United States • Born on March 15th
Works at Seso
Caleb joined Watsi on July 6th, 2015. Eight years ago, Caleb joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Caleb's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Ing, a widow and retired farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so that she can see well again.
Caleb has funded healthcare for 104 patients in 13 countries.
Caleb has funded healthcare for 104 patients in 13 countries.
Ing is a 69-year-old widow and retired rice farmer. She lives in Kampong Cham province with her daughter, who is a farmer. Her husband passed away five years ago from hypertension. She also has one son and seven beautiful grandchildren. At home, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and cooking for her grandchildren. One year ago, Ing developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and light sensitivity. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own. When Ing learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On December 13th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and implant a new lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Ing said: "After surgery, I hope I can see and help my daughter to do housework."
Samir is a nine-year-old second grader who lives in La Paz, Bolivia with his mother, who works part-time at a snack food factory. Samir particularly enjoys learning about science and nature. Samir was born with a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole instead of passing through his heart completely, leaving him weak and short of breath. Samir needs surgical intervention to address this condition. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is seeking $1,500 to fund the surgery that Samir needs. This procedure, during which doctors will close the hole in his heart with a patch, is scheduled to take place on March 8th, at Hospital del Niño Dr. Ovidio Aliaga Uría. After he has recovered, Samir should be able to grow into a strong and healthy young man. Samir's mother said: "I am very hopeful that my son's heart will be normal after the surgery so that I can stop worrying about him!"
Yoeun is a 69-year-old rice farmer. She has two younger sisters and is not married. Yoeun lives alone, but a niece lives close to her and supports her. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio or visiting family members. One year ago, Yoeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Yoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 18th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help raising $253 to fund her procedure and care. Yoeun shared, "I hope after surgery I will see better and be more independent, so I can take care of myself and not rely on others."
Selina is a student who comes from Nodusoto village, one of the rural parts of Arusha, Tanzania. She came to our partner's health center earlier this month. She likes to help out with translations when she is close by, and enjoys spending time with the other junior residents. Selina comes from a middle-size family of five children. Her parents work on a farm as small-scale farmers and sell some of their harvest to earn money that enables them to provide for the family's basic needs. When Selina was three years old, she was accidentally pushed and fell into a pit of burning manure that burned both her hands. The parents took her to the hospital, and she received treatment. The treatment helped but she now has burn scar contractures on both of her hands. There is limited use of her hands as her fingers are now not defined. Despite this, she went on to pursue her goals. She has now completed her ordinary secondary school and wants to go further in studies. She is asking for your help see her through the treatment and make the journey ahead easier. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Selina receive treatment. On October 18th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her hands easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Selina says, “I hope this treatment will make my school journey easier.”
Perlisa is a 34-year-old, full-time mother of two sons and one daughter, living in the Philippines. Her partner is a construction worker, with only limited earnings to support the family. In 2020, Perlisa began to experience a broad constellation of symptoms, ranging from weight loss and extreme fatigue, to chest pain and shortness of breath, a bloated stomach and back pain. After undergoing an ultrasound, it was determined that Perlisa had a gallstone which needed to be surgically removed. Because of a lack of funds, Perlisa delayed her surgery, missed appointments with her doctors, and relied on medications to ease her symptoms. Ultimately, Perlisa found her way to our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, and they will be able help Perlisa access the care that she needs. On September 10th, Perlisa will undergo surgery to have her gallbladder removed at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Without this procedure, Perlisa's symptoms could worsen, and she would be at risk for more health complications in the future. While a portion of the cost of Perlisa's procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, World Surgical Foundation Philippines is looking to raise the remaining $826 needed to cover the costs of Perlisa's surgery and care. "Ive been praying for so long to be treated for my illness. We're financially incapable to pay for my medical bills. This surgery is an answered prayer." Perlisa shared. "I'm eternally grateful to WATSI, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, and all the doctors who helped me. May the Lord continue to bless you so that you may be able to help more people," she added.
