Lindsay joined Watsi on January 2nd, 2021. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lindsay's most recent donation supported Chenda, a father from Cambodia, to fund a hardware removal surgery.
Lindsay has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 4 countries.
Lindsay has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 4 countries.
Chenda is a 27-year-old father from Cambodia. He is married with one son and one daughter. Chenda works at a rubber plantation. At home, he does rice and vegetable farming. Chenda enjoys listening to pop songs and helping his wife look after their children. In August 2020, Chenda was in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work that caused a fracture of his sacrum. He underwent a hardware fixation surgery to treat the pelvic ring sacrum fracture. Now, the fracture is healed, but he feels discomfort and pain in his back where the hardware is. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 31st, Chenda will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove pedicle screws and screw plates which will relieve his back pain and allow him to walk better. Chenda shared, "I hope that the surgery will be successful so I can go back to work and earn money for my family."
Tola is a 16-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one younger brother and one younger sister. His father works as a driver, and his siblings are still in school. In his free time, Tola enjoys playing football and volleyball, singing, listening to music, and meeting up with his friends. After finishing Grade 9, Tola stopped going to school and began working repairing cars in a private garage. One week ago, Tola was in an accident and damaged his left ankle. His relative, who had been to Children's Surgical Centre before, recommended him to visit the center for treatment. Tola presented with pain and swelling on his left ankle, and difficulty with walking. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is helping Tola receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a closed reduction procedure on March 9th at our medical partner's care center, which will help to reduce his pain and allow him to walk with ease again. This procedure will cost $412, and he and his family need help raising money. Tola shared, "I hope I can walk again as soon as possible after my surgery."
Alamunyaki is an 11-year-old boy and the fourth born in a family of five children. Alamunyaki is a very social and hard-working boy. He has not had the chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. There is hope for Alamunyaki joining school because one of his uncles has offered to take him and support him in school next year. It is also Alamunyaki’s uncle who decided to seek treatment for his nephew who has burn contracture on his right hand from the elbow all the way down to the wrist and fingers, making it impossible for him to hold things with the hand. Alamunyaki’s parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables, which they mostly use for their own consumption and sell what they can of the harvest in order to get money to buy other commodities. They also have a few goats which Alamunyaki and his siblings help their parents in grazing. Alamunyaki was involved in a fire accident when he was two years old. He was at the fireplace with his siblings warming themselves while their mother was preparing dinner. Alamunyaki was dressed in his traditional maasai clothing which caught fire by accident. Alamunyaki sustained a severe burn and needed to be taken to the hospital but due to his parent’s financial constraints they couldn’t take him and treated him at home using herbal and traditional medicines. The skin around the burns has contracted making it impossible for him to use his right hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Alamunyaki receive treatment. On March 3rd, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to he will be able to use his. Now, their family needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Alamunyaki’s uncle says: “I would like my nephew to go to school next year but I understand it’s not going to be easy if he does not have his right hand correct. Kindly help him because his parents cannot afford the cost.”
Victor is a five-month-old baby boy and the youngest in a family of two children. His mother used to sell clothes before she gave birth to him. Since then, she has tried to go back to the business but hasn’t been able to pick up where she left off. His father does any work he comes across to provide for his family. Since birth, Victor has had a left inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia could cause intestinal tissue damage or even death. Fortunately, on May 31st, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $444 to fund Victor's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Victor’s mother shared, “as a parent, I am really looking forward to when my son will be treated but I don’t have the funds for his surgery. Any financial help will be highly appreciated.”
Chivong is a 28-year-old man with two daughters in primary school. His daughters and his wife stay home in their province, while Chivong works in the capital Phnom Penh to earn money to support his family. In his spare time, he likes to play football, watch TV, and talk to his daughters on the phone. Chivong describes his health as poor most of the time, as he has been experiencing chronic nasal obstruction, postnasal drip, and constant headaches. His symptoms worsen when the weather is cold. Chivong tried medication to treat these symptoms, but had no improvement. He also feels chronically tired due to exposure to dust and odors at work. Doctors diagnosed Chivong with a nasal polyp, which will need to be removed through a nose reduction procedure. Chivong will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo a procedure on February 3rd. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $289 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will hopefully be free of nose discomfort and headaches and can return to work as normal. Chivong shared, "I hope that my health will improve after surgery and I will have no more infections. I also hope I can eventually work more regularly to support my family."
Reaksmey is an 9-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is a very bright student who enjoys math and Khmer classes. Her parents work as rice farmers. Since she was one year old, Reaksmey has had a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Reaksmey experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, fever, and hearing loss. She also cannot communicate clearly with friends and cannot attend school classes whenever this issue recurs. Reaksmey and her family traveled to our Medical Partner, Children's Surgical Centre, to receive treatment. On March 2nd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation in her left ear. Our medical partner is requesting $464 to fund Reaksmey's procedure. These funds will cover the medications, supplies, and inpatient care necessary for her procedure. Reaksmey parents are very concerned and hope that their daughter's hearing can finally be improved with this procedure.
