William joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three years ago, William joined the Universal Fund and became the 351st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,760 more people have joined! William's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Samnang, a housewife from Cambodia, to fund the removal of a finger tumor.
William has funded healthcare for 33 patients in 10 countries.
Meet Samnang, a 43-year-old mother and housewife from Cambodia. She is married with two daughters and one son. Samnang shares with our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), that her favorite things to do are cook and watch TV. About 25 years ago, Samnang developed a tumor on the top of her right pinky finger. Since then, the tumor has grown in size, causing Samnang pain and making it difficult for her to use her right hand. Samnang traveled for four hours with her husband to reach CSC for treatment. On July 12, surgeons will remove the tumor from her finger. Samnang needs our help to pay for her $220 medical bill, which includes her surgery, lab work and hospital stay.
Ibido is a 15-year-old student from Kenya. During his first year of high school, his mother noticed that he was squinting his eyes unusually. Over time, his school performance began to decline, and it soon became clear something was wrong. His family went to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, for an evaluation. A brain scan found that Ibido has a brain tumor and hydrocephalus, a condition that causes an excess of fluid to build up in the skull, causing increased intracranial pressure. If Ibido does not receive treatment, he may be facing permanent brain damage and possibly death. Already the condition has impaired his vision. On May 11, Ibido will undergo brain surgery to drain the fluids in his skull, and a biopsy of the tumor to determine if the tumor is malignant or benign. His family is requesting $685 to cover the total cost of the procedure. “It is God who gives and it is Him who takes away. All I wish for Ibido is that he gets well and lives the life he ought to,” says Ibido’s mother.
Elvis is a six-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his family in Nairobi. According to the staff at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, he is sharp, playful, and full of life. Elvis was born with penoscrotal hypospadias—a condition in which the urethral orifice is abnormally placed. If left untreated, he is likely to experience social stigma and impotence. Elvis is scheduled to undergo treatment on March 29. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the cost of the operation. After surgery, Elvis will be able to grow and develop normally. “You are heaven-sent because we could not do it without your assistance," his mother says.
Haman is a 30-year-old barber from Kenya. He loves to give his clients good haircuts. About three years ago, he noticed a small pimple on his foot, which later grew into a wound. He had the wound treated in several hospitals. Last year, he had a skin graft done, and he has been dressing the wound ever since. He has continued to work as a barber, despite the pain on his left foot. He limps when walking and is unable to stand for long, which has affected his productivity. If the condition is left untreated, Haman will be at risk of developing an abscess or chronic osteomyelitis. “I want to be treated and be able to work harder," says Haman. "If not for this wound, I'd be more productive and able to do much more than I have been doing." Haman visited our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, after moving to Nairobi. Surgeons there recommended a skin graft and have scheduled the surgery for April 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $1,129 to fund the procedure.
Anup is a three-year-old boy from Nepal. He lives with his parents and siblings on their family farm. Two weeks ago, Anup developed an abscess on his palm, which has caused his whole hand to swell painfully. When Anup was unable to tolerate this pain any longer, his uncle took him on a three-hour walk to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. "We are so worried about Anup's hand," his uncle says. To treat his abscess, Anup will undergo an incision and drainage procedure. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $157 to cover the cost of the procedure and post-op care. He is scheduled to receive treatment on February 13.
Sokhoeun is a 44-year-old farmer who is married and has two sons and two daughters. He likes to go to his fields, feed his chickens, and watch TV. In June 2016, Sokhoeun was in a car accident, resulting in a fracture in the tibia of his right leg and wounds on both legs. He underwent an external fixation procedure on his right leg and was hospitalized for one month. Sokhoeun has now developed an infection on both legs. He is unable to walk without support, and he experiences pain. Sokhoeun heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, (CSC), from his next-door neighbor. He traveled for four hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. On February 1, surgeons at CSC will remove the dead bone tissue from Sokhoeun's left leg as the first step in a series of treatments to allow him to feel better. CSC is requesting $450, which pays for Sokhoeun's surgery, surgical and medical supplies, and four nights of hospital stay.
Bradel is an active 22-month-old boy. He is the youngest in a family of two children. He lives with his family in a rental house in Nairobi. Eight months ago, Bradel’s mother noticed a swelling on his groin. Recently, the swelling became painful, and Bradel grew very irritable. His parents brought him to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. He was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. Without treatment, he risked intestinal damage and increasing pain. Fortunately, on December 8, Bradel underwent a hernia repair procedure. Bradel's mother is a housewife, while his father works on a construction site. They cannot afford their son's healthcare. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 in funding. “It hurts to see Bradel in pain," says his mother. "We hope that he will lead a normal life."