Pan is a 60-year-old husband and father from Cambodia. His wife is a farmer who grows rainy day rice. The couple has a son, who is a construction worker, and a daughter in the seventh grade. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the news on the radio or watching television. For several years, Pan has experienced hip pain from osteonecrosis, where blood flow to a bone is interrupted. He has had surgery on both hips in the past, but still experiences chronic pain. He is unable to help his wife on the farm and stays inside because he cannot walk without assistance. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), are helping Pan receive treatment. He traveled two and a half hours to CSC's care center, where, on November 14th, surgeons plan to perform a right hip arthroplasty. During the procedure, the damaged bone and cartilage will be removed and replaced with prosthetic components. Now, Pan and his family need help raising $1,500 to fund his procedure and care. Pan shared, "I hope my right hip will have no pain after surgery, and I can walk and work for my family again."
Sophea is a friendly and active three-year-old from Cambodia who enjoys playing with his friends and riding his bike. He also loves to eat his favorite foods: popcorn, fried rice, fried potatoes, and ice cream! He has one older brother and two older sisters. To support their family, his father works as a construction worker, and his mother works as a farmer. In 2020, Sophea's right foot was burned by fire while he was playing. A scar contracture has since developed, causing the skin around the toes on his foot to tighten. When Sophea's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure, allowing Sophea to regain mobility of his right toes. Now, his family needs help funding this $487 procedure. Sophea shares that he hopes his right foot will be healed and he can walk easily after surgery. He also hopes he will be able to wear shoes and sandals.
Nana is an adorable 18-month-old baby. Her father works as a farmer, and her mother works selling food. Nana is the only child in her family. She enjoys playing with toys, and her favorite meal is fried noodles with fresh milk! Ten months ago, Nana's left-hand fingers were severely burned from a pan of boiling oil. Her mother took her to a local clinic for medications, but her fingers did not heal. She has since developed scar contracture on three of her fingers. This means the scar from the accident is pulling together and tightening the skin surrounding it, leaving Nana unable to hold objects. In order to help her condition, she will need to undergo a contracture release surgery, as well as a skin graft surgery to repair the scar tissues. When Nana and her family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help Nana use her fingers again. Now, she needs help to fund this $495 procedure. Her mother expressed, "I hope after this surgery my daughter can use her hand like other children."
Gillian is a 26-year-old kindergarten teacher, living with her husband and one child in southwestern Uganda. While Gillian's husband works on other people's farms as a casual laborer, Gillian also does some farming to supplement their income. Gillian and her family were greatly affected by Covid-19, as she was in lockdown for two years with schools closed and unable to work. As soon as the lockdown ended and schools reopened, Gillian discovered that she was pregnant. While Gillian has no history of any pregnancy complications, she contracted malaria while in the second trimester of her current pregnancy. She recovered fully, but during an antenatal visit with her doctor, Gillian was advised to deliver her child by Caesarean section to protect her health and her baby's. Gillian and her husband cannot afford to pay for this c-section procedure; but fortunately, they were referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, which is requesting $252 to cover Gillian's surgery, which is scheduled to take place on May 19th, at the Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale. Gillian says: “My husband and I work so hard to get by. We had to sell off the small piece of land we owned to afford my first child's delivery. I hope that with your support, I will be able to deliver well.”
Touch is a 63-year-old construction worker. She has two daughters and three grandchildren. Touch lives with her eldest daughter who is also a construction worker. Nowadays, Touch stays at home to look after her grandchildren and enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Four years ago, Touch developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Touch needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $225. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 3rd. Touch says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well so I can take care of my grandchildren and travel outside by myself again."
Saravandira is a 15-month-old infant from Haiti. She has one older brother and sister and lives with both of her parents. Saravandira has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Saravandira's head circumference has been increasing. Without treatment, Saravandira will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $897 to cover the cost of surgery for Saravandira at Hospital Bernard Mevs that will treat her hydrocephalus. This is the only site in the country where this care is currently available and the procedure is scheduled to take place on August 26th. This critical treatment will drain the excess fluid from Saravandira's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Saravandira will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. The family hopes that she can grow up and be healthy enough to play with her brother and sister.
Melodie is an 11-month-old baby from Haiti. She lives in Port-au-Prince with her mother, father, and two older sisters. Her father is a school principal, and her mother is a homemaker. Melodie has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. There is a hole between the two lower chambers of Melodie's heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her weak and short of breath. Melodie also has Down Syndrome. Since the care she needs is not available in Haiti, Melodie will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On April 18th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in Melodie's heart using a patch. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $8,000 to pay for the surgery. Melodie's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Melodie's family overseas. Melodie's mother shared: "Our family has been very scared about whether our daughter will have surgery in time. We are very happy to know that the date is almost here!"