Jeff joined Watsi on April 7th, 2013. Seven years ago, Jeff joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jeff's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sambath, a man from Cambodia, to fund a hip replacement so he can walk more easily.
Jeff has funded healthcare for 89 patients in 11 countries.
Jeff has funded healthcare for 89 patients in 11 countries.
Sambath is a 42-year-old soldier who now lives in a rural province of Cambodia with his mother. In his free time Sambath enjoys reading books, watching TV, listening to music, and meeting with friends. One year ago Sambath began experiencing pain in both hips. Now he has difficulty walking. Sambath was evaluated by doctors and due to the osteonecrosis in his hips, where his bones break down due to lack of blood flow, a total hip replacement surgery is recommended to restore his mobility. Fortunately, Sambath learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sambath of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 23rd, and Sambath needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Sambath says, "I really hope that the pain will go away and I can walk easily again."
Nancy is a single lady who currently lives with her sister after she losing her job as a cashier during COVID. She lost both her parents a few years ago and has been mostly raised by relatives. Nancy was involved in a road accident two weeks ago and sustained multiple injuries and fractures. She is feeling very grateful to have seen another day after the road accident left three people dead. She is in pain and is not able to use her hands or her legs. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 10th, Nancy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. She be able to heal completely and use her limbs again after therapy. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Nancy says, "I am grateful to be alive today. I almost lost my life but God is great. Although I fractured my leg and hands, I got another chance in life. Luckily, these surgeries will help me get back on my feet and use my hands.”
Samuel is a hardworking laborer getting jobs whenever he can to earn a living. He's a 37-year-old single man who hails from Kawaida Village in Kenya. His parents separated many years back, and his mother has brought their family up single-handedly. He shared that their family has lived a very difficult life making it hard for them to acquire an education. Samuel lives with his mother in a single rented house. He does mechanic jobs when available while his mother sells fruits at the roadside near their home. On the evening of September 8th 2021, as Samuel was going home, he was hit by a motorbike. He sustained an open fracture of his left tibia. He was taken to Kiambu County Hospital where the wound was treated and later the doctor advised them to have a fracture surgery. His mother could not afford the cost and took him home. Last week, our medical partner's Community Health Worker heard about Samuel and brought him to the hospital for possible support. He has pain, difficulty walking, and has been fully depending on his mother. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 28th, Samuel will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). The surgery will rid him of the pain, bring healing, and eventually, Samuel will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Samuel says, “It is now almost 2 months, I have had pain and difficulties going anywhere and I have to fully depend on my mother. I am also worried that my leg could be amputated if I don't get treated in time. I plead for help so that I can be independent and go back to work and support my mother.”
Yom is a 75-year-old mother of five children and now many grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away ten years ago. She lives with her youngest daughter, who works in construction. When she is not caring for her grandchildren, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Yom developed a cataract in her left eye causing her sensitivity to light, difficulty seeing in low light, and cloudy vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. Yom shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly again, I can take care of my grandchildren and help my daughter to cook."
Naw Dah is a 40-year-old woman who lives with her husband, four daughters and three sons in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Six of her children attend school in the camp, while Naw Dah looks after her youngest daughter at home. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, her husband has had difficulty finding work outside of the camp for the past few months. The family survives on money they receive through a food card each month from an organization called The Border Consortium. Since 2016, Naw Dah has suffered from frequent, painful urinary tract infections. After she received an x-ray at a local hospital in April 2020, she was referred for further treatment and diagnosed with kidney stones. She received treatment in September 2020, but at follow-up appointments, the doctor told her that she still had fragments of the kidney stone, and she returned for multiple x-rays and oral medications. During her most recent follow-up in August 2021, the doctor told her that the stones are now 6mm in size and scheduled her for another ureteroscopy. She is unable to pay for surgery and was referred our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance accessing treatment. On September 3rd, she will undergo a ureteroscopy and now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund her procedure and care. Naw Dah shared, "I am a bit scared as I already underwent treatment twice, but I really want to get better. So I put my trust in God and I will go through this pain again so that I will be free from this pain in the future."
