Marie-Elisabeth joined Watsi on May 1st, 2013. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Marie-Elisabeth's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Srey Pov, a 22-year-old factory worker from Cambodia, to fund brachial plexus repair surgery so she can use her arm again.
Marie-Elisabeth has funded healthcare for 74 patients in 14 countries.
Marie-Elisabeth has funded healthcare for 74 patients in 14 countries.
Srey Pov is a 22-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. She has two brothers and two sisters. Srey Pov has been married for three years and her husband is a tractor driver. Together, they have one son. In March, Srey Pov was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of her left arm. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. She is unable to lift her left arm and she cannot work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Center (CSC), is helping Srey Pov receive treatment. She traveled to CSC's care center where, on June 14th, she will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, she will be able to use her arm again. Now, she needs help to fund this $696 procedure. Srey Pov shared, "I hope I can use my arm again so I can return to work at the garment factory and do my housework."
Salome is a jovial but very timid student. Her mother does most of the talking as she lovingly clings to her. Currently a fourth-grade student, and she aspires to be a teacher in the future. Salome is the second born in a family of four. Her older sibling is 17 years old, and the youngest is 8 years of age. Her father is a casual laborer who transports meat to butcheries around the Kagwe area in Kenya. Her mother is also a casual laborer and tends to farms for a living. They live in their ancestral home on a quarter an acre farm. Since birth, Salome has had an umbilical hernia. If not treated, the hernia could result in intestinal tissue damage and/or death. Fortunately, on August 26th, she will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $585 to fund Salome's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and to continue her studies. Salome’s mother says, “My baby has had this condition since birth. We have not been able to take her to a hospital because we are financially struggling. I hope her condition does not threaten her life.”
Piseth is an eight-year-old student, with one sister and one brother. His best subject in school is reading, and in his free time he enjoys playing football with his friends. Two months ago, Piseth developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst in the tear gland, in his left eye. The chalazion causes him pain, itchiness, and irritation, and it is difficult for him to see clearly and read in school. Piseth traveled with his father to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On May 20th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Piseth's symptoms should improve. Now, his family needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Piseth shared, "I hope my eye gets better so I can study easier at school and play with my friends."
Niwabiine is a 46-year-old farmer from Western Uganda. She has four children and is solely in charge of providing for them since she lost her husband in 2010. Through farming passion fruit, carrots, and cabbage, she is able to provide for her family. For over 15 years, Niwabiine has had a lipoma on her left hand. Initially, it was growing gradually and was painless. Recently though, she has experienced pain and swelling, limiting the use of her left hand. Efforts to seek treatment were difficult initially and Niwabiine managed with medicine. When she was examined at a local hospital, she was diagnosed with a left axillary lipoma that requires excision. Without treatment, she will continue to have persistent pain and the lipoma will continue to grow. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Niwabiine to receive treatment. Niwabiine traveled to AMH's care center and on March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, she needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Niwabiine shared, “I always found it hard to have surgery since I never had the money, but now I kindly request for your support to make my surgery possible so that I can keep up with farming.”
Son is a 51-year-old rice and vegetable farmer with two sons and four daughters. Son lives with her husband who is also a farmer and their youngest daughter who is still a student. In her free time, Son enjoys playing with her grandchildren, teaching her daughter to cook, and tailoring clothes for her family. Seven years ago, Son had a severe ear infection that caused a perforated eardrum in her left ear. As a result, Son experiences chronic pain, ear discharge, hearing loss, and ringing in her ears and she cannot communicate clearly with others. Son traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 16th, she'll 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 $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Son shared, "I hope my hearing will improve and I can be free of pain."
