A has funded healthcare for 1587 patients in 13 countries.
Yim is a 55-year-old woman with three daughters and two sons. Yim is a vegetable farmer and in her free time she enjoys watching Khmer movies and the news on TV. One year ago, Yim developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her son seeking treatment. On January 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Yim said, "I want to have clear vision so I can return to my vegetable field, look after my grandchildren, and visit the pagoda by myself."
Hai is a 60-year-old farmer. She has two daughters and one son. Her husband died 20 years ago, so Hai lives with one of her children. When she isn't working, Hai enjoys having to time to play with her grandchildren. Hai has nasal polyps in each nostril that cause bad odor, discharge, and pain. She has been using medications she purchases at a pharmacy to manage these symptoms but her condition has not improved. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) are able to perform a bilateral polypectomy to alleviate these symptoms permanently. She needs help to raise $343 to fund the surgery. Hai said, "I really hope after the surgery my nose will be better, my headaches will be reduced, and the infection will go away. When I am healed, I will help my children with their work."
Ret is a 64-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is a Khmer noodle seller and has two sons and two daughters. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Ret developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, itchiness, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing people, and being outside on her own. When Ret learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her husband seeking treatment. On December 18th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ret said, "I want to sell noodles again to earn money to support myself and my family. When my vision improves I will also help my son and husband plant rice and go tom the pagoda on my own."
Hom is a 70-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter. Hom has three sons, three daughters and is a devoted grandfather to his many grandchildren. His daughter is a garment worker and his wife takes care of the house. Due to his vision, Hom no longer works in the rice field. He and his wife plant vegetables around the house to sell. In his free time, Hom likes to listen to the local monks preaching and local news on the radio. Five years ago, Hom developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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. Hom shared, "I want to see clearly to help my wife around the house, and plant more vegetables to support my family."
Puthy is a 20-year-old factory worker and the eldest in his family. He has three siblings, two brothers, and one sister. Both of his parents are farmers. In December 2020, Puthy was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a closed fracture of his left tibia. After the accident, he was treated with Khmer traditional medicine for one month, but his condition did not improve. Puthy's neighbor suggested he go to Children's Surgical Centre to seek care. Currently, it is difficult for him to walk, and his leg is very swollen. Puthy is in chronic pain and feels very unwell. His family is especially worried about his condition because is the breadwinner of the family. While he has been in the hospital, his family has lost their income and they will not be able to work while he recovers. Puthy and his family appeal for financial support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 2nd, Puthy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him walk again and return to work to support his family. Puthy shared, "I hope that after surgery my left tibia will be fixed and I will feel better. I am looking forward to having no more pain and infection, and to walking and working as I did before."
Florence an 11-year-old girl from Kenya, and she is the firstborn in a family of three children. Florence was born with cerebral palsy, which is a condition that affects her muscles, primarily her legs. In addition, Florence also has clubfoot, and as a result she is not able to independently walk from one place to another by herself, so she currently uses a wheelchair to get around. The team from our Medical Partner's Care Center AIC Cure International Hospital met Florence at one of their mobile clinics near her home village. Florence needs to undergo triple arthrodesis surgery, which will relieve pain in her foot and provide her with more stability. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Florence to receive treatment and needs help raising $1,224 for her surgery. Florence's mother is excited that after the surgery, Florence will "be able to walk and continue with her life like other children." She added, “We are appealing to people of goodwill to help our daughter undergo surgery."
Seang is a 74-year-old mother of four from Cambodia. She is a vegetable farmer who has four daughters and twelve grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago. Seang lives with one of her daughters, who is also a farmer. She no longer goes to the fields, and instead spends her time at home watching her grandchildren. When Seang has time, she likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio and going to the pagoda on holy days. She self-describes her health as fair and hopes to feel better when she can see well. Two years ago, Seang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and poor night vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Seang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Seang shared, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly, I can go to the pagoda by myself, and that I can take care myself and my grandchildren."
