Nasim joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Five years ago, Nasim became the 819th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,632 more people have become monthly donors! Nasim's most recent donation traveled 7,200 miles to support Naw Dah, a refugee from Thailand, to fund kidney stone treatment.
Nasim has funded healthcare for 154 patients in 16 countries.
Naw Dah lives with her four daughters and three sons in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. Five of her children attend school in the camp while Naw Dah looks after her two youngest children at home. Her husband, who lives most of the year at his worksite, is a gardener and farmer in a nearby Thai village. He earns 1,000 baht (approx. $33.50 USD) in a month. Every month, Naw Dah’s family receives 1,538 baht (approx. $51.30 USD) as part of their camp food support from an organisation called The Border Consortium. Despite receiving basic health care services and not having to pay for her children’s education, Naw Dah is struggling to make ends meet to feed her large family. In 2016, Naw Dah started experiencing pain and difficulty passing urine. She frequently sought treatment at the camp’s hospital, run by Malteser International Thailand (MI). From time to time, Naw Dah would be admitted to receive treatment for a reoccurring urinary tract infection (UTI). On March 27th, 2020, Naw Dah gave birth to her youngest daughter. While still admitted, on April 1st, she came down with another UTI. She was in extreme pain and had a high fever. That same day, the camp doctor referred her to Mae Sariang Hospital for additional review and treatment. Naw Dah arrived at that hospital later that day and received x-rays and an ultrasound of her abdomen. When her results came in, they indicated that she has an oval shaped opaque stone in the area where her right ureter connects to her urinary bladder. The doctor then referred her to the bigger local hospital for further treatment. Knowing she could not afford to pay for treatment, she was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner BCMF for financial assistance accessing treatment. After she was seen by the doctor at Chiang Mai Hospital, she was given antibiotics to treat her infection. On August 8th, 2020, she was admitted at CMH. Two days later she underwent a procedure called percutaneous nephrostomy to drain the urine in her kidney through the insertion of a catheter into her right kidney. Before she was discharged on August 11th, 2020, she received another appointment to be readmitted on September 14th, 2020. During that admission, the doctor scheduled her to undergo a surgical procedure to remove the stone from her ureter and she needs support raising funds for this critical treatment. In the future, Naw Dah would like to go back to work. “I want to work in the [camp’s] hospital because I used to be a nurse there in the past,” said Naw Dah.
Jessy is a manual laborer from Kenya. Jessy is a victim of the 1992 Molo tribal clashes that left him displaced and homeless. He lost all his property and together with other victims they relocated to Nairobi and settled in the poor area in Dandora. They parted ways with most of his relatives and he has been surviving on his own since then. He has been doing manual jobs to earn a living and provide for his basic needs. In the first week of February, while visiting a shopping centre in Dandora, Jessy was sustained a fracture during a hit-and-run motorcycle accident that abandoned him on the roadside. He received treatment but the fracture did not heal well, resulting in malunion. He is in pain and has difficulty walking Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 17, Jessy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal well and he will no longer be in pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Jessy says, “I cannot afford surgery because I am weak, old and I rely a lot on my neighbors. I need help to raise the money for the surgery so that I may get back to my normal life."
Touch is a 48-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son and two grandchildren, and enjoys watching both Khmer and Thai dramas on television in her spare time. One year ago, Touch developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled by taxi seeking treatment. On March 5th, 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 $229 procedure. Touch shared, "I hope that my surgery will go well and I will be able to look after my grandchildren again and help with the housework."
Hann is a 53-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She lives in Kampot province with her husband and six children. Three of her children were recently married, and she has one grandson. When she is not working she spends her time cooking for the family and helping to take care of her grandchild. Three months ago, Hann had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Hann experiences constant ear pain and pus discharge, as well as hearing loss. She has difficulty communicating with others, and the pain keeps her from being able to focus on daily tasks. Hann traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her husband shared, "I saw her get worse so quickly, she can no longer talk to us much. I hope that the doctor can help her ear get better soon."
