Christian joined Watsi on February 10th, 2017. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Christian's most recent donation supported Mong, a rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.
Christian has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Mong is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has seven children and eight grandchildren. He and his wife live together near their children's families. Since he has begun to have vision problems, he does not work in the field much anymore. He spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren, taking them on walks to the local pagoda. Seven years ago, Mong developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, irritation, and severe photophobia. His symptoms have worsened in the past four months. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Mong said, "I miss driving my motorcycle around to do errands, and taking care of my plants. I hope that this surgery can help me see well enough to do these things again."
Martin is a baby from Kenya and an only child to his parents. Together they reside in Limuru in Central Kenya in a one-room rental house. His mother is a full-time mom while his father partially works as a tailor from his house doing repairs and, at times, works at a hardware shop in Kenya’s capital as a handyman. Martin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Martin has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Martin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 3rd. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I trust God is in control of this condition. He will make a way,” says Martin’s father.
Karyija is a farmer from Uganda. He is a 72 years old widower father to six children: four girls (two operate small retail shops and two are married and small-scale farmers). One of his sons is a policeman and the youngest one is still in the university. Karyija earns a living through small-scale farming whereby he has a banana and coffee plot from which he earns a living. He also has five cows and three goats. Karyija presented with a left scrotal swelling that he has had for over three years now. He says the swelling is painless but he finds the biggest problem with walking and the discomfort it brings him when standing. If not treated, Karyija may continue with pelvic discomfort and the presenting symptoms may persist. Karyija traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 29th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Karyija needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Karyija says, “I hope that I will get some relief if I undergo my surgery.”
Phors is a 22-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two older sisters and one older brother. In his free time, he likes to help feed the animals around the house and work on his family's farm. In September 2019, Phors fell off his motorcycle after a collision with another vehicle. He suffered injuries to his left arm but was unable to receive any initial treatment. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left 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. He is unable to move his arm and cannot work. Phors traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 10th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, will be able to use his arm again and can return to his work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my left hand will regain function again and I can return to my work easily like before," he shared.
Ren is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two children, one son and a daughter, and enjoys playing volleyball when he has free time. Five years ago, Ren developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation and burning. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Ren learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. Ren 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 his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for December 12th. "I hope that my son's eye irritation and tearing will go away and he will be able to return to his work at the rice fields and can continue supporting his family," shared Ren's mother.
Bunthoeun is a 31-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has a three-year-old daughter, and he enjoys taking care of the house, feeding the farm animals, and looking after his daughter. In January 2020, Bunthoeun was in a motorcycle accident and ended up with an open fracture to his right leg. He received initial treatment for his injuries, but his wounds have now become infected. His leg is swollen and painful, and he cannot walk easily. When Bunthoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure. Treatment will help his wounds heal and he will be able to walk again without pain. Now, Bunthoeun needs help to fund this $273 procedure. He shared, "I hope that my wound heals and I no longer have an infection and I can walk without pain."