shirley joined Watsi on December 25th, 2013. 44 other people also joined Watsi on that day! shirley's most recent donation supported Kim, a man from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
shirley has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 8 countries.
shirley has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 8 countries.
Kim is a 75-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has seven children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys spending his free time at the pagoda. Five months ago, Kim developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 7, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to walk and see without difficulty and can go back to attend ceremonies at the pagoda."
Sherley is a mother of two from Haiti. She lives with her husband and two children in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince; she is a homemaker. Sherley has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart does not open and close properly and is also too narrow, as a result of an infection she suffered several years ago. Sherley will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair or replace her damaged valve. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $46,000 to pay for surgery. Sherley'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 Sherley's family overseas. She says, "I am so happy to have this surgery so I will be in better health to play with my children."
Kelvin is a child from Tanzania. He is the eldest in a family of two children. In February last year, Kelvin's clothing caught on fire. He has gone through months of wound dressing. His doctors performed a skin graft surgery in order to cover up his chest wound and help it heal. Now he needs another surgery to release the skin contracture on his right shoulder. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kelvin receive treatment. On March 4, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so he will be able to move his right shoulder and hand freely again. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Kelvin’s father says, "We are pleased that his wound has now healed please help release the skin contracture.”
Som is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has twenty grandchildren and likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. One year ago, Som developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Som learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On March 14, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her granddaughter says, "I hope that after her surgery, my grandmother will be able to see clearly and be able to recognize things."
Kennedy is a casual laborer from Kenya. He sells hats along the streets to make ends meet. Kennedy has a closed femur fracture. He is not able to walk or move and is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 5, Kennedy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will enable Kennedy to heal and walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Kennedy says, “I would like to be treated and resume my duties to secure my future."
Day is a four-year-old boy from Karen State, Burma. He lives with his mother, two brothers, and sister. He does not yet attend school, but his sister is in grade one. His older brothers both work as agricultural day laborers and get paid in rice on an annual basis. When Day was a year old, his mother noticed a small, swollen area on his left buttock. The area was about the size of a quarter, but did not cause Day any pain. Over the next three years, the swollen area, or cyst, grew significantly. The cyst had some redness and was soft. Day’s mother did not take him to any healthcare facilities for investigation or treatment because the mass was not actively bothering him and they do not have enough money to do so. However, Day's mother started to worry about Day's condition as the cyst gradually grew bigger. In May 2018, someone in Day’s village told his mother about Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), a free clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand. They finally came to MTC and were referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH), our medical partner's care center, for surgery. The doctor at MSH scheduled Day for surgery on May 30. Now, his family needs help funding this $1,500 cyst removal procedure. Day’s mother says, “I really want him to have treatment, but we have never had enough money.”
Leas is a food vendor from Cambodia. She has one daughter. She enjoys listening to social programs and monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Leas developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Leas learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On February 12, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 my vision is clearer so I can easily do my work at home and take care of my husband."
Ratha is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two daughters. He likes to play football, listen to music, and watch action movies. Two months ago, he had a tree logging accident and injured his foot. It is difficult for him to walk, and he is in pain. When Ratha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 5, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to heal his wound and allow him to walk painlessly again. Now, Ratha needs help to fund this $440 procedure. He says, "After this operation, I hope I can walk normally again and without pain, so that I can complete my work and support my family."
Juana is an 11-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. She lives with her mother and seven siblings in Guatemala's rural western highlands. She is the youngest in her family, and is doted on by her mother. Juana attends a special needs school, and loves her classes and teacher. She likes to learn songs and play with her classmates. Juana desperately needs heart surgery. She was born with a defect in one of her heart’s walls, a common disorder in children with Down Syndrome. Congenital heart diseases like this, if left untreated, can progress to severe disability and death. Fortunately, there is an operation that can remedy this defect and save Juana’s life. She has undergone years of exams, labs, and the insertion of a cardiac catheter in order to be able to undergo this procedure. However, her family cannot afford to pay for the operation. Her mother became a widow shortly after Juana’s birth and is already scrambling to make ends meet for her eight children. We need to raise $1,500 to fund Juana’s heart surgery on November 29. In addition to the operation itself, this fundraising goal will also cover her lab tests, hospital stay, and food and lodgings for her mother to stay with Juana at the hospital. "I wish for my daughter to be well so that she can be a girl with many opportunities," shares Juana’s mother. Let’s help make that dream a reality.
Meet Chhin, a 73-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married with two sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray. Six months ago, Chhin developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. This causes him blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for him to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside. "I hope my eye can see everything clearly again,” shares Chhin, “Then, I can go anywhere outside." After learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, Chhin and his daughter traveled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Chhin's sight. On October 21, Chhin underwent cataract surgery, during which his old lenses were removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants. He needs help to fund this $292 procedure.
Trylin is a 58-year-old woman with two sons, five daughters, and twelve grandchildren. She likes to listen to the news on the radio in her free time. One year ago, Trylin developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and extreme sensitivity to light. It is difficult for her to see things, recognize faces, do any work, and go anywhere outside. On October 27, Trylin underwent a cataract removal and a lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope my eyes can see everything more clearly...so that I can easily do my housework, take care of my grandchildren, and do any work. I want to be able to go anywhere," shares Trylin.
Phyllis is a 40-year-old single mother from Kenya. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us that she currently relies on odd jobs to provide for her two teenaged children. Her brother also supports the family, but he earns very little as a casual laborer. Earlier this month Phyllis slipped and fell, fracturing her right tibia. As a result of the fracture, she is in constant pain and has difficulty walking, which in turn inhibits her from working. “If not treated Phyllis will continue to endure the pain, and she may end up [with an improperly healed fracture (malunion)], deformity, or infection,” states AMHF. An open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) procedure is necessary to address Phyllis’s condition. During an ORIF, her leg bones will be realigned and set so that her tibia can heal properly. Phyllis’s treatment will cost $1,125: In addition to her surgical fees, these funds will also cover 21 days of checkups from medical staff and a 14-day hospital stay. “I pray that God will help me to have a successful surgery, and hope Watsi will come to my aid. I have to be well for my children,” says Phyllis.