A joined Watsi on October 12th, 2015. Two years ago, A became the 1551st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,810 more people have become monthly donors! A's most recent donation supported Sim, a woman from Cambodia, to fund a knee replacement.
A has funded healthcare for 97 patients in 12 countries.
Sim is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and four grandchildren. She likes watching Cambodian comedy TV shows in her free time. Two years ago, she started experiencing pain in her knee. She can only walk about 15 meters, and it's causing pain and discomfort. Fortunately, Sim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total knee replacement to relieve Sim of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 10, and Sim needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I hope I can help the pain on my knee and take care of my grandchildren."
Kim Heang is a housewife from Cambodia. She has six children and one grandchild. One year ago, Kim Heang developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and teary eyes. 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 Kim Heang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Kim Heang 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 6. Her son says, "I hope my mother can have surgery and go out more on her own without pain."
Nheang is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes watching comedies. Two years ago, Nheang developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her itchiness and blurred 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 Nheang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. Nheang 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 2. Her sister says, "I want my sister to get better."
Josephine is a widow from Kenya. She lost her husband and two children in 2007 when the country suffered post-election violence. As if the loss of her closest relatives was not enough, all of her property was torched, leaving her and her other five children internally displaced. Josephine has been forced to live at her brother-in-law’s compound for about ten years. A year ago, Josephine developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience blurred vision. A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes opaque, blurring vision. She has difficulty seeing and performing chores at home. Fortunately, Josephine is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove and replace the blurred lens. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $220 procedure. Josephine says, “I want to see clearly, I want to be able to walk with ease, to do simple works for myself in the house."
Thu is a 16-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his family in Umpeim Mai refugee camp. Thu was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. The doctor explained that Thu needs surgery even though he appears to be doing well right now. This condition will only get worse over time. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Thu. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 11 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Thu said, “I am very worried about my health. Although I seem to be healthy, the doctor said I must have surgery. What if I get worse? I don’t want to suffer so I want to have surgery if I must.”
Wilson is a happy and active five-month-old boy who often pulls at his mother in order to get her attention. He lives with his parents and grandparents in Eastern Kenya. They are subsistence farmers and have no cash income. Wilson was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth. Spina bifida is a condition in which the spinal cord does not close all the way, causing cerebrospinal fluid to emerge in a pouch-like fashion from the back along the spine. If left untreated, this condition will put Wilson at risk for serious infection and hydrocephalus, and potentially prevent him from learning to walk. Surgery has been recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to fund Wilson's surgery. He is scheduled for treatment on October 19 at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. After treatment, he will be able to grow and develop normally. “I would wish to see my son well and thriving,” Wilson's mother says.
Aung is a 31-year-old man from Burma. When Aung was 20, he began to experience inexplicable weakness in his lower limbs. After walking for even a short distance, he would fall down. By the time he turned 22, he could no longer walk. Aung's paralysis has caused him to spend his waking hours sitting, which causes pressure sores, also called ulcers. Sometimes these sores become infected and Aung is required to seek antibiotic treatment. He hopes to find a way to heal this sore. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $851 to fund Aung's treatment. Surgeons will remove the ulcerous tissue on July 6, relieving Aung of his infection and pain. "I hope to open up a shop where I will repair broken TV, VCR, and DVD-players and can generate income for my family," Aung says.
Katusabe is 48 years old. He is married and a father of five children (three boys and two girls). All his children are in school. Katusabe and his wife are both farmers, cultivating food for both home consumption and for sale in order to provide their family with basic needs. Katusabe started feeling pain in his left inguinal region three years ago. Later he developed a swelling in the same region. The swelling was painful, and when he was in pain, he couldn’t lift heavy items, dig, fetch water, or walk long distances. He tried using local herbs, but he didn't feel relieved. He was advised to come to our medical partner's care center to seek assistance. He was diagnosed with a hernia and learned that he needs to undergo surgery to repair the condition. Katusabe says, “My health has not been okay for a long time. I need help and I am unable to pay for myself.” He is scheduled to undergo a hernia repair procedure on August 9. Now, he needs help raising $249 to pay for surgery. After surgery, Katusabe hopes to continue farming so that he can take care of his family.
Judith is a farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of four children. Judith has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Judith. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 19. After treatment, Judith will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Judith says, “Suffering from cancer is my worst fear come true. I hope that soon I will be cancer free."
Kengaju is a 53-year-old woman from Uganda and a single a mother of two girls. They are both in college and are learning primary teaching. Kengaju is a business woman who sells secondhand clothes for women. In 2016, Kengaju developed a non-painful swelling on her hip. The swelling kept increasing in size. She reported her condition to Virika Hospital, our medical partner's care center, where she was diagnosed with a lipoma. If not treated, the mass may continue growing, causing Kengaju more pain and discomfort. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Kengaju is scheduled to receive treatment to remove the mass on September 20. The mass excision surgery will cost $196. After surgery, she hopes to have peace of mind and continue with farming.
"After surgery I will be able to get back to farming so I can provide for my family again," says Ruchema, a 36-year-old man from Uganda. The family that Ruchema supports is large: he and his wife have one girl and four boys. Two are in primary school, while the rest are still too young to attend classes. Ruchema and his wife earn their living by farming, cultivating food both for home consumption and to sell. Their profits from their crops go towards paying their children’s school costs. For about three years, farming has been very difficult for Ruchema. He has been experiencing pain in his right groin region. His discomfort has increased to a point where painkillers no longer help. Ruchema was eventually diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, meaning that part of his intestine is pushing outwards through a weak spot in his abdominal wall. In addition to intense pain, this condition can bring fatal risks if left untreated. Fortunately, Ruchema has been scheduled for hernia repair surgery on October 18. However, he needs your help to pay for it. By raising $249, we can pay not only for his operation, but also for his medications, lab tests, and three-day hospital stay. Let’s help Ruchema gain back his peace of mind—and his ability to support his children as they begin their education.
Paul is a 44-year-old from Kenya. He has five children who are in primary school. Paul works as a supermarket attendant, and his wife is a housewife. Paul's left eye was hit around a year ago. After the incident, he noted a gradual loss of vision, and sought medical attention at a medical camp. He was given glasses, but his vision did not improve, so he went to the hospital, where cataract surgery was recommended. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, and can occur after injury to the eye (called a traumatic cataract). A doctor can remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial one. Paul's treatment is scheduled for September 25. Paul said, “I want to regain my sight and continue providing for my family." Watsi is requesting $220 to fund Paul's cataract removal.