Kun joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kun's most recent donation traveled 5,200 miles to support Kusemererwa, a boy from Uganda, to fund hydrocele surgery.
Kun has funded healthcare for 426 patients in 16 countries.
Kun has funded healthcare for 426 patients in 16 countries.
Kusemererwa is a student from Uganda. He is the second of four children. Since birth, Kusemererwa has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. The swelling causes him discomfort. Fortunately, on April 10, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund Kusemererwa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "I like playing football."
Pharin is a baby from Cambodia. Three months ago, Pharin's mother noticed that one of her daughter's legs was shorter than the other as she began walking. Surgery will help correct the position of Pharin's hip bone, preventing any further worsening of the condition as well as allowing Pharin to walk and stand comfortably as she grows older. Surgery is scheduled for March 13 and will cost $390. Her mother says, "I hope that my daughter will be able to walk normally and not have any issues."
Sara is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He likes to listen to music, watch television, and play soccer in his free time. Ten years ago, Sara had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sara experiences ear drainage, hearing loss, itchiness, and tinnitus. He has reoccurrent infections and cannot hear properly. Sara traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 18, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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. He says, "I hope that I will get my hearing back and that my ear will heal."
Patrick is a husband and father of five from Malawi. He is a farmer who grows rice, maize, and peanuts. Since January 2018, Patrick has been experiencing pain and 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 Patrick's surgery. On April 4, 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. Patrick is very happy that he will be receiving this surgery because the symptoms have interfered with his daily life and work. He says, "Thank you very much, Watsi is doing a good job because people in Malawi are lacking many things."
Musa is a farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of six children. For two years, Musa has been experiencing chronic pelvic pain. She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $268 to fund Musa's surgery. On March 14, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Musa will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. She says, "After surgery I will be happy and resume working in my fields.’’
Em is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has twenty grandchildren and in her free time, she likes to go to the pagoda. One year ago, Em developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Em learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 27, doctors will perform a small incision cataract 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 that after my surgery I will be able to go to the pagoda and attend the ceremonies that I normally like to participate in."
Lister is a 62-year old farmer from Malawi. Lister lives with his wife. Together they have six children and also six grandchildren. In his free time he likes to read books. Since 2016, Lister has been experiencing pain and 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 Lister's surgery. On February 12, 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. Lister and his family are very excited he will have this surgery. He says, "Thank you to this program for the assistance."
Phally is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son and one daughter. He likes to watch TV, play sports, and spend time with his children. Seven months ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his leg. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 9, Phally will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him walk easily again. He says, "I hope after surgery I won't be in pain and I can return to work."
Der Lwel is an 18-year-old boy who lives with his parents and two younger brothers in Ta Kue Khee Village, Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State, Burma. He and his parents work as subsistence farmers, while his two younger brothers are students. Two years ago, Der Lwel broke his lower back bone. The next day, he received internal fixation surgery. After the surgery, he learned that he would need to come back in two years to have the metal screws removed. Now, he is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the metal screws on February 13. This procedure will cost $1,500. Der Lwel said, “I feel very uncomfortable and I have pain when I bend over while planting or harvest rice. I want to receive treatment and work comfortably like I did before I got injured.”
Segawa is a child from Uganda. He has two siblings and he is the third child. He lives with his grandfather. Segawa has had a right upper eyelid swelling for two years. The swelling is painful and progressively increasing in size, thus affecting his quality of his life. Segawa traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 12, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Segawa needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.
Thi is a 36-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband's parents in Kar Si Bu Village, Phyu Township, Bago Division. They all work as farmers. Thi 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 she becomes easily tired when she completes small tasks. She has heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Thi. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 23 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “I want to receive the surgery. When I’ll feel better after surgery, I want to open a small grocery shop to increase my family’s income and pay back my family’s debt,” says Thi.
Sok is a fisherman from Cambodia. He has four sons, three daughters, and 20 grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and read about Buddha. A year ago, Sok developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing him blurry vision, clouded lenses, and photophobia. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sok learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. Sok 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 his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for January 8. He says, "I hope I can see clearly after the surgery so I can help the monks clean the pagoda and so that I can recognize the faces of my grandchildren."