James joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Seven years ago, James joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. James' most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Ner, a man from Burma, to fund hernia surgery.
James has funded healthcare for 83 patients in 13 countries.
James has funded healthcare for 83 patients in 13 countries.
Ner is a 56-year-old man from Burma. He is a subsistence farmer, and he likes to listen religious sermons in his free time. Ner has had a hernia for five years. Fortunately, on June 28, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Ner's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Ner said, “When I am completely healed, I will work on my farm again. I will continue to go to the temple and do some merit activities.”
Khouk is a five-year-old girl from Thailand. She goes to kindergarten at a local school. In early June, Khouk was playing on the slide at school with her friends. She fell off the slide and onto her right arm, breaking her right forearm. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Khouk will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 19 and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help her to have a pain-free forearm again. After Khouk has fully recovered, she will go back to school and continue her kindergarten class. Khouk's mother says, “If her broken arm heals, I will be very happy for her. Now I feel very sad when I look at her.”
Luza is a toddler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and siblings on a small farm in the mountains of central Haiti. Luza has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Luza also has Down syndrome. Luza will fly to Canada to receive treatment. On May 30, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in her heart, and will remove the muscular blockage in one of her valves. Another organization, The Herbie Fund, is contributing $15,000 to pay for surgery. Luza'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 Luza's family overseas. Her father says, "We are so happy that Luza finally has this chance to have surgery!"
Nenglanget is a baby from Tanzania. She is the first born child in a family of two children. Nenglanget was injured in a fire accident early last year. Her left leg didn't healed correctly, so she underwent an amputation and received a prosthetic leg. Now, she needs a skin graft to cover up the post-surgical wound. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Nenglanget receive treatment. On April 16, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure. Now, Nenglanget needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Nenglanget’s grandmother says, “My granddaughter needs another surgery please help her.”
Maung is a man fom Burma. Last week, Maung stepped on a hot charcoal and burned the toe on his left foot. He tried to treat himself with help from his neighbor, who cleaned the wound for him. However, his toe never healed. Maung visited a doctor, who told him that he would have to amputate his toe. The doctor referred him to our medical partner for help in accessing treatment. Currently, Maung is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, his surgery is scheduled for March 21. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. He says, “When I recover, I will find work repairing umbrellas and shoes. That is something that I can do very well.”
Agga is a 47-year-old monk from Burma. He lives with other monks at a monastery in Kamma, Thayet Township in Magway Division. Agga was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Agga. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Agga said, “I am happy to receive assistance from your organization."
Rida is a girl from Cambodia. She has one brother and one sister. She likes to play with friends, watch TV, and go for walks with her family. She wants to be a banker when she grows up. Rida was born with scoliosis, which is progressing with age, making it difficult to sit in school for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Spinal surgery is scheduled for January 21 and will cost $1,500. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter feels better after the operation and does not have any more difficulty sleeping."
Zayar is a 16-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his parents and two younger siblings in the town of Chanayethazan in Mandalay Division. His father works at the municipal government, while Zayar's mother works at Shining Star, an organization that helps children with disabilities around Mandalay. In his free time, Zayar enjoys reading, playing video games, and helping his mom cook. Zayar was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. He feels tired when he walks and is unable to sleep at night. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Zayar. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.
Ei is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband in Mae Taung Village, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. She is a homemaker and her husband works at a construction site and on his landlord’s farm. Since 2013, Ei has been experiencing pain in her pelvic area as well as in her back. She has been diagnosed with endometriosis. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ei's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ei is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 22. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Ei says, “Without money it is impossible to receive treatment and there is no opportunity to get a job easily."
Loemheang is a mechanic from Cambodia. He has three daughters. He likes to read the news and watch sports in his free time. One year ago, he developed avascular necrosis of both hips and experienced a lot of hip pain. He cannot walk and cannot work. Fortunately, Loemheang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Loemheang of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 18, and Loemheang needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I hope I can walk again after the operation."
Saw Wah is a three-year old boy from Burma. He lives in Htee Moo Hta Village in Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma with his parents, aunt, and great-grandmother. In January 2018, Saw Wah’s mother noticed a small bump in a sensitive area. It was small and did not cause him any pain at first. However, the bump grew over time. He was eventually diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia with hydrocele. Fortunately, on September 12, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Saw Wah's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. "When he grows up I want him to be a doctor or medic, but he wants to be a pilot,” said Saw Wah's mother.
Tal Tal is woman from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae La refugee camp. When Tal Tal was 13 years old, she was sick for a long time, and her mother brought her to a hospital. The doctor checked her heart and diagnosed her with congenital heart disease. She left her condition untreated until she was pregnant last year. A medic in Mae La camp took an X-ray and was worried that she might not be able to carry the pregnancy through. The medic referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH), our medical partner's care center. At MSH, Tal Tal received blood and urine tests, an echocardiogram, and oral medications for her heart condition. The doctor diagnosed her with atrial septal defect and told her that she should seek surgical treatment soon after giving birth. Recently, she delivered her baby safely at Mae La camp hospital. Now, she is scheduled for heart surgery on August 2. She needs help raising $1,500. She says, “I feel stressed about this condition. Even though I have brothers and sisters, but they are unable to support my parents. And because of my condition now, I feel sad that I cannot support my parents too.”