate her discomfort and stress.