Stan joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Stan's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Chetra, a bright and active student from Cambodia, to fund burn contracture release surgery so he can return to pursuing his dreams free of discomfort.
Stan has funded healthcare for 46 patients in 9 countries.
Stan has funded healthcare for 46 patients in 9 countries.
Chetra is a bright and active 15-year-old from Cambodia with big goals. He has three sisters and is the third child in his family. His father unfortunately passed away several years ago, so his mother single-handedly supports their family by working in a garment factory. Chetra enjoys playing football, playing games, and listening to music. He is currently in grade nine, and he thrives in math and Khmer literature. In the future, he aspires to be a lawyer. When Chetra was only six years old, a finger on his left hand was damaged by an electric burn. After the accident, his mother took him to a hospital to receive care for his wound, but he developed a contracture, which is the shortening and hardening of tendons and other tissue. This leads to the tightening of the skin surrounding the burn. Several years ago, Chetra underwent surgery in hopes of healing his condition, but there was unfortunately no improvement. He is currently unable to hold objects using his left hand and is in pain when he tries to straighten his finger. When Chetra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 25th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his left hand easily again. This procedure will include a skin graft to cover the wound. Now, he and his family need help to fund this $495 procedure. Chetra says, "I hope I can use my finger again soon and can grip things."
Meshack is a six-year-old boy, living with his mother and one sibling, in a one-roomed grass thatched house in a village in Kenya. Recently, Meshack completed his preschool studies and now he is in grade one. According to his mother, Meshack is very helpful, and always assists her around the farm and in doing household chores. Meshack's mother is a single parent and a farmer, who works hard to provide for her family. Meshack was born with a condition known as hemiplegic CP, which means that one side of his body is weak. His right foot is affected, making walking challenging. Additionally, Meshack was born with clubfoot of his left foot, which adds to his difficulty walking, and limits his ability to wear shoes. Meshack has already undergone some preliminary, preparatory procedures on his left foot during mobile clinic visits near his village and the next step is for him to have clubfoot repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital. Meshack and his mother have now traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 27th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,286 to fund Meshack's surgery, which will enable him to walk, to play with his friends, and to continue his education. “I would love to see my son walking like other children, and I will be relieved of the burden of carrying him to school,” Meshack's mother told us.
Sung is a retired fisherwoman from Cambodia who loves watching movies on TV. She has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. Since Sung's husband has unfortunately passed away, she now lives alone near her daughter's house and receives support from her children. One year ago, Sung developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity, eye tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Sung learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 10th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Sung says, "I hope my vision can improve so I can make cakes to sell and do my housework well."
Rayvan is a 1 month old baby boy living with his parents and three siblings in Kenya. Rayvan's mother used to plough her neighbors' farms, while his father herds cattle and ploughs farms to earn a living for their family. Rayvan parents shared that he was born at home because they could not afford to pay for his delivery at a hospital. After his birth, his mother noticed that Rayvan had a large swelling on the lower part of his back. She immediately took him to a nearby hospital to be examined. Rayvan was given some medication, and sent back home. After using the medication for a few weeks, there was no change in his condition. His mother shared her concerns about Rayvan with her friends, and one of them referred her to our medical partner's care center BethanyKids Hospital in Kijabe. On arrival, he was examined and diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition that requires surgical intervention to heal. Without surgery, Rayvan is at risk of developing paralysis of his lower limbs, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, and possible developmental delays. His parents do not have health insurance, and are unable to pay for the surgery he needs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,151 to cover the cost of Rayvan's spina bifida closure surgery, which is scheduled to take place on May 18th at BethanyKids Hospital. This procedure will hopefully spare Rayvan from the risks associated with his condition, and enable him to grow up strong and healthy. Rayvan’s mother says: “I have never seen such a condition before and I was very much worried about my child. Now I’m happy to hear that he can get treated. The sad part is that I cannot afford the treatment but I believe that God will make a way.”
Ly Houn is a nine-year-old student. He lives with his aunt because his parents are trying to earn enough money to take care of him and support his schooling so they currently work as farmers in a different province. One month ago, Ly Houn began experiencing pain, discharge, bleeding, and tinnitus in his right ear. His aunt took him to a private clinic for treatment, but his condition did not improve. He has been diagnosed with a tumor in his right ear. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Ly Houn receive treatment. On October 18th, surgeons at CSC will remove the mass. Now, Ly Houn needs help to raise $231 to fund his procedure and care. Ly Houn shared that he hopes that after surgery, his ear pain will go away.
Tonghor is very active three-year-old boy. He lives with his parents, who work as farmers, and his two brothers. He is learning to ride a bike and likes to play football with his brothers for fun. About a week ago, his parents discovered pieces of crushed stone in Tonghor's right ear. His has a feeling of fullness in his ear, and experiences pain and hearing loss. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Tonghor receive treatment. He and his family traveled to to CSC where, on November 11th, surgeons will remove the foreign body from his ear. Now, Tonghor and his family need help raising $231 to fund his procedure and care. His mother shared, "I don't know how the stones got in his ear, but I hope they can be removed so he can hear again and not be in pain."