Thea is a 39-year-old gendarmerie (military policeman) from Cambodia. He has been proudly married for 7 years and has 3 daughters. Thea's first two children are in school. In his free time, he likes to exercise, play football, listen to music and news, read books, and take care of his children. Five years ago, Thea had a severe fall and subsequently developed right hip pain. He was diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip, a painful condition that occurs when the blood supply to the head of the femur (thighbone) is disrupted. Because bone cells need a steady supply of blood to stay healthy, it can ultimately lead to destruction of the hip joint and severe arthritis. After his accident, he was given pain medication, but the medication only helped for a short time. He continues to have chronic pain and needs to have his condition treated. Fortunately, Thea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Thea of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 6th, and Thea needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Thea shared, "I hope that after my operation, I will be able to walk without pain and can do my job easily again."
Htun is a 50-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife, son, and two daughters in Thailand. Htun and his wife work as agricultural day laborers, but Htun had to stop working after he injured his eye. Currently, Htun can only perceive light with both of his eyes, but he cannot clearly see objects. Although he is not in pain, he needs someone to assist him when he walks or eats. He also cannot work nor do any household chores as a result of losing his vision. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Htun. On March 2nd, doctors will perform the lens replacement surgery, and they will remove Htun's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After his surgery, Htun will be able to see clearly and get back to all that he needs to do in the day. Htun said, “I am sad and depressed that I cannot see nor do anything. I feel sorry that my wife has had to accompany me everywhere and do every little thing for me such as helping me eat and go to the bathroom. I want to regain my vision quickly and I want to go back to work.”
Phanny is a 38-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He was married for 10 years, until his wife recently divorced him. Phanny is a father to two daughters. His children live with his ex-wife, and he lives with his mother. At home, Phanny listens to the radio, watches TV, and tries to help his mother around the house, although he is not able to do much in his current condition. He describes his health as poor and is hopeful to feel much better after surgery. In January 2020, Phanny was in a motor vehicle crash and his femur was fractured. After the accident, his family took him to a government hospital for surgery, where a nail was applied to stabilize the fracture. Phanny was eventually discharged home because he had no money to pay the hospital. He still has difficulty walking, his knee is stiff, and he is unable to work. When Phanny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a knee fusion procedure will help him to walk easily again without pain. Doctors will secure his left knee so that he can walk again. Now, Phanny needs help to fund this $518 procedure. Phanny shared, "I hope that my leg will be better and I will walk again after my surgery."
Lewis is a playful and social 11-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the sixth born in a family of eight children, and is brother to Jonah, another Watsi patient. When he's older, Jonah aspires to be in the special forces as a military officer in the future. His mother is a single parent and used to be a farmer, but currently stays at home to take care of her children. She recently underwent an amputation on her leg after suffering from diabetes. Lewis had clubfoot of both his feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lewis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons healed one foot with support from Watsi and now will perform his other clubfoot repair surgery on January 25th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Lewis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk and play with his brother more easily. Rosaria, Lewis' mother shared, “We are grateful that Watsi is helping my two sons undergo surgery. We have seen a lot of impact on their feet. Previously, they used to complain of pain while walking and they like playing a lot. We plead for more support to ensure that their feet can be able to step on the ground and walk like other children. God bless you."
Nickson is a milk vendor from Kenya. A few months ago, he married his wife and now they are expecting their firstborn baby. His wife is a housewife and they live in a mud house on a farm. Nickson was not able to go to college, so he decided to become a milk vendor so that he could provide for his young and growing family. In December 2020, Nickson was involved in a road traffic accident - he was riding a motorcycle when he collided with an oncoming lorry truck. He was rushed to the district hospital where he had a cast applied and was then discharged home. However, two weeks ago, he started having pain while he was walking. A friend referred Nickson to a local medical facility. Nickson was examined and sent for an x-ray which revealed that he had fractured his knee. Right now, Nickson has trouble standing on his right foot or flexing his knee. Fortunately, surgeons at our Medical Partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help Nickson, and they are requesting $1,016 to fund his procedure. On March 3rd, Nickson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk more easily again. Nickson says, “My hope is to receive treatment, be well, and continue supporting my young family."