Neera joined Watsi on March 24th, 2013. 2 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Neera's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Dinah, an elderly woman from Uganda, to fund a hysterectomy.
Neera has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 8 countries.
Dinah is an elderly woman from Uganda who is suffering from lower abdominal pain, headache and occasional vaginal bleeding. She was reviewed in our facility and diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia and a total hysterectomy surgery is advised. Previously, Dinah had been to several hospitals to no fruition of treatment. Her major concern was the required hospital fee. At our hospital, she was linked with our program for support with funding treatment. The 81-year old mother of 8 children lives at home relying on her children for upkeep. With the cost of surgery high, the family is not able to raise sufficient funds for Dinah's treatment. They appeal for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Dinah's surgery. On January 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Dinah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Dinah says, “I expect to have a better health after my surgery.”
Kang is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She enjoys listening to the news on the radio in her free time. One year ago, Kang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for nine and a half hours seeking treatment. Doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to help my husband plant rice again and can help with the housework," shared Kang.
Savin is a 31-year-old rice and vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, and in her free time she enjoys doing the housework and preparing meals for her family. Seven years ago, Savin 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, Savin experiences hearing loss, ear drainage, headache, and tinnitus. She is unable to hear other clearly and has a difficult time communicating with her family. Savin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 18, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right 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. Savin said, "I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have any ear infections and the discharge will stop so I can hear clearly again."
Daw Khin is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter in Yangon Division. She is retired since 2014 and her daughter works for the Myanmar Carlsbery Family Limited (MCCL) Compangy in Yangon. Daw Khin 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, Daw Khin cannot sleep well at nights because she often cannot breath well. Daw Khin also cannot walk long distances because she feels very tired if she does so. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Khin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on November 19th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Khin said, "The doctors at different hospitals told me that I need surgery but I kept refusing because I do not have money."
Jane is a farmer from Kenya who was well until Friday night, February 28th, when she fell on a hard ground while carrying a bunch of firewood. She visited a nearby health centre but was referred to our facility for specialized treatment secondary to severe pain and inability to stretch her hand. Upon review, x-ray imaging indicated a radial head fracture and a radial head excision with Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) recommended by doctors. The surgery will allow her to stretch/flex her hand and continue with her normal life duties. Jane is a peasant farmer in the upcountry, planting millet and sorghum on her farm located along the valley. The mother of 8 and a grandmother to several children, she has always worked hard to meet her children's needs. Despite her hard work, Jane faces a lot of social challenges at home. Since her husband was murdered four years ago by unknown persons, Jane developed depression that led to partial psychosis. Due to this condition, Jane is unable to attend to her home duties like before. She no longer does farming like she used to do, now she is left in the hands of her daughter who takes care of her needs. Jane's family is able to raise $98 only. She is requesting the rest of the funds to undergo ORIF. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 6th, Jane will undergo a fracture repair procedure. The surgery will reduce further complications and allow Jane be able to utilize her hand with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I hope that I will get well soon. I am missing my home,” says Jane with sweet laughter.
Sokea is a 45-year-old fisherman and rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, two daughters, and one grandchild. Her favorite activities include watching Khmer and Thai dramas on television. One month ago, Sokea developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sokea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 10th, 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 $229 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see more clearly and can go outside again and plant rice," she shared.
Gloria is seven months old and lives with her mother in rural Guatemala. She has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. Malnutrition has left Gloria with a weakened immune system and little energy. Recently, Gloria has not wanted to eat and gets sick often. If Gloria does not receive treatment, she will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Gloria’s mother says, “I want my daughter to get better soon, because she worries me a lot.” Fortunately, Gloria will begin nutritional treatment on January 16. While her mother does all that she can to support Gloria’s health, she cannot afford treatment for her daughter’s malnutrition without outside help. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,107 to fund her care. Treatment will give Gloria’s family tools to maintain nutritious diets, and it will give Gloria a chance to grow healthily.
Meet Im, a 57-year-old married mother from Cambodia. Im has four sons and two daughters. She enjoys watching TV and looking after her grandchildren. 20 years ago, Im developed a tumor on the middle finger of her right hand. The mass has been growing in size over the past two years. It is extremely difficult for Im to use her finger, and she is in pain. Im visited our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. She is scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor on January 17. For $224, we can help fund Im's surgery, so that she will be pain-free and able to play with her grandchildren!
Youseline lives with her parents, two brothers, and extended family in Cap-Haitien, a city in northern Haiti. She is currently in the fourth grade and wishes to become either a teacher or a doctor. Youseline was born with an atrial septal defect, meaning that she has a hole between the two upper chambers of her heart. The hole results in increased blood flow through the lungs. Over time, this may cause damage to the blood vessels in the lungs. Youseline's condition leaves her short of breath and weak. Youseline needs to undergo open-heart surgery, during which surgeons will sew a patch onto her heart to close the hole. First, she will undergo a full cardiac assessment on January 16. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Youseline also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $3,500 to cover additional costs associated with Youseline's surgical care. Youseline is excited to return to school and play with her friends!
Phanny is a married mother with two sons and one daughter. She enjoys cooking and looking after her children. As a result of multiple falls in the past, Phanny now experiences hip and radicular pain. Radicular pain refers to pain-related symptoms in the lower leg that are often associated with inflammation of a spinal root nerve in the spinal column. Phanny has stress fractures in her spine. She also has spondylolisthesis, which occurs when one vertebra slips out of place onto the vertebrae below. She experiences back pain, and it is difficult for her to walk. Together with her husband, Phanny traveled to see surgeons at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Phanny will undergo spinal surgery on January 16. Surgeons will perform a decompression surgery to remove parts of her spine that are pressing on her nerves. Then, they will stabilize her spine with hardware. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $450 to fund this surgery so that Phanny can walk more easily and without pain.
Moeun is a 70-year-old housewife from Cambodia with five sons and two daughters. She likes to stay at home, look after her grandchildren, and cook for her family. In 2011, Moeun fell, resulting in a fracture in her right femur. In 2012, she first came to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal her fracture. She traveled four hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Later that year, she returned to remove the hardware from the procedure. However, a few days later, she fractured her femur once again, and surgeons performed another ORIF procedure and bone graft to heal her injury. Moeun recently returned to CSC because it is difficult for her to walk, and she is in pain. Surgeons at CSC will remove the hardware from her second ORIF procedure to allow Moeun to feel comfortable again. The surgery is scheduled for January 17, and our medical partner is requesting $411 to fund the treatment.
Dah Htoo is a two-year-old boy who lives in a village near the Thai-Burma border. He lives with his parents, uncle, grandmother, and younger brother. His father is a subsistence farmer and an agricultural day laborer. When Dah Htoo was one year old, he was crawling in the kitchen while his mother cooked soup. He accidentally knocked over the boiling soup, spilling it over his arm. His parents brought him straight to a clinic, where medics bandaged his arm and hand. Over time, Dah Htoo lost functionality in his arm and hand. Dah Htoo underwent two successful surgeries to treat his injuries. After recovery, he could straighten his arm. On November 23, Dah Htoo underwent a third surgery to improve the functionality of his hand. Now, his family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. “My son’s health is more important than other things,” says his father, “so I left my farm and came with my son to get treatment.”