Charles joined Watsi on April 28th, 2013. Ten months ago, Charles became the 5362nd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 591 more people have become monthly donors! Charles' most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sao, a father of seven from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Charles has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 8 countries.
Sao is a 56-year-old father of seven from Cambodia. He has five sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys listening to the radio, feeding the farm animals. and looking after his grandchildren in his spare time. In October 2019, Sao had an accident while working out in the rice fields, fracturing his right knee. He experiences pain and swelling, and cannot extend his leg or walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 11th, Sao will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will help Sao to walk easily on his own again. "I hope that my knee surgery will go well and I will no longer have any pain and will be able to walk and return to work again," share Sao.
Sarith is a 14-year-old student from Cambodia. She is the oldest child in a family of five who live in Siem Riep. Her family farms and sells crops, but they also do daily wage labor when they are not farming. Sarith is in grade six, and her favorite subject of study at school is mathematics. She wants to run the farm business and improve it when she grows up. One year ago, Sarith had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Sarith experiences hearing loss, infection, occasional tinnitus, and constant irritation. Her family has spent a considerable amount of money paying for treatments for Sarith's ears, but nothing yet has been effective. She has found it difficult to participate in schooling with her reduced hearing, and her parents are worried that her condition will worsen. Sarith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 2nd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sarith said, "The itchy feeling in my ears is always there and it makes me crazy, I hope that it will go away soon and I can feel calm."
John is a casual laborer from Kenya and the oldest of three children in his family with a single mother. John is currenrtly unemployed and previously he did some casual work at a bus stage: to help fill passengers for a small daily wage. His mother does casual work like cleaning clothes for neighbors and any other job available. On 4th April 2019 John was hit by a vehicle that lost control and met him on the side of the road. He sustained injuries to both legs. He was taken to a nearby hospital and x-rays showed he had closed fracture head of femur left leg and open fracture right tibia. Through the earlier support of friends and neighbors, he had an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery on the left side and external fixator on his right leg. Unfortunately even after the wound was healed his family could not afford another ORIF surgery which is much needed. Doctors are concerned that if not treated soon, John may get sepsis in his bones and may never be able to use his legs again. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 5th, John will undergo an ORIF fracture repair procedure. We hope with treatment, he will regain normal use of his legs and that an infection will also be avoided. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I have suffered a whole year in bed and pain that seems to have no end. I really plead for support and God will bless you. I can’t imagine seeing these metal bars removed from my leg and walking again, even if by crutches,” says John.
Bethwel is 9-year-old shy boy in Grade 3. Bethwel was well until last week when he fell on a hard ground while playing with his friends in school and sustained an injury on his right upper limb. Bethwel was brought to Watsi's Medical Partner's hospital with complaints of pain on his right hand. On arrival, an X-ray was done which showed that Bethwel had broken his right radius ulna. He has a swollen hand and he cannot lift nor use his hand. Bethwel is the second born child of his family. His mother is a single parent and dropped out of school at grade seven. She does maize farming and life is difficult for her family due to low yields that have led to insufficient food in the family and low income. Bethwel’s mother gets help and support from her brothers but she wants to be able to be a strong woman for her kids and provide well for them. Bethwel’s mother says, “I want my son to be treated so that he is not in pain anymore and can join his friends at school.”
Chit is a 68-year-old from Burma. He lives with his sister, brother-in-law, niece, his niece's husband and their son. All of his family members are farmers who grow rice for their own consumption and peanuts which they sell. Chit used to work as a cowherd, but stopped when he fell ill one year ago. Sometimes his niece's husband works as a day laborer. They also have two pigs and 10 chickens, which they sell in case they need emergency cash. Their income is just enough to cover their daily expenses and pay for basic health care. Three years ago, Chit start to experience frequent back pain. After hearing about Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), he decided to seek help there. At the clinic he received an ultrasound and a urine test. After reviewing the result, the medic told him there was nothing wrong with his bladder and provided him with medication. However, the medication did not work and his back pain kept returning on and off. In 2019, Chit developed severe pain in his lower left back in addition to difficulty passing urine accompanied by a burning sensation. He went to the nearest clinic where he received a urine test and an ultrasound. After checking his result, the doctor told him that he had a urinary tract infection and inflammation of the bladder. Doctors provided him with antibiotics and gave him an injection. Three week later, when he did not feel better, his niece brought him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) in Thailand, where he underwent another ultrasound and urine test. The results indicted that he has a stone in his bladder. The doctor gave him a follow-up appointment for 24th of January 2020 and he received two months' worth of medication in the meantime. When he returned for his appointment, he received an x-ray. Following this, the doctor told him that he needs surgery and a pre-surgical deposit of 15,000 baht (approx. $500 USD) would be required by the hospital. The doctor then scheduled his surgery for March 31st, 2020. Unable to pay for the surgery, Chit and his niece returned to MTC to ask for help. At MTC, Chit received a urinary catheter and a medic referred him to Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing further treatment and support. Chit's niece said, “When I was young my uncle looked after me well. So I want to help and support his treatment as much as I can. I am very grateful that he has received this chance to have his treatment supported by you. As we have financial problems at home, I cannot find anyone to borrow money from easily if you would not support him.”
