John joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! John's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Tumuhimbise, a 46-year-old woman from Uganda, to fund a hysterectomy.
John has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 10 countries.
John has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 10 countries.
Tumuhimbise is a 46-year-old woman from western Uganda. She shared that she has had mental illness at times throughout her life and has never been able to go to school. She now relies on cultivation to make ends meet. Two years ago, Tumuhimbise started experiencing persistent back and lower abdominal pains. Until recently, she had never been to any hospital to seek treatment for the condition. At Nyakibale Hospital, Tumuhimbise underwent scans that indicated she has multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. However, Tumuhimbise is not able to afford the cost of surgery and appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tumuhimbise's surgery. On December 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tumuhimbise will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tumuhimbise shared, “I expect to have a new life after surgery. I know I will be able to keep farming once I am fully recovered.”
Danika is a 24-year-old nurse from Cambodia. Danika has been married for five years and has one son. She lives with her husband in Phnom Penh near both of their work sites. Danika enjoys preparing food for her son and spending time with her family. In 2018, Danika had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Danika experiences pain, discharge, and hearing loss. It is difficult for her to communicate clearly with others because of the hearing loss. Danika traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 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. Danika said, "I hope my hearing will improve after surgery."
Sokleap is a fourth-grade student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of four siblings, and enjoys playing soccer with his friends after his studies. His favorite subject is math, and he hopes to become a doctor when he grows up. In 2017, Sokleap had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sokleap experiences hearing loss, discharge, and tinnitus. He cannot hear others clearly and has a difficult time focusing in class. Sokleap traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 4th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his 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. "I hope that my son's ear will finally feel better and I won't have to worry about it anymore." -Sokleap's Mother
Jefferson is a mechanic and a father of one son. His wife is a hair stylist. They live together in their ancestral land. In June 2017, Jefferson noticed a swelling growing under his skull. A CT scan shows that he has a meningioma, which causes him painful migraines. He also experiences numbness in his right hand, and he has not been able to work as much as he could previously. In October 2017, he was referred to our medical partner's care center. There, he will undergo a craniotomy on January 15. He now needs help to raise $1,495 to pay for this procedure. Jefferson says, “I wish to be treated and resume my normal duties. I don’t want complications that accompany this condition’s prognosis."
Mao is a 49-year-old pig farmer from Cambodia. Last year, she fell at her home, which resulted in an injury to her spine. Mao has been taking painkillers to reduce the pain in her back. Mao reports that she experiences pain when she walks or carries out simple tasks around the house. Mao travelled for two hours to visit our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, where she was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slides forward over the bone below it, causing pain and sometimes weakness in the legs. On September 5, doctors will perform a spinal surgery to restore her ability to walk without pain. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of Mao’s surgery.
Bun Loeun is a fourth grader from Cambodia. He has five siblings and loves playing with his friends. When he was a young child, Bun Loeun had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Bun Loeun experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. He is having trouble listening at school, and can't communicate well with his friends and family. Bun Loeun traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 13, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. His mother says, "I hope my son can have good health."
Tin (BB), a 14-month-old girl from Burma, was born with a large teratoma, a tumor, protruding from her groin area. The teratoma is about half her body size. Tin (BB) already had one surgery for her teratoma. However, for her last follow up, the doctor did an ultrasound and found an abnormal mass in her big intestine. At first, the doctor said the tumor was big and too dangerous to operate. However, the doctor injected the tumor, reducing its size. On October 5, Tin (BB) will undergo surgery to remove the tumor. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to help fund the treatment. Tin (BB)'s mother says, "I am worried for my daughter and I hope that the surgery will be successful and she will grow up well like other children."
Yar is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She is unemployed and lives with her 70-year-old father. After experiencing severe stomach pains, Yar recently underwent abdominal surgery at a local hospital. A few days into recovery, she noticed that her incision did not appear to be healing properly. She returned to the hospital, where they discovered that her intestine was protruding through the wound. On July 19, surgeons will operate on Yar's abdomen to address the improperly healing wound. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to cover her treatment. In the future, Yar looks forward to recovering and regaining independence. "I hope to raise pigs and chickens for a source of income once I am recovered," she says.
Maria is a 27-year-old mother and artisan who lives with her husband and ten-year-old daughter in rural Guatemala. Maria is an industrious and hardworking woman who weaves traditional Guatemalan blouses and embroiders clothing. She was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago. Because she knew little about diabetes and had limited economic resources, Maria was unable to manage her diabetes on her own or to afford treatment. Diabetes causes frequent urination, weight loss, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. For women of childbearing age like Maria, diabetes makes pregnancy more dangerous and miscarriages more likely. Maria has already lost a lot of weight and experienced vision trouble. If left untreated, diabetes can cause cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot damage, and an early death. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will provide the medicine and education Maria needs to adequately manage her condition in the future. The treatment will lessen the complications she currently experiences, provide the education to manage her condition in the future, and give her the energy to participate in her family's life. Maria is expected to begin treatment on April 10. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund the treatment. Maria says, "I want to get my weight and my vision back. I want to keep weaving and embroidering. I also dream of having two more children."
Charles is a 52-year-old motorcycle taxi driver from Uganda. Charles is married and is the father of nine children. For the past six years, Charles has been living with a hernia that has only gotten more painful over time. The pain he feels from his hernia has made him stop driving his motorcycle, and has seriously affected his income. Seeking treatment, Charles was referred to our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. He is scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on May 5, and is requesting $229 to cover the total cost of his procedure. After his surgery, he hopes to get back to work to be able to provide for his family. “Bwindi Hospital has very excellent services," says Charles. "I thank the donors for helping me to have treatment here. I know I will be well taken care of. May God bless you.”
Nelson is a 16-year-old teenager from Guatemala. He lives with his mother and eight siblings and is an active teenager, but his medical condition has restricted his attendance at school. Nelson began to get seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago, and has just recently been diagnosed with asthma, as well. Due to his breathing difficulties, every time Nelson yawns he feels faint and dizzy. Nelson loves to play soccer with his friends, but if he plays too long his heart starts to race and he passes out. Nelson sought treatment through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, where doctors want to provide medication to keep his airways open and help him breathe with ease. On May 18, Nelson will receive treatment for his acute asthma. The requested $422 pays for physician consultations and medications. Nelson’s mother says, “I am happy and thankful to the institution for the support my son will receive. I hope that through this his health will get better. May God bless you for your hard labor so that my son can get healthier.”
Vuthy is a 37-year-old construction worker living in Cambodia with his wife and two sons. He likes to go fishing in the lake with his friends and watch boxing on TV in his free time. Vuthy was in a traffic accident on January 23, 2013, causing a fracture of his right tibia. He went to a hospital for treatment, and doctors performed an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to stabilize his fracture and allow for proper healing. More recently, Vuthy has been experiencing pain at the site of the ORIF procedure. He traveled with his wife to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for further evaluation. An ORIF procedure often involves the insertion of steel rods, screws, or plates to keep a fracture stable during healing. Vuthy's surgeons recommended having the hardware in his right tibia removed to relieve him of his pain. The hardware removal surgery costs $143 and covers imaging, medications, and two days of inpatient care. His surgery is scheduled for April 21. Surgeons at CSC will remove the hardware from Vuthy's right tibia to relieve him of his pain and allow him to feel comfortable again. Vuthy will then be able to return to work more easily.