Marylin is a street vendor from Kenya. She is a single lady with three children; two of whom are in school and one who works as a street vendor of beauty products. Marylin herself is not formally employed and also works as a street vendor of food at construction sites. Twelve years ago, Marylin began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, and throat irritation. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. Marilyn needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Marylin receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $657, and she and her family need help raising money. Marilyn shared, “I thank my friend for directing me to Nazareth Hospital, though it is hard for me to meet the cost of the treatment. I pray for help so that I can be well, regain my beauty, and also be strong again to continue taking care of my children."
Pharatt is a 7-year-old student in grade one. He has two siblings, one brother, and one sister, and is the middle child in his family. His mother is a factory worker and his father is a construction worker in Thailand. He lives with his mother and with his grandparents. He likes playing with toys with his siblings, painting, watching TV, and playing games on his mother's phone. When he was one year old, he was burned on his left finger. His family took him to a clinic for treatment, but he now has burn scar contractures that do not allow him to fully use his hand. The contractures tighten the skin around his finger and it is difficult for him to hold anything. His parents are also worried about how it looks to others and how he might be treated because of his burn. When Pharatt's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled there hoping for treatment. On February 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him be able to use his hand and hold things easily. Now, their family needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Pharatt's mother hopes that her son's finger will better after surgery and he can finally use his finger more easily than now.
Soursdey is an 18-year-old student from Cambodia. She has one brother and three sisters. Soursdey's parents are farmers who grow rice and raise chickens. Her three older siblings are married, and her younger sister is a 10th grade student. Two years ago, Soursdey developed exostosis, or a benign growth of bone on top of existing bone, on her right femur. The mass has grown over time, and it has become more physically noticeable. It causes Soursdey to feel pain whenever she stands or walks. Soursdey traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 21st, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the growth. Now, Soursdey's family needs help to raise $231 to fund her procedure. Soursdey shared, "I really hope this surgery can fix this problem so I can walk and move without pain."
Sharon is a shy eighth grade student from Kenya. Sharon was born and raised in a village in the highlands of Elgeyo Marakwet County. Sharon is the firstborn child in a family of five. She is partially orphaned after her mother died due to a short illness. Sharon was raised by her aunt as they shared that her father is unable to provide for them due to poverty and alcoholism. Her aunt is a farmer depending mostly on maize farming as their main source of income. Being the firstborn child and the only girl, her roles have been defined at an early age. She took care of her siblings when her father could not. Her aunt says that she plays the role of the mother because she acts so maturely and responsible. On Friday September 25th, Sharon sustained a severe injury to her right lower limb after she fell from a high place while she was carrying firewood on her back. She is in pain and is not able to walk on her own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 30th, Sharon will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal and walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Sharon says, “I want to receive treatment to walk again so that I can continue helping my aunt and go to school when it resumes.”
Celina is a young girl from Tanzania. She is the firstborn in her family who already loves school and has made so many friends. She does not know how to read and write yet, but she is very excited to be in school learning new songs and games. When she was one year old, Celina got into a fire accident. Her mother was preparing a traditional beans and maize dish, and during the process Celina fell with her left hand landing in the cooking pot. She was rushed to the hospital to receive treatment, but after the wound healed she had severe contractures on her left hand. When she was almost two years old, Celina received a contracture release surgery on her wrist. However, she still has contractures on her fingers and now needs surgery to release her fingers so that she can use her hand. Currently, she is not able to hold things or do many other things on her own. Celina's parents are not able to pay for her needed surgery. To make a living, her mother sells second-hand clothes, while her father trades in vegetables in the local market. The family appeals for financial support for her cost of care. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Celina receive treatment. On December 11th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to allow Celina to be able to utilize her hand with ease, and become more independent especially now that she has started school. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Celina’s mother shared, "Please help my daughter be able to get this treatment. She is growing up now and I really would like for her to learn to do a lot of things on her own."
Nay Kaw is an 11-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, two older brothers and two younger sisters in a village in Karen State. Nay Kaw and his sister are both students. He is a grade one student since leaving the monkhood last year. His father is a farmer. Nay Kaw was born with a small mass on his right wrist. Once Nay Kaw's mother was able to save up and send him to Mae Tao Clinic for treatment in Thailand, Nay Kaw had the mass surgically removed in July at Mae Sot Hospital. After surgery, the biopsy revealed that the mass was caused by a hemangioma. As a result of this, the doctor referred him for further treatment in nearby Chiang Mai. Since his surgery, the pain in his wrist has decreased. However, if something touches his right wrist or if he has to carry something heavy in his right hand, he is in a lot of pain. Doctors want Nay Kaw to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Nay Kaw's MRI and care, scheduled for October 8th. "I want my right hand to be normal and I do not want to have an unusually large wrist," he said. "If the pain in my hand decreases, I will help my mother with the housework. If my hand will be without pain and I will be able to play with my friends at school, I will be happy with my friends again. In the future I will go school and become a good person."