Salil joined Watsi on November 7th, 2014. Five years ago, Salil became the 607th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,185 more people have become monthly donors! Salil's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Toeur, a man from Cambodia, to fund spinal surgery.
Salil has funded healthcare for 53 patients in 12 countries.
Toeur is the sixth of seven children in his family, including four brothers and three sisters. He likes to stay home and help around the house and cook, as well as watch television and listen to music. Toeur was born with a hump on his spine and, at the age of two, he fell down the stairs and has since had a curve in his spine. He has pain in his right knee and experiences paraparesis, where he has partial paralysis in his legs and requires crutches when he walks. He cannot do any heavy work and stays near his house most days. Spinal surgery will correct Toeur's spine position and relieve his symptoms. He will be able to walk comfortably again, and will be able to take on daily activities with greater ease. He shared, "My family worries about my pain a lot, and they hope that I will be able to work again and help provide for the family. I hope that my spine will be straight and will no longer have a curve, and I won't have anymore pain in my knee so I can return to work."
Chit is a 39-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter, mother-in-law, and her sister-in-law’s three children. Her husband has recently left the village to work in Bangkok so he could increase his income, especially since her condition has worsened. Since she became ill, she feels bored because she is unable to work. Around five months ago, Chit started to feel unwell with a stiff neck, headaches, and pain in her right eye. Soon after, she noticed that the black part of her right eye started to move inward toward the middle of her face, becoming crossed eyed. As soon as she noticed a change in her right eye, she went to a hospital to see a doctor about her condition. At the hospital, she underwent a CT scan of her head which showed normal findings. Therefore, the doctor just gave her an injection and oral medications. A week later, she decided to go see a local medic in her village because she felt like the medications were not helping. The medic looked at her medical test results, assessed her and said she might have a neurological condition. The medic gave her oral medication and another injection. She took the medication she received from the medic, and her symptoms subsided gradually. Chit's symptoms disappeared completely about 20 days ago, but this only lasted around 10 days because she noticed that the black part of her right eye had started to become white and the rest of her eye, normally white, started to turn red. She bought eye drops at a local medication stall, but they did not help. A few days later, she learned about Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), a charitable clinic, from one of her nephews. On January 11th, Chit visited MTC regarding her condition, and a medic explained that unfortunately her eye was not functional anymore and that it needed to be removed due to a severe infection. The medic also explained that if her right eye was not removed, the infection could spread to her left eye and cause the same problem. MTC then brought Chit to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) and the doctor there confirmed that her eye needs to be removed as soon as possible. Chit said, "It's upsetting to know that I need to have one of my eyes removed. But then, I feel that since the eye is bad, there is no sense in keeping it. In the future, if possible, I want to get a prosthetic eye."
Mean is a 71-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has six children and ten grandchildren, and enjoys exercising, visiting the pagoda, and taking care of his family when he has free time. Two months ago, Mean started experiencing pain in his right hip, five years after seeking treatment in both of his hips. He now experiences the same difficulty with his walking, and has pain everyday. Fortunately, Mean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Mean of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 7th, and Mean needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. "I hope that I will be able to walk again and will not experience anymore pain in my hip," he said.
Meet Nicodemus a 14 year-old boy. He is social and likes inventing new things. Nicodemus is the 4th born in a family of 5 children. He is class 8 candidate at Daystar Primary School in Athi River. The family hails from Athi River in Machakos County. His mother is a vendor and widowed. She sells porridge and chapatis in the construction sites. His mother noticed a sudden change in his walking style last year. Nicodemus also complained of his knees knocking each other a situation which was giving him a rough time to walk and play with her friends at school. He currently feels pain as he walks as the left knee knock the right. He is currently using crutches to walk and his condition is worsening. “I would love to walk like other people, I am not comfortable with walking using crutches and I would like to achieve my passion of becoming an engineer. Any kind of support will be highly appreciated.” Nicodemus informed us.
Lily is a young girl from Tanzania. Lily is a playful and friendly girl, the fifth born in a family of six children. She is in kindergarten. Lilly walks with difficulties due to the genu valgus condition. Her parents noticed Lily's knocked knees, that had changed her walking style. Unable to seek better treatment plan for her, the parents decided to pray for her. Unfortunately, nothing was changing. Lily's uncle referred them to a facility near their village, before being referred to our hospital. Upon review, Lily was diagnosed with genu valgus and a distal femoral osteotomy surgery recommended. Upon successful treatment, Lily will be able to walk with ease and regain an upright gait. Lily comes from a humble background. Her parents are peasant farmers relying on their small piece of land to earn a living. They delayed taking Lily to the hospital due to financial lack. The mother is afraid that without money, she still will not be able to afford care for her beloved girl. They appeal for help Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Lily. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Lily's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Lily’s mother says, “I would love to see my daughter’s legs normal but we are unable to afford the cost, kindly help her.”
Maulito is a young man from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his mother; he used to work repairing electronics but has not been able to continue since falling ill. Maulito has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in his heart has been severely damaged due to a rheumatic fever he suffered several years ago. Maulito will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On September 9th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $35,000 to pay for surgery. Maulito's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Maulito's family overseas. "I am looking forward to being able to focus on my future after having surgery!"
Alphatina is a mother of two children from Kenya. She loves their presence and since leaving the hospital, she has grown even more fond of them. Alphatina used to trade in second-hand clothes as well as potatoes supplementing what his husband brought from his carpentry job. Alphatina suffered burns when the kerosene stove she was using blew up in July 2016. She had burns on part of her trunk, hands and neck. She suffers from frequent infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Alphatina receive treatment. On August 22nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help her heal well and reduce the risk of sepsis. Now, Alphatina needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Alphatina says, “I am grateful for continued help from Watsi. I want to fully recover and be able to raise my children”.
Ratt is a 33-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter, and enjoys helping the family with the housework in his free time. In April 2018, Ratt suffered injuries from a traffic accident, resulting in an open fracture on his lower right leg. His right leg is swollen and the skin is open and not healing properly near the wound site. When Ratt learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 5, surgeons at CSC will perform flap revision to allow the skin around the fracture site to heal properly without risk of further exposure or infection. Now, he needs help to fund this $606 procedure. He says, "I hope that after surgery, I will be able to walk without any pain and my leg will heal."
U Thaw is a 43-year-old Buddhist monk from Burma. He has been practicing meditation for two years in Kyaut Khet Village, Myawaddy, Karen State. In February 2019, U Thaw experienced pain on the right side of his abdomen. He also became sick with a high fever and lost his appetite for 20 days. From a doctor, he learned that there is a mass in his liver and that and he needs to undergo a CT scan. Doctors want U Thaw to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of U Thaw's CT scan and care, scheduled for March 29. U Thaw said, “I can eat a little, but I cannot sleep because of the pain. I have also lost weight. In the future, I want to be healthy and would like to continue practicing meditation because I feel peaceful when I do it.”
Dennis is a young student from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Dennis has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Dennis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 2. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Dennis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I am seeking for support. I want to see my son walking uprightly. God bless you," says his father.
Duk is a 71-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has fifteen grandchildren and enjoys watching boxing and listening to the radio in his free time. Three years ago, Duk developed a cataract in each eye, causing him cloudy vision, blurred vision, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Duk learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 6, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to go back to rice farming and my other daily activities."
Aye is a seven-year-old girl from Burma. She is a first grade student, and she lives with her grandmother, aunt, uncle and four cousins while her parents work in Bangkok, Thailand. Aye was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in her brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, she is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Aye, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in her brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 28, and, once completed, will greatly improve Aye's quality of life.