Nabeel joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Four years ago, Nabeel became the 1473rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,791 more people have become monthly donors! Nabeel's most recent donation traveled 4,500 miles to support Alphatina, a woman from Kenya, to fund burn repair surgery.
Nabeel has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 13 countries.
Alphatina is a mother of two children from Kenya. She suffered burns when the kerosene stove she was using blew up in July 2016. She healed with contractures on her neck, and she is not able to move her head freely Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Alphatina receive treatment. On July 22, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,176 procedure. Alphatina says, “I would want to be well and continue bringing up my children together with my husband."
Su is a 45-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives in Mae Pa, Tak Province, Thailand with her husband and their twelve-year-old son. In her free time, Su enjoys growing vegetables in her garden and getting together with her friends. Su first noticed symptoms related to her health condition three years ago when she experienced severe abdominal pain. Su underwent an ultrasound and was told that she had a stone in her liver. In January 2019, Su’s severe abdominal pain returned. In May 2019, Su underwent a CT scan at Mae Sot Hospital and the doctor confirmed that Su has a bile duct stone. Su has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Su's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Su is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on June 10. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Su's procedure and care. Su says, "I have recently begun to experience pain in my right leg that makes it uncomfortable for me to walk."
Sovan is a 37-year-old hairdresser from Cambodia. He is the youngest of nine children, and enjoys watching television in his free time. When he was fifteen years old, Sovan had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Sovan experiences ear discharge, headaches, tinnitus, itchiness, and hearing loss. He has a difficult time understanding and communicating with others. Sovan traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 6, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to hear clearly and my ear infection will heal."
Win is a 54-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her father, sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews. Since 2016, Win has been experiencing lower abdominal and back pain. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Win's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Win is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 19. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Win will no longer experience lower abdominal pain. She will be able to walk again without back pain. Win says, "I am afraid to have surgery but I want to get well so that I will go through it. I hope that after surgery, I will no longer experience the pain."
John is a motorbike driver from Kenya. Recently, he was involved in a road accident, suffering a closed acetabulum fracture. He is in pain and if not treated, he might heal with a malunion or suffer complications such as an infected bone or arthritis. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 14, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After treatment, he will be able to return to work. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,042 to fund this procedure. John says, “My hope is to be treated and resume my duties. I am in pain and would not wish to be confined in bed unable to move”.
Dieunika is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents, two brothers, and one sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She is in the seventh grade and likes studying math and science. Dieunika has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart, leaving her sick and short of breath. On February 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will sew a patch over the hole in her heart so blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Dieunika's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. She says, "I am excited to have my heart fixed and want to say thank you to everyone who is helping me!"
Soek Ly is a masseuse from Cambodia. She has two sons. She likes to watch Indian dramas on TV in her free time. A year ago, Soek Ly developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, burning, clouded lenses, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soek Ly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On January 9, 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 my eye surgery is successful so I can return to work and go for walks outside."
Jazila is a child from Tanzania. She is the oldest of three children. Her parents are small-scale farmers. Jazila has clubfoot of both her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jazila traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Jazila's clubfoot repair. Jazila’s mother says, “Please help my daughter; we never knew her condition could be treated. Now we know but we still can’t afford the treatment cost. Please, we need your help.”
Ephantus is a father of two children from Kenya. In September 2016, he was in a bad road accident. He has already undergone three surgeries to treat his injuries. However, he still has an unhealed fracture on his left tibia. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 15, Ephantus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Ephantus says, “My prayer is to be able to walk with ease and help my wife raise our family."
Emmanuel is a four-year-old boy from Kenya. He is an only child. The family lives in a rental house. Emmanuel is playful but has difficulty talking. This is because he can only hear very loud noises. Emmanuel needs hearing aids to improve his hearing. However, his family has been unable to afford these devices. Fortunately, they decided to bring him to our medical partner's facility for help. Emmanuel is now scheduled to receive hearing aids on September 27. His family needs help raising $929. These aids will improve both his sound perception and speech development. Emmanuel’s mother says, “I hope that he could get the hearing aids...I want the best for my son."
Twafwa is a proud grandmother from Malawi. She lives with her eight grandchildren. Since 2012, Twafwa has been experiencing pain and discharge. 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 Twafwa's surgery. On September 14, 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 happy because she hopes to find comfort again after the surgery. She says, "I am looking forward to farming with new strength to feed my grandchildren, as well as renewed strength for the house work involved in taking care of this family!"
Baraka is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of five children. Baraka's parents are both subsistence farmers growing maize, beans, and cassavas. Baraka has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Baraka 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 Baraka's clubfoot repair. When he grows up, he will be able to walk easily. Baraka’s mother says, “We were told that you help children with conditions like my son’s. Please help our son.”