Rebecca is a 1-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of two children and has started to grow into a strong and beautiful girl. Both of her parents depend on small scale farming to support their family. Rebecca was initially brought to the hospital by her parents seeking treatment to help correct her spina bifida condition. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord fail to form properly. This puts a child in danger of limb paralyses or death in case of a severe infection. At the time, Rebecca's parents could not afford the proposed surgery. Luckily, one of their friends advised them to seek help at our medical partner's care center, ALMC Plaster House. Through Watsi funding, Rebecca’s life was saved and she has been growing well since then. However, a few weeks ago, Rebecca's mother noticed her daughter's head was increasing in size at a very fast rate and she was complaining of headaches. Her parents had worked hard to save some money and got a health insurance card for their baby, so they decided to take her to the hospital to seek treatment. There, Rebecca was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. She needs to have an ETV surgery that will help relieve her of the pressure build-up, which would otherwise lead to brain damage. Unfortunately, their insurance has not matured enough to cover this kind of major surgery, so Rebecca's parents are appealing for financial support to help her. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Rebecca that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 25th and will drain the excess fluid from Rebecca's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Rebecca will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Rebecca’s mother shared, “My daughter’s head is increasing in size and it is making her sick. She needs surgery but the insurance we got for her cannot cover the cost. Please help once more if it is possible because we don’t know where to run to for help besides all of you.”
Song Heu is a 28-year-old man from Cambodia. He has three older sisters and to support their family, Song Heu's mother sells vegetables in the market and his father is a tuk tuk driver. In his free time, Song Heu enjoys exercising, listening to music, playing games on his phone, meeting with friends to discuss problems, and doing house work. Last month, Song Heu was attacked by someone trying to steal his motorbike. The thief cut Song Heu's left arm and neck with a knife, causing paralysis. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left arm side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Now, Song Heu has a scar on his left neck and has no control of his left shoulder, elbow, or hand. He cannot lift his arm at all and therefore is unable to work. Fortunately, Song Heu traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 17th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, Song Heu will regain use of his left arm. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Song Heu shared, "I hope I can use my arm again with full function so I can resume my normal life activities."
Lim is a 73-year-old rice farmer in Cambodia. She has three daughters, four sons and 30 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys going to the pagoda, participating in ceremonies, and listening to the monk's prayers. Five years ago, Lim developed a cataract in her right eye eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside. When Lim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Lim's husband says, "I saw my wife having eye pain, so I worry about her and I want to her to see better."
Bravel Paul is an 8-year-old student from Kenya. He likes playing football and watching cartoons. His family hails from Kajiado County. He is a class 1 pupil and likes reading books and other hobbies. His father is a caretaker for some houses, while his mother is a housewife. The family lives in a one-roomed rental house in Kitengela. Bravel 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, Bravel traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 24th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Bravel's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. "I would like to see my son walking comfortably and therefore any assistance accorded to us will be highly appreciated," Bravel’s father told us.
Narith is a 3-year-old boy from Cambodia. His father is a rice farmer and his mother is a factory worker in Phnom Penh. He has one sister. He likes watching the cartoons on TV, and playing with his toys. What he enjoys most is hearing his mother tell him a story at night. Last week while playing he accidentally lodged a small rock in his nasal passage. His parents tried to remove it but were unable. His nasal passage has become swollen and painful as time goes on, and he is constantly irritated. Narith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 8th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Narith needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Narith's father said, "This accident could be very dangerous for my son, and since I could not help him I worry so much. I hope the doctor will stop the pain and irritation he feels before the problem gets worse. I want him to start primary school in the future."
Amutuhaire is a 30-year-old married mother to one who is now expecting. She holds a certificate in accounting and finance but has not yet got a job of her profession. She currently earns a living by practicing small-scale farming. She is married to a bodaboda driver and was born in a family of five siblings all currently married and self-employed as farmers. She only has her mother as her father died in 2004 leaving them under the support of their mother. She delivered her first child by emergency c-section and is recommended to deliver her current pregnancy by caesarean section given the previous delivery and the breeched position. She was recommended to deliver by caesarean section in the prevention of complications like fetal distress, uterine rupture and maternal distress and to better ensure a healthy delivery for mom and baby. She can’t afford the costs of her surgery, she needs financial support. We expect to restore her lost hope by enabling her to successfully undergo her surgery. Amutuhaire says, “I hope for the best out of my surgery, a live baby and good health after I have fully recovered.”
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.”