Kimsreang is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have four sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. In her free time, Kimsreang likes to watch Thai and Khmer soap operas on television and visit the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Kimsreang traveled two hours with her daughter to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so she could obtain treatment for her cataracts. The cataracts, which are present in both eyes, cause her blurred vision and extreme sensitivity to light. At CSC, Kimsreang will undergo a phacoemulsification procedure on both eyes. During the procedure, doctors will break apart her clouded lenses and replace them with clear implant lenses. Kimsreang needs assistance to cover the $292 surgery, after which she will be able to see clearly again. "I hope I can see everything more clearly than now so that I can continue my work as a farmer and easily look after my grandchildren," says Kimsreang.
Makoloni is a 60-year-old farmer from a village in Malawi. He is a father to nine children. For the past year, Makoloni has been experiencing pain and symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. This is a benign condition that is easily treated surgically. Makoloni has been unable to access care until now. He is feeling hopeful and ready for the operation. Makoloni will receive prostate resection surgery, in which part of his enlarged prostate is removed. $726 will cover the cost of the surgery and all post-operative treatment. Let's help Makoloni get the care he needs! Makoloni says, "I am ready to go for surgery."
Meet Blessing, an adorable baby girl born to loving parents in Kenya. Her mother is a housewife while her father works in a hardware store. Ever since she was born, Blessing has had a series of health complications. Born with a mass swell on her lower back, Blessing underwent surgery which repaired her back two weeks after birth. A few weeks later, Blessing developed an infection and was readmitted in hospital for care. Just as she was getting better, the doctor diagnosed her to have hydrocephalus, a condition where one is found to have excess fluid in her skull. This condition is associated with a progressive increase in head circumference, headaches, and irritability. The resulting increased intracranial pressure can lead to brain stem compression. All the while, Blessing’s parents have been looking for financial support from family and friends, so that Blessing can receive the treatment she needs. Her parents are now in a dilemma as they are not in a position to raise the funds required for surgical care, let alone repay the debts. Watsi's medical partner will provide the surgery she needs to divert the excess fluid from her brain to her abdomen. The excess cerebrospinal fluid will then be drained and can relieve the overwhelming pressure on her swelling brain. In tears, Blessing's mother shared: "Blessing has spent most of her life in the hospital. We have incurred so much debt and we are not even close to clearing any of it. Watsi will be life saving."
Lin is a 62-year-old crop farmer from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, one daughter, and eight grandchildren. He enjoys watching the news on TV. Lin developed a cataract in each eye two years ago, so the activities he enjoys, such as watching television, have become much more difficult for him. A cataract is the clouding of the eye's lens and causes blurred vision, tearing, and light sensitivity. Lin can't see clearly, do work well, or easily go outside on his own. Lin traveled three hours with his wife to reach Children's Surgical Centre where, for $225, he will undergo treatment. During a quick and highly effective operation his cloudy lenses will be removed and replaced with clear, artificial implants. Afterwards, Lin will be able to see everything clearly again. "I hope I can see clearly again so I can easily do any work on the farm," shares Lin.
64-year-old Nim is a Cambodian man with eight children and ten grandchildren. Six months ago, he developed glaucoma in both of his eyes. In this condition, a build-up of pressure within the eye degenerates the optic nerve. So far, this has caused Nim blurred vision and a frequent burning sensation. And if left untreated, his glaucoma could even lead to full blindness. By trade, Nim is a rice farmer. But his glaucoma has degraded his vision so much that it is now difficult for him to do this work. He also has also been having trouble doing one of his favorite leisure activities: reading Buddhist religious texts. Nim’s doctors have recommended he undergo a trabeculectomy in both eyes. In this procedure, surgeons will make a small hole in each of Nim’s eyes to reduce their high pressure. Although Nim’s family cannot afford this operation on their own, for $300, we can sponsor it. This sum will also cover the two-day hospital stay and medications that will help Nim recuperate from the procedure. After his dual trabeculectomy surgery, the pressure and burning in Nim’s eyes will be relieved. “I hope I won't go blind so I can continue my work on the farm,” Nim shares. Let’s help make it possible.