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, 3,180 more people have become monthly donors! murat's most recent donation traveled 4,600 miles to support Raoen, a toddler from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery.
murat has funded healthcare for 128 patients in 14 countries.
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."
Soklin is a potato farmer from Cambodia. She has two children. She enjoys watching television programs. Soklin has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It causes her discomfort, and she has difficulty seeing clearly. Soklin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 6, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Soklin needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope my eyes will look and feel better after the surgery."
Isaka is a baby from Tanzania. Isaka’s parents are both pastoralists. His mother helps her husband with milking the cows, but she does not earn any income of her own. Isaka has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Isaka traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Isaka's clubfoot repair. This treatment will allow him to walk, run, and play without pain or discomfort when he grows up. Isaka’s mother says, “I am happy that my Isaka will be okay and he will be able to have a normal happy childhood and that he will be able to walk like a normal child. Thank you so much for helping my son get this treatment.”
Ngwe is a 61-year-old from Burma. She lives with her husband, grandson, and niece. Both Ngwe and her husband used to be farmers, but now her son supports the family. He is a farmer as well, but he does not live in the same village. Last month, Ngwe began to experience pain and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ngwe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ngwe is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 17. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Ngwe will be feel more comfortable and she will no longer experience pain and bleeding anymore. “I want to pray more at the Buddhist temple and give more offerings. I also want to be able to cook again, clean, and take care of my home. I do not want to go back to work; I feel that my body is too old to put up with physical work from now on," says Ngwe.
Muyambi is a child from Uganda. He is the last born in a family of three children. His mother is a small-scale farmer, while his father is a motorbike taxi operator. For one month, Muyambi has had a bilateral inguinal hernia. Muyambi is in a lot of discomfort and often cries. If not treated, the hernia could lead to intestinal tissue twisting and blocking. Fortunately, on April 5, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Muyambi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, “I hope my son will get better after surgery and I continue with my work of cultivation.”
Moe is a 10-month-old baby boy who lives with his parents, uncle, grandmother, and older brother in Burma. His father used to work as a server in Bangkok, but he moved back home three months ago to help take care of Moe. Since Moe’s mother cannot work while she is looking after her two sons, they are forced to live off of their savings. Three months after Moe was born, his mother noticed that he had a bump on his left eyebrow. She took him to visit the doctor at Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner's care center. He was sent to Mae Sot Hospital for further investigation. The doctor at the hospital diagnosed him with a cyst and scheduled him for a cyst removal surgery on April 10. Now, Moe's family needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. “When he grows up, we want to send him to school and we will support him whatever he decides to become," says Moe's father.
Roodensky is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two older siblings in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He likes listening to music and playing with toy cars. Roodensky has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole, leaving him weak and unable to gain weight. On April 12, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Roodensky's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. His mother says, "Our family is very thankful to everyone who is helping our son to have this surgery!"
Fred is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have three grown children, who help run the family farm. To help supplement the family income, Fred raises chickens. In his free time, he likes to sit and talk with his wife. Since November 2017, Fred 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 Fred's surgery. On March 13, 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. Fred and his family were thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded, and he is looking forward to going back to his normal activities pain-free He says, "Thank you Watsi."
Phyo is a 21-year-old day laborer from Thailand. He lives with his wife and works on the sugar cane plantations harvesting cane. On February 13, Phyo was on the way to the market in a tractor-drawn cart. His hat blew off in the wind, and he jumped down from the tractor to pick it up. The driver of the tractor did not know he had gotten off, and the tractor drove over his lower right leg. Both his tibia and fibula were fractured. Phyo is in a lot of pain and cannot walk. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Phyo will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 13 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Phyo will be able to walk and return to his job again. Phyo says, “Once I am better, I will be able to continue working so I can save money for our future.”