Patricia joined Watsi on August 14th, 2013. 69 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Patricia's most recent donation supported Tha Mee, a young woman from Burma, to fund gallbladder surgery.
Patricia has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Tha Mee is a 19-year-old wife and mother from Burma. She lives with her husband, her son, her parents, two brothers and a sister. In her free time Tha Mee likes to cook and wash. Tha Mee has a gallstone and suffers from pain in her back and waist. She has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, Tha Mee's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Tha Mee is scheduled to undergo her biliary obstruction repair on April 4. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Tha Mee's procedure and care. Tha Mee says, “If I finish surgery and feel better, I will go back home and take care of my son.”
Lorn is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three children and eight grandchildren, and she enjoys going to the pagoda in her free time. One year ago, Lorn developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On April 8, doctors will perform a small incision 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 more clearly and attend ceremonies at the pagoda, as well as be able to recognize my relatives."
Ray is a grandmother from Cambodia. She has five daughters, two sons, and 20 grandchildren. She is a rice farmer. She likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Three months ago, Ray developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her cloudy vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ray learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 15, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I want to see my grandchildren's faces and be able to go outside independently."
Onesiforo is a student from Tanzania. He is eight years old and the second-born child in a family of two. Last year, Onesiforo was sitting next to a fire. Suddenly, the cloth in which he was wrapped caught fire. He sustained burns across his body. Now, the burns on his hands have turned into contractures, limiting his ability to move his hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Onesiforo receive treatment. On August 7, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help him regain motion. Now, Onesiforo needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Onesiforo’s father says, “Please help my son if you can, he has stopped going to school due to the stares other kids give him. This other wound has refused to heal. If you can help us please do.”
Zikagumaho is a farmer from Uganda. He is 57 years old and has six children. For three years, Zikagumaho has had an inguinal hernia. This limits his ability to dig or lift items. Fortunately, on March 6, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Zikagumaho's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Zikagumaho says, “I hope to get better and continue with cultivation after surgery.”
Kari is a father and artisan from Nepal who has a painful and swollen inguinal hernia. Kari doesn't own his own land, so he supports his wife and children by making crafts from bamboo. His caretakers at our medical partner, Nyaya Health, say "it's really difficult for him to afford treatment on his own." Kari was first diagnosed with this condition four years ago, but until now he's had no hope of being able to afford a referral to a higher center for treatment. With our support, Kari can have a $1390 surgery to repair his hernia, relieve his pain, and prevent potentially fatal complications. The cost of treatment includes travel to Nepal's capital, more than a day away, accompanied by staff from Nyaya Health.