Tangam joined Watsi on June 12th, 2013. Four years ago, Tangam joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Tangam's most recent donation traveled 7,400 miles to support Savong, a 28-year-old hairdresser from Cambodia, to fund a mastoidectomy.
Tangam has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 10 countries.
Tangam has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 10 countries.
Savong is a 28-year-old hairdresser from Kampong Thom province in Cambodia, where she lives with her husband and their two daughters and son. Savong's husband works on a nearby rice farm while Savong works in the local market at a hairdressing stall. Her favorite hobby is cooking for her family. Fifteen years ago, Savong had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. As a result, Savong experiences hearing loss, ear pain, and discharge. Savong traveled to seek help from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On April 27th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. During this procedure, surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma, restoring Savong's hearing, and ridding her of the distressing discharge she has been living with. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $926 to fund this procedure. The money raised will cover the cost of medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Savong shared: "I hope I can help my hearing and be able to do my job and care for my kids better."
Sovan is a 24-year-old restaurant security guard. He was married last year and is expecting his first child with his wife, who is a seamstress in a local factory. Until his injury, he enjoyed playing volleyball with friends. In February, he was hit by a car while on his motorbike and fractured his left forearm when he fell on the pavement. He did not go to a clinic to be examined because he did not have enough money. Nine months after his injury, he is unable to use his left arm and the broken bone has failed to heal. He has swelling, pain, and tenderness. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 22nd, Sovan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $483. This procedure will finally repair the fracture. With physical therapy after surgery, he can regain strength and range of motion, allowing him to find work again. Sovan shared: "I hope my arm will be fixed, I will no longer be in pain, and I can find a job to support my growing family."
Oo is a 52-year-old man from Burma, living with his wife and daughter. Oo's wife is a day laborer, while his daughter works as a salesperson in a store. Oo is unemployed because of health issues, but he enjoys growing vegetables, and guarding the entrance gate of the village. In the midst of the rainy season in July, Oo placed his belongings on a friend's bullock cart, and went to climb on top of the cart to ride. As he was preparing to climb onto the cart, it suddenly jerked forward, throwing Oo to the ground, and injuring his right arm. After a week had gone by, Oo, who was experiencing significant pain in his arm, traveled to a local free clinic, where he was given a shot to ease the discomfort. He was told that he would need to have the injury investigated further at a hospital in Yangon. In October, Oo's arm was X-rayed at the Karen Baptist Convention Hospital in Yangon, and it was determined that the bone in his arm had been broken, and had never healed properly. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Oo will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones on October 25th, at Karen Baptist Convention Hospital. This surgery will promote the complete and correct healing of the fracture, enabling Oo to lift his arm without pain, and to return to work. Oo needs your help to raise the $885 for this procedure. Oo said: “I am very worried that the doctor will not be able to treat me because I sought treatment so late. It is so difficult to go to Yangon because I live in a conflict area and there are a lot of travel restrictions."
Jul is a homemaker from Thailand. She lives with her husband, toddler son, and sister-in-law. Her husband is also a homemaker, and her sister-in-law is a student. During her free time, she enjoys looking after her son and doing household chores. She is currently expecting her second child. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a Caesarean section because she previously gave birth through an emergency C-section. Delivering via C-section ensures the safety of both the mother and the child. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is helping Jul undergo a C-Section on January 30th. This procedure will cost $1500, and Jul and her family need your support. “I want to have a girl this time because I already have a son,” Jul said.
Abraham is a 27-year-old farmer from Kenya. He is a happy and joyful man who loves smiling. Abraham is married with two sons aged six and three years. He also does construction work when he can find jobs on local building projects. His wife sells secondhand clothes at the local markets around. Abraham and his family live in a rental house which has two rooms. He works hard but it has been difficult to earn a living and pay his monthly bills. Earlier last year, Abraham was among the people who got sponsorship from the county to study in technical training institutes. He is almost done with his studies and will soon be able to work toward a better job. Abraham arrived at the hospital on Saturday afternoon with right lower limb pain. On physical examination, his lower limb had bruises and it was swollen to the knee. After the examination, the clinician recommended an x-ray and the results revealed that Abraham had sustained a fracture of the upper end of tibia and fibula. The Orthopedic surgeon met him and recommends that he undergo surgery. Abraham has no medical insurance coverage, and he is now appealing to all well-wishers to help him in order to get his surgery. Abraham shared that he was hit by a tree while cutting it down. He cannot walk easily and more and has a lot of pain and swelling. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 27th, Abraham will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After surgery Abraham will be able to continue with his studies, and he will no longer have pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1145 to fund this procedure. Abraham says, “I cannot walk without support. I am really worried because of my family. Kindly help me so that I may be able to get back to them and offer them my support.”
