murat joined Watsi on January 14th, 2014. Four years ago, murat became the 913th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,164 more people have become monthly donors! murat's most recent donation traveled 4,600 miles to support Koem Sreang, a woman from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
murat has funded healthcare for 162 patients in 15 countries.
Koem Sreang is a 40-year-old market seller from Cambodia. She has both a son and a daughter and enjoys playing with them in her free time. When she was 15 years old, Koem Sreang had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Koem Sreang experiences discharge, itchiness, pain, and hearing loss. She is not able to listen very well and has a difficult time understanding others. Koem Sreang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 7, 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. She says, "I hope that after my surgery is complete, I will be able to hear again and won't have any problems communicating with my family."
Elisha is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the second in a family of three children. Elisha was diagnosed with bilateral acquired genu valgus. His legs are abnormally curved. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences pain when he walks. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Elisha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 10. Treatment will hopefully restore Elisha's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Elisha’s mother says, “We wish to see our son walk and ran around like normal children but we can’t afford his treatment please help our son.”
Vanda is a 25-year-old simcard seller from Cambodia. He likes listening to classical music, playing soccer, and going for walks with his friends. Seven months ago, Vanda was in a motorcycle accident that injured his right shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to use his right arm, and it is difficult for him to move his hand. Vanda traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 13, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to move his arm and hand again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. He says, "After surgery, I hope that I will be able to use my hands again and go back to work."
Mopiani is a boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth in a family of five children. Early last year, Mopiani developed a swelling on his mouth. The swelling has been increasing in size, making eating difficult. Mopiani traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Mopiani needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Mopiani’s father says, “Please help our son.”
Prickson is a father of six and a grandfatherfrom Malawi. He is a farmer who truly enjoys tending to his garden and spending time with his family. Since 2010, Prickson has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Prickson's surgery. On January 29, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Prickson was very excited to find out he will be able to have surgery. He says, "I am very thankful for this project, please continue to help others."
Sara is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He likes to listen to music, watch television, and play soccer in his free time. Ten years ago, Sara had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sara experiences ear drainage, hearing loss, itchiness, and tinnitus. He has reoccurrent infections and cannot hear properly. Sara traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 18, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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. He says, "I hope that I will get my hearing back and that my ear will heal."
Nandar is a 25-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her mother and 30-year-old brother in a village in Chaungzon Township of Mon State. Nandar 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. Nandar experiences tiredness and difficulty breathing. She is unable to work because of her symptoms. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Nandar. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 25 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Nandar said, “I would like to get better so that I can go to work and help my mother. My brother is not able to work, so if I was stronger, I would take any job to help my family.”
Victor is a young boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Unfortunately, his father passed away last year. He is being raised by his mother. Victor was born with an unusual condition in both feet. He underwent surgery on his left foot in 2017, and his foot has healed well. He now needs to undergo the same surgery on his right foot to help him walk comfortably. Surgery is scheduled for March 11 and will cost $1,165. His mother says, "I am humbly requesting for further support from Watsi for my son to walk well without any difficulty."
Bahemuka is a motorcycle taxi operator from Uganda. He is the youngest of nine children. For six years, Bahemuka has had an inguinal scrotal hernia. This causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on February 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Bahemuka's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, “After surgery I will resume with my work.’’
Dalson is father to four from Malawi. He is a farmer and also a motorcycle mechanic. He likes to spend his free time reading books. Since 2012, Dalson has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes Dalson swelling and pain. Fortunately, on February 7, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $334 to fund Dalson's surgery. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and six nights of hospital stay. Dalson is very excited about this surgery. He says, "I am very thankful and I ask that you continue this program for others in need. God should bless this program."
Benson is a laborer from Kenya. He is married and has a young child. In January of this year, Benson was in a motorcycle accident. His right leg was broken twice. He is not able to move or walk and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 12, Benson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk again and provide for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Benson says, “I am worried I may lose my leg if I am not treated and that means I cannot take care of my young family.”
Bolhubasa is a market vender from Uganda. She is married and a mother of five children. For seven months, Bolhubasa has been experiencing abdominal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with endometrial polyps. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $268 to fund Bolhubasa's surgery. On December 19, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Bolhubasa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. She says, “After surgery I will resume with my business.”