Obie joined Watsi on April 8th, 2014. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Obie's most recent donation traveled 6,500 miles to support Sokkong, a woman from Cambodia, to fund hip replacement surgery.
Obie has funded healthcare for 58 patients in 13 countries.
Obie has funded healthcare for 58 patients in 13 countries.
Sokkong is a coffee vendor from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter. She likes to watch TV and take care of her kids. Three years ago, she developed hip pain on her right side. She was diagnosed with spondyloarthritis of both of her hips. Fortunately, Sokkong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sokkong of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 8, and Sokkong needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "After surgery I hope I can walk well and return to work."
Kensley is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents, brother, and sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the seventh grade and would like to become an engineer when he grows up. Kensley has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. On October 11, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Kensley's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. He says, "I am glad to have this surgery so that I will be allowed to play soccer with my friends."
Esther is a mother of seven and grandmother of one from Malawi. She is married and works as a farmer. She sings in the choir in her free time. Since January 2018, Esther has been experiencing backache and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Esther's surgery. On September 7, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. Esther is very happy and thankful to be receiving this surgery.
Lai En is a farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters and a son. She likes to watch TV, listen to the radio, and cook in her free time. Ten years ago, Lai En had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Lai En experiences ear discharge, itchiness, pain, and tinnitus. She cannot hear well and has ear discharge and pain. Lai En traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 7, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope my hearing improves after the surgery."
Bryson is a young student from Tanzania. He is a very friendly boy. Unfortunately, he has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Bryson traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Bryson's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. His guardian says, “Bryson is such lovely boy and I wish I could help him more with his condition but I don’t have the power."
Ly is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She is the eldest of eight siblings. She has three brothers and four sisters. She enjoys watching movies and listening to news on the radio in her free time. Two years ago, Ly developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, headache, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 5, 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 am looking forward to learning more about Buddha and returning to work after my surgery."
Jospina is a farmer from Kenya. She is 66 years old and resides in a small village in a very hilly region of the Rift Valley. About a week ago, Jospina was fetching wood to use while cooking. She tripped on a rock and sustained a fracture in her left hand. Although she has received first aid care, Jospina is currently experiencing pain and cannot concentrate on her responsibilities. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 19, Jospina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. We hope this treatment will relieve Jospina of pain so she can return home to take care of her family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I am in need of treatment because this pain is so severe," says Jospina.
Ratha is a 15-year-old from Cambodia. He has two brothers and two sisters. He is the middle child. His favorite subject in school is Khmer history. When he grows up, he wants to own his own business in his village. He enjoys eating rice with pork and beef and drinking Coca Cola. In his free time, he likes to swim in the local river and watch TV with friends. Two months ago, he was in a motorcycle accident and fractured his right leg. Ever since, it has been painful and difficult to walk. He traveled for eight hours to come to our medical partner for an osteotomy surgery to repair the fracture. The procedure is scheduled for February 6 and will cost $390. His family needs help raising money. He says, "I hope I can walk without pain again after the surgery. Then I can swim again in the river."
Njebela is a boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. He completed grade seven and now helps his parents with farm work. When he can, Njebela enjoys playing soccer. Njebela has a keloid, or a mass of scar tissue, on the back of his neck. It has been there since he was a small child. It itches and sometimes grows painful. Njebela traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Njebela needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.
Pakizani is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have eight children. Pakizani spends his days tending his land and raising chickens. In his free time, he likes to play with his grandchildren Since 2016, Pakizani 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 Pakizani's surgery. On February 8, 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. Pakizani was thrilled to find out his procedure would be funded. He is looking forward to living free of the pain associated with his condition. He says, "Thank you Watsi."
Martin is a 23-year-old man from Narok, Kenya. He recently married, and he is enjoying family life. Martin works a motorcycle taxi rider, ferrying clients and luggage within his local town. About a week ago, Martin was hit on his head with a club. He was taken to the local hospital and after first aid, referred to our medical partner's facility. He underwent a CT scan and was diagnosed with a depressed skull fracture. A craniotomy has been recommended to treat the injury. Martin is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 4. Now, he needs help raising $1,495. Martin says, “I want to be treated and resume my work. I am having painful head migraines.”
Lovensky is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents, brothers, and sisters in a vilage in central Haiti. He is in high school, and would like to go on to university and become an engineer. Lovensky has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in his heart has become severely damaged from a rheumatic fever, and can no longer adequately pump blood through his body. Lovensky will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On December 8, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will replace his damaged valve with an implanted mechanical valve. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $65,000 to pay for surgery. Lovensky'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 Lovensky's family overseas. He says, "I am very excited to have my surgery and gain more energy and strength!"