Pov is a caring mother from Cambodia. She has one daughter, who is in second grade. Some of her favorite ways to spend her time are cooking, listening to the news on the radio, and watching videos on Facebook. Seven years ago, Pov was in a traffic accident in Thailand. Doctors at a nearby hospital performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure on her left tibia in an attempt to stabilize and heal her bone. However, she still experiences pain. A recent X-ray scan showed that Pov has a left femoral neck fracture, which is a hip fracture of the thigh bone. Fortunately, Pov traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On July 11th, she will undergo a hip hemiarthroplasty. During this procedure, surgeons will replace the head of the damaged femur to stabilize the bone and restore mobility. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $544 to fund this procedure. This covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care. Pov says, "I hope I can walk properly after surgery and am free of pain."
Ngok Yiv is a 19-year-old who sells fish along with her husband. In her free time Ngok Yiv enjoys playing games on her phone and listening to music. On May 17th, Ngok Yiv fell and fractured her right femur, making it difficult for her to walk and do her daily work. She went to a private clinic for treatment, but could not afford the cost of repair surgery. Her neighbor told her about our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) and she traveled there hoping to get the care she needs to be out of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 1st, Ngok Yiv will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $483. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Ngok Yiv says, "I hope I can get around easily without a wheelchair after this surgery and I can return to work."
Mark is a primary school student in a special need school in Nairobi. Mark wears a broad smile and is feeling proud to take his photo and share his story. Mark is the firstborn in a family of two children. Mark's parents are both hawkers at a local market in Githurai. His father sells second-hand shoes famously known as Mitumba and his mother sells t-shirts at the same market. This work results in inconsistent income for their family. Mark has a fracture and dislocation of the shoulder joint and the upper part of the bone of the arm (humerus). As a result of his disability, Mark is unable to communicate the cause of the injury, but his mother suspects he fell a couple weeks ago and injured himself. Mark is unable to use his arm and hand as a result of the fracture. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 5th, Mark will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal well and he will be able to use his arm and hand again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mark's family raise $1,500 to fund this procedure. Mark's mother shared, “Mark is struggling to use his hand. He is in constant pain and it is written all over his face. Normally, he is a jovial kid but the pain is making him frown constantly.”
Abdunasir is beautiful toddler from Ethiopia. He loves to play with his mom and dad. They shared that he is already smart and fast, and loves to run and play. Abdulnasir is the first child to his parents. Abdunasir's mom is a homemaker but sometimes she helps washing people’s clothes for income. His dad is a traditional farmer. Their home area has been drought-affected for many years and shared that they can’t sustain the family from their harvest. Their basic needs are supported by well-wishers and support from the government. Abdunasir 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 future complications. His mom is worried and concerned because of his condition. She said “I showed friends and family the case seeking explanation and help. Then I took him to many hospitals. Finally, I found out about BKMCM and brought him here.” Fortunately, Abdunasir is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mom told us, “After the treatment I hope my boy will heal. I will feed other poor people if my child heals. And I will bless all those who support us.”
Horn is a 72-year-old man with one son, seven daughters, and many grandchildren. Horn shared that his favorite activities include playing with his grandchildren, exercising, going to the pagoda, and meeting friends to drink tea. Horn has a squamous cell carcinoma, which is a type of skin cancer, on his left heel. The wound on his heel has become infected and he is worried about it worsening and spreading. When Horn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On April 21st, surgeons at CSC will perform an excision and reverse sural flap procedure to heal his wound. Now, Horn needs help to fund this $673 procedure. Horn says, "After surgery, I hope my infection and pain are gone and I can return home soon."
Siroeung is a 22-year-old mechanic. He shared that his parents passed when he was very young, and now he lives with his sister, who is married with one child. When Siroeung is not repairing cars, he likes to play football, watch movies, and meet friends to listen to music. In 2018, Siroeung's motorbike was hit by a car, and he suffered a severe fracture of his left femur. He underwent surgery at a local clinic, where the doctors implanted a plate and screws to stabilize and heal his fractured femur. Now he needs to have the hardware removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help him receive treatment. On April 4th, Siroeung will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which, upon recovery, will allow him to return to the activities he enjoyed before he was injured and limit his risk of future infection and pain. CSC is requesting $230 to fund this procedure. Siroeung says, "When the screws and pins are removed, I hope I will heal quickly and be active again."
Baraka is a beautiful, charming 3-month-old baby boy and the youngest in a family of three children. Baraka’s father works for a construction company. His mother was selling vegetables by the roadside until the government forced her to close her stall. Baraka has clubfoot on both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted, causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Baraka's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons performed clubfoot repair surgery on March 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Baraka's surgery. After treatment, he will be able to walk and play just like other kids as he gets older. Baraka’s mother says, “I want my baby to grow up a normal child without a disability. Please help us so that he can have his feet corrected.”