Edith joined Watsi on April 14th, 2013. 102 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Edith's most recent donation supported Gorete, a farmer from Uganda, to fund a thyroidectomy so she can breathe easily.
Edith has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 8 countries.
Edith has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 8 countries.
Gorete is a farmer and a mother of five with three daughters and two sons. One daughter and her youngest son are teachers, while her other two daughters are farmers and her eldest son is a builder. Gorete shared that her husband passed ten years ago and left her a coffee and banana farm from which she earns a living and has been able to educate her children. However, the lockdown in Uganda has made it difficult for her son to work and help her mother raise funds for her treatment. Gorete has been experiencing swelling for twenty years; however, about three months ago, she also began to experience other symptoms, including shortness of breath, difficulty breathing while sleeping, and fatigue. She was diagnosed with an obstructing goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Gorete receive treatment. On January 4th, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMHF's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMHF is requesting $252 to fund Gorete's surgery. Gorete shared, "I struggle to breathe while trying to sleep, which makes my nights so long. I cannot afford the treatment; please help me."
Asiyas is a 63-year-old grandmother with one daughter, whom she currently lives with, and four grandchildren. Three years ago, Asiyas developed a cataract in her left eye, causing blurry vision and photophobia. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Asiyas learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one and half hours to seek treatment. On September 9th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Asiyas shared, "I hope I can see clearly again so I can see my grandchildren's faces and help my daughter with cooking. I would also like to visit the mosque myself."
Chhan is a rice farmer with one son and four daughters who are all married and live and farm nearby. He spends much of his time visiting his children's families and bringing small gifts to his grandchildren. Chhan also likes to listen to the news and the prayers on the radio. Six years ago, Chhan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going placed independently. When Chhan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund procedure. Chhan shares, "When my sight is better, I will be excited to do my daily work again, to take care of my wife, and see all my grandchildren."
Sath is an 81-year-old retired soldier from Cambodia. He has three sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. Sadly, his wife passed away more than 20 years ago. He lives with his eldest daughter, who is a primary school teacher. He likes to listen to the news on TV, visit the pagoda, grow vegetables and teach his grandchildren. One year ago, Sath developed a cataract in his right eye causing him blurry vision and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sath learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 12th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sath shared, "when my sight gets better, I will start traveling again by myself, so I can see many more pagodas."
Lydia is a cheerful woman who loves attending Sunday church services. Lydia is married and a mother to six children. Among her six children, two are teachers, two are nurses, and two are married and work as small-scale farmers. Lydia and her husband work hard as farmers so that their income can meet their daily needs. A while back, Lydia began to experience troubling symptoms, including headache, stiff neck, persistent dry cough, and pain when turning her neck. Doctors diagnosed her condition as a bilateral goiter and surgery is recommended to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. On November 4th, Lydia will undergo a thyroidectomy at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Surgeons at AMH's care center will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $252 to fund Lydia's procedure. Lydia shared “I will really be privileged to undergo my surgery under your support. I hope to continue with farming to sustain my family when am well.”
Chanly is a 32-year-old woman. She has three sisters and three brothers. Chanly’s parents are farmers. Two months ago, Chanly had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Chanly experiences pain, discharge, and can’t sleep well at night because of discomfort. She cannot communicate clearly with others. Chanly traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 2nd, 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 $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Chanly’s mother says, “I hope my daughter’s hearing will improve and the discharge will stop after surgery.”
Seth is a 51-year-old farmer who lives with her son who is also a farmer. Seth enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren and watching and listening to Khmer dramas on TV. Four years ago, Seth developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Seth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her son seeking treatment. On June 2nd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure. Seth shared, "I hope I can see well again so I can help out my son in the rice field."
Ravy is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. Ravy's husband is a driver. She enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio and at the pagoda. Two years ago, Ravy developed a cataract, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces of her family and friends, and going places independently. When Ravy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter seeking treatment. On December 16th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her both eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ravy said, "I want to see clearly again so I can help my daughter at home and get around outside by myself."
Ainembabazi is a student from Uganda. She is a senior four candidate at her school, born in a family of six children. Her sisters are small-scale farmers and her brothers are motorcycle taxi operators, with one still in school. Ainembabazi’s mother is also a farmer who locally grows food crops like beans, maize, and potatoes for home consumption and sells the surplus. Her father suffered a mental disorder and ran away from home. They haven't heard from him in two years. Sine one year ago, Ainembabazi has had a supraumbilical hernia. This hernia causes her pain and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue death and damage. Fortunately, on May 19th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund Ainembabazi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Ainembabazi says: “I hope to be relieved from this pain after my surgery goes on successfully.”
Andry is a small child from Kenya. Andry's father sells secondhand hoodies in Kikuyu town to provide for his young family of three members. To supplement their daily earnings, Andry's mother also sells secondhand dress tops. The family tends to rely on family members to help boost them financially and meet basic needs. Since one year ago, Andry has had a hydrocele. This swelling is causing him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on October 5th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $444 to fund Andry's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Andry's mother says, “We will be grateful to see our son receive the required treatment and feeling all better.”
Nigel is a small boy from Kenya. Nigel’s mother used to work in people’s homes before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the financial strains that COVID-19 has caused, work is now very hard to come by. His father is a casual laborer in a construction site near their home. They only make just enough money for their family to live on. Nigel was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Nigel is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 7th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Nigel’s mother shared, “Since we are unable to raise any money for my son’s treatment, the financial help offered would be of great help.”
Vanna is a 64-year-old government employee. He and his wife have six children together, all of whom are grown and started their own families. His wife was a rice farmer, but recently retired. He reads a lot of books, and has started to collect books to give to his grandchildren. He also enjoys watching news on TV. Vanna has had chronic back pain for over ten years. He has managed the pain with painkillers and light exercise, but recently it started to get worse. He experiences numbness in his legs, and has difficulty sitting and standing. He came to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) on recommendation from a friend, and has been diagnosed with lumbar stenosis, a condition in which spinal nerves are pressured by the bone. Doctors will perform a laminectomy in order to relieve that pressure. This will allow him to walk easily with out pain. Now, CSC needs your help to fund this $1,027 procedure. Vanna shared, "I can't imagine life without back pain, so I am simply excited to feel what it will feel like when the surgery is done."