A joined Watsi on October 12th, 2015. Five years ago, A became the 1551st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,907 more people have become monthly donors! A's most recent donation supported Phan, a woman from Cambodia, to fund pterygium eye surgery.
A has funded healthcare for 1421 patients in 13 countries.
Phan is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, three daughters, and eight grandchildren. Phan likes doing her own housework, cooking for her grandchildren, and taking them to school each morning. In her free time she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Phan developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her eye irritation, pain, tearing, and phobia 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 Phan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Phan 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 11th. "I hope that my mom's surgery will be done well and her eye will not be in pain any longer. She loves her grandchildren so much, and wants to see them growing up in the future," Phan's son said.
Son is a 58-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three son, two daughters, and fifteen grandchildren. Her whole family takes part in the rice planting. She spends most of her free time reading Buddhist literature. Six months ago, the retina of Son's left eye detached, causing her loss of vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Son learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On May 8th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Son's husband said, "I miss having her work beside me, and I want her to be able to go anywhere she likes by herself. So I hope this surgery helps her see clearly."
Morn is a 54-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He and his wife have two sons together, both have moved out to live on their own. Morn spends a lot of time driving in the countryside with other soldiers, and enjoys talking with them and listening to the news. He also likes showing his friends music he listens to on his phone. Three years ago, Morn developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him partial blindness, irritation, and a cloudy lens. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Morn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Morn said, "I hope my surgery helps me see everything clearly again so I can drive for my job, read books, and do everything myself."
Lazaro is a six months old baby boy from Tanzania and the last born in his family of five children. His father is polygamous and has two wives, and the other wife has eight children making them a family of thirteen children. Lazaro's mother shared that life is not easy in the area where Lazaro comes from. The area is semi-arid and farming is not possible. They depend entirely on livestock keeping. It’s from the livestock that they are able to get milk which they sell and get money to buy maize. Their family lives mainly on porridge and milk. Lazaro has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lazaro traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Lazaro's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. Lazaro’s mother shared: “We would be very thankful if our son is able to get a chance to have his foot correct because we can never come up with the money needed to cover his treatment cost.”
Dinah is an elderly woman from Uganda who is suffering from lower abdominal pain, headache and occasional vaginal bleeding. She was reviewed in our facility and diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia and a total hysterectomy surgery is advised. Previously, Dinah had been to several hospitals to no fruition of treatment. Her major concern was the required hospital fee. At our hospital, she was linked with our program for support with funding treatment. The 81-year old mother of 8 children lives at home relying on her children for upkeep. With the cost of surgery high, the family is not able to raise sufficient funds for Dinah's treatment. They appeal for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Dinah's surgery. On January 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Dinah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Dinah says, “I expect to have a better health after my surgery.”
Neang is a 4-year-old child from Cambodia. She is the youngest child in a family of five. Her father is a farmer, while her mother sells goods at the local market. Neang has not yet started school, but when she is at home, she likes to paint pictures in watercolor and play with her brother. When she was two years old, Neang had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Neang experiences hearing loss, severe ear pain, and a persistent discharge from both ears. Her infections have been recurring and resistant to medicine. Her hearing loss has prevented her from communicating effectively with others, and the pain causes her distress. Neang's mother has had to spend more time caring for her, resulting in a loss of income for the family. Neang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 2nd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her father said, "I am sad when I think about the pain she feels in both her ears, and I want her to be able to talk normally and clearly with us, and do the things she likes as a child."
Tumushabe is a mother of five but separated from her husband in 2018. Her husband remained with four of her children and she is raising the youngest who is now two years old. She currently stays with her paternal aunt who supports her with the little she can. At Rushoroza Hospital, she presented with a history of severe abdominal pains; having been managed for oophoritis and on different antibiotic regimens with no improvement. If not treated through curative laparotomy, Tumushabe’s quality of life could be severely impaired due to continued pain. Tumushabe is a small-scale farmer who has been growing a variety of crops at her aunt’s fields before she became sick. She currently is not able to work due to severe pain and cannot even sit comfortably. She shared that she is feeling scared. Her Aunt and Uncle are unable to fund her surgery and they are seeking financial support. Tumushabe says, “I pray that I get well after surgery because I am in severe pain. After a successful surgery, I believe I can do any income-generating activity, including farming and be able to take care of myself and my children.”
Sophea is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He lives in Preah Vihar province with his parents and grandparents. He has six older siblings who also live in the area. He plays soccer with his friends and likes making videos on his phone to post on the internet. He also likes drawing landscapes. In January 2020, Sophea had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sophea experiences hearing loss and ear discharge. He cannot communicate clearly with others and has to spend time cleaning ear discharge every day. Sophea traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 6th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sophea shared, "I know my family has been worried about my health, so I hope this surgery fixes my ear. In that way, they also don’t have to spend money on medicine."
Kim Sour is a 32-year-old factory worker, from Cambodia. She is married with one daughter and two sons. Kim Sour's husband is a fisherman. When she is not at work, she helps her children at home and prepares food for their family. Six years ago she began experiencing ear discharge. In the past few years she has experienced ringing in her ear and hearing loss as well. Kim Sour had an ear infection and this infection caused her tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear ear to perforate. Her husband feels very worried about his wife's pain and hearing loss. Kim Sour traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 1st, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She said, "I hope that this surgery can improve my hearing and make my ear pain stop."
Chhoeun is a 44-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son and one daughter. He works in the rice field and enjoys playing on Facebook in his free time. Five months ago, Chhoeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to miss work because of the blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 20th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. "I hope that my husband will be able to see things better and go back to rice farming with me again," Chhoeun's wife said.
Turyamusiima is a 16-year-old senior high student from Uganda. He is the second born in a family of three children and all his sisters are also still studying, the first one is in an institute while the last is in fourth grade. He enjoys playing football during his free time but now cannot endure the pain his condition causes him whenever he is playing. Both his parents are small-scale farmers who struggle to educate their children from the little money they earn from farming. Since seven years ago, Turyamusiima has had an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on September 7th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Turyamusiima's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Turyamusiima shared: “I hope to get well after my surgery because this condition has given me a hard time. I will continue with my studies and maybe even enjoy football as I used to before.”
Sunday is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of five, with all of her children now teenagers and the oldest being 20 years old. All her other children are still in school and their family’s biggest challenge is raising school fees for all their children. She likes very much taking care of their family’s crops in the fields. For the last three years, Sunday has been experiencing abdominal pains accompanied by severe headaches. She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain and possible cervical cancer due to suspicious lesions. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Sunday's surgery. On August 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Sunday will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Sunday says, “I am in severe pain, I am helpless. I have lost hope. Given the opportunity with the surgery, I believe I can be able to work harder through farming to be able to sustain myself and my entire family.”