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 Tony, a rice farmer from Cambodia, for eye surgery so he can see clearly again and get back to working.
A has funded healthcare for 1834 patients in 14 countries.
A has funded healthcare for 1834 patients in 14 countries.
Tony is a 53-year-old rice farmer with one son and one daughter, both of whom are students. His wife is a grocery seller. Due to poor vision, he mostly stays at home and listens to the news or boxing on the radio. Three years ago, Tony developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him inflammation, pain, burning, and photophobia. 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 Tony learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Tony 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 14th. Tony says, "I hope after surgery my eye will improve. I want to be able to plant crops and earn money for my family again."
Uon is a 73-year-old mother of six. She has one daughter, five sons, and many grandchildren. Uon used to be a farmer but now she stays at home and is unable to work due to her age and vision. Uon enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Uon developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Uon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 9th, 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. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Uon shares, "I hope I can see better after my surgery so I can plant some crops around my house to support my family."
James is former motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. He's married and is the father of two children 13 and 6 years old. James' wife is works part-time on a rice farm in their hometown. The family currently lives in a rental house paid for by their local church pastor. In November 2017, James was in a motorbike accident. Due to the accident, he lost his job, and he shared that his life became one revolving around experiencing pain and constant hospital visits. He underwent surgery on his broken leg in a nearby health facility in his hometown. Following the procedure he had a challenging recovery due to infections, causing him sleepless nights and visits to different healthcare facilities. James was finally referred to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital where he underwent several treatments in May. James returned home but later came back to the hospital with a wounded leg that was in bad shape with an exposed bone. The doctors originally admitted James for repair surgery, but determined he needed a below-knee amputation which took place in mid-June. James still experiences a lot of pain, so the surgeon recommend he undergo another round of intense debridement in the amputated area to remove his damaged tissue and help him to finally heal. James has national health insurance, which supported his two major surgeries, but his coverage has been depleted and will not support the care he needs now. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping James receive treatment. On June 25th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent the spread of infection and speed up his recovery. Now, James needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. James wishes to be free from pain, “I, unfortunately, lost my leg due to a sudden amputation, and I am still in shock. I will never be able to use both legs again. I am still in a lot of pain and the wound needs another procedure for me to be well. I need to get out of the hospital and figure out how to take care of my family with my current condition.”
Vibol is an 18-year-old gasoline attendant from Cambodia. He has one younger sister. His father works a motor taxi driver and his mother is a housewife. In his free time, he enjoys meeting his friends to play football or volleyball and listening to music. A year ago, Vibol was in a motor vehicle crash where he fractured his left tibia. He had surgery at a local government hospital where a plate and screws were placed to help the fracture heal. Now that the fracture site has healed, he has full function of his leg, however it is uncomfortable for him to have hardware in his leg and he needs it removed to limit the risk of infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On September 16th, Vibol will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. During the procedure, surgeons will remove the hardware that has caused him discomfort. Vibol shared that he hopes the hardware will be easy to remove and the wound will heal quickly so he can return to work and do the things he enjoys.
Peace is a 43-year-old teacher and mother of three from Uganda. Her eldest daughter finished university recently but is not yet employed while Peace's other two children are still in school. Peace graduated as a third grade teacher and has since been teaching. During her free time, she loves tending to her domestic animals and farming. Since the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, her employment has been affected. Her husband is a boda-boda (cargo bike) driver but the income is also small to make ends meet and afford sufficient medical care. Peace was experiencing lower abdominal pain for the past two years ago. She has been diagnosed with cystocele with a poorly healed 3rd-degree tear. She tried seeking treatment from a different health center but could not receive the treatment due to the cost of surgery. Her friend recommended she visit Nyakibale Hospital. She was reviewed and her doctors recommended uterine prolapse repair surgery. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 24th, Peace will undergo surgery. She will be free from the pain which she experiences daily. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting support to fund this treatment. Peace says “I am worried I may lose my family but I have hope that once I am operated on, all will be fine and I will be relieved from this discomfort and pain.”
Sa lives with her husband, daughter, and two granddaughters in Burma. She is a homemaker, and her daughter and husband are day laborers. However, due to constantly changing regulations regarding the number of people who can gather, they have difficulty finding work. Sa's granddaughters are students, though their schools are currently closed. Their family shared that they were only able to earn 100,000 kyat (approx. $100 USD) last month, which is not enough to cover their daily needs. A few years ago, Sa was diagnosed with diabetes. This September, she had an injury on her right toe. Her toe became itchy and infected, so she visited a local clinic twice. After her symptoms did not subside, she visited a private clinic, where the doctor diagnosed her with an ulcer and told her she would need to undergo surgery to clean and remove the necrotic tissue. On September 24th, she underwent this procedure. A few days later, the toe continued to worsen, and a second surgery is now required to amputate Sa's right toe and keep her infection from worsening. To help with the cost, Sa was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help fund the costs of this surgery. Sa is currently experiencing swelling and pain in her foot, especially when the weather is cool during the night and morning. As a result, Sa cannot do her daily household chores. She shared, "Even though I cannot meet my donors, I want to thank them. If you [BCMF and donors] had not helped me during this difficult time, I do not know who else I could have turned to for help."
