Kim joined Watsi on November 8th, 2016. 24 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kim's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Wai, a laborer from Thailand, to fund gynecological surgery.
Kim has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Kim has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.
Wai is a 45-year-old Burmese woman. She has lived in Thailand with her husband and son for many years. They moved to Thailand seeking better work opportunities after a flood destroyed the rice crops they grew in Burma. Now, Wai picks corn as a day laborer. She helps to support a grandchild who was born five months ago. Recently, however, Wai has been unable to work due to uncomfortable symptoms. She feels pain when she moves or walks, and she experiences frequent dizziness and headaches. Finally, Wai visited our medical partner’s hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital. On November 23, she will undergo a hysterectomy. This procedure should relieve her of her painful symptoms. Now, Wai needs help to fund this $1,500 treatment. “If I were to seek treatment inside Burma,” says Wai, “I would have to borrow money from a money lender, and my family would be stressed or have to sell land.” In her free time, Wai enjoys watching movies and looking after her grandchild. After recovery, she plans to continue working as day laborer to earn money for the family.
Eunice is a 58-year-old woman from Malawi who works as a nutritionist for the government. She raised her eight children as a single mother. She currently lives with her grandchildren and oldest daughter. In her free time, Eunice enjoys reading the daily paper, watching films, and singing gospel songs with her church. Last April, Eunice began to experience uncomfortable symptoms in a sensitive area. The pain of her condition caused her to miss work. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. On November 10, she underwent a hysterectomy surgery. Eunice is unable to afford this $643 procedure. When she learned about Watsi, she was overjoyed. She is excited to return to her job and her family. "I am very thankful for what this has done for me," Eunice says. "This is God's intervention."
Mackline is a 14-month-old girl from Uganda. She has oedematous malnutrition, characterized by the retention of fluid in her body. Without treatment, she risks poor brain development and growth. Mackline is the second child in her family. When she is feeling well, she likes to play with other children in the village. Both her parents do farm labor for a living, picking tea in the community. Her mother walked for 60 kilometers to reach our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. On October 24, Mackline began malnutrition treatment. Mackline's family is subsidizing the cost of nutrition therapy with $4. They need help to fund this remaining $316. "How I wish I could have a way of thanking the donors to the care of my child," says Mackline's mother. "I wish I could meet them one day. May God bless the donors twice or more with what they support with!"
Susan is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania who loves to play. She is the last-born in a family of four children. Five years ago, hot tea spilled on Susan and burned her. Watsi donors have funded two previous surgeries to correct the burn scar contracture on her right elbow. Now, Susan's elbow has straightened and she can perform tasks independently. On November 11, Susan underwent a skin graft surgery to complete her recovery process. This procedure should restore the appearance of her burned skin. Susan's parents are unemployed, so they need our help to fund this $780 procedure. "We have been very lucky to get your help many times," says Susan's mother. "The last surgery has helped my daughter very much, and we hope this is the last treatment so she can rejoin her siblings back home."
Elisha is a five-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest of five children. His parents are farmers. Elisha was born with bilateral clubfeet, meaning his feet are twisted out of their correct shape. Previous treatment led to limited success. Doctors at our medical partner plan to use the Ponseti method to treat Elisha, which they hope will lead to a better outcome. This method uses a series of casts to slowly reshape a child's feet. Elisha will began treatment on November 22. Eventually, he should gain mobility, wear normal shoes, walk with a corrected gait. Now, his family needs help to fund this $1,160 procedure. "I would like my child to wear normal shoes and step on the sole of his foot like other children," says Elisha's mother.
Chit Sandar is a 17-month-old Burmese girl who lives with her family in a village in Thailand. Her father works in Bangkok, while her grandmother, mother, and older brother stay at home. Her father's income only covers the family's basic needs. When she was born, Chit Sandar appeared healthy. However, at six months of age, she developed a fever. An ultrasound exam revealed that she had congenital hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. The doctor cautioned her mother about the risk of brain damage and recommended immediate surgical intervention. Chit Sandar underwent a shunt insertion to drain the excess fluid into her abdominal cavity, relieving pressure on her brain. The surgery was a success. On November 6, her doctor performed a followup CT scan to ensure that the shunt continues to work. Chit Sandar's family needs help to fund this $693 procedure. "I am happy that my child's condition is getting better," says her mother, "and I hope that she can go to school when she grows up."