A joined Watsi on October 12th, 2015. Four years ago, A became the 1551st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,825 more people have become monthly donors! A's most recent donation supported Sopheak, a housewife from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
A has funded healthcare for 694 patients in 13 countries.
Sopheak is a 43-year-old housewife from Cambodia. She has three children and enjoys cooking and taking care of her kids in her free time. When she was three years old, Sopheak had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sopheak experiences discharge, smelliness, itchiness, hearing loss, and headaches. She suffers from hearing loss and worries about her condition every day. Sopheak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 6th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that after my operation, the infection will go away and my hearing will improve."
Yorn is a 78-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Three months ago, Yorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 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. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see more clearly so I can go outside on my own and help the monks clean and cook at the pagoda."
Koemsrorn is an only child who enjoys playing with his friends and watching cartoons. Since he was nine months old, he has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breath and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve his quality of life. He will be able to sleep again and eat without any pain or difficulty. His family is looking forward to returning to the village knowing Koemsrorn's infection has cleared.
Kamugisha is a small scale farmer from Uganda. She is a mother to eight children, three are married, 5 boys and all causal laborers, both kamugisha and the husband are small scale farmers but using poor agricultural methods hence lesser production. 30 years ago, Kamugisha began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing and discomfort. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kamugisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 10 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. "I can dream of getting relieved of this condition and continue with cultivation after surgery.”
Than is a 57-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and her sister. Than 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. Currently, Than has difficulty breathing and her heartbeat is fast. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Than. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.
Keo is a 39-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to watch boxing on television, and help around the house and take care of his son. In September 2017, Keo was in an accident and was hit by a car, injuring his lower left leg. He experiences pain and difficulty walking. When Keo learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 4, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure. Now, Keo needs help to fund this $480 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer have any pain or swelling, and can return to work and walk normally."
Julia is a young girl from Kenya. Julia lives with her elder sister and parents in a two room rental house in Central Kenya. Her parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Julia is in class one and dreams of becoming a pilot when she is older. One year ago, Julia was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes her pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on August 30th, she will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Julia's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “I want to be a pilot when I grow up.” says Julia.
Kanha is a fifth grade student from Cambodia. She likes to study Khmer and math, and hopes to become a doctor when she grows up. She has had an ongoing infection in her ear for the past year, which has been growing in size. She experiences pain and fullness in her ear, and has difficult hearing others. Kanha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 5th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Kanha needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my daughter will no longer have any pain and that she will be able to hear again after her surgery." -Kanha's Mother
Nan is a 72-year-old mother of eight from Cambodia. She has twenty grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her spare time. One year ago, Nan developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On August 12, 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 $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that I will be able to see and go outside on my own, and be able to see my relatives' faces."
Mugabirwe is a farmer from Uganda. He is a widower and a father to one child. His wife died 25 years ago, his child is still a student and the family is sustained by the little that the Mugabirwe’s farm produces. 7 years ago, Mugabirwe has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort Fortunately, on September 3rd, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Mugabirwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Mugabirwe says “I hope to have a better quality of life and continue hustling for a better future of my child.”
Kyin is a 69-year-old retired teacher who lives with her 31-year-old son and 39-year-old daughter-in-law in Yangon, Burma. As a retired teacher since 2010, Kyin receives 140,000 kyat (approx. 140 USD) per month as part of her pension. She now volunteers as a teacher at a monastic school. Both her son and daughter-in-law work for a company. Kyin has another son who was paralysed in a workplace accident. He used to live with Kyin, but when her health deteriorated and she could no longer care for him, he was moved to a social care centre in Yangon. One day, in March 2016, Kyin was teaching at the monastic school, when suddenly she fainted. A medical emergency team then attended to her. When she felt better, a doctor told her that she might have a heart condition and advised her to see a heart specialist. One month after the incident, she went to a cardiologist at North Okkalapa General Hospital. There, she received an X-ray and an echocardiogram (echo). After checking her results, the doctor told her that she has a heart problem and that she can die if she does not receive appropriate treatment. The doctor prescribed her medication for her heart and told her that she will need to receive surgery if her health deteriorates. Six months ago, when Kyin received another echo and the doctor told her that she needs to receive surgery right away. However, her family could not afford to pay for her surgery. Therefore, the doctor said that he would help find them an organization that could help with paying for her surgery and medication. Currently, Kyin is unable to sleep well at night on her back and she needs to sleep propped up. She often feels tired and has shortness of breath.
Sothida is an only child and loves to play outside with friends and watch television. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Since she was four years old, she has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breath and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve her quality of life. She will be able to sleep again and focus better at school.