murat joined Watsi on January 14th, 2014. Three years ago, murat became the 913th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,492 more people have become monthly donors! murat's most recent donation traveled 4,600 miles to support Samith, a woman from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
murat has funded healthcare for 136 patients in 14 countries.
Samith is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has a daughter and three sons. She likes to spend time at home and watch TV. Thirty years ago, Samith 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, Samith experiences pain, tinnitus, ear discharge, and hearing loss. It is difficult for her to hear and communicate. Samith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 5, 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 hope I have no more ear pain and discharge after the surgery and I can hear well. I hope I can return to work soon."
Daw Win is a 45-year-old widow from Burma. She lives with her daughter and she works as a vendor selling newspapers. Daw Win 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, she experiences chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. She cannot walk long distances and feels more tired when she is active. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Win. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 8 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Win says, "I want to go back and work after my treatment."
Win is 45-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her 85-year-old mother and 55-year-old husband. She makes and sells Burmese noodles at home while her husband works as a day laborer. Win loves to sew her own clothes in her free time, and she enjoys spending time with her mother and looking after her. For the past two months, Win has been experiencing severe lower back pain as well as a sharp pain and tightness in her stomach. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Win's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Win is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on August 14. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain. "I hope to recover so that I can return home and look after my mother," says Win.
Bryan is a young student from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Bryan's father depends on odd jobs as a constructor, while his mother is a stay-at-home mother. Bryan was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outward at the knees. 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 complains of pain especially after walking for a long distance or after playing with his friends. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Bryan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 6. Treatment will hopefully restore Bryan's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Bryan’s father says, “We really want to help our son have his legs straight but our efforts haven’t helped much, we don’t know what to do next. Please help us."
Um is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, two daughters, and 15 grandchildren. She enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Um developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Um learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 4, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right 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 improved after surgery so that I can return to work."
Gumoshabe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with two children. For one year, Gumoshabe has had an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes her pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on August 2, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Gumoshabe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Gumoshabe says, “I look forward to being helped so as I may have a better life than I had. This will make me continue with farming.”
Sopheak is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. He enjoys studying mathematics and science. He wants to be a banker when he grows up. He likes to eat fried pork and play football with friends. Five months ago, Sopheak had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sopheak experiences ear discharge, pain, and tinnitus. He cannot hear clearly and has ear pain. Sopheak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 1, 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. His mother says, "I worry about my son's hearing."
James is a man from Kenya. He is married and has three children. In February 2015, James was in a road accident and sustained a fractured femur of his right leg. He underwent surgery and had hardware applied to correct the fracture. Last month, he underwent an x-ray that showed that the plate had broken. He needs to undergo another repair surgery. Right now, it is difficult for him to walk, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 3, James will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again and he will be able to go back to work and provide for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I hope Watsi will help me so that soon I can go back to work and support my family,” said James.
Raoen is a three-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child. He likes to play with his toy cars. Six months ago, Raoen developed entropion and ectropion of the eyelids. This means that his eyelids turn inward, causing his eyelashes to scrape the surface of his eyes. It is difficult for him to see. Raoen traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 5, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to repair his eyelids. Now, Raoen's family needs help to raise $212 to fund this procedure. His father says, "I worry about my son's eye problems and I worry it effects his cornea and vision. I hope the surgery will fix this."
Jospina is a farmer from Kenya. She is 66 years old and resides in a small village in a very hilly region of the Rift Valley. About a week ago, Jospina was fetching wood to use while cooking. She tripped on a rock and sustained a fracture in her left hand. Although she has received first aid care, Jospina is currently experiencing pain and cannot concentrate on her responsibilities. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 19, Jospina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. We hope this treatment will relieve Jospina of pain so she can return home to take care of her family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I am in need of treatment because this pain is so severe," says Jospina.
Bianchor is an infant from Kenya. She has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Bianchor has been experiencing frequent vomiting and irritability. Without treatment, Bianchor will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Bianchor that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 28 and will drain the excess fluid from Bianchor's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Bianchor will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I am looking forward to my daughter’s treatment. Her head has really grown over time and she may not be able to hold it up any longer,” shares Bianchor’s mother.
Mu is a 25-year-old farmer from Burma. She lives with her family. In her free time, she enjoys reading books that make her laugh. Two years ago, Mu began experiencing pain in her lower back. She has been diagnosed with kidney stones, which are hard deposits of minerals that form in the kidneys and are often very painful to pass. She has been advised to undergo surgery to remove her kidney stones. If left untreated, Mu's symptoms will continue to worsen and will put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Mu's kidney stone removal surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 15. She says, "I hope that my surgery...will be successful so that I can return home and give myself and my family peace of mind."