Neera joined Watsi on March 24th, 2013. 2 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Neera's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Dany, a woman from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery so she can communicate more clearly.
Neera has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 9 countries.
Neera has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 9 countries.
Dany is 29-years-old. She is married and her husband is a farmer. Together they have one son. When Dany's not caring for her very active child, she likes to go through Facebook and watch TV. For the past ten years, she has had consistent right ear discharge and pain. When she was a child, she had surgery for an abscess near her right ear. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Dany experiences hearing loss and ear discharge. It is difficult for her to hear or communicate with others. Dany traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 14th, 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 $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I really hope that after the operation my ear will be better, the hearing will be normal, the ear discharge and pain will all be gone," Dany said.
Ponna is a 63-year-old woman with two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. Ponna's husband is a retired policeman and Ponna sells groceries outside their home. She enjoys looking after her grandchildren and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Ponna developed a cataract in her right eye, which now makes things hard to recognize and has caused blurry vision and photophobia. When Ponna learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her son seeking treatment. On March 11th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Ponna said, "I hope after surgery I can see better so I can go outside by myself and do my activities more easily."
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.”
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.”
Tumuhimbise is a farmer from Uganda and a single mother of two grown children, ages 24 and 30. Unfortunately, she was not able to see them through schooling due to financial challenges. She lives with her elderly parents and takes care of them. She loves singing in church. For the last six years, Tumuhimbise has experienced chronic abdominal pain, severe bleeding and backaches. She is unable to work on the farm and household chores are becoming difficult, yet she must care for her parents. She has been diagnosed with Multiple Leiomyoma with chronic pelvic pain. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Tumuhimbise's surgery. On February 17th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumuhimbise will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Tumuhimbise shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will resume farming and caring for my elderly parents as soon as I recover.”
Turyahebwa is a 32-year-old mother of three. She and her husband are farmers who work hard to make ends meet for their family. For the last four years, Turyahebwa has had a pain in her upper left hip bone. The pain becomes significantly worse when she sleeps laterally, or when straining the area. This has affected her daily life, especially working on the farm. Turyahebwa had visited different hospitals for this before and previously managed her condition with pain medication. When she had a scan conducted at our Medical Partner's Care Center Nyakibale Hospital, she was diagnosed with an adnexal mass, a growth that occurs near the fallopian tubes, ovaries or uterus. Doctors recommended she undergo a curative laparotomy. However, Turyahebwa and her husband are unable to meet the cost of her care, and appeal for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Turyahebwa receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a curative laparotomy on March 9th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $242, and she and her family need help raising money. Turyahebwa shared, “I have had enough pain and suffering from this condition. I pray that, with your support, I can have my health restored after surgery for me to continue caring for my family.”
Tin is a 38-year-old woman from Northern Thailand. She and her husband are agricultural day laborers, and they live in a hut on their employer’s land. They shared that, unfortunately, their earnings are not enough to cover their expenses or to pay for basic healthcare. Since early 2019, Tin has been experiencing dizziness, fatigue, insomnia and pain in her lower abdomen. She was diagnosed with a myoma and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Tin's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications. Since September 2020, Tin has been unable to work due to her illness. Fortunately, Tin is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy on March 23rd. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Tin will no longer experience lower abdominal pain, dizziness or fatigue. She will be able to work again as a day laborer after her treatment. Tin shared, “I am not afraid to undergo surgery because I believe that I will receive successful treatment. I used to pray every day that a donor would help me. Once I have recovered from surgery, I will go back to work so that we can repay our debts. In the future, I would like to stay healthy so that I can work, eat good food, wear beautiful clothes, and earn an income.”
Niwabiine is a 46-year-old farmer from Western Uganda. She has four children and is solely in charge of providing for them since she lost her husband in 2010. Through farming passion fruit, carrots, and cabbage, she is able to provide for her family. For over 15 years, Niwabiine has had a lipoma on her left hand. Initially, it was growing gradually and was painless. Recently though, she has experienced pain and swelling, limiting the use of her left hand. Efforts to seek treatment were difficult initially and Niwabiine managed with medicine. When she was examined at a local hospital, she was diagnosed with a left axillary lipoma that requires excision. Without treatment, she will continue to have persistent pain and the lipoma will continue to grow. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Niwabiine to receive treatment. Niwabiine traveled to AMH's care center and on March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, she needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Niwabiine shared, “I always found it hard to have surgery since I never had the money, but now I kindly request for your support to make my surgery possible so that I can keep up with farming.”
Neema is a 5-year-old girl and the firstborn to her mother who has three children. Neema started kindergarten earlier this year. She is a hard-working girl for her age, and looks after her siblings when her mother goes out to work on the farm. She also likes to help her mother clean their home and wash dishes. Neema was involved in a fire accident when she was one year old. She had been left in the care of an older child when her parents went out to work on the farm. As the children were playing, Neema walked into a dying fire that had been started to burn cow dung from the cattle shed. She was rescued by a passer-by and was rushed to the hospital, where she was admitted for two months. Neema's wounds healed, but contractures formed on a finger on her right-hand and the toes on her right foot. Her feet and toes are especially painful when she wears shoes and walks for a long distance. Neema's parents are not able to afford the cost of her procedure that will help to treat her contractures. They depend solely on livestock keeping and small scale farming for a living. Neema's parents had not been able to seek treatment for their daughter earlier due to the remoteness of their village, lack of proper medical facilities, and financial challenges. They appeal for help and support for their daughter's surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Neema receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo surgery to free up her thumb for better movement and amputate her littlest finger at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,088, and she and her family need help raising money. Neema's father shared, “The fire accident has left my daughter with a disability. We hope for her to get treated but we cannot afford the cost. Please help us.”
Kyarikora is a 52-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to seven children; one son and six daughters. Her son is a motorbike taxi driver; her two eldest daughters are married and small scale farmers; while her other four children are still in school. Kyarikora and her husband both earn a living from small scale farming. For the last year, Kyarikora has been experiencing persistent pain, backache, and other troubling symptoms. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kyarikora's surgery. On January 26th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyarikora will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kyarikora shared, “I have been living a miserable life because of this condition, and I haven’t been able to go for treatment because my income is small. I hope to regain my strength after surgery.”
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.