Meet Owomugisha, a smiling, cheerful expecting mother. After completing seventh grade, Owomugisha had to leave school because the tuitions fees were too high. After staying at home to farm for a short while, she got married to her husband, and they now grow crops like beans, maize and potatoes for a living. Owomugisha is already a mother to two daughters and one son. Her children are all in primary school. In her free time, Owomugisha loves serving in the church with activities like cleaning, arranging the seats, and singing in the choir. Owomugisha's pregnancy is almost at term, and after reviewing her condition of three previous deliveries, doctors recommended for her to receive a C-Section. Without the procedure, attempts to deliver the baby may result in a uterine rupture, haemorrhage, and or fetal or maternal death. Fortunately, Owomugisha is scheduled to have a C-Section on Aug 3rd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $252 to fund this procedure. Owomugisha shares, “I can’t meet the cost of surgery on my own. I appeal for your support and I hope that God will surely bless you for that.”
Lim is a brave, seven-year-old girl. She has three older sisters, and her parents make and sell palm sugar. In school, Lim is currently in second grade and enjoys to read books. At home, she likes to play with her dolls and draw pictures with her sisters. Two months ago, Lim developed a chalazion, or inflamed cyst, in her right eye, causing her itchiness, irritation, and tearing. This makes it difficult for her to see clearly and study at school. Lim traveled for one hour and a half with her father to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On June 17th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Lim's symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Lim is optimistic, "I hope my eye is better and comfortable as soon as possible so I can do well in school and not worry about my eye."
Shem is a high school graduate from Kenya who hopes to pursue arts and design in college. He currently lives with his mother in Nairobi. He is the older sibling, and his younger sibling is still in high school. Shem's father left the family when Shem was young, and Shem is not working currently, so their mother supports the whole family through washing clothes and working other temporary jobs. About a year ago, Shem started experiencing pain and swelling and was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. Fortunately, he will finally undergo hernia repair surgery on July 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $425 to fund Shem's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live with more comfort and confidence. Shem shared his current challenges and hopes for the future, "I want to pursue arts and design but I am facing several challenges including this constant stomach pains. I am forced to be on my own most of the time, which is affecting how I interact with other people. My hopes are up since the doctors recommended surgery as a remedy for my pains.”
Ratha is a 29-year-old construction worker. He has one brother and one sister, and he lives with his parents. His father also works in construction and his mother is a rice farmer. In his free time, Ratha enjoys playing football, singing songs, and spending time with friends. Earlier this month, Ratha was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a wound to his right ankle. He did not go to a hospital after the accident; instead he went home and took medicine from a local pharmacy. His ankle became infected, and now Ratha experiences pain, wound discharge, and he cannot walk. When Ratha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there seeking treatment. On May 21st, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove damaged and infected tissue from the wound. Now, Ratha needs help to fund this $273 procedure. Ratha shared, "I am happy that I can receive an operation here. I hope the wound will heal quickly and I can return to work."
Abigael is a 14-month-old baby girl and the youngest in her family of three children. Her mother does household work washing clothes and cleaning houses for their nearby homes. Her father separated from the family many years ago. Abigael was born with an amniotic band on her right foot, and a webspace on her left foot and right hand. If these deformities are not corrected, they will make it more difficult for her to walk and hold things using her right hand in future. Doctors recommend Abigael undergo surgery to help correct her condition. However, Abigael's family cannot afford the cost of her care. Fortunately, Abigael will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. She is scheduled to undergo her treatment on May 9th. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,224 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. The surgery will be of great benefit to Abigael at this age because she will be able to heal more quickly and be able to walk like other children even sooner. Abigael's mother shared, “I am appealing for support for my daughter to undergo surgery so that she can live like other children.”
Lucas is a playful four-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of five children from his mother. His parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their food and they also keep livestock for a living, which allows them to get milk. Given the remoteness of their village, they shared that life is very difficult; meeting basic needs and access to health services are big challenges. Lucas 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, Lucas traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Lucas's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when he grows up. Lucas’s father shared, "we have no means of raising money to afford our son’s treatment cost. We will be very grateful if you can help correct his feet."
Elizabeth is 8 years old and the last born in a family of eight children. Elizabeth is a friendly girl and currently in elementary school. She loves coloring and singing at school. Her parents are small scale farmers and livestock keepers. Elizabeth was involved in a fire accident in late 2017. She and her siblings had been left at home by their mother as she went out to go fetch water. With no grown-up at home, they took a matchbox and went out to start a fire so that they could play cooking games. In the process, Elizabeth's clothing caught on fire, and neighbors rescued her. She sustained severe burns that have since healed, so she has large skin contractures around her groin, elbow and axilla. She is not able to move her arm freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Elizabeth receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so she will able to use her hand and move it freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Elizabeth’s father shared, “My daughter needs surgery to help correct her hand, but the cost is not something we can afford. Kindly help our daughter.”