Chris joined Watsi on June 27th, 2016. Four years ago, Chris joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Chris' most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Eh Eh, a refugee from Thailand, to fund a safe C-section.
Chris has funded healthcare for 55 patients in 11 countries.
Chris has funded healthcare for 55 patients in 11 countries.
Eh Eh is a 24-year-old woman who lives with husband, daughter, sister and parents in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. She got married three years ago and her husband works at the pharmacy in the refugee camp. He is able to earn 900 baht (approx. $30 USD) per month to support their livelihoods. Her parents are retired, and her sister is in school in grade 11. Eh Eh works for the Camp Information Team and earns 1,000 baht (approx. $30.33 USD) per month. Their household also receives 1,662 baht ($55.40 USD) per month on a cash card from an organisation called The Border Consortium. Eh Eh became pregnant soon after her wedding in 2018. When she went into labour, she was unable to give birth due to her daughter being too big to fit through her pelvis. Malteser International (MI) staff, who run the hospital in the refugee camp, rushed her to Mae Sariang Hospital, where the surgeon performed an emergency C-section to deliver Eh Eh's daughter. On 28 December 2020, Eh Eh found out she was pregnant again. Due to her previous complications during labour, MI staff referred her to Mae Sariang Hospital for further care while she wis in her 39th week. Knowing that she will need to undergo another C-section, and that she cannot afford to pay for it, Eh Eh was referred to our medical partner, the Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing the treatment she needs for a safe delivery for her and her new baby. Currently, although Eh Eh feels fine physically, she has mixed emotions about the surgery. She is worried and scared about undergoing the operation but she is excited to meet her baby. She shared: “I can cope with the worry because I have experienced this before, and because my husband will take care of me,” she said. “I just really hope that my operation will go well, and that baby will be safe."
Mouslim is a 27-year-old public high school teacher. He got married earlier this year, and he and his wife live with his elderly parents and care for them. When he is not working, he loves to read, fish, exercise and play music. In May 2021, Mouslim fell during a soccer game and injured his right elbow. He visited a traditional healer for treatment, but unfortunately his injury worsened. Now, he cannot move his elbow and experiences a constant and dull pain. He traveled for two hours to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), after a relative told him about them. Doctors at CSC will perform an open reduction surgery to repair his elbow. Once he has fully recovered, he will be able to move it normally and he will no longer experience any pain. Now, CSC is requesting $412 to fund his procedure and care. Mouslim shared, "I hope that I can recover quickly, and I am thankful I can return to taking care of my parents and preparing for classes with my students."
Baby Nejat is a sweet six-month-old boy from Ethiopia. He has one brother, a father who works as a laborer, and a mother who is a homemaker raising their two children. Baby Nejat loves playing and spending time with his parents and brother. Baby Nejat was born with an abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage, and needs to undergo a series of procedures to correct his condition. Baby Nejat's surgery is scheduled to take place on June 24th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Baby Nejat's procedure and care. After his recovery, Baby Nejat will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing serious health complications in the future. His mom is optimistic, “After the operation, I believe my son will grow healthy. And I hope I will educate him and help him reach higher in life."
Mao is a 51-year-old rice farmer with one son, one daughter, and one grandchild. Mao lives with his wife who is a grocery seller. At home he enjoys listening to the news and Chinese dramas on TV. Two years ago, the retina of Mao's left eye detached, causing him blurry vision, pain, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled therewith his son seeking treatment. On June 9th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Mao shared, "I hope after surgery I can see better so I can plant rice and also sell piglets from my motorbike to earn money for my family."
Morn is a 52-year-old motorbike taxi driver. He has one son, six daughters, and seven grandchildren. Morn also does rice farming in the rainy season. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the radio, watching TV, and spending time with his grandchildren. Morn got into a motorbike accident today on his way home that caused an open fracture of his right hand. After the accident, he came straight to Children's Surgical Centre for treatment. He cannot move his fingers and is in severe pain. On March 31st, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a debridement procedure to thoroughly clean the wound and remove all debris and damaged tissue. Surgeons will also affix a k-wire to heal the fracture. Now, Morn needs help to fund this $273 procedure. Morn shared, "I am thankful for surgery and hope I can heal and return to my work without pain or limitations."
