Venkata joined Watsi on April 17th, 2013. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Venkata's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Victor, a boy from Kenya, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Venkata has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 9 countries.
Venkata has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 9 countries.
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."
Rida is a girl from Cambodia. She has one brother and one sister. She likes to play with friends, watch TV, and go for walks with her family. She wants to be a banker when she grows up. Rida was born with scoliosis, which is progressing with age, making it difficult to sit in school for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Spinal surgery is scheduled for January 21 and will cost $1,500. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter feels better after the operation and does not have any more difficulty sleeping."
Akankwasa is a farmer from Uganda. She is a mother of seven children. For four years, Akankwasa has had an epigastric hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result to intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on January 16, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Akankwasa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. She says, "After surgery I will have peace of mind and resume working in my fields."
Joseph is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest child in his family. Joseph has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Joseph has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Joseph will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Joseph that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 13 and will drain the excess fluid from Joseph's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Joseph will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Joseph’s mother says, “My prayer is to have my son grow as a normal child with fewer health-related problems."
Sokkoeun is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two brothers and four sisters. She likes to watch TV and listen to classical music. Nine months ago, she was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her left hip. She went to a hospital and doctors fixated hardware to heal her fracture. Now, the hardware is infected. It is causing her pain and she is unable to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 11, Sokkoeun will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will help her walk easily again. She says, "After surgery I hope I can walk and won't have any more pain."
Turyahabwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married with six children. For eight years, Turyahabwe has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, it may result in hernia blocking and twisting. Fortunately, on November 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Turyahabwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Turyahabwe says, “I am hopeful for restoration of my hope after the surgery and I continue with farming.”
Kyaw Zin is a ten-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Mae Taung, Mae Sot, Tak Province. Three years ago, Kyaw Zin began to experience blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for him to see clearly. Kyaw Zin was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely. Kyaw Zin is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina on October 25. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. After surgery, Kyaw Zin's vision will hopefully be restored, and he will resume his daily activities comfortably. Kyaw Zin said, “I want to see my parents clearly. I want to play with my brother and I also want to go back to school.”
San is a first grade student from Cambodia. He has one brother and two sisters. He likes to study mathematics and watch TV. Five years ago, he touched a boiling kettle and burned his fingers. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. It is difficult for him to use his fingers. When San learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 17, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him use his finger again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. His mother says, "I hope my son's surgery is successful."
Rina is a vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. She likes to listen to the news on the radio. A year ago, Rina developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rina learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On September 10, 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 I can see better so I can return to work and go to the market."
Judith is a mother of five from Malawi. She spends her days with her new baby and four other children, working on the family farm. She enjoys praying and studying the Bible in her free time. Since last year, Judith has been experiencing burning pain in the abdomen. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs on the ovaries. She needs to undergo an ovarian cystectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will excise the cysts. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to fund Judith's surgery. On August 23, 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. She is excited to receive free surgery and looks forward to increased strength after recovery. She says, "Farming will be easier once I am healthy again. Thank you for this program!"
Pendaeli is a child from Tanzania. He is the eldest of two children. Pandaeli loves to play with other kids. His parents are farmers. Pendaeli has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Pendaeli traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Pendaeli's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Pendaeli’s mother says, “ If there is a way to treat him, I would be very happy to see my son walk normally like other kids.”
Chanthorn is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter and one son. She likes to listen to the radio and spend time with her family. Ten years ago, Chanthorn had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Chanthorn experiences pain and tinnitus. She cannot hear well and is in chronic pain. Chanthorn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 6, 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 sister says, "I hope my sister's ear problems are gone after surgery. We look forward to bringing her home with improved hearing."