KAI-WEN joined Watsi on May 1st, 2013. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! KAI-WEN's most recent donation traveled 1,300 miles to support Sany, a man from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
KAI-WEN has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 8 countries.
KAI-WEN has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 8 countries.
Sany is a 42-year-old moto taxi driver from Cambodia. He has two daughters, and likes to grow plants and clean the house in his free time. When he was nineteen years old, Sany had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sany experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, itchiness, and hearing loss. He as a difficult time communicating with and understanding others. Sany traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 7, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right 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. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, my ear infection and discharge will stop and I will be able to hear again."
Srey Touch is a street food vendor from Cambodia. She is married and has a daughter. She likes to play games and watch TV in her free time. Twenty years ago, Srey Touch had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Touch experiences ear discharge, tinnitus and headache. She cannot hear well. Srey Touch traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 16, 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 my hearing improves after the operation."
Kaboha is a town clerk from Uganda. He is married and a father of eight children. Since birth, Kaboha has had an umbilical hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on December 19, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Kaboha's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "After surgery I will be very happy and resume with my work."
Htay is a 45-year-old woman who lives in Burma with her 17-year-old son and her sister. Her husband passed away 14 years ago. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with diabetes. Over time, her health deteriorated to the point that she could no longer work. Since then, she has had to depend on her sister and one of her nephews. Two months ago, Htay injured her left leg when a piece of zinc fell off her roof and hit her left foot. She went to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), our medical partner's care center. At MCLH, the doctor drained the pus from her foot and leg. But because the infection had already spread up to her knee and she had developed septicemia, the doctor informed her that she would have to have her leg amputated above her knee to save her life. Currently the wound has become so infected that she has developed a fever and her leg has become very swollen and painful. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo surgery on April 12. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure. She says, “I cannot work because of my health problem. Now I even have to depend on others to comb my hair and I worry about my debt. Once I recover I want to open a shop selling fruits and live happily with my son.”
Sopheak is a construction worker from Cambodia. He has three sons and is married. He enjoys listening to classical music. Sopheak has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see clearly and work. Sopheak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 14, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Sopheak needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope my vision is restored so I can see clearly and return to my home."
Chhay is a housewife from Cambodia. She is a widow. She lives with her sister. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Five months ago, Chhay developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and headaches. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can help my sister to do housework and go to the pagoda easily."
Patricia is a 53-year-old female farmer who lives in rural Malawi. Patricia's husband passed away in a car accident, so she has been the primary breadwinner for herself and her family since the accident. However, since January 2017, Patricia has been in pain due to an ovarian cyst. In order to treat the cyst, Patricia must undergo a hysterectomy procedure. On July 20, surgeons at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, will perform a hysterectomy procedure on Patricia. The $650 requested to fund Patricia's treatment will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a seven-night hospital stay, medication, labs, transport, and surgeon time. Patricia is looking forward to having the procedure and finally being pain-free.
Gloria is a 50-year-old member of the Twa tribe in Uganda. She is a small farmer, and her husband works as a lumberjack in the forest surrounding their village. Gloria and her husband have five children together, and the majority of their income goes towards supporting their schooling. In her spare time, Gloria enjoys weaving baskets, which she sells in craft shops. She also serves as the treasurer of the village savings and loan group, which helps its members learn to manage their money. In the evenings, she enjoys listening to the radio, especially the announcements of when a new baby has been born. For some time, Gloria has been experiencing severe abdominal pain and heavy bleeding. She was recently diagnosed with uterine fibroids and needs $321 to fund a hysterectomy procedure, scheduled for July 29. After her surgery, Gloria is looking forward to being able to dig in her fields again so she can provide for her children. She thanks the donors for their support and hopes they continue to have helping hearts for those in need.
Win Than is a 32-year-old housewife who lives with her husband and three children in Burma. Her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver and deliveryman and is the sole earner in the family. Her youngest child is in school, and her older children help her around the house. The family income is just enough for their daily expenses. About three months ago, Win Than began to experience lower abdominal pain. An ultrasound confirmed that Win Than had an ovarian cyst on her left ovary. She will undergo an oophorectomy to remove the ovary on February 3. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure.
Roseberline lives just outside of Cap Haitien, a port city in northern Haiti, with her mother, father, and two younger brothers. She is in high school and would like to go on to become a doctor or a nurse. Roseberline was born with a hole between the two upper chambers of her heart, called an atrial septal defect. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her short of breath and weak. Roseberline will fly to the Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 21, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will insert a catheter into her heart and close the hole. This $10,000 surgery is subsidized by Have a Heart Cayman Islands. Roseberline's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Roseberline's family overseas. "I am very excited to travel to the hospital and to get this heart problem fixed. I would like to say thank you to everyone who is making this possible for me," shares Roseberline.
Nay Myo is a nine-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and has one older brother. Nay Myo's parents work as day laborers. They cut grasses, plant vegetation, and collect bamboo shoots. When Nay Myo was three months old, he fell very sick. He was subsequently diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder characterized by an abnormal oxygen-carrying protein. Symptoms of this condition include fatigue, anemia, and trouble breathing. In order to treat these symptoms, Nay Myo has to receive oral medications and blood transfusions on a regular basis. Thalassemia has also caused Nay Myo's spleen to enlarge. After examination, his doctors decided to remove the spleen before other medical complications arise. On January 18, Nay Myo will undergo a splenectomy. Our medical partner is asking for $1,500 to fund the surgery. Nay Myo's mother is inspired by the caring hospital staff. She says, "I want Nay Myo to be an educated person and work like the staff."
Samantha is a sweet five-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom now attend school. Samantha is in the care of her mother and currently attends a day care center in their town. Since she was born, Samantha has had a cleft palate, a facial malformation that causes openings or splits in the roof of the mouth and lip. Her condition makes everyday living difficult, and Samantha has difficulty breathing and swallowing food. Her mother has stopped working in order to care for her daughter. Samantha is a playful child, but her condition makes her feel shy. Her family has tried to save money for treatment, but doing so has been difficult. Fortunately, our medical partner's community outreach team found and screened Samantha. She is now scheduled for a repair surgery on January 25. This procedure will allow Samantha to breathe and eat easily and will increase her confidence. Samantha's father works as a bus conductor. However, his income is barely enough to sustain them. For this reason, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,088 to fund the treatment. "I am happy that at last Samantha could get treated," says Samantha's mother. "We are really close to her healing right now...Samantha is a sweet girl and has big dreams, but she cannot reach them if she does not have confidence. This operation will give Samantha hope for a good future. As a mother, my greatest desire is to see my children well and succeed someday. Thank you for this chance that you've given. May you be blessed."