Zawadi is a one month old infant from Tanzania. Her name means "gift" in Swahili, because to her parents she is a gift from God. Her parents are small scale farmers who mainly grow food crops like maize and vegetable for their own use at home. The father also seeks day jobs at construction sites to be able to supplement their living, and through the money they get from this work, they are able to pay bills and buy other home commodities. Zawadi 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, Zawadi has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Zawadi will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Zawadi that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure will drain the excess fluid from Zawadi's brain, to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Zawadi will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Zawadi’s mother says "It’s been a step at a time trying to treat my daughter, but money is what has been our biggest challenge. She needs another surgery. Please help my daughter."
Sary is a 49-year-old security guard who has proudly been married for 32 years. Together they have three sons and two daughters. Sary lives with his wife, who is a farmer, and their children. He does not have a lot of free time, but when he does he shared that he enjoys being with his children and listening to the radio. In June of 2020, Sary was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his right shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Sary is unable to lift his arm and he can't work. Sary traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 16th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Sary was hopeful about his treatment and shared, "I hope I can be back to work as soon as possible."
Lonyori is a 6-year-old child from Tanzania. He is the first born child of two in his family. Lonyori has a young sister, Mengori, who also has a similar health condition. Lonyori's parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables. They make extra income by selling these crops and also working casual laboring jobs when they can. Lonyori was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, or knock knees. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is unable to walk for a long distance and he complains of pain after a long day. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Lonyori. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lonyori's mobility and allow him to walk comfortably again. It will also prevent his risk of future complications with his legs. Lonyori’s uncle shared, "My nephew is struggling a lot and his parents can’t afford this treatment cost. They are struggling to make ends meet, and they did not have enough to travel to this hospital with Lonyori, so I helped to bring him. Please help my nephew get this treatment.”
Isaya is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of three children. Isaya never had the chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. Despite not going to school, Isaya has been a very hardworking young man who helps his father look after the cattle. Isaya was born healthy and his growth has been normal, until last year when he noticed his right leg was bending inwards. He says the bend was very slight but over time it has increased significantly. Isaya has been walking over a long distance in search of green pasture for his father's cattle. However, due to his leg, Isaya can no longer go out with the cattle. Isaya was diagnosed with right genu valgus, or bowleggedness. His leg is bowed inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is in pain and discomfort after walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Isaya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Isaya's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Isaya shared, “I am unable to carry out my daily chores because of my leg. Please help me get this treatment so that I can return home and help my parents.”
Liam is a 3-month-old baby from Kenya. Liam was diagnosed with hypospadias immediately after birth. Having not seen such a condition before, Liam’s mother was shocked and didn’t know what to do. She went ahead to consult more about the condition from the medical practitioner who offered her advice. The facility where he was born was not in a position to repair the condition and the physician referred them to Bethanykids Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival, Liam was examined and surgery is recommended. Liam’s mother recently started selling clothes in the local shopping centre. To supplement the daily earnings of his mother, his father is a bodaboda taxi driver in their community. With no other source of income, the family is not able to raise the required amount for their child’s surgery. Liam’s mother is appealing for financial help. Liam 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, Liam is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Liam’s mother shared, “It is very difficult for us to raise any money for Liam’s treatment. As a family, any help offered to us will be appreciated.”
Koemhong is 8 years old and in the second grade. He is the only child of his parents, who are both farmers in Cambodia. When Koemhong was three, he received a poorly administered injection in his right thigh which has caused a severe contraction of his quadricep muscle. He is unable to fully straighten his knee which now makes it hard for him to walk. When Koemhong's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On September 22nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of right knee to help him walk again. Now, Koemhong needs help to fund this $430 procedure. Koemhong's parents said, "After surgery we hope our son will be able to walk easily with no pain."
Arthur is a child from Kenya. He is the second born in a family of two kids. His mother shared that she used to work in a hotel, but due to the COVID-19 crisis she lost her job and so now is unable to work. Arthur’s father is a seller of assorted small items. His job is just enough to put food on the table for his family. Arthur was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Arthur has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Arthur will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 20th. AMHF is requesting $483 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “It is very bad having a sick child and not being able to cover his medical expenses because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I plead for your support so that he can continue to grow up normally like other boys,” shared Arthur's mother.