Gilbert is a calm and polite boy. He is the second born in a family of four children and hails from Dagoretti in Nairobi county. He is in 3rd grade at a primary school in Nairobi and aspires to be a pilot. Gilbert was brought to our hospital by his mother because he was experiencing pain and could not walk long distances. He has had this condition since he was three years old and it has significantly impacted his ability to go to school. Gilbert's mother shared that, “I sometimes carry him to school as his knees knock against each other which hinders his movement. But when I have money, I will pay for a motorbike to take him and his brother to school.” His mother works part-time cleaning houses, washing clothes, and performing other household work she may be given. Gibert's father is a street pastor and works as a street vendor. The family lives in a one-bedroom rental house in Nairobi and they shared with us that they feel life is hard because they do not have the resources to buy everything they need. Gilbert was able to already have his right leg treated which is now healed. He now needs support for the surgery on his left knee. With both knees healed, Gilbert will be able to walk comfortably and continue with his studies.
Neak is an 8-year-old third grade student from Cambodia. Neak lives with his parents with one older sister. Recently, Neak has been studying online while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. He enjoys Khmer literature and math, and wants to be a solider when he grows up. Neak likes to eat beef hot dogs, salty and sour crab salad, and chicken soup. One month ago, Neak had a serious ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Neak experiences hearing loss, foul smell, and ear discharge. It is difficult for him to hear his friends speaking. Neak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 13th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. His father said, "We already brought him for treatment at an ear care organization in another province, but he still cannot hear out of his ear. I hope that my son will get to hear better after this surgery, then he can learn in school very well."
Heab is an 18-year-old chef from Cambodia. She has two sisters and one brother and likes to help with the housework in her free time. Five years ago, Heab had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Heab experiences hearing loss, headaches, itchiness, discharge, and tinnitus. She cannot communicate effectively and hear others clearly. Heab traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 21st, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left 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. Heab said, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to hear clearly and the infection will stop."
Khorn is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Her favorite activity is to visit the local pagoda with her friends. Two years ago, Khorn developed entropion of the eyelids. This means that her eyelids are always drooping and turned inwards. It is difficult for her to see clearly and she experiences constant irritation. Khorn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 10th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to repair her eyelids. Now, Khorn needs help to raise $225 to fund this procedure. She said, "I hope that the irritation, tearing, and burning in my eyes will stop and I can help around the house again."
Saony is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daugthers. She likes spending time with her family. When she was five years old, Saony had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Saony experiences ear discharge and discomfort. It is difficult for her to hear, and she has discomfort from the ear discharge. Saony traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 12, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I am looking forward to going home and spending time with my family."
Ye is a 15-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his younger sister, brother, and mother in Yangon Division. Ye 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, he experiences chest pain and fatigue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ye. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 17 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I will go back to school to continue my education. I want to become an educated man one day," says Ye.
Pawt Sue is a bright and active four-year-old boy from Burma. He lives in a village with his mother and seven-year-old brother and two-year-old sister. His father works in a restaurant in Thailand and sends money to the family every two or three months. Since he was a week old, Pawt Sue has had an inguinal hernia. Whenever he cries, his scrotum became swollen. As the time went by, his condition seemed to worsen. The more active he became, the more pain he experienced. Fortunately, on December 18, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Pawt Sue's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 18 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "My son says he wants to be a surgeon when he grows up. He wants to help other children who are in pain."
Meet four-year-old Htoo from Burma. He lives with his parents in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Htoo says his favorite things to do are "going to kindergarten and playing with my friends." Htoo's parents first noticed a lump on their son's throat two years ago. Doctors have now diagnosed Htoo with a congenital condition known as thyroglossal cyst. He requires surgery on his thyroid gland to treat it. Htoo was previously submitted for surgery through Watsi but doctors concluded that the cyst was too small to operate on. However, Htoo is eligible for surgery this time and will undergo a thyroidectomy procedure on November 20. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is asking for help to raise $1,500 for Htoo's surgery.