Htay is a 31-year-old woman from Burma. She and her husband own a small farm, where they grow rice. She has a six-year-old daughter who currently is studying in kindergarten. In 2014, Htay started to experience difficulty breathing, tiredness and dizziness when she was about to give birth. She went to a local hospital but was advised to go to a larger hospital because they suspected she had a heart condition. They then went to Hmone Ywar Hospital and although the doctor was concerned about her heart problem, she was able to deliver her baby successfully. After she gave birth, the doctor put her on oral medication to stabilize her heart. Since then, she has visited the hospital for her heart condition and received on-going medication. After a few hospital visits, Htay received an echocardiogram to confirm her heart diagnosis. Because she could not afford the cost of the surgery, Htay has just relied on medication. Fortunately, when she went to a clinic in Yangon in December 2019, the doctor connected her with a former patient of Watsi Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) after she expressed that she could not afford the needed surgery. Htay said, “I was really shocked and stressed by my health condition and cost of the required treatment. I felt hopeless and just wanted to go home. However, I was in an ineffable joy when I heard about possible supporters and that they would help me pay for my treatment."
Ko is a 19-year-old from Burma. He has seven siblings who are all studying in different schools in Burma. As for Ko, he was able to attend school only up to third grade because he needed to help his father in their farm. In March 2019, Ko started to have pain in his left lower abdomen as well as in his back. The pain sometimes is bearable but it becomes severe, especially when he lifted heavy things. He also passed cloudy urine and he frequently needed to urinate. He went to a clinic in his village and he received oral medication, which only helped him for a short period of time. When his symptoms returned, the medic at the clinic advised him to go into town for further investigation. Ko then visited a private clinic where he had an x-ray. The result revealed a stone in his ureter. Although the doctor advised him to go to Yangon for further treatment, Ko did not go to Yangon because he did not have money. Currently, Ko has pain in left side his lower abdomen and back. It is difficult for him to urinate and he experiences burning urination. Fortunately, he was connected with Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) to receive further treatment at Mae Sot Hospital. Ko said, “When I am fully recovered, I can help my father again to bring in income for our family."
Sreyneath is a 12-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has two sisters and enjoys playing with her friends and gardening. She enjoys studying the Khmer language in school and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. About two months ago, she fell out of a tree she was climbing and dislocated her elbow. Ever since, she has had chronic elbow pain and it has been difficult to bend her arm. She needs to have a reduction procedure to fix this recurrent elbow dislocation and discomfort. This procedure will allow her to use her arm freely again. She is scheduled for surgery on March 6. Now, her family needs help raising $390 to fund this procedure. She says, "I am looking forward to going home and getting back to school with my friends."
Srean is a 48-year-old housewife living with her family in Cambodia. She has a husband, three sons, three daughters, and three grandchildren. She enjoys working outdoors, talking to her neighbors, and doing household chores to take care of her family. Four months ago, Srean developed a cataract in each of her eyes, causing her to become partially blind. Her eyes have been tearing and her vision is blurry. She has been unable to do her work well, see clearly, and safely go outside. Her daughter worries that Srean will injure herself if she works, and that her vision might deteriorate further. Srean’s daughter brought her to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, where doctors told her she was in need of a routine small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and an intraocular lens implant in each eye, which will restore her vision to full clarity. In total, the procedure, supplies, drugs, and three days of inpatient care will cost $225. With your help we can get Srean the treatment that she needs to get back on her feet.
Meet Hadija, a two year old girl and previous Watsi patient from Tanzania! "Hadija was born with open myelomeningocele as well as bilateral congenital clubfoot," reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). In February of 2014, Hadija successfully underwent a myelomeningocele closure to fix her incomplete spinal canal. She has been going to physiotherapy since the surgical wound healed, and is now in need of surgery to correct her clubfoot. Hadija's clubfoot has caused her feet to turn inward and resulted in very high arches. Since beginning physiotherapy, she has feeling in her legs and is able to move them around. With the treatment, Hadija's mother is hopeful that her daughter will be able to walk normally and wear shoes. $1,160 covers the cost of Hadija's surgery, the casts she will have to wear, as well as her four month hospital stay. Because of Hadija's need for close care, her mother left her job while her father continues to work. His earnings are not sufficient to cover their cost of living along with Hadija's high treatment costs. "My daughter has come a long way," Hadija's mother tells us. "I hope that one day she will be able to walk."
“Amran’s parents are looking forward to her surgery and recovery so she is able to learn how to mobilize and reach her milestones,” says our medical partner, Edna Adan Hospital (EAH). Meet Amran, a one-year-old girl from Somalia who has club feet. EAH reports that Amran’s club foot "causes issues in mobility. At Amran’s age, she should be learning to stand and walk, however, this has been delayed due to her disfigurement.” Amran’s mother is a homemaker and her father is a shopkeeper. “Amran has been a patient at Edna Hospital in the past to treat her Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus when she was a baby. She made a good recovery and returned home where she sustained a fractured leg after her siblings were playing nearby and accidentally jumped onto her leg,” continues EAH. For $1185, we can treat Amran’s clubfeet and allow her to move unimpeded as she grows up!
Meet Bikash, a 13-year-old student living in Nepal. When not enjoying his Nepalese language class, Bikash likes to play cricket. As Bikash's doctor tells us, "Bikash was playing with his friends when he fell down and hurt his right hand. After the incident the base of his thumb remained deformed and he couldn't move it. It has made it difficult for him to eat or to write or do any other work." Bikash's accident left him with a dislocated 1st metacarpo-phalangeal joint on his right hand and in order to regain full mobility he needs surgery. Let's get Bikash the $205 he needs and get him back in school!