Gabriela joined Watsi on December 7th, 2015. Four years ago, Gabriela became the 1664th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,336 more people have become monthly donors! Gabriela's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Susan, a small-scale farmer from Kenya, to fund mobility-restoring ankle surgery to repair a fracture.
Gabriela has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 9 countries.
Susan is married and blessed with five children, they all live together on their small-scale farm. She is entirely reliant on her farm produce for income. In her previous hospital admission, the family exhausted all of their savings and had to hold a funding drive to help pay for the bill. Early in June, as Suzan was walking down a staircase she fell and injured her right ankle. She was rushed to a dispensary where first aid was administered and she was referred to their district hospital where an x-ray was done and a cast was placed. She was admitted for two weeks without any review by the doctor. So, she requested a discharge and came to our facility because she is not able to walk and is still in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 3rd, Susan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This is procedure will help her walk easily again and no longer be in pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "I will be happy to be able to help my husband with farm work," Susan shared.
Allan is a child from Tanzania. His mother is a single mother who works at a local restaurant as a cook in order to support her baby. Allan 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 infertility. Fortunately, Allan is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,086 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Allan's mother says, "Please help my son get this treatment so that he can be able to grow up into a normal man.”
Rithy is a 5-year-old student from Cambodia. He began kindergarten this year, and is excited to join Grade One next year. He has three siblings. Rithy's mother sells fruit at a local market, and his father is a tuk tuk driver. He and his older sister love to paint pictures together, and he is currently learning writing. Three years ago, Rithy had a serious ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Rithy experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, and fever. It is difficult for him to hear what the teachers say at school, and he is often absent from class due to his ear discharge and fever. Rithy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 6th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. His parents said, "This problem has been bad for his hearing in both ears, so we worry about his ability to go to school in the future. We hope that after surgery, he can start his first full year at school with all his hearing."
Jeremiah is a young man aged 18 years from Limuru Kiambu. He is a form two student and is the second born in a family of two children. He stays with his grandparents because his mother is a single parent and traveled to Dubai where she is trying to make a living with little income. His grandparents are peasant farmers and his mother is not able to send them any money. Jeremiah has for the last five years been visiting many hospitals because of a headache and abdominal pains. He has taken many recommended drugs and undergone many tests without positive results. This has greatly affected his learning, and that is why at the age of eighteen years he is still in form two. Eventually, his grandfather decided to bring him to Watsi Medical Partner's care center Nazareth Hospital and an ultrasound showed he has a big gallstone. The surgeon advised a laparotomy but the family is not in a position to meet the surgery cost. If not treated Jeremiah will continue to experience the pain as the stone will continue to grow and may cause complications like inflammation or blockage of the gallbladder and pancreatic duct. “It has been years of pain and frequent visits to different hospitals, at one time I was even being told that I am not eating well. I really plead for help so that I can get back to my normal life and continue with my studies,” said Jeremiah.
Mya Mya is a 40-year-old-woman who lives and work with her elder sister for a herbal medicine production workshop in Sanchaung Township, Yangon Division in Burma. They are originally from Bago Division and moved a few years ago. Since Mya Mya was 18 years old she has felt bronchial asthma and suffered from difficulty breathing. Sometimes she feels severely tired. She went to a health worker at her village and the health worker told her to go and see heart specialist in Yangon. However, at that time she did not have money to go to Yangon, so she did not go. She has only used herbal medicine for treating difficulty breathing since she was 18-year-old, which did help her feel better. For the last four months at night she has severe difficulty breathing, so she woke her sister up and asked her sister to send her to a private clinic called Yaung Chi Oo in Yangon. After the doctor's examination, she was told her that she needs to go and see heart specialist doctor. Then the doctor gave her an injection and some oral medication. Then, she went to Thiri Sandar Private Hospital on January 31, 2020 where she received an echocardiogram. The doctor told her that she has heart disease and she needs surgery. On February 5, Mya Mya went to Kan Thar Yar Hospital (KTYH) as suggested by the doctor at Thiri Sandar Hospital. The doctor at KTYH performed another echo before diagnosing her with large ventricular septal defect (VSD). The doctor at KTYH also told her that she needs surgery. Unfortunately, Mya Mya and her family cannot afford to pay for the surgery. After talking to the nurses and doctor about her problem, the nurses who know Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) refered her to BCMF. Mya May needs to stop working because of her tiredness. She is worried about her parents because if she cannot work. She shared, "If I recover from my disease, I need to work for my parents, to support them.”
Ethiopia is a three-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He loves to interact with people he knows. Ethiopia loves to play games and to watch television. He has three brothers and a younger sister. His mother is a house wife and his father is a teacher in a high school. His father has a low monthly income and is barely able to support his family's basic needs. Ethiopia 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 infertility. Fortunately, Ethiopia is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 17th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His father said, “In the future, I hope he will be a doctor because he loves to play as a doctor.”
Yabesera is a young boy from Ethiopia. Yabsira has a twin sister named Tseganesh. They both are cute toddlers and Yabsira loves to play with his sister Tseganesh. They have an older brother too. Yabsira’s dad is a shoe-shiner with limited income while his mom is a housewife and takes care of their babies at home. Yabesera 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 infertility. Unfortunately, he contracted measles last year and could not undergo surgery. His mother brought him to our facility and requested to proceed with the surgery now and the family appeals for financial help. Fortunately, Yabesera is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Yabsira’s mom said, “We can’t afford the medical bill. I used to wash clothes for income but once the children were born, I had to take care of them. We are living by the income of my husband only and it is very limited to maintain the family’s needs. The community helps us by giving food and milk for our babies. But still, they are nutritionally badly affected. They didn’t start walking as a result of it. We came here by the support of an organization. We are here with the hope of getting treatment for our boy.”
Lincoln is a child from Kenya. Lincoln is the second born of two children and lives with his mother and sibling in Nairobi suburbs. His father left them 8 months ago, due to the increasing family demands. Lincoln’s mother sells grocery to sustain the family needs but she is not able to raise the funds needed for his surgical care, Since he was four months old, Lincoln has been experiencing difficulties breathing and his nasal airway always clogged. frequent illness causes him to make many visits to hospitals. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Lincoln's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $779 to fund an adenotonsillectomy for Lincoln, which is scheduled to take place on November 28. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Lincoln of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. “I look forward to the day he will sleep peacefully without the clogging on his nostrils,” says Lincoln’s mother.
Choeun is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has six children and six grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in his spare time. Six months ago, Choeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Choeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 02, 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. Choeun said, "I hope that my operation is successful so I will be able to see clearly again and can return to the rice field."
Judith is a middle-aged woman with lower back pain problem that has persisted for over 8 years. Judith has tried managing the condition with injections, medical pills and physiotherapy sessions. The interventions have not been fruitful as she recently started using a walking stick to attain balance. Judith was referred to our facility by a neighbour and upon MRI imaging, she had spinal fusion surgery recommended. If not treated, the pain will persist which might weaken her walking gait further. Judith is a mother of three children and used to work on their farm for subsistence farming but has since stopped. Her husband is employed as a timber yard operator. The family is not able to raise the total funds needed for her surgery and they appeal for financial assistance.
Thou is a 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three children, one grandchild, and enjoys watching the news and Khmer dramas on television in his free time. Two months ago, Thou developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thou learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 15, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to go where ever I want to on my own and go back to rice farming."
Lin is a 66-year-old woman from Cambodia. She likes to listen to the radio and do the housework in her free time. One year ago, Lin developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On July 4, 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 I will be able to see clearly and can help with work around the house."