Phearum is a four-year-old boy and the middle child of three siblings. Phearum's parents are grocery sellers. He has not started school yet and enjoys playing with toy cars with his friends at home. Since one year ago, Phearum has been experiencing a sore throat, snoring at night, and difficulty swallowing. Frequent illness causes him to sleep poorly and lose weight. Phearum was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Phearum, which is scheduled to take place on October 27th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Phearum of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably. Phearum's father said, "We have spent a lot of time and money at pharmacies and clinics but his problems have not improved. I hope after surgery Phearum can feel better, sleep well, and gain weight."
Israel is a one-year-old baby from Colombia who loves animals. His mother came to Colombia from Venezuela to seek better opportunities, where she fell in love with a Colombian man who became Israel's father. Israel loves to play with cars and his dog. Even though he doesn't speak a lot yet, he is constantly looking for a phone to call his grandmother. Israel was born with polydactyly of both feet. This means that he has an extra toe on each foot, which prevents him from wearing shoes and walking normally. On August 17th, surgeons from our medical partner will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digits. Our medical partner, Clínica Noel, is requesting $799 to fund this procedure. After surgery, Israel will be able to start wearing shoes and learn to walk and run. His mother offered advice for other mothers in a similar situation to stay hopeful: “The only thing that worried me was to know if he was going to be able to walk normally and wear shoes. I would tell a mother whose son was just diagnosed with polydactyly to just calm down and let the doctors help her, fortunately, this is not a complex pathology and the treatment already exists.”
Mafuru is a happy and energetic four-year-old boy from Tanzania and the oldest child in a family of two children. Mafuru was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, which means that his legs bow inward and his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often comes from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he falls when walking or running and experiences pain in his knees that is more severe during cold weather. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Mafuru. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 4th and treatment will hopefully restore Mafuru's mobility, allowing him to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing his risk of future complications. Mafuru’s father shared, "I wish to see my son have the surgery so that he can lead a life free of disability."
Naing is a 46-year-old-man who lives with his mother, wife, sister, son and two daughters in Karen State in the border area of Burma. Naing used to work in a teashop as a baker but stopped four years ago when his health deteriorated. His son is also unemployed, unable to find work ever since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Burma more than a year ago. They all rely on Naing’s wife, who works as a vendor in the market, to get by. She earns about 150,000 kyat (approx. 150 USD) a month, which they shared is not enough to cover their household expenses. In 2014, Naing received surgery for a right inguinal hernia with the help of his employer. Then, four years ago in 2017, he noticed that he had a small lump on his left side. Over time, the small lump increased in size and shifted downwards, causing pain and discomfort that made it impossible for Naing to continue working at the teashop. Although Naing knew that he most likely is having another hernia, since he was experiencing the same symptoms as before, he did not have enough money to pay for surgery. Therefore, he tried to cope with the pain and discomfort without treatment. In June, Naing’s friend advised for him to go to Ananda Myitta Clinic, a charity clinic in his city to ask for help accessing treatment. Naing and his friend went to the clinic, where they talked to the founder. The founder then referred Naing to another organization called Health for All who help put him in touch with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance accessing surgery for his hernia. Naing said, “I would like to receive treatment for my hernia. If I’m cured, I can work again as a baker and our [household] income will increase. Now, only my wife works and we all depend on her.”
Munyantwari is an 18-year-old student from Uganda. He completed his secondary education and is waiting for the examination results so as to continue with the rest of his education. Munantwari lost his mother in 2018 and currently lives with his father and six siblings. His siblings are all in school, making it a major struggle for his father to meet all their expenses. The father trades in second-hand clothes to make ends meet. During Muyantwari's free time, he enjoys spending time with family. Six months ago, Munyantwari began to experience troubling symptoms, including abdominal pains. When he came to Rushoroza Hospital due to severe pain, he was diagnosed with appendicitis and had surgery recommended to prevent the symptoms from getting worse. The condition limits his work output at home, especially when doing domestic chores. However, with the struggles the father is going through, Munyantwari is afraid the cost might be too high for them to afford. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Munyantwari receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a curative laporotomy on June 10th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $284, and Munyantwari and his family need your support. Munyantwari shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I hope to resume and proceed with education comfortably for a better future.”
Oudam is a 6-year-old student and the only child in his family. Oudam's father works as a driver, while his mother is a corn farmer. His parents live far away for their jobs in order to be able to send money home to Oudam and his grandmother, who takes care of him. Oudam likes watching funny movies with his grandmother and helping her sell fish in the local villages. When Oudam recently lost a tooth, he placed it inside his ear and the tooth accidentally fell inside his ear canal. Within two days, he was experiencing pain, hearing loss, discharge, and tension in his right ear. Oudam needs to have the object removed in order to heal the discomfort he is feeling and regain his hearing. Oudam and his grandmother traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 19th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, will remove the mass from his ear. Now, Oudam's family needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Oudam's grandmother shared, "We hope the tooth can be removed so his pain will stop."