Tangam joined Watsi on June 12th, 2013. Seven months ago, Tangam became the 5333rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 381 more people have become monthly donors! Tangam's most recent donation supported Lors, a plantation worker from Cambodia, to fund brachial plexus repair surgery.
Tangam has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Lors is a 26-year-old rubber plantation worker from Cambodia. He has two daughters and enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and helping around the house when he is not working. In July 2019, Lors was in a motorcycle accident and collided with a truck, injuring his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He experiences pain and has lost sensation in his shoulder and is unable to move his arm. Lors traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 11th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to regain sensation and move his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my hand will be back to full function just like before, and then I can return to work again," Lors shared.
Aimidiwe is a three month old baby girl from Tanzania and the second-born child in a family of two children. She was born at a local hospital with a cleft palate and was referred to Watsi Medical Partner ALMC hospital to seek treatment. She was admitted to the hospital since she couldn’t feed well and was having regular seizures. Her family was advised to return for regular check-ups and observation but the parents couldn’t afford the transport money and the consultation fee since they had used up all their saving for the period she had been admitted, thus they hadn't returned. A few weeks later, she started vomiting and her head was increasing in size so her family had to find money and take Aimidiwe back to ALMC hospital. Her father is a shop attendant with a meager income and they had to borrow money to take Aimidiwe back to the hospital. At the hospital Aimidiwe needed to have CT scan done but the parents couldn’t afford it thus when they were referred to our funding and support program. Aimidiwe has now been diagnosed with cleft palate and hydrocephalus, and she will need to have the hydrocephalus condition corrected first to save her from the pain and danger of brain damage. Thereafter, doctors will correct her cleft palate condition. Her parents are asking for help and support since they can’t afford the treatment cost. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Aimidiwe that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 13th and will drain the excess fluid from Aimidiwe's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Aimidiwe will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Ahimidiwe’s mother says, “Our daughter needs two very important surgeries none of which we can afford, kindly help us.”
Colette is a young mother from Haiti. She lives with her husband and baby son in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Colette has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart was severely damaged due to a rheumatic fever she suffered a number of years ago, and it cannot adequately pump blood through her body. Colette will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On December 11th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove her damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Baylor Scott and White Heart Hospital, is contributing funds to pay for surgery. Colette's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Colette's family overseas. "I am very relieved I can have this surgery so that I know I will be alive to take care of my son," Colette shared.
Kyi is a 58-year-old woman from Burma. She lives alone and used to sell clothing in her village. However, she stopped working since her symptoms worsened, over a year ago. She now has no income but is able to pay her daily expenses with money she has saved. Kyi was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Kyi feels tired when she walks and has a rapid heartbeat. She has also started to experience chest pain and shortness of breath. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Kyi. The treatment is scheduled to take place on November 4th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Kyi said, “I felt very sad when I was told that the surgery will cost a lot because I do not have enough money to pay for my own heart surgery. I used up a lot of my money to go to a hospital which did not diagnose me. I felt less burdened when I met Pinlon Hospital’s staff and she told me that an organization [BCMF] will support my surgery’s cost.”
Since birth, Sim has had a malformation of her spine, which she worries is slowly getting worse with time. Her scoliosis causes her pain in her legs, difficulty sleeping, and she is unable to sit for long periods of time. With surgery, Sim will be able to walk again with ease and will be able to sit and sleep comfortably. She will not have to worry that her condition will worsen, and she can return to her work. Sim enjoys watching television, listening to the news, and helping with the housework in her spare time.
Nesly is a young man from Haiti. He lives in a small village in northwestern Haiti with his parents and siblings. He would like to go to college once he is in better health. Nesly has a cardiac condition called severe rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves in his heart have been severely damaged due to a rheumatic fever he suffered several years ago. Nesly will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On September 10, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valves and implant artificial replacements.. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $35000.0 to pay for surgery. Nesly's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Nesly's family overseas. "I am so happy that this surgery will finally be possible for me!"
Chanthen is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has two older sisters, and he enjoys watching television and going for walks in the village with his parents. In October 2018, Chanthen accidentally came into contact with an open flame, burning three of the fingers on his left hand. The burn has since healed but the skin has tightened, restricting the movement of his fingers. When Chanthen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for eight and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 8, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help his fingers move and flex properly. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. "I hope that my son's fingers will heal and he will be able to move them and carry something in the future."
Loserian is a baby from Tanzania. For a few months, Loserian has been experiencing difficulty breathing. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Loserian's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Loserian, which is scheduled to take place on July 4. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Loserian of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Loserian’s mother says, “Please help my son if it’s possible.”
Gideon is a young boy from Kenya. For some time, Gideon has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on August 7, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Gideon's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “Kindly assist my son get treatment,” says Gideon’s mother.
Rosemary is a radiant woman from Kenya. She and her husband work as farmers. She is deeply involved with her community, and she is a loving mother to four children. Recently, Rosemary started experiencing severe abdominal pain and swelling. She was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids, tumors in the uterus that require emergency removal when they cause painful symptoms. Despite their hard work, Rosemary and her husband cannot afford the $750 surgery she needs to live a healthy life. Rosemary says she hopes to get better and resume her involvement in local women groups. "I hope to be a leader in one of my groups as soon as I regain my strength." Our donations will work directly to provide Rosemary with the health she needs to continue leading her community.
At only three-years-old, Queen is already proving she’s a champ. After suffering from persistent fevers as a baby, Queen was taken to a hospital where she ended up having surgery for hydrocephalus, a medical condition in which the abnormal accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain causes swelling and painful headaches from the increased pressure in the head. If left untreated, hydrocephalus can lead to brain damage, a loss in mental and physical abilities, and even death. With early diagnosis and timely treatment, however, most children recover successfully and go on to lead normal lives. Queen was treated with an internal shunt (a small tube placed in her brain to drain fluid), but it has already needed two replacements. An external shunt will have fewer complications and potentially save Queen's life. With our help, doctors at CURE Zambia can perform a stunt revision and make sure Queen is a hydrocephalus success story!
Korrib is a caring father of two children. He is active and social, and he loves playing volleyball with his friends. Two months ago, Korrib fell from a roof and broke his arm. He sought treatment from a local healer, but the fracture hasn't healed properly. A farmer by profession, Korrib has been unable to work since his injury. He experiences daily pain and is eager to go back to work and support his family. Korrib needs a $300 surgery to restore his mobility and enable him to go back to work. He traveled nine hours by van to seek treatment at CSC. Let's help this dad take care of his family!