Marie-Elisabeth joined Watsi on May 1st, 2013. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Marie-Elisabeth's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Emily, a peasant farmer from Uganda, to fund a mass removal.
Marie-Elisabeth has funded healthcare for 63 patients in 14 countries.
Emily is a peasant farmer from Uganda. Emily visited our hospital with complaints of a progressive swelling on her bilateral wrists which has been present for the past five years. The swelling has limited her ability to attend to her daily duties such as preparing meals and cultivation. She has never received medical care previously due to inability to pay. She heard of our funding program and visited the hospital. She was diagnosed with a bilateral ganglion cyst and surgery was recommended. If not treated, Emily is at risk of total discomfort and limited utility of her hands. Emily is the mother of three children who are all in school. She tends to her small farm with limited output and income. Her husband joins her in the farm and their efforts only yield income sufficient for just their basic needs. Emily appeals for financial assistance. Emily traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 5th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Emily needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Emily says, “I hope for a better treatment and relief of this condition after surgery and I continue doing farming for the survival of my family.”
Victor is a child from Kenya. Victor is the second born in a family of two. His mother is a stay-at-home mom while his father is a motorbike taxi rider. Victor was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Victor has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Victor will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 28. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.
Kyin is a 69-year-old retired teacher who lives with her 31-year-old son and 39-year-old daughter-in-law in Yangon, Burma. As a retired teacher since 2010, Kyin receives 140,000 kyat (approx. 140 USD) per month as part of her pension. She now volunteers as a teacher at a monastic school. Both her son and daughter-in-law work for a company. Kyin has another son who was paralysed in a workplace accident. He used to live with Kyin, but when her health deteriorated and she could no longer care for him, he was moved to a social care centre in Yangon. One day, in March 2016, Kyin was teaching at the monastic school, when suddenly she fainted. A medical emergency team then attended to her. When she felt better, a doctor told her that she might have a heart condition and advised her to see a heart specialist. One month after the incident, she went to a cardiologist at North Okkalapa General Hospital. There, she received an X-ray and an echocardiogram (echo). After checking her results, the doctor told her that she has a heart problem and that she can die if she does not receive appropriate treatment. The doctor prescribed her medication for her heart and told her that she will need to receive surgery if her health deteriorates. Six months ago, when Kyin received another echo and the doctor told her that she needs to receive surgery right away. However, her family could not afford to pay for her surgery. Therefore, the doctor said that he would help find them an organization that could help with paying for her surgery and medication. Currently, Kyin is unable to sleep well at night on her back and she needs to sleep propped up. She often feels tired and has shortness of breath.
Linn is a 24-year-old seventh grader from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandmother, an uncle and three younger sisters in Myawaddy Township, Karen State. Among her family, only her father and her mother work. Her uncle stays home and looks after her grandmother and her youngest sister, while her two other sisters go to school. To support their family, Linn’s parents work as day labourers. About six months ago, while she was studying at school, Linn started to experience dizziness and severe headaches. When she looked at the blackboard and her notebook, she had blurry double vision. However, she did not say anything to the teacher as she is new at the school and she was afraid of the teacher. When her friends found out what was happening to her, they wanted to tell the teacher, but Linn forbid them from doing so. After a month of struggling with this problem, Linn finally told her mother. She had kept it from her as she knew about their financial difficulties and she did not want to become a burden. Linn's parents took her to an eyeglass shop in Myawaddy. There, they examine her eyesight, told Linn that she does not need eyeglasses and urged her to go to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) in Thailand. Doctors want Linn to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Linn's CT scan and care, scheduled for September 2nd. As for Linn, she enjoys studying a lot. She said, “English and mathematics are my favorite subjects. I’m also interested in karate as self-defense course and I want to learn it. But, when I have time, I have to help out with household chores. I also have to set aside time to studying.”
Si Yean is a 57-year-old vegetable seller from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and enjoys looking after her two grandchildren when she has free time. One year ago, Si Yean developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Si Yean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 21, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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. Si Yean said, "I hope that after my operation, I will be able to see clearly again and I will be able to return to my work selling vegetables at the market."
Coldy is a baby from Haiti who lives with his mother and father in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Coldy has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart; blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. Coldy will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On November 14th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart using a patch. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5000 to pay for surgery. Coldy's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Coldy's family overseas. From Coldy's mother, "I am hopeful that after his surgery my son will start eating better and gaining weight!"
Srey Long is a 16-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is the youngest of five siblings and enjoys listening to music. Three years ago, Srey Long had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Long experiences hearing loss, discharge, and tinnitus. She can no longer attend classes and has a difficult time communicating with others. Srey Long traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 18th, 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. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will go well and she will no longer suffer from any ear infection."-Srey Long's Mother
Yet is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. His favorite subjects is school are Khmer literature and math, and he enjoys playing soccer and watching television in his spare time. In March 2019, Yet suffered from injuries to his lower left leg when playing on the playground at school. He cannot walk without support, and often experiences pain in his leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 02, Yet will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will ensure that his injuries will heal and he will be able to walk on his own again. "I hope that my son's surgery will go well and that he will be able to walk and go to school without any problems." -Yet's Mother
Jane, a self-employed woman, was unfortunate to fall in a latrine in July 2018, severely breaking her leg. Upon the accident, she was rushed to Nakuru Hospital, where she was admitted and had surgery in which a metal plate was inserted. She went for clinics in the same hospital after being discharged, but the leg was not improving at all. Her uncle came to her rescue in June 2019 and brought her to Kijabe Hospital. Jane was admitted, had the metals on her leg replaced with lighter ones, and was discharged. She has been coming for clinics to monitor her leg. An x-ray was done and it was decided that another surgery was needed. Due to lack of funds, Jane went home helpless. Being a divorced woman and self-employed (selling second-hand clothes), Jane is the breadwinner of her family of five children. With her mobility being hindered by her broken leg, she cannot do as much as she would have if she’d be on both feet. This surgery will definitely improve Jane’s and her children’s quality of life.
Srey Touch is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys watching television and listening to the monks pray on the radio. One month ago, Srey Touch developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Srey Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 21, doctors will perform a small incision cataract 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. Srey Touch said, "I hope that I will be able to go outside again on my own, and continue planting rice and taking care of my grandchildren."
Chenda is a girl from Cambodia. She has three siblings and loves to play outside with friends and watch television. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. For the past four years, she has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breathe and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve her quality of life. Surgery is scheduled for May 14 and will cost $221. She will be able to sleep again and focus better at school. Her mother says, "I hope that my daughter's infection will go away and that she won't have any difficulties breathing."
Balinda is a security officer from Uganda. He is married and a father of nine children. For three years, Balinda has had a inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain, which is hindering his ability to work. Fortunately, on January 22, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Balinda's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "I like being with others during my free time.”