Kun joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,776 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kun's most recent donation traveled 1,600 miles to support Son, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Kun has funded healthcare for 353 patients in 16 countries.
Son is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, one daughter, and ten grandchildren. She enjoys reading the Bible and listening to monks pray on the radio. Four years ago, Son developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, irritation, tearing, clouded lens, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Son learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 8, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. She says, "I hope I can see better so I can clearly read the Bible and can recognize the faces of my loved ones."
Njebela is a boy from Tanzania. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. He completed grade seven and now helps his parents with farm work. When he can, Njebela enjoys playing soccer. Njebela has a keloid, or a mass of scar tissue, on the back of his neck. It has been there since he was a small child. It itches and sometimes grows painful. Njebela traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Njebela needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure.
Cho is a 20-year-old young woman from Burma. She lives with her parents and younger brother. Her parents sell flowers in front of a Buddhist temple for a living, and her brother works in a tea shop. Cho likes to read stories and study English in her free time. Cho 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, Cho suffers from chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. She cannot walk long distances and tires easily. Additionally, due to her poor health, Cho is no longer able to continue her studies. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Cho. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "I want to get well soon and continue my studies. In the future, I want to become a teacher," says Cho.
Abigael is a 13-year-old girl from a village in Kenya. When she was two years old, her mother noticed that her legs were bowing and her gait was changing. Since then, the condition has worsened. Abigael is now unable to walk properly. Abigael has bilateral genu valgus, or knock knees. She needs surgery to help her walk correctly and attend school. Fortunately, on January 30, she will undergo an osteotomy to re-align the bones and joints in her legs. Now, her family needs help to raise $1,165 to pay for surgery. Her mother says, “I am appealing to Watsi to assist my daughter to go for surgery. The estimated bill is too big for us, considering I am a farmer and my husband works as a casual cook. I hope my daughter will continue with her studies like other children.”
Sen is a mother of nine from Cambodia. She has five sons, four daughters, and eleven grandchildren. She likes to read about Buddha, listen to the monks praying on the radio, and watch Thai TV dramas. Ten years ago, Sen developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, photophobia, and itching. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 12, 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 see everything clearly again so I can continue my work at home like washing clothes and go outside by myself."
Mohammed is a two-year-old baby from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with people. His father is a traditional farmer, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. They have eight children. Mohammed was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Mohammed is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on February 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mohammed's procedure and care. After his recovery, Mohammed will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Mohammed’s mother says, “My husband is a poor farmer with low income and I’m a house wife and I take care of my kids in the house. Our income is very low even to support our kids. It is our hope to get the surgery and to see our child in a healthy and good position by your support.”
Bertha is a woman from Malawi. She lives with her daughter, and she helps care for the family's home and her grandchildren. When Bertha has time to relax, she likes to play with her grandchildren and talk with her daughter, Dorothy. Since November, Bertha has been experiencing pain, weakness, and abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Bertha's surgery. On January 11, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. Bertha and her daugther were overjoyed to find out her surgery would be funded. Bertha is now hopeful for the future, and she looks forward to going home and watching her grandchildren grow. She says, "Thank you. I did not expect this help and it is a gift."
Minea is a teacher from Cambodia. She lives in a rural area near the coast and works as a primary school teacher. She likes working with kids. Twenty years ago, Minea had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Minea experiences pain, hearing loss, and discharge. She's worried about interacting with the students. Minea traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 14, 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. Her uncle says, "I hope my niece can stop having pain and discharge from her ear."
Everest is a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. He loves playing and being around his mother. Everest’s mother is a small businesswoman who sells fruits at the market. Everest’s grandparents own small businesses as well. Everest was diagnosed with acquired bilateral genu varus. Both his legs are bowed outwards at the knees. 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 when walking or standing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Everest. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 7. Treatment will hopefully restore Everest's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Everest’s mother says, “I see my son struggling and constantly in pain. Please help him get better.”
Ny is rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son in fourth grade and enjoys watching films in her spare time. Two years ago, Ny developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness and blurry vision. 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 Ny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Ny 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 January 17. She says, "I hope I can see clearly after surgery."
Chhoeun is a father of two from Cambodia. He is a motorbike taxi driver and enjoys spending time with his family. In February 2017, Chhoeun was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to drive a motorbike and has limited function in his everyday life. Chhoeun traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 20, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again.. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope I can use my arm and hand like before."
Hor is a retired rice farmer from Cambodia. He has eight children and enjoys listening to the news on the radio. In July 2016, he was in a motorbike accident and broke his right tibia. He immediately got treatment near his home, but spent most of his life savings, and the fracture has not healed properly. He is in chronic pain and cannot walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 11, Hor will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery can help him walk easily again. "I hope my father can walk easier and without pain," says his daughter.