Carrie joined Watsi on August 6th, 2014. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Carrie's most recent donation traveled 6,900 miles to support Zaw, a teenager from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
Carrie has funded healthcare for 47 patients in 11 countries.
Carrie has funded healthcare for 47 patients in 11 countries.
Zaw is a 14-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his parents, grandmother, two aunts, brother, and cousin. Both his parents are middle school teachers. Zaw 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. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Zaw. The treatment is scheduled to take place on May 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “Before he was able to study and memorize his homework well. But now he has difficulty studying and memorizing,” says his father.
Saroun is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has six children, twelve grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in his free time. Seven months ago, Saroun developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saroun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 11, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 that after my surgery I will be able to go places independently and go back to my work on the rice farm."
Mary is a farmer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of seven children. In 1998, Mary began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, difficulty swallowing, and breathing. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mary receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 28 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $641, and she and her family need help raising money.
Su is a 45-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives in Mae Pa, Tak Province, Thailand with her husband and their twelve-year-old son. In her free time, Su enjoys growing vegetables in her garden and getting together with her friends. Su first noticed symptoms related to her health condition three years ago when she experienced severe abdominal pain. Su underwent an ultrasound and was told that she had a stone in her liver. In January 2019, Su’s severe abdominal pain returned. In May 2019, Su underwent a CT scan at Mae Sot Hospital and the doctor confirmed that Su has a bile duct stone. Su has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Su'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), Su is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on June 10. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Su's procedure and care. Su says, "I have recently begun to experience pain in my right leg that makes it uncomfortable for me to walk."
Ngwanali is a farmer, husband, father, and grandfather from Malawi. He works on his farm and really enjoys reading books in his free time. Since 2012, Ngwanali has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Ngwanali's surgery. On October 25, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He is very thankful and excited for this surgery so he can live the rest of his life pain-free. He says, “I am so thankful for this help because I need this surgery and am unable to afford it on my own.”
Thav is a police officer from Cambodia. He has one son. He likes to exercise and watch TV in his free time. Two years ago, he started developing bilateral hip pain. He has difficulty walking and cannot work. Fortunately, Thav learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Thav of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 17, and Thav needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I hope after the surgery I won't be in pain and will be able to sleep well."
Lak Mom is a nun from Cambodia. She is married and has two stepchildren. She likes to meditate and listen to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Lak Mom developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lak Mom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 10, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I look forward to being able to see and read and spending time at the temple after my surgery."
Sorn is a grandfather of fifteen from Cambodia. He has three daughters, four sons, and fifteen grandchildren. He likes to watch boxing and soccer matches on TV. A year ago, Sorn developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision and clouded lenses. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On October 16, doctors will perform an extra-capsular cataract extraction 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. His wife says, "I hope my husband's surgery goes well so he doesn't become blind and can see easily again."
Sombath is a vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter and four grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Sombath developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, burning, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sombath learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 14, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope my vision improves so I can return to work and go for walks again."
Meet Aydarus, a 26-year old man living in Somaliland. He sustained severe burns in an accident, and has had to travel 16 hours round-trip to receive constant treatment in the last year, including skin grafts. Aydarus needs further medical care, but is unable to afford it since he hasn't been able to work since his accident. For $1,500 he will receive the care his wounds need as well as have his bilateral axillary contractures released, which will allow him to "be able to move his arms more freely...and therefore obtain more autonomy in his daily living" shares our partner, Edna Adan Hospital (EAH). “Aydarus is looking forward to the end of his treatment so he can start 'fresh,'" adds EAH. Let's help him get there!
Meet Mariano, a 60-year-old father of eight living in Guatemala with his wife. Mariano used to work as a health promoter in his rural farming community, until his condition worsened and kept him from working. Mariano has severe diabetes, a long-term condition characterized by high blood sugar. This high blood sugar results from two possible sources - either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body doesn’t properly respond to insulin. “Because of severe diabetes-related symptoms, blurred vision, fatigue and dizziness, [Mariano] has been unable to work,” our medical partners at Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) explain. “He’s had three hospitalizations for severe high blood glucose in the last few months. He can’t afford the medicine, and without urgent intervention he is in danger of dying from this condition.” “I want to feel well, I want to spend time with my family, I want to watch my grandchildren grow up,” Mariano tells us. For $450, we can fund the treatment Mariano needs for his acute diabetes. His doctors at WK expect that the treatment will result in “resolved severe high blood sugars, prevention of hospitalization and death, [and the] ability to spend time with his family.” Let’s come together to make this happen for Mariano!
Meet Say Min, a 15-year-old student from Min is the youngest of six children and loves playing soccer and studying English in school. Min has a large bulge on his face caused by brain tissue protruding from his skull. "He has brain tissue pushing through a hole in his skull that is causing his face to bulge," our medical partners at Children's Surgical Centre tell us. "He is very sad and shy because of his condition." For $390, we can pay for Min's surgery to remove the bulge. As a result, CSC says, "He will no longer have a bulge on his face, and it will be easier to address his other health issues." Let's raise the money Min needs for surgery to repair his condition.