Schuyler joined Watsi on April 8th, 2014. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Schuyler's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sam, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Schuyler has funded healthcare for 53 patients in 10 countries.
Schuyler has funded healthcare for 53 patients in 10 countries.
Sam is a secretary from Cambodia. She has two brothers and three sisters. She is the eldest. She likes to watch the news on TV. Three years ago, Sam developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sam learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On December 5, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 I can read books and write letters again. I look forward to going on walks outside."
Roine is a girl from Tanzania. Her parents are both subsistence farmers who also sell produce in the local market. When she was three years old, Roine suffered extensive burns on the right side of her upper body, which left her with contractures on her neck and her arm. She now struggles to use her right hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Roine receive treatment. On December 7, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to close up her wounds and prevent any other infection. Now, Roine needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Roine’s mother says, “She needs surgery to help her wounds heal.”
Srey Mech is a mother of two from Cambodia. She sells clothes at a shop. She has two sons. She likes to go for walks and watch TV. Fifteen years ago, she fell down and broke her hip. She had a hip replacement surgery, but now it needs to be replaced because she has been in chronic hip pain for the past two years. She cannot walk. Fortunately, Srey Mech learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Srey Mech of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 7, and Srey Mech needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I really hope I won't be in pain and will be able to work after the operation."
Michelot is a student from Haiti. He lives in a small village in southwest Haiti with his mother and other relatives. He attends a high school near his home, although he often misses days of class because of his illness. Michelot has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart is damaged because of an infection he suffered earlier in childhood, and it cannot adequately pump blood through his body. Michelot will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On November 7, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $35,000 to pay for surgery. Michelot'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 Michelot's family overseas. He says, "I have been praying for a long time that one day I could get my heart fixed. I am very happy to have this chance!"
Stephen is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. His parents are farmers. Stephen was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Stephen is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Stephen's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 10. This procedure will hopefully spare Stephen from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Stephen’s mother says, “I wish to see my son grow up as a healthy child."
Srey Mea is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has a daughter and a son. She likes to look after her kids and spend time at home. In infancy, Srey Mea had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Mea experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, and recurrent infection. She cannot communicate clearly with others. Srey Mea traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 8, 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 will improve after the operation."
Naomi is a young student from Kenya. She is the sixth born child in a family of eight children. Her mother sells vegetables in a small grocery shop, while her father is a construction worker. Naomi injured her left femur in early April 2018. She had a cast applied, recuperated well, and was ready to resume school. Unfortunately, she fell on the school stairs and broke her femur in the same location around mid-June. It is difficult for her to walk, and she has not been able to attend school. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 3, Naomi will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Naomi says, “My prayer is to get well and resume my studies. I want to excel and join a national high school."
Muet is a clothing vendor from Cambodia. She has four daughters and twenty grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Ten months ago, Muet developed a cataract in each eye, causing her partial blindness, irritation, and clouded lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Muet learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four 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 hope my vision is clear so I can easily do any work at home, take care my grandchildren, and lead an independent life."
Vandy is a construction worker from Cambodia. He has a brother and two sisters. He likes to listen to music and play volleyball with friends. A few months ago, Vandy started developing pain on his left side. He has difficulty walking and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, Vandy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Vandy of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for May 3, and Vandy needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "After surgery, I hope I can walk normally and without pain anymore."
Stella is a farmer from Kenya. She plants millet and sorghum. She has five children. Two weeks ago, Stella was crossing a stream when she slid and fell, knocking her hand on a hard surface. She is not able to use her hand and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 5, Stella will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. She will be able to work and use her hand easily. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “My children have just closed school. They really need me at home. I want to get treated so that I can go home and be with them," says Stella.
Paw is an eight-month-old energetic baby girl from Burma. Both her siblings attend school. Her family rents a piece of land, where they grow crops that provide them with food throughout the year. In March 2018, Paw fell off a stack of leaves her father had collected to thatch their house. The leaves were on top of bamboo sticks. When Paw fell, she hit her right thigh on one of the bamboo sticks and fractured her femur. Paw's thigh is swelling and she cannot move her leg. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Paw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for March 7 and will cost $1,500. Receiving this procedure will allow Paw to heal properly and learn to walk. “I hope my daughter will get an easier life and become an educated person. We will support her in whatever she wants to do. I do not want her to be a farmer like me, because it is a hard and difficult life," said Paw's mother.
Dolla is a farmer from Malawi. She is a widowed mother who lives with her adult children. Dolla spends her days caring for her home and cooking. In her free time, she likes to sit and listen to the radio. Since October 2017, Dolla has been experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. 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 Dolla's surgery. On February 8, 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. Dolla was thrilled to find out her surgery would be funded. She is eager to have her procedure and return to her farm and family cancer-free. She says, "Thank you for this support."