Nikola joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,775 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nikola's most recent donation traveled 7,400 miles to support Simai, a teenager from Cambodia, to fund spinal surgery.
Nikola has funded healthcare for 196 patients in 17 countries.
Simai is a teenager from Cambodia. He hopes to pursue a career in international technology after he completes his schooling. Three months ago, Simai was in a severe traffic accident and fractured his spine. This condition has made it difficult to sit in school for long periods and causes a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of his spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Spinal surgery is scheduled for March 13 and will cost $930. He says, "I hope that after surgery I am able to walk normally and go back to school."
Kyaw Myat is a five-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in Ma Gyi Pin Village, Tigyaing Township, Sagaing Division. Kyaw Myat was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Kyaw Myat, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 19, and, once completed, will greatly improve Kyaw Myat's quality of life. His father says, "After my son underwent MRI, the result shows that he is suffering from hydrocephalus and need surgery. I hope he will feel better after this surgery."
Ant Htoo is a seven-year-old boy from Thailand. He is a first grade student. When he was six, his mother noticed a mass on his thigh. It is not currently painful, but his mother worries that the mass will get bigger as he grows. Ant Htoo's family sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. He is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 8. His family is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ant Htoo says, “I want to be a policeman."
Mya is a 15-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her mother, sister and great-grandmother in Chaung Thaung Village, Kawkareik Twoship, Karen State. Mya has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. She has been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her ovaries. Fortunately, Mya is scheduled to undergo her oophorectomy on March 22. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Mya said, “I would like to study nature and animals in the future. I like reading different kinds of books, watching movies and am also interested in sewing clothes. I sometimes help my mother sell mohinga when I have free time.”
Victor is a young boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Unfortunately, his father passed away last year. He is being raised by his mother. Victor was born with an unusual condition in both feet. He underwent surgery on his left foot in 2017, and his foot has healed well. He now needs to undergo the same surgery on his right foot to help him walk comfortably. Surgery is scheduled for March 11 and will cost $1,165. His mother says, "I am humbly requesting for further support from Watsi for my son to walk well without any difficulty."
Vannary is a 64-year-old teacher from Cambodia. She has four children and seven grandchildren, and she enjoys watching the news on television in her free time. Four years ago, Vannary developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her irritation and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Vannary learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. Vannary needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 22. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see clearly and will no longer have any tearing or irritation."
SeyHa is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one brother and likes to play with his toy cars. Four months ago, SeyHa developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When SeyHa learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On April 24, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. His father says, "I hope that after my son's operation, he will be able to see clearly and have no more problems with his eye."
Ai is a boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four siblings. In his free time, Ai likes to play with his friends and swim. When Ai was five months old, he burned his right palm and hand. He is no longer able to move the fingers on his right hand. He and his mother visited our medical partner, who agreed to help Ai access treatment for his hand. Now, a contracture release surgery has been scheduled for March 22. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Ai said, “In the future I want to earn money for my family, and I want to support my parents when I grow up.”
Mwase is a farmer who lives with his wife and two children in Malawi. He spends his days working hard on his farm, so in his free time he enjoys just sitting and relaxing. Since November of last year, Mwase has been experiencing 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 Mwase's surgery. On March 21, 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. He says, "This program is helping me very much and I really appreciate this help. Thank you!"
Sok Korng is a 37-year-old dessert seller from Cambodia. She has six brothers and enjoys cooking and doing housework in her free time. When she was six years old, Sok Korng had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sok Korng experiences discharge, itchiness, hearing loss, and tinnitus. She cannot communicate properly with others and reads lips due to the hearing loss. Sok Korng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 24, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope that after surgery, my ear will heal and my hearing will improve."
Arold is a student from Tanzania. He is the eighth child in a family of eleven children. Arold was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs are bowed so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences pain, discomfort, and difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Arold. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Arold's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Arold’s mother says, “Please help us.”
Leng is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one brother and two sisters. He likes to go for walks, play sports, and listen to music. For six years, he has had a mass in his maxilla and mandible. The mass is painful and growing in size. He experiences pain and discomfort. Leng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 4, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Leng needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope the operation goes well so I can eat easily and look better than now."