A joined Watsi on October 12th, 2015. Six years ago, A joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. A's most recent donation supported Savoeun, a baker from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so she can do more in life.
A has funded healthcare for 1718 patients in 13 countries.
A has funded healthcare for 1718 patients in 13 countries.
Savoeun is a 55-year-old mother of three. She has one daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. For a living, Savoeun makes and sells Khmer-style dessert cakes from home. Her husband is a construction worker and has been teaching their sons about construction work too. In her free time, Savoeun likes to travel and take part in religious ceremonies. Three years ago, Savoeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 19th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and an implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting support to help fund this $229 procedure. Savoeun shares, "When my eye gets better I can make and sell cakes more easily, and I will enjoy being with my family. I want to start traveling again too."
Sochan is a 36-year-old delivery driver. However, for six months, Sochan has not been able to work at the transportation company because of his poor vision due to a cataract. In Sochan's free time, he enjoys feeding fish and playing football with his friends. He is married, and his wife is a garment worker. One year ago, Sochan developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sochan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On July 16th, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and a lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sochan shares what this surgery means for him, "I hope I can see clearly again after surgery. I want to drive well so I can go back to work and earn money for my family."
Asinguza is a two-year-old boy from Western Uganda and the youngest child in a family of three children. His parents are farmers who grow maize and beans. Since he was born, Asinguza has had a mass on his chest that has gradually increased in size. While it was initially painless, the mass has recently become painful. After examination, he was diagnosed with a cystic mass and requires surgery to remove it. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Asinguza to receive treatment. On July 6th, surgeons will remove the mass and now, Asinguza needs help to raise $137 to fund the procedure. Asinguza's mother shared, “I think that he will be able to grow, play and walking will be easy for him as he grows when the swelling is removed.”
Nkwikaize is a 60-year-old woman and a married mother of eight children. She and her husband live alone, and all of their children are married. They earn a living from small scale farming. For a year, Nkwikaize has been experiencing lower abdominal pain, backaches, and vaginal bleeding. It is difficult for her to bend over or to stand for long periods of time and her condition has affected her ability to farm. After examination, she was diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion and surgery was recommended. If not treated, she is at risk of cervical cancer. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Nkwikaize to receive treatment. On July 6th, she will undergo a hysterectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Once recovered, Nkwikaize will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Now, AMH is requesting $219 to cover the cost of Nkwikaize's procedure and care. Nkwikaize shared, “I pray that the Lord make a way for me through you people so that I may receive my surgery to have a healthy life. I hope once it's well, I will be able to resume farming.”
Sok Phal is a 60-year-old rice farmer. She has two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. Sok Phal lives with her husband, who is also a farmer, and she enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Sok Phal developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her tearing, burning, and itchiness. 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 Sok Phal learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. Sok Phal needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea's surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 8th. Sok Phal shared, "I hope my eye irritation goes away so I don't need to worry about my vision and appearance anymore. I want to focus on my work and help take care of my grandchildren."
Kyin is a 48-year-old woman who lives with her daughter, her friend, and her friend's family in a village in northern Thailand. Kyin’s daughter and her friend’s two children study at a migrant school. Kyin used to work as an agricultural day laborer, but stopped two months ago when her vision deteriorated. In her free time, Kyin likes to garden and clean her house. Kyin has lost most of the vision in both of her eyes. Sometimes her eyes are watery and itchy, and if she tries to focus on identifying someone’s face, her eyes will hurt and she will develop a headache. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Kyin. On June 7th, doctors will perform a lens replacement in both eyes, during which they will remove Kyin's natural lenses and replace them with intraocular lens implants. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Kyin shared, “I hope that I will get better soon so that I can go back to work. I want to support my daughter so that she becomes an educated person. I also want to build a new house and live with my daughter happily for the rest of my life.”
Joseph is a two-year-old boy and the youngest child in a family of four children. The family lives in a small timber house and his father sells vegetables to provide for the family. His mother often does laundry work for their neighbors, however, sometimes work is difficult to find and she works on neighbors' farms to supplement the family's income. Joseph was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended after birth. If not treated, Joseph will have an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Fortunately, Joseph will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 5th and now, AMH is requesting $569 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Joseph’s father shared, “since we visited the last facility, I have never had peace in my heart after the doctor told us what will happen if the testes did not descend and he was not treated. Now, I’m more troubled that I cannot do anything for his surgery as we cannot raise any amount close to what is required. I really need support for my child's surgery."
Komugisha is a small business woman from Uganda. She is a 41-year-old mother of three children, and she lives with them in a single-room rental house. After separation from her husband, Komugisha assumed the role as the sole breadwinner of her family. To earn a living, she trades in dry cereals to pay for the fees and expenses for her children, but faces difficulty when farming harvests are not productive. Six years ago, Komugisha began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling, difficulty breathing, and persistent pain. She was diagnosed with nodular goitre, or an enlarged thyroid gland. Initially, she had visited a different facility which gave her an oral medication, but her condition did not improve. Komugisha was also advised to undergo surgery, but she opted to use local herbs as medicine due to the costs. In the end, Komugisha was referred by a friend to our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital, where she had a scan diagnosing the goitre, and doctors suggest surgery to prevent worsening symptoms. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Komugisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 22nd at our medical partner's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252. Komugisha shared, “I can no longer walk for longer distances yet my job requires much walking to look for the cereals. My children are still in need of daily upkeep. Please help me."
Fenet is a 1-year-old child from Ethiopia. She is a beautiful baby girl with two older siblings and she loves to play with them and their parents. Her dad is a daily labourer with an income not large enough to meet the family's needs and medical costs. Fenet was born with an anorectal malformation, which is a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. Children with this condition have an imperforate anus, or an absence of opening where it should be. Due to this condition, she developed bowel obstruction and underwent an emergency colostomy. Post-surgery, Fenet has had multiple issues with her colostomy care and experienced associated complications. As a result, she cannot pass stool in a normal way. Fenet's condition has taken its toll on her mom and dad, and the whole process has been very emotional and difficult for them to go through. Her family appeals for help for Fenet to be treated. Fenet is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on June 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Fenet's procedure and care. After her recovery, Fenet will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mom shared, “I hope my child will heal and God is able.”
Mut is a 67-year-old farmer with one daughter, three sons, and six grandchildren. Mut lives with her husband and does not go to the rice field anymore due to her vision. Instead, she stays home and cares for her grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray and joining ceremonies at the pagoda. Five years ago, Mut developed a cataract in her left eye causing her sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mut learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 14th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Mut shared, "I hope I can see well again so I can do housework, cook, and plant vegetables around my home."
Yorn is an 81-year-old retired farmer. He has three sons and three daughters. He also has several young grandchildren who visit him often. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter, who is also a farmer. Since retiring, he spends most of his time taking care of his grandchildren, and traveling with his wife and daughter to local pagodas. Eight years ago, Yorn developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and irritation. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On May 14th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. Yorn shared, "I hope that after my surgery my daughter will not have to do so much work to help me. I hope I can take good care of my grandchildren, and take better care of myself. I want to go with my wife to travel to pagodas."
Stanley is a fifth-grade student. He's the third child in his family of three other siblings and his single mother. His mom sells tomatoes in the market to support their family. Stanley was brought to the hospital by his concerned and worried mother, where the 12-year-old was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Stanley has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Stanley, wearing his woolen hat, remains positive about his condition. Fortunately, Stanley will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). He is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 28th. AMH is requesting $483 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I have been taking him to another hospital but we were facing delay in treatment. I am seeking help because my son is feeling pain, is not able to go to school and I just want to see him having his normal life,” said Stanley’s mother.