Ol is a 41-year-old rice farmer who, along with his wife, has three daughters, all of whom are in school. They work together on their farm, but he has been working less than past seasons due to his sight. When he is not working, Ol likes to watch boxing matches and play with his grandchildren. Two years ago, Ol developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ol learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 2nd, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Ol shares his plans post-recovery, "I hope that I can work well when my eyesight gets better, so I can start another vegetable garden and grow food for my grandchildren."
Thoeun is a 59-year-old farmer who together with her husband has two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. All of her children work as farmers. Due to her vision, she does not work in the rice fields anymore. At home, she likes to listen to the news and the monks praying on the radio. One year ago, Thoeun developed a cataract in her right eye causing her difficulty seeing in bright or low lighting and occasional tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 16th, doctors will perform 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. Thoeun shared, "I hope I can see clearly again, I want to go back to helping my husband in the field and planting vegetables to sell."
Cho is a 50-year-old woman who lives with her husband and their three children in Burma. Cho is a homemaker, and her three children are students. However, their school is currently closed due to the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in the country. Her husband used to work as a day labourer in Mawlamyine City but stopped working a few months ago because he was afraid of the military arresting him. To support his family, he goes fishing everyday near their village. From selling any surplus fish, he is able to earn about 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) per month. This income is not enough to cover their daily needs or pay for basic health care, but they are working hard to get by. A few months ago, Cho noticed that she had a blister on her left heel. A few days later it burst and became an ulcer. Although she wanted to see a doctor, most of the public clinics and hospitals were closed, and she also could not afford to pay for treatment at them. In early September 2021, she went to a pharmacy nearby to buy medication for her diabetes but they could only provide her with painkillers and cleaning solution for the wound. At home, Cho cleaned the ulcer, but it continued to worsen. One day, her neighbour told her to go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), where she could receive affordable and good services. Cho borrowed money and went to MCLH. She was admitted on September 28th 2021, and the doctor examined her left heel and saw that her heel was swollen and that the ulcer had pus in it. The doctor then scheduled her to undergo surgery on September 30th 2021 to clean the ulcer and remove any necrotic tissue so she can heal. Our care center is requesting $694 to fund of Cho's wound debridement surgery, including her hospital stay and all other medical costs. Currently, Cho is in a lot of pain. When the temperature is cooler, especially at night, the pain worsens. If she does not take pain medication, she cannot sleep at night. Cho said, "When I heard donors may support my surgery, I felt very happy. Even though we have not met you in person, I want to thank you so much for helping me. I just want to live a healthy and happy life with my family.”
Ustina is a 30-year-old small-scale farmer and a mother of two children. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and the family lives together in a two-room home. Their oldest child is 10 years old in primary school class two, while their youngest child is six years old and in primary school class one. During her free time, Ustina enjoys working in her garden and spending time with her children. Four months ago, Ustina began experiencing troubling symptoms including bleeding and severe abdominal pain. She was given medication at a local health facility and experienced temporary relief from her symptoms, but the heavy bleeding began again in July. She visited another health clinic and was eventually diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. If her condition is not treated, she is likely to have an ovarian torsion which could damage her ovaries. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Ustina receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy on October 7th at AMH's care center. Now, Ustina and her family need help raising $284 to cover the cost of her procedure and care. Ustina shared, "I am worried I may not deliver again, I need help. I have my only hope through surgery but my husband and I cannot afford the surgery. I hope to comfortably resume farming as soon as I get treatment."
Soriya is a 49-year-old seller of children's cookies. She lives with her husband who is a policeman. Together they have two children: one son and one daughter. Her son is married, while her daughter still lives at home. She likes to cook, exercise, and watch Khmer movies on TV in her free time. Two years ago, Soriya had a severe ear infection. The infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Soriya experiences severe ear aches, ear discharge, and pain. She visited a private hospital and received ear drops, but her symptoms did not improve and it is difficult for her to hear and communicate. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Soriya to receive treatment. She traveled to visit CSC's care center where, on September 14th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Now, CSC is requesting $925 to fund her procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Soriya shared that she hopes that the ear infection will finally stop and her hearing will improve.
Arahufu is a two-year-old boy who loves football. He is the youngest child in a family of five children. Aruhufu's father works as a ‘manamba’, where his job is to call passengers onto a bus at the bus stop. When he manages to fill all the sits in the bus, he is then given some money. Arahufu was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, a condition in which his legs bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has difficulty walking and running. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Arahufu. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 14th. Treatment will hopefully restore Arahufu's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Arahufu’s mother shared, “I can never find the money needed to cover my son’s treatment cost. I am struggling to even put food